2006 Civic Sedan Online Reference Owner`s Manual

2006 Civic Sedan Online Reference Owner`s Manual
2006 Civic Sedan Online Reference Owner's Manual
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If you have a Civic GX refer to Civic GX Owner’s Manual Supplement for additional information.
Contents
Owner's Identification Form
Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... i
A Few Words About Safety................................................................................................................. ii
Your Vehicle at a Glance..................................................................................................................... 4
Driver and Passenger Safety .............................................................................................................. 7
Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.
Instruments and Controls................................................................................................................. 57
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience Features .............................................................................................. 101
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving.................................................................................................................................. 149
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 161
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 179
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer.
Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 217
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 239
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 251
A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us.
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 255
How to order manuals and other technical literature.
Index...................................................................................................................................................... I
Service Information Summary
A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.
Accord Value Package Audio System
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Owner’s Identification
This owner’s manual should be considered
a permanent part of the vehicle and should
remain with the vehicle when it is sold.
OWNER
This owner’s manual covers all models of
the Civic 4-door. You may find descriptions
of equipment and features that are not on
your particular model.
ADDRESS
STREET
CITY
STATE/PROVINCE
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
V. I. N.
DELIVERY DATE
The information and specifications included
in this publication were in effect at the time
of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co.,
Ltd. reserves the right, however, to
discontinue or change specifications or
design at any time without notice and
without incurring any obligation whatsoever.
(Date sold to original retail purchaser)
DEALER NAME
DEALER NO.
ADDRESS
STREET
CITY
OWNER’S SIGNATURE
DEALER’S SIGNATURE
STATE/PROVINCE
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
POUR CLIENTS CANADIEN
AVIS IMPORTANT: Si vous avez
besoin d’un Manuel du Conducteur
en français, veuillez demander à
votre concessionnaire de
commander le numéro de pièce
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Introduction
Congratulations! Your selection of a 2006 Honda Civic was a wise investment.
It will give you years of driving pleasure.
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda 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.
California Proposition 65 Warning
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 schedules given in this manual
helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment.
When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your 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.
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 recording devices commonly
referred to as event data recorders
or sensing and diagnostic modules.
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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.
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.
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 will find this important safety information in a variety of forms,
including:
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.
You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow
instructions.
Safety Headings − such as Important Safety Reminders or Important
Safety Precautions.
Safety Section − such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions − how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it
carefully.
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
MOONROOF SWITCH* (P. 94)
INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P. 59)
AUDIO SYSTEM* (P. 106)
GAUGES (P. 65)
PASSENGER’S FRONT AIRBAG
(P. 11, 26)
DRIVER’S FRONT
AIRBAG
(P. 11, 26)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 96)
HEATING/COOLING
CONTROLS
(P. 102)
POWER DOOR LOCK
MASTER SWITCH*
(P. 78)
DOOR LOCK
SWITCH
(P. 78)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 93)
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
(P. 166)
MANUAL
TRANSMISSION
(P. 164)
FUEL FILL DOOR
RELEASE HANDLE
(P. 151)
TRUNK RELEASE
HANDLE
(P. 84)
Vehicle with navigation system is shown.
* : If equipped
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ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P. 100)
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P. 71)
WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS
(P. 70)
PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF
INDICATOR
(P. 32)
DISPLAY CHANGE
BUTTON
(P. 65)
SEL/RESET
BUTTON
(P. 65)
HAZARD WARNING BUTTON
(P. 72)
REMOTE AUDIO
CONTROLS*1
(P. 143)
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER
(P. 73)
VOICE CONTROL
SWITCHES*2
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P. 152)
Vehicle with navigation system is shown.
HEATED MIRRORS*1
(P. 97)
STEERING WHEEL
HORN*
ADJUSTMENT
(P. 73)
CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS*1
(P. 145)
* : To use the horn, press the pad around the ‘‘H’’ logo.
*1 : If equipped
*2 : Only on vehicles equipped with navigation system. Refer to the navigation system manual.
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
INSTRUMENT PANEL
BRIGHTNESS
(P. 72)
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Driver and Passenger Safety
Important Safety Precautions .......... 8
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 9
Seat Belts ...................................... 10
Airbags .......................................... 11
Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 13
1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 13
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 .............................. 16
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 ....................... 21
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 21
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 22
Additional Information About
Your Airbags ............................ 23
Airbag System Components ....... 23
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 26
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 29
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work.......................................... 31
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 31
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 32
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 32
Airbag Service .............................. 33
Additional Safety Precautions .... 34
Protecting Children−General
Guidelines ................................. 35
All Children Must Be
Restrained ................................ 35
All Children Should Sit in a
Back Seat .................................. 36
The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Can Pose Serious Risks .......... 36
If You Must Drive with Several
Children .................................... 38
If a Child Requires Close
Attention ................................... 38
Additional Safety Precautions .... 39
Protecting Infants and Small
Children .................................... 40
Protecting Infants ........................ 40
Protecting Small Children .......... 41
Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 42
Installing a Child Seat ..................... 43
With LATCH ................................ 44
With a Seat Belt ........................... 46
With a Tether ............................... 47
Protecting Larger Children ............ 49
Checking Seat Belt Fit ................ 49
Using a Booster Seat ................... 50
When Can a Larger Child Sit in
Front .......................................... 51
Additional Safety Precautions .... 52
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 53
Safety Labels .................................... 54
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Driver and Passenger Safety
This section gives you important
information about how to protect
yourself and your passengers. It
shows you how to use seat belts. 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 16 ).
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
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(see pages 35 − 52 ).
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.
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 181 ).
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
(9)
(3)
(9)
(1)
(8)
(7)
(6)
(5)
(11)
(2)
(2)
(8)
(10)
(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) Front Seat Belt Tensioners
(11) Door Locks
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
a proper 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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Driver and Passenger Safety
Your vehicle is equipped with many
features that work together to
protect you and your passengers
during a crash.
(4)
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
Seat Belts
Your vehicle is equipped with seat
belts in all seating positions.
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.
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.)
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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Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has airbags.
Be sure you and your
passengers always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.
When properly worn, seat belts:
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,
side, and rear impacts and
rollovers.
Help keep you from being thrown
against the inside of the vehicle
and against other occupants.
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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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
Airbags
Driver and Passenger Safety
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 29 for more
information on how your side airbags
work).
Your vehicle also 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 (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.
Airbags offer no protection in rear
impacts, or minor frontal or side
collisions.
Airbags can pose hazards. 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
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.
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 injures or
deaths that can occur in a severe
crash, even when seat belts are
properly worn and the airbags deploy.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
2.Adjust the Front Seats
Your vehicle has a door-open
indicator on the instrument panel to
indicate when any door is not tightly
closed.
See pages 35 − 52 for important
guidelines on how to properly
protect infants, small children, and
larger children who ride in your
vehicle.
Locking the doors reduces the
chance of someone being thrown out
of the vehicle during a crash, and it
helps prevent passengers from
accidentally opening a door and
falling out.
1.Close and Lock the Doors
After everyone has entered the
vehicle, be sure the doors are closed
and locked.
Locking the doors also helps prevent
an outsider from unexpectedly
opening a door when you come to a
stop.
Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
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.
See page 78 for how to lock the
doors, and page 62 for how the dooropen indicator works.
Some models have auto door
locking/unlocking features. See
page 79 for how to set them.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
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 73 ).
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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3.Adjust the Seat-Backs
Sitting too close to a front
airbag can result in serious
injury or death if the front
airbags inflate.
Always sit as far back from the
front airbags as possible.
Once your seat is adjusted correctly,
rock it back and forth to make sure
the seat is locked in position.
See page 88 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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4.Adjust the Head Restraints
Adjust the seat-back to an
upright position, and sit well
back in the seat.
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 88 for how to adjust the
seat-backs.
Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.
Adjust the driver’s head restraint so
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.
Make sure head restraints are
in place and positioned properly
before driving.
Properly adjusted head restraints
will help protect occupants from
whiplash and other crash injuries.
See page 89 for how to adjust the
head restraints.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.
When a passenger is seated in the
rear center seating position, make
sure the head restraint is adjusted to
its highest position.
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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.
Improperly positioning the seat
belts can cause serious injury
or death in a crash.
Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.
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.
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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.
This spreads the forces of a crash
over the strongest bones in your
upper body.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
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
as it should, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash.
No one should sit in a seat with an
inoperative seat belt. Using a seat
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).
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 22 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.
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very serious injuries in a crash.
6.Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position
After all occupants have adjusted
their seats and put on 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
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.
Advice for Pregnant Women
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.
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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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.
Each time you have a checkup, ask
your doctor if it’s okay for you to
drive.
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Additional Safety Precautions
Two people should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
Do not put any accessories on seat
belts. Devices intended to improve
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can
reduce the protective capability of
the seat belt and increase the
chance of serious injury in a crash.
Do not attach solid objects on or
near a door. If a side airbag or a
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.
side curtain airbag inflates, a cup
holder or other solid object
attached on or near the door could
be propelled inside the vehicle and
hurt someone.
Do not attach or place objects on
the front airbag covers. Objects on
Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers. If your
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.
hands or arms are close to an
airbag cover, they could be injured
if the airbag inflates.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
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
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all five 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.
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.
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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.
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.
When no one is sitting in the front
passenger’s seat, or a small child is
riding there, the indicator will not
come on and the beeper will not
sound.
The seat belts use the same
monitoring system as the front
airbags. The system may not work
properly under these conditions:
Placing heavy items on the front
passenger’s seat.
The front passenger does not sit
properly.
The front passenger’s seat-back is
pressed forward by a folded-down
rear seat.
Have your vehicle checked by a
dealer if the indicator comes on or
the beeper sounds when there is no
front passenger or objects on the
front seat.
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
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 16 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.
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners
The seat belts in all seating positions
except the driver’s have an additional
locking mechanism that must be
activated to secure a child seat (see
page 46 ).
Driver and Passenger Safety
Lap/Shoulder Belt
The lap/shoulder belt goes over
your shoulder, across your chest,
and across your hips.
If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the locking
mechanism will activate. The belt
will retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.
To deactivate the locking
mechanism, unlatch the buckle and
let the seat belt fully retract. To
refasten the seat belt, pull it out only
as far as needed.
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 place.
The tensioners are designed to
activate in any collision severe
enough to cause a front, side, or side
curtain airbag to inflate.
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If a side curtain airbag deploys
during a side impact, the tensioner
on that side of the vehicle will also
deploy.
Seat Belt Maintenance
For safety, you should check the
condition of your seat belts regularly.
When the tensioners are activated,
the seat belts will remain tight until
they are unbuckled in the normal
manner.
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
206 ). 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 the front seat belt tensioners ever
activate, they must be replaced as
the belts will no longer retract
properly.
Honda provides a lifetime warranty
on seat belts for U.S. models. See
your Honda Warranty Information
booklet for details.
The tensioners can also 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 a seat belt is worn during a crash,
it must be replaced by the dealer. A
belt that has been worn during a
crash may not provide the same level
of protection in a subsequent crash.
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.
Check your seat belts regularly,
and have any problem
corrected as soon as possible.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Airbag System Components
(1)
(9)
(2)
(3) (12)
Driver and Passenger Safety
(8)
(11)
(5)
(1) Driver’s Airbag
(2) Front Passenger’s Airbag
(3) Control Unit
(4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners
(5) Side Airbags
(6) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor
(7) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors
(8) Front Impact Sensors
(6)
(9) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator
(10) Side Impact Sensors (First)
(11) Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) Sensors
(12) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors/OPDS Sensors Control Unit
(13) Seat Belt Buckle Tensioners
(14) Rear Safing Sensor
(4)
(13)
(5)
(10)
(7)
(10)
(14)
(4)
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Your airbag system includes:
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 ).
(16)
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 29 ).
(15)
(15)
(15) Side Impact Sensor (Second)
(16) Side Curtain Airbags
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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 21 ).
Sensors that can detect whether
a child is in the passenger’s side
airbag path and automatically
turn the airbag off (see page
32 ).
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 ).
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.
An indicator on the instrument
panel that alerts you that the
passenger’s side airbag has been
turned off (see page 32 ).
An indicator on the dashboard that
alerts you that the passenger’s
front airbag has been turned off
(see page 32 ).
Emergency backup power in case
your vehicle’s electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.
An indicator on the instrument
panel that alerts you to a possible
problem with your airbags,
sensors, or seat belt tensioners
(see page 31 ).
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Driver and Passenger Safety
Sensors that can detect a
moderate to severe front impact or
side impact.
Weight sensors that monitor the
weight on the front passenger’s
seat. If the weight of an infant
or small child is detected, the
passenger’s front airbag will be
turned off (see page 28 ).
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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.
Although both airbags normally
inflate within a split second of each
other, it is possible for only one
airbag to deploy.
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 instantly
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 32 ).
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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.
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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Dual-Stage Airbags
Dual-Threshold Airbags
Your front airbags are dual-stage
airbags. This means they have two
inflation stages that can be ignited
sequentially or simultaneously,
depending on crash severity.
Your front airbags are also dualthreshold airbags. Airbags with this
feature have two deployment
thresholds that depend on whether
or not the occupant is wearing a seat
belt.
In a more severe crash, both stages
will ignite simultaneously to provide
the quickest and greatest protection.
In a less severe crash, one stage will
ignite first, then the second stage
will ignite a split second later. This
provides longer airbag inflation time
with a little less force.
If the occupant’s belt is not latched,
the airbag will deploy at a slightly
lower threshold, because the
occupant would need extra
protection.
If the occupant’s belt is latched, the
airbag will inflate at a slightly higher
threshold, when the airbag would be
needed to supplement the protection
provided by the seat belt.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
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Advanced Airbags
Your front airbags are also advanced
airbags. The main purpose of this
feature is to help prevent airbagcaused injuries to short drivers and
children who ride in front.
For both advanced airbags to work
properly:
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.
Back-seat passengers should not
put their feet under the front seats.
Failure to follow these instructions
could damage the sensors or prevent
them from working properly.
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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.
PASSENGER’S
SEAT WEIGHT
SENSORS
The passenger’s advanced front
airbag system has weight sensors
under the seat. Although Honda
does not encourage carrying an
infant or small child in front, if the
sensors detect the weight of an
infant or small child, the system will
automatically turn the passenger’s
front airbag off.
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If the weight sensors detect there is
no passenger in the front seat, the
airbag will be off. However, the
passenger airbag off indicator 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:
A rear passenger pushing or
pulling on the back of the
passenger’s seat.
Moving the front seat forcibly
back against cargo on the seat or
floor behind it.
How Your Side Airbags Work
Driver and Passenger Safety
When the airbag is turned off, an
indicator in the center of the
dashboard will come on indicating
passenger airbag ‘‘OFF’’ (see page
32 ).
Moving the front seat forcibly
back on the folded rear seat.
The rear seat-back interfere with
the reclined front passenger’s
seat-back when folding rear seat.
Hanging heavy items on the front
passenger seat, or placing heavy
items in the seat-back pocket.
If equipped
Also, make sure the floor mat behind
the front passenger’s seat is hooked
to the floor mat anchor. If it is not,
the mat may interfere with the
proper operation of the sensors and
operation of the seat.
If you ever have a moderate to
severe side impact, sensors will
detect rapid deceleration and signal
the control unit to instantly inflate
either the driver’s or the passenger’s
side airbag.
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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.
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.
Side Airbag Cutoff System
Your vehicle has a side airbag cutoff
system designed primarily to protect
a child riding in the front passenger’s
seat.
Although Honda does not encourage
children to ride in front, this system
is designed to shut off the side
airbag if a child leans into the side
airbag’s path.
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.
Objects placed on the front
passenger seat can also cause the
side airbag to be shut off.
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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.
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.
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How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work
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.
SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG
In a moderate to severe side impact,
sensors will detect rapid deceleration
and signal the control unit to
instantly inflate the side curtain
airbag on the driver’s or the
passenger’s side of the vehicle.
How the SRS Indicator Works
The SRS indicator alerts
you to a potential problem
with your airbags or seat belt
tensioners.
When you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, this indicator
comes on briefly 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:
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.
If the indicator comes on or
flashes on and off while you drive.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
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How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works
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 you see any of these indications,
the airbags and seat belt tensioners
may not work properly when you
need them.
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U.S.
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works
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 briefly and then go
off (see page 61 ). If it doesn’t come
on, stays on, or comes on while
driving without a passenger in the
front seat, have the system checked.
U.S.
Canada
PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR
This indicator alerts you that the
passenger’s front airbag has been
shut off because weight sensors
detect an infant or small child may
be in the front passenger’s seat. It
does not mean there is a problem
with the airbag.
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If the indicator comes on with no
passenger in the front, or with an
adult in the seat, there may be a
problem with the advanced airbag
system. Have the vehicle checked by
your dealer as soon as possible.
The passenger airbag off indicator
may also come on and off repeatedly
if total weight on the seat is near the
airbag cutoff threshold.
If this happens, have the passenger
ride properly restrained in the back
seat. If the passenger must ride in
front, move the seat as far to the
rear as possible, have the passenger
sit upright and wear the seat belt
properly.
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:
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 your dealer or a
knowledgeable body shop.
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.
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 worn during the crash to
make sure they are operating
properly.
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If no one is riding in the front seat,
the airbag will be automatically shut
off. However, the indicator will not
come on.
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Additional Safety Precautions
Do not attempt to deactivate your
airbags. Together, airbags and
seat belts provide the best
protection.
Do not tamper with airbag
components or wiring for any
reason. Tampering could cause
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 Honda
Automobile Customer Service at
(800) 999-1009.
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Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting
your dealer. Improperly replacing
or covering front seat-back covers
can prevent your side airbags from
inflating during a side impact.
Do not expose the front seat-backs
to liquid. If water or another liquid
soaks into a seat-back, it can
prevent the side airbag cutoff
system from working properly.
Do not recline the front passenger’s
seat-back as far to the rear as
possible with the right rear seat
folded down. This will cause the
front passenger’s weight sensors
to work improperly. The system
may shut off the front passenger’s
airbag and the passenger airbag
off indicator will come on. The
seat belt reminder indicator for a
front seat passenger may also
work improperly.
Make sure that the folded-down
rear seat does not press the front
passenger’s seat-back. Check the
passenger airbag off indicator to
confirm that the passenger’s
advanced front airbag is operating
properly.
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
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 and
Canadian province 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 40 − 48 ).
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 49 − 52 ).
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Driver and Passenger Safety
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, vehicle
accidents are the number one cause
of the death of children ages 12 and
under.
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
All Children Should Sit in a Back
Seat
According to accident statistics,
children of all ages and sizes are
safer when they are restrained in a
back seat. The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and
Transport Canada recommend that
all children age 12 and under be
properly restrained in a back seat.
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 (see page 32 ),
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.
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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 49 for important
information about protecting larger
children).
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
U.S. Models
Sun Visor
Dashboard
Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
Canadian Models
Sun Visor
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
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:
Place the largest child in the front
seat, provided the child is large
enough to wear the lap/shoulder
belt properly (see page 49 ).
Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (see page 88 ).
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 page
16 ).
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If a Child Requires Close
Attention
Many parents say they prefer to put
an infant or small child in the front
passenger seat so they can watch the
child, or because the child requires
attention.
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.
If a child requires close physical
attention or frequent visual contact,
we strongly recommend that another
adult ride with the child in the back
seat. The back seat is far safer for a
child than the front.
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Additional Safety Precautions
Never hold an infant or child on
your lap. If you are not wearing a
Never put a seat belt over yourself
and a child. During a crash, the
belt could press deep into the child
and cause serious or fatal injuries.
Never let two children use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
children from accidentally falling
out (see page 79 ).
Do not leave children alone in a
vehicle. Leaving children without
adult supervision is illegal in most
states and Canadian provinces,
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 can accidentally set the
vehicle in motion, possibly injuring
themselves or others.
Lock all doors and the trunk 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. Know how to
operate the emergency trunk
opener and decide if your children
should be shown how to use this
feature (see page 84 ).
Keep vehicle keys and 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 trunk, which
can lead to accidental injury or
death.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
Use the childproof door locks to
prevent children from opening the
rear doors. This can prevent
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Protecting Infants
Two types of seats may be used: a
seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode.
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.
Only a rear-facing child seat provides
proper support for a baby’s head,
neck, and back.
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Rear-facing Child Seat Placement
A rear-facing child seat can be placed
in any seating position in the back
seat, but not in the front. Never put a
rear-facing child seat in the front
seat.
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.
Or, it can interfere with proper
operation of the passenger’s
advanced front airbag system.
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Protecting Infants and Small Children
Protecting Small Children
Child Seat Placement
We strongly recommend placing a
forward-facing child seat in a back
seat, not the front.
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.
Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death during a
collision.
Child Seat Type
Always place a rear-facing child
seat in the back seat, not the
front.
A child who is at least one year old,
and who fits within the child seat
maker’s weight and height limits,
should be restrained in a forwardfacing, upright child seat.
Even with advanced front airbags
that automatically turn the
passenger’s front airbag off (see
page 32 ), a back seat is the safest
place for a small child.
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
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Protecting Infants and Small Children, Selecting a Child Seat
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.
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.
Placing a forward-facing child
seat in the front seat can result
in serious injury or death if the
front airbag inflates.
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 two outer
seating positions in the back seat.
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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Since LATCH-compatible child seats
are easier to install and reduce the
possibility of improper installation,
we recommend selecting this style.
We also recommend selecting a
LATCH-compatible seat with a rigid,
rather than a flexible, anchor (see
page 44 ).
In seating positions and vehicles not
equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed
using a seat belt.
Whatever type of seat you choose, to
provide proper protection, a child
seat should meet three
requirements:
1. The child seat should meet U.S. or
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213. Look for FMVSS
213 or CMVSS 213 on the box.
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2. The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to fit the child.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children.
Installing a Child Seat
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 Using
LATCH
Your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH (lower anchors and tethers
for children) at the outer rear seats.
BUTTON
The 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.
