2008 Honda Element Owner`s Manual

2008 Honda Element Owner`s Manual
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Introduction
Congratulations! Your selection of a 2008 Honda Element was a wise
investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure.
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to
read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and
convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so
you can refer to it at any time.
As you read this manual, you will
find information that is preceded by
a
symbol. This
information is intended to help you
avoid damage to your vehicle, other
property, or the environment.
Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet
thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights
and responsibilities.
Maintaining your vehicle according to the 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.
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Introduction
California Proposition 65 Warning
WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
Event Data Recorders
This vehicle is equipped with one or more devices commonly referred to as event data recorders. These
devices record front seat belt use, front passenger seat occupancy, airbag deployment data, and the failure
of any airbag system component. This data belongs to the vehicle owner and may not be accessed by anyone else
except as legally required or with the permission of the vehicle owner.
Service Diagnostic Recorders
This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data
can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It may
also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential.
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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.
and one of
Safety Messages − preceded by a safety alert symbol
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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Important Handling Information
Your Element has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher
ground clearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and
rough terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier.
These advantages come at some cost. Because your vehicle is taller and rides higher off the ground, it has a high
center of gravity. This means your vehicle can tip or roll over if you make abrupt turns. Utility vehicles have a
significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantly
more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. As a reminder, make sure you and your passengers always wear
seat belts.
For information on how to reduce the risk of rollover, read ‘‘Driving Guidelines’’ on page 156 of this manual and the
Off-Highway Driving Guidelines section on page 179 . Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result in loss of
control or an accident.
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Contents
Owner's Identification Form
Introduction .......................................................................................................................................................... i
A Few Words About Safety .............................................................................................................................. iii
Important Handling Information .................................................................................................................... iv
Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) .................................................................................................... 4
Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) .................................................... 7
Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, dashboard, and steering column) ............................................ 57
Features (heating and cooling, audio, steering wheel, and cruise control) ........................................................... 101
Before Driving (fuel, vehicle break- in, and cargo loading) ..................................................................... 139
Driving (engine and transmission operation) ................................................................................................ 155
Maintenance (minder, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage)........................................... 183
Taking Care of the Unexpected (flat tire, dead battery, overheating, and fuses) ............................. 221
Technical Information (vehicle specifications, tires, and emissions controls) ....................................... 245
Warranty and Customer Relations (U. S. and Canada only) (warranty and contact information) ... 261
Authorized Manuals (U. S. only) (how to order) ......................................................................................... 265
Index ............................................................................................................................... ........................................ I
Service Information Summary ( fluid capacities and tire pressures)
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Overview of Contents
Contents
A convenient reference to the
sections in this manual.
Your Vehicle at a Glance
A quick reference to the main
controls in your vehicle.
Driver and Passenger Safety
Important information about the
proper use and care of your vehicle’s
seat belts, an overview of the
supplemental restraint system, and
valuable information on how to
protect children with child restraints.
Instruments and Controls
Explains the purpose of each
instrument panel indicator and gauge,
and how to use the controls on the
dashboard and steering column.
Features
How to operate the heating and air
conditioning system, the audio
system, and other convenience
features.
Before Driving
What gasoline to use, how to breakin your new vehicle, and how to load
luggage and other cargo.
Driving
The proper way to start the engine,
shift the transmission, and park; plus
what you need to know if you’re
planning to tow a trailer.
Maintenance
The maintenance minder shows you
when you need to take your vehicle
to the dealer for maintenance service.
There is also a list of things to check
and instructions on how to check
them.
Taking Care of the Unexpected
This section covers several problems
motorists sometimes experience,
and details how to handle them.
Technical Information
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities,
and technical information.
Warranty and Customer
Relations
(U.S. and Canada only)
A summary of the warranties
covering your new vehicle, and how
to contact us for any reason. Refer to
your warranty manual for detailed
information.
Authorized Manuals
(U.S. only)
How to order manuals and other
technical literature.
Index
Service Information Summary
A summary of the information you
need when you pull up to the fuel
pump.
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
POWER DOOR
LOCK SWITCH
(P.80)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P.92)
INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.59)
GAUGES (P.66)
DRIVER’S FRONT
AIRBAG(P.11, 27)
PASSENGER’S
FRONT AIRBAG
(P.11, 34)
HEATING/COOLING
CONTROLS
(P.102)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P.91)
PARKING BRAKE
(P.93)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P.142)
A/T model is shown.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.161)
MANUAL TRANSMISSION (P.159)
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
WINDSHIELD
WIPERS/WASHERS
(P.70)
REMOTE AUDIO
CONTROLS*2
(P.134)
A/T model is shown.
*1 :
*2 :
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P.107)
DIGITAL CLOCK
(P.132)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P.73)
CRUISE CONTROL
MASTER BUTTON
(P.135)
VEHICLE STABILITY
ASSIST(VSA) SYSTEM
ON/OFF SWITCH
(P.172)
PASSENGER AIRBAG
OFF INDICATOR
(P.34)
Your Vehicle at a Glance
HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P.71)
ACCESSORY POWER
SOCKET
(P.98)
HORN*1
STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT
(P.74)
HAZARD WARNING
BUTTON
(P.73)
CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS
(P.135)
To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel.
If equipped
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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 .... 18
Additional Information About Your
Seat Belts .................................. 20
Seat Belt System Components ... 20
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 21
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 22
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 22
Additional Information About Your
Airbags ...................................... 24
Airbag System Components ....... 24
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 27
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 30
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work.......................................... 32
How the SRS Indicator
Works ........................................ 33
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 34
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 34
Airbag Service .............................. 35
Additional Safety Precautions .... 36
Protecting Children − General
Guidelines ................................. 37
All Children Must Be
Restrained ................................ 37
All Children Should Sit in a
Back Seat .................................. 38
The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Can Pose Serious Risks .......... 38
If You Must Drive with Several
Children .................................... 40
If a Child Requires Close
Attention ................................... 40
Additional Safety Precautions .... 41
Protecting Infants and
Small Children.......................... 42
Protecting Infants ........................ 42
Protecting Small Children .......... 43
Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 44
Installing a Child Seat ..................... 45
With LATCH ................................ 46
With a Lap/Shoulder Belt .......... 48
With a Tether ............................... 50
Protecting Larger Children ............ 51
Checking Seat Belt Fit ................ 51
Using a Booster Seat ................... 52
When Can a Larger Child Sit in
Front .......................................... 52
Additional Safety Precautions .... 53
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 54
Safety Labels .................................... 55
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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
(see pages 37 − 53 ).
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
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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 185 ).
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
(11) (8)
(3)
(7)
(1)
(5)
(10)
(2)
(8)
(6)
(2)
(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 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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Your vehicle is equipped with many
features that work together to
protect you and your passengers
during a crash.
(9)
(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.
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.
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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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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
27 for more information on how
your front airbags work).
Your vehicle also has side airbags to
help protect the upper torso of the
driver or a front seat passenger
during a moderate to severe side
impact (see page 30 for more
information on how your side airbags
work).
In addition, your vehicle has side
curtain airbags to help protect the
heads of the driver, front passenger,
and passengers in the outer rear
seating positions during a moderate
to severe side impact (see page
32 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.
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.
Airbags can pose serious 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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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
See pages 37 − 53 for important
guidelines on how to properly
protect infants, small children, and
larger children who ride in your
vehicle.
1.Close and Lock the Doors
After everyone has entered the
vehicle, be sure the doors are closed
and locked.
2.Adjust the Front Seats
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.
Your vehicle has a door and
tailgate open monitor on
the instrument panel to indicate
when a specific door or the tailgate
or the hatch is not tightly closed.
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.
Locking the doors also helps prevent
an outsider from unexpectedly
opening a door when you come to a
stop.
See page 80 for how to lock the
doors, and page 63 for how the door
and tailgate monitor system works.
Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the
rear as possible while allowing you to
maintain full control of the vehicle.
Have a front passenger adjust their
seat as far to the rear as possible.
If you sit too close to the steering
wheel or dashboard, you can be
seriously injured by an inflating front
airbag, or by striking the steering
wheel or dashboard.
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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 (see
page 74 ).
Once a seat is adjusted correctly,
rock it back and forth to make sure it
is locked in position.
3.Adjust the Seat-Backs
See page 83 for how to adjust the
front seats.
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.
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.
Sitting too close to a front
airbag can result in serious
injury or death if the front
airbags inflate.
Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright
position.
Always sit as far back from the
front airbags as possible.
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4.Adjust the Head Restraints
Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.
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 83 for how to adjust the
seat-backs.
Make sure head restraints are
in place and positioned properly
before driving.
Adjust the driver’s head restraint so
the center of the back of your head
rests against the center of the
restraint.
Properly adjusted head restraints
will help protect occupants from
whiplash and other crash injuries.
See page 85 for how to adjust the
head restraints.
Have passengers adjust their head
restraints properly as well. Taller
persons should adjust their restraint
as high as possible.
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Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.
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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.
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.
This spreads the forces of a crash
over the strongest bones in your
upper body.
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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Improperly positioning the seat
belts can cause serious injury
or death in a crash.
Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.
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Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
If a seat belt does not seem to work
properly, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash.
No one should sit in a seat with an
inoperative seat belt. Using a seat
belt that is not working properly can
result in serious injury or death.
Have your dealer check the belt as
soon as possible.
See page 20 for additional
information about your seat belts
and how to take care of them.
Sitting improperly can increase the
chance of injury during a crash. For
example, if an occupant slouches,
lies down, turns sideways, sits
forward, leans forward or sideways,
or puts one or both feet up, the
chance of injury during a crash is
greatly increased.
In addition, an occupant who is out of
position in the front seat can be
seriously or fatally injured in a crash
by striking interior parts of the
vehicle or being struck by an
inflating front airbag.
Sitting improperly or out of
position can result in serious
injury or death in a crash.
Always sit upright, well back in
the seat, with your feet on the
floor.
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very serious injuries in a crash.
6.Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position
After all occupants have adjusted
their seats and head restraints, and
put on their seat belts, it is very
important that they continue to sit
upright, well back in their seats, with
their feet on the floor, until the
vehicle is parked and the engine is
off.
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Advice for Pregnant Women
When driving, remember to sit
upright and adjust the seat as far
back as possible while allowing full
control of the vehicle. When riding
as a front passenger, adjust the seat
as far back as possible.
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.
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.
Additional Safety Precautions
Never let passengers ride in the
cargo area or on top of a foldeddown back seat. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
Passengers should not stand up or
change seats while the vehicle is
moving. A passenger who is not
wearing a seat belt during a crash
or emergency stop can be thrown
against the inside of the vehicle,
against other occupants, or out of
the vehicle.
Two people should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
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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
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.
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 front airbag inflates.
Do not place hard or sharp objects
between yourself and a front
airbag. Carrying hard or sharp
Do not attach hard 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 hard object
attached on or near the door could
be propelled inside the vehicle and
hurt someone.
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Do not put any accessories on seat
belts. Devices intended to improve
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all four seating
positions. The front seat belts are
also equipped with automatic seat
belt tensioners.
This system uses the same sensors
as the front airbags to monitor
whether the front seat belts are
latched or unlatched, and how much
weight is on the front passenger’s
seat (see pages 29 and 30 ).
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.
the beeper stops, the indicator will
stop flashing but remain on.
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, 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 child or small
adult is riding there, the indicator
should not come on and the beeper
should not sound.
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
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If the indicator comes on or the
beeper sounds when the driver’s seat
belt is latched and there is no front
seat passenger and no items on the
front seat, something may be
interfering with the monitoring
system. Look for and remove:
Any items under the front
passenger’s seat.
Any object(s) hanging on the seat
or in the seat-back pocket.
Any objects, such as a folded-down
back seat, that are touching the
rear of the seat-back.
If no obstructions are found, have
your vehicle checked by a dealer.
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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.
The seat belts in all positions except
the driver’s have a lockable retractor
that must be activated to secure a
child seat (see page 48 ).
If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the lockable
retractor will activate. The belt will
retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.
To deactivate the lockable retractor,
unlatch the buckle and let the seat
belt fully retract. To refasten the
seat belt, pull it out only as far as
needed.
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Lap/Shoulder Belt
The lap/shoulder belt goes over
your shoulder, across your chest,
and across your hips.
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Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners
The tensioners are designed to
activate in any collision severe
enough to cause the front airbags to
deploy, or if a sensor detects your
vehicle is about to roll over (see page
32 ).
If a side airbag or side curtain airbag
deploys during a side impact, the
tensioner on that side of the vehicle
will also deploy.
For added protection, the front seat
belts are equipped with automatic
seat belt tensioners. When activated,
the tensioners immediately tighten
the belts to help hold the driver and
a front passenger in position.
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.
When the tensioners are activated,
the seat belts will remain tight until
they are unbuckled.
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Seat Belt Maintenance
For safety, you should check the
condition of your seat belts regularly.
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
209 ). Any belt that is not in good
condition or working properly will
not provide good protection and
should be replaced as soon as
possible.
Honda provides a limited warranty
on seat belts. See your Honda
Warranty Information booklet for
details.
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The dealer should also inspect the
anchors for damage and replace
them if needed. If the automatic seat
belt tensioners activate during a
crash, they must be replaced.
Not checking or maintaining
seat belts can result in serious
injury or death if the seat belts
do not work properly when
needed.
Driver and Passenger Safety
If a seat belt is worn during a crash,
it must be replaced by your dealer. A
belt that has been worn during a
crash may not provide the same level
of protection in a subsequent crash.
Check your seat belts regularly
and have any problem
corrected as soon as possible.
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Airbag System Components
(8)
(9)
(2)
(13)
(10)
(11)
(12)
(5)
(1)
(1) Driver’s Front Airbag
(3)
(2) Passenger’s Front Airbag
(3) Control Unit
(4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners
(5) Side Airbags
(5)
(6) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor
(7) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors
(8) Front Impact Sensors
(9) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator
(10) Side Impact Sensors (First)
(11) Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) Sensors
(12) Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Indicator
(13) Rollover Sensor
(14) Seat Belt Buckle Tensioners
(15) Rear Safing Sensor
(4)
(6)
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(7)
(10)
(15)
(4)
(14)
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Your airbag system includes:
(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 30 ).
(17)
(16) Side Curtain Airbags
(17) Side Impact Sensors (Second)
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
32 ).
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Two SRS (supplemental restraint
system) front airbags. The driver’s
airbag is stored in the center of
the steering wheel; the front
passenger’s airbag is stored in the
dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS
AIRBAG’’ (see page 27 ).
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Automatic front seat belt
tensioners (see page 22 ).
Sensors that can detect a
moderate to severe front impact,
side impact, or rollover.
Sensors that can detect whether a
child is in the passenger’s side
airbag path and signal the control
unit to turn the airbag off (see
page 31 ).
Sensors that can detect whether
the driver’s seat belt and the front
passenger’s seat belt are latched
or unlatched (see page 20 ).
A driver’s seat position sensor that
monitors the distance of the seat
from the front airbag. If the seat is
too far forward, the airbag will
inflate with less force (see page
29 ).
Weight sensors that monitor the
weight on the front passenger’s
seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs
(29 kg) or less (the weight of an
infant or small child), the
passenger’s front airbag will be
turned off (see page 29 ).
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 to a possible
problem with your airbags,
sensors, or seat belt tensioners
(see page 33 ).
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An indicator on the instrument
panel that alerts you that the
passenger’s side airbag has been
turned off (see page 34 ).
An indicator on the dashboard that
alerts you that the passenger’s
front airbag has been turned off
(see page 34 ).
Emergency backup power in case
your vehicle’s electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.
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How Your Front Airbags Work
Driver and Passenger Safety
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 can 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 29 ).
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.
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The total time for inflation and
deflation is one-tenth of a second, so
fast that most occupants are not
aware that the airbags deployed until
they see them lying in their laps.
After a crash, you may see what
looks like smoke. This is actually
powder from the airbag’s surface.
Although the powder is not harmful,
people with respiratory problems
may experience some temporary
discomfort. If this occurs, get out of
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do
so.
Dual-Stage 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
sensors detect the occupant is
wearing a seat belt or not.
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.
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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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Advanced Airbags
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 objects or metal items
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.
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 SENSOR
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 (up to about 65
lbs or 29 kg), the system will
automatically turn the passenger’s
front airbag off.
Be aware that objects placed on the
passenger’s seat can also cause the
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Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
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When the airbag is turned off, a
‘‘passenger airbag off’’ indicator in
the center of the dashboard comes
on (see page 34 ).
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 front
passenger’s seat.
Moving the front seat forcibly
back against cargo on the seat or
floor behind it.
How Your Side Airbags Work
Hanging heavy items on the front
passenger seat, or placing heavy
items in the seat-back pocket.
Moving the front seat or seat-back
forcibly back against the folded
rear seat.
If your vehicle has optional floor
mats, make sure the mat behind the
front passenger’s seat is hooked to
the floor mat anchor (see page 209 ).
If it is not, the mat may interfere
with the proper operation of the
sensors and operation of the seat.
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If you ever have a moderate to
severe side impact, sensors will
detect rapid acceleration and signal
the control unit to instantly inflate
either the driver’s or the passenger’s
side airbag and activate the seat belt
tensioner on the affected side.
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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, if the
position sensors detect a child has
leaned into the side airbag’s
deployment path, the airbag will shut
off.
The side airbag may also shut off if a
short adult leans sideways, or a
larger adult slouches and leans
sideways into the airbag’s
deployment path.
If the side airbag off indicator comes
on (see page 34 ), 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.
Objects placed on the front
passenger seat can also cause the
side airbag to be shut off.
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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.
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How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work
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.
In a Rollover
If the rollover sensor detects your
vehicle is about to roll over, it signals
the control unit, which immediately
deploys both side curtain airbags and
activates both front seat belt
tensioners.
SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG
In a Side Impact
In a moderate to severe side impact,
sensors will detect rapid acceleration
and signal the control unit to
instantly inflate the side curtain
airbag and activate the seat belt
tensioner on the driver’s or the
passenger’s side of the vehicle.
The airbag on the passenger’s side
will deploy, and the seat belt
tensioner will activate, even if there
are no passengers on that side of the
vehicle.
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To get the best protection from the
side curtain airbags, occupants
should wear their seat belts and sit
upright and well back in their seats.
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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.
Ignoring the SRS indicator can
result in serious injury or death
if the airbag systems or
tensioners do not work properly.
Have your vehicle checked by a
dealer as soon as possible if
the SRS indicator alerts you to
a possible problem.
If the indicator comes on or
flashes on and off while you drive.
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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How the SRS Indicator Works
The SRS indicator alerts
you to a potential problem
with your airbags or seat belt
tensioners.
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How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works
U.S.
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works
Canada
Be aware that objects placed on the
front seat can cause the indicator to
come on.
PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR
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 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.
If no weight is detected in the front
seat, the airbag will be automatically
shut off. However, the indicator will
not come on.
U.S.
Canada
This indicator alerts you that the
passenger’s front airbag has been
shut off because weight sensors
detect about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less
(the weight of an infant or small
child) on the front passenger’s seat.
It does not mean there is a problem
with the airbag.
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The passenger airbag off indicator
may come on and off repeatedly if
the total weight on the seat is near
the airbag cutoff threshold.
If an adult or teenage passenger is
riding in front, move the seat as far
to the rear as possible, and have the
passenger sit upright and wear the
seat belt properly.
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Any items under the front
passenger’s seat.
Any object hanging on the seat or
in the seat-back pocket.
Any object, such as a folded-down
back seat, that is touching the rear
of the seat-back.
If no obstructions are found, have
your vehicle checked by a dealer as
soon as possible.
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.
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 a crash to
make sure they are operating
properly.
Do not try to remove or replace
any airbag by yourself. This must
be done by an authorized 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.
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If the indicator comes on with no
front seat passenger and no objects
on the seat, or with an adult riding
there, something may be interfering
with the weight sensors. Look for
and remove:
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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 expose the front passenger’s
seat-back to liquid. If water or
another liquid soaks into the seatback, it can prevent the side airbag
cutoff system from working
properly.
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 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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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 42 − 50 ).
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 51 − 53 ).
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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.
Some states have laws restricting
where children may ride.
Children who ride in back are less
likely to be injured by striking
interior vehicle parts during a
collision or hard braking. Also,
children cannot be injured by an
inflating front airbag when they ride
in the back.
The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Can Pose Serious Risks
Front airbags have been designed to
help protect adults in a moderate to
severe frontal collision. To do this,
the passenger’s front airbag is quite
large, and it can inflate with enough
force to cause very serious injuries.
Even though your vehicle has an
advanced front airbag system that
automatically turns the passenger’s
front airbag off (see page 34 ),
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 51 for important
information about protecting larger
children).
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U.S. Models
SUN VISORS
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 VISORS
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If You Must Drive with Several
Children
Your vehicle has two back seats
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 51 ).
Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (see page 83 ).
If a Child Requires Close
Attention
Many parents say they prefer to put
an infant or a small child in the front
passenger seat so they can watch the
child, or because the child requires
attention.
Placing a child in the front seat
exposes the child to hazards in a
frontal collision, and paying close
attention to a child distracts the
driver from the important tasks of
driving, placing both of you at risk.
Have the child sit upright and well
back in the seat (see page 17 ).
Make sure the seat belt is properly
positioned and secured (see page
16 ).
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If a child requires 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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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
Additional Safety Precautions
Never hold an infant or child on
your lap. If you are not wearing a
seat belt in a crash, you could be
thrown forward and crush the
child against the dashboard or a
seat-back. If you are wearing a
seat belt, the child can be torn
from your arms and be seriously
hurt or killed.
seat belt around their neck, they
can be seriously or fatally injured.
(See pages 48 and 49 for how to
activate and deactivate the
lockable retractor.)
Never put a seat belt over yourself
and a child. During a crash, the
Do not leave children alone in a
vehicle. Leaving children without
belt could press deep into the child
and cause serious or fatal injuries.
adult supervision is illegal in most
states and Canadian provinces,
and can be very hazardous.
Never let two children use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
Lock all doors, the tailgate and the
hatch 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.
Keep vehicle keys and remote
transmitters (on some models) out
of the reach of children. Even very
young children learn how to
unlock vehicle doors, turn on the
ignition, and open the tailgate or
hatch, which can lead to accidental
injury or death.
For example, infants and small
children left in a vehicle on a hot
day can die from heatstroke. A
child left alone with the key in the
ignition switch can accidentally set
the vehicle in motion, possibly
injuring themselves or others.
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Make sure any unused seat belt
that a child can reach is buckled,
the lockable retractor is activated,
and the belt is fully retracted and
locked. If a child wraps a loose
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Protecting Infants and Small Children
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.
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.
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.
It could also interfere with proper
operation of the passenger’s
advanced front airbag system.
Only a rear-facing child seat provides
proper support for a baby’s head,
neck, and back.
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Protecting Small Children
Child Seat Placement
We strongly recommend placing a
forward-facing child seat in a back
seat, not the front.
Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death during a
collision.
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
Child Seat Type
Always place a rear-facing child
seat in the back seat, not the
front.
