2002 Civic Hatchback Online Reference Owner`s Manual

2002 Civic Hatchback Online Reference Owner`s Manual
2002 Civic Hatchback Online Reference Owner's Manual
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Contents
Owner's Identification Form
Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... i
A Few Words About Safety................................................................................................................. ii
Your Car at a Glance ........................................................................................................................... 2
Driver and Passenger Safety .............................................................................................................. 5
Proper use and care of your car's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.
Instruments and Controls................................................................................................................. 55
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience Features ................................................................................................ 95
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving.................................................................................................................................. 127
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 141
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 153
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer.
Appearance Care.............................................................................................................................. 213
Tips on cleaning and protecting your car. Things to look for if your car ever needs body repairs.
Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 221
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 247
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 261
A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us.
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 265
How to order manuals and other technical literature.
Index ..................................................................................................................................................... I
Service Information Summary
A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.
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Owner’s Identification
This Owner’s Manual should be considered
a permanent part of the car, and should
remain with the car when it is sold.
OWNER
This Owner’s Manual covers all models of
the Civic Si. You may find descriptions of
equipment and features that are not on your
particular model.
ADDRESS
STREET
CITY
STATE/PROVINCE
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
V. I. N.
DELIVERY DATE
(Date sold to original retail purchaser)
DEALER NAME
DEALER NO.
ADDRESS
STREET
CITY
OWNER’S SIGNATURE
DEALER’S SIGNATURE
STATE/PROVINCE
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
The information and specifications included
in this publication were in effect at the time
of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co.,
Ltd. reserves the right, however, to
discontinue or change specifications or
design at any time without notice and
without incurring any obligation whatsoever.
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Introduction
Congratulations! Your selection of a 2002 Honda Civic was a wise investment.
It will give you years of driving pleasure.
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda is to
read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and
convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your car 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 Honda, other
property, or the environment.
Several warranties protect your new Honda. Read the warranty booklet
thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights
and responsibilities.
Maintaining your car according to the schedules given in this manual helps
to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When
your car needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Honda dealer’s staff is
specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Honda. Your
Honda dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer
any questions and concerns.
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.
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A Few Words About Safety
Your safety, and the safety of others,
is very important. And operating this
car 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 car. You must use
your own good judgement.
You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms,
including:
Safety Labels − on the car.
Safety Messages − preceded by a safety alert symbol
and one of
three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.
These signal words mean:
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don’t follow instructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don’t follow instructions.
You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow
instructions.
Safety Headings − such as Important Safety Reminders or Important
Safety Precautions.
Safety Section − such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions − how to use this car correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it
carefully.
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Your Car at a Glance
GAUGES (P. 63)
AIRBAGS (P. 9, 46)
POWER DOOR LOCKS
(P. 75)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 85)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P. 130)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 104)
FUEL FILL
DOOR RELEASE
(P. 129)
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HEATING/
COOLING CONTROLS
(P. 96)
M/T (P. 146)
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WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS
(P. 68/69)
HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS
(P. 70)
HEADLIGHTS/
TURN SIGNALS
(P. 66/68)
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER
(P. 70)
CRUISE CONTROL
(P. 124)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 88)
HORN*
TILT ADJUSTMENT
(P. 71)
*
CRUISE CONTROLS
(P. 124)
: To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel.
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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
properly. It explains your Supplemental Restraint System. And it tells
you how to properly restrain infants
and children in your car.
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Your Car’s Safety Features .............. 7
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Airbags ............................................ 9
Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 10
Head Restraints ........................... 10
Door Locks ................................... 11
Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ......... 11
Protecting Adults ............................. 12
1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 12
2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 12
3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 13
4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 14
5. Fasten and Position the Seat
Belts ...................................... 15
6. Adjust the Steering Wheel ..... 17
7. Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position ................................. 17
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18
Additional Safety Precautions .... 18
Protecting Children ......................... 20
All Children Must Be
Restrained ................................ 20
Children Should Sit in the Back
Seat ............................................ 21
The Passenger’s Airbag Poses
Serious Risks to Children ....... 21
If You Must Drive with Several
Children .................................... 24
If a Child Requires Close
Attention ................................... 24
Additional Safety Precaution...... 24
General Guidelines for Using
Child Seats ................................ 25
Protecting Infants ........................ 29
Protecting Small Children .......... 32
Protecting Larger Children ........ 35
Using Child Seats with
Tethers...................................... 39
Additional Information About Your
Seat Belts .................................. 43
Seat Belt System Components ... 43
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 43
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 44
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 45
Additional Information About Your
Airbags ...................................... 46
Airbag Components..................... 46
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 46
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 48
How the SRS Indicator Light
Works ........................................ 48
How the Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator Light Works ............ 49
Airbag Service .............................. 50
Additional Safety Precautions .... 51
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 52
Safety Labels .................................... 53
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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
supplement seat belts, but airbags
are designed to inflate only in a
moderate to severe frontal collision.