The location of each lower anchor is
indicated by a small button above the
anchor point.
LOWER ANCHORS
To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat:
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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Rigid type
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.
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7. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side-to-side to
verify that it is secure.
TETHER STRAP
HOOK
Driver and Passenger Safety
ANCHOR
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.
5. Lift the head restraint (see page
89 ), then route the tether strap
through the legs of the head
restraint and over the seat-back,
making sure the strap is not
twisted.
6. Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether anchor, then tighten the
strap as instructed by the child
seat maker.
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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 locking mechanism
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.
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 with a
Tether
Driver and Passenger Safety
ANCHORAGE POINTS
COVER
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.
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 locking
mechanism and remove a child seat,
unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat
belt, and let the belt fully retract.
ANCHOR
A child seat with a tether can be
installed in any seating position in
the back seat, using one of the
anchorage points shown above.
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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2. Lift the anchor cover, then attach
the tether strap hook to the
anchor, making sure the strap is
not twisted.
Using an Outer Anchor
TETHER STRAP
HOOK
Using the Center Anchor
TETHER STRAP
HOOK
3. Tighten the strap according to the
seat maker’s instructions.
ANCHOR
1. After properly securing the child
seat (see page 46 ), lift the head
restraint, then route the tether
strap over the seat-back and
through the head restraint legs.
ANCHOR
1. Whenever using the center anchor,
make sure to push down the head
restraint to its lowest position.
After properly securing the child
seat (see page 46 ), route the
tether strap over the head
restraint.
2. Follow steps 2 and 3 from the
previous column.
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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
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:
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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3. Does the shoulder belt cross
between the child’s neck and arm?
Using a Booster Seat
Booster seats can be high-back or
low-back. Whichever style you select,
make sure the booster seat meets
federal safety standards (see page
42 ) and that you follow the booster
seat maker’s instructions.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Some states and Canadian provinces
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 or provinces where you intend
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to drive.
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.
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Protecting Larger Children
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.
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 16 and 49 ). 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
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.
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.
If you decide that a child can safely
ride up front, be sure to:
Carefully read the owner’s manual,
and make sure you understand all
seat belt instructions and all safety
information.
Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position.
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 positioned and secured.
Supervise the child. Even mature
children sometimes need to be
reminded to fasten the seat belts
or sit properly.
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When Can a Larger Child Sit in
Front
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
age 12 and under be properly
restrained in the back seat.
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Additional Safety Precautions
Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck. This could result
in serious neck injuries during a
crash.
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.
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:
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.
The vehicle is raised for an oil
change.
You notice a change in the sound
of the exhaust.
The vehicle was in an accident
that may have damaged the
underside.
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 trunk open, airflow can pull
exhaust gas into your vehicle’s
interior and create a hazardous
condition. If you must drive with the
trunk open, open all the windows,
and set the heating and cooling
system as shown below.
If you must sit in your parked vehicle
with the engine running, even in an
unconfined area, adjust the heating
and cooling system as follows:
1. Select the fresh air mode.
mode.
2. Select the
3. Turn the fan on high speed.
4. Set the temperature control to a
comfortable setting.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
Your vehicle’s exhaust contains
carbon monoxide gas. You should
have no problem with carbon
monoxide entering the vehicle in
normal driving if you maintain your
vehicle properly.
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Safety Labels
These labels are in the locations
shown. They warn you of potential
hazards that could cause serious
injury. Read these labels carefully.
DASHBOARD
SUN VISOR
U.S. models only
U.S. models
If a label comes off or becomes hard
to read (except for the U.S.
dashboard label which is removed by
the owner), contact your dealer for a
replacement.
Canadian models
RADIATOR CAP
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HOOD
DOORJAMBS
U.S. models
U.S. models
Canadian models
Driver and Passenger Safety
Canadian models
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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.
Door Locks ....................................... 78
Power Door Locks ....................... 78
Childproof Door Locks ............... 79
Auto Door Locking/Unlocking.. 79
Auto Door Locking ...................... 79
Auto Door Unlocking .................. 81
Trunk................................................. 84
Emergency Trunk Opener ......... 84
Remote Transmitter ........................ 85
Seats .................................................. 88
Power Windows ............................... 93
Moonroof .......................................... 94
Mirrors .............................................. 96
Parking Brake .................................. 97
Interior Lights .................................. 98
Interior Convenience Items ............ 99
Beverage Holders ...................... 100
Accessory Power Socket .......... 100
Glove Box ................................... 100
Console Compartment .............. 100
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Instruments and Controls
Control Locations ............................ 58
Instrument Panel ............................. 59
Instrument Panel Indicators ........... 60
Gauges .............................................. 65
Odometer ...................................... 65
Display Change Button ............... 65
Trip Meter .................................... 66
Fuel Gauge ................................... 66
Temperature Gauge .................... 66
Outside Temperature
Indicator .................................... 67
Check Fuel Cap Indicator ........... 67
Maintenance Minder ................... 68
Controls Near the Steering
Wheel ............................................ 69
Windshield Wipers and Washers .. 70
Turn Signal and Headlights............ 71
Daytime Running Lights............. 72
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 72
Hazard Warning Button .................. 72
Rear Window Defogger .................. 73
Steering Wheel Adjustment ........... 73
Keys and Locks ................................ 74
Immobilizer System......................... 76
Ignition Switch ................................. 77
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Control Locations
INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P. 59)
MOONROOF SWITCH* (P. 94)
AUDIO SYSTEM* (P. 106)
GAUGES (P. 65)
HEATING/COOLING
CONTROLS
(P. 102)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 96)
POWER DOOR LOCK
MASTER SWITCH*
(P. 78)
DOOR LOCK SWITCH
(P. 78)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 93)
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
(P. 166)
MANUAL
TRANSMISSION
(P. 164)
FUEL FILL DOOR
RELEASE HANDLE
(P. 151)
TRUNK RELEASE
HANDLE (P. 84)
ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P. 100)
Vehicle with navigation system is shown.
*: If equipped
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SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 64)
SIDE AIRBAG
LIGHTS ON
DAYTIME
OFF INDICATOR INDICATOR
RUNNING
(P. 62)
(P. 61)
LIGHTS
INDICATOR (P. 62)
HIGH BEAM
INDICATOR
(P. 62)
SUPPLEMENTAL
RESTRAINT SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P. 61)
PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P. 60)
CRUISE MAIN
INDICATOR (P. 63)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE
SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 61)
CRUISE CONTROL
INDICATOR (P. 63)
SEAT BELT REMINDER
INDICATOR (P. 60)
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P. 61)
TRUNK-OPEN
INDICATOR
(P. 62)
LOW OIL PRESSURE
INDICATOR (P. 64)
DOOR-OPEN
INDICATOR
(P. 62)
CHARGING SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P. 64)
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR
LAMP (P. 64)
MAINTENANCE MINDER INDICATOR (P. 63)
The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for Canadian models are noted in the text.
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Instruments and Controls
LOW FUEL
INDICATOR
(P. 63)
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Instrument Panel Indicators
The instrument panel has many
indicators to give you important
information about your vehicle.
Seat Belt Reminder
Indicator
This indicator comes on when you
turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position. It reminds you and your
passengers to fasten your seat belts.
A beeper also sounds if you and your
front passenger have not fastened
your seat belts.
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.
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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.
Parking Brake
and Brake
System
Indicator
This indicator has two functions:
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 .
1. It comes on when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position. It is a reminder to check
the parking brake. A beeper
sounds if you try to drive with the
parking brake not fully released.
Driving with the parking brake not
fully released can damage the
brakes and tires.
U.S.
Canada
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, there
could be a problem with the brake
system. For more information, see
page 231 .
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U.S.
Canada
Side Airbag Off
Indicator
This indicator comes on 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. For more
information, see page 32 .
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 properlycoded key, the indicator will blink,
and the engine will not start (see
page 76 ).
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. If it comes on at any other
time, there is a problem with the
ABS. If this happens, have your
vehicle checked at a dealer. With
this on, your vehicle still has normal
braking ability but no anti-lock
brakes. For more information, see
page 172 .
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Instruments and Controls
Supplemental Restraint
System Indicator
This indicator comes on briefly 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
side airbags, passenger’s side airbag
automatic cutoff system, side curtain
airbags, automatic seat belt
tensioners, driver’s seat position
sensor, or the front passenger’s
weight sensors. For more
information, see page 31 .
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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 202 and 203 ).
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.
‘‘Daytime Running
Lights’’ Indicator
If this indicator comes on when the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
(II) position and the parking brake is
released, it means there is a problem
in a circuit. Have your vehicle
checked by your dealer.
High Beam Indicator
This indicator comes on with the
high beam headlights. For more
information, see page 71 .
This indicator also comes on with
reduced brightness when the
daytime running lights (DRL) are on
(see page 72 ).
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 LOCK (0) position without
turning off the light switch, this
indicator will stay on. A reminder
chime will also sound when you open
the driver’s door.
Trunk-open Indicator
This indicator comes on if the trunk
lid is not closed tightly.
Door-open Indicator
This indicator comes on if any door
is not closed tightly.
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Cruise Main Indicator
On LX and EX models
LOW FUEL INDICATOR
Cruise Control Indicator
On LX and EX models
This indicator comes on when you
set the cruise control. See page
145 for information on operating the
cruise control.
Washer Level Indicator
Canadian models only
This indicator comes on when the
washer fluid level is low. Add washer
fluid when you see this indicator
come on (see page 195 ).
This indicator is in the fuel gauge. It
comes on as a reminder that you
must refuel soon. When the indicator
comes on, there is about 1.9 US gal
(7.5 ) of fuel remaining in the tank
before the reading reaches E. There
is a small reserve of fuel remaining
in the tank when the reading does
reach E.
Maintenance Minder
Indicator
This indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position. This
indicator reminds you that it is time
to take your vehicle in for scheduled
maintenance. The maintenance main
items and sub items will be displayed
in the information display. See page
181 for more information on the
maintenance minder.
This indicator goes off when your
dealer resets it after completing the
required maintenance service.
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This indicator comes on when you
turn on the cruise control system by
pressing the CRUISE button (see
page 145 ).
Low Fuel Indicator
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Instrument Panel Indicators
Security System Indicator
SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
See page 230 .
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 229 .
On U.S. LX and EX models
This indicator comes on when the
security system is set. See page
144 for more information on the
security system.
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Charging System
Indicator
If this indicator comes on when the
engine is running, the battery is not
being charged. For more information,
see page 229 .
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Gauges
SPEEDOMETER
TEMPERATURE GAUGE
TACHOMETER
INFORMATION
DISPLAY
ODOMETER/OUTSIDE
TEMPERATURE INDICATOR
TRIP METER
INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS CONTROL BUTTONS
SEL/RESET BUTTON
Odometer
The odometer shows the total
distance your vehicle has been
driven. It measures in miles or
kilometers. It is illegal under U.S.
federal law and Canadian provincial
regulations to disconnect, reset, or
alter the odometer with the intent to
change the number of miles or
kilometers indicated.
Display Change Button
Press and hold until the speedometer,
trip meter, and odometer readings
switch between miles per hour and
kilometers per hour. A beeper will
sound.
DISPLAY CHANGE BUTTON
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FUEL
GAUGE
To switch the information display
between the odometer, trip meter,
outside temperature (if equipped),
and engine oil life and maintenance
item code(s), press the SEL/RESET
button repeatedly.
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Trip Meter
This meter shows the number of
miles or kilometers driven since you
last reset it.
There are two trip meters: TRIP A
and TRIP B. Switch between these
displays by pressing the SEL/
RESET button repeatedly.
Each trip meter works independently,
so you can keep track of two
different distances.
To reset a trip meter, display it, and
then press and hold the SEL/RESET
button until the number resets to
‘‘0.0.’’
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Fuel Gauge
This shows how much fuel you have.
It may show slightly more or less
than the actual amount.
Avoid driving with an extremely low
f uel level. Running out of f uel could
cause the engine to misf ire, damaging
the catalytic converter.
Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine’s coolant. During normal
operation, the reading should be in
the middle of the gauge. In severe
driving conditions, the reading may
reach near the red mark. If it
reaches the red mark, pull safely to
the side of the road. Turn to page
226 for instructions and precautions
on checking the engine cooling
system.
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Outside Temperature Indicator
If equipped
The temperature sensor is in the
front bumper. Therefore, 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
speed is under 19 mph (30 km/h).
The sensor delays the display update
until it reaches the correct outside
temperature. This may take several
minutes.
NOTE: The temperature must be
stabilized before doing this
procedure.
Select the outside temperature
display, then press the SEL/RESET
button for 10 seconds. The following
sequence will appear for 1 second
each: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, −5, −4, −3, −2,
−1, 0, 1 (0, 1, 2, 3, −3, −2, −1, 0, 1).
Check Fuel Cap Indicator
If your fuel cap is loose or missing, a
‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message
appears in the information display
after you start the engine. Turn the
engine off and confirm the fuel cap is
installed. If it is, loosen the cap, then
retighten it until it clicks at least
once. When you restart the engine,
the message appears again. To clear
the message, press and hold the
SEL/RESET button until it goes
away.
When it reaches the desired value,
release the SEL/RESET button. You
should see the new outside
temperature displayed.
In certain weather conditions,
temperature readings near freezing
(32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is
forming on the road surface.
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This indicator displays the outside
temperature in Fahrenheit (U.S.
models) or Centigrade (Canadian
models). To see the outside
temperature, press and release the
SEL/RESET button until the
temperature is shown in the
information display.
If the outside temperature is
incorrectly displayed, you can adjust
it up to ±5°F (±3°C) warmer or
cooler.
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If the system still detects a loose or
missing fuel fill cap, the malfunction
indicator lamp (MIL) comes on.
Turn the engine off, and check or
retighten the fuel fill cap until it
clicks at least once. The MIL goes
out after 3 days of normal driving
once the cap is tightened or replaced.
If it does not go out, have your
dealer inspect the vehicle. For more
information, see page 230 .
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Maintenance Minder
The 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 181 for
more information.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS
(P. 72)
HEADLIGHTS/
TURN SIGNALS
(P. 71)
WINDSHIELD
WIPERS/WASHERS
(P. 70)
Instruments and Controls
DISPLAY CHANGE BUTTON
(P. 65)
PASSENGER AIRBAG
OFF INDICATOR
(P. 32)
SEL/RESET BUTTON
(P. 65)
HAZARD WARNING
BUTTON
(P. 72)
REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS*1
(P. 143)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P. 73)
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
(P. 152)
Vehicle with navigation system is shown.
* :
*1 :
HORN*
STEERING WHEEL
ADJUSTMENT (P. 73)
HEATED MIRRORS*1
(P. 97)
CRUISE CONTROL
BUTTONS*1 (P. 145)
To use the horn, press the pad around the ‘‘H’’ logo.
If equipped
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Windshield Wipers and Washers
MIST − The wipers run at high
speed until you release the lever.
LO − The wipers run at low speed.
HI − The wipers run at high speed.
OFF − The wipers are not activated.
INT − The length of the wiper
interval is varied automatically
according to the vehicle’s speed.
On EX models and Canadian LX
model
1. MIST
2. OFF
3. INT − Intermittent
4. LO − Low speed
5. HI − High speed
6. Windshield washers
Push the right lever up or down to
select a position.
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Vary the delay by turning the INT
TIME ring.
If you turn it to the shortest delay,
the wipers will 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.
Windshield Washer − 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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Turn Signal and Headlights
Headlights − Turning the switch to
the ‘‘
’’ position turns on the
parking lights, taillights, instrument
panel lights, side-marker lights, and
rear license plate lights.
1. Turn signal
2. Off
3. Parking and interior lights
4. Headlights
5. High beams
6. Flash high beams
Turning the switch to the ‘‘
’’
position turns on the headlights.
If you leave the lights on with the
key removed from the ignition
switch, you will hear a reminder
chime when you open the driver’s
door.
High Beams − Push the lever
forward until you hear a click. The
high beam indicator will come on
(see page 62 ). Pull it back to return
to low beams.
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.
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 LOCK (0)
position.
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Turn Signal − Push down on the
left 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.
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Headlights, Instrument Panel Brightness, Hazard Warning Button
Daytime Running Lights
With the headlight switch off, only
the high beam headlights 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.
Instrument Panel Brightness
Hazard Warning Button
INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS
CONTROL BUTTONS
The headlights revert to normal
operation when you turn them on
with the switch.
The buttons under the left side vent
control the brightness of the
instrument panel. Push the + or −
button to adjust the brightness.
Separate adjustments can be made
when the headlights are on and off.
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Push the button to turn on the
hazard warning lights (four-way
flashers). This causes all four
outside turn signals and both turn
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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Rear Window Defogger, Steering Wheel Adjustment
Make sure the rear window is clear
and you have good visibility before
starting to drive.
Rear Window Defogger
Canadian
LX and EX
models
The rear window defogger will clear
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
after about 15 minutes. It also shuts
off when you turn off the ignition
switch. You have to turn the
defogger on again when you restart
the vehicle.
On Canadian LX and EX models
Adjusting the steering wheel
position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
vehicle and be seriously injured
in a crash.
Pushing this button also turns the
mirror heaters on or off. For more
information, see page 97 .
Adjust the steering wheel only
when the vehicle is stopped.
Instruments and Controls
The defogger and antenna wires on
the inside of the rear window can be
accidentally damaged. When
cleaning the glass, always wipe sideto-side.
Steering Wheel Adjustment
Make any steering wheel adjustment
before you start driving.
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Steering Wheel Adjustment, Keys and Locks
3. Push the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in that position.
Keys and Locks
U.S. EX model
4. Make sure you have securely
locked the steering wheel in place
by trying to move it up, down, in,
and out.
1. Push the lever under the steering
column all the way down.
2. Move the steering wheel up or
down, and in or out to the desired
position. Make sure you can see
the instrument panel gauges and
the indicators.
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KEY
NUMBER
TAG
MASTER KEY
WITH REMOTE
TRANSMITTER
VALET
KEY
(Gray)
The master key fits all the locks on
your vehicle.
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Keys and Locks
All LX models, and Canadian DX-G and
EX models
MASTER KEY
WITH REMOTE
TRANSMITTER
VALET
KEY
(Gray)
KEY
NUMBER
TAG
MASTER
KEY
(Black)
VALET
KEY
(Gray)
Protect the keys from direct
sunlight, high temperature, and
high humidity.
Do not drop the keys or set heavy
objects on them.
The valet key works only in the
ignition and the door locks. You can
keep the trunk and trunk release
handle locked when you leave your
vehicle and the valet key at a parking
facility.
You should have received a key
number tag with your set of keys.
You will need this key number if you
ever have to get a key replaced. Use
only Honda-approved key blanks.
Keep the keys away from liquids.
If they get wet, dry them
immediately with a soft cloth.
On DX model
The keys do not contain batteries.
Do not try to take them apart.
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KEY
NUMBER
TAG
DX model
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.
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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
fob) 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 undriveable.
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 your 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.
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Ignition Switch
LOCK (0) − You can insert or
remove the key only in this position.
To turn the key, push it in slightly. If
your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, the shift lever must
also be in park.
You will hear a reminder beeper if
you leave the key in the LOCK (0) or
the ACCESSORY (I) position and
open the driver’s door. Remove the
key to turn off the beeper.
ACCESSORY (I) − You can
operate the audio system and the
accessory power socket in this
position.
If your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, the shift lever must be
in Park before you can remove the
key from the ignition switch.
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.
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.
Removing the key from the
ignition switch while driving
locks the steering. This can
cause you to lose control of the
vehicle.
Remove the key from the
ignition switch only when
parked.
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The ignition switch has four
positions: LOCK (0), ACCESSORY
(I), ON (II), and START (III).
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.
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Door Locks
LOCK TAB
To lock
On DX models
To lock any passenger’s door when
getting out of the vehicle, pull the
lock tab out, and close the door. To
lock the driver’s door, pull and hold
the outside door handle, then pull
the lock tab out. Release the handle,
then close the door.
On all models except DX
To unlock
Each door has a lock tab next to the
inside door handle. Pull the tab out
to lock the door, and push it in to
unlock the door.
The lock tab on each door locks and
unlocks that door. Pulling out on the
driver’s door lock tab locks all doors
(except DX models). To unlock the
driver’s door from the outside, turn
the key and release it. If you turn it
again, all the doors unlock.
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To lock any door when getting out of
the vehicle, pull the lock tab out, and
close the door.
Power Door Locks
To lock
To unlock
MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH
Lockout Prevention
If equipped
With the driver’s door open and the
key in the ignition, both door lock
switches are disabled. They are not
disabled if the driver’s door is closed.
Pushing the switch down on the
open passenger’s door will lock all
doors.
Each front door has a master door
lock switch. Either switch locks and
unlocks all doors. Push the top of the
switch to lock all doors; push the
bottom to unlock them.
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Door Locks
Childproof Door Locks
Auto Door Locking/Unlocking
On LX and EX models
LEVER
Unlock
Instruments and Controls
Lock
Your vehicle has two custom door
lock settings: auto door locking and
auto door unlocking. Make all
settings before you start driving.
To activate an auto door lock mode:
Locks all doors when the vehicle’s speed
reaches about 9 mph (15 km/h).
Auto Door Locking
On LX and EX models
The auto door locking feature has
two (manual transmission) or three
(automatic transmission) possible
settings:
A/T models
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, the door
cannot be opened from the inside
regardless of the position of the lock
tab. To open the door, push the lock
tab in, and use the outside door
handle.
The doors lock when the vehicle
speed reaches 9 mph (15 km/h).
This is the default setting.
The auto door locking is
deactivated all the time.
On models with automatic
transmission
The doors lock whenever you
move the shift lever out of the
Park position.
1. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park (P) (automatic transmission),
and close the driver’s door.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
3. Set the parking brake.
For manual transmission, go to
step 5.
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Door Locks
4. Automatic Transmission:
Push and hold the brake pedal,
then move the shift lever out of
Park (P).