We also recommend that a small
child use the child seat as long as
possible, until the child reaches the
weight or height limit for the seat.
A child who is at least 1 year old, and
who fits within the child seat maker’s
weight and height limits, should be
restrained in a forward-facing,
upright child seat.
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.
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
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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
Even with advanced front airbags
that automatically turn the
passenger’s front airbag off (see
page 34 ), a back seat is the safest
place for a small child.
If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move
the vehicle seat as far to the rear as
possible, and be sure the child seat is
firmly secured to the vehicle and the
child is properly strapped in the seat.
Selecting a Child Seat
When buying a child seat, you need
to choose either a conventional child
seat, or one designed for use with
the lower anchors and tethers for
children (LATCH) system.
Conventional child seats must be
secured to a vehicle with a seat belt,
whereas LATCH-compatible seats
are secured by attaching the seat to
hardware built into the two second
row seats.
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.
Placing a forward-facing child
seat in the front seat can result
in serious injury or death if the
front airbag inflates.
Since LATCH-compatible child seats
are easier to install and reduce the
possibility of improper installation,
we recommend selecting this style.
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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2. The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to fit the child.
Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children.
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Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat
3. The child seat should fit the
vehicle seating position (or
positions) where it 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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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.
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
Installing a Child Seat with
LATCH
MARKS
LOWER ANCHORS
Your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH (lower anchors and tethers
for children) at the rear seats.
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.
ANCHOR COVER
To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat:
1. Remove both anchor covers by
pulling forward.
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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Installing a Child Seat
Flexible-type
Other LATCH-compatible seats have
a flexible-type connector as shown
above.
4. Whatever type you have, follow
the child seat maker’s instructions
for adjusting or tightening the fit.
Driver and Passenger Safety
TETHER ANCHOR
ANCHOR COVER
5. Remove the head restraint (see
page 85 ). Make sure the removed
head restraints are secured in the
cargo area, and reinstalled when
the child seat is removed.
7. Slide the anchor cover open.
6. Route the tether strap over the top
of the seat-back, making sure the
strap is not twisted.
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Installing a Child Seat
TETHER ANCHOR
Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/
Shoulder Belt
When not using the LATCH system,
all child seats must be secured to the
vehicle with the lap part of a lap/
shoulder belt.
In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in
all seating positions except the
driver’s have a lockable retractor
that must be activated to secure a
child seat.
1. With the child seat in the desired
seating position, route the belt
through the child seat according
to the seat maker’s instructions,
then insert the latch plate into the
buckle.
TETHER STRAP HOOK
8. Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether anchor, then tighten the
strap as instructed by the child
seat maker.
If the tether strap is too long and
cannot be tightened firmly, find a
route where the strap can be
tightened securely.
9. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side-to-side to
verify that it is secure.
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Installing a Child Seat
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.
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 lockable retractor
and remove a child seat, unlatch the
buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let
the belt fully retract.
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2. To activate the lockable retractor,
slowly pull the shoulder part of the
belt all the way out until it stops,
then let the belt feed back into the
retractor.
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Installing a Child Seat
Installing a Child Seat with a
Tether
ANCHOR POINTS
TETHER ANCHOR
ANCHOR COVER
A child seat with a tether can be
installed in either back seat, using
one of the anchor 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.
1. After securing the child seat in the
desired position (see page 48 ),
remove the head restraint (see
page 85 ), then route the tether
strap over the top of the seat-back.
2. Slide the anchor cover open as
shown.
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TETHER ANCHOR
TETHER STRAP HOOK
3. Attach the tether strap hook to the
anchor, making sure the strap is
not twisted.
4. Tighten the strap according to the
seat maker’s instructions. Make
sure the removed head restraint is
secured in the cargo area.
Reinstall the head restraint in
place when you remove the child
seat.
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Protecting Larger Children
Allowing a child age 12 or under
to sit in front can result in injury
or death if the passenger’s front
airbag inflates.
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
3. Does the shoulder belt cross
between the child’s neck and arm?
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?
To determine if a lap/shoulder belt
properly fits a child, have the child
put on the seat belt, then ask
yourself:
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.
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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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.
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.
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Protecting Larger Children
Using a Booster Seat
Booster seats can be high-back or
low-back. Whichever style you select,
make sure the booster meets federal
safety standards and that you follow
the booster seat maker’s instructions.
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
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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When Can a Larger Child Sit in
Front
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
aged 12 and under be properly
restrained in a back seat.
If the passenger’s front airbag
inflates in a moderate to severe
frontal collision, the airbag can cause
serious injuries to a child who is
unrestrained, improperly restrained,
sitting too close to the airbag, or out
of position.
A side airbag also poses risks. If any
part of a larger child’s body is in the
path of a deploying side airbag, the
child could receive possibly serious
injuries.
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Protecting Larger Children
If you decide that a child can safely
ride up front, be sure to:
Additional Safety Precautions
Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck. This could result
Carefully read the owner’s manual,
and make sure you understand all
seat belt instructions and all safety
information.
in serious neck injuries during a
crash.
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.
Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position.
Physical Size
Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.
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.
Maturity
Physically, a child must be large
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to
properly fit (see page 51 ). 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.
Check that the child’s seat belt is
properly and securely positioned.
Supervise the child. Even mature
children sometimes need to be
reminded to fasten the seat belts
or sit properly.
Do not let a child put the shoulder
part of a seat belt behind the back
or under the arm. This could
Two children should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
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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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.
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Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Your vehicle’s exhaust contains
carbon monoxide gas. Carbon
monoxide should not enter the
vehicle in normal driving if you
maintain your vehicle properly and
follow the information on this page.
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.
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With the tailgate or hatch open, air
flow can pull exhaust gas into your
vehicle’s interior and create a
hazardous condition. If you must
drive with the tailgate or hatch 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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Safety Labels
These labels are in the locations
shown. They warn you of potential
hazards that could cause serious
injury or death. Read these labels
carefully.
SUN VISOR
U.S. models
Driver and Passenger Safety
If a label comes off or becomes hard
to read (except for the U.S.
dashboard label which may be
removed by the owner), contact your
dealer for a replacement.
DASHBOARD
Canadian models
U.S. models only
U.S. models only
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DOORJAMBS
HOOD
U.S. models
U.S. models
Canadian models
RADIATOR CAP
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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.
Seats .................................................. 83
Seat Adjustments ......................... 83
Driver’s Seat Height
Adjustment ............................... 84
Front Seat Armrests .................... 84
Head Restraints ........................... 85
Reclining the Front Seats ........... 86
Folding the Rear Seats ................ 87
Removing the Rear Seats ........... 89
Power Windows ............................... 91
Mirrors .............................................. 92
Adjusting the Power Mirrors ..... 92
Rear Windows .................................. 93
Parking Brake .................................. 93
Skylight ............................................. 93
Interior Lights .................................. 96
Ceiling Light ................................. 96
Spotlights ...................................... 96
Cargo Area Light ......................... 96
Ignition Switch Light ................... 96
Interior Convenience Items ............ 97
Beverage Holders ........................ 98
Accessory Power Sockets........... 98
Glove Box ..................................... 98
Sun Visor....................................... 99
Vanity Mirror ............................... 99
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Control Locations ............................ 58
Instrument Panel ............................. 59
Instrument Panel Indicators ........... 60
Gauges .............................................. 66
Trip Meter .................................... 66
Odometer ...................................... 66
Fuel Gauge ................................... 67
Check Fuel Cap Message ........... 67
Temperature Gauge .................... 68
Maintenance Minder ................... 68
Controls Near the Steering
Wheel ............................................ 69
Windshield Wipers and Washers .. 70
Turn Signal and Headlights............ 71
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 72
Hazard Warning Button .................. 73
Rear Window Defogger .................. 73
Steering Wheel Adjustment ........... 74
Keys and Locks ................................ 75
Immobilizer System......................... 76
Remote Transmitter ........................ 77
Ignition Switch ................................. 79
Door Locks ....................................... 80
Power Door Locks ....................... 80
Rear Doors ................................... 81
Hatch ............................................. 81
Tailgate ......................................... 82
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Control Locations
POWER DOOR LOCK SWITCH
(P.80)
REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS*
(P.134)
INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.59)
GAUGES (P.66)
VEHICLE STABILITY
ASSIST(VSA)
SYSTEM ON/OFF
SWITCH
(P.172)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P.107)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P.92)
HEATING/COOLING
CONTROLS
(P.102)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P.91)
CRUISE CONTROL
BUTTONS
(P. 135)
CRUISE CONTROL
MASTER BUTTON
(P.135)
A/T model is shown.
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
(P.142)
* : If equipped
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PARKING BRAKE
(P.93)
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Instrument Panel
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR
LAMP (P.60, 236)
LOW TIRE PRESSURE
INDICATOR (P.64)
TPMS INDICATOR (P.65)
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR
(P.63)
PARKING BRAKE AND
BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P.60, 237)
LIGHT ON INDICATOR (P.63)
MAINTENANCE MINDER
INDICATOR (P.61)
CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P.60)
Instruments and Controls
SEAT BELT REMINDER
INDICATOR (P.60)
CRUISE CONTROL
INDICATOR (P.62)
VSA ACTIVATION
INDICATOR
(P.64)
LOW FUEL
INDICATOR
(P.63)
VEHICLE STABILITY
ASSIST(VSA) SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P.64)
SIDE AIRBAG OFF
INDICATOR (P.61)
LOW OIL PRESSURE
INDICATOR (P.60, 235)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM
(ABS) INDICATOR (P.61)
DOOR AND TAILGATE
OPEN MONITOR (P.63)
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P.62)
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.61)
* : The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
The instrument panel has many
indicators that give you important
information about your vehicle.
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
See page 236 .
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 235 .
Charging System
Indicator
If this indicator comes on when the
engine is running, the battery is not
being charged. For more information,
see page 235 .
U.S.
Canada
Parking Brake and
Brake System
Indicator (Red)
This indicator has two functions:
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 drive with the
parking brake not fully released.
Driving with the parking brake not
fully released can damage the
brakes and tires.
2. If it remains 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 237 .
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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 have not
fastened your seat belt.
If you turn the ignition switch to the
ON (II) position before fastening
your seat belt, the beeper sounds
and the indicator flashes. If you do
not fasten your seat belt before the
beeper stops, the indicator stops
flashing but remains on.
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.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
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 .
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 34 .
Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS) Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position, and when the ignition
switch is turned to the START (III)
position. If 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 indicator on, your vehicle still
has normal braking ability but no
anti-lock function. For more
information, see page 168 .
Maintenance Minder
Indicator
This indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position. It
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
185 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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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
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 33 .
U.S.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
Immobilizer System
Indicator
This indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position. It will
then go off if you have inserted a
properly-coded ignition key. If it is
not a properly-coded key, the
indicator will blink, and the engine
will not start (see page 76 ).
This indicator also blinks several
times when you turn the ignition
switch from the ON (II) position to
the ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0)
position.
Turn Signal and
Hazard Warning
Indicators
The left or right turn signal indicator
blinks when you signal a lane change
or turn. If the indicators do not blink
or they blink rapidly, it usually
means one of the turn signal bulbs is
burned out (see page 204 ). 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.
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‘‘Daytime Running
Lights’’ Indicator
Canadian models only
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 the circuit. Have your vehicle
checked by your dealer.
Cruise Control Indicator
This indicator comes on when you
set the cruise control. See page
135 for information on operating the
cruise control.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
Lights On 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 197 ).
When the indicator comes on, there
is about 2.8 U.S. gal (10.5 ) of fuel
remaining in the tank before the
needle reaches E. There is a small
reserve of fuel remaining in the tank
when the needle does reach E.
Door and Tailgate Open Monitor
Low Fuel Indicator
High Beam Indicator
The appropriate indicator comes on
in this display if the tailgate or any
door is not closed tightly.
This indicator comes on with the
high beam headlights. For more
information, see page 72 .
On Canadian models, this indicator
comes on with reduced brightness
when the daytime running lights
(DRL) are on (see page 72 ).
LOW FUEL INDICATOR
All of the indicators in the monitor
display come on for a few seconds
when you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position.
This indicator comes on as a
reminder that you must refuel soon.
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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.
Washer Level Indicator
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Instrument Panel Indicators
Vehicle Stability Assist
(VSA) System Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position.
If it comes on and stays on at any
other time, or it does not come on
when you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, there is a
problem with the VSA system. Have
your vehicle checked by your dealer.
Without VSA, your vehicle still has
normal driving ability, but will not
have VSA traction and stability
enhancement. See page 171 for more
information on the VSA system.
VSA Activation Indicator
This indicator has three functions:
1. It comes on as a reminder that you
have turned off the vehicle
stability assist (VSA) system.
2. It flashes when VSA is active (see
page 171 ).
3. It comes on along with the VSA
system indicator if there is a
problem with the VSA system.
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position. For more information, see
page 171 .
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Low Tire Pressure
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 while driving, it
indicates that one or more of your
vehicle’s tires are significantly low
on pressure.
If this happens, pull to the side of the
road when it is safe, check which tire
has lost the pressure, and determine
the cause. If it is because of a flat tire,
replace the flat tire with the compact
spare (see page 222 ), and have the
flat tire repaired as soon as possible.
If two or more tires are underinflated,
call a professional towing service
(see page 243 ). For more
information, see page 169 .
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Instrument Panel Indicators
Instruments and Controls
Tire Pressure Monitoring
System (TPMS) Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position.
If this indicator comes on and stays
on at any other time, or if it does not
come on when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position, there
is a problem with the TPMS; the
system that monitors tire pressure.
With this indicator on, the low tire
pressure indicator will not come on
when a tire loses pressure. Take the
vehicle to your dealer to have the
system checked.
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Gauges
TACHOMETER
SPEEDOMETER
FUEL GAUGE
SELECT/RESET
KNOB
ODOMETER/TRIP METER
TEMPERATURE GAUGE
Trip Meter
Each trip meter works independently,
This shows the number of miles (U.S.) so you can keep track of two
different distances.
or kilometers (Canada) driven since
you last reset it.
When you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, the last
There are two trip meters: Trip A
selection is displayed.
and Trip B. Switch between these
displays by pressing the select/reset
knob repeatedly.
To reset a trip meter, display it, and
then press and hold the select/reset
knob until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’.
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Odometer
The odometer shows the total
distance your vehicle has been
driven. It measures miles in U.S.
models and kilometers in Canadian
models. It is illegal under U.S.
federal law and Canadian provincial
regulations to disconnect, reset, or
alter the odometer with the intent to
change the number of miles or
kilometers indicated.
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Gauges
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.
Check Fuel Cap Message
Your vehicle’s onboard diagnostic
system will detect a loose or missing
fuel fill cap as an evaporative system
leak. The first time a leak is detected
a ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message
appears on the information display.
Turn the engine off, and confirm the
fuel fill cap is installed. If it is, loosen
it, then retighten it until it clicks at
least once. The message should go
off after several days of normal
driving once you tighten or replace
the fuel fill cap. To scroll to another
display, press the select/reset knob.
If the system still detects a leak in
your vehicle’s evaporative emissions
system, the malfunction indicator
lamp (MIL) comes on. If the fuel fill
cap was not already tightened, turn
the engine off, and check or
retighten the fuel fill cap until it
clicks at least once. The MIL should
go off after several days of normal
driving once the cap is tightened or
replaced. If the MIL does not go off,
have your vehicle inspected by a
dealer. For more information, see
page 236 .
The ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message
will appear each time you restart the
engine until the system turns the
message off.
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Fuel Gauge
This shows how much fuel you have.
It may show slightly more or less
than the actual amount. The needle
returns to the bottom after you turn
off the ignition.
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Gauges
Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine’s coolant. During normal
operation, the pointer should rise to
about the middle of the gauge. In
severe driving conditions, the pointer
may rise to the upper zone. If it
reaches the red (hot) mark, pull
safely to the side of the road. Turn to
page 233 for instructions and
precautions on checking the engine’s
cooling system.
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 185 for
more information.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P.71)
WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS
(P.70)
SHIFT LEVER (A/T)
(P.161)
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REMOTE AUDIO
CONTROLS*2
(P.134)
CRUISE CONTROL
MASTER BUTTON
(P.135)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P.73)
HORN*1
VSA OFF SWITCH
(P.172)
A/T model is shown.
*1 :
*2 :
HAZARD WARNING BUTTON
STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT
(P.73)
(P.74)
CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P.135)
To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel.
If equipped
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Windshield Wipers and Washers
Windshield Wiper
Push the right lever up or down to
select a position.
Rear Window Wiper and Washer
MIST − The wipers run at high
speed until you release the lever.
OFF − The wipers are not activated.
INT − The wipers operate every
few seconds.
LO − The wipers run at low speed.
HI − The wipers run at high speed.
1. MIST
2. OFF
3. INT − Intermittent
4. LO − Low speed
5. HI − High speed
6. Windshield washers
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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1. Rotate the switch clockwise to
turn the rear window wiper ON.
2. Hold past ON to turn the window
wiper on and the window washer
on.
3. OFF
4. Rotate the switch
counterclockwise and hold to
spray the window washer and
operate the wiper.
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Turn Signals 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.
Turning the switch to the ‘‘
’’
position turns on the headlights.
When the light switch is in the
‘‘
’’ or ‘‘
’’ position, the
lights on indicator comes on as a
reminder. This indicator stays on if
you leave the light switch on and
turn the ignition switch to the
ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0)
position.
1. Turn Signal
2. OFF
3. Parking and interior lights
4. Headlights on
5. High Beams
6. Flash high beams
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.
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Turn Signal − Push down on the
lever to signal a left turn and up to
signal a right turn. To signal a lane
change, push lightly on the lever,
and hold it. The lever will return to
center when you release it or
complete a turn.
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Turn Signal and Headlights, Instrument Panel Brightness
High Beams − Push the lever back
until you hear a click to turn on the
high beams. The blue high beam
indicator will come on (see page 63 ).
Pull the lever back again 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.
Daytime Running Lights
Instrument Panel Brightness
Canadian models only
With the headlight switch off or in
the
position, the high beam
headlights and the high beam
indicator come on with reduced
brightness when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position and release the parking
brake. They remain on until you turn
the ignition switch off, even if you
set the parking brake.
The headlights revert to normal
operation when you turn them on
with the switch.
You can change the instrument panel
brightness only when the light
switch is on.
To adjust the brightness, turn the
knob on the instrument panel.
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Instrument Panel Brightness, Hazard Warning Button, Rear Window Defogger
You will hear a beep when maximum
or minimum brightness is reached.
You will also hear a beep when the
maximum level is canceled by
turning the knob a click to the left.
Rear Window Defogger
Push the button next to the shift
lever 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.
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
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Hazard Warning Button
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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.
The defogger wires on the inside of
the rear window can be accidentally
damaged. When cleaning the glass,
always wipe side-to-side.
Steering Wheel Adjustment
Make any steering wheel adjustment
before you start driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel
position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
vehicle and be seriously injured
in a crash.
Adjust the steering wheel only
when the vehicle is stopped.
To adjust the steering wheel upward
or downward:
1. Push the lever under the left side
of the steering column all the way
down.
2. Move the steering wheel up or
down to the desired position.
Make sure you can see the
instrument panel gauges and the
indicators.
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Steering Wheel Adjustment, Keys and Locks
3. Push the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in that position.
KEY
NUMBER
TAG
MASTER
KEYS
(BLACK)
VALET
KEY
(LIGHT
GRAY)
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.
Instruments and Controls
4. Make sure you have securely
locked the steering wheel in place
by trying to move it up and down.
Keys and Locks
The master key fits all the locks on
your vehicle. The valet key works
only in the ignition and the door
locks. You can keep the glove box
and hatch locked when you leave
your vehicle and the valet key at a
parking facility.
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Keys and Locks, Immobilizer System
These keys contain electronic
circuits that are activated by the
immobilizer system. They will not
work to start the engine if the
circuits are damaged.
Protect the keys from direct
sunlight, high temperature, and
high humidity.
Do not drop the keys or set heavy
objects on them.
Keep the keys away from liquids.
If they get wet, dry them
immediately with a soft cloth.
The keys do not contain batteries.
Do not try to take them apart.
See page 77 for an explanation of the
remote transmitter’s operation.
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.
When you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, the immobilizer
system indicator should come on for
a few seconds, 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.
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.
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If the system repeatedly does not
recognize the coding of your key,
contact your dealer.
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it. Electrical
problems could result that may make
your vehicle undrivable.
If you have lost your key and cannot
start the engine, contact your dealer.
Always take the ignition key with you
whenever you leave the vehicle alone.
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Immobilizer System, Remote Transmitter
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.
Remote Transmitter
LED
LOCK
BUTTON
UNLOCK
BUTTON
PANIC
BUTTON
LOCK − Press this button once to
lock both doors and hatch. Some
exterior lights will flash. When you
push LOCK twice within 5 seconds,
you will hear a beep to verify that the
doors are locked. You cannot lock it
if any door is not fully closed or key
is in the ignition switch.
UNLOCK − Press this button once
to unlock the driver’s door. Push it
twice to unlock the passenger’s door
and the hatch. Some exterior lights
will flash twice each time you press
the button. If you do not open either
door or the hatch within 30 seconds,
they will automatically relock.
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 turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position.
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As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
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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
ROUND
COVER
BATTERY
If it takes several pushes on the
button to lock or unlock the doors
and the hatch, replace the battery as
soon as possible.
Battery type: CR2025
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To replace the battery, remove the
round cover on the back of the
transmitter by turning it
counterclockwise with a coin. Insert
a new battery with the + side facing
up, and reinstall the cushion ring.
Align the ▽ mark on the cover
with the ◎ mark on the
transmitter. Set the cover in place
and turn it clockwise.
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Remote Transmitter, Ignition Switch
Ignition Switch
ACCESSORY (I) − You can
operate the audio system and the
accessory power sockets in this
position.
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.
If the front wheels are turned, the
anti-theft lock may make it difficult
to turn the key. Firmly turn the
steering wheel to the left or right as
you turn the key.
The ignition switch has four
positions: LOCK (0), ACCESSORY
(I), ON (II), and START (III).
LOCK (0) − You can insert or
remove the key only in this position.
To turn the key, push it in slightly. If
your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, the shift lever must
also be in park.
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.
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As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
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Ignition Switch, Door Locks
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.
Power Door Locks
DOOR LOCK SWITCH
To lock the driver’s door, remove the
key from the ignition switch, pull the
outside door handle and push the
lock tab down or push the door lock
switch down. Release the handle,
then close the door.
If your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, the shift lever must be
in Park before you can remove the
key from the ignition switch.
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.
The lock tab on the passenger’s door
locks and unlocks only that door.
Pulling up on the driver’s door lock
tab only unlocks the driver’s door.
LOCK TAB
To lock all of the doors and hatch,
press the door lock switch on the
driver’s door, or press the lock tab
down on the driver’s door, or use the
key on the outside lock. Pressing up
on the door lock switch will unlock
all of the doors and the hatch.
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To unlock the driver’s door from the
outside, turn the key and release it.
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Door Locks
Rear Doors
Lock the hatch by pushing down
the lock tab on the driver’s door
(see page 80 ), or by using the
master key in the driver’s door
lock.