So even though your car is equipped
with airbags, make sure you and
your passengers always wear your
seat belts, and wear them properly.
(See page 15 .)
Restrain All Children
Children are safest when they are
properly restrained in the back seat,
not the front seat. A child who is too
small for a seat belt must be properly
restrained in a child safety seat. (See
page 20 .)
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Be Aware of Airbag Hazards
While airbags can save lives, they
can cause serious or fatal injuries to
occupants who sit too close to them,
or are not properly restrained.
Infants, young children, and short
adults are at the greatest risk. Be
sure to follow all instructions and
warnings in this manual. (See page
9 .)
Don’t Drink and Drive
Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even
one drink can reduce your ability to
respond to changing conditions, and
your reaction time gets worse with
every additional drink. So don’t drink
and drive, and don’t let your friends
drink and drive, either.
Control Your Speed
Excessive speed is a major factor in
crash injuries and deaths. Generally,
the higher the speed the greater the
risk, but serious accidents can also
occur at lower speeds. Never drive
faster than is safe for current
conditions, regardless of the
maximum speed posted.
Keep Your Car 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 156 .)
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Your Car’s Safety Features
(8)
(1)
(3)
(4)
(6)
Your car is equipped with many
features that work together to
protect you and your passengers
during a crash.
(6)
(7)
(5)
(2)
(7) (8) (9)
(2)
* : Optional in U.S.
Side airbags are not available on the
Canadian model.
(1) Safety Cage
(2) Crush Zones
(3) Seats & Seat-Backs
(4) Head Restraints
(5) Collapsible Steering Column
(6) Seat Belts
(7) Front Airbags
(8) Side Airbag*
(9) Seat Belt Tensioners
Some safety 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 that are designed to
crumple and absorb energy during a
crash; a collapsible steering column;
and seat belt tensioners that
automatically tighten the front seat
belts in the event of a crash.
These safety features are designed
to reduce the severity of injuries in a
crash. However, you and your
passengers can’t take full advantage
of these safety features unless you
remain sitting in a proper position
and always wear your seat belts
properly. In fact, some safety
features can contribute to injuries if
they are not used properly.
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Seat Belts
For your safety, and the safety of
your passengers, your car is
equipped with seat belts in all seating
positions.
Your seat belt system also
includes a light on the
instrument panel 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 car has airbags.
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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
if you have airbags.
Be sure you and your
passengers always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.
When properly worn, seat belts:
Keep you connected to the vehicle
so you can take advantage of the
vehicle’s built-in safety features.
Help protect you in almost every
type of crash, including frontal,
side, and rear impacts and
rollovers.
Help keep you from being thrown
against the inside of the vehicle
and against other occupants.
Keep you from being thrown out
of the vehicle.
Help keep you in a good position
should the airbags ever deploy. A
good position reduces the risk of
injury from an inflating airbag, and
allows you to get the best
advantage from the airbag.
Of course, seat belts cannot
completely protect you in every
crash. But in most cases, seat belts
can reduce your risk of serious
injury.
What you should do: Always wear
your seat belt, and make sure you
wear it properly.
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Your Car’s Safety Features
The most important things you need
to know about your airbags are:
Airbags
Airbags do not replace seat belts.
They are designed to supplement
the seat belts.
Airbags offer no protection in rear
impacts, rollovers, or minor
frontal or side collisions.
Your car 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.
Optional in U.S.
Your car 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.
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Airbags can pose serious hazards.
To do their job, airbags must
inflate with tremendous force and
speed. 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.