To turn the auto door lock modes
off:
5. Push and hold the lock side of the
master door lock switch on the
driver’s door. You will hear a
clicking sound, and after about 5
seconds, you will hear another
clicking sound.
6. Release the switch, move the shift
lever to Park (P) (automatic
transmission), and turn the
ignition switch to the
ACCESSORY (I) position within 5
seconds.
5. Release the switch, and turn the
ignition switch to the
ACCESSORY (I) position within 5
seconds.
1. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park (P) (automatic transmission),
and open the driver’s door.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
3. Set the parking brake.
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4. Push and hold the lock side of the
master door lock switch on the
driver’s door. You will hear a
clicking sound after about 5
seconds.
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Door Locks
To activate an auto door lock mode:
On models with automatic transmission
Locks all doors when the shift lever is
moved out of Park (P).
4. Release the switch, and turn the
ignition switch to the
ACCESSORY (I) position within 5
seconds.
Auto Door Unlocking
On LX and EX models
The auto door unlocking feature has
two (manual transmission) or three
(automatic transmission) possible
settings:
The driver’s door unlocks
whenever you turn the ignition
switch to the ACCESSORY (I)
position.
This is the default setting for
manual transmission.
The auto door unlocking is
deactivated all the time.
1. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park (P), and close the driver’s
door.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
On models with automatic
transmission
The driver’s door unlocks when
you move the shift lever to the
Park position.
This is the default setting for
automatic transmission.
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3. Push and hold the lock side of the
master door lock switch on the
driver’s door. You will hear a
clicking sound, and after about 5
seconds, you will hear another
clicking sound.
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Door Locks
To activate an auto door unlock
mode:
Unlocks driver’s door when the ignition
switch is moved out of the ON (II)
position.
4. Automatic Transmission:
Push and hold the brake pedal,
then move the shift lever out of
Park (P).
To turn the auto door unlock modes
off:
5. Push and hold the unlock side of
the master door lock switch on the
driver’s door. You will hear a
clicking sound, and after about 5
seconds, you will hear another
clicking sound.
A/T models
1. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park (P) (automatic transmission),
and close the driver’s door.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
6. Release the switch, move the shift
lever to Park (P) (automatic
transmission), and turn the
ignition switch to the
ACCESSORY (I) position within 5
seconds.
1. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park (P) (automatic transmission),
and open the driver’s door.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
3. Set the parking brake.
3. Set the parking brake.
For manual transmission, go to
step 5.
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4. Push and hold the unlock side of
the master door lock switch on the
driver’s door. You will hear a
clicking sound after about 5
seconds.
To activate an auto door unlock
mode:
On models with automatic transmission
Unlocks driver’s door when the shift
lever is moved to Park (P).
4. Release the switch, and turn the
ignition switch to the
ACCESSORY (I) position within 5
seconds.
1. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park (P), and close the driver’s
door.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
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5. Release the switch, and turn the
ignition switch to the
ACCESSORY (I) position within 5
seconds.
3. Push and hold the unlock side of
the master door lock switch on the
driver’s door. You will hear a
clicking sound, and after about 5
seconds, you will hear another
clicking sound.
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Trunk
Emergency Trunk Opener
PULL
TRUNK RELEASE
HANDLE
MASTER KEY
MASTER KEY
RELEASE LEVER
To open the trunk, pull the trunk
release handle on the left side of the
driver’s seat. To protect items in the
trunk when you need to give the key
to someone else, lock the trunk
release handle with the master key,
and give the other person the valet
key.
On U.S. EX models
Press and hold the trunk release
button on the remote transmitter.
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On all models except U.S. EX
You can also use the master key to
open the trunk.
To close the trunk, press down on
the trunk lid.
Keep the trunk lid closed at all times
while driving to avoid damaging it
and to prevent exhaust gas from
getting into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard, page 53 .
As a safety feature, your vehicle has
a release lever on the trunk latch so
the trunk can be opened from inside.
To open the trunk, push the release
lever to the left.
Parents should decide if their
children should be shown how to use
this feature.
For more information about child
safety, see page 39 .
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Remote Transmitter
U.S. EX model
TRUNK
RELEASE
BUTTON
PANIC BUTTON
UNLOCK BUTTON
PANIC BUTTON
UNLOCK
BUTTON
LOCK
BUTTON
All LX models, and Canadian
DX-G and EX models
LOCK − Press this button once to
lock all doors. Some exterior lights
will flash once. When you push
LOCK twice within 5 seconds, you
will hear a horn to verify that the
doors are locked. You cannot lock
the doors if any door is not fully
closed or the key is in the ignition
switch.
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
each time you press the button. This
button does not work when the key
is in the ignition switch.
The ceiling light (if the ceiling light
switch is in the door activated
position) will come on when you
press the UNLOCK button. If you do
not open any door, the light stays on
for about 30 seconds, then fades out.
If you relock the doors with the
remote transmitter before 30
seconds have elapsed, the light goes
off immediately.
If you unlock the doors with the
remote transmitter, but do not open
any of the doors within 30 seconds,
the doors automatically relock. On
U.S. LX and EX models, the security
system will also set.
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
other button on the remote
transmitter, or insert the key.
On U.S. EX model
TRUNK RELEASE − Press this
button for about 1 second to open
the trunk. You cannot open the trunk
if the key is in the ignition switch.
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Instruments and Controls
LOCK
BUTTON
On U.S. LX and EX models
If you push the LOCK button twice
within 5 seconds, you will hear a
horn to verify that the security
system has set.
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Remote Transmitter
Remote Transmitter Care
Avoid dropping or throwing the
transmitter.
Protect the transmitter from
extreme temperature.
Do not immerse the transmitter in
any liquid.
If you lose a transmitter, the
replacement needs to be
reprogrammed by your dealer.
Replacing the Transmitter Battery
If it takes several pushes on the
button to lock or unlock the doors,
replace the battery as soon as
possible.
Battery type: CR1616
SCREW
To replace the battery:
1. Remove the screw at the base of
the transmitter with a small
Phillips-head screwdriver.
2. Separate the transmitter by prying
its middle seam with your
fingernail.
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Remote Transmitter
BATTERY
TAB
3. Inside the transmitter, separate
the inner cover from the keypad
by releasing the two tabs on the
cover.
4. Remove the old battery from the
back of the inner cover, and note
the polarity. Make sure the
polarity of the new battery is the
same (+ side facing down), then
insert it into the back of the cover.
Instruments and Controls
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.
5. Install the parts in reverse order.
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Seats
Front Seat Adjustments
See pages 13 − 15 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position seats and seat-backs.
Make all adjustments before you
start driving.
To adjust the seat forward or
backward, pull up on the bar under
the seat cushion’s front edge. Move
the seat to the desired position, and
release the bar. Try to move the seat
to make sure it is locked in position.
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To change the seat-back angle of the
front seat, pull up on the lever on the
outside of the seat bottom.
Once your seat is adjusted correctly,
rock it back and forth to make sure it
is locked in position.
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Seats
Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment
Head Restraints
See page 15 for important safety
information and a warning about how to
properly position the head restraints.
The height of your driver’s seat is
adjustable. To raise the seat,
repeatedly pull up the lever on the
outside of the seat cushion. To lower
the seat, push the lever down
repeatedly.
They are most effective when you
adjust them so the back of the
occupant’s head rests against the
center of the restraint.
RELEASE BUTTON
The head restraints adjust for height.
You need both hands to adjust a
restraint. Do not attempt to adjust it
while driving. To raise it, pull upward.
To lower the restraint, push the
release button sideways, and push
the restraint down.
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Instruments and Controls
Your vehicle is equipped with head
restraints in all seating positions to
help protect you and your
passengers from whiplash and other
injuries.
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Seats
Rear Center Position
Armrest
Folding Rear Seat
On all models except DX
The back of the rear seat folds down,
giving you direct access to the trunk.
The seat-back is released from inside
the trunk.
RELEASE BUTTON
When a passenger is seated in the
rear center seating position, make
sure the head restraint is adjusted to
its highest position.
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The lid of the console compartment
can be used as an armrest by moving
it forward and backward. Make sure
the armrest is securely latched.
Make sure your passenger’s hands
or fingers are away from the armrest
before moving it.
On EX models, the rear seat armrest
is in the center of the rear seat. Pivot
it down to use it.
On DX, LX and Canadian DX-G models
The seat-back can be fold down as
one piece.
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Seats
GUIDE
CENTER SHOULDER BELT
On EX models and Canadian LX model
The left and right seat-backs can be
folded separately from inside the
trunk.
When storing cargo, you can move
the rear center shoulder belt out of
the way by removing the belt from
the guide.
Pull
RELEASE EX models/
Canadian
All models LX model
To release the seat-back, pull the
release under the trunk panel. Push
the seat-back down, then let go of
the release.
To lock the seat-back upright, push it
firmly against the trunk panel. Make
sure it is latched in place by pulling
on the top of the seat.
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Instruments and Controls
Pull
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Seats
Make sure that the folded seat-back
does not interfere with the front
passenger’s seat-back. This will
cause the front passenger’s weight
sensors to work improperly (see
page 28 ). Also check the passenger
airbag off indicator to assure proper
operation of the passenger’s
advanced front airbag.
Make sure all rear shoulder belts are
positioned in front of the rear seatback, and the center shoulder belt is
re-positioned in the guide whenever
the seat-back is in its upright position.
Be sure there are no twist in the
center shoulder belt.
Do not put any heavy items on the
seat-back when it is folded.
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Make sure all items in the trunk, or
items extending through the opening
into the back seat, are secured.
Loose items can fly forward and
cause injury if you have to brake
hard. See Carrying Cargo on page
157 .
Never drive with the seat-back
folded down and the trunk lid open.
See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on
page 53 .
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Power Windows
On LX and EX models
DRIVER’S WINDOW SWITCH
If the MAIN switch is OFF, the
passenger windows cannot be raised
or lowered. Keep the MAIN switch
off when you have children in the
vehicle so they do not injure
themselves by operating the
windows unintentionally.
AUTO REVERSE − If the driver’s
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.
Closing a power window on
someone’s hands or fingers can
cause serious injury.
On LX and EX models
MAIN SWITCH
Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position to raise or lower any
window. To open a window, push the
switch down and hold it. Release the
switch when you want the window to
stop. Pull back on the switch and
hold it to close the window.
The windows will operate for up to
10 minutes after you turn off the
ignition switch. Opening either front
door cancels this function.
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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Instruments and Controls
Make sure your passengers are
away from the windows before
closing them.
AUTO − To open or close the
driver’s window, 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.
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Power Windows, Moonroof
On LX and EX models
Moonroof
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, or the
driver’s window fuse is removed, the
AUTO function will be disabled. To
reset the AUTO function after
reconnecting the battery or installing
the fuse, do this:
If equipped
1. Start the engine. Push down and
hold the driver’s window switch
until the window is fully open.
2. Pull and hold the driver’s window
switch to close the window
completely, then hold the switch
for about 2 seconds.
If the power windows do not operate
properly after resetting, have your
vehicle checked by your dealer.
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MOONROOF SWITCH
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.
Open
Close
Tilt
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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Moonroof
Opening or closing the
moonroof on someone’s hands
or fingers can cause serious
injury.
Make sure all hands and fingers
are clear of the moonroof
before opening or closing it.
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.
If you try to open the moonroof in
below-f reezing 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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Instruments and Controls
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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Mirrors
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
TAB
SELECTOR SWITCH
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 has day and night
positions. The night position reduces
glare from headlights behind you.
Flip the tab on the bottom edge of
the mirror to select the day or night
position.
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On all models except DX
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).
ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
3. Push the appropriate edge of the
adjustment switch to move the
mirror right, left, up, or down.
4. When you finish, move the
selector switch to the center (off)
position. This turns the
adjustment switch off to keep your
settings.
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Mirrors, Parking Brake
Heated Mirrors
Parking Brake
HEATED MIRROR BUTTON
On Canadian LX and EX models
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.
PARKING BRAKE LEVER
To apply the parking brake, pull the
lever up fully. To release it, pull up
slightly, push the button, and lower
the lever. The parking brake
indicator on the instrument panel
should go out when the parking
brake is fully released (see page 60 ).
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Instruments and Controls
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.
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Interior Lights
Ceiling Light
DOOR ACTIVATED
ON
OFF
After all doors are closed tightly, the
light(s) dims slightly, then fades out
in about 30 seconds.
If you leave either door open without
the key is in the ignition switch, the
ceiling light(s) will go after 3
minutes.
The ceiling light has a three-position
switch; ON (right), Door Activated,
and OFF (left). In the Door
Activated (center) position, the light
comes on when you:
Open any door.
Remove the key from the ignition.
Unlock the doors with the key or
remote transmitter.
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SWITCHES
If you do not open either door after
unlock the driver’s door or remove
the key from the ignition switch, the
light(s) fades out in about 30
seconds.
OFF
DOOR
ACTIVATED
On models with moonroof
The front ceiling light has a twoposition switch; Door Activated and
OFF.
Spotlights
On models with moonroof
The front ceiling light has two
spotlights. Push the spotlight lenses
to turn them on and off.
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Interior Lights, Interior Convenience Items
CONSOLE COMPARTMENT
CENTER POCKET
COIN BOX
VANITY MIRROR
On all LX models, and EX models
without moonroof
Push on the spotlight lenses to turn
the light on and off.
BEVERAGE HOLDERS
(EX and Canadian LX only)
BEVERAGE HOLDERS
GLOVE BOX
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Instruments and Controls
ACCESSORY
POWER SOCKET
COAT HOOK
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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.
Open the front beverage holder by
sliding its cover backward.
On EX models and Canadian LX model
The rear seat also has a beverage
holder in the center armrest. To use
it, pivot the armrest down.
Accessory Power Socket
This socket is intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps). It will not power an
automotive type cigarette lighter
element.
To use an accessory power socket,
the ignition switch must be in the
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ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
The EX model has another
accessory power socket in the center
console compartment. When more
than one socket is being used, the
combined power rating of the
accessories should be 120 watts or
less (10 amps).
Glove Box
Open the glove box by pulling the
handle to the left. Close it with a firm
push.
Console Compartment
LEVER
CONSOLE COMPARTMENT
On all models except DX
To open the console compartment,
pull up on the lever, and lift the lid.
An open glove box can cause
serious injury to your passenger
in a crash, even if the
passenger is wearing the seat
belt.
Always keep the glove box
closed while driving.
To close, lower the lid, and push it
down until it latches.
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Features
The heating and air conditioning
system in your vehicle provides a
comfortable driving environment in
all weather conditions.
All models except U.S. DX
Your vehicle has an anti-theft audio
system that requires a code number
to enable it.
U.S. LX and EX models
The security system helps to discourage vandalism and theft of your
vehicle.
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Features
The standard audio system has
many features. This section
describes those features and how to
use them. (If you selected an
optional audio system, refer to the
operating instructions that came
with it.)
Vents, Heating, and A/C .............. 102
Using the A/C ............................ 104
Audio System ................................. 106
Playing the Radio ........................... 108
Playing a Disc ................................. 112
Disc Player Error Messages ........ 118
Setting the Clock ........................... 119
Playing the Radio (Vehicles with
Navigation System) ................... 121
Playing a Disc (Vehicles with
Navigation System) ................... 125
Playing a PC Card (Vehicles with
Navigation System) ................... 129
Disc Player Error Messages
(Vehicles with Navigation
System) ................................... 138
Radio Reception ............................. 139
Protecting Your Discs ................... 141
Radio Theft Protection.................. 142
Remote Audio Controls................. 143
Security System ............................. 144
Cruise Control ................................ 145
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Vents, Heating, and A/C
Fan Control Dial
Turn the dial clockwise to increase
the fan speed and airflow. Turn the
dial counterclockwise to decrease it.
TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL
FAN CONTROL DIAL
MODE BUTTONS
Temperature Control Dial
Turning this dial clockwise increases
the temperature of the airflow.
Air Conditioning (A/C) Button
If equipped
This button turns the air
conditioning on and off. The
indicator in the button is on when
the A/C is on.
Recirculation Button
When the recirculation indicator is
on, air from the vehicle’s interior is
sent throughout the system again.
When the indicator is off, air is
brought in from the outside of the
vehicle (fresh air mode).
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
BUTTON
AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON
(If equipped)
MAX A/C BUTTON
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(Canadian LX
and EX models)
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
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Vents, Heating, and A/C
The outside air intakes for the
heating and cooling system are at
the base of the windshield. Keep this
area clear of leaves and other debris.
Switch to recirculation mode when
driving through dusty or smoky
conditions, then return to fresh air
mode.
Rear Window Defogger Button
This button turns the rear window
defogger off and on (see page 73 ).
Mode Control Button
Use the mode control buttons to
select the vents air flows from. Some
air will flow from the dashboard
corner vents in all modes.
Airflow is divided between
the vents in the dashboard and the
floor vents.
Air flows from the floor
vents. When you select
, the
system automatically switches to
fresh air mode.
Airflow is divided between
the floor vents and the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
Air flows from the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
When you select
or
,
the system automatically switches to
fresh air mode and turns on the A/C
(if equipped).
MAX A/C Button
If equipped
The system automatically
turns on the A/C, selects
, and
switches to recirculation mode. Each
indicator in the button is on when
the MAX A/C is turned on.
Ventilation
The flow-through ventilation system
draws in outside air, circulates it
through the interior, then exhausts it
through vents near the rear side
panels.
1. Set the temperature to the lower
limit.
2. Make sure the A/C is off.
and fresh air mode.
3. Select
4. Set the fan to the desired speed.
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Features
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.
Air flows from the center
and corner vents in the dashboard.
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Vents, Heating, and A/C
Using the Heater
The heater uses engine coolant to
warm the air. If the engine is cold, it
will be several minutes before you
feel warm air coming through the
system.
to maximum cool.
.
3. Select
4. If the outside air is humid, select
recirculation mode. If the outside
air is dry, select fresh air mode.
5. Set the fan to the desired speed.
.
1. Select
2. Set the fan to the desired speed.
3. Adjust the warmth of the air with
the temperature control dial.
If the interior is very warm, you can
cool it down more rapidly by partially
opening the windows, turning on the
A/C, and setting the fan to
maximum speed in fresh air mode.
Using the A/C
If equipped
Air conditioning places an extra load
on the engine. Watch the engine
coolant temperature gauge (see page
66 ). If it moves near the red zone,
turn off the A/C until the gauge
reading returns to normal.
1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the
button. The indicator in the button
comes on when a fan speed is
selected.
2. Make sure the temperature is set
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To cool the interior with MAX A/C:
1. Set the fan to the desired speed.
2. Select MAX A/C mode.
The system automatically turns on
the A/C, selects
, and
switches to recirculation mode.
3. Make sure the temperature is set
to maximum cool.
Dehumidify the Interior
Air conditioning, as it cools, removes
moisture from the air. When used in
combination with the heater, it
makes the interior warm and dry and
can prevent the windows from
fogging up.
1. Turn the fan on.
2. If the A/C is off, turn it on (if
equipped).
and fresh air mode.
3. Select
4. Adjust the temperature to your
preference.
This setting is suitable for all driving
conditions whenever the outside
temperature is above 32°F (0°C).
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Vents, Heating, and A/C
To Defog and Defrost
To remove fog from the inside of the
windows:
To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice
From the Windows
1. Select
. When you select
, the system automatically
switches to fresh air mode and
turns on the A/C (if equipped).
The A/C indicator will not come
on, if it was previously off.
.
2. Select
3. Set the fan and temperature
controls to maximum level.
To clear the windows faster, you can
close the dashboard corner vents by
rotating the wheel next to each vent.
This sends more warm air to the
windshield defroster vents. Once the
windshield is clear, select fresh air
mode to avoid fogging the windows.
For your safety, make sure you have
a clear view through all the windows
before driving.
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Features
1. Set the fan to the desired speed, or
high for faster defrosting.
. When you select
2. Select
, the system automatically
switches to fresh air mode and
turns on the A/C (if equipped).
The A/C indicator will not come
on, if it was previously off.
3. Adjust the temperature so the
airflow feels warm.
to help clear the
4. Select
rear window.
5. To increase airflow to the
windshield, close the corner vents.
When you switch to
, from
or
, the A/C stays on.
This helps prevent the windows from
rapidly fogging up when the air is
suddenly routed away from the
windshield. If you want to turn the
A/C off, press and release the A/C
button until the indicator in the
button comes on and then goes off.
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Audio System
Read the appropriate pages in this
section for operation of the audio
systems installed in your vehicle.
page 108 to 120 for A and B type
page 121 to 138 for C type
If your vehicle has a different audio
system, refer to its manual for
operating instructions.
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(A type)
U.S. LX and Canadian DX, DX-G, LX, and EX models
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Audio System
(B type)
(C type)
U.S. EX model without navigation system
U.S. EX model with navigation system
Features
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Playing the Radio
(A type)
(B type)
U.S. LX and Canadian DX, DX-G, LX, and EX models
U.S. EX model without navigation system
FM
SCAN
AM
BUTTON BUTTON BUTTON
AUTO SELECT BUTTON
AM/FM BUTTON
AUTO SELECT BUTTON
SCAN
BUTTON
PWR/VOL KNOB
SEEK BAR
PRESET BARS
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TUNE/SOUND KNOB
PWR/VOL KNOB
SEEK BAR
PRESET BARS
TUNE/SOUND KNOB
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Playing the Radio
To Play the Radio
The ignition switch must be in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
Turn the system on by pushing the
PWR/VOL knob. Adjust the volume
by turning the same knob.
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 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.
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 bar, then release it.
PRESET − Each side of the bars
(1−6) can store one station on AM,
and two stations on FM.
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 in
the display. The system will scan for
a station with a strong signal. When
it finds one, it will stop and play that
station for about 10 seconds.
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
12 stations.
2. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN
function to tune the radio to a
desired station.
3. Pick a preset number (1−6), 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.
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Features
The band and frequency that the
radio was last tuned to is displayed.