Hatch
Lock or unlock the hatch with the
master door lock switch.
LOCK
To open the rear door, pull the rear
door handle located in the rear door
edge. The rear door can be opened
only when the front door is open.
To close the doors, close the rear
door first, then the front door. The
front door cannot be latched without
first closing the rear door. Closing
the rear door on the front door will
damage both doors.
To lock or unlock the hatch.
Use your master key to lock and
unlock the hatch. Turn the key
counterclockwise to lock the hatch,
and clockwise to unlock it.
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UNLOCK
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Door Locks
Tailgate
With the hatch unlocked, open it by
pulling the handle and lifting up.
To close the hatch, lower it, then
press down on the back edge.
When both the hatch and tailgate are
open, the hatch cannot be latched
without first closing the tailgate.
You can open the tailgate only when
the hatch is open. To open the
tailgate, slide the lock lever to the
left and swing down the tailgate. To
close the tailgate, lift it up and push
it firmly until it latches.
Before closing the tailgate, make
sure the hatch is raised. Closing the
tailgate on the lowered hatch can
damage the hatch and the tailgate.
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See page 152 for information on
cargo loading. Keep the tailgate and
the hatch closed at all times while
driving to avoid damaging them, and
to prevent exhaust gas from getting
into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard on page 54 .
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Seats
Seat Adjustments
Front Seat
See pages 13 − 15 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position seats and seat-backs.
To adjust the seat forward and
backward, pull up on the bar under
the seat cushion’s front edge. Try to
move the seat to make sure it is
locked in position.
To change the seat-back angle of the
front seat, pull up on the lever on the
outside of the seat bottom. Adjust
the seat-back and make sure it locks
into position.
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Make all seat adjustments before
you start driving.
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Seats
Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment
Front Seat Armrests
Rear Seat
SEAT-BACK ADJUSTMENT STRAP
To adjust the height of the driver’s
seat, turn the dial on the outside of
the seat bottom.
On EX model
Each front seat has an armrest on
the side of the seat-back. To use it,
pivot it down.
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To change the angle of the rear seatback, pull the strap at the inside
edge of the seat cushion, make sure
the seat-back locks into position.
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Seats
See page 15 for important safety
information and a warning about
improperly positioning head restraints.
Failure to reinstall the head
restraints can result in severe
injury during a crash.
RELEASE BUTTON
They are most effective when you
adjust them so the center of the back
of the occupant’s head rests against
the center of the restraint.
Always replace the head
restraints before driving.
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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The head restraints in the front and
rear seating positions adjust for
height. You need both hands to
adjust the restraint. To raise it, pull
upward. To lower the restraint, push
the release button sideways and
push the restraint down.
Head Restraints
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Seats
2. Adjust the front seats forward as
far as possible. Pull up the seatback angle adjustment lever and
pivot the seat-back backward until
it is level with the rear seat
cushion.
Reclining the Front Seats
3. Move the front seat backward
until it touches the rear seat.
4. Adjust the rear seat-back to the
desired position.
You can recline the seat-backs on the
front seats so they are level with the
rear seat cushions, making a large
cushioned area. To do this:
1. Remove the head restraints from
the front seats (see page 85 ), and
store them in the side pockets of
the cargo area.
Reverse this procedure to return the
front and rear seats to the upright
position. Make sure you install the
head restraints and the seats are
locked securely before driving.
When you return the seat-back to its
upright position, hold the seat-back
to keep it from going up too quickly.
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Folding the Rear Seats
To create more cargo space, you can
fold up each rear seat to each side
wall separately.
SEAT-BACK ADJUSTMENT STRAP
RELEASE STRAP
2. Pull the seat-back adjustment
strap at the inside edge of the seat
cushion and push the seat-back
backward as far as it will go.
3. Pull the release strap on the seat
support, and pivot the seat toward
the vehicle’s side wall.
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1. Lower the head restraint to its
lowest position.
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GRAB RAIL
SEAT SUPPORT
FASTENING STRAP
4. A fastening strap is attached to the
inside of the seat cushion. While
pushing the seat up and toward
the side wall, hook the fastening
strap to the grab rail.
5. Fold down the seat support.
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Reverse this procedure to return the
rear seat to the upright position.
When not in use, store the fastening
strap hook in the fabric pocket on
the bottom of the seat cushion.
Make sure the seat is locked
securely.
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Seats
Removing the Rear Seats
TAB
Both seats can be removed to give
more cargo capacity. To remove a
seat:
STEEL HANDLE
Instruments and Controls
RELEASE STRAP
LOCK LEVER
COVER
2. Remove the cover between the
seat cushion and the side wall by
pulling the tab and pulling the
cover straight up.
3. Push the lock lever forward to
unlock the seat.
1. Pull the release strap on the seat
support to unlock the seat support.
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Reverse this procedure to reinstall
the seat. Make sure the seats are
securely locked in place before
driving.
STEEL HANDLE
Always remove an unsecured seat
from the vehicle before driving. A
seat that is not locked in place could
be thrown about and cause injury in
a sudden stop or crash.
HANDLE STRAP
4. Hold the steel handle next to the
lock lever and the handle strap at
the outside edge of the seat
cushion, and remove the entire
seat by pulling it up and backward.
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Power Windows
DRIVER’S WINDOW SWITCH
Closing a power window on
someone’s hands or fingers can
cause serious injury.
MAIN SWITCH
Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position to raise or lower either
window. To open the 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.
AUTO − To open/close the driver’s
window, push 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/
push on the window switch briefly.
If the MAIN switch is OFF, the
passenger’s window 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
passenger’s window unintentionally.
If the power windows do not operate
properly after resetting, have your
vehicle checked by your dealer.
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Make sure your passenger is
away from the window before
closing it.
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.
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, or the
driver’s window fuse is removed, the
AUTO function may be disabled. If
this happens, the power window
system will need to be reset after
reconnecting the battery or installing
the fuse.
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.
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Mirrors
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
TAB
SELECTOR 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.
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.
ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
2. Move the selector switch to L
(driver’s side) or R (passenger’s
side).
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Rear Windows, Parking Brake, Skylight
Rear Windows
Parking Brake
Skylight
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 ).
Driving the vehicle with the parking
brake applied can damage the rear
brakes and axles.
Instruments and Controls
To open a rear window, pull the lever
towards you, then push it out until it
locks. To close the rear window pull
the lever towards you, then push it
back. Make sure the window is fully
closed and locked.
If equipped
To lift up the rear of the skylight for
ventilation, pull down the lever to
unlock the skylight, then push it up
until the skylight is locked in the tiltup position.
To close the skylight, pull down the
lever to unlock the skylight, then
push it back in place. Make sure the
skylight is fully closed and locked.
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Skylight
If you try to tilt up the skylight in
below-f reezing temperatures, or when
it is covered with snow or ice, you can
damage it.
Bef ore lif ting the skylight, make sure
the roof of the vehicle is dry. Rain or
remaining water af ter car-washing may
get into the f rame of the skylight. In
winter, remove the buildup of snow on
the roof .
To remove the skylight:
Turn off the engine, and set the
parking brake. Then pull down the
lever, squeeze both sides of the pivot
while pushing up the red tab in the
lever, and pull the lever assembly
away from the ceiling.
Push up the rear of the skylight.
Standing on the tailgate with the
hatch down, hold both sides of the
skylight and pull it toward you to
remove it from the vehicle roof.
The maximum weight on the tailgate is
440 lbs (200 kg).
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Skylight
An unsecured skylight can be
thrown about and cause serious
injury in a sudden stop or crash.
To reinstall the skylight, make sure
the air deflector is pushed down.
When reinstalling the lever assembly,
push in both red pivots, and align
with the receptacle holes. Let the
pivots move out until they rest in the
holes securely. Make sure the
skylight is fully closed and latched.
With the rear seats in their upright
position, store the skylight, face
down in its bag in the cargo area.
Secure the bag with four hooks on
the cargo area floor. Do not store
anything on top of the skylight.
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Make sure to store the skylight
in its bag, and secure the bag to
the hooks on the cargo area
floor.
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Interior Lights
Ceiling Light
Spotlights
On EX and SC models
ON
Ignition Switch Light
The ignition switch light comes on
when you unlock the driver’s door,
and fades out about 30 seconds after
you close the door.
OFF
DOOR ACTIVATED
The ceiling light has a three-position
switch: ON, Door Activated, and
OFF.
In the Door Activated (center)
position, the light comes on when
you:
Open any door.
Remove the key from the ignition.
If you do not open a door, the light
fades out in about 30 seconds.
Unlock the doors with the key or
remote transmitter.
Cargo Area Light
The cargo area light has a threeposition switch. In the center
position, the light comes on when
you open the hatch.
Turn on the spotlight by pushing the
lens. Push the lens again to turn it
off. You can use the spotlights at all
times.
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Interior Convenience Items
CARGO AREA
CARGO AREA
SIDE POCKET
COIN TRAY
CEILING POCKET*
VANITY MIRROR*
RADIO POCKET*
ACCESSORY
POWER
SOCKET
GLOVE BOX
CENTER LOWER POCKET*
BEVERAGE HOLDERS
* : If equipped
SEAT-BACK POCKET*
except SC
SC model
ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET
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DOOR POCKETS
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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 also
damage the upholstery, and
electrical components in the interior.
On SC model
Accessory Power Sockets
Your vehicle has one, two, or three
accessory power sockets, depending
on the model. All models have a
front accessory power socket on the
dashboard above the glove box.
EX and SC models have an accessory
power socket in the cargo area on
the passenger’s side.
The SC model has one additional
socket in the center console.
The front beverage holder is
removable. To remove it, push the
tab and pull it up.
These sockets are intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps). None of the sockets will
power an automotive type cigarette
lighter element. When more than
one socket is being used, the
combined power rating of the
accessories should be 120 watts or
less (10 amps).
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Glove Box
Open the glove box by pulling the
bottom of the handle. Close it with a
firm push. Lock or unlock the glove
box with the master key.
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.
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Sun Visor
Vanity Mirror
If equipped
Instruments and Controls
To use the sun visor, pull it down.
You can also use the sun visor at the
side window. Remove the support
rod from the clip and swing the sun
visor toward the side window.
To use the vanity mirror on the back
of the sun visor, pull up the cover.
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Features
The heating and air conditioning
system in your vehicle provides a
comfortable driving environment in
all weather conditions.
Your vehicle has an anti-theft audio
system that requires a code number
to enable it.
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Features
The standard audio system has
many features. This section
describes those features and how to
use them. (If you have an optional
audio system, refer to the operating
instructions that came with it.)
Vents, Heating, and A/C .............. 102
Air Flow Controls ...................... 103
Ventilation .................................. 104
Using the Heater ....................... 104
Using the A/C ............................ 104
Dehumidify the Interior............ 105
To Defog and Defrost ............... 105
To Remove Exterior Frost
or Ice From the Windows ..... 106
To Turn Everything Off ................ 106
Playing the AM/FM Radio ........... 107
AM/FM Radio Reception ............. 111
Playing the XM
Satellite Radio ............................ 113
Playing a Disc ................................. 119
Disc Player Error Messages ........ 126
Disc Changer Error Messages .... 127
Protecting Your Discs ................... 128
Radio Theft Protection.................. 131
Setting the Clock ........................... 132
Remote Audio Controls................. 134
Cruise Control ................................ 135
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Vents, Heating, and A/C
FAN CONTROL DIAL
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
MODE CONTROL DIAL
DEFROST POSITION
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
AIR CONDITIONING
(A/C) BUTTON
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER
BUTTON
MAX A/C POSITION
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Vents, Heating, and A/C
Air Flow Controls
Fan Control Dial
Turn this dial clockwise to increase
the fan speed and airflow.
Air Conditioning (A/C) Button
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).
The system should be left in fresh
air mode under almost all conditions.
Keeping the system in recirculation
mode, particularly with the A/C off,
can cause the windows to fog up.
Switch to recirculation mode when
driving through dusty or smoky
conditions, then return to fresh air
mode.
Rear Window Defogger Button
This button turns the rear window
defogger on and off (see page 73 ).
Mode Control Dial
Use the mode control dial to select
the vents the air flows from. Some
air will flow from the dashboard
vents in all modes.
The system automatically
turns on the A/C and
switches to recirculation mode. Air
flows from the center and side vents
in the dashboard.
Air flows from the center
and corner vents in the dashboard.
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.
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Temperature Control Dial
Turning this dial clockwise increases
the temperature of the airflow.
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.
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Vents, Heating, and A/C
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.
The A/C indicator does not come on.
Ventilation
(fresh air mode)
The flow-through ventilation system
draws in outside air, circulates it
through the interior, then discharges
it through vents near the tailgate.
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.
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 from the
system.
and fresh air mode.
1. Select
2. Set the fan to the desired speed.
3. Adjust the warmth of the air with
the temperature control dial.
Using the A/C
Air conditioning places an extra load
on the engine. Watch the engine
coolant temperature gauge (see page
68 ). 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. Set the temperature to the lower
limit.
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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.
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.
To cool the interior with MAX A/C:
1. Set the mode control dial to MAX
A/C.
The system automatically turns on
the A/C, selects
and
switches to recirculation mode.
2. Set the temperature to the lower
limit.
3. Set the fan to the desired speed.
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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.
This setting is suitable for all driving
conditions whenever the outside
temperature is above 32°F (0°C).
1. Set the fan to the desired speed, or
high for faster defrosting.
. The system
2. Select
automatically switches to fresh air
mode and turns on the A/C. (The
A/C indicator will not come on in
U.S. vehicles, if the A/C was off to
start with)
3. Adjust the temperature control
dial 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 select
or
,
the system automatically turns on
the A/C. This helps to dehumidify
the air and to defog the windshield.
In either mode, you cannot turn off
the A/C. When you switch to
another mode, the A/C returns to its
original setting, either on or off, as
indicated by the A/C indicator.
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1. Turn the fan on.
2. Turn on the air conditioning.
and fresh air mode.
3. Select
4. Adjust the temperature to your
preference.
To Defog and Defrost
To remove fog from the inside of the
windows:
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To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice
From the Windows
. The system
1. Select
automatically switches to fresh air
mode and turns on the A/C. The
A/C indicator does not come on in
U.S. vehicle, if the A/C was off to
start with.
.
2. Select
3. Set the fan and temperature
controls to maximum level.
to help clear the
4. Select
rear window.
To Turn Everything Off
Turning the fan speed control dial all
the way to the left shuts the system
off.
Keep the system off for short
periods only.
To keep stale air and mustiness
from collecting, you should have
the fan running at all times.
To clear the windows faster, you can
close the dashboard corner vents by
rotating the wheel below 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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Playing the AM/FM Radio
Canadian EX and SC models
LX model
VOL/PWR KNOB
AM/FM BUTTON
STEREO INDICATOR
SCAN BUTTON
STEREO INDICATOR
AM/FM
BUTTON
AUTO SELECT BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS
Features
SCAN INDICATOR
VOL/PWR
KNOB
SEEK BAR
TUNE KNOB
PRESET BUTTONS
AUTO SELECT
SCAN BUTTON
BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
TUNE KNOB
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Playing the AM/FM Radio
U.S. EX and SC models
VOL/PWR KNOB
STEREO INDICATOR
AM/FM
BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS
AUTO SELECT BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
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Playing the AM/FM Radio
To Play the Radio
The ignition switch must be in the
ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II)
position. Turn the system on by
pushing the VOL/PWR knob or the
AM/FM button. 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.
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
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 either (
or
), then
release it.
Preset − Each preset button can
store one frequency on AM and two
frequencies 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 5 seconds (LX model) or
10 seconds (EX and SC models).
If you do nothing, the system will
then scan for the next strong station
and play it for 5 seconds (LX model)
or 10 seconds (EX and SC models).
When it plays a station you want to
listen to, press the SCAN button
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two frequencies with each preset
button.
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. On the FM band, ST will be
displayed if the station is broadcasting in stereo. Stereo reproduction in
AM is not available.
lower frequency.
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Playing the AM/FM 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 buttons.
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 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 MODE or SOUND knob
repeatedly to display the bass (BAS),
treble (TRE), balance (BAL), fader
(FAD), and sub-woofer (SUB-W)
settings.
Each mode is shown in the display as
it changes. Turn the MODE or
SOUND knob to adjust the setting to
your liking. When the level reaches
the center, you will see ‘‘C’’ 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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Balance/Fader − These two
modes adjust the strength of the
sound coming from each speaker.
BAL adjusts the side-to-side strength,
while FAD adjusts the front-to-back
strength.
Treble/Bass/Sub-Woofer − Use
the TRE/BAS/SUB-W modes to
adjust the tone to your liking.
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AM/FM 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 kHz
apart (530, 540, 550). Stations on the
FM band are assigned frequencies at
least 0.2 MHz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3).
Stations must use these exact
frequencies. It is fairly common for
stations to round-off the frequency in
their advertising, so your radio could
display a frequency of 100.9 even
though the announcer may identify
the station as ‘‘FM101.’’
A radio station’s signal gets weaker
as you get farther away from its
transmitter. If you are listening to an
AM station, you will notice the sound
volume becoming weaker, and the
station drifting in and out. If you are
listening to an FM station, you will
see the stereo indicator flickering off
and on as the signal weakens.
Eventually, the stereo indicator will
go off and the sound will fade
completely as you get out of range of
the station’s signal.
Features
AM band: 530 to 1,710 kHz
FM band: 87.7 to 107.9 MHz
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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AM/FM Radio Reception
As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Radio signals, especially on the FM
band, are deflected by large objects
such as buildings and hills. Your
radio then receives both the direct
signal from the station’s transmitter,
and the deflected signal. This causes
the sound to distort or flutter. This is
a main cause of poor radio reception
in city driving.
Radio reception can be affected by
atmospheric conditions such as
thunderstorms, high humidity, and
even sunspots. You may be able to
receive a distant radio station one
day and not receive it the next day
because of a change in conditions.
Electrical interference from passing
vehicles and stationary sources can
cause temporary reception problems.
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Playing the XM Satellite Radio
XM Satellite Radio
U.S. EX and SC models
Your vehicle is capable of receiving
XM Satellite Radio anywhere in the
United States, except Hawaii and
Alaska.
CHANNEL INDICATOR
CATEGORY INDICATOR
VOL/PWR KNOB
XM BUTTON
DISPLAY/MODE BUTTON
Features
XM is a registered trademark of
XM Satellite Radio, Inc.
Satellite radio is only available on U.S.
models.
TUNE
KNOB
CATEGORY
BUTTONS
SCAN
BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
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Playing the XM Satellite Radio
XM radio receives signals from two
satellites to produce clear, highquality digital reception. It offers
many channels in several categories.
Along with a large selection of
different types of music, XM radio
allows you to view channel and
category selections in the display.
Operating the Satellite Radio
To listen to the XM satellite Radio,
turn the ignition switch to the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
Push the VOL/PWR knob to turn on
the audio system, and press the XM
button. Adjust the volume turning
the VOL/PWR knob. The last
channel you listened to will show in
the display.
MODE − To switch between
channel mode and category mode,
press and hold the DISP/MODE
button until the mode changes.
In the channel mode, you can select
all of the available channels. In the
category mode, such as Jazz, Rock,
Classical, etc., you can select all of
the channels within that category.
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Each time you press and release the
DISP/MODE button, the display
changes in the following sequence:
channel name, channel number,
category, artist name, and music title.
You may experience periods when
XM Radio does not transmit the
artist’s name and song title
information. If this happens, there is
nothing wrong with your system.
TUNE − Turn the TUNE knob left
or right to select channels. In the
category mode, you can only select
channels within that category.
CATEGORY (
or
) − In
the category mode, press either
button to select another category.
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Playing the XM Satellite Radio
Preset − You can store up to 12
preset channels using the six preset
buttons. Each button stores one
channel from the XM1 band and one
channel from the XM2 band.
To store a channel:
5. Press the XM button again. The
other XM band will show. Store
the next six channels using steps 2
and 3.
Once a channel is stored, press and
release the proper preset button to
tune to it.
1. Press the XM button. Either XM1
or XM2 will show in the display.
2. Use the TUNE knob, the
CATEGORY buttons, or the
SCAN buttons to tune to a desired
channel.
In category mode, only channels
within that category can be
selected. In channel mode, all
channels can be selected.
3. Pick the preset button you want
for that channel. Press and hold
the button until you hear a beep.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to store the
first six channels.
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Features
SCAN − The scan function gives
you sampling of all channels while in
the channel mode. In the category
mode, only the stations within that
category are scanned. To activate
scan, press the SCAN button. The
system plays each channel in
numerical order for 5 seconds, then
selects the next channel. When you
hear a channel you want to continue
listening to, press the button.
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Playing the XM Satellite Radio
XM Radio Display Messages
‘‘LOADING’’ − XM is loading the
audio or program
information.
‘‘OFF AIR’’ − The channel
currently selected is
no longer
broadcasting.
‘‘UPDATING’’ − The encryption
code is being
updated. Wait
until the
encryption code is
fully updated.
Channels 0 and 1
should still work
normally.
‘‘NO SIGNAL’’ − The signal is
currently too
weak. Move the
vehicle to an area
away from tall
buildings, and
with an
unobstructed view
of the southern
horizon.
‘‘ - - - - ’’ − The selected channel
number does not exist, is
not part of your
subscription, or this
channel has no artist or
title information at this
time.
‘‘ANTENNA’’ − There is a problem
with the XM
antenna. Please
consult your
dealer.
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Playing the XM Satellite Radio
Signal may be blocked
by mountains or large
obstacles to the south.
The XM satellites are in orbit over
the equator; therefore, objects south
of the vehicle may cause satellite
reception interruptions. To help
compensate for this, ground-based
repeaters are placed in major
metropolitan areas.
Signal weaker in
these areas.
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GROUND REPEATER
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Features
Satellite signals are more likely to be
blocked by tall buildings and
mountains the farther north you
travel from the equator. Carrying
large items on a roof rack can also
block the signal.
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Playing the XM Satellite Radio
Depending on where you drive, you
may experience reception problems.
Interference can be caused by any of
these conditions:
Driving on the north side of an
east/west mountain road.
Driving on the north side of a
large commercial truck on an
east/west road.
Driving in tunnels.
Driving on a road beside a vertical
wall, steep cliff, or hill to the south
of you.
Driving on the lower level of a
multi-tiered road.
Driving on a single lane road
alongside dense trees taller than
50 ft. (15 m) to the south of you.
Large items carried on a roof rack.
There may be other geographic
situations that could affect satellite
radio reception.
As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Receiving Satellite Radio Service
If your XM Radio service has expired
or you purchased your vehicle from
a previous owner, you can listen to a
sampling of the broadcasts available
on XM Satellite Radio. With the
ignition switch in the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position, push the
VOL/PWR knob to turn on the audio
system and press the XM button. A
variety of music types and styles will
play.
If you decide to purchase XM
satellite radio service, contact XM
Radio at www.xmradio.com, or at
1-800-852-9696. You will need to give
them your radio I.D. number and
your credit card number. To get your
radio I.D. number, turn the TUNE
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knob until ‘‘0’’ appears in the display.