What you should do: Always wear
your seat belt properly, and sit
upright and as far back as possible
from the steering wheel or
dashboard.
Seats & Seat-Backs
Your car’s seats are designed to keep
you in a comfortable, upright
position so you can take full
advantage of the protection offered
by seat belts and the energy
absorbing materials in the seats.
How you adjust your seats and seatbacks can also affect your safety. For
example, sitting too close to the
steering wheel or dashboard
increases the risk of you or your
passenger being injured by striking
the inside of the car, or by an
inflating airbag.
Reclining a seat-back too far reduces
the seat belt’s effectiveness and
increases the chance that the seat’s
occupant will slide under the seat
belt in a crash and be seriously
injured.
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What you should do: Move the front
seats as far back as possible, and
keep adjustable seat-backs in an
upright position whenever the car is
moving.
Head Restraints
Head restraints can help protect you
from whiplash and other injuries. For
maximum protection, the back of
your head should rest against the
center of the head restraint.
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Door Locks
Keeping your doors locked reduces
the chance of being thrown out of
the car during a crash. It also helps
prevent occupants from accidentally
opening a door and falling out, and
outsiders from unexpectedly opening
your doors.
Pre-Drive Safety Checklist
To make sure you and your
passengers get the maximum
protection from your car’s safety
features, check the following each
time before you drive away:
All adults, and children who have
outgrown child safety seats, are
wearing their seat belts and
wearing them properly (see page
15 ).
Any infant or small child is
properly restrained in a child seat
in the back seat (see page 20 ).
Front seat occupants are sitting
upright and as far back as possible
from the steering wheel and
dashboard (see page 12 ).
Head restraints are properly
adjusted (see page 14 ).
Both doors and the hatch are
closed and locked (see page 12 ).
All cargo is properly stored or
secured (see page 137 ).
The rest of this section gives more
detailed information about how you
can maximize your safety.
Remember, however, that no safety
system can prevent all injuries or
deaths that can occur in severe
crashes, even when seat belts are
properly worn and the airbags deploy.
Seat-backs are upright (see page
13 ).
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Protecting Adults
Introduction
The following pages provide
instructions on how to properly
protect the driver and other adult
occupants.
These instructions also apply to
children who have outgrown child
seats and are large enough to wear
lap/shoulder belts. (See page 35 for
important additional guidelines on
how to properly protect larger
children.)
1.Close and Lock the Doors
After everyone has entered the car,
be sure the doors are closed and
locked.
For safety, locking the doors reduces
the chance that a passenger,
especially a child, will open a door
while the car is moving and
accidentally fall out. It also reduces
the chance of someone being thrown
out of the car during a crash.
For security, locked doors can
prevent an outsider from
unexpectedly opening a door when
you come to a stop.
See page 75 for how to lock the
doors.
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2.Adjust the Front Seats
Any driver who sits too close to the
steering wheel is at risk of being
seriously injured or killed by striking
the steering wheel, or from being
struck by an inflating front airbag
during a crash.
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To reduce the chance of injury, wear
your seat belt properly, sit upright
with your back against the seat, and
move the seat away from the
steering wheel to the farthest
distance that allows you to maintain
full control of the car.
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that drivers
adjust the seat so the center of the
chest is at least 10 inches (25 cm)
away from the center of the steering
wheel. Also make sure your front
seat passenger moves the seat as far
to the rear as possible.
3.Adjust the Seat-Backs
Sitting too close to a front
airbag can result in serious
injury or death if the front
airbags inflate.
Always sit as far back from the
front airbags as possible.
Most shorter drivers can get far
enough away from the steering
wheel and still reach the pedals.
However, if you are concerned about
sitting too close, we recommend that
you investigate whether some type
of adaptive equipment may help.
Once your seat is adjusted correctly,
rock it back and forth to make sure
the seat is locked in position.
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. If you
sit too close to the steering wheel,
you could be injured if the front
airbag inflates.
See page 81 for how to adjust the
front seats.
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Protecting Adults
A front passenger should also adjust
the seat-back to an upright position,
but as far from the dashboard as
possible. A passenger who sits too
close to the dashboard could be
injured if the airbag inflates.
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.
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4.Adjust the Head Restraints
Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.