To change bands, press the AM/FM
button (AM or FM button). On the
FM band, ST will be displayed if the
station is broadcasting in stereo.
Stereo reproduction in AM is not
available.
TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to
tune the radio to a desired frequency.
Turn the knob right to tune to a
higher frequency, or left to tune to a
lower frequency.
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Playing the Radio
AUTO SELECT − If you are
traveling far from home and can no
longer receive your preset stations,
you can use the auto select feature to
find stations in the local area.
Press the A. SEL button. ‘‘A.SEL’’
flashes in the display, and the system
goes into scan mode for several
seconds. It stores the frequencies of
six AM, and twelve FM stations in
the preset bars.
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You will see a ‘‘0’’ displayed after
pressing a preset bar if auto select
cannot find a strong station for every
preset bar.
If you do not like the stations auto
select has stored, you can store
other frequencies on the preset bars
as previously described.
To turn off auto select, press the
A. SEL button. This restores the
presets you originally set.
Adjusting the Sound
Press the SOUND (TUNE) knob
repeatedly to display the bass (BAS),
treble (TRE), fader (FAD), balance
(BAL), and speed-sensitive volume
compensation (SVC) settings.
Each mode is shown in the display as
it changes. Turn the SOUND
(TUNE) knob to adjust the setting to
your liking. When the level reaches
the center, you will see ‘‘
’’ in
the display. The system will
automatically return the display to
the selected audio mode about 5
seconds after you stop adjusting a
mode.
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Playing the Radio
Treble/Bass − Use the TREBLE/
BASS modes to adjust the tone to
your liking.
Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel
brightness control buttons to adjust
the illumination of the audio system
(see page 72 ). The audio system
illuminates when the parking lights
are on, even if the radio is turned off.
Features
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.
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. The default setting is MID.
Turn the SOUND (TUNE) knob to
adjust the setting to your liking.
If you feel the sound is too loud,
choose low. If you feel the sound is
too quiet, choose high.
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Playing a Disc
(A type)
(B type)
U.S. LX and Canadian DX, DX-G, LX, and EX models
U.S. EX model without navigation system
REPEAT
EJECT
CD
BUTTON
BUTTON
BUTTON
LOAD
RANDOM
DISPLAY
INDICATOR
BUTTON
BUTTON
SCAN
BUTTON
LOAD
CD
INDICATOR
BUTTON
REPEAT
RANDOM
EJECT
BUTTON
BUTTON
BUTTON
SCAN
BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
PWR/VOL KNOB
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DISPLAY
BUTTON
FOLDER KNOB
SEEK/SKIP BAR
PWR/VOL KNOB
FOLDER KNOB
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Playing a Disc
To Play a Disc
To load or play discs, the ignition
switch must be in the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position.
The CD player can also play CD-Rs
and CD-RWs in MP3 and WMA
compressed formats. When playing a
disc in MP3 or WMA, you will see
‘‘MP3’’ or ‘‘WMA’’ in the display. You
can select up to 255 folders or tracks.
Video CDs and DVDs will not work
in this unit.
The specifications of the compatible
WMA file are:
Sampling frequency: 32/44.1/48 kHz
Bit rate: 48/64/80/96/128/160/192
kbps
Compatible with variable bit rate and
multi-session.
Maximum layers(including ROOT):
8 layers
Insert a disc into the slot. The drive
will pull the disc in the rest of the
way to play it. When the system
reaches the end of the disc, it will
return to the beginning and play the
disc again.
You can also play 3-inch (8-cm) discs
without using an adapter ring.
To play the radio when a disc is
playing, press the AM/FM button
(AM or FM button). Press the CD
button again to switch back to the
CD player.
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
You operate the CD player with the
same controls used for the radio. To
select the CD player, press the CD
button. You will see ‘‘CD’’ in the
display. The number of the track
playing is shown in the display. The
system will continuously play a disc
until you change modes.
The specifications of the compatible
MP3 file are:
Sampling frequency: 32/44.1/48 kHz
(MPEG1), 24, 22.05, 16 kHz
(MPEG2)
Bit rate: 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/
112/128/160/192/224/256/320 kbps
(MPEG1), 8/16/24/32/40/48/56/
64/80/96/112/128/160 kbps
(MPEG2)
Compatible with variable bit rate and
multi-session.
Maximum layers
(including ROOT): 8 layers
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Playing a Disc
Name Display Function
Each time you press the DISP button
while playing a CD-TEXT, the
display mode changes from album
name, to artist name, to track name,
and then to normal display. When
playing a disc in MP3/WMA, the
display mode changes from folder
name, to file name, to artist tag, to
album tag, to track tag, and then to
normal display.
If the title is too long, it will not show
all at once. Press and hold the DISP
button, and the rest of the title will
show in the display.
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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, other than in normal
display mode.
To Change or Select Tracks/Files
You can use the SEEK/SKIP bar
while a disc is playing to select
passages and change tracks (files in
MP3/WMA mode).
In MP3/WMA mode, use the
FOLDER (TUNE) knob to select
folders in the disc, and use the
SEEK/SKIP bar to change files.
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Playing a Disc
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER SELECTION − To
select a different folder, turn the
FOLDER (TUNE) knob clockwise to
move to the beginning of the next
folder. Turn the knob
counterclockwise to move to the
beginning of the current folder. Turn
it counterclockwise again to skip to
the beginning of the previous folder.
REPEAT (TRACK/FILE
REPEAT) − To continuously replay
a track (file in MP3/WMA mode),
press and release the RPT button.
You will see RPT in the display.
Press and hold the RPT button to
turn it off.
Features
SEEK/SKIP − Each time you
press and release the
bar, the
player skips forward to the
beginning of the next track (files in
MP3/WMA mode). Press and
release the
bar to skip
backward to the beginning of the
current track. Press it again to skip
to the beginning of the previous
track.
To move rapidly within a track, press
and hold the
or
side of the
SEEK/SKIP bar.
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Playing a Disc
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER-REPEAT − This feature,
when activated, replays all the files
on the selected folder in the order
they are compressed in MP3/WMA.
To activate folder repeat mode, press
the RPT button repeatedly until you
see F-RPT in the display. The system
continuously replays the current
folder. Press and hold the RPT
button to turn it off.
Each time you press and release the
RPT button, the mode changes from
file repeat to folder repeat, then to
normal playing.
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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 and release the RDM
button. In MP3/WMA mode, press
the RDM button twice to select
within a disc random play. You will
see RDM in the display. Press the
RDM button again to return to
normal play.
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER-RANDOM − This
feature, when activated, 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 RDM button. You will see FRDM in the 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.
Each time you press and release the
RDM button, the mode changes
from Folder Random Play to Within
a Disc Random Play, then to normal
playing.
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Playing a Disc
In MP3/WMA mode
F-SCAN − This feature, when
activated, samples the first file of
each folder for 10 seconds. To
activate the folder scan feature,
press the SCAN button until you see
F-SCAN in the display. The folder
name is also displayed. To hear the
rest of the folder, press the SCAN
button, within 10 seconds. If you do
not, the system advances to the next
folder, plays for 10 seconds of it, and
continues throughout the rest of the
folder the same way. When the
system samples the first file of all
folders, F-SCAN is cancelled, and the
disc plays normally.
To Stop Playing a Disc
Press the eject button (
) to
remove the CD. If you eject the CD,
but do not remove it from the slot,
the system will automatically reload
the CD after 10 seconds and put it in
pause mode. To begin playing, press
the CD button.
Press the AM/FM button (AM or
FM button) to switch to the radio
while a CD is playing. Press the CD
button to play the CD.
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.
Protecting Discs
For information on how to handle
and protect compact discs, see page
141 .
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Features
SCAN − The SCAN function
samples all the tracks/files on the
disc in the order they are recorded
on the disc. To activate the scan
feature, press the SCAN button. You
will see SCAN in the display. You will
get a 10 second sampling of each
track on the disc. You will also see a
track/file name in the display. Press
and hold the SCAN button to get out
of the system and play the last track
sampled.
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Disc Player Error Messages
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a disc, find the
cause in the chart to the right. If you
cannot clear the error message, take
your vehicle to your dealer.
Indication
Cause
FOCUS Error
Mechanical Error
High temperature
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Solution
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check if it is inserted correctly in the disc
player.
Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged.
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation.
If the disc cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
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Setting the Clock
(A type)
(B type)
U.S. LX and Canadian DX, DX-G, LX, and EX models
U.S. EX model without navigation system
CLOCK BUTTON
CLOCK BUTTON
Features
H BUTTON
R BUTTON
M BUTTON
H BUTTON
R BUTTON
M BUTTON
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Setting the Clock
To set the time, press the CLOCK
(AM/FM or AM) button until you
hear a beep, then release the button.
The displayed time begins to blink.
Change the hour by pressing the H
(preset 1) button until the numbers
advance to the desired time. Change
the minute by pressing the M
(preset 2) button until the numbers
advance to the desired time.
Press the CLOCK button again to
enter the set time.
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You can quickly set the time to the
nearest hour. If the displayed time is
before the half hour, pressing the
CLOCK button until you hear a beep,
then pressing the R (preset 3) button
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.
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Playing the Radio (Vehicles with Navigation System)
(C type)
U.S. EX model with navigation system
FM1 ICON
FM2 ICON AM ICON
JOYSTICK
Features
AM/FM BUTTON
AUTO SELECT
ICON
AUDIO BUTTON
BACKGROUND ICON
SCAN BUTTON
SOUND ICON
TUNE BAR
PRESET BUTTONS
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Playing the Radio (Vehicles with Navigation System)
Voice Control System
In addition to the standard audio
controls, the audio system in your
vehicle can be operated using the
voice control system. See the Navi
section in your Quick Start Guide for
an overview of this system, and the
navigation system manual for
complete details.
The band and frequency that the
radio was last tuned to is displayed.
To change bands, press the AM/FM
button, or touch the desired band
icon (FM1, FM2, or AM). On the FM
band, STEREO will be displayed if
the station is broadcasting in stereo.
Stereo reproduction on AM is not
available.
To Play the Radio
The ignition switch must be in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
Turn the system on by pushing the
PWR/VOL knob. Adjust the volume
by turning the same knob.
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, and AUTO SELECT .
Push the AUDIO button to show the
audio system screen. You can also
operate the audio system without
showing the audio system screen by
using the standard controls. The
status bar is shown at the bottom of
the screen each time you press a
button.
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TUNE − Use the TUNE bar to tune
the radio to a desired frequency.
Press the ▲ bar to tune to a higher
frequency, and the ▼ bar to tune to
a lower frequency. When you press
and hold the ▲ or ▼ bar, the system
beeps twice, and the frequency goes
up or down until you release the bar.
SEEK − The SEEK function
searches up and down from the
current frequency to find a station
with a strong signal. To activate it,
press and hold ▲ or ▼ on the TUNE
bar until you hear a beep, then
release the bar.
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 in
the display. The system will scan for
a station with a strong signal. When
it finds one, it will stop and play that
station for about 10 seconds.
If you do nothing, the system will
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.
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Preset − Each preset button can
store one frequency on AM, and two
frequencies on FM.
2. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN
function to tune the radio to a
desired station.
3. Pick a preset button, 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.
Press the AUTO SEL icon. ‘‘AUTO
SEL’’ flashes in the display, and the
system goes into scan mode for
several seconds. It stores the
frequencies of six AM, and twelve
FM stations in the preset buttons.
To turn off Auto Select, press the
AUTO SEL icon. This restores the
presets you originally set.
To Change the Background Image
There are three modes of display:
level (the audio level appears as ten
vertical bar graphs), spectrum
analysis (the audio level appears as
ripples of water), and off (a plain
background is displayed). Each time
you touch the Background icon, the
mode changes.
You will see a ‘‘0’’ displayed after
pressing a preset button if auto
select cannot find a strong station for
every preset button.
If you do not like the stations auto
select has stored, you can store
other frequencies on the preset
buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or
SCAN functions to find stations, then
store them in the preset buttons as
described.
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Features
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two frequencies with each preset
button.
AUTO SELECT − If you are
traveling far from home 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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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.
Adjusting the Sound
The default setting is Mid. If you feel
the sound is too loud, choose low. If
you feel the sound is too quiet,
choose Hi.
SOUND ICON
To adjust the sound, push the
AUDIO button, then enter the sound
grid by touching the SOUND icon on
the display.
Treble/Bass − To adjust the treble
and bass, touch + or − on each side
of the treble or bass adjustment bar,
or move the joystick. The adjustment
bar shows you the current setting.
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Left/Right Balance and Front/
Rear Fader − These modes adjust
the strength of the sound coming
from each speaker. Left/Right
balance adjusts the side-to-side
strength, while Front/Rear fader
adjusts the front-to-back strength.
To adjust the left/right balance,
touch the ‘‘L’’ or ‘‘R’’ icon, or move
the joystick. To adjust the front/rear
fader, touch the ‘‘FR’’ or ‘‘RR’’ icon,
or move the joystick.
To see the audio display when you
are finished adjusting the sound,
wait 5 seconds.
Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel
brightness control buttons to adjust
the illumination of the audio system
(see page 72 ). The audio system
illuminates when the parking lights
are on, even if the radio is off.
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Playing a Disc (Vehicles with Navigation System)
(C type)
U.S. EX model with navigation system
CD ICON
Features
OPEN BUTTON
CD BUTTON
AUDIO BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
RANDOM
BUTTON
REPEAT BUTTON
FAST FORWARD
BUTTON
REWIND BUTTON
SKIP + BUTTON
SKIP − BUTTON
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Playing a Disc (Vehicles with Navigation System)
Disc Player
DISC SLOT
CLOSE BUTTON
With the ignition in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position,
press the OPEN button, and insert a
disc about halfway into the disc slot.
The drive will pull the disc in the rest
of the way, and the disc will begin to
play. You operate the disc player
with the same controls used for the
radio. The number of the track
playing is shown in the display. The
system will continuously play a disc
until you change modes.
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Avoid using discs with adhesive labels.
The label can curl up and cause the
disc to jam in the unit.
Push the AUDIO button to show the
audio system screen. You can also
operate the audio system without
showing the audio system screen by
using the standard controls. The
status bar is shown at the bottom of
the screen each time you press a
button.
The player can also play CD-TEXT,
MP3, and WMA formats.
When you play CD-TEXT, you will
see the track name, artist name, and
album name in the screen. When you
play MP3/WMA discs, you will see
the track name and folder name in
the screen. If the disc was not
recorded with this information, it will
not be displayed.
To Change Tracks
Push the
button to play the next
track on the disc. Push the
button once to replay the track
in play; press it twice to replay the
previous track. To move rapidly
within a track, press and hold the
or the
button.
REPEAT − Press the RPT button
to continuously replay a track. You
will see REPEAT in the display.
Press the RPT button again to turn it
off. In MP3/WMA mode, press and
hold the RPT button to activate
folder repeat.
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SCAN − The SCAN function
samples all the tracks on the disc in
the order they are recorded. To
activate it, press and release the
SCAN button. You will see SCAN in
the display, and you will get a 10
second sampling of each track on the
disc. Press the SCAN button again to
get out of scan mode. In MP3/WMA
mode, press and hold the SCAN
button to activate folder scan.
To Choose a Track
If you are playing a CD, the screen
shows the track number. If you are
playing a CD-TEXT disc, the track
name is also shown. If you are
playing an MP3 or WMA disc, the
folders will also be shown.
If there are no track names, the
track numbers are displayed. You
will see the current track highlighted.
Select the desired track. If you are
checking the track list and want to
go back to previous screen, touch
Return.
You can also choose a track directly
from a track list. Touch TRACK
LIST on the screen, and the track list
screen is shown.
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Features
RANDOM − Press the RDM
button to play the tracks in random
order. You will see RANDOM in the
display. Press the RDM button again
to return to normal play. In MP3/
WMA mode, press and hold the
RDM button to activate folder
random.
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To Stop Playing a Disc
To take the system out of disc mode,
press the AM/FM button or CD/
AUX button. You can also touch the
FM1, FM2, AM, or CARD icon on
the screen. To return to disc mode,
press the CD/AUX button or touch
the CD icon.
Removing a Disc
EJECT BUTTON
CLOSE BUTTON
Press the OPEN button. The screen
folds back, and the disc player
appears. Press the eject button
(
) to remove the disc. If you
eject the disc, but do not remove it
from the slot, the system will
automatically reload it after 10
seconds and will remain there in a
pause mode.
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To close the screen, press the
CLOSE button. The screen will not
close if you have a partially inserted
CD or PC card.
Playing an MP3/WMA Disc
The disc player plays MP3/WMA
folders in recorded order. Maximum
playable folder layers are 8, total
playable folders are 99, and total
playable tracks are 999 per disc. If
your disc has a complex structure,
the disc player takes some time to
read the disc before playing it.
Protecting Discs
For information on how to handle
and protect discs, see page 141 .
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Playing a PC Card (Vehicles with Navigation System)
PC Card
(C type)
U.S. EX model with navigation system
TRACK LIST ICON
PC CARD ICON
PC CARD SLOT
PLAY MODE ICON
Features
OPEN
BUTTON
CD/AUX
BUTTON
CLOSE BUTTON
AUDIO
BUTTON
SCAN
BUTTON
RANDOM
FAST FORWARD SKIP + BUTTON
BUTTON
BUTTON
SKIP − BUTTON
REPEAT BUTTON
REWIND BUTTON
With the ignition in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position,
press the OPEN button, insert a PC
card all the way into the card slot,
then press the CLOSE button. The
PC card will begin to play. You
operate the PC card with the same
controls used for the radio. The
number of the track playing is shown
in the display. The system will
continuously play a card until you
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Push the AUDIO button to show the
audio system screen. You can also
operate the audio system without
showing the audio system screen by
using the standard controls. The
status bar is shown at the bottom of
the screen each time you press a
button.
The PC card player can play MP3
and WMA formats.
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NOTE:
When you insert a PC card into
the slot, make sure you put it in
straight. If you cannot insert it,
remove it, and insert again.
Do not keep PC cards in the
vehicle. Direct sunlight and high
heat will damage them.
To avoid damaging the card
reader, do not insert hard disc
drive cards into the PC card slot.
You cannot close the display until
the PC card is inserted all the way
or removed.
Never insert foreign objects into
the PC card slot.
The system may not be able to
read some memory cards
depending on the type of memory
card or combination of PC card
adaptor and memory card.
Recommended memory cards are
CompactFlash and Flash ATA
memory cards.
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Play Mode
FOLDER MODE
PLAY MODE ICON
MODE INDICATOR
Features
ARTIST MODE
PLAY MODE ICON
MODE INDICATOR
ALBUM MODE
PLAY MODE ICON
MODE INDICATOR
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To Change Tracks
Push the
button to play the next
track. Push the
button once to
replay the track in play; press it twice
to replay the previous track. To
move rapidly within a track, press
and hold the
or the
button.
To select a play mode
There are three modes to choose
from: folder, artist, and album.
Touch the PLAY MODE icon, then
choose one.
Folder mode plays tracks in the
order they are recorded in. Artist
mode plays tracks in alphabetical
order by artist and song title. Album
mode plays albums in alphabetical
order. If the ID3 tag information is
not in your card, the play mode
might not work properly.
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Choose ‘‘Continue playing the
Current Song’’ or ‘‘Play a New Track
List.’’ Continue playing the current
song plays the current song, then
goes into the play mode you chose.
Play a new track list plays the play
mode you chose.
You can always go back to the
previous screen by pressing the
CANCEL button. Press the AUDIO
button to exit.
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Playing a PC Card (Vehicles with Navigation System)
REPEAT − Press the RPT button
to continuously replay a track. You
will see TRACK REPEAT in the
display. Press RPT button again to
turn it off.
RANDOM − Press the RDM
button to play the tracks in random
order. You will see TRACK
RANDOM in the display. Press the
RDM button again to return to
normal play.
SCAN − The SCAN function
samples all the tracks on the PC card
in the order they are recorded. To
activate it, press and release the
SCAN button. You will see TRACK
SCAN in the display, and you will get
a 10 second sampling of each track
on the card. Press the SCAN button
again to get out of scan mode.
Press and hold the SCAN button
until you hear a beep. Folder, artist,
or album scan will be activated
depending on which play mode you
chose. You will get a 10 second
sampling of each track. Folder scan
samples the first track of each folder.
Artist scan samples the first track of
each artist. Album scan samples the
first track of each album. To hear
the rest of the folder, the artist, or
the album, press the SCAN button,
within 10 seconds. If you do not, the
system advances to the next folder,
artist, or album, plays for 10 seconds
of it, and continues throughout the
rest of folders, artists, or albums the
same way. When the system reaches
the last folder, artist, or album, the
scan mode is cancelled, and the PC
card plays normally.
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Features
Press and hold the RPT button until
you hear a beep. Folder, artist, or
album repeat will be activated
depending on which play mode you
chose. Folder repeat continuously
replays the folder. Artist repeat
continuously replays by that artist.
Album repeat continuously replays
the album. Press the RPT button
again to turn it off.
Press and hold the RDM button until
you hear a beep. Folder, artist, or
album random will be activated
depending on which play mode you
chose. Folder random plays the
tracks in random order within a
folder. Artist random plays the artist’s
tracks in random order. Album
random plays the tracks in random
order within an album. Press the
RDM button again to turn it off.
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Playing a PC Card (Vehicles with Navigation System)
To Choose a Track
SONG SEARCH ICON
(Folder Mode)
SONG SEARCH ICON
TRACK LIST ICON
(Artist Mode)
SONG SEARCH ICON
(Album Mode)
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Playing a PC Card (Vehicles with Navigation System)
Search by Title by Keyword
SONG SEARCH ICON
TITLE BY KEYWORD ICON
MORE ICON
Features
RETURN ICON
Folder mode is shown
You can also choose a track directly
from a track list. Touch TRACK
LIST on the screen, and the track list
screen will be shown. The display
changes depending on which play
mode you chose. You will see the
current track highlighted. Select the
desired track. If you want to go back
to the previous screen, press Return.