Your I.D. will appear in the display.
After you have registered with XM
Radio, keep your audio system in the
satellite radio mode while you wait
for activation. This should take about
30 minutes.
While waiting for activation, make
sure your vehicle remains in an open
area with good reception. Once your
audio system is activated, you’ll be
able to listen to XM radio broadcasts.
XM Radio will continue to send an
activation signal to your vehicle for
at least 12 hours from the activation
request. If the service has not been
activated after 36 hours, contact XM
Radio.
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Playing a Disc
LX model
Canadian EX and SC models
CD BUTTON
CD/TAPE BUTTON
CD SLOT
EJECT BUTTON
FOLDER INDICATOR
EJECT BUTTON
RANDOM INDICATOR
CD SLOT
DISPLAY BUTTON
Features
REPEAT INDICATOR
VOL/PWR
KNOB
RANDOM INDICATOR
SEEK/SKIP BAR
RANDOM BUTTON
REPEAT BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS
FOLDER KNOB
RANDOM BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
DISC INDICATOR
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Playing a Disc
U.S. EX and SC models
EJECT BUTTON
FOLDER INDICATOR
RANDOM INDICATOR
CD SLOT
DISC INDICATOR
DISPLAY BUTTON
CD/AUX BUTTON
FOLDER KNOB
REPEAT
BUTTON
VOL/PWR KNOB
SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS
SCAN
BUTTON
RANDOM BUTTON
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Playing a Disc
Video CDs and DVDs will not work
in this unit.
−Compatible with variable bit rate
and multi-session
The disc player can also play CD-Rs
and CD-RWs compressed in MP3 or
WMA formats.
Do not use discs with adhesive labels.
The label can curl up and cause the
disc to jam in the unit.
When playing a disc in MP3, you will
see ‘‘MP3’’ in the display. The disc,
folder and track numbers are
displayed. Each disc can hold up to
400 playable files within 8 folder
layers. A disc can support a
maximum number of 100 folders,
and each folder can hold 255
playable files.
When playing a disc in WMA, you
will see ‘‘WMA’’ in the display. The
disc, folder and track numbers are
displayed. Each disc can hold up to
200 files within 16 subdirectories, 8
folder layers. A disc can support a
maximum number of 100 folders,
and each folder can hold 255
playable files.
You operate the disc player with the
same controls used for the radio. To
select the disc 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.
On EX and SC models
NOTE: If a file on an MP3 or WMA
disc is protected by digital rights
management (DRM), the audio unit
displays FORMAT, and then skips to
the next file.
The specifications of the compatible
MP3 file are:
−Sampling frequency:
32/44.1/48 kHz (MPEG1)
16/22.05/24 kHz (MPEG2)
−Bit rate:
8/16/24/32/40/48/56/64/80/96/
112/128/160/192/224/256/320
kbps
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
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Features
To Play a Disc
To load or play discs, the ignition
switch must be in the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position.
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Playing a Disc
Insert the disc about halfway into the
disc slot. The drive will pull the disc
in the rest of the way and begin 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.
Press the CD button again to switch
back to the CD player.
If you turn the system off while a
disc is playing, either with the VOL/
PWR 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.
If you press the DISP/MODE button
while playing a disc, additional
information (track, album, artist, etc.)
may be displayed.
SEEK/SKIP − Each time you
press and release the
, the
player skips forward to the
beginning of the next track (files in
MP3/WMA mode). Press and
release the
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
or
.
To Change or Select Tracks/Files
Except EX and SC models
Use the SEEK/SKIP button while a
disc is playing to select passages and
change tracks (files in MP3/WMA
mode).
You will see CUE or REW in the
display while moving within a track.
In MP3/WMA mode, use the
FOLDER knob to select folders in
the disc, and use the SEEK/SKIP
button to change files.
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Playing a Disc
On EX and SC models
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER SELECTION − To
select a different folder, use the
FOLDER knob to move to the
beginning of the next folder. Turn
the knob right to move to the
beginning of the current folder. Turn
the knob left to skip to the beginning
of the previous folder.
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, press and
hold the RPT button for 2 seconds.
You will see
RPT in the
display. The system continuously
replays the current folder. Press and
hold the RPT button for 2 seconds to
turn it off.
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. You will see RDM in the
display. Press the RDM button again
to return to normal play.
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
and hold the RDM button. You will
see
RDM in the display. The
system will then select and play files
randomly. This continues until you
deactivate folder random play by
pressing the RDM button again or
selecting a different folder with the
FOLDER knob.
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Features
REPEAT (TRACK/FILE
REPEAT) − To continuously replay
a track (files in MP3/WMA mode),
press and release the RPT button.
You will see RPT in the display.
Press the RPT button again to turn it
off.
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Playing a Disc
SCAN − The scan function samples
all tracks/files on the selected disc in
the order they are recorded. To
activate scan, press and hold the
SCAN button until you hear a beep.
You will see SCAN in the display.
You will get a 10 second sampling of
each track/file on the selected disc.
Press the SCAN button again to exit
scan and play the last track/file
sampled.
Pressing either side of the SEEK/
SKIP button also turns off scan.
FOLDER SCAN − This feature,
when activated, samples all files on
the selected folder in order. To
activate folder scan, press and hold
the SCAN button until you hear a
beep. You will see
SCAN in
the display. The system will then
play the first file for about 10
seconds. If you do nothing, the
system will then play the first file in
each folder for 10 seconds. When it
plays a file you want to continue
listening to, press the SCAN button
again.
Pressing either side of the SEEK/
SKIP button or selecting a different
folder with the FOLDER knob also
turns off folder scan.
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To Stop Playing a Disc
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
the disc after 10 seconds (EX and SC
models) or 15 seconds (LX model)
and put it in pause mode. To begin
playing, press the CD button.
Press the AM/FM button to switch
to the radio while a disc is playing.
To play the disc, press the CD button.
If you turn the system off while a
disc is playing, either with the VOL/
PWR knob or by turning off the
ignition switch, the disc will stay in
the drive. When you turn the system
back on, the disc will begin playing
where it left off.
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Playing a Disc
Auxiliary Input Jack
If equipped
The auxiliary input jack is next to the
accessory power socket, either in the
center console compartment or on
the dashboard, depending on the
model of your vehicle.
Audio System Malfunction
See pages 126 and 127 for
information on error messages.
Protecting Discs
For information on how to handle
and protect discs, see page 128 .
If you select an empty slot in the
magazine, the changer will search
for the next available disc to load and
play.
Features
When a compatible audio unit is
connected to the jack, pressing the
AUX button allows the system to
accept auxiliary input from the
connected audio unit.
Operating the Optional Disc
Changer
An optional six disc changer is
available for your vehicle. This disc
changer uses the same controls used
for the in-dash disc player or the
radio.
Load the desired discs in the
magazine, and load the magazine in
the changer according to the
instructions that came with the unit.
To select the disc changer, press the
CD button. The disc and track
numbers will be displayed. To select
a different disc, use the preset 5
(DISC −) or the preset 6 (DISC +)
button. To select the previous disc,
press the preset 5 (DISC −), or the
preset 6 (DISC +) to select the next
disc in sequence.
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Disc Player Error Messages
The chart on the right explains the
error messages you may see in the
display while playing a disc.
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a disc, press
the eject button. After ejecting the
disc, check it for damage or
deformation. If there is no damage,
insert the disc again.
For the additional information of the
damaged discs, see page 129 .
The audio system will try to play the
disc. If there is still a problem, the
error message will reappear. Press
the eject button, and pull out the disc.
Insert a different disc. If the new
disc plays, there is a problem with
the first disc. If the error message
cycle repeats and you cannot clear it,
take your vehicle to a dealer.
Error Message
HEAT ERROR
HOT
FORMAT
DISC
BAD DISC
PLEASE CHECK
OWNER’S
MANUAL
PUSH EJECT
ERR
BAD DISC
PLEASE CHECK
OWNER’S
MANUAL
Cause
High temperature
Track/File format not
supported
FOCUS error
Mechanical error
Servo error
: EX and SC models
: LX model
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Solution
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Current track will be skipped. The next
supported track or file plays automatically.
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.
For more information, see page 129.
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for serious damage, sign of
deformation, excessive scratches, and/or dirt
see page 129.
Insert the disc again. If the code does not
disappear, or the disc cannot be removed,
consult your dealer. Do not try to force the disc
out of the player.
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Disc Changer 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
DISC ERROR
FOCUS error
DISC
No disc in the magazine
MECH ERROR
Mechanical error
ERR
HEAT ERROR
HOT
EJECT
EJEC
High temperature
No magazine in the
changer
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.
For more information, see page 129.
Insert disc.
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation.
For more information, see page 129.
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.
Insert magazine.
: EX and SC models
: LX model
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Features
NO DISC
NO
Solution
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Protecting Your Discs
General Information
When using CD-R or CD-RW discs,
use only high quality CDs labeled
for audio use.
When recording a CD-R or
CD-RW, the recording must be
closed for it to be used by the
system.
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.
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.
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 recorded
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.
Never try to insert foreign objects in
the CD player or the magazine.
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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.
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Protecting Your Discs
Examples of these discs are shown
to the right:
1. Bubbled, wrinkled, labelled, and excessively thick discs
Bubbled/
Wrinkled
With Label/
Sticker
2. Damaged discs
Chipped/
Cracked
Using Printer
Label Kit
Sealed
With Plastic
Ring
3. Poor quality discs
Warped
Burrs
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Features
Additional Information of
Recommended Discs
The disc player/changer has a
sophisticated and delicate
mechanism. If you insert a damaged
disc as indicated below, it may
become stuck inside and damage the
audio unit.
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Protecting Your Discs
4. Small, irregular shaped discs
3-inch (8-cm) CD
5. Discs with scratches, dirty discs
Triangle Shape
Fingerprints, scratches, etc.
CD-R or CD-RW may not play due
to the recording conditions.
Scratches and fingerprints on the
discs may cause the sound to skip.
Can Shape
Arrow Shape
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Recommended discs are printed
with the following logo.
Audio unit may not play the
following formats.
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Radio Theft Protection
On EX and SC models
You should have received a radio
code 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.
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. If this
happens, you will see ‘‘ENTER
CODE’’ in the frequency display the
next time you turn on the system.
Use the preset buttons to enter the
code. 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.
Features
Your vehicle’s audio system may
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 in the
preset buttons. Because there are
hundreds of number combinations
possible from five-digits, making the
system work without knowing the
exact code is nearly impossible.
If you make a mistake entering the
code, do not start over; complete the
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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Setting the Clock
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, you may
need to set the clock.
On U.S. EX and SC models
TIME DISPLAY
CLOCK
BUTTON
TIME DISPLAY
CLOCK BUTTON
LX model
To set the hour, press the H button
while pressing the CLOCK (SCAN/
RPT) button until the hour advances
to the desired time. Change the
minute by pressing the M button
while pressing the CLOCK (SCAN/
RPT) button until the minute
advances to the desired time.
H BUTTON
R BUTTON
M BUTTON
You can use the R button to quickly
set the time to the nearest hour.
Press the R button while pressing
the CLOCK button. If the displayed
time is before the half hour, pressing
R sets the clock back to the previous
hour. If the displayed time is after
the half hour, pressing R sets the
clock forward to the beginning of the
next hour.
For example:
1:06 will reset to 1:00
1:53 will reset to 2:00
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H BUTTON
R BUTTON
M BUTTON
Press and hold the CLOCK button
until the numbers flash and you hear
a beep. Change the hour by pressing
the H button until the numbers
advance to the desired time. Change
the minute by pressing the M button
until the numbers advance to the
desired time.
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Setting the Clock
On Canadian EX and SC models
TIME DISPLAY
CLOCK BUTTON
For example:
1:06 will reset to 1:00
1:53 will reset to 2:00
When you are finished, press the
CLOCK button again.
Features
R BUTTON
H BUTTON
M BUTTON
You can quickly set the time to the
nearest hour. If the displayed time is
before the half hour, press the R
(RESET) button to set the clock
back to the previous hour. If the
displayed time is after the half hour,
pressing R sets the clock forward to
the beginning of the next hour.
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Remote Audio Controls
On EX and SC models
CH BUTTON
VOLUME
BUTTON
MODE
BUTTON
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 middle button adjusts the
volume up (▲) or down (▼). Press
the top or bottom of the button and
hold it until the desired volume is
reached, then release it.
The MODE button changes the
mode. Pressing the button
repeatedly selects FM1, FM2, AM or
CD (if a CD is loaded). On models
with satellite radio system, you can
also select XM1 or XM2.
The CHANNEL button has two
functions, depending on whether you
are listening to the radio, or playing a
CD.
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If you are listening to the radio, use
the CH button to change stations.
Each time you press this button, the
system advances to the next preset
station on the band you are listening
to. You will see the number of the
selected Preset button in the display.
To change bands, or to change from
FM1 to FM2 or XM1 to XM2 (if
equipped), press the MODE button.
If you are playing a CD, the system
skips to the beginning of the next
track each time you push the CH
button. You will see the disc and
track number in the display.
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Cruise Control
Using Cruise Control
2. Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).
3. Press and release the SET/
DECEL button on the steering
wheel. The CRUISE CONTROL
indicator on the instrument panel
comes on to show the system is
now activated.
Improper use of the cruise
control can lead to a crash.
Use the cruise control only
when traveling on open
highways in good weather.
1. Push in the cruise control master
button. The indicator in the button
comes on.
NOTE: The main switch can be left
on, even when the system is not in
use.
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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
When climbing a steep hill, the
automatic transmission may
downshift to hold the set speed.
RES/ACCEL BUTTON
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).
CANCEL
BUTTON
SET/DECEL BUTTON
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.
Push on the accelerator pedal.
Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed, then press the SET/
DECEL button.
You can decrease the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the SET/DECEL
button. Release the button when
you reach the desired speed.
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Cruise Control
To slow down in very small
amounts, tap the SET/DECEL
button. Each time you do this, the
vehicle will slow down about 1
mph (1.6 km/h).
Even with 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 cruise control to
cancel.
RES/ACCEL BUTTON
CANCEL
BUTTON
SET/DECEL BUTTON
You can cancel cruise control in any
of these ways:
Resuming the Set Speed
When you push the CANCEL button,
or tap the brake or clutch pedal, the
system will remembers 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
will come on. The vehicle will
accelerate to the same cruising
speed as before.
Pressing the cruise control master
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 control master
button.
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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 SET/
DECEL button.
Cancelling Cruise Control
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Break-in Period .............................. 140
Fuel Recommendation .................. 140
Service Station Procedures .......... 141
Refueling..................................... 141
Opening and Closing the
Hood ........................................ 142
Oil Check .................................... 143
Engine Coolant Check .............. 143
Fuel Economy ................................ 144
Accessories and Modifications .... 147
Carrying Cargo .............................. 149
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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.
Do not change the oil until the
scheduled maintenance time.
Avoid hard braking for the first
200 miles (300 km).
Do not tow a trailer.
You should also follow these
recommendations with an
overhauled or exchanged engine, or
when the brakes are replaced.
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.
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.
On vehicles with manual transmission
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.
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 recommend quality gasoline
containing detergent additives that
help prevent fuel system and engine
deposits.
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Some gasoline today is blended with
oxygenates such as ethanol or
MTBE. Your vehicle is designed to
operate on oxygenated gasoline
containing up to 10 % ethanol by
volume and up to 15 % MTBE by
volume. Do not use gasoline
containing methanol.
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Fuel Recommendation, Service Station Procedures
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.
Refueling
1. Park with the driver’s side closest
to the service station pump.
2. Outside of the vehicle, open the
fuel fill door by pulling its notched
edge.
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.
If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off
even though the tank is not full,
there may be a problem with your
vehicle’s fuel vapor recovery
system. The system helps keep
fuel vapor from going into the
atmosphere. Try filling at another
pump. If this does not fix the
problem, consult your dealer.
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 236 ). You
will also see a ‘‘CHECK FUEL
CAP’’ message on the information
display.
6. Close the fuel fill door.
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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.
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Service Station Procedures
Opening and Closing the Hood
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
SUPPORT ROD
LATCH
CLIP
1. Park the vehicle, and set the
parking brake. Pull the hood
release handle located under the
lower left corner of the dashboard.
The hood will pop up slightly.
2. Put your fingers under the front
edge of the hood near the center.
The hood latch handle is above
the ‘‘H’’ logo. Push this handle up
to release it. Lift up the hood.
If the hood latch handle moves
stiffly, or if you can open the hood
without lifting the handle, the
mechanism should be cleaned and
lubricated.
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3. Pull the support rod out of its clip
and insert the end into the hole in
the hood.
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.
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Service Station Procedures
Oil Check
Engine Coolant Check
MAX
DIPSTICK
RESERVE TANK
UPPER MARK
MIN
1. Remove the dipstick (orange tab).
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 193 .
Wait a few minutes after turning the
engine off before you check the oil.
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 196 for
information on adding the proper
coolant.
Refer to Owner’s Maintenance
Checks on page 190 for information
about checking other items on your
vehicle.
3. Insert it all the way back in its tube.
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LOWER MARK
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Fuel Economy
Actual Mileage and EPA Fuel
Economy Estimates Comparison.
Fuel economy is not a fixed number.
It varies based on driving conditions,
driving habits and vehicle condition.
Therefore, it is not possible for one
set of estimates to predict fuel
economy precisely for all drivers in
all environments.
The EPA fuel economy estimates
shown in the example to the right
are a useful tool for comparison
when buying a vehicle. EPA
estimates include:
City MPG − Represents urban
driving in a vehicle in light traffic. A
range of miles per gallon achieved is
also provided.
City MPG
Highway MPG
Combined Fuel
Economy
Estimated Annual
Fuel Cost
(Sample U.S. EPA label shown)
achieved is also provided.
Combined Fuel Economy −
Represents a combination of city and
highway driving. The scale
represents the range of combined
fuel economy for other vehicles in
the class.
Highway MPG − Represents a
mixture of rural and interstate
driving, in a warmed-up vehicle,
typical of longer trips in free-flowing
traffic. A range of miles per gallon
Estimated Annual Fuel Cost −
Provides an estimated annual fuel
cost, based on 15,000 miles (20,000
km) per year multiplied by the cost
per gallon (based on EPA fuel cost
data) divided by the combined fuel
economy.
For more information on fuel
economy ratings and factors that
affect fuel economy, visit www.
fueleconomy.gov (Canada: Visit www.
vehicles.gc.ca)
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Fuel Economy
Use the recommended viscosity
motor oil, displaying the API
Certification Seal (see page
193).
Maintain proper tire inflation
− An under-inflated tire increases
‘‘rolling resistance,’’ which reduces
fuel economy.
Avoid carrying excess weight in
your vehicle − It puts a heavier
load on the engine, increasing fuel
consumption.
Drive Efficiently
Drive moderately − Rapid
acceleration, abrupt cornering,
and hard braking increase fuel
consumption.
Observe the speed limit −
Aerodynamic drag has a big effect
on fuel mileage at speeds above 45
mph (75 km/h). Reduce your
speed and you reduce the drag.
Trailers, car top carriers, roof
racks and bike racks are also big
contributors to increased drag.
Improving Fuel Economy
Vehicle Maintenance
A properly maintained vehicle
maximizes fuel economy. Poor
maintenance can significantly reduce
fuel economy. Always maintain your
vehicle according to the maintenance
messages displayed on the
information display (see Owner’s
Maintenance Checks on page 191 ).
For example:
Keep your vehicle clean − In
particular, a build-up of snow or
mud on your vehicle’s underside
adds weight and rolling resistance.
Frequent cleaning helps your fuel
economy.
Always drive in the highest gear
possible − If your vehicle has a
manual transmission, you can
boost your fuel economy by up
shifting as early as possible.
Avoid excessive idling − Idling
results in 0 miles per gallon.
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Fuel Economy Factors
The following factors can lower your
vehicle’s fuel economy:
Aggressive driving (hard
acceleration and braking)
Excessive idling, accelerating and
braking in stop-and-go traffic
Cold engine operation (engines
are more efficient when warmed
up)
Driving with a heavy load or the
air conditioner running
Improperly inflated tires
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Fuel Economy
Minimize the use of the air
conditioning system − The A/C
puts an extra load on the engine
which makes it use more fuel. Use
the fresh-air ventilation when
possible.
Plan and combine trips −
Combine several short trips into
one. A warmed-up engine is more
fuel efficient than a cold one.
Checking Your Fuel Economy
Miles
driven
Gallons
of fuel
Miles per
Gallon
100
Liter
Kilometers
Calculating Fuel Economy
Measuring Techniques
Direct calculation is the
recommended source of information
about your actual fuel economy.
Using frequency of fill-ups or taking
fuel gauge readings are NOT
accurate measures of fuel economy.
Fuel economy may improve over the
first several thousand miles.
1) Fill the fuel tank until the nozzle automatically clicks off.
2) Reset trip counter to zero.
3) Record the total gallons (liters) needed to refill.
4) Follow one of the simple calculations above.
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L per
100 km
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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.
Improper accessories or
modifications can affect your
vehicle’s handling, stability, and
performance, and cause a
crash in which you can be hurt
or killed.
Follow all instructions in this
owner’s manual regarding
accessories and modifications.
When properly installed, cellular
phones, alarms, two-way radios, and
low-powered audio systems should
not interfere with your vehicle’s
computer controlled systems, such
as your airbags, anti-lock brakes, and
tire pressure monitoring system.
Make sure the accessory does not
obscure any lights, or interfere
with proper vehicle operation or
performance.
Be sure electronic accessories do
not overload electrical circuits
(see page 238 ) 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. Accessories installed in
these areas may interfere with
proper operation of the side
curtain airbags.
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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.
Before installing any accessory:
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifying Your Vehicle
Removing parts from your vehicle,
or replacing components with some
non-Honda components could
seriously affect your vehicle’s
handling, stability, and reliability.
Non-Honda wheels, because they
are a universal design, can cause
excessive stress on suspension
components, and are not
compatible with the tire pressure
monitoring system (TPMS).
Here are some examples:
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.
Larger or smaller wheels and tires
can interfere with the operation of
your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and
other systems.
Raising your vehicle with a
non-Honda suspension kit can
affect the handling and stability.
Modifying your steering wheel or
any other part of your vehicle’s
safety features can make the
systems ineffective.
If you plan to modify your vehicle,
consult your dealer.
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Carrying Cargo
Your vehicle has several convenient
storage areas:
CARGO AREA SIDE POCKET
DOOR POCKETS
CEILING POCKET
CARGO AREA
SEAT-BACK POCKETS
GLOVE BOX
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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CENTER CONSOLE
Cargo area side pockets
Glove box
Ceiling pocket (EX and SC
models)
Door pockets
Seat-back pocket (EX and SC
models)
Cargo area (including rear seats
when they are folded down, folded
to the side, or removed)
Seat-back bungees (EX model)
Roof-rack (if installed)
Center console (SC model)
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Carrying Cargo
Load Limits
The maximum load for your vehicle
is 675 lbs for U.S. vehicles, and 308
kg for Canadian vehicles
Label Example
Steps for Determining Correct Load
Limit −
(1)Locate the statement ‘‘The
combined weight of occupants and
cargo should never exceed XXX
kg or XXX lbs.’’ on your vehicle’s
placard.