Adjust the seat-back to an
upright position and sit well
back in the seat.
See page 81 for how to adjust seatbacks.
Before driving, make sure everyone
with an adjustable head restraint has
properly positioned the head
restraint. The restraint should be
positioned so the back of the
occupant’s head rests against the
center of the restraint. A taller
person should adjust the restraint as
high as possible.
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Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.
Make sure head restraints are in
place and positioned properly
before driving.
Properly adjusted head restraints
will help protect occupants from
whiplash and other crash injuries.
See page 82 for how to adjust the
head restraints.
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. Also check
that the belt is not twisted, because a
twisted belt can cause serious
injuries in a crash.
Position the lap part of the belt as
low as possible across your hips,
then pull up on the shoulder part of
the belt so the lap part fits snugly.
This lets your strong pelvic bones
take the force of a crash and reduces
the chance of internal injuries.
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If necessary, pull up on the belt again
to remove any slack from the
shoulder part, then check that the
belt rests across the center of your
chest and over your shoulder. This
spreads the forces of a crash over
the strongest bones in your upper
body.
If the seat belt touches or crosses
your neck, or if it crosses your arm
instead of your shoulder, you need to
adjust the seat belt anchor height.
RELEASE
BUTTON
Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
very serious injuries in a crash.
If a seat belt does not seem to work
as it should, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash. No one should
sit in a seat with an inoperative seat
belt. Anyone using a seat belt that is
not working properly can be
seriously injured or killed. Have your
Honda dealer check the belt as soon
as possible.
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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To adjust the height of a front seat
belt anchor, squeeze the two release
buttons and slide the anchor up or
down as needed (it has four
positions).
See page 43 for additional
information about your seat belt
system and how to take care of your
belts.
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6.Adjust the Steering Wheel
Adjust the steering wheel, if needed,
so that the wheel points toward your
chest, not toward your face.
Pointing the steering wheel toward
your chest provides optimal
protection from the airbag.
See page 71 for how to adjust the
steering wheel.
7.Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position
After all occupants have adjusted
their seats and put on seat belts, it is
very important that they continue to
sit upright, well back in their seats,
with their feet on the floor, until the
car is parked and the engine is off.
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.
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.
Remember, to get the best
protection from your car’s airbags
and other safety features, you must
sit properly and wear your seat belt
properly.
In addition, an occupant who is out of
position in the front seat can be
seriously or fatally injured by
striking interior parts of the car, or
by being struck by an inflating front
airbag. Being struck by an inflating
side airbag can result in possibly
serious injuries.
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Advice for Pregnant Women
Pregnant women should also sit
upright and as far back as possible
from the steering wheel or
dashboard. This will reduce the risk
of injuries to both the mother and
her unborn child that can be caused
by a crash or an inflating airbag.
Each time you have a check-up, ask
your doctor if it’s okay for you to
drive.
Because protecting the mother is the
best way to protect her unborn child,
a pregnant woman should always
wear a seat belt whenever she drives
or rides in a vehicle.
Remember to keep the lap portion of
the belt as low as possible across
your hips.
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Additional Safety Precautions
Two people 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 seat
belts. Devices intended to improve
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can
severely compromise the
protective capability of the seat
belt and increase the chance of
serious injury in a crash.
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Do not place hard or sharp objects
between yourself and a front
airbag. Carrying hard or sharp
On models with side airbags, do
not attach hard objects on or near
a front door. If a side airbag
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.
inflates, a cup holder or other hard
object attached on or near the
door could be propelled inside the
vehicle and hurt someone.
Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers. If your
hands or arms are close to the
airbag cover in the center of the
steering wheel or on top of the
dashboard, they could be injured if
the front airbag inflates.
Do not attach or place objects on
the front airbag covers. Any object
attached to or placed on the covers
marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ in the
center of the steering wheel and
on top of the dashboard could
interfere with the proper operation
of the airbags. Or, if the airbags
inflate, the objects could be
propelled inside the car and hurt
someone.
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Protecting Children
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.
Children depend on adults to protect
them. However, despite their best
intentions, many parents and other
adults may not know how to properly
protect young passengers.
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 death of children ages 12 and
under.
To reduce the number of child
deaths and injuries, every state and
Canadian province requires that
infants and children be restrained
whenever they ride in a vehicle.