ARTIST ICON
ALBUM ICON
If you want to search for a particular
song, select Song Search on the
track list screen. You can search a
song from Title by Keyword, Artist,
or Album.
LIST ICON
If you choose Title by Keyword,
enter the title or any keyword, then
press List. The system will search to
find the song or songs.
If you cannot find characters, select
More to show other characters.
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Playing a PC Card (Vehicles with Navigation System)
Then select a song.
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Search by Artist
Search by Album
If you choose Artist, select an artist,
then select a song.
If you choose Album, select an
album, then select a song.
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Playing a PC Card (Vehicles with Navigation System)
To Stop Playing a Card
To take the system out of card mode,
press the AM/FM button or CD/
AUX button. You can also touch the
FM1, FM2, AM, or CD icon on the
screen. To return to card mode,
press the CD/AUX button or touch
the CARD icon.
Removing a PC Card
EJECT BUTTON
Features
Playing an MP3/WMA Card
The player plays recorded MP3/
WMA cards in recorded order.
Maximum playable folder layers are
8, total playable folders are 99, and
total playable tracks are 999 per card.
If your card has a complex structure,
the player takes some time to read
the card before playing it.
CLOSE BUTTON
Press the OPEN button. The screen
folds back, and the player appears.
Press the eject button (
), and
remove the card, then press the
CLOSE button.
You cannot close the display until
the PC card is inserted all the way or
removed.
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Disc Player Error Messages (Vehicles with Navigation System)
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a disc, find the
cause in the chart to the right. If you
cannot clear the error message, take
your vehicle to your dealer.
Indication
Cause
FOCUS Error
Mechanical Error
High temperature
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Solution
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check if it is inserted correctly in the disc
player.
Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged.
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation.
If the disc cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
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Radio Reception
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
kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550).
Stations on the FM band are
assigned frequencies at least 0.2
megahertz 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 kilohertz
FM band: 87.7 to 107.9 megahertz
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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Radio Reception
Electrical interference from passing
vehicles and stationary sources can
cause temporary reception problems.
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.
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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.
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Protecting Your Discs
General Information
When using CD-R or CD-RW discs,
use only high quality discs labeled
for audio use.
Play only standard round discs.
Odd-shaped discs may jam in the
drive or cause other problems.
Handle your discs properly to
prevent damage and skipping.
Do not use discs with adhesive labels.
The label can curl up and cause the
disc to jam in the unit.
To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth.
Wipe across the disc from the center
to the outside edge.
A new disc 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 disc,
causing skipping or other problems.
Remove these pieces by rubbing the
inner and outer edges with the side
of a pencil or pen.
Features
When recording a CD-R or
CD-RW, the recording must be
closed for it to be used by the
system.
Protecting Discs
When a disc is not being played,
store it in its case to protect it from
dust and other contamination. To
prevent warpage, keep discs out of
direct sunlight and extreme heat.
Handle a disc by its edges; never
touch either surface. Do not place
stabilizer rings or labels on the disc.
These, along with contamination
from finger prints, liquids, and felttip pens, can cause the disc to not
play properly, or possibly jam in the
drive.
Never try to insert foreign objects in
the disc player.
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Radio Theft Protection
On all models except U.S. DX
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
(except for U.S. EX model with
navigation system)/four-digit code
(U.S. EX model with navigation
system) in the preset buttons.
Because there are hundreds of
number combinations possible from
five or four-digits, making the
system work without knowing the
exact code is nearly impossible.
You should have received a card that
lists your audio system’s code and
serial numbers. 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.
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If you lose the card, you must obtain
the code number from a dealer. To
do this, you will need the system’s
serial number.
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, or the
radio fuse is removed, the audio
system will disable itself. Use the
preset buttons to enter the five-digit
code (except for U.S. EX model with
navigation system)/four-digit code
(U.S. EX model with navigation
system). The code is on the radio
code card included in your owner’s
manual kit. When it is entered
correctly, the radio will start playing.
If you make a mistake entering the
code, do not start over; complete the
five-digit (except for U.S. EX model
with navigation system)/four-digit
(U.S. EX model with navigation
system) sequence, then enter the
correct code. You have 10 tries to
enter the correct code. If you are
unsuccessful in 10 attempts, you
must then leave the system on for 1
hour before trying again.
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Remote Audio Controls
VOL BUTTON
MODE BUTTON
If equipped
Three controls for the audio system
are mounted in the steering wheel
hub. These let you control basic
functions without removing your
hand from the wheel.
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.
If you are listening to the radio, use
the CH button to change stations.
Each time you press the top (+) of
the button, the system goes to the
next preset station on the band you
are listening to. Press the bottom
(−) to go back to the previous
station. If you press and hold the CH
button (+) or (−) until you hear a
beep, the system goes into the seek
mode. It finds a station with a strong
signal.
If you are playing a disc, the system
skips to the beginning of the next
track each time you press the top
(+) of the CH button. Press the
bottom (−) to return to the
beginning of the current track. Press
it again to return to the previous
track. You will see the disc and track
numbers in the display. If you press
and hold the CH button (+) or (−)
until you hear a beep, you can select
a different folder.
On models with navigation system
To use the voice control system,
refer to the navigation system
manual.
Features
CH BUTTON
The MODE button changes the
mode. Pressing the button
repeatedly selects FM1, FM2, AM,
or a disc (if a disc is loaded).
Auxiliary Input Jack
If equipped
The auxiliary input jack is under the
accessory power socket. The system
will accept auxiliary input from
standard audio accessories.
When the appropriate audio unit is
connected to the auxiliary input jack,
press the CD/AUX or XM/AUX
button to select the unit.
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Security System
With the system set, you can still
open the trunk with the master key
or the remote transmitter without
triggering the alarm. The alarm will
sound if the trunk lock is forced, or
the trunk is opened with the trunk
release handle.
On U.S LX and EX models
The security system helps to protect
your vehicle and valuables from theft.
The horn sounds and a combination
of headlights (low beam), parking
lights, side marker lights, and
taillights flash if someone attempts
to break into your vehicle or remove
the radio. This alarm continues for 2
minutes, then it stops. 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 trunk. For the
system to activate, you must lock the
doors from the outside with the key,
driver’s lock tab, door lock switch, or
remote transmitter. The security
system indicator on the instrument
panel starts blinking immediately to
show you the system is setting itself.
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SECURITY SYSTEM
INDICATOR
Once the security system is set,
opening any door, the trunk, or the
hood without using the key or the
remote transmitter will cause it to
alarm. It also alarms if the radio is
removed from the dashboard or the
wiring is cut.
The security system will not set if
the hood, trunk, or any door is not
fully closed. If the system will not set,
check the door and trunk open
indicators on the instrument panel
(see page 62 ) to see if the doors and
trunk are fully closed. Since it is not
part of the monitor display, manually
check the hood.
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, the horn will beep
once.
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it.
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Cruise Control
On LX and EX models
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 the Cruise Control
CRUISE BUTTON
RES/ACCEL
BUTTON
CANCEL
BUTTON
DECEL/SET
BUTTON
1. Push 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).
3. Press and release the DECEL/
SET 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 speed increases
going down a hill, use the brakes to
slow down. This will cancel cruise
control. To resume the set speed,
press the RES/ACCEL button. The
indicator on the instrument panel will
come back on.
When climbing a steep hill, the
automatic transmission may
downshift to hold the set speed.
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Features
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.
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Cruise Control
Changing the Set Speed
You can increase the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the RES/ACCEL
button. When you reach the
desired cruising speed, release the
button.
To increase your speed in very
small amounts, tap the RES/
ACCEL button. Each time you do
this, the vehicle will speed up
about 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
Push on the accelerator pedal.
Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed, and press the DECEL/SET
button.
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You can decrease the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the DECEL/SET
button. Release the button when
you reach the desired speed.
To slow down in very small
amounts, tap the DECEL/SET
button. Each time you do this,
your vehicle will slow down about
1 mph (1.6 km/h).
Tap the brake or clutch pedal
lightly with your foot. The
CRUISE CONTROL indicator on
the instrument panel goes out.
When the vehicle slows to the
desired speed, press the DECEL/
SET button.
Even with the cruise control turned
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 or
clutch pedal causes the cruise
control to cancel.
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Cruise Control
Canceling Cruise Control
CRUISE BUTTON
You can cancel cruise control in any
of these ways:
Features
CANCEL
BUTTON
Resuming the Set Speed
When you push the CANCEL button,
or tap the brake or clutch pedal, the
system will remember the
previously-set cruising 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 will accelerate
to the same cruising speed as before.
Pressing the CRUISE button turns
the system off and erases the
previous cruising speed.
Tap the brake or clutch pedal.
Push the CANCEL button on the
steering wheel.
Push the CRUISE button on the
steering wheel.
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Break-in Period .............................. 150
Fuel Recommendation .................. 150
Service Station Procedures .......... 151
Refueling..................................... 151
Opening and Closing the
Hood ........................................ 152
Oil Check .................................... 153
Engine Coolant Check .............. 154
Fuel Economy ................................ 154
Accessories and Modifications .... 155
Carrying Cargo .............................. 157
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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:
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.
Do not tow a trailer.
You should also follow these
recommendations with an
overhauled or exchanged engine, or
when the brakes are replaced.
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Fuel Recommendation
Your vehicle is designed to operate
on unleaded gasoline with a pump
octane number of 87 or higher. Use
of a lower octane gasoline can cause
a persistent, heavy, metallic rapping
noise that can lead to engine damage.
On vehicles with manual transmission
You may hear a knocking noise from
the engine if you drive the vehicle at
low engine speed (below about 1,000
rpm) in a higher gear. To stop this,
raise the engine speed by shifting to
a lower gear.
We recommended using a quality
gasoline 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.
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 percent ethanol
by volume and up to 15 percent
MTBE by volume. Do not use
gasoline containing methanol.
If you notice any undesirable
operating symptoms, try another
service station or switch to another
brand of gasoline.
For further important fuel-related
information, please refer to your
Quick Start Guide.
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Service Station Procedures
Refueling
Push
Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.
4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel
nozzle automatically clicks off. Do
not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. Leave
some room for the fuel to expand
with temperature changes.
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 vapors from going into the
atmosphere. Consult your dealer.
1. Park with the driver’s side closest
to the gas pump.
2. To open the fuel fill door, push
down the lever on the left of the
driver’s seat.
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Before Driving
Stop the engine, and keep
heat, sparks, and flame away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.
3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank escapes.
Place the cap in the holder on the
fuel fill door.
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Service Station Procedures
5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on
until it clicks at least once. If you
do not properly tighten the cap,
the malfunction indicator lamp
may come on (see page 230 ). You
will also see a ‘‘CHECK FUEL
CAP’’ message on the information
display.
Opening and Closing the Hood
LATCH
HOOD
RELEASE
HANDLE
6. Push the fuel fill door closed until
it latches.
1. Park the vehicle, and set the
parking brake. Pull the hood
release handle 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.
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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.
3. Holding the grip (the rod can be
hot if the engine has been
running), pull the support rod out
of its clip. Insert the end into the
designated hole in the hood.
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Service Station Procedures
Oil Check
SUPPORT ROD
DIPSTICK
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
CLIP
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.
1. Remove the dipstick (orange loop).
4. Remove the dipstick again, and
check the level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean
cloth or paper towel.
If it is near or below the lower mark,
see Adding Engine Oil on page 191 .
Wait a few minutes after turning the
engine off before you check the oil.
3. Insert it all the way back in its tube.
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Before Driving
GRIP
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Service Station Procedures, Fuel Economy
Engine Coolant Check
RESERVE TANK
Improving Fuel Economy
Always maintain your vehicle
according to the maintenance
messages displayed in the
information display. See Owner’s
Maintenance Checks (see page
186 ).
MAX
For example, an underinflated tire
causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’
which uses more fuel.
MIN
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 194 .
Refer to Owner’s Maintenance
Checks on page 186 for information
about checking other items on your
vehicle.
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The build-up of snow or mud on
your vehicle’s underside adds
weight and rolling resistance.
Frequent cleaning helps your fuel
mileage and reduces the chance of
corrosion.
Drive moderately. Rapid
acceleration, abrupt cornering,
and hard braking use more fuel.
Always drive in the highest gear
possible.
Try to maintain a constant speed.
Every time you slow down and
speed up, your vehicle uses extra
fuel. Use cruise control when
appropriate.
Combine several short trips into
one.
The air conditioning puts an extra
load on the engine which makes it
use more fuel. Use the fresh-air
ventilation when possible.
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifying your vehicle, or installing
some non-Honda accessories, can
make it unsafe. Before you make any
modifications or add any accessories,
be sure to read the following
information.
Although non-Honda accessories
may fit on your vehicle, they may not
meet factory specifications, and
could adversely affect your vehicle’s
handling and stability.
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 and anti-lock brakes.
Be sure electronic accessories do
not overload electrical circuits
(see page 232 ) or interfere with
the 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. In these areas,
accessories may interfere with
proper operation of the side
curtain airbags.
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Before Driving
Accessories
Your dealer has Honda accessories
that allow you to personalize your
vehicle. These accessories have
been designed and approved for your
vehicle, and are covered by warranty.
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.
Before installing any accessory:
Make sure the accessory does not
obscure any lights, or interfere
with proper vehicle operation or
performance.
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifying Your Vehicle
Removing parts from your vehicle,
or replacing components with
non-Honda components could
seriously affect your vehicle’s
handling, stability, and reliability.
Some examples are:
Lowering the vehicle with a nonHonda 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.
Raising your vehicle with a
non-Honda suspension kit can
affect the handling and stability.
Non-Honda wheels, because they
are a universal design, can cause
excessive stress on suspension
components.
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Larger or smaller wheels and tires
can interfere with the operation of
your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and
other systems.
Modifying your steering wheel or
any other part of your vehicle’s
safety systems could 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 POCKETS
TRUNK
CENTER POCKET
Glove box
Door pockets
Console compartment
Trunk
Center pocket
CONSOLE COMPARTMENT
GLOVE BOX
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Before Driving
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 850 lbs (385 kg) for U.S.A, 395 kg
for Canada. This figure includes the
total weight of all occupants, cargo,
and accessories, and the tongue load
if you are towing a trailer.
Overloading or improper
loading can affect handling and
stability and cause a crash in
which you can be hurt or killed.
Follow all load limits and other
loading guidelines in this
manual.
Steps for determining correct load
limit:
1. Locate the statement, ‘‘the
combined weight of occupants and
cargo should never exceed 850
lbs’’ on your vehicle’s placard.
[The placard is on the driver’s
doorjamb.]
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
850 lbs.
4. The resulting figure equals the
available amount of cargo and
luggage load capacity.
For example, if the maximum load
is 850 lbs and there will be five 150
lb. passengers in your vehicle, the
amount of available cargo and
luggage load capacity is 100 lbs.
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(850 − 750 (5 × 150) = 100 lbs.)
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 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 (see page 173 ).
In addition, the total weight of the
vehicle, all passengers, accessories,
and cargo 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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Carrying Cargo
Carrying Items in the Passenger
Compartment
Store or secure all items that could
be thrown around and hurt
someone during a crash.
Carrying Cargo in the Trunk
Distribute cargo evenly on the
floor of the trunk, placing the
heaviest items on the bottom and
as far forward as possible.
If you fold down the back seat, tie
down items that could be thrown
about the vehicle during a crash or
sudden stop.
Be sure items placed on the floor
behind the front seats cannot roll
under the seats and interfere with
the driver’s ability to operate the
pedals or the seat.
If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the trunk
lid, exhaust gas can enter the
passenger area. To avoid the
possibility of carbon monoxide
poisoning, follow the instructions
on page 53 .
Keep the glove box closed while
driving. If it is open, a passenger
could injure their knees during a
crash or sudden stop.
Before Driving
Do not put any items on top of the
trunk panel. They can block your
view and be thrown around the
vehicle during a crash.
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Driving
This section gives you tips on
starting the engine under various
conditions, and how to operate the
manual and automatic transmissions.
It also includes important
information on parking your vehicle,
the braking system, and facts you
need if you are planning to tow a
trailer.
Preparing to Drive ......................... 162
Starting the Engine........................ 163
Manual Transmission.................... 164
Automatic Transmission............... 166
Parking ............................................ 170
Braking System.............................. 171
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ................ 172
Towing a Trailer ............................ 173
Driving
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Preparing to Drive
You should do the following checks
and adjustments every day before
you drive your vehicle.
4. Check that any items you may be
carrying are stored properly or
fastened down securely.
9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 16 ).
1. Make sure all windows, mirrors,
and outside lights are clean and
unobstructed. Remove frost, snow,
or ice.
5. Check the seat adjustment (see
page 88 ).
10.When you start the engine, check
the gauges and indicators in the
instrument panel (see page 59 ).
2. Check that the hood and trunk are
fully closed.
3. Visually check the tires. If a tire
looks low, use a gauge to check its
pressure (see page 209 ).
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6. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 96 ).
7. Check the steering wheel
adjustment (see page 73 ).
8. Make sure the doors are securely
closed and locked.
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Starting the Engine
1. Apply the parking brake.
2. In cold weather, turn off all
electrical accessories to reduce
the drain on the battery.
3. Manual Transmission:
Push the clutch pedal down all the
way.
Automatic Transmission:
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition key to the
START (III) position. Do not hold
the key in START (III) for more
than 15 seconds at a time. If the
engine does not start right away,
pause for at least 10 seconds
before trying again.
5. If the engine does not start within
15 seconds, or starts but stalls
right away, repeat step 4 with the
accelerator pedal pressed halfway
down. If the engine starts, release
pressure on the accelerator pedal
so the engine does not race.
The engine is harder to start in cold
weather. Also, the thinner air f ound at
altitudes above 8,000 f eet (2,400
meters) adds to this problem.
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Driving
Make sure the shift lever is in
Park. Press on the brake pedal.
The immobilizer system protects your
vehicle f rom thef t. If an improperlycoded key (or other device) is used, the
engine’s f uel system is disabled. For
more inf ormation, see page 76 .
6. If the engine fails to start, press
the accelerator pedal all the way
down, and hold it there while
starting to clear flooding. If the
engine still does not start, return
to step 5.
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Manual Transmission
Come to a full stop before you shift
into reverse. You can damage the
transmission by trying to shift into
reverse with the vehicle moving.
Push down the clutch pedal, and
pause for a few seconds before
shifting into reverse, or shift into one
of the forward gears for a moment.
This stops the gears so they won’t
‘‘grind.’’
The manual transmission is
synchronized in all forward gears for
smooth operation. It has a lockout so
you cannot shift directly from fifth to
reverse. When shifting up or down,
make sure you push the clutch pedal
down all the way, shift to the next
gear, and let the pedal up gradually.
When you are not shifting, do not
rest your foot on the clutch pedal.
This can cause your clutch to wear
out faster.
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When slowing down, you can get
extra braking from the engine by
shifting to a lower gear. This extra
braking can help you maintain a safe
speed and prevent your brakes from
overheating while going down a
steep hill. Before downshifting,
make sure the engine speed will not
go into the tachometer’s red zone in
the lower gear.
Rapid slowing or speeding up
can cause loss of control on
slippery surfaces. If you crash,
you can be injured.
Use extra care when driving on
slippery surfaces.
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Manual Transmission
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:
Normal acceleration
1st to 2nd
2nd to 3rd
3rd to 4th
4th to 5th
15 mph (24 km/h)
27 mph (43 km/h)
39 mph (63 km/h)
53 mph (85 km/h)
Before downshifting, make sure the
engine will not go into the
tachometer’s red zone.
Driving
Shift up
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 Lever Position Indicators
If the malfunction indicator lamp
comes on along with the ‘‘D’’
indicator, there is a problem in the
automatic transmission control
system. Avoid rapid acceleration, and
have the transmission checked by
your dealer as soon as possible.
Shifting
SHIFT LEVER
RELEASE
BUTTON
These indicators on the instrument
panel show which position the shift
lever is in.
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.
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To shift from any position, press
firmly on the brake pedal and press
the release button on the front of the
shift lever. You cannot shift out of
Park when the ignition switch is in
the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I)
position.
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Automatic Transmission
To shift from:
P to R
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.
If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on
page 169 .
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.
Reverse (R) − Press the brake
pedal and press the release button to
shift from Park to reverse. To shift
from reverse to neutral, come to a
complete stop, and then shift.
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.
Drive (D) − Use this position for
your normal driving. The
transmission automatically selects a
suitable gear for the vehicle speed
and acceleration. You may notice the
transmission shifting up at higher
speeds when the engine is cold. This
helps the engine warm up faster.
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Driving
R to P
N to R
D3 to 2
2 to 1
1 to 2
2 to D3
D3 to D
D to N
D to D3
N to D
R to N
Do this:
Press the brake pedal, and
press the shift lever release
button.
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Automatic Transmission
Drive (D3) − This position is
similar to D, except only the first
three gears are selected. Use D3
when towing a trailer in hilly terrain,
or to provide engine braking when
going down a steep hill. D3 can also
keep the transmission from cycling
between third, fourth, and fifth gears
in stop-and-go driving.
Second (2) − This position locks
the transmission in second gear. It
does not downshift to first gear
when you come to a stop.
Use second gear:
For more power when climbing.
To increase engine braking when
going down steep hills.
For starting out on a slippery
surface or in deep snow.
First (1) − To shift from second to
first, press the release button. This
position locks the transmission in
first gear. By upshifting and
downshifting through 1, 2, D3, and D,
you can operate the transmission
much like a manual transmission
without a clutch pedal.
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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
Do this if pushing on the brake pedal
and pressing the release button does
not shift the transmission out of
park:
RELEASE
BUTTON
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Remove the key from the ignition
switch.
COVER
4. Insert a key into the shift lock
release slot.
5. Push down on the key while you
press the release button on the
shift lever and move the lever out
of Park to neutral.
SHIFT LOCK
RELEASE SLOT
6. Remove the key from the shift
lock release slot, then reinstall the
cover. Make sure the notch on the
cover is on the shift lever side.