See Tire And Loading Information
label attached to the driver’s
doorjamb.
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.
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(2)Determine the combined weight
of the driver and passengers that
will be riding in your vehicle.
(3)Subtract the combined weight of
the driver and passengers from
XXX kg or XXX lbs.
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Carrying Cargo
(5)Determine the combined weight
of luggage and cargo being loaded
on the vehicle. That weight may
not safely exceed the available
cargo and luggage load capacity
calculated in Step 4.
(6)If your vehicle will be towing a
trailer, load from your trailer will
be transferred to your vehicle.
Consult this manual to determine
how this reduces the available
cargo and luggage load capacity of
your vehicle.
Example 1
Max Load (675 lbs)
Passenger Weight
(150 lbs x 2 = 300 lbs)
Cargo Weight
(375 lbs)
Max Load (675 lbs)
Passenger Weight
(150 lbs x 3 = 450 lbs)
Cargo Weight
(225 lbs)
Max Load (675 lbs)
Passenger Weight
(150 lbs x 4 = 600 lbs)
Cargo Weight
(75 lbs)
Example 2
Before Driving
(4)The resulting figure equals the
available amount of cargo and
luggage load capacity. For
example, if the ‘‘XXX’’ amount
equals 1,400 lbs. and there will be
five 150 lb. passengers in your
vehicle, the amount of available
cargo and luggage load capacity is
650 lbs.
(1,400 − 750 (5 × 150) = 650 lbs.)
Example 3
In addition, the total weight of the vehicle, all occupants, accessories, cargo,
and trailer tongue load must not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR) or the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). Both are on a label on
the driver’s doorjamb.
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Carrying Cargo
Carrying Items in the Passenger
Compartment
Store or secure all items that could
be thrown around and hurt
someone during a crash.
Be sure items placed on the floor
behind the front seats cannot roll
under the seats and interfere with
the pedals, the seat operation, or
the proper operation of the
sensors under the seats.
Keep the glove box closed while
driving. If it is open, a passenger
could injure their knees during a
crash or sudden stop.
If you fold the rear seats down or
up, or remove them, tie down
items that could be thrown about
the vehicle during a crash or
sudden stop. Also, keep all cargo
below the bottom of the windows.
If it is higher, it could interfere
with the proper operation of the
side curtain airbags.
Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area
or on a Roof Rack
Distribute cargo evenly on the
floor of the cargo area, placing the
heaviest items on the bottom and
as far forward as possible. Tie
down items that could be thrown
about the vehicle during a crash or
sudden stop.
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If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the
tailgate or the hatch, exhaust gas
can enter the passenger area. To
avoid the possibility of carbon
monoxide poisoning, follow the
instructions on page 54 .
If you carry any items on a roof
rack, be sure the total weight of
the rack and the items does not
exceed 165 lbs (75 kg).
If you use an accessory roof rack,
the roof rack weight limit may be
lower. Refer to the information
that came with your roof rack.
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Carrying Cargo
Optional Separation Net
The separation net can be used to
hold back soft, lightweight items
stored in the cargo area. Heavy
items should be properly secured on
the floor of the cargo area. The net
may not prevent heavy items from
being thrown forward in a crash or a
sudden stop.
Seat-Back Bungee
On EX model
ADJUSTABLE BUNGEE CORD
If the cords are not installed, route
one cord through the loops as shown.
To attach the hooks, press the top of
the hook down, and slide to the
desired position, then release. Adjust
as needed.
LOOP
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HOOK
The driver’s seat-back and left rear
seat-back are equipped with
adjustable bungee cords to hold
medium-sized, lightweight objects.
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Driving
Driving Guidelines ......................... 156
Preparing to Drive ......................... 157
Starting the Engine........................ 158
Manual Transmission.................... 159
Automatic Transmission............... 161
Parking ............................................ 165
Braking System.............................. 166
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ................ 167
Tire Pressure Monitoring
System (TPMS) ......................... 169
Vehicle Stability Assist
(VSA) System............................. 171
Towing a Trailer ............................ 173
Off-Highway Driving
Guidelines ................................... 179
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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, the vehicle
stability assist (VSA) system, the tire
pressure monitoring system (TPMS),
and facts you need if you are
planning to tow a trailer or drive offhighway.
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Driving Guidelines
Your vehicle has a higher ground
clearance that allows you to travel
over bumps, obstacles, and rough
terrain. It also provides good
visibility so you can anticipate
problems earlier.
Do not modify your vehicle in any
way that would raise the center of
gravity.
Do not carry heavy cargo on the
roof.
Because your vehicle rides higher
off the ground, it has a high center
of gravity that can cause it to roll
over if you make abrupt turns. Utility
vehicles have a significantly higher
roll over rate than other types of
vehicles.
Four-wheel drive models
Your vehicle is equipped with a fourwheel drive (4WD) system. When
the system senses a loss of frontwheel traction, it automatically
transfers some power to the rear
wheels. This gives you better
traction and mobility.
You still need to exercise the same
care when accelerating, steering, and
braking that you would in a twowheel drive vehicle.
See page 179 for off-highway driving
guidelines.
To prevent rollovers or loss of
control:
Take corners at slower speeds
than you would with a passenger
vehicle.
Avoid sharp turns and abrupt
maneuvers whenever possible.
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Preparing to Drive
You should do the following checks
and adjustments before you drive
your vehicle.
1. Make sure all windows, mirrors,
and outside lights are clean and
unobstructed. Remove frost, snow,
or ice.
5. Check the seat adjustment (see
page 83 ).
6. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 92 ).
7. Check the steering wheel
adjustment (see page 74 ).
2. Check that the hood is fully closed.
8. Make sure the doors, hatch, and
tailgate are securely closed and
locked.
9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 16 ).
10.When you start the engine, check
the gauges and indicators in the
instrument panel (see page 59 ).
Driving
3. Visually check the tires. If a tire
looks low, use a gauge to check its
pressure.
4. Check that any items you may be
carrying are stored properly or
fastened down securely.
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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:
Press the clutch pedal down all the
way. The START (III) position
does not function unless the clutch
pedal is pressed.
Automatic transmission:
Make sure the shift lever is in
Park. Press on the brake pedal.
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition key to the
START (III) position. Do not hold
the key in the START (III)
position 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.
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 .
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.
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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.
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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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.’’
Use extra care when driving on
slippery surfaces.
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.
Driving
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 the clutch to wear out
faster.
Rapid slowing or speeding up
can cause loss of control on
slippery surfaces. If you crash,
you can be injured.
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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:
Shift up
Normal acceleration
1st to 2nd
2nd to 3rd
3rd to 4th
4th to 5th
15 mph (24 km/h)
25 mph (40 km/h)
40 mph (64 km/h)
48 mph (77 km/h)
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.
The engine speed limiter only works
when you upshift; engine speed is
not limited during downshifts.
Before downshifting, make sure the
engine will not go into the
tachometer’s red zone.
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Automatic Transmission
Shift Lever Position Indicators
Shifting
To shift from:
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.
Avoid rapid acceleration, and have
the transmission checked by your
dealer as soon as possible.
SHIFT LEVER
To shift from any position, press
firmly on the brake pedal, push the
release button, and pull the lever
toward you. You cannot shift out of
Park when the ignition switch is in
the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I)
position.
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
Press the shift lever release
button.
Move the shift lever.
Driving
D3 BUTTON
P to R
Do this:
Press the brake pedal, and
press the shift lever release
button.
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 press the release button
on the shift lever. Make sure your
foot are off accelerator pedal.
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Automatic Transmission
If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on
page 163 .
To avoid transmission damage, come
to a complete stop before shifting
into Park. You must also press the
release button to shift into Park. The
shift lever must be in Park before
you can remove the key from the
ignition switch.
Neutral (N) − Use neutral if you
need to restart a stalled engine, or if
it is necessary to stop briefly with
the engine idling. Shift to the Park
position if you need to leave your
vehicle for any reason. Press on the
brake pedal when you are moving
the shift lever from neutral to
another gear.
Drive (D) − Use this position for
your normal driving. The
transmission automatically selects a
suitable gear (1 through 5) for your
speed and acceleration. You may
notice the transmission shifting up at
higher engine speeds when the
engine is cold. This helps the engine
warm up faster.
Drive (D3) − To use D3, press the
D3 button when the shift lever is in
the ‘‘D’’ position. This position is similar to D, except only the first three
gears are selected instead of all five.
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 and fourth
gears in stop-and-go driving.
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.
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Automatic Transmission
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:
Shift Lock Release
This allows you to move the shift
lever out of Park if the normal
method of pushing on the brake
pedal and pressing the release
button does not work.
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.
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Remove the key from the ignition
switch.
Driving
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.
To help reduce wheel spin.
When driving downhill with a
trailer.
First (1) − 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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Automatic Transmission
6. Remove the key from the shift
lock release slot, then reinstall the
cover. Make sure the notch on the
cover is on the right side. Press
the brake pedal, and restart the
engine.
COVER
If you need to use the shift lock
release, it means your vehicle is
developing a problem. Have it
checked by your dealer.
SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the shift
lock release slot cover next to the
shift lever. Using a flat-tip
screwdriver, carefully pry on the
edge of the cover to remove it.
4. Insert the key in the shift lock
release slot.
5. Push down on the key while you
press the release button on the
shift lever and move the shift lever
out of Park to neutral.
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Parking
Always use the parking brake when
you park your vehicle. Make sure
the parking brake is set firmly, or
your vehicle may roll if it is parked
on an incline.
Turn off the lights.
Place any packages, valuables, etc.
in the cargo area or take them
with you.
Lock the doors and the hatch with
the key.
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.
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.
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Driving
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.
Parking Tips
Make sure the windows are closed.
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Braking System
Your vehicle is equipped with disc
brakes at all four wheels. A power
assist helps reduce the effort needed
on the brake pedal. The anti-lock
brake system (ABS) helps you retain
steering control when braking very
hard.
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.
Resting your foot on the pedal keeps
the brakes applied lightly, builds up
heat, and reduces their effectiveness
and reduces brake pad life. In
addition, fuel economy can be
reduced. It also keeps your brake
lights on all the time, confusing
drivers behind you.
Check your brakes after driving
through deep water. Apply the
brakes moderately to see if they feel
normal. If not, apply them gently and
frequently until they do. Be extra
cautious and alert in your driving.
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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.
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Braking System, Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
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.
Anti-lock Brakes
The anti-lock brake system (ABS)
helps prevent the wheels from
locking up, and helps you retain
steering control by pumping the
brakes rapidly, much faster than a
person can do it.
Driving
The electronic brake distribution
(EBD) system, which is part of the
ABS, also balances the front-to-rear
braking distribution according to
vehicle loading.
You will feel a pulsation in the brake
pedal when the ABS activates, and
you may hear some noise. This is
normal: it is the ABS rapidly
pumping the brakes. On dry
pavement, you will need to press on
the brake pedal very hard before the
ABS activates. However, you may
feel the ABS activate immediately if
you are trying to stop on snow or ice.
You should never pump the brake pedal.
Let the ABS work for you by always
keeping firm, steady pressure on the
brake pedal. This is sometimes
referred to as ‘‘stomp and steer.’’
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Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
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 indicator comes on while
driving, test the brakes as instructed
on page 237 .
If the ABS indicator and the brake
system indicator come on together,
and the parking brake is fully
released, the EBD system may also
be shut down.
Test your brakes as instructed on
page 237 . If the brakes feel normal,
drive slowly and have your vehicle
repaired by your dealer as soon as
possible. Avoid sudden hard braking
which could cause the rear wheels to
lock up and possibly lead to a loss of
control.
The VSA indicator will come on
along with the ABS indicator.
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.
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ABS will not prevent a skid that
results from changing direction
abruptly, such as trying to take a
corner too fast or making a sudden
lane change. Always drive at a safe
speed for the road and weather
conditions.
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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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
If you think you can safely drive a
short distance to a service station,
proceed slowly, and inflate the tire to
the recommended pressure shown
on the driver’s doorjamb.
Each tire has its own pressure
sensor (not including the spare tire).
If the air pressure of a tire becomes
significantly low, the sensor in that
tire immediately sends a signal that
causes the low tire pressure
indicator to come on.
If the tire is flat, or if the tire
pressure is too low to continue
driving, replace the tire with the
compact spare tire (see page 222 ).
Low Tire Pressure
Indicator
When the low tire pressure indicator
is on, one or more of your tires is
significantly underinflated. You
should stop and check your tires
as soon as possible, and inflate them
to the proper pressure as indicated on
the vehicle’s tire information placard.
If you cannot make the low tire
pressure indicator go out after
inflating the tires to the specified
values, have your dealer check the
system as soon as possible.
Driving on a significantly underinflated tire causes the tire to
overheat and can lead to tire failure.
Under-inflation also reduces fuel
efficiency and tire tread life, and may
affect the vehicle’s handling and
stopping ability.
Because tire pressure varies by
temperature and other conditions,
the low tire pressure indicator may
come on unexpectedly.
For example, if you check and fill
your tires in a warm area, then drive
in extremely cold weather, the tire
pressure will be lower than
measured and could be underinflated
and cause the low tire pressure
indicator to come on. Or, if you
check and adjust your tire pressure
in cooler conditions, and drive into
extremely hot conditions, the tire
may become overinflated. However,
the low tire pressure indicator will
not come on if the tires are
overinflated.
Refer to page 212 for tire inflation
guidelines.
Although your tire pressure is
monitored, you must manually check
the tire pressures monthly.
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Driving
Your vehicle is equipped with a tire
pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
that turns on every time you start the
engine and monitors the pressure in
your tires while driving.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Each tire, including the spare, should
be checked monthly when cold and
set to the recommended inflation
pressure as specified in the vehicle
placard and this owner’s manual (see
page 250 ).
Tire Pressure Monitoring
System (TPMS) Indicator
This indicator comes on and stays on
if there is a problem with the tire
pressure monitoring system.
If you see this message, the system
is off and is not monitoring the tire
pressures. Have the system checked
by your dealer as soon as possible.
When you restart the vehicle with
the compact spare tire, the TPMS
indicator may also come on and stay
on after driving several miles
(kilometers).
Changing a Tire with TPMS
If you have a flat tire, the low tire
pressure indicator will come on.
Replace the flat tire with the compact
spare tire (see page 222).
Each wheel (except the compact
spare tire wheel) is equipped with a
tire pressure sensor mounted inside
the tire behind the valve stem. You
must use TPMS specific wheels. It is
recommended that you always have
your tires serviced by your dealer or
qualified technician.
After you replace the flat tire with
the compact spare tire, the low tire
pressure indicator stays on. This
is normal; the system is not
monitoring the spare tire pressure.
Manually check the spare tire
pressure to be sure it is correct.
After several miles (kilometers)
driving with the compact spare tire,
the TPMS indicator comes on and the
low tire pressure indicator goes off.
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The low tire pressure or the TPMS
indicator will go off, after several
miles (kilometers) driving, when
you replace the spare tire with the
specified regular tire equipped with
the tire pressure monitor sensor.
Never use a puncture-repairing agent
in a flat tire. If used, you will have to
replace the tire pressure sensor.
Have the flat tire repaired by your
dealer as soon as possible.
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.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
The vehicle stability assist (VSA)
system helps to stabilize the vehicle
during cornering if the vehicle turns
more or less than desired. It also
assists you in maintaining traction
while accelerating on loose or
slippery road surfaces. It does this
by regulating the engine’s output and
by selectively applying the brakes.
The VSA system cannot enhance the
vehicle’s driving stability in all
situations and does not control your
vehicle’s entire braking system. It is
still your responsibility to drive and
corner at reasonable speeds and to
leave a sufficient margin of safety.
VSA Activation Indicator
When VSA activates, you will see the
VSA activation indicator blink (see
page 64 ).
Vehicle Stability Assist
(VSA) System Indicator
The VSA system indicator (see page
64 ) comes on and stays on when
there is a problem with the VSA
system. The VSA activation indicator
will also come on.
If this indicator comes on while
driving, pull to the side of the road
when it is safe, and turn off the
engine. Reset the system by
restarting the engine. If the VSA
system indicator stays on or comes
back on while driving, have the VSA
system inspected by your dealer.
If the indicator does not come on
when the ignition switch is turned to
the ON (II) position, there may be a
problem with the VSA system. Have
your dealer inspect your vehicle as
soon as possible.
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Driving
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.
When VSA activates, you may notice
that the engine does not respond to
the accelerator in the same way it
does at other times. You will also see
the VSA activation indicator blink.
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Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System
Without VSA, your vehicle will have
normal braking and cornering ability,
but it will not have VSA traction and
stability enhancement.
VSA Off Switch
In certain unusual conditions when
your vehicle gets stuck in shallow
mud or fresh snow, it may be easier
to free it with the VSA temporarily
switched off. When the VSA system
is off, the traction control system is
also off. You should only attempt to
free your vehicle with the VSA off if
you are not able to free it when the
VSA is on.
Immediately after freeing your
vehicle, be sure to switch the VSA on
again. We do not recommend driving
your vehicle with the VSA and
traction control systems switched off.
VSA OFF SWITCH
VSA is turned on every time you
start the engine, even if you turned it
off the last time you drove the
vehicle.
VSA and Tire Sizes
Driving with varying tire or wheel
sizes may cause the VSA to
malfunction. When replacing tires,
make sure they are the same size
and type as your original tires (see
page 213 ).
This button is under the driver’s side
vent. Press it to turn the VSA system
on or off.
When VSA is off, the VSA activation
indicator comes on as a reminder.
Pressing the switch again turns the
system back on.
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If you install winter tires, make sure
they are the same size as those that
were originally supplied with your
vehicle. Exercise the same caution
during winter driving as you would if
your vehicle was not equipped with
VSA.
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Towing a Trailer
Your vehicle has been designed
primarily to carry passengers and
their cargo. You can also use it to
tow a trailer if you carefully observe
the load limits, use the proper
equipment, and follow the guidelines
in this section.
Load Limits
Exceeding any load limit or
improperly loading your vehicle
and trailer can cause a crash in
which you can be seriously hurt
or killed.
Check the loading of your
vehicle and trailer carefully
before starting to drive.
Total Trailer Weight: The
maximum allowable weight of the
trailer and everything in or on it
must not exceed 1,500 lbs (680 kg).
Towing a trailer 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 % of the total
trailer weight. Too much tongue
load reduces front-tire traction and
steering control. Too little tongue
load can make the trailer unstable
and cause it to sway.
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Driving
Be sure to read the Driving OffHighway Guidelines section on page
179 if you plan to tow off paved
surfaces.
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Towing a Trailer
To achieve a proper tongue load,
start by loading 60 % of the load
toward the front of the trailer and
40 % toward the rear, then re-adjust
the load as needed.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR):
The maximum allowable weight of
the vehicle, all occupants, all
accessories, all cargo, and the
tongue load is:
4,450 lbs (2,020 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating
(GAWR):
The maximum allowable weight of
the vehicle, all occupants, all
accessories, all cargo, and the
tongue load must not exceed:
2,300 lbs (1,045 kg)
on the front axle
2,205 lbs (1,000 kg)
on the rear axle
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Checking Loads
The best way to confirm that all
loads are within limits is to check
them 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. To ensure the
highest quality equipment, purchase
Honda equipment whenever possible.
Trailer Brakes
Honda requires that any trailer with
a total weight of 1,000 lbs (455 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 electronically actuated.
Do not attempt to tap into your
vehicle’s hydraulic system. No
matter how successful it may seem,
any attempt to attach trailer brakes
to your vehicle’s hydraulic system
will lower braking effectiveness and
create a potential hazard.
See your trailer dealer or rental
agency 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
trailer dealer or rental agency 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:
Your vehicle tires and spare are
properly inflated (see page 212 ),
and the trailer tires and spare are
inflated as recommended by the
trailer maker.
The vehicle has been properly
serviced, and the tires, brakes,
suspension, cooling system, and
lights are in good operating
condition.
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.
The trailer has been properly
serviced and is in good condition.
All weights and loads are within
limits (see pages 173 and 174 ).
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’’ on the next
page for additional gear information.)
The hitch, safety chains, and any
other attachments are secure.
All items in or on the trailer are
properly secured and cannot shift
while you drive.
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Driving
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.
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Towing a Trailer
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.
Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting
Crosswinds and air turbulence
caused by passing trucks can disrupt
your steering and cause the trailer to
sway. When being passed by a large
vehicle, keep a constant speed, and
steer straight ahead. Do not try to
make quick steering or braking
corrections.
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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.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
General Information
Your vehicle has been designed
primarily for use on pavement. But
its higher ground clearance allows
you to occasionally travel on unpaved
roads, such as campgrounds, picnic
sites, and similar locations. It is not
designed for trail-blazing, mountain
climbing, or other challenging offroad activities.
Follow all instructions and
guidelines in this owner’s
manual.
Keep your speed low, and
don’t drive faster than
conditions permit.
Be sure to store cargo properly,
and do not exceed your vehicle
cargo load limits (see pages
150 and 173 ).
Wherever you drive, make sure
you and your passengers always
wear seat belts.
Keep your speed low, and never
go faster than the conditions allow.
It’s up to you to continually assess
the situation and drive within the
limits.
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Driving
If you decide to drive on unpaved
roads, you will find that it requires
somewhat different driving skills.
Your vehicle will also handle
somewhat differently than it does on
pavement. So be sure to read this
owner’s manual, pay special attention
to the precautions and tips in this
section, and get acquainted with
your vehicle before you leave the
pavement.
Improperly operating this
vehicle on or off-pavement can
cause an accident or rollover in
which you and your passengers
could be seriously injured or
killed.
Important Safety Precautions
To avoid loss of control or rollover,
be sure to follow all precautions and
recommendations.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
Check Out Your Vehicle
Before you leave the pavement, be
sure to do all scheduled maintenance
and service, and inspect your vehicle
for any problems. Pay special
attention to the condition of the tires,
and check the tire pressures.
After you return to the pavement,
carefully inspect your vehicle to
make sure there is no damage that
could make driving it unsafe.
Recheck the condition of the tires
and the tire pressures.
Remember
The route presents limits (too steep
or bumpy roads). You have limits
(driving skill and comfort). And your
vehicle has limits (traction, stability,
and power).
Accelerating and Braking
For better traction on all surfaces,
accelerate slowly and gradually build
up speed. If you try to start too fast
on wet soil, mud, snow, or ice, you
might not have enough traction to
get underway, and you may dig
yourself a hole. Starting with the
shift lever in second (2) gear will
help you have a smoother start on
snow or ice.
Keep in mind that you will usually
need more time and distance to
brake to a stop on unpaved surfaces.
Avoid hard braking. Do not ‘‘pump’’
the brakes; let the anti-lock braking
system pump them for you.
Driving off-highway can be
hazardous if you fail to recognize
limits and take the proper
precautions.