Return the key to 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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Driving
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the shift
lock release slot cover. Using a
small flat-tipped screwdriver or
metal fingernail file, carefully pry
on the edge of the cover to remove
it.
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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 on an
incline.
Parking Tips
Make sure the moonroof (if
equipped) and the windows are
closed.
Turn off the lights.
If your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, 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.
Place any packages, valuables, etc.,
in the trunk or take them with you.
Lock the doors with the key or the
remote transmitter.
On U.S. LX and EX models
Check the indicator on the
instrument panel to verify that the
security system is set.
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 you have a manual
transmission, put it in first gear.
If the vehicle is facing downhill,
turn the front wheels toward the
curb. If you have a manual
transmission, put it in reverse gear.
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.
Never install a sunshade between the
upper and lower meters on the
instrument panel. If you do, you could
cause heat damage to the upper meter
on a very hot day.
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Braking System
Your vehicle is equipped with front
disc brakes. The brakes on the rear
wheels may be disc or drum,
depending on the model. A power
assist helps reduce the effort needed
on the brake pedal. The ABS helps
you retain steering control when
braking very hard.
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
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.
Driving
Resting your foot on the pedal keeps
the brakes applied lightly, builds up
heat, and reduces their effectiveness.
It also keeps your brake lights on all
the time, confusing drivers behind
you.
Check the 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 in your driving.
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.
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Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
The anti-lock brake system (ABS)
helps prevent the brakes from
locking up, and helps you retain
steering control by pumping the
brakes rapidly, much faster than a
person can do it.
The ABS also balances the front-torear braking distribution according
to vehicle loading.
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.’’
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.
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.
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.
If the ABS indicator comes on while
driving, test the brakes as shown on
page 231 .
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Important Safety Reminders
ABS does not reduce the time or
distance it takes to stop the
vehicle; It only helps with steering
control during braking.
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.
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.
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Towing a Trailer
Your vehicle has been designed to
primarily 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.
Check the loading of your
vehicle and trailer carefully
before starting to drive.
Total Trailer Weight: The
maximum allowable weight of the
trailer and everthing in or on it must
not exceed 1,000 lbs (450 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.
Tongue Load: The weight that the
tongue of a fully-loaded trailer puts
on the hitch should be approximately
10 percent of the total trailer weight.
Too much tongue load reduces fronttire traction and steering control.
Too little tongue load can make the
trailer unstable and cause it to sway.
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Driving
Exceeding any load limit or
improperly loading your vehicle
and trailer can cause a crash in
which you can be seriously hurt
or killed.
Load Limits
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Towing a Trailer
To achieve a proper tongue load,
start by loading 60 percent of the
load toward the front of the trailer
and 40 percent toward the rear, then
re-adjust the load as needed.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR):
The maximum allowable weight of
the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo,
and the tongue is:
(DX, LX, Canadian DX-G)
3,671 lbs (1,665 kg)
(EX)
3,704 lbs (1,680 kg)
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Gross Axle Weight Rating
(GAWR):
The maximum allowable weight of
the vehicle axles is:
(DX, LX, Canadian DX-G)
1,940 lbs (880 kg)
on the front axle
1,731 lbs (785 kg)
on the rear axle
(EX)
1,962 lbs (890 kg)
on the front axle
1,753 lbs (795 kg)
on the rear axle
Checking Loads
The best way to confirm that vehicle
and trailer weights are within limits
is to have them checked at a public
scale.
Using a suitable scale or a special
tongue load gauge, 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.
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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.
Trailer Brakes
Honda recommends that any trailer
having a total weight of 1,000 lbs
(450 kg) or more be equipped with
its own electric or surge-type brakes.
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.
If you choose electric brakes, be
sure they are electrically 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.
See your trailer dealer for more
information on installing electric
brakes.
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Driving
Discuss your needs with your trailer
sales or rental agency, and follow the
guidelines in the rest of this section.
Also make sure that all equipment is
properly installed and that it meets
federal, state, province, and local
regulations.
Hitches
Any hitch used on your vehicle must
be properly bolted to the underbody.
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Towing a Trailer
Trailer Lights
Additional Towing Equipment
Trailer lights and equipment must
comply with federal, state, and local
regulations. Check with your local
recreational vehicle dealer for the
requirements in your area, and use
only equipment designed for your
vehicle.
Many states and Canadian provinces
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.
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.
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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
Pre-Tow Checklist
When preparing to tow, and before
driving away, be sure to check the
following:
The vehicle has been properly
serviced, and the tires, brakes,
suspension, cooling system, and
lights are in good operating
condition.
The hitch, safety chains, and any
other attachments are secure.
Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting
Crosswinds and air turbulence
caused by passing trucks can disrupt
your steering and cause 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.
Backing Up
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.
Parking
Follow all normal precautions when
parking, including firmly setting the
parking brake and putting the
transmission in Park (automatic) or
in 1st or reverse (manual). Also,
place wheel chocks at each of the
trailer’s tires.
All items in or on the trailer are
properly secured and cannot shift
while you drive.
The lights and brakes on your
vehicle and the trailer are working
properly.
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All weights and loads are within
limits (see pages 173 and 174 ).
Your vehicle tires and spare are
properly inflated (see page 210 ),
and the trailer tires and spare are
trailer maker.
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Towing a Trailer
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
below.
Towing Speeds and Gears
Drive slower than normal in all
driving situations, and obey posted
speed limits for vehicles with trailers.
If you have an automatic
transmission, use D position when
towing a trailer on level roads. D3 is
the proper shift lever position to use
when towing a trailer in hilly terrain.
(See ‘‘Driving on Hills’’ in the next
column for additional gear
information.)
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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 on Hills
When climbing hills, closely watch
your temperature gauge. If it nears
the red (hot) mark, turn the air
conditioning off, reduce speed and, if
necessary, pull to the side of the
road to let the engine cool.
If the automatic transmission shifts
frequently while going up a hill, shift
to D3.
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.
When driving down hills, reduce
your speed, and shift down to second
gear. Do not ‘‘ride’’ the brakes, and
remember, it will take longer to slow
down and stop when towing a trailer.
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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 in the
information display, a maintenance
record, and instructions for simple
maintenance tasks you may want to
take care of yourself.
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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 255 for information on how to
obtain a copy, or see your dealer.
Maintenance Safety ....................... 180
Maintenance Minder ..................... 181
Maintenance Record ..................... 188
Fluid Locations............................... 190
Adding Engine Oil ......................... 191
Changing the Engine Oil
and Filter..................................... 192
Engine Coolant ............................... 194
Windshield Washers ..................... 195
Transmission Fluid ........................ 196
Automatic Transmission........... 196
Manual Transmission ............... 197
Brake and Clutch Fluid ................. 198
Power Steering Fluid ..................... 199
Lights .............................................. 200
Cleaning the Seat Belts ................. 206
Floor Mats ...................................... 206
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 206
Wiper Blades .................................. 207
Tires ................................................ 209
Checking the Battery .................... 215
Vehicle Storage .............................. 216
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Maintenance Safety
All service items not detailed in this
section should be performed by a
certified technician or qualified
mechanic.
Important Safety Precautions
To eliminate potential hazards, read
the instructions before you begin,
and make sure you have the tools
and skills required.
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.
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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.
Always follow the inspection
and maintenance
recommendations and
schedules in this owner’s
manual.
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
before touching any parts.
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
Your vehicle displays engine oil life
and maintenance service items in the
information display to show you
when you should have your dealer
perform engine oil replacement and
indicated maintenance service.
Based on the 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
MAINTENANCE MINDER
INDICATOR
ENGINE OIL LIFE
DISPLAY
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
To see the current engine oil life,
turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position, and press the SEL/
RESET button repeatedly until the
engine oil life display appears (see
page 65 ).
The remaining engine oil life is
displayed on the engine oil life
display according to this table:
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Maintenance Minder
To cancel the engine oil life display,
press and hold the SEL/RESET
button until the information display
is replaced by the previous display
and the maintenance minder
indicator turns off.
The maintenance item code or codes
indicate the main and sub items
required at the time of the oil change
(see page 187 ).
MAINTENANCE
ITEM CODE(S)
ENGINE OIL LIFE
INDICATOR
If the oil life is 15 percent or less,
you will see the oil life indicator
every time you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position. The
maintenance minder indicator will
also come on, and the maintenance
item code(s) for other scheduled
maintenance items needing service
will be displayed next to the engine
oil life indicator.
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When the remaining engine oil life is
less than 5 percent, you will see a
‘‘SERVICE’’ message along with the
same maintenance item code(s),
every time you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position.
Press and hold the SEL/RESET
button to cancel the engine oil life
display. The maintenance minder
indicator also turns off.
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Maintenance Minder
Pressing and holding the SEL/
RESET button cancels the engine oil
life display, but the maintenance
minder indicator remains on.
You can change the display to the
engine oil life display or the
odometer and trip meter by pushing
the SEL/RESET button.
Maintenance
When the remaining engine oil life is
0 percent, you will see the above
display. In this display, the remaining
oil life indicator will be blinking. This
display comes on and stays on every
time you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position. When you see
this message, have the indicated
maintenance performed by your
dealer as soon as possible.
If you still do not perform the
indicated maintenance, you will see a
negative mileage, for example ‘‘−10,’’
blinking in the display. This negative
mileage means that you should have
performed the indicated
maintenance 10 miles (16 km) ago.
Immediately have the indicated
maintenance done by your dealer.
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Maintenance Minder
Maintenance Main Items and Sub
Items
MAINTENANCE MAIN ITEM
MAINTENANCE
SUB ITEM
All maintenance items displayed in
the information display are in code.
For an explanation of these
maintenance codes, see page 187 .
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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 information
display the next time you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position.
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
repeatedly until the engine oil life
is displayed.
3. Press the SEL/RESET button for
about 10 seconds. The engine oil
life and the maintenance item
code(s) will blink.
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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. Press the SEL/RESET button for
more than 5 seconds. The
maintenance item code(s) will
disappear, and the engine oil life
will reset to ‘‘100.’’
We recommend using Honda 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
Your authorized Honda 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. Make sure to
have the service facility or person
reset the display as previously
described. Keep all receipts as proof
of completion, and have the person
who does the work fill out the
maintenance record. Check your
warranty booklet for more
information.
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Maintenance Minder
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.
According to state and federal
regulations, failure to perform
maintenance on the items marked
with # will not void your emissions
warranties. However, all
maintenance services should be
performed in accordance with the
intervals indicated by the
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 oil level − Check every
time you fill the fuel tank. See
page 153 .
Engine coolant level − Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 154 .
Automatic transmission − Check
the fluid level monthly. See page
196 .
Brakes − Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 198 .
Tires − Check the tire pressure
monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page
210 .
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Lights − Check the operation of
the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
and license plate lights monthly.
See page 200 .
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Maintenance Minder
Symbol
A
B
If the message ‘‘SERVICE OIL’’ does not appear more than 12 months after
the display is reset, change the engine oil every year.
Symbol
1
2
3
4
5
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 fluid
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
Replace engine coolant
# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty on page 185 .
NOTE:
Independent of the maintenance minder 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 only if they are noisy.
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Maintenance Minder
1:
Maintenance Main Items
Replace engine oil1
Replace engine oil1 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)
All fluid levels and condition of fluids
Exhaust system#
Fuel lines and connections#
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Maintenance Record
You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here. When maintenance is performed, record the mileage, circle the coded item(s)
completed, and write in any other non-coded items (such as brake fluid replacement) below the codes. Keep the receipts for all work done on your
vehicle. Maintenance can also be recorded in your Honda service history booklet.
Mileage
Maintenance
Performed
Signature
Mileage
Maintenance
Performed
Signature
Date
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Maintenance Record
Mileage
Maintenance
Performed
Signature
Mileage
Maintenance
Performed
Signature
Date
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Fluid Locations
ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP
ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK
(Orange loop)
POWER STEERING
FLUID (Red cap)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
CLUTCH FLUID
(Manual
Transmission only)
(Light gray cap)
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(Yellow loop)
ENGINE COOLANT
RESERVOIR
RADIATOR CAP
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Adding Engine Oil
ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP
Honda Motor Oil is the preferred
5W-20 lubricant for your vehicle. It is
highly recommended that you use
Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for
optimum engine protection. Make
sure the API Certification Seal says
‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’
The oil viscosity or weight is
provided on the container’s label.
5W-20 oil is formulated for yearround protection of your vehicle to
improve cold weather starting and
fuel economy.
API CERTIFICATION SEAL
Ambient Temperature
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Maintenance
Unscrew and remove the engine oil
fill cap on 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. 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.
Recommended Engine Oil
Oil is a major contributor to your
engine’s performance and longevity.
Always use a premium-grade 5W-20
detergent oil displaying the API
Certification Seal. This seal indicates
the oil is energy conserving, and that
it meets the American Petroleum
Institute’s latest requirements.
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Adding Engine Oil, Changing the Engine Oil and Filter
Synthetic Oil
You may use a synthetic motor oil if
it meets the same requirements
given for a conventional motor oil: it
displays the API Certification Seal,
and it is the proper weight. You must
follow the oil and filter change
intervals shown on the information
display.
Changing the Engine Oil and
Filter
Always change the oil and filter
according to the maintenance
messages shown on the information
display. The oil and filter collect
contaminants that can damage your
engine if they are not removed
regularly.
Engine Oil Additives
Your vehicle does not require any oil
additives. Additives may adversely
affect the engine or transmission
performance and durability.
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.
1. Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.
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DRAIN BOLT
WASHER
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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Changing the Engine Oil and Filter
OIL FILTER
5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten the drain bolt to:
9. Turn off the engine and let it sit
for several minutes, then check
the oil level on the dipstick. If
necessary, add more oil.
29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m)
6. Refill the engine with the
recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
4.2 US qt (4.0 )
Make sure the oil filter gasket is
not stuck to the engine block. If it
is, remove it before installing a
new oil filter.
7. 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.
8. Let the engine run for several
minutes, then check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.
4. Install a new oil filter according to
the instructions that come with it.
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Maintenance
3. Remove the oil filter, and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
dealer) is required.
Improper disposal of engine oil can be
harmf ul 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.
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Engine Coolant
Adding Engine Coolant
RESERVE TANK
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.
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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 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 non-Honda
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.
If the reserve tank is completely
empty, you should also check the
coolant level in 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.
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Engine Coolant, Windshield Washers
RADIATOR CAP
4. The coolant level should be up to
the base of the filler neck. Add
coolant if it is low.
Pour the coolant slowly and
carefully so you do not spill any.
Clean up any spill immediately; it
could damage components in the
engine compartment.
5. Put the radiator cap back on, and
tighten it fully.
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.
Do not use engine antif reeze or a
vinegar/water solution in the
windshield washer reservoir. Antif reeze
can damage your vehicle’s paint, while
a vinegar/water solution can damage
the windshield washer pump. Use only
commercially-available windshield
washer f luid.
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Maintenance
1. Make sure the engine and radiator
are cool.
6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank.
Fill it to halfway between the MAX
and MIN marks. Put the cap back
on the reserve tank.
Windshield Washers
Check the fluid level in the
windshield washer reservoir at least
monthly during normal use.
On Canadian models: The low washer
level indicator will come on when the
level is low.
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 them.
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Transmission Fluid
5. If the level is below the lower
mark, add fluid into the dipstick
hole to bring it to the upper mark.
Automatic Transmission
DIPSTICK
UPPER
MARK
LOWER
MARK
Check the fluid level with the engine
at normal operating temperature.
1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
Shut off the engine.
2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop)
from the transmission, and wipe it
with a clean cloth.
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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.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully
so you do not spill any. Clean up
any spill immediately; it could
damage components in the engine
compartment.
Always use Honda ATF-Z1
(automatic transmission fluid). If
it’s not available, you may use a
DEXRON III automatic
transmission fluid as a temporary
replacement. However, continued
use can affect the shift quality.
Have the transmission flushed and
refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 by
your dealer as soon as it is
convenient.
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Transmission Fluid
6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
in the transmission.
Manual Transmission
FILLER BOLT
If you are not sure how to add fluid,
contact your dealer.
Correct Level
If Honda MTF is not available, you
may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40
viscosity motor oil with the API
Certification seal that says ‘‘FOR
GASOLINE ENGINES’’ as a
temporary replacement. However,
motor oil does not contain the proper
additives, and continued use can
cause stiffer shifting. Replace as
soon as it is convenient.
If you are not sure how to add fluid,
contact your dealer.
Maintenance
Check the fluid level with the
transmission at normal operating
temperature and the vehicle sitting
on level ground. Remove the
transmission filler bolt, and carefully
feel inside the bolt hole with your
finger. The fluid level should be up
to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is
not, add Honda Manual
Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it
starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall
the filler bolt, and tighten it securely.
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Brake and Clutch Fluid
Brake Fluid
Check the brake fluid level in the
reservoir monthly.
Replace the brake fluid according to
the time recommendation in the
maintenance minder schedule.
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.
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not
compatible with your vehicle’s
braking system and can cause
extensive damage.
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MAX
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.
Clutch Fluid
Manual Transmission only
MAX
MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If it is not, add
brake fluid to bring it up to that level.
Use the same fluid specified for the
brake system.
Low fluid level can indicate a leak in
the clutch system. Have this system
inspected as soon as possible.
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Power Steering Fluid
UPPER LEVEL
LOWER LEVEL
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.
Maintenance
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 mark.
Always use Honda Power Steering
Fluid. You may use another power
steering fluid as an emergency
replacement, but have the power
steering system flushed and refilled
with Honda PSF as soon as possible.
Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t
or right lock and holding it there can
damage the power steering pump.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so
you do not spill any. Clean up any
spill immediately; it could damage
components in the engine
compartment.
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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
trunk or pull a trailer, readjustment
may be required. Adjustments
should be performed by your dealer
or other qualified mechanic.
Replacing a 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.
Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot
when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch
on the glass can cause the bulb to
overheat and shatter.
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High Beam Headlight
1. To change the headlight bulb on
the driver’s side, remove the
engine coolant reserve tank by
pulling it out of its holder.
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Lights
4. Push the electrical connector back
onto the new socket. Make sure it
is on all the way.
Low Beam Headlight
HOLDING CLIP
5. Insert the socket into the hole, and
turn it one-quarter turn clockwise
to lock it in place.
6. Turn on the headlights to test the
new socket.
SOCKET
TAB
3. Remove the electrical connector
from the socket by pushing on the
tab and pulling the connector
down.
1. To change the bulb on the driver’s
side, start the engine, turn the
steering wheel all the way to the
right, and turn off the engine. To
change the bulb on the passenger’s
side, turn the steering wheel to the
left.
2. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to
remove the two holding clips from
the inner fender, and pull the inner
fender cover back.
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Maintenance
2. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
7. If you replaced a headlight bulb on
the driver’s side, reinstall the
engine coolant reserve tank.
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Lights
5. Insert the new socket into the hole,
and turn it one-quarter turn
clockwise to lock it in place.
SOCKET
Replacing the Front Side Marker/
Parking/Turn Signal Light Bulb
HOLDING CLIP
6. Push the electrical connector back
onto the new socket. Make sure it
is on all the way.
7. Turn on the headlights to test the
new socket.
TAB
3. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
4. Remove the electrical connector
from the socket by pushing on the
tab and pulling the connector
down.
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8. Reinstall the inner fender cover.
Then reinstall the holding clips,
and lock them in place by pushing
on their centers.
1. To change the bulb on the driver’s
side, start the engine, turn the
steering wheel all the way to the
right, and turn off the engine. To
change the bulb on the passenger’s
side, turn the steering wheel to the
left.
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Lights
4. Remove the bulb from the socket
by pushing the bulb in and turning
it counterclockwise until it unlocks.
Replacing Rear Bulbs
(in Fenders)
FASTENER
5. Install the new bulb in the socket.
Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.
6. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
7. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
3. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
FASTENER
1. Open the trunk.
Remove the screw from the center
of each fastener on the side of the
trunk lining. Pull the lining back.
2. Determine which of the four bulbs
is burned out: stop/taillight, backup light, turn signal, or side
marker.
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Maintenance
2. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to
remove the two holding clips from
the inner fender, and pull the inner
fender cover back.
8. Reinstall the inner fender cover.
Then reinstall the holding clips,
and lock them in place by pushing
on their centers.
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Lights
Replacing Rear Bulbs
(in Trunk Lid)
BULB
BULBS
SOCKETS
SOCKETS
BULB
3. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
6. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
7. Reinstall the trunk lining. Make
sure it is installed under the edge
of the trunk seal.
5. Reinstall the socket into the light
assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.
8. Put the fasteners into the holes on
the side of the trunk lining.
Reinstall the screws.
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FASTENERS
1. Open the trunk.
2. On LX and EX models
Remove the screw from the center
of each fastener on the trunk lid
trim. Pull the trim back.
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Lights
BULB
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
Replacing a High-mount Brake
Light Bulb
5. Insert the socket back into the
light assembly. Turn it clockwise
to lock it in place.
6. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
3. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
8. Put the fasteners into the holes on
the trunk lid trim. Reinstall the
screws.
BULB
SOCKET
1. Open the trunk, and remove the
socket from the light assembly by
turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
2. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
3. Reinstall the socket. Turn it
clockwise until it locks. Make sure
the new bulb is working.
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Maintenance
SOCKET
7. On LX and EX models
Push the trunk lid trim back into
position.
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Cleaning the Seat Belts, Floor Mats, Dust and Pollen Filter
Cleaning the Seat Belts
Floor Mats
LOOP
If you use non-Honda floor mats,
make sure they fit properly and that
they can be used with the floor mat
anchors. Do not put additional floor
mats on top of the anchored mats.
Dust and Pollen Filter
On models with A/C
This filter removes the dust and
pollen that is brought in from the
outside through the heating and
cooling system.
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 in the loops of the seat
belt anchors can cause the belts to
retract slowly. Wipe the insides of
the loops with a clean cloth
dampened in mild soap and warm
water or isopropyl alcohol.
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If equipped
The floor mats that came with your
vehicle hook over the floor mat
anchors. This keeps them from
sliding forward and possibly
interfering with vehicle operation.
If you remove the driver’s floor mat,
make sure to re-anchor it when you
put it back in your vehicle.
Have your dealer replace the filter
when this service is indicated by a
maintenance message on the
information 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 heating and cooling system
becomes less than usual.
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Wiper Blades
Check the condition of the wiper
blades at least every 6 months.
Replace them if you find signs of
cracking in the rubber, and areas
that are getting hard or if they leave
streaks and unwiped areas when
used.
COVER
WIPER ARMS
1. Lift the wiper arm off the
windshield, raising the driver’s
side first, then the passenger’s
side.
2. Remove the cover, by squeezing
the two tabs and pulling it straight
out.
Do not open the hood when the wiper
arms are raised, or you will damage the
hood and wiper arms.
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Maintenance
To replace a wiper blade:
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Wiper Blades
BLADE ASSEMBLY
REINFORCEMENT
STRIP
TAB
WIPER BLADE
3. Disconnect the blade assembly
from the wiper arm:
Press and hold the lock tab.
Slide the blade assembly toward
the lock tab until it release 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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4. Remove the blade from the blade
assembly:
Find the side of the blade
labeled ‘‘LOCK.’’ This is the side
you pull out.
Pull back the end of the blade
assembly on the ‘‘LOCK’’ side of
the blade. Then grab the end of
the blade, and slide it out.
5. 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.
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Wiper Blades, Tires
6. Install the new blade onto the
blade assembly:
Pull back either end of the blade
assembly.
Place the side of the blade not
labeled ‘‘LOCK’’ on the end of
the blade assembly, and slide
the blade onto the assembly
until it is fully installed.
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.
7. Slide the wiper blade assembly
onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.
9. Make sure the blade is completely
installed and that its edge is not
bunched up.
10.Lower the wiper arm down against
the windshield, the passenger’s
side first, then the driver’s side.
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.
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.
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Maintenance
8. Reinstall the cover.
Inflation Guidelines
Keeping the tires properly inflated
provides the best combination of
handling, tread life, and riding
comfort.
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Tires
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/cm ) 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.
If you check air pressures when the
tires are hot (driven for several
miles), you will see readings 4 to 6
psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4 kgf/cm )
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.
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.
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.
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Recommended Tire Pressures
The following charts show the
recommended cold tire pressures for
most normal driving conditions.
(DX, Canadian DX-G)
Tire Size
P195/65R15 89H
Cold Tire Pressure
Front/Rear:
30 psi (210 kPa ,
2.1 kgf/cm )
(LX, EX)
Tire Size
P205/55R16 89H
Cold Tire Pressure
Front/Rear:
32 psi (220 kPa ,
2.2 kgf/cm )
The compact spare tire pressure is:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
For convenience, the recommended
tire sizes and cold tire pressures are
on a label on the driver’s doorjamb.
For additional information about
your tires, see page 246 .
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Tires
Tire Inspection
Every time you check inflation, you
should also examine the tires for
damage, foreign objects, and wear.
INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS
You should look for:
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.
Your tires have wear indicators
molded into the tread. When the
tread wears down, you will see a
band 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide 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.
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.
On vehicles with aluminum wheels,
improper wheel weights can damage
your wheels. Use only genuine Honda
wheel weights f or balancing.
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Maintenance
Excessive tread wear.
TREAD WEAR INDICATOR
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.
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Tires
Tire Rotation
Front
Front
(Front Non-directional (Front Directional
Tires and Wheels)
Tires and Wheels)
To help increase tire life and
distribute wear more evenly, rotate
the tires according to the
maintenance messages displayed in
the information display. Move the
tires to the positions shown in the
chart each time they are rotated. If
you purchase directional tires, rotate
only front-to-back.
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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).
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 to work inconsistently.
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.
If you ever replace a wheel, make
sure that the wheel’s specifications
match those of the original wheels.
Replacement wheels are available at
your dealer.
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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:
(DX, Canadian DX-G)
15 x 6 J
(LX, EX)
16 x 6 1/2 JJ
Tires:
(DX, Canadian DX-G)
P195/65R15 89H
(LX, EX)
P205/55R16 89H
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 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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Maintenance
See page 244 for DOT tire quality
grading information, and page
246 for tire size information.
Winter Driving
Tires marked ‘‘M + S’’ or ‘‘All
Season’’ on the sidewall have an allweather tread design suitable for
most winter driving conditions.
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Tires
Tire Chains
Because your vehicle has limited tire
clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’
cable-type traction devices, with
rubber chain tensioners, on the front
tires. Use traction devices only when
required by driving conditions or
local laws. Make sure they are the
correct size for your tires. Metal linktype ‘‘chains’’ should not be used.
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.
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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
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.
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
mechanic do the battery
maintenance.
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Maintenance
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
further corrosion.
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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.
Block the rear wheels.
If the vehicle is to be stored for a
longer period, it should be
supported on jackstands so the
tires are off the ground.
Fill the fuel tank.
Leave one window open slightly (if
the vehicle is being stored
indoors).
Change the engine oil and filter.
Disconnect the battery.
Wash and dry the exterior
completely.
Support the front wiper blade
arms with a folded towel or rag so
they do not touch the windshield.
Clean the interior. Make sure the
carpeting, floor mats, etc., are
completely dry.
Leave the parking brake off. Put
the transmission in reverse
(manual) or Park (automatic).
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To minimize sticking, apply a
silicone spray lubricant to all door
and trunk seals. Also, apply a
vehicle body wax to the painted
surfaces that mate with the door
and trunk seals.
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 fan cycles twice).
Preferably, do this once a month.
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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....................... 218
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 219
If the Engine Won’t Start .............. 223
Jump Starting ................................. 225
If the Engine Overheats ............... 226
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 229
Charging System Indicator........... 229
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 230
Brake System Indicator ................ 231
Fuses ............................................... 232
Fuse Locations ............................... 235
Emergency Towing ....................... 237
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/cm )
Follow these precautions:
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 tire chains on the
compact spare tire.
Do not use your compact spare
tire on another vehicle unless it is
the same make and model.
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INDICATOR LOCATION MARK
TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR
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 to stop
that is far away from the traffic lanes.
JACK
TOOL CASE
The vehicle can easily roll off
the jack, seriously injuring
anyone underneath.
Follow the directions for
changing a tire exactly, and
never get under the vehicle
when it is supported only by the
jack.
TRUNK FLOOR
SPARE TIRE
3. Open the trunk. Raise the trunk
floor by lifting up on the back edge.
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.
5. Unscrew the wing bolt, and take
the spare tire out of its well.
4. Take the tool case out of the spare
tire.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
1. Park the vehicle on firm, level, and
non-slippery ground. Put the
transmission in Park (automatic)
or reverse (manual). Apply the
parking brake.
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Changing a Flat Tire
JACKING POINTS
EXTENSION
WHEEL NUT WRENCH
WHEEL NUT WRENCH
6. Loosen each wheel nut 1/2 turn
with the wheel nut wrench.
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7. Place the jack under the jacking
point. 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.
8. Use the extension and the wheel
nut wrench as shown to raise the
vehicle until the flat tire is off the
ground.
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.
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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
them fully.
WHEEL
NUTS
12.Lower the vehicle to the ground,
and remove the jack.
WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL COVER
DX, LX, and Canadian DX-G models:
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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Taking Care of the Unexpected
Do not attempt to forcibly pry the
wheel cover off with a screwdriver or
other tool. The wheel cover cannot
be removed without first removing
the wheel nuts.
BRAKE HUB
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Changing a Flat Tire
WING BOLT
SPACER
CONE
18.Store the jack and tools in the tool
case. Place the tool case in the
center of the flat tire.
Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could
seriously injure the occupants.
Store the wheel, jack, and tools
securely before driving.
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)
14.EX model:
Remove the center cap before
storing the flat tire in the trunk
well.
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15.Place the flat tire face down in the
spare tire well.
16.Remove the spacer cone from the
wing bolt, turn it over, and put it
back on the bolt.
17.Secure the flat tire by screwing
the wing bolt back into its hole.
19.Store the wheel cover or center
cap in the trunk. Make sure it does
not get scratched or damaged.
20.Lower the trunk floor, and close
the trunk lid.
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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:
You hear nothing, or almost
nothing. The engine’s starter
motor does not operate at all, or
operates very slowly.
Check the transmission interlock.
If you have a manual transmission,
the clutch pedal must be pushed
all the way to the floor or the
starter will not operate. With an
automatic transmission, it must be
in Park or neutral.
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 225 .
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 technician to
determine the problem (see
Emergency Towing on page 237 ).
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 215 ). You can
then try jump starting the vehicle
from a booster battery (see page
225 ).
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
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 or series of clicks, or
nothing at all.
Check these things:
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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.
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 76 ).
Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to Starting the
Engine on page 163 .
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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 232 ).
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See Emergency
Towing on page 237 .
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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 f reeze.
Attempting to jump start with a f rozen
battery can cause it to rupture.
2. Turn off all the electrical
accessories: heater, A/C (if
equipped), audio system (if
equipped), lights, etc. Put the
transmission in neutral (M/T) or
Park (A/T), and set the parking
brake.
BOOSTER
BATTERY
The numbers in the illustration show
you the order to connect the jumper
cables.
3. Connect one jumper cable to the
positive (+) terminal on your
battery. Connect the other end to
the positive (+) terminal on the
booster battery.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
You cannot start your vehicle with an
automatic transmission by pushing
or pulling it.
To jump start your vehicle:
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Jump Starting, If the Engine Overheats
6. Start the vehicle. If the starter
motor still operates slowly, check
that the jumper cables have good
metal-to-metal contact.
7. Once the vehicle is running,
disconnect the negative cable from
your vehicle, then from the
booster battery. Disconnect the
positive cable from your vehicle,
and then from the booster battery.
4. Connect the second jumper cable
to the negative (−) terminal on
the booster battery. Connect the
other end to the grounding strap
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.
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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.
If the Engine Overheats
The reading of the vehicle’s
temperature gauge should stay in
the midrange. If it climbs to the red
mark, you should determine the
reason (hot day, driving up a steep
hill, etc.).
If your vehicle overheats, you should
take immediate action. The only
indication may be the temperature
gauge climbing to or above the red
mark. Or you may see steam or
spray coming from under the hood.
Driving with the temperature gauge
reading at the red mark can cause
serious damage to your engine.
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If the Engine Overheats
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 neutral
(M/T) or Park (A/T), and set the
parking brake. Turn off all the
accessories, and turn on the
hazard indicator.
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.
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 237 ).
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.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
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 reading comes down to the
midpoint, then continue driving.
4. If the temperature gauge reading
stays at the red mark, turn off the
engine.
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If the Engine Overheats
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.
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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.
9. Start the engine, and set the
temperature control dial to
maximum. 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 red mark, the engine
needs repair (see Emergency
Towing on page 237 ).
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
1. Safely pull off the road, and shut
off the engine. Turn on the hazard
warning lights.
Running the engine with low oil
pressure can cause serious mechanical
damage almost immediately. Turn of f
the engine as soon as you can saf ely get
the vehicle stopped.
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick (see page 191 ).
2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute.
Open the hood, and check the oil
level (see page 153 ). An engine
very low on oil can lose pressure
during cornering and other driving
maneuvers.
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
237 ).
Charging System Indicator
If the charging system
indicator comes on brightly
when the engine is running, the
battery is not being charged.
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.
Taking Care of the Unexpected
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.
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Malfunction Indicator Lamp
If this 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
‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message on
the information display. Tighten the
cap until it clicks at least once (see
page 152 ). Tightening the cap will
not turn the indicator off
immediately; it takes at least three
days of normal driving.
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If the indicator comes on repeatedly,
even though it may turn off as you
continue driving, have the vehicle
checked by your dealer as soon as
possible.
If you keep driving with the
malf unction indicator lamp on, you can
damage your vehicle’s emissions
controls and engine. Those repairs may
not be covered by your vehicle’s
warranties.
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.
If the battery in your vehicle has
been disconnected or gone dead,
these codes are erased. It takes at
least three 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 a state
emissions test until the readiness
codes are set. Refer to State
Emissions Testing for more
information (see page 250 ).
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Brake System Indicator
The brake system indicator
normally comes on when
you turn the ignition switch
to the ON (II) position and
Canada as a reminder to check the
parking brake. It will stay
on if you do not fully
release the parking brake.
U.S.
If the fluid level is low, take your
vehicle to a dealer, and have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
If the ABS indicator comes on with
the brake system indicator, have
your vehicle inspected by your
dealer immediately.
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 237 ).
Taking Care of the Unexpected
If the brake system indicator 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 198 ).
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.
If you must drive the vehicle a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and carefully.
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Fuses
INTERIOR
UNDER-HOOD
TAB
FUSE LABEL
The fuses are in two fuse boxes. The
interior fuse box is underneath the
steering column.
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The under-hood fuse box is on the
driver’s side, next to the brake fluid
reservoir. To open it, push the tabs
as shown.
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
235 and 236 , 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.
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Fuses
FUSE
BLOWN
BLOWN
FUSE PULLER
2. Remove the cover from the fuse
box.
3. Check each of the large fuses in
the under-hood fuse box by
looking through the top at the wire
inside. Remove the screw with a
Phillips-head screwdriver.
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 in the under-hood
fuse box.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
1. Turn the ignition switch to the
LOCK (0) position. Make sure the
headlights and all other
accessories are off.
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Fuses
BLOWN
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.
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).
If you replace the blown fuse with a
spare fuse that has a lower rating, it
might blow out again. This does not
indicate anything wrong. Replace the
fuse with one of the correct rating as
soon as you can.
Replacing a f use with one that has a
higher rating greatly increases the
chances of damaging the electrical
system. If you do not have a
replacement f use with the proper rating
f or the circuit, install one with a lower
rating.
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6. If the replacement fuse of the
same rating blows in a short time,
there is probably a serious
electrical problem with your
vehicle. Leave the blown fuse in
that circuit, and have your vehicle
checked by a qualified mechanic.
On LX and EX models
If the driver’s power window fuse is
removed, the AUTO function of the
driver’s window will be disabled. To
reset the AUTO function, see page
94 .
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Fuse Locations
UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
4
5
6
7
1
2
3
100 A
70 A
80 A
50 A
30 A
30 A
Circuits Protected
Main Fuse
EPS
Option Main
Ignition Switch Main
ABS
ABS
*
:
Headlight Main
Power Window Main
Not Used
Sub Fan Motor*
Main Fan Motor (A/T)
Main Fan Motor (M/T)
Rear Defogger
Blower
Hazard
FI Sub
Stop and Horn
Not Used
Not Used
IGPS Oil Level
Not Used
Not Used
IG Coil
FI Main
MG Clutch
DBW
Interior Light
Back Up
If equipped
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No. Amps.
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
50 A
40 A
−
20 A
20 A
30 A
30 A
40 A
10 A
15 A
15 A
−
−
7.5 A
−
−
15 A
15 A
7.5 A
15 A
7.5 A
10 A
Circuits Protected
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Fuse Locations
INTERIOR FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
236
7.5 A
15 A
10 A
7.5 A
(15 A)
(20 A)
−
−
Circuits Protected
Power Window
Fuel Pump
Alternator
ABS Unit
Heated Seat*
Fog Lights*
Not Used
Not Used
No. Amps.
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
7.5 A
7.5 A
10 A
10 A
10 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
10 A
Circuits Protected
ODS
METER
SRS
Right Headlight High
Left Headlight High
Small (Interior)
Small (Exterior)
Right Headlight Low
10 A
20 A
15 A
−
20 A
(7.5 A)
(7.5 A)
(20 A)
20 A
20 A
(20 A)
(15 A)
15 A
20 A
−
20 A
20 A
−
7.5 A
(10 A)
7.5 A
30 A
*
: If equipped
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
Circuits Protected
Left Headlight Low
Headlight High Main
Small (Main)
Not Used
Headlight Low Main
(HAC)*
STS*
Moonroof *
Door Lock
Driver’s Power Window
HAC Option*
Rear ACC Socket*
ACC
Passenger’s Power Window
Not Used
Right Rear Power Window
Left Rear Power Window
Not Used
ACC Radio
(HAC)*
Daytime Running Light
Wiper
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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.
There are two ways to tow your
vehicle:
If, due to damage, your vehicle must
be towed with the front wheels on
the ground, do this:
Manual Transmission:
Release the parking brake.
Shift the transmission to neutral.
Automatic Transmission:
Flat-bed Equipment − The operator
loads your vehicle on the back of a
truck. This is the best way to transport your vehicle.
With the front wheels on the ground,
it is best to tow the vehicle no farther
than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the
speed below 35 mph (55 km/h).
If your vehicle is equipped with a
front spoiler, remove it before
towing so it is not damaged.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
Wheel-lift Equipment − The tow
truck uses two pivoting arms that go
under the tires (front) and lift them
off the ground. The other two tires
remain on the ground. This is an
acceptable way to tow your
vehicle.
Release the parking brake.
Start the engine.
Shift to D, then to N.
Turn off the engine.
Improper towing preparation will
damage the transmission. Follow the
above procedure exactly. If you cannot
shif t the transmission or start the
engine (automatic transmission), your
vehicle must be transported with the
f ront wheels of f the ground.
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Emergency Towing
Trying to lif t or tow your vehicle by the
bumpers will cause serious damage.
The bumpers are not designed to
support the vehicle’s weight.
If you decide to tow your vehicle
with all four wheels on the ground,
make sure you use a properlydesigned and attached tow bar.
Prepare the vehicle for towing as
described above, and leave the
ignition switched in the
ACCESSORY (I) position so the
steering wheel does not lock. Make
sure the radio and any items plugged
into the accessory power socket are
turned off so they do not run down
the battery.
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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 f reely bef ore 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.
Identification Numbers ................. 240
Specifications ................................. 242
DOT Tire Quality Grading
(U.S. Vehicles) ....................... 244
Treadwear .................................. 244
Traction....................................... 244
Temperature .............................. 245
Tire Labeling .................................. 246
239
Technical Information
Emissions Controls........................ 247
The Clean Air Act ...................... 247
Crankcase Emissions Control
System..................................... 247
Evaporative Emissions Control
System..................................... 247
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ................................. 247
Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 248
PGM-FI System ..................... 248
Ignition Timing Control
System................................. 248
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
(EGR) System .................... 248
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................ 248
Replacement Parts..................... 248
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 249
State Emissions Testing ............... 250
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Identification Numbers
Your vehicle has several identifying
numbers in various places.
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.
The VIN is also located on the
engine bulkhead. Slide the cover on
the engine compartment bulkhead to
view the VIN. Always close the cover
when finished.
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COVER
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
CERTIFICATION LABEL
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Identification Numbers
The engine number is stamped into
the engine block.
ENGINE NUMBER
The transmission number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER
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Technical Information
MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER
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Specifications
Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Track
Front
Rear
Weights
Gross vehicle weight rating
Engine
Type
Bore x Stroke
Displacement
Compression ratio
Spark plugs
Spark Plug Gap:
176.7 in (4,489 mm)
61.9 in (1,572 mm)
56.5 in (1,435 mm)
106.3 in (2,700 mm)
59.0 in (1,499 mm)
60.2 in (1,528 mm)
See the certification label attached
to the driver’s doorjamb.
Water cooled 4-stroke, SOHC
VTEC 4-cylinder gasoline engine
3.19 x 3.44 in (81.0 x 87.3 mm)
110 cu-in (1,798 cm )
10.5
NGK:
IZFR6K-11S
DENSO: SKJ20DR-M11S
0.04 in (1.1 mm)
+0
−0.1 mm
Capacities
Fuel tank
Engine
coolant
Approx.
13.2 US gal (50 )
*1
Change
Manual
Automatic
Total
Manual
Automatic
Engine oil
Change*2
Including filter
Without filter
Total
Manual
Change
transmission Total
fluid
Automatic
Change
transmission Total
fluid
Windshield
U.S. Vehicles
washer reservoir Canada Vehicles
1.37 US gal (5.2 )
1.37 US gal (5.2 )
1.59 US gal (6.0 )
1.59 US gal (6.0 )
4.2 US qt (4.0
3.7 US qt (3.5
4.8 US qt (4.5
1.5 US qt (1.4
1.7 US qt (1.6
)
)
)
)
)
2.5 US qt (2.4 )
6.2 US qt (5.9 )
2.6 US qt (2.5 )
4.8 US qt (4.5 )
*1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine.
Reserve tank capacity: 0.11 US gal (0.4 )
*2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.
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Specifications
Air Conditioning
Refrigerant type
Charge quantity
Lubricant oil type
Lights
Headlights
High
Low
Front turn signal/side marker/
Parking lights
Rear turn signal lights
Stop/Taillights
Rear side marker lights
Back-up lights
Taillights
High-mount brake light
License plate lights
Ceiling light
Spotlights
Trunk light
HFC-134a (R-134a)
14.1−15.9 oz (400−450 g)
SP-10
See page 236 or the fuse label
attached to the inside of the fuse
box door under the steering
column.
See page 235 or the fuse box
cover.
Under-hood
12 V − 60 W (HB3)
12 V − 51 W (HB4)
12 V − 21/5 W
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
21 W
21/5 W
2 CP
21 W
3 CP
21 W
5W
8W
8 W *1
5W
Alignment
Toe-in
Caster
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Tires
Size
Front/Rear
Pressure
Spare
Front/Rear
Camber
Spare
12 V − 36 AH/5 HR
12 V − 45 AH/20 HR
0.00 in (0.0 mm)
0.08 in (2.0 mm)
0°
−1°30’
7°24’
P195/65R15 89H *1
P205/55R16 89H *2
T125/70D15 95M
30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1 kgf/cm ) *1
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) *2
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
*1 : DX, Canadian DX-G
*2 : LX, EX
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Technical Information
*1 : LX, EX
Battery
Capacity
Fuses
Interior
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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 the tread shoulder and the
maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
All passenger car tires must conform
to Federal Safety Requirements in
addition to these grades.