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Avoiding Obstacles
Debris in the road can damage your
suspension or other components.
Because your vehicle has a high
center of gravity, driving over a large
obstacle, or allowing a wheel to drop
into a deep hole can cause your
vehicle to tip or roll over.
Driving on Slopes
If you can’t clearly see all conditions
or obstacles on a slope, walk the
slope before you drive on it. If you
have any doubt whether or not you
can safely drive on the slope, don’t
do it. Find another route.
If you are driving up a hill and find
that you cannot continue, do not try to
turn around. Your vehicle could roll
over. Slowly back down the hill,
following the same route you took up
the hill.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
Crossing a Stream
Avoid driving through deep water. If
you encounter water in your route (a
small stream or large puddle, for
example), evaluate it carefully before
going ahead. Make sure it is shallow,
flowing slowly, and has firm ground
underneath. If you are not sure of
the depth or the ground, turn around
and find another route.
You should never use a jack to try
getting unstuck. A jack only works
on firm, level ground. Also, your
vehicle could easily slip off the jack
and hurt you or someone else.
4-Wheel Drive Vehicles
If you spin the wheels excessively
trying to get unstuck, you may
overheat the components of the
4-wheel drive system. If this happens,
the 4-wheel drive system shuts off
and only the front wheels receive
power. If this happens, stop and
allow everything to cool down. The
4-wheel drive system will work again
after its temperature drops.
If you slip the clutch for a long time
while trying to get unstuck, you may
overheat and damage it.
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Driving
Driving through deep water can also
damage your vehicle. The water can
get into the transmission and
differential, diluting the lubricant
and causing an eventual failure. It
can also wash the grease out of the
wheel bearings.
If You Get Stuck
Avoid driving on soft sand, deep mud,
or other surfaces where you could
get stuck. If you do happen to get
stuck because of inclement weather
or other conditions, choose a safe
and appropriate course of action.
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Maintenance
This section explains why it is
important to keep your vehicle well
maintained and how to follow basic
maintenance safety precautions.
This section also includes
instructions on how to read the
maintenance minder messages on
the information display, 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 265 for information on how to
obtain a copy, or see your dealer.
Maintenance Safety ....................... 184
Maintenance Minder ..................... 185
Fluid Locations............................... 192
Adding Engine Oil ......................... 193
Changing the Engine Oil and
Filter ............................................ 194
Engine Coolant ............................... 196
Windshield Washers ..................... 197
Transmission Fluid ........................ 198
Automatic Transmission
Fluid ........................................ 198
Manual Transsmission Fluid.... 199
Rear Differential Fluid .................. 200
Brake and Clutch Fluid ................. 200
Power Steering Fluid ..................... 201
Cleaning the Body Panels ............. 201
Lights .............................................. 202
Cleaning the Seat Belts ................. 209
Floor Mats ...................................... 209
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 210
Wiper Blades .................................. 210
Wheels ............................................ 212
Tires ................................................ 212
Checking the Battery .................... 218
Vehicle Storage .............................. 219
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Maintenance Safety
All service items not detailed in this
section should be performed by a
certified technician or other qualified
mechanic.
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.
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.
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Burns from hot parts. Let the
engine and exhaust system cool
down 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 on
the information display to show you
when you should have your dealer do
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
SELECT/RESET KNOB
ENGINE OIL LIFE INDICATOR
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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To see the current engine oil life,
turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position, then press and release
the select/reset knob repeatedly
until the engine oil life indicator
appears (see page 68 ).
The remaining engine oil life is
shown on the display according to
this table:
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Maintenance Minder
MAINTENANCE MINDER INDICATOR
MAINTENANCE
ITEM CODE(S)
ENGINE OIL LIFE
INDICATOR
If the remaining engine oil life is 15
to 6 percent, you will see the engine
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
above the ‘‘OIL LIFE’’ message.
The 15 and 10 percent oil life
indicator reminds you that the time
is coming soon to take your vehicle
in for the required maintenance.
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When the remaining engine oil life is
5 to 1 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.
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Maintenance Minder
The maintenance item code or codes
indicate the main and sub items
required at the time of the oil change
(see page 188 ).
NEGATIVE MILEAGE
You can switch the information
display from the engine oil life
display to the odometer or the trip
meter. Press and release the select/
reset knob on the instrument panel.
When you see this message, have
the indicated maintenance
performed by your dealer as soon as
possible.
When the remaining engine oil life is
0 percent, the engine oil life indicator
will blink. The display comes on
every time you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position. The
maintenance minder indicator
(
) also comes on and remains
on in the instrument panel. When
you see this message, immediately
have the indicated maintenance done
by your dealer.
If you do not perform the indicated
maintenance, negative mileage is
displayed and begins to blink after
the vehicle has been driven 10 miles
(10 km) or more.
Negative mileage means your
vehicle has passed the maintenance
required point.
Immediately have the indicated
maintenance done by your dealer.
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Maintenance
When the engine oil life is 15 to 1
percent, the maintenance minder
indicator (
) comes on every
time you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, then it goes out
if you switch the information display.
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Maintenance Minder
To change the information display
from the engine oil life display to the
odometer or the trip meter, press
and release the select/reset knob.
Maintenance Main Items and Sub
Items
MAINTENANCE MAIN ITEM
When the engine oil life is 0 percent
or negative mileage, the
maintenance minder indicator
(
) remains on even if you
change the information display.
Immediately have the service
performed, and make sure to reset
the display as described on the
following.
MAINTENANCE SUB ITEM(S)
All maintenance items displayed on
the information display are in code.
For an explanation of these
maintenance codes, see page 191 .
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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 select/reset knob
repeatedly until the engine oil life
is displayed.
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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 select/reset knob for
another 5 seconds. The
maintenance item code(s) will
disappear, and the engine oil life
will reset to ‘‘100.’’
Your authorized Honda dealer
knows your vehicle best and can
provide competent, efficient service.
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3. Press the select/reset knob for
about 10 seconds. The engine oil
life and the maintenance item
code(s) will blink.
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Maintenance Minder
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 your
Honda Service History or Canadian
Maintenance Log. Check your
warranty booklet for more
information.
We recommend using Honda parts
and fluids whenever you have
maintenance done. These are
manufactured to the same high
quality standards as the original
components, so you can be confident
of their performance and durability.
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.
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Engine oil level − Check every
time you fill the fuel tank. See
page 143 .
Engine coolant level − Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 143 .
Automatic transmission − Check
the fluid level monthly. See page
198 .
Brakes − Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 200 .
Tires − Check the tire pressure
monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page
213 .
Lights − Check the operation of
the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
and license plate lights monthly.
See page 202 .
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Maintenance Minder
Symbol
A
B
Symbol
1
2
3
* 1 : If the message ‘‘SERVICE’’ does not appear more than 12 months after the
display is reset, change the engine oil every year.
# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty on page 190 .
NOTE:
Independent of the maintenance items in the information display, replace
the brake fluid every 3 years.
Inspect idle speed every 160,000 miles (256,000 km).
Adjust the valves during services A, B, 1, 2, or 3 only if they are noisy.
4
5
6
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
Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle
speeds results in higher transmission temperatures.
This requires transmission fluid changes more
frequently than recommended by the maintenance
minder. If you regularly drive your vehicle under
these conditions, have the transmission fluid
changed at 60,000 miles (100,000 km), then every
30,000 miles (48,000 km)*2.
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
Replace engine coolant
Replace rear differential fluid (4WD model only)
* 2 : Automatic transmission
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Maintenance Main Items
Replace engine oil*1
Replace engine oil*1 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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Fluid Locations
ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP
BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
ENGINE OIL
DIPSTICK
(Orange tab)
CLUTCH FLUID
(Manual
Transmission only)
(Gray cap)
POWER
STEERING FLUID
(Red cap)
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(Yellow loop)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
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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Unscrew and remove the engine oil
fill cap on top of the valve cover.
Pour in the oil slowly and carefully so
you do not spill. Clean up any spills
immediately. Spilled oil could
damage components in the engine
compartment. Install the engine oil
fill cap, and tighten it securely. Wait
a few minutes, and recheck the oil
level. 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 maintenance
minder 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
mechanic.
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WASHER
OIL DRAIN BOLT
1. Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.
2. Open the hood, and remove the
engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil
drain bolt and washer from the
bottom of the engine. Drain the oil
into an appropriate container.
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Changing the Engine Oil and Filter
OIL FILTER
4. Install a new oil filter according to
the instructions that come with it.
5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten the drain bolt to:
33 lbf·ft (44 N·m , 4.5 kgf·m)
6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil.
Make sure the oil filter gasket is
not stuck to the engine block. If it
is, remove it before installing a
new oil filter.
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.
7. Replace 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.
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3. Remove the oil filter and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
dealer) is required.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
4.4 US qt (4.2 )
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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.
RADIATOR CAP
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.
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.
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.
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 comes on when the
level is low (see page 63 ).
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
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Check the fluid level with the engine
at normal operating temperature.
1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
Start the engine, let it run until the
radiator fan comes on, then shut
off the engine. For accurate
results, wait about 60 seconds (but
no longer than 90 seconds) before
doing step 2.
HOT
MARK
UPPER
MARK
LOWER
MARK
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.
DIPSTICK
2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop)
from the transmission, and wipe it
with a clean cloth.
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5. If the level is below the lower
mark, add fluid into the dipstick
hole to bring it to the level
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).
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Transmission Fluid
Manual Transmission Fluid
6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
into the transmission securely as
shown in the illustration.
If you are not sure how to add fluid,
contact your dealer.
WASHER
FILLER BOLT
Correct Level
Check the fluid level with the
transmission at normal operating
temperature and the vehicle 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.
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.
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
If you are not sure how to check and
add fluid, contact your dealer.
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Use only Honda Genuine ATF-Z1
(Automatic Transmission Fluid). Do
not mix with other transmission fluids.
Using transmission fluid other than
Honda Genuine ATF-Z1 may cause
deterioration in transmission operation
and durability, and could result in
damage to the transmission. Damage
resulting f rom the use of transmission
f luid other than Honda Genuine
ATF-Z1 is not covered by the Honda
new vehicle warranty.
Put a new washer on the filler bolt,
then reinstall the filler bolt and
tighten it securely.
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Rear Differential Fluid, Brake and Clutch Fluid
Rear Differential Fluid
4WD model only
The rear differential should be
drained and refilled with new fluid
according to the time and distance
recommendations shown on the
maintenance minder display. Have
your dealer replace the rear
differential fluid.
Use Honda Dual Pump Fluid II only.
Do not use automatic transmission
fluid (ATF).
Brake Fluid
Check the brake fluid level in the
reservoirs monthly.
MAX
Replace the brake fluid according to
the time recommendation shown on
the maintenance minder display.
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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MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If the level is at or
below the MIN mark, your brake
system needs attention. Have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
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Brake and Clutch Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Cleaning the Body Panels
Clutch Fluid
Power Steering Fluid
Manual Transmission only
UPPER LEVEL
MAX
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.
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.
LOWER LEVEL
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.
A low fluid level can indicate a leak
in the clutch system. Have this
system inspected as soon as possible.
Check the level on the side of the
reservoir when the engine is cold.
The fluid should be between the
UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL.
If not, add power steering fluid to the
UPPER LEVEL.
Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t
or right lock and holding it there can
damage the power steering pump.
Cleaning the Body Panels
If equipped with body panels
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.
To clean the gray composite body
panels, wash them with soap and
water only. Do not apply wax to the
panels; it will cause discoloration.
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MAX
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Lights
Headlight Aiming
The headlights were properly aimed
when your vehicle was new. If you
regularly carry heavy items in the
cargo area or pull a trailer,
readjustment may be required.
Adjustments should be done by your
dealer or other qualified technician.
Replacing a Headlight Bulb
On all models except SC
On all models except SC
Your vehicle has halogen headlight
bulbs. Handle it by its steel 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.
On SC model
Your vehicle has halogen headlight
bulbs, two on each side. 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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AIR INTAKE DUCT
1. Open the hood.
If you need to change the
headlight bulb on the driver’s side,
remove the front end of the air
intake duct by pulling it out.
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Lights
5. Install the new bulb into the hole,
making sure the tabs are in their
slots. Pivot the hold-down wire
back in place, and clip the end into
the slot.
On SC model
6. Reinstall the rubber weather seal.
Make sure it is right side up; it is
marked ‘‘TOP.’’
2. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by pulling the
connector straight back.
8. (Driver’s side)
Install the front end of the air
intake duct.
3. Remove the rubber weather seal
by pulling on the tab.
4. Unclip the end of the hold-down
wire from its slot. Pivot the wire
out of the way, then remove the
bulb.
AIR INTAKE DUCT
The high beam headlight bulb and
the low beam headlight bulb are
replaced the same way.
1. Open the hood.
If you need to change the
headlight bulb on the driver’s side,
remove the front end of the air
intake duct by pulling it out.
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7. Push the electrical connector onto
the new bulb. Make sure it is
connected securely. Turn on the
headlights to test the new bulb.
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Lights
TAB
5. Push the electrical connector back
onto the bulb. Make sure it is on
all the way.
Replacing a Front Parking/Turn
Signal Light Bulb
6. Turn on the headlights to test the
new bulb.
7. (Driver’s side)
Install the front end of the air
intake duct.
On all models except SC
2. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by pushing on the
tab and pulling the connector
down.
3. Remove the bulb by turning it onequarter turn counterclockwise.
4. Insert the new bulb into the hole,
and turn it one-quarter turn
clockwise to lock it in place.
On SC model
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Lights
1. The front parking/turn signal light
is next to the headlight bulb. On
the driver’s side, remove the front
end of the air intake duct by
pulling it out (see page 202 ).
Replacing a Front Side Marker
Light Bulb
On all models except SC
SCREWDRIVER
LIGHT ASSEMBLY
2. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
5. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
6. (Driver’s side)
Install the front end of the air
intake duct.
1. Place a cloth between the trim of
the lens and the body, at the top of
the lens. Remove the front side
marker light assembly by carefully
prying on the trim of the lens with
a small flat-tip screwdriver.
SOCKET
2. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
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4. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
LIGHT
ASSEMBLY
CLOTH
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Lights
4. Reinstall the socket into the light
assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.
On SC model
5. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
4. Reinstall the socket into the light
assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.
6. Put the light assembly back into
the body, bottom first. Push on the
top edge until it snaps into place.
5. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
6. Install the front end of the air
intake duct.
1. The front side marker light is next
to the headlight bulb. On the
driver’s side, remove the front end
of the air intake duct by pulling it
out (see page 203 ).
2. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
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Lights
Replacing Rear Bulbs
SCREW
SOCKET
SOCKET
5. Reinstall the socket into the light
assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.
6. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
7. When reinstalling the taillight
assembly, first place the two pins
in the holes in place. Tighten the
two mounting bolts.
SCREW
TAILLIGHT ASSEMBLY
Maintenance
1. Open the hatch and the tailgate.
Remove the two mounting screws
with a Phillips-head screwdriver,
and remove the taillight assembly
from the body by pulling it back.
SOCKET
3. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
2. Determine which of the three
bulbs is burned out: brake/
taillight, turn signal light or backup light.
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Lights
Replacing a Rear License Plate
Bulb
HOUSING
Replacing a High-mount Brake
Light Bulb
LENS
CLOTH
SCREWDRIVER
1. Using a cloth to prevent scratches,
insert a small flat-tip screwdriver
between the left edge of the lens
and the housing. The lens will
come down.
2. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb in until
it bottoms in the socket.
BULB
LENS
3. Turn on the parking lights and
check that the new bulb is
working.
4. Put the lens back into the light
assembly, right side first. Push on
the left edge until it snaps into
place.
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TAB
COVER
TAB
1. Open the hatch. Remove the light
assembly cover by pushing in on
the tabs on both sides and pulling
the cover down.
2. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
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Lights, Cleaning the Seat Belts, Floor Mats
Cleaning the Seat Belts
Floor Mats
LOOP
BULB
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
4. Press the brake pedal to make
sure the new bulb is working.
5. Put the socket back into the light
assembly, and turn it clockwise to
lock it in place.
6. Put the cover back onto the light
assembly. Push it on until it locks
in place.
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.
If equipped
The floor mats that came with your
vehicle hook over the floor mat
anchors. This keeps the floor mats
from sliding forward, possibly
interfering with the pedals, or
backwards, making the front
passenger’s weight sensors
ineffective.
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SOCKET
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Floor Mats, Dust and Pollen Filter, Wiper Blades
If you remove the driver’s floor mat,
make sure to re-anchor it when you
put it back in your vehicle.
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
This filter removes the dust and
pollen that is brought in from the
outside through the heating and
cooling system.
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.
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, areas that are
getting hard, or if they leave streaks
and unwiped areas when used.
1. Front:
Raise the wiper arm off the
windshield.
Do not open the hood when the wiper
arms are raised, or you will damage
the hood and the arms.
Rear:
Raise the wiper arm off the hatch
glass and hold it.
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Wiper Blades
BLADE
HOLDER
BLADE
REINFORCEMENT
LOCK TAB
If you are changing the rear wiper
blade, go to step 6.
4. Examine the new wiper blades. If
they have no plastic or metal
reinforcement along the back
edge, remove the metal
reinforcement strips from the old
wiper blade, and install them in
the slots along the edge of the new
blade.
5. Slide the new wiper blade into the
holder until the tabs lock.
6. Slide the wiper blade assembly
onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.
7. Lower the wiper arm down against
the windshield or the hatch glass.
3. Remove the blade from its holder
by grabbing the tabbed end of the
blade. Pull up firmly until the tabs
come out of the holder.
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2. Disconnect the blade assembly
from the wiper arm by pushing in
the lock tab. Hold the lock tab in
while you push the blade assembly
toward the base of the arm.
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Wheels, Tires
Wheels
Clean the wheels as you would the
rest of the exterior. Wash them with
the same solution, and rinse them
thoroughly.
Tires
To safely operate your vehicle, your
tires must be the proper type and
size, in good condition with adequate
tread, and correctly inflated.
If equipped
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.
Aluminum alloy wheels have a
protective clear-coat that keeps the
aluminum from corroding and
tarnishing. Cleaning the wheels with
harsh chemicals (including some
commercial wheel cleaners) or a stiff
brush can damage the clear-coat. To
clean the wheels, use a mild
detergent and a soft brush or sponge.
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.
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Inflation Guidelines
Keeping the tires properly inflated
provides the best combination of
handling, tread life, and riding
comfort.
Underinflated tires wear unevenly,
adversely affect handling and fuel
economy, and are more likely to
fail from being overheated.
Overinflated tires can make your
vehicle ride more harshly, are
more prone to damage from road
hazards, and wear unevenly.
The tire pressure monitoring system
(TPMS) warns you when a tire
pressure is low. See page 169 for
more information.
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Tires
Even though your vehicle is
equipped with TPMS, we
recommend that you visually check
your tires every day. If you think a
tire might be low, check it
immediately with a tire gauge.
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.
You should use your own tire
pressure gauge 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.
Recommended Tire Pressures
The following chart shows the
recommended cold tire pressures for
most normal and high-speed driving
conditions.
All models except SC
Tire Size
P215/70R16 99S
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
Front:
33 psi (230 kPa ,
2.3 kgf/cm )
Rear:
35 psi (240 kPa ,
2.4 kgf/cm )
SC model
While tubeless tires have some
ability to self-seal if they are
punctured, you should look closely
for punctures if a tire starts losing
pressure.
Tire Size
P225/55R18 97H
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
Front/Rear:
32 psi (220 kPa ,
2.2 kgf/cm )
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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.
If you check air pressures when the
tires are hot [driven for several miles
(kilometers)], you will see readings 4
to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4
kgf/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.
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Tires
The compact spare tire pressure is:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS
For convenience, the recommended
tire sizes and cold tire pressures are
on a label on the driver’s doorjamb.
For additional technical information
about your tires, see page 251 .
Tire Inspection
Every time you check inflation, you
should also examine the tires for
damage, foreign objects, and wear.
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.
Excessive tread wear.
TREAD WEAR INDICATORS
Your tires have wear indicators
molded into the tread. When the
tread wears down, you will see a 1/2
inch (12.7 mm) wide band across the
tread. This shows there is less than
1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of tread left on
the tire.
A tire this worn gives very little
traction on wet roads. You should
replace the tire if you can see three
or more tread wear indicators.
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Tire Service Life
The service life of your tires is
dependent on many factors,
including, but not limited to, driving
habits, road conditions, vehicle
loading, inflation pressure,
maintenance history, speed, and
environmental conditions (even
when the tires are not in use).
In addition to your regular
inspections and inflation pressure
maintenance, it is recommended that
you have annual inspections
performed once the tires reach five
years old. It is also recommended
that all tires, including the spare, be
removed from service after 10 years
from the date of manufacture,
regardless of their condition or state
of wear.
The last four digits of the TIN (tire
identification number) are found on
the sidewall of the tire and indicate
the date of manufacture (See Tire
Labeling on page 253 ).
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Tires
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.
On vehicles with aluminum wheels,
improper wheel weights can damage
your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use
only Honda wheel weights f or
balancing.
Front
Front
(For Non-directional (For 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 on
the information display.
Move the tires to the positions
shown in the illustration each time
they are rotated. If you purchase
directional tires, rotate only front-toback.
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 and vehicle stability assist
system (VSA) to work inconsistently.
Both the ABS and VSA work by
comparing the speed of the wheels.
When replacing tires, use the same
size originally supplied with the
vehicle. Tire size and construction
can affect wheel speed and may
cause the ABS or VSA system to
activate.
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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.
Tire Rotation
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Tires
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.
Also be sure you use only TPMS
specific wheels. If you do not, the
tire pressure monitoring system will
not work on that tire.
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:
See page 251 for DOT tire quality
grading information, and page
253 for tire size and labeling
information.
Winter Driving
Tires marked ‘‘M + S’’ or ‘‘All
Season’’ on the sidewall have an allweather tread design suitable for
most winter driving conditions.
For the best performance in snowy
or icy conditions, you should install
snow tires or tire chains. They may
be required by local laws under
certain conditions.
(On all models except SC)
Replacement wheels are available at
your dealer.
16 x 6 1/2JJ
(SC model)
18 x 7JJ
Tires:
(On all models except SC)
P215/70R16 99S
(SC model)
P225/55R18 97H
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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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Tires
Tire Chains
Mount tire chains on your tires when
required by driving conditions or
local laws. Install them only on the
front tires.
On all models except SC
SC model
Because your vehicle has limited tire
clearance, Honda strongly
recommends using the chains listed
below, made by Security Chain
Company (SCC).
Cable-type:SCC Super Z6 SZ 139
Using the wrong chains, or not
properly installing chains, can
damage the brake lines and
cause a crash in which you can
be seriously injured or killed.
Follow all instructions in this
owner’s manual regarding the
selection and use of tire chains.
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Maintenance
Because your vehicle has limited tire
clearance, use 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.
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.
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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Checking the Battery
NEGATIVE TERMINAL
cloth or paper towel. Coat the
terminals with grease to help prevent
future corrosion.