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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 onehalf (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.
Traction − AA, A, B, C
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 − A, B, C
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. Grade
C corresponds to a level of
performance that 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 Size
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.
P205/55R16 89H
−Vehicle type (P indicates
passenger vehicle).
205 −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).
16 −Rim diameter in inches.
P
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89
H
−Load index (a numerical code
associated with the maximum
load the tire can carry).
−Speed symbol (an
alphabetical code indicating
the maximum speed rating).
Tire Identification Number
The tire identification number (TIN)
is a group of numbers and letters
that look like this example:
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.
Maximum Tire Pressure
Max Press −The maximum air
pressure the tire can
hold.
Maximum Tire Load
Max Load −The maximum load the
tire can carry at
maximum air pressure.
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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.
The Clean Air Act
The United States Clean Air Act*
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.
*
In Canada, Honda vehicles comply
with the Canadian emission
requirements, as specified in an
agreement with Environment
Canada, at the time they are
manufactured.
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.
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.
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Technical Information
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.
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Emissions Controls
Exhaust Emissions Controls
The exhaust emissions controls
include four systems: PGM-FI,
ignition timing control, exhaust gas
recirculation, and three way catalytic
converter. These four systems work
together to control the engine’s
combustion and minimize the
amount of HC, CO, and NOx that
comes 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) in
automatic transmission vehicles or
the engine control module (ECM) in
manual transmission vehicles uses
various sensors to determine how
much air is going into the engine. It
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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.
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)
System
The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR)
system takes some of the exhaust
gas and routes it back into the intake
manifold. Adding exhaust gas to the
air/fuel mixture reduces the amount
of NOx produced when the fuel is
burned.
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.
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
Honda 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 converter
contains precious metals that serve
as catalysts, promoting chemical
reactions to convert the exhaust
gasses without affecting the metals.
The catalytic converter is referred to
as a three-way catalyst, since it acts
on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement
unit must be an original Honda part
or its equivalent.
Keep the engine tuned-up.
THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER
Have your vehicle diagnosed and
repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling, or otherwise not
running properly.
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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State Emissions Testing
Testing of Readiness Codes
If you take your vehicle for a state
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.
Make sure the gas tank is nearly,
but not completely full (around
3/4).
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Make sure the vehicle has been
parked with the engine off for 6
hours or more.
Make sure the ambient
temperature is between 40° and
95°F.
Without touching the accelerator
pedal, start the engine, and let it
idle for 20 seconds.
Keep the vehicle in Park
(automatic transmission) or
neutral (manual transmission).
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).
Select a nearby lightly traveled
major highway where you can
maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph
(80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20
minutes. Drive on the highway in
D (A/T) or 5th (M/T). 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).
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.
Stop the vehicle, turn off the
ignition switch, and leave it 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 Customer Relations
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Warranty and Customer Relations
Customer Service Information..... 252
Warranty Coverages ..................... 253
Reporting Safety Defects
(U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 254
Authorized Manuals ...................... 255
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Customer Service Information
Honda 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 your Honda
Customer Service Office.
U.S. Owners:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Automobile Customer Service
Mail Stop 500-2N-7A
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, California 90501-2746
Tel: (800) 999-1009
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Canadian Owners:
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÈLE
Honda Canada Inc.
715 Milner Avenue
Toronto, ON
M1B 2K8
Tel: 1-888-9-HONDA-9
Fax: Toll-free 1-877-939-0909
Toronto (416) 287-4776
In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands:
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, PR 00919-0816
Tel: (787) 620-7028
When you call or write, please give
us this information:
Vehicle Identification Number
(see page 240 )
Name and address of the dealer
who services your vehicle
Date of purchase
Mileage on your vehicle
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:
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.
Original Equipment Battery Limited
Warranty − this warranty gives up
to 100 percent credit toward a
replacement battery.
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 −
Honda accessories are covered
under this warranty. Time and
mileage limits depend on the type of
accessory and other factors. Please
read your warranty booklet for
details.
Replacement Parts Limited
Warranty − covers all Honda
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
2006 Honda 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 2006 Warranty
Manual that came with your vehicle.
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Warranty and Customer Relations
New Vehicle Limited Warranty −
covers your new vehicle, except for
the battery, emissions control
systems, and accessories, against
defects in materials and
workmanship.
Seat Belt Limited Warranty − a seat
belt that fails to function properly is
covered for the useful life of the
vehicle.
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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.
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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 either
call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free
at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in the
Washington D.C. area), go online at
www.nhtsa.gov, or write to: NHTSA,
U.S. Department of Transportation,
Washington, D.C. 20590. You can
also obtain other information about
motor vehicle safety from the
Hotline and the website.
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Index
A
B
Battery
Charging System
Indicator............................ 64, 229
Jump Starting ............................. 225
Maintenance ............................... 215
Specifications ............................. 243
Before Driving ............................... 149
Belts, Seat ................................... 10, 20
Beverage Holders .......................... 100
Brakes
Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 172
Break-in, New Linings .............. 150
Bulb Replacement ..................... 203
Fluid ............................................ 198
Pad Wear Indicators .................. 171
Parking ........................................ 170
System Indicator .................. 60, 231
Braking System.............................. 171
Break-in, New Vehicle .................. 150
Brightness Control, Instruments ... 72
Brights, Headlights ......................... 71
CONTINUED
I
INDEX
Accessories..................................... 155
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ........................................ 77
Accessory Power Socket .............. 100
Additives, Engine Oil..................... 192
Airbag (SRS) .............................. 11, 23
Airbags, Additional Information .... 23
Additional Safety Precautions .... 34
Advanced Airbag System ........... 28
Airbag Service .............................. 33
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 32
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 32
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 31
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 26
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 29
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work.......................................... 31
SRS Components ......................... 23
Air Conditioning System ............... 102
Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 210
Antifreeze ....................................... 194
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Indicator ................................ 61, 172
Operation .................................... 172
Anti-theft, Audio System............... 142
Anti-theft Steering Column
Lock ........................................... 77
Armrest ............................................. 90
Audio System ................................. 106
Auto Door Locking/Unlocking ...... 79
Auto Door Locking .......................... 79
Auto Door Unlocking ...................... 81
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners .... 21
Automatic Speed Control.............. 145
Automatic Transmission............... 166
Capacity, Fluid ........................... 242
Checking Fluid Level ................ 196
Shifting ........................................ 166
Shift Lever Position
Indicators ................................ 166
Shift Lever Positions ................. 167
Shift Lock Release ..................... 169
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Bulb Replacement
Back-up Lights ........................... 203
Brake Lights............................... 203
Front Side Marker Lights......... 202
Front Turn Signal Lights .......... 202
Headlights .......................... 200, 201
High-mount Brake Light .......... 205
Parking Lights ........................... 202
Rear Side Marker Lights .......... 203
Rear Turn Signal Lights ........... 203
Specifications ............................. 243
Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 200
C
Card, PC .......................................... 129
Capacities Chart............................. 242
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 53
Carrying Cargo .............................. 157
CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii
CD Player ............................... 112, 125
Ceiling Light ..................................... 98
Certification Label ......................... 240
Chains ............................................. 214
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 219
II
Changing Oil
How to ......................................... 192
When to....................................... 181
Charging System Indicator .... 64, 229
Check Fuel Cap Indicator ............... 67
Checklist, Before Driving ............. 162
Child Safety ...................................... 35
Child Seats
LATCH Anchor System .............. 44
Lower Anchors ............................ 44
Tether Anchor Points ................. 47
Childproof Door Locks ................... 79
Clock, Setting the .......................... 119
Clutch Fluid .................................... 198
CO in the Exhaust ......................... 247
Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 163
Compact Spare ............................... 218
Console Compartment .................. 100
Consumer Information.................. 252
Controls, Instruments and .............. 57
Coolant
Adding ......................................... 194
Checking ..................................... 154
Proper Solution .......................... 194
Temperature Gauge .................... 66
Crankcase Emissions Control
System......................................... 247
Cruise Control Operation ............. 145
Customer Service Information..... 252
D
DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii
Dashboard .................................... 4, 58
Daytime Running Lights................. 72
Defects, Reporting Safety* .......... 254
Defog and Defrost ......................... 105
Defogger, Rear Window ................. 73
Defrosting the Windows ............... 105
Dimensions ..................................... 242
Dimming the Headlights ................ 71
Dipstick
Automatic Transmission........... 196
Engine Oil ................................... 153
Directional Signals ........................... 71
Disc Brake Pad Wear
Indicators .................................... 171
Disc Player ............................. 112, 125
Display Change Button ................... 65
Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 193
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Doors
Auto Door Locking/Unlocking.. 79
Auto Door Locking ...................... 79
Auto Door Unlocking .................. 81
Locking and Unlocking ............... 78
Power Door Locks ....................... 78
DOT Tire Quality Grading* ......... 244
Downshifting, Manual
Transmission .............................. 164
Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 7
Driving ............................................ 161
Economy ..................................... 154
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 206
E
Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 151
Filters
Dust and Pollen .......................... 206
Oil ................................................ 192
5-speed Manual Transmission
Checking Fluid Level ................ 197
Shifting the ................................. 164
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 72
Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 219
Fluids
Automatic Transmission........... 196
Brake ........................................... 198
Clutch .......................................... 198
Locations .................................... 190
Manual Transmission ............... 197
Power Steering........................... 199
Windshield Washer ................... 195
FM Stereo Radio
Reception .................................... 139
Folding Rear Seat ............................ 90
Four-way Flashers ........................... 72
Front Airbags ............................. 11, 26
F
Fan, Interior.................................... 102
Features .......................................... 101
INDEX
Economy, Fuel ............................... 154
Emergencies on the Road............. 217
Battery, Jump Starting .............. 225
Brake System Indicator ............ 231
Changing a Flat Tire ................. 219
Charging System Indicator ...... 229
Checking the Fuses................... 232
Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 229
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 230
Overheated Engine ................... 226
Emergency Brake ............................ 97
Emergency Flashers ....................... 72
Emergency Towing ....................... 237
Emergency Trunk Opener ............. 84
Emissions Controls........................ 248
Emissions Testing, State .............. 250
Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 66
Engine Speed Limiter ....... 165, 168
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ....................................... 230
Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 64, 229
Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 191
Overheating................................ 226
Specifications ............................. 242
Starting........................................ 163
Ethanol in Gasoline ....................... 150
Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 247
Exhaust Fumes ................................ 53
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by ......................................... 18
CONTINUED
III
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Index
Fuel .................................................. 150
Fill Door and Cap....................... 151
Gauge ............................................ 66
Octane Requirement ................. 150
Oxygenated ................................ 150
Reserve Indicator......................... 63
Tank, Filling the......................... 151
Fuses, Checking the ...................... 232
G
Gas Mileage, Improving................ 154
Gasohol ........................................... 150
Gasoline .......................................... 150
Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 63
Gauge ............................................ 66
Octane Requirement ................. 150
Tank, Filling the......................... 151
Gas Station Procedures................. 151
Gauges
Engine Coolant Temperature .... 66
Fuel ................................................ 66
Gearshift Lever Positions
Automatic Transmission........... 166
Manual Transmission ............... 164
Glove Box ....................................... 100
IV
H
Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 200
Hazard Warning Flashers............... 72
Headlights
Aiming ......................................... 200
Daytime Running Lights............. 72
High Beam Indicator ................... 62
Reminder Beeper ......................... 71
Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 200
Turning on .................................... 71
Head Restraints ............................... 89
Heated Mirrors ................................ 97
Heating and Cooling ...................... 102
High Altitude, Starting at .............. 163
High-Low Beam Switch .................. 71
High-mount Brake Light............... 205
Hood, Opening the ........................ 152
Horn............................................... 5, 69
Timing Control System ............. 248
Important Safety Precautions .......... 8
Indicators, Instrument Panel .......... 60
Infant Restraint ................................ 40
Infant Seats
LATCH Anchor System .............. 44
Lower Anchors ............................ 44
Tether Anchor Points ................. 47
Inflation, Recommended Tire
Pressures .................................... 210
Information Display ......................... 65
Inside Mirror .................................... 96
Inspection, Tire .............................. 211
Instrument Panel ............................. 59
Instrument Panel Lights ................. 60
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 72
Interior Lights .................................. 98
Introduction ......................................... i
J
I
Identification Number, Vehicle.... 240
Ignition
Keys............................................... 74
Switch ............................................ 77
Jacking up the Vehicle .................. 220
Jack, Tire ........................................ 219
Jump Starting ................................. 225
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Index
K
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 64, 229
Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 242
Keys ................................................... 74
Numbers, Identification ................ 240
O
M
L
N
Neutral Gear Position.................... 167
New Vehicle Break-in ................... 150
Normal Shift Speeds...................... 165
NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i
Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 150
Odometer .......................................... 65
Odometer, Trip ................................ 66
Oil
Change, How to ......................... 192
Change, When to ....................... 181
Checking Engine ....................... 153
Pressure Indicator ............... 64, 229
Selecting Proper Viscosity........ 191
ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 77
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ..................................... 247
Outside Mirrors ............................... 96
Outside Temperature Indicator ..... 67
Overheating, Engine ..................... 226
Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 186
Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 150
INDEX
Label, Certification ........................ 240
Lane Change, Signaling .................. 71
Lap/Shoulder Belts ................... 16, 21
LATCH Anchor System .................. 44
Lights
Bulb Replacement ..................... 200
Indicator ........................................ 59
Parking .......................................... 60
Turn Signal ................................... 62
Load Limit ...................................... 158
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 77
Locks
Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 77
Fuel Fill Door ............................. 151
Power Door .................................. 78
Trunk ............................................ 84
Low Coolant Level ......................... 154
Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 63
Lower Anchors................................. 44
Lower Gear, Downshifting to a.... 164
Maintenance ................................... 179
Minder ................................. 181-187
Minder Indicator .......................... 63
Owner Maintenance Checks.... 186
Record .................................. 188-189
Safety........................................... 180
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 230
Manual Transmission.................... 164
Manual Transmission Fluid ......... 197
Meters, Gauges ................................ 65
Methanol in Gasoline .................... 150
Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 96
Moonroof .......................................... 94
MP3/WMA .................... 113, 126, 130
CONTINUED
V
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Index
P
Panel Brightness Control ............... 72
Park Gear Position......................... 167
Parking ............................................ 170
Parking Brake .................................. 97
Parking Brake and Brake
System Indicator .................. 60, 231
Parking Lights.................................. 71
Parking Over Things that Burn ... 249
Playing the Radio ................... 108, 121
Playing a Disc ......................... 112, 125
Playing a PC Card .......................... 129
PGM-FI System.............................. 248
Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 18
Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 13
Additional Safety Precautions .... 19
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18
Protecting Children ......................... 35
General Guidelines ...................... 35
Protecting Infants ............................ 40
Protecting Small Children .............. 41
Selecting Child Seats ....................... 42
Installing a Child Seat ..................... 43
Protecting Larger Children ............ 49
VI
R
Radiator Overheating .................... 226
Radio/CD Sound System .............. 108
Radio/CD/PC Card Sound
System......................................... 121
Readiness Codes .................... 230, 250
Rear Lights, Bulb
Replacement ........................ 203-205
Rear Seat, Folding ........................... 90
Rear View Mirror ............................. 96
Rear Window Defogger .................. 73
Reclining the Seat Backs ................ 88
Recommended Shift Speeds ........ 165
Reminder Lights .............................. 60
Remote Audio Controls................. 143
Remote Transmitter ........................ 85
Replacement Information
Dust and Pollen Filter ............... 206
Engine Oil and Filter ................. 192
Fuses ........................................... 232
Light Bulbs ................................. 200
Maintenance Minder ................. 181
Tires ............................................ 212
Wiper Blades .............................. 207
Replacing Seat Belts After a
Crash ............................................. 22
Reserve Tank, Engine
Coolant ................................ 154, 194
Restraint, Child ................................ 35
Reverse Gear Position................... 167
Rotation, Tire ................................. 212
S
Safety Belts................................. 10, 20
Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 254
Safety Features .................................. 9
Airbags .......................................... 11
Seat Belts ...................................... 10
Safety Labels, Location of .............. 54
Safety Messages ................................ ii
Seat Belts .................................... 10, 20
Additional Information ................ 20
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 21
Lap/Shoulder Belt ................. 16, 21
Maintenance......................... 22, 206
Reminder Light and
Beeper ................................. 20, 60
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Index
Speed-sensitive Volume
Compensation (SVC) ........ 111, 124
Spotlights .......................................... 98
SRS, Additional Information........... 23
Additional Safety Precautions .... 34
Advanced Airbag System ........... 28
Airbag Service .............................. 33
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 32
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 32
How the SRS Indicator
Works ........................................ 31
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 26
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 29
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work.......................................... 31
SRS Components ......................... 23
SRS Indicator.............................. 31, 61
START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 77
State Emissions Testing ............... 250
Starting the Engine........................ 163
In Cold Weather at High
Altitude ................................... 163
With a Dead Battery ................. 225
Steam Coming from Engine ......... 226
Steering Wheel
Adjustment ................................... 73
Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 77
Stereo Sound System .................... 106
Storing Your Vehicle ..................... 216
Supplemental Restraint
System................................. 11, 23
Servicing ....................................... 33
SRS Indicator.......................... 31, 61
System Components.................... 23
SVC .......................................... 111, 124
Synthetic Oil ................................... 192
T
Taillights, Changing
Bulbs ................................... 203, 204
Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 217
INDEX
System Components.................... 20
Use During Pregnancy................ 18
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 16
Seats, Adjusting the ......................... 88
Security System ............................. 144
Serial Number ................................ 240
Service Intervals ............................ 187
Service Manual* ............................ 255
Service Station Procedures .......... 151
Setting the Clock ........................... 119
Shift Lever Position Indicators .... 166
Shift Lock Release ......................... 169
Side Airbags ............................... 11, 29
Off Indicator ........................... 32, 61
Side Curtain Airbags ................. 11, 31
Side Marker Lights, Bulb
Replacement ....................... 202, 203
Signaling Turns ................................ 71
Snow Tires ...................................... 213
Sound System ................................. 106
Spare Tire
Inflating ....................................... 218
Specifications ............................. 243
Specifications Charts..................... 242
Speed Control ................................. 145
CONTINUED
VII
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Index
Technical Descriptions
DOT Tire Quality Grading* ..... 244
Emissions Control Systems ...... 247
Oxygenated Fuels...................... 150
State Emissions Testing ........... 250
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ................................ 249
Tire Labeling .................................. 246
Temperature Gauge ........................ 66
Tether Anchor Points...................... 47
Theft Protection............................. 142
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 249
Time, Setting the ........................... 119
Tire Chains ..................................... 214
Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 219
Tire Information* .......................... 244
Tires ................................................ 209
Air Pressure ............................... 210
Checking Wear .......................... 211
Compact Spare ........................... 218
DOT Tire Quality Grading* ..... 244
Inflation ....................................... 209
Inspection ................................... 211
Maintenance ............................... 211
Replacing .................................... 212
Rotating....................................... 212
VIII
Snow ............................................ 213
Specifications ............................. 243
Tire Chains ................................. 214
Tools, Tire Changing .................... 219
Towing
A Trailer ...................................... 173
Emergency Towing ................... 237
Traction Devices ............................ 214
Transmission
Checking Fluid Level,
Automatic ............................... 196
Checking Fluid Level,
Manual .................................... 197
Fluid Selection ................... 196, 197
Identification Number............... 241
Shifting the Automatic .............. 166
Shifting the Manual ................... 164
Treadwear* .................................... 244
Trip Meter ........................................ 66
Trunk................................................. 84
Opening......................................... 84
Open Monitor Light .................... 62
Turn Signals ..................................... 71
U
Unexpected, Taking Care
of the ........................................... 217
Uniform Tire Quality Grading* ... 244
Unleaded Gasoline......................... 150
Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 193
V
Vanity Mirror ................................... 99
Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 158
Vehicle Dimensions....................... 242
Vehicle Identification Number..... 240
Vehicle Storage .............................. 216
Ventilation ...................................... 104
VIN .................................................. 240
Viscosity, Oil................................... 191
W
WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii
Warning Labels, Location of .......... 54
Warranty Coverages ..................... 253
Washer, Windshield
Checking the Fluid Level ......... 195
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Index
Indicator ........................................ 63
Operation ...................................... 70
Wheel
Adjusting the Steering ................ 73
Alignment and Balance ............. 211
Compact Spare ........................... 218
Nut Wrench ................................ 220
Windows
Operating the Power ................... 93
Rear, Defogger ............................ 73
Windshield
Cleaning ........................................ 70
Defroster .................................... 103
Washers ........................................ 70
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades ........................ 207
Operation ...................................... 70
Worn Tires ..................................... 211
Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 237
*
:U.S. only
INDEX
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05/05/26 17:42:39 31SNA600 0269 Main Menu
Service Information Summary
Gasoline:
Unleaded gasoline, pump octane
number of 87 or higher.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
13.2 US gal (50 )
Recommended Engine Oil:
API Premium grade 5W-20
detergent oil (see page 191 ).
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
4.2 US qt (4.0 )
Automatic Transmission Fluid:
Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic
Transmission Fluid) preferred, or
a DEXRON III ATF as a
temporary replacement (see page
196 ).
Manual Transmission Fluid:
Honda Manual Transmission
Fluid preferred, or an SAE 10W-30
or 10W-40 motor oil as a
temporary replacement (see page
197 ).
Capacity (including differential):
1.5 US qt (1.4 )
Power Steering Fluid:
Honda Power Steering Fluid
preferred, or another brand of
power steering fluid as a
temporary replacement. Do not
use ATF (see page 199 ).
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 198 ).
Tire Pressure (measured cold):
Front/Rear:
DX, Canadian DX-G
30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1 kgf/cm )
LX, EX
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
Spare Tire:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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