If additional battery maintenance is
needed, see your dealer or a
qualified technician.
TEST INDICATOR
WINDOW
POSITIVE TERMINAL
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
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.
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected, or goes dead, the time
setting may be lost. To reset the time,
see page 132 .
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The battery gives off explosive
hydrogen gas during normal
operation.
A spark or flame can cause the
battery to explode with enough
force to kill or seriously hurt you.
Wear protective clothing and a
face shield, or have a skilled
technician do the battery
maintenance.
On EX and SC models
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, the audio
system may disable itself. The next
time you turn on the radio, you will
see ‘‘ENTER CODE’’ in the
frequency display. Use the preset
buttons to enter the code (see page
131 ).
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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.
Fill the fuel tank.
Wash and dry the exterior
completely.
Leave the parking brake off. Put
the transmission in reverse
(manual) or Park (automatic).
If the vehicle is to be stored for a
longer period, it should be
supported on jackstands so the
tires are off the ground.
Leave one window open slightly (if
the vehicle is being stored
indoors).
Disconnect the battery.
Cover the vehicle with a
‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made
from a porous material such as
cotton. Non-porous materials, such
as plastic sheeting, trap moisture,
which can damage the paint.
If possible, periodically run the
engine until it reaches full
operating temperature (the
cooling fans cycle on and off
twice). Preferably, do this once a
month.
Support the front and rear wiper
blade arms with a folded towel or
rag so they do not touch the
windshield.
Maintenance
Clean the interior. Make sure the
carpeting, floor mats, etc., are
completely dry.
Block the rear wheels.
To minimize sticking, apply a
silicone spray lubricant to all door
and tailgate seals. Also, apply a
vehicle body wax to the painted
surfaces that mate with the door
and tailgate seals.
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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....................... 222
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 223
If the Engine Won’t Start .............. 229
Jump Starting ................................. 231
If the Engine Overheats ............... 233
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 235
Charging System Indicator........... 235
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 236
Brake System Indicator ................ 237
Fuses ............................................... 238
Fuse Locations ............................... 241
Emergency Towing ....................... 243
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 use your compact spare
tire on another vehicle unless it is
the same make and model.
INDICATOR LOCATION MARK
Turn off the VSA system (see
page 172 ). Driving with the
compact spare tire may activate
the VSA system.
The low tire pressure indicator
comes on and stays on after you
replace the flat tire with the compact
spare tire. After several miles
(kilometers) driving with the
compact spare tire, the TPMS
indicator comes on and the low tire
pressure indicator goes off.
Do not mount snow chains on the
compact spare tire.
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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.
1. Park the vehicle on firm, level, and
non-slippery ground. Put the
transmission in Park (automatic)
or reverse (manual). Apply the
parking brake.
TOOLS
If you are towing a trailer, unhitch
the trailer.
The vehicle can easily roll off
the jack, seriously injuring
anyone underneath.
SPARE TIRE
JACK
3. Open the hatch and the tailgate.
4. The spare tire, jack, and tools are
under the cargo area floor.
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Follow the directions for
changing a tire exactly, and
never get under the vehicle
when it is supported only by the
jack.
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.
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Changing a Flat Tire
JACK
WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL NUT WRENCH
5. Push the rear edge of the handle
to raise the handle loop and pull up
the loop to raise the cargo area
floor.
6. Unscrew the wing bolt, and take
the spare tire out of the cargo area.
7. Remove the tools and the jack. To
remove the jack, turn the jack’s
end bracket counterclockwise to
loosen it.
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8. Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2
turn with the wheel nut wrench.
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EXTENSION
JACKING POINTS
10.Use the extension and the wheel
nut wrench as shown to raise the
vehicle until the flat tire is off the
ground.
11.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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9. Locate the jacking point nearest
the tire you need to change. It is
pointed to by an arrow molded into
the underside of the body. 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.
WHEEL NUT WRENCH
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13. Put on the spare tire. Put the
wheel nuts back on finger-tight,
then tighten them in a crisscross
pattern with the wheel nut wrench
until the wheel is firmly against
the hub. Do not try to tighten the
wheel nuts fully.
WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL COVER
LX model
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
12. 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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16.Store the jack in its holder. Turn
the jack’s end bracket to lock it in
place. Store the tools.
ARM
17.Remove the center cap from the
flat tire, and store it in the spare
tire well.
Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could
seriously injure the occupants.
14. Lower the vehicle to the ground,
and remove the jack.
15. 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)
18.Remove the wing bolt on the spare
tire mount, and pivot the arm 90°
to the upright position. Then
tighten the wing bolt securely.
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Store the wheel, jack, and tools
securely before driving.
WING BOLT
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22.Secure the flat tire by screwing
the wing bolt to the spare tire
mount through the hole in the
cargo area floor.
WING BOLT
SPACER CONE
19.Remove the small round plug from
the cargo area floor by pushing it
from the back side to make a hole.
Store the removed plug in a place
you can easily remember.
20.Reinstall the cargo area floor.
Place the flat tire face down on the
cargo area floor.
21.Align the center of the flat tire
with the hole in the cargo area
floor. Remove the spacer cone
from the wing bolt, turn it over,
and put it back on the bolt.
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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 these things:
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, the shift
lever 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 231 ).
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 243 .
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 218 ). You can then try
jump starting the vehicle from a
booster battery (see page 231 ).
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You can hear the starter motor
operating normally, or the starter
motor sounds like it is spinning
faster than normal, but the engine
does not start up and run.
Nothing Happens or the Starter
Motor Operates Very Slowly
When you turn the ignition switch to
the START (III) position, you do not
hear the normal noise of the engine
trying to start. You may hear a
clicking sound, a series of clicks, or
nothing at all.
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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 62 ).
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 238 ).
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem (see Emergency
Towing on page 243 ).
Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to Starting the
Engine on page 158 .
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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.
BOOSTER BATTERY
The numbers in the illustration show
you the order to connect the jumper
cables.
2. Turn off all the electrical
accessories: heater, A/C, audio
system, lights, etc. Put the
transmission in neutral (Manual)
or Park (Automatic), and set the
parking brake.
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You cannot start your vehicle with an
automatic transmission by pushing
or pulling it.
To Jump Start Your Vehicle:
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5. If the booster battery is in another
vehicle, have an assistant start
that vehicle and run it at a fast idle.
6. Start your vehicle. If the starter
motor still operates slowly, check
that the jumper cables have good
metal-to-metal contact.
3. Connect one jumper cable to the
positive (+) terminal on your
battery. Connect the other end to
the positive (+) terminal on 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
on your vehicle as shown. Do not
connect this jumper cable to any
other part of the engine.
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7. Once your vehicle is running,
disconnect the negative cable from
your vehicle, then from the
booster battery. Disconnect the
positive cable from your vehicle,
then from the booster battery.
Keep the ends of the jumper cables
away from each other and any metal
on the vehicle until everything is
disconnected. Otherwise, you may
cause an electrical short.
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If the Engine Overheats
The pointer 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 the 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.
Do not open the hood if steam
is coming out.
1. Safely pull to the side of the road.
Put the transmission in neutral
(Manual) or Park (Automatic),
and set the parking brake. Turn
off all the accessories, and turn on
the hazard indicator.
4. If the temperature gauge stays at
the red mark, turn off the engine.
2. If you see steam and/or spray
coming from under the hood, turn
off the engine. Wait until you see
no more signs of steam or spray,
then open the hood.
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Driving with the temperature gauge
pointer at the red mark can cause
serious damage to the engine.
Steam and spray from an
overheated engine can
seriously scald you.
3. If you do not see steam or spray,
leave the engine running and
watch the temperature gauge. If
the high heat is due to overloading,
the engine should start to cool
down almost immediately. If it
does, wait until the temperature
gauge comes down to the midpoint,
then continue driving.
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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 243 ).
6. If you don’t find an obvious leak,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. Add coolant
if the level is below the MIN mark.
7. If there was no coolant in the
reserve tank, you may need to add
coolant to the radiator. Let the
engine cool down until the pointer
reaches the middle of the
temperature gauge or lower
before checking the radiator.
Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.
Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.
8. Using gloves or a large heavy
cloth, turn the radiator cap
counterclockwise, without pushing
down, to the first stop. After the
pressure releases, push down on
the cap, and turn it until it comes
off.
9. Start the engine, and set the
temperature control dial to
maximum heat. 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 check
the temperature gauge. If it goes
back to the red mark, the engine
needs repair (see Emergency
Towing on page 243 ).
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 193 ).
2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute.
Open the hood, and check the oil
level (see page 143 ). 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
243 ).
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.
Tightening the cap will not turn the
indicator off immediately; it can take
several days of normal driving.
If the indicator comes on repeatedly,
even though it may turn off as you
continue driving, have your vehicle
checked by your dealer as soon as
possible.
If you keep driving with the
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.
If your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, the malfunction
indicator lamp may also come on
with the ‘‘D’’ indicator.
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
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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 Emissions
Testing for more information (see
page 259 ).
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Brake System Indicator
U.S.
Canada
Brake System
Indicator (Red)
The brake system indicator normally
comes on when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position, and as
a reminder to check the parking
brake. It will stay on if you do not
fully release the parking brake.
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 and the VSA
system indicator come 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 243 ).
Taking Care of the Unexpected
If the brake system indicator (red)
comes on while driving, the brake
fluid level is probably low. Press
lightly on the brake pedal to see if it
feels normal. If it does, check the
brake fluid level the next time you
stop at a service station (see page
200 ).
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
UNDER-HOOD
INTERIOR
TAB
KNOBS
The vehicle’s fuses are located in
two fuse boxes. The under-hood fuse
box is located in the engine
compartment on the driver’s side. To
open it, push the tabs as shown.
The interior fuse box is underneath
the steering column. To remove the
fuse box lid, turn the knobs
counterclockwise and pull the lid out
of its hinges.
Checking and Replacing Fuses
If something electrical in your
vehicle stops working, check for a
blown fuse first. Determine from the
chart on pages 241 and 242 , or the
diagram on the fuse box lid, which
fuse or fuses control that device.
Check those fuses first, but check all
the fuses before deciding that a
blown fuse is the cause. Replace any
blown fuses, and check if the device
works.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the
LOCK (0) position. Make sure the
headlights and all other
accessories are off.
2. Remove the cover from the fuse
box.
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FUSE
BLOWN
BLOWN
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.
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.
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3. Check each of the large fuses in
the under-hood fuse boxes by
looking through the top at the wire
inside. Removing these fuses
requires a Phillips-head
screwdriver.
FUSE PULLER
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Fuses
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).
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.
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.
6. If the replacement fuse of the
same rating blows in a short time,
there is probably a serious
electrical problem in your vehicle.
Leave the blown fuse in that
circuit and have your vehicle
checked by a qualified technician.
On EX and SC models
If the radio fuse is removed, the
audio system will disable itself. The
next time you turn on the radio you
will see ‘‘ENTER CODE’’ in the
frequency display. Use the preset
buttons to enter the five-digit code
(see page 131 ).
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Fuse Locations
INTERIOR FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
−
10 A
10 A
10 A
−
Circuits Protected
Not Used
+B ACC
+B Daytime running lights*1/
TPMS
IG1 ACG
Not Used
7.5 A
20 A
7.5 A
10 A
7.5 A
−
7.5 A
10 A
10 A
20 A
15 A
15 A
15 A
7.5 A
20 A
−
20 A
20 A
−
−
Power Window Relay
AMP
Accessory, Radio
Rear Wiper
Meter
Not Used
IG2 Daytime running lights*1
SRS
Remote Control Mirrors
LAF Heater
+B Ignition Relay
Fuel Pump
Front Accessory Power Socket
Turn Signal Lights
Front Wiper
Not Used
Passenger’s Power Window
Driver’s Power Window
Not Used
Not Used
*1 : Canadian models
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No. Amps.
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Circuits Protected
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Fuse Locations
UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
30 A
1
15 A
2
7.5 A
3
20 A
4
15 A
5
15 A
6
15 A
7
15 A
8
10 A
9
30 A
10
20 A
11
40 A
12
40 A
13
40 A
14
15 A
15
15 A
16
15 A
17
30 A
18
19 100 A
50 A
20
21−25 7.5A−30A
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Circuits Protected
Condenser Fan
Small Light
Interior Light
Cooling Fan Motor
Hazard
IGP
Horn, Stop
DBW
Back Up
VSA Motor
Rear Defroster
Heater Motor
Power Window Main
Option
Left Headlight
Door Lock
Right Headlight
VSA MTR FSR
Battery
IG1 Main
Spare Fuses
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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.
Towing with only two tires on the
ground will damage parts of the 4WD
system. It should be transported on a
f lat-bed truck or trailer.
The only way you can safely tow
your vehicle is with flat-bed
equipment. The operator will load
your vehicle on the back of a truck.
Any other method of towing will
damage the drive system. When you
contact the towing agency, inform
them a flat-bed is required.
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Technical Information
The diagrams in this section give
you the dimensions and capacities of
your vehicle and the locations of the
identification numbers. It also
includes information you should
know about your vehicle’s tires and
emissions control systems.
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................ 257
Replacement Parts..................... 257
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 258
Emissions Testing ......................... 259
Technical Information
Identification Numbers ................. 246
Specifications ................................. 248
DOT Tire Quality Grading
(U.S. Vehicles) ....................... 251
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading ................................... 251
Treadwear .................................. 251
Traction....................................... 251
Temperature .............................. 252
Tire Labeling .................................. 253
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS)−Required
Federal Explanation .............. 254
Emissions Controls........................ 256
The Clean Air Act ...................... 256
Crankcase Emissions Control
System..................................... 256
Evaporative Emissions Control
System..................................... 256
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ................................. 256
Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 257
PGM-FI System ..................... 257
Ignition Timing Control
System................................. 257
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Identification Numbers
Your vehicle has several identifying
numbers located in various places.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The vehicle identification number
(VIN) is the 17-digit number your
dealer uses to register your vehicle
for warranty purposes. It is also
necessary for licensing and insuring
your vehicle. The easiest place to
find the VIN is on a plate fastened to
the top of the dashboard. You can
see it by looking through the
windshield on the driver’s side. It is
also on the certification label
attached to the driver’s doorjamb
(front edge of rear door), and is
stamped on the engine compartment
bulkhead. The VIN is also provided
in bar code on the certification label.
CERTIFICATION LABEL
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Identification Numbers
The engine number is stamped into
the engine block.
ENGINE NUMBER
The transmission number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER
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MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER
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Specifications
Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Track
Front
Rear
Weights
Gross vehicle weight rating
169.3 in (4,300 mm)*1
170.3 in (4,326 mm)*2
170.9 in (4,341 mm)*3
71.5 in (1,815 mm)
70.4 in (1,788 mm) *1,*2
69.4 in (1,763 mm) *3
101.4 in (2,575 mm)
62.1 in (1,577 mm)*1,*2
62.1 in (1,578 mm)*3
62.3 in (1,582 mm)*1,*2
62.5 in (1,587 mm)*3
See the certification label attached
to the driver’s doorjamb (front
edge of rear door).
Seating Capacities
Total
Front
Rear
Engine
Type
Bore x Stroke
Displacement
Compression ratio
Spark plugs
*1 : LX model
*2 : EX model
*3 : SC model
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4
2
2
Water cooled 4-stroke DOHC
i-VTEC 4-cylinder gasoline engine
3.43 x 3.90 in (87.0 x 99.0 mm)
144 cu-in (2,354 cm )
9.7 : 1
NGK:
IZFR6K-11
DENSO: SKJ20DR-M11
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Specifications
Capacities
Fuel tank
Engine oil
Approx.
15.9 US gal (60 )
*1
Change
Including filter
Without filter
Total
4.4 US qt (4.2 )
4.2 US qt (4.0 )
5.6 US qt (5.3 )
Engine
coolant
1.35 US gal (5.1 )
1.90 US gal (7.2 )
1.37 US gal (5.2 )
1.93 US gal (7.3 )
2.6 US qt (2.5 )
2.7 US qt (2.6 )
7.6 US qt (7.2 )
7.4 US qt (7.0 )
2.0 US qt (1.9 )
2.4 US qt (2.3
2.3 US qt (2.2
1.1 US qt (1.0
1.3 US qt (1.2
)
)
)
)
4.8 US qt (4.5 )
*1 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine
*2 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine
Reserve tank capacity:
0.16 US gal (0.6 )
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Automatic
Transmission
Change*2
Total
Manual
Transmission
Change*2
Total
Automatic
Change
transmission
4WD
2WD
fluid
Total
4WD
2WD
Change
Manual
transmission Total
fluid
4WD
2WD
Change
Rear
differential
Total
fluid (4WD)
Windshield washer reservoir
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Specifications
Air Conditioning
Refrigerant type
Charge quantity
Lubricant type
Lights
Headlights
Headlights High Beam
Headlights Low Beam
Front turn signal/parking
lights
Front side marker lights
Rear turn signal lights
Brake/Taillights
Back-up lights
License plate lights
Ceiling light
Spotlights
Cargo area light
High-mount brake light
Battery
Capacity
HFC-134a (R-134a)
17.6−19.4 oz (500−550 g)
ND-OIL8
Fuses
Interior
See page 241 or the fuse label
attached to the inside of the fuse
box door under the steering
column.
See page 242 or the fuse box
cover.
Under-hood
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
60/55 W (H4/HB2)*1, *2
60 W(HB3)*3
55 W(H11)*3
21/5 W *1, *2
28/8 W *3
3 CP *1, *2
5 W *3
21 W
21/5 W
18 W (21 CP)
3 CP
10 W
8 W *2, *3
10 W
21 W
Alignment
Toe-in
Camber
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Caster
Front
Tires
Size
Front/Rear
Pressure
Front
Rear
12 V − 47 AH/20 HR
12 V − 38 AH/5 HR
Spare
*1 : LX model
*2 : EX model
*3 : SC model
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0.0 in (0 mm)
0.08 in (2.0 mm)
−0°13’ *1, *2
−0°24’*3
−1°00’ *1, *2
−1°06’ *3
1°50’
P215/70R16 99S *1, *2
P225/55R18 97H *3
33 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm
35 psi (240 kPa , 2.4 kgf/cm
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm
) *1, *2
) *3
) *1, *2
) *3
)
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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.
Traction
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those
grades represent the tire’s ability to
stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces
of asphalt and concrete. A tire
marked C may have poor traction
performance.
Warning: The traction grade
assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests,
and does not include acceleration,
cornering, hydroplaning, or peak
traction characteristics.
Technical Information
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall
between tread shoulder and
maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of
the tire when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified government
test course. For example, a tire
graded 150 would wear one and 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.
All passenger car tires must conform
to Federal Safety Requirements in
addition to these grades.
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Temperature
The temperature grades are A (the
highest), B, and C, representing the
tire’s resistance to the generation of
heat and its ability to dissipate heat
when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified indoor
laboratory test wheel. Sustained high
temperature can cause the material
of the tire to degenerate and reduce
tire life, and excessive temperature
can lead to sudden tire failure. The
grade C corresponds to a level of
performance which all passenger car
tires must meet under the Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No.
109. Grades B and A represent
higher levels of performance on the
laboratory test wheel than the
minimum required by law.
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.
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Tire Labeling
The tires that came on your vehicle
have a number of markings. Those
you should be aware of are described
below.
TIRE LABELING EXAMPLE
(1)
Tire Size
Tire Identification Number (TIN)
Whenever tires are replaced, they
should be replaced with tires of the
same size. Following is an example
of tire size with an explanation of
what each component means.
The tire identification number (TIN)
is a group of numbers and letters
that look like the following example.
TIN is located on the sidewall of the
tire.
P215/70R16 99S
P
215
70
R
(1)
(4)
(3)
16
99
(2)
S
(1) Tire Size
(2) Tire Identification Number (TIN)
(3) Maximum Tire Pressure
(4) Maximum Tire Load
−Vehicle type (P indicates
passenger vehicle).
−Tire width in millimeters.
−Aspect ratio (the tire’s section
height as a percentage of its
width).
−Tire construction code (R
indicates radial).
−Rim diameter in inches.
−Load index (a numerical code
associated with the maximum
load the tire can carry).
−Speed symbol (an
alphabetical code indicating
the maximum speed rating).
DOT B97R FW6X 2202
DOT −This indicates that the tire
meets all requirements of
the U.S. Department of
Transportation.
B97R −Manufacturer’s
identification mark.
FW6X −Tire type code.
2202 −Date of manufacture.
Year
Week
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Tire Labeling, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) − Required Federal Explanation
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.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS)
Each tire, including the spare (if
provided), should be checked
monthly when cold and inflated to
the inflation pressure recommended
by the vehicle manufacturer on the
vehicle placard or tire inflation
pressure label.
(If your vehicle has tires of a
different size than the size indicated
on the vehicle placard or tire
inflation pressure label, you should
determine the proper tire inflation
pressure for those tires.)
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As an added safety feature, your
vehicle has been equipped with a tire
pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
that illuminates a low tire pressure
telltale
when one or more of your tires is
significantly under-inflated.
Accordingly, when the low tire
pressure telltale illuminates, you
should stop and check your tires as
soon as possible, and inflate them to
the proper pressure.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) − Required Federal Explanation
Driving on a significantly underinflated tire causes the tire to
overheat and can lead to tire failure.
Under-inflation also reduces fuel
efficiency and tire tread life, and may
affect the vehicle’s handling and
stopping ability.
Your vehicle has also been equipped
with a TPMS malfunction indicator
to indicate when the system is not
operating properly. The TPMS
malfunction indicator is provided by
a separate telltale, which displays the
symbol ‘‘TPMS’’ when illuminated.
Please note that the TPMS is not a
substitute for proper tire
maintenance, and it is the driver’s
responsibility to maintain correct tire
pressure, even if under-inflation has
not reached the level to trigger
illumination of the TPMS low tire
pressure telltale.
When the malfunction indicator is
illuminated,
Always check the TPMS malfunction
telltale after replacing one or more
tires or wheels on your vehicle to
ensure that the replacement or
alternate tires and wheels allow the
TPMS to continue to function
properly.
the system may not be able to detect
or signal low tire pressure as
intended.
Technical Information
TPMS malfunctions may occur for a
variety of reasons, including the
installation of replacement or
alternate tires or wheels on the
vehicle that prevent the TPMS from
functioning properly.
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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.
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
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intake manifold. They are then
drawn into the engine and burned.
Evaporative Emissions Control
System
As gasoline evaporates in the fuel
tank, an evaporative emissions
control canister filled with charcoal
adsorbs the vapor. It is stored in this
canister while the engine is off. After
the engine is started and warmed up,
the vapor is drawn into the engine
and burned during driving.
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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Emissions Controls
Exhaust Emissions Controls
The exhaust emissions controls
include three systems: PGM-FI,
ignition timing control, and three
way catalytic converter. These three
systems work together to control the
engine’s combustion and minimize
the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that
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
then controls how much fuel to inject
under all operating conditions.
Ignition Timing Control System
The emissions control systems are
covered by warranties separate from
the rest of your vehicle. Read your
warranty manual for more information.
Technical Information
This system constantly adjusts the
ignition timing, reducing the amount
of HC, CO, and NOx produced.
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.
Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converter is
in the exhaust system. Through
chemical reactions, it converts HC,
CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust
to carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen
(N2), and water vapor.
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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.
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.
Keep the engine well maintained.
Have your vehicle diagnosed and
repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling, or otherwise not
running properly.
THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER
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.
Always use unleaded gasoline.
Even a small amount of leaded
gasoline can contaminate the
catalyst metals, making the three
way catalytic converter ineffective.
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Emissions Testing
Testing of Readiness Codes
If you take your vehicle for an
emissions test shortly after the
battery has been disconnected or
gone dead, it may not pass the test.
This is because of certain ‘‘readiness
codes’’ that must be set in the onboard diagnostics for the emissions
systems. These codes are erased
when the battery is disconnected,
and set again only after several days
of driving under a variety of
conditions.
If the testing facility determines that
the readiness codes are not set, you
will be requested to return at a later
date to complete the test. If you must
get the vehicle retested within the
next two or three days, you can
condition the vehicle for retesting by
doing the following.
1. Make sure the fuel tank is nearly,
but not completely full (around
3/4).
2. Make sure the vehicle has been
parked with the engine off for 6
hours or more.
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, start the engine, and let it
idle for 20 seconds.
5. 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).
6. Without touching the accelerator
pedal and let the engine idle for 20
seconds.
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3. Make sure the ambient
temperature is between 40° and
95°F.
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Emissions Testing
7. 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 (Automatic) or 5th (Manual).
Do not use 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).
8. 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.
9. Make sure the vehicle has been
parked with the engine off for 30
minutes.
If the testing facility determines the
readiness codes are still not set, see
your dealer.
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Customer Service Information..... 262
Warranty Coverages ..................... 263
Reporting Safety Defects
(U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 264
Authorized Manuals ...................... 265
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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.
Canadian Owners:
If you are dissatisfied with the
decision made by the dealership’s
management, contact your Honda
Customer Service Office.
In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands:
U.S. Owners:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Automobile Customer Service
Mail Stop 500-2N-7A
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, California 90501-2746
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
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
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, PR 00919-0816
Tel: (787) 620-7546
When you call or write, please give
us this information:
Vehicle identification number (see
page 246 )
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
Tel: (800) 999-1009
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Table Of Contents
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 % 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
2008 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 2008 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 by a limited warranty.
Please read your warranty booklet
for details.
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Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles)
If you believe that your vehicle has a
defect which could cause a crash or
could cause injury or death, you
should immediately inform the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) in addition
to notifying American Honda Motor
Co., Inc.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation,
and if it finds that a safety defect
exists in a group of vehicles, it may
order a recall and remedy campaign.
However, NHTSA cannot become
involved in individual problems
between you, your dealer, or
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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To contact NHTSA, you may call the
Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at
1-888-327-4236
(TTY: 1-800-424-9153); go to
http://www.saf ercar.gov; or write to:
Administrator, NHTSA, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue, SE. , Washington,
DC 20590.You can also obtain other
information about motor vehicle
safety from http://www.saf ercar.gov.
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Authorized Manuals
Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)
The publications shown below can be purchased from Helm
Incorporated. You can order by phone or online:
Call Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-4356 (credit card orders only)
Go online at www. helminc. com
If you are interested in other years or models, contact Helm Inc.
at 1-800-782-4356.
Publication
Form Number
61SCV06
61SCV06EL
2008 Honda Element Service Manual
2008 Honda Element
Electrical Troubleshooting Manual
2008 Honda Element Body Repair Manual
2008 Honda Element Owner’s Manual
2008 Honda Element Honda Service History
2008 Honda Element Quick Start Guide
Order Form for Previous YearsIndicate Year and Model Desired
Electrical Troubleshooting Manual:
Complements the Service Manual by providing in-depth
troubleshooting information for each electrical circuit
in your vehicle.
Body Repair Manual:
Describes the procedures involved in the replacement
of damaged body parts.
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Authorized Manuals
61SCV30
31SCV650
31SCVM30
31SCVQ50
HON-R
Form Description
Service Manual:
Covers maintenance and recommended procedures for
repair to engine and chassis components. It is written
for the journeyman mechanic, but it is simple enough
for most mechanically inclined owners to understand.
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Index
A
Maintenance ............................... 218
Specifications ............................. 250
Before Driving ............................... 139
Belts, Seat ................................... 10, 20
Beverage Holders ............................ 98
Body Panels .................................... 201
Booster Seats ................................... 52
Brakes
Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 167
Break-in, New Linings .............. 140
Bulb Replacement ..................... 207
Fluid ............................................ 200
Parking .......................................... 93
System Indicator .................. 60, 237
Wear Indicators ......................... 167
Braking System.............................. 166
Break-in, New Vehicle .................. 140
Brightness Control, Instruments ... 72
Brights, Headlights ......................... 71
B
Battery
Charging System
Indicator............................ 60, 235
Jump Starting ............................. 231
INDEX
Accessories..................................... 147
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ........................................ 79
Accessory Power Sockets ............... 98
Additives, Engine Oil..................... 194
Advice for Pregnant Women .......... 18
Airbag (SRS) .............................. 11, 24
Airbags, Additional Information .... 24
Additional Safety Precautions .... 36
Airbag Service .............................. 35
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 34
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 34
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 33
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 27
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 30
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work.......................................... 32
SRS Components ......................... 24
Air Conditioning System ............... 102
Usage .......................................... 103
Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 213
Alignment ....................................... 250
Antifreeze ....................................... 196
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Indicator ................................ 61, 168
Operation .................................... 167
Anti-theft, Audio System............... 131
Anti-theft Steering Column Lock .. 79
Armrests, Front Seat ....................... 84
Audio System ................................. 107
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners .... 22
Automatic Speed Control.............. 135
Automatic Transmission............... 161
Capacity, Fluid ........................... 249
Checking Fluid Level ................ 198
Shifting ........................................ 161
Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 161
Shift Lever Positions ................. 161
Shift Lock Release ..................... 163
Auxiliary Input Jack ....................... 125
CONTINUED
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Index
Bulb Replacement
Back-up Lights ........................... 207
Brake Lights............................... 207
Front Parking Lights ................. 204
Front Side Marker Lights......... 205
Headlights .................................. 202
High-mount Brake ..................... 208
Rear License Plate ..................... 208
Specifications ............................. 250
Turn Signal Lights ..................... 204
Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 202
Bungee Cords................................. 153
C
Capacities Chart............................. 249
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 54
Carrying Cargo .............................. 149
CAUTION, Explanation of .............. iii
CD Care .......................................... 128
CD Changer.................................... 125
CD Error Message ........................ 126
CD Changer Error Message ........ 127
CD Player........................................ 119
Ceiling Pocket .................................. 97
Certification Label ......................... 246
Chains ............................................. 217
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 223
Changing Oil .................................. 194
How to ......................................... 194
When to....................................... 185
Charging System Indicator .... 60, 235
Checklist, Before Driving ............. 157
Child Safety ...................................... 37
Child Seats
LATCH Anchorage System ....... 46
Lower Anchors ............................ 46
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 50
Children, Protecting Larger ........... 51
Cleaning the Body Panels ............. 201
Clock ............................................... 132
Clock, Setting the .......................... 132
Clutch Fluid .................................... 201
CO in the Exhaust ......................... 256
Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 158
Compact Spare ............................... 222
Consumer Information.................. 262
Controls, Instruments and .............. 57
Coolant
Adding ......................................... 196
Checking ..................................... 143
Proper Solution .......................... 196
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Temperature Gauge .................... 68
Crankcase Emissions Control
System......................................... 256
Cruise Control Indicator ................. 62
Cruise Control Operation ............. 135
Cup (Beverage) Holders................. 98
Customer Service Office .............. 262
D
DANGER, Explanation of ................ iii
Dashboard .................................... 4, 58
Daytime Running Lights**............. 72
Indicator ........................................ 62
Dead Battery .................................. 231
Defects, Reporting Safety* .......... 264
Defog and Defrost ......................... 105
Defogger, Rear Window ................. 73
Defrosting the Windows ............... 105
Differential Fluid ........................... 200
Dimensions ..................................... 248
Dimming the Headlights ................ 71
Dipstick
Automatic Transmission........... 198
Engine Oil ................................... 143
Directional Signals ........................... 71
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Index
Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 167
Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 195
Door and Tailgate Open Monitor .. 63
Doors
Locking and Unlocking ............... 80
Power Door Locks ....................... 80
DOT Tire Quality Grading* ......... 251
Downshifting, Manual
Transmission .............................. 159
Drive Gear Positions, D and D3 ... 162
Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 7
Driving ............................................ 155
Economy ..................................... 144
Driving Guidelines ......................... 156
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 210
E
F
Fan, Interior.................................... 103
Features .......................................... 101
First (1) Gear Position .................. 163
Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 141
Filters
Dust and Pollen .......................... 210
Oil ................................................ 194
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 73
Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 223
Floor Mats ...................................... 209
Fluids
Automatic Transmission........... 198
Brake ........................................... 200
Clutch .......................................... 201
Differential ................................. 200
Manual Transmission ............... 199
Power Steering........................... 201
Windshield Washer ................... 197
FM Stereo Radio
Reception .................................... 111
Folding Rear Seat ............................ 87
Four-way Flashers ........................... 73
CONTINUED
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INDEX
Economy, Fuel ............................... 144
Emergencies on the Road............. 221
Battery, Jump Starting .............. 231
Brake System Indicator ............ 237
Changing a Flat Tire ................. 223
Charging System Indicator ...... 235
Checking the Fuses................... 238
Hazard Warning Flashers .......... 73
Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 235
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 236
Overheated Engine ................... 233
Emergency Brake ............................ 93
Emergency Flashers ....................... 73
Emergency Towing ....................... 243
Emissions Controls........................ 256
Emissions Testing ......................... 259
Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 68
Engine Speed Limiter ....... 160, 163
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ................................. 60, 236
Oil Life Display .......................... 185
Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 60, 235
Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 193
Overheating................................ 233
Specifications ............................. 248
Starting........................................ 158
Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 256
Exhaust Fumes ................................ 54
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by ......................................... 18
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Index
Four-wheel Drive ........................... 156
Front Airbags ............................. 11, 27
Front Seat
Adjusting ....................................... 13
Airbags .................................... 11, 27
Fuel .................................................. 140
Fill Door and Cap....................... 141
Gauge ............................................ 67
Octane Requirement ................. 140
Reserve Indicator......................... 63
Tank, Filling the......................... 141
Fuses, Checking the ...................... 238
G
Gas Mileage, Improving................ 144
Gasoline .......................................... 140
Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 63
Gauge ............................................ 67
Octane Requirement ................. 140
Tank, Filling the......................... 141
Gas Station Procedures................. 141
Gauges .............................................. 66
Engine Coolant Temperature .... 68
Fuel ................................................ 67
Gearshift Lever Positions
Automatic Transmission........... 161
Manual Transmission ............... 159
Glove Box ......................................... 98
H
Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 202
Hatch ................................................. 81
Hazard Warning Flashers............... 73
Headlights
Aiming ......................................... 202
Daytime Running Lights** ........ 72
High Beam Indicator ................... 63
Reminder Beeper ......................... 71
Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 202
Turning on .................................... 71
Head Restraints ............................... 85
Safety Information ....................... 15
Heating and Cooling ...................... 102
High Altitude, Starting at .............. 158
High-Low Beam Switch .................. 71
Hood, Opening and Closing the ... 142
Horn............................................... 5, 69
Hydraulic Clutch ............................ 201
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I
Identification Number, Vehicle.... 246
Ignition
Keys............................................... 75
Light .............................................. 96
Switch ............................................ 79
Timing Control System ............. 257
Immobilizer System......................... 76
Immobilizer System Indicator ........ 62
Important Handling Information .... iv
Important Safety Precautions .......... 8
Indicators, Instrument Panel .......... 60
Infant Restraint ................................ 42
Infant Seats ....................................... 42
LATCH Anchorage System ....... 46
Lower Anchors ............................ 46
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 50
Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 212
Inside Mirror .................................... 92
Inspection, Tire .............................. 214
Instrument Panel ............................. 59
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 72
Instrument Panel Indicators ........... 60
Interior Lights .................................. 96
Introduction ......................................... i
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Index
J
Jacking up the Vehicle .................. 225
Jack, Tire ........................................ 223
Jump Starting ................................. 231
K
Keys and Locks ................................ 75
L
M
Maintenance ................................... 183
Minder......................................... 185
Minder Indicator .......................... 61
Owner Maintenance Checks.... 190
Safety........................................... 184
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 60, 236
Manual Transmission.................... 159
Checking Fluid Level ................ 199
Recommended Shift Points ...... 160
Shifting the ................................. 159
Manual Transmission Fluid ......... 199
Meters, Gauges.......................... 59, 66
Mirror, Vanity .................................. 99
Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 92
Modifying Your Vehicle................ 148
Monitor, Door and Tailgate
Open .............................................. 63
N
Neutral Gear Position.................... 162
New Vehicle Break-in ................... 140
Normal Shift Speeds...................... 160
NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i
Numbers, Identification ................ 246
O
Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 140
Odometer .......................................... 66
Odometer, Trip ................................ 66
Off-Highway Driving ..................... 179
INDEX
Label, Certification ........................ 246
Lane Change, Signaling .................. 71
Lap/Shoulder Belts ................... 16, 21
LATCH Anchorage System............ 46
Lights
Bulb Replacement ..................... 202
Indicator ........................................ 59
Parking .......................................... 71
Turn Signal ................................... 71
Load Limits..................................... 150
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 79
Locks
Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 79
Glove Box ..................................... 98
Hatch ............................................. 81
Power Door .................................. 80
Tailgate ......................................... 82
Low Coolant Level ......................... 143
Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 63
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 60, 235
Low Tire Pressure Indicator....64, 169
Lower Anchors................................. 46
Lower Gear, Downshifting to a.... 159
Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 249
Luggage .......................................... 149
CONTINUED
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Index
Oil
Change, How to ......................... 194
Change, When to ....................... 185
Checking Engine ....................... 143
Pressure Indicator ............... 60, 235
Selecting Proper Viscosity
Chart ....................................... 193
ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 79
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ..................................... 256
Outside Mirrors ............................... 92
Overheating, Engine ..................... 233
Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 190
P
Panel Brightness Control ............... 72
Park Gear Position......................... 161
Parking ............................................ 165
Parking Brake .................................. 93
Parking Brake and Brake
System Indicator .................. 60, 237
Parking Lights.................................. 71
Parking Over Things that Burn ... 165
Playing a Disc ................................. 119
Playing the AM/FM Radio ........... 107
Playing the XM Satellite
Radio ........................................... 113
PGM-FI System.............................. 257
Power Door Locks ........................... 80
Power Mirrors .................................. 92
Power Socket Locations.................. 98
Power Steering Fluid ..................... 201
Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 18
Preparing to Drive ......................... 157
Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 13
Additional Safety Precautions .... 18
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18
Protecting Children ......................... 37
Protecting Infants and Small
Children ........................................ 42
Protecting Larger Children ............ 51
Using Booster Seat ...................... 52
R
Radiator Overheating .................... 233
Radio/CD Sound System .............. 107
RadioTheft Protection................... 131
Readiness Codes, State ................. 259
Rear Differential Fluid .................. 200
Rear Doors........................................ 81
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Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement ... 207
Rear Seat, Folding ........................... 87
Rear View Mirror ............................. 92
Rear Windows .................................. 93
Defogger ....................................... 73
Wiper and Washer ....................... 70
Reclining the Seat Backs ................ 83
Reclining the Front Seats ............... 86
Recommended Shift Speeds ........ 160
Recommended Tire Pressures .... 213
Reminder Lights .............................. 59
Removing the Rear Seats................ 89
Remote Transmitter ........................ 77
Remote Audio Controls................. 134
Replacement Information
Dust and Pollen Filter ............... 210
Engine Oil and Filter ................. 194
Fuses ........................................... 238
Light Bulbs ................................. 202
Tires ............................................ 212
Wiper Blades .............................. 210
Replacing Seat Belts After a
Crash ............................................. 23
Reporting Safety Defects* ........... 264
Reserve Tank, Engine
Coolant ................................ 143, 196
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Index
Restraint, Child ................................ 37
Reverse Gear Position................... 162
Roof Rack ....................................... 152
Rotation, Tire ................................. 215
S
SRS, Additional Information........... 24
Additional Safety Precautions .... 36
Airbag Service .............................. 35
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 34
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 34
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 33
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 27
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 30
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work.......................................... 32
SRS Components ......................... 24
SRS Indicator.............................. 33, 61
START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 79
Starting the Engine........................ 158
In Cold Weather at High
Altitude ................................... 158
With a Dead Battery ................. 231
Steam Coming from Engine ......... 233
Steering Wheel
Adjustment ................................... 74
Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 79
CONTINUED
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INDEX
Safety Belts................................. 10, 20
Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 264
Safety Features .................................. 9
Airbags .......................................... 11
Seat Belts ...................................... 10
Safety Labels, Location of .............. 55
Safety Messages ............................... iii
Satellite Radio................................. 113
Seat Belts .................................... 10, 20
Additional Information ................ 20
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 22
Cleaning ...................................... 209
Lap/Shoulder Belt ................. 16, 21
Maintenance ................................. 22
Reminder Light ...................... 20, 60
Replacing After a Crash.............. 23
System Components.................... 20
Use During Pregnancy................ 18
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 16
Seating Capacities.......................... 248
Seats, Adjusting the ......................... 83
Second (2) Gear Position .............. 163
Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 44
Serial Number ................................ 246
Service Intervals ............................ 191
Service Manual* ............................ 265
Service Station Procedure ............ 141
Setting the Clock ........................... 132
Shift Lever Position Indicator ...... 161
Shift Lock Release ......................... 163
Side Airbags ..................................... 30
Off Indicator ................................. 34
Side Marker Lights, Bulb
Replacement ............................... 205
Signaling Turns ................................ 71
Skylight ............................................. 93
Snow Tires ...................................... 216
Sound System ................................. 107
Spare Tire ....................................... 222
Inflating ....................................... 222
Specifications ............................. 250
Specifications Charts..................... 248
Speed Control ................................. 135
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Index
Stereo Sound System .................... 107
Storing Your Vehicle ..................... 219
Supplemental Restraint
System................................. 11, 24
Servicing ....................................... 35
SRS Indicator.......................... 33, 61
System Components.................... 24
Synthetic Oil ................................... 194
T
Tailgate
Locks ............................................. 82
Open Monitor ............................... 63
Taillights, Changing Bulbs ........... 207
Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 221
Technical Descriptions
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 251
Emissions Control Systems ...... 256
Emissions Testing ..................... 259
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ................................ 258
Tensioners, Seat Belt ...................... 22
Temperature Gauge ........................ 68
Tether Anchorage Points ............... 50
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) ................................... 169
Indicator ........................................ 65
Theft Protection, Radio................. 131
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 258
Tilt the Steering Wheel................... 74
Time, Setting the ........................... 132
Tire Chains ..................................... 217
Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 223
Tire Information ............................ 251
Tire Labeling .................................. 253
Tires ................................................ 212
Air Pressure ............................... 213
Chains ......................................... 217
Checking Wear .......................... 214
Compact Spare ........................... 222
DOT Tire Quality Grading* ..... 251
Inflation ....................................... 212
Inspection ................................... 214
Low Pressure Indicator ...... 64, 169
Maintenance ............................... 215
Replacing .................................... 215
Rotating....................................... 215
Snow ............................................ 216
Specifications ............................. 250
VSA and Tire Sizes .................... 172
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Tools, Tire Changing .................... 223
Towing
A Trailer ...................................... 173
Emergency ................................. 243
Equipment And Accessories .... 175
Weight Limit .............................. 173
Trailer, Driving Safely With a ...... 177
Trailer Loading .............................. 174
Traction Devices ............................ 216
Transmission
Checking Fluid Level,
Automatic ............................... 198
Checking Fluid Level,
Manual .................................... 199
Fluid Selection ................... 198, 199
Identification Number............... 247
Shifting the Automatic .............. 161
Shifting the Manual ................... 159
Transmitter, Remote ....................... 77
Treadwear* .................................... 251
Trip Meter ........................................ 66
Turn Signals ..................................... 71
CONTINUED
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Index
U
Unexpected, Taking Care
of the ........................................... 221
Uniform Tire Quality Grading ... 251
Unleaded Gasoline......................... 140
Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 195
V
WARNING, Explanation of ............. iii
Warning Labels, Location of .......... 55
Warranty Coverages ................... 263
Washers, Windshield
Checking the Fluid Level ......... 197
Operation ...................................... 70
Wheels ............................................ 212
Adjusting the Steering ................ 74
Alignment and Balance ............. 215
Replacement ............................... 215
Specifications ............................. 216
Nut Wrench ................................ 224
Windows
Operating the Power ................... 91
Rear ............................................... 93
Rear, Defogger ............................ 73
Windshield
Cleaning ........................................ 70
Defroster .................................... 105
Washers ...................................... 197
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades ........................ 210
Operation ...................................... 70
Worn Tires ..................................... 214
X
XM Radio ........................................ 113
*
**
: U.S. only
: Canada only
INDEX
Vanity Mirror ................................... 99
Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 150
Vehicle Dimensions....................... 248
Vehicle Identification Number..... 246
Vehicle Storage .............................. 219
Ventilation ...................................... 104
VIN .................................................. 246
Viscosity, Oil................................... 193
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
System......................................... 171
VSA Off Switch .............................. 172
VSA System and Activation
Indicators ...................................... 64
Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 243
W
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Service Information Summary
Gasoline:
Unleaded gasoline, pump octane
number of 87 or higher.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
15.9 US gal (60 )
Manual Transmission Fluid:
Honda Manual Transmission
Fluid preferred, or an SAE 10W-30
or 10W-40 motor oil as a
temporary replacement (see page
199 ).
Recommended Engine Oil:
API Premium grade 5W-20
detergent oil (see page 193 ).
Capacity (including differential):
2.0 US qt (1.9 )
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
4.4 US qt (4.2 )
Rear Differential Fluid:
Honda Dual Pump Fluid II. Do not
use ATF.
Automatic Transmission Fluid:
Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic
Transmission Fluid)
(see page 198 ).
Capacity:
1.1 US qt (1.0 )
On 4WD model only
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 201 ).
2008 Element
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 200 ).
Tire Pressure (measured cold):
All models except SC
Front:
33 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm )
Rear:
35 psi (240 kPa , 2.4 kgf/cm )
SC model
Front/Rear:
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
Spare Tire Pressure:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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Owner’s Identification
OWNER
This owner’s manual should be considered a
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remain with the vehicle when it is sold.
ADDRESS
This owner’s manual covers all models of the
Element. You may find descriptions of
equipment and features that are not on your
particular model.
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POSTAL CODE
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DELIVERY DATE
(Date sold to original retail purchaser)
DEALER NAME
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Ltd. reserves the right, however, to
discontinue or change specifications or
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incurring any obligation whatsoever.
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OWNER’S SIGNATURE
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2008 Element
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