Any child who is too small to wear a
seat belt should be properly
restrained in a child seat. (See page
25 .)
So if you have children, or if you ever
need to drive with a grandchild or
other children in your car, be sure to
read this section.
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A larger child should always be
restrained with a seat belt. (See page
35 .)
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Additional Precautions to Parents
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 into the
dashboard and crush the child.
If you are wearing a seat belt, the
child can be torn from your arms
during a crash. For example, if
your car crashes into a parked
vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a
20-lb (9 kg) infant will become a
600-lb (275 kg) force, and you will
not be able to hold on.
Never put a seat belt over yourself
and an infant or child. During a
Children Should Sit in the Back
Seat
According to accident statistics,
children of all ages and sizes are
safer when they are restrained in the
back seat, not the front seat. The
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly
restrained in the back seat.
In the back seat, children are less
likely to be injured by striking hard
interior parts during a collision or
hard braking. Also, children cannot
be injured by an inflating airbag
when they ride in the back.
The Passenger’s Airbag Poses
Serious Risks to Children
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 inflates with tremendous
speed.
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.
crash, the belt could press deep
into the child and cause very
serious injuries.
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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
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,
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 should sit in the back
seat, properly restrained with a seat
belt. (See page 35 for important
information about protecting larger
children.)
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U.S. Models
To remind you of the passenger’s
airbag hazards, and that children
must be properly restrained in the
back seat, your car has warning
labels on the dashboard and on the
driver’s and front passenger’s visors.
Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.
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To remind you of the airbag hazards,
your car has warning labels on the
driver’s and front passenger’s visors.
Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.
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If You Must Drive with Several
Children
Your car has three seating positions
in the back seat where children can
be properly restrained.
If you ever have to carry more than
three children in your car:
Place the largest child in the front
seat, provided the child is large
enough to wear a seat belt
properly (see page 35 ).
Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (see page 12 ).
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
15 ).
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If a Child Requires Close
Attention
Many parents say they prefer to put
an infant or small child in the front
passenger seat so they can watch the
child, or because the child requires
attention.
Placing a child in the front seat
exposes the child to hazards from
the passenger’s front airbag, and
paying close attention to a child
distracts the driver from the
important tasks of driving, placing
both of you at risk.
If a child requires 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.
Additional Safety Precaution
Do not leave children alone in your
vehicle. Leaving children without
adult supervision is illegal in most
states and Canadian provinces,
and can be very hazardous. For
example, infants and small
children left in a vehicle on a hot
day can die from heatstroke. And
children left alone with the key in
the ignition can accidentally set
the vehicle in motion, possibly
injuring themselves or others.
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Lock both doors and the hatch
when your car is not in use.
Children who play in cars can
accidentally get trapped inside the
car. Teach your children not to
play in or around cars.
Keep car keys and remote
transmitters out of the reach of
children. Even very young
children learn how to unlock
vehicle doors, turn on the ignition,
and open the hatch, which can
lead to accidental injury or death.
General Guidelines for Using
Child Seats
The following pages give general
guidelines for selecting and installing
child seats for infants and small
children.
Selecting a Child Seat
To provide proper protection, a child
seat should meet three
requirements:
1. The child seat should meet safety
standards. The child seat should
meet Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213)
or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 (CMVSS 213). Look
for the manufacturer’s statement
of compliance on the box and seat.
Infants: Children up to about one
year old should be restrained in a
rear-facing, reclining child seat. Only
a rear-facing seat provides the
proper support to protect an infant’s
head, neck, and back. See page
29 for additional information on
protecting infants.
2. The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to fit the child.
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3. The child seat should fit the
vehicle seating position (or
positions) where it will be used.
Due to variations in the design of
child seats, vehicle seats, and seat
belts, all child seats will not fit all
vehicle seating positions.
Small Children: A child who is too
large for a rear-facing child seat, and
who can sit up without support,
should be restrained in a forwardfacing child seat. See page 32 for
additional information on protecting
small children.
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However, Honda is confident that
one or more child seat models can fit
and be properly installed in all
recommended seating positions in
your car.
Before purchasing a child seat, we
recommend that parents test the
child seat in the specific vehicle
seating position (or positions) where
they intend to use the seat. If a
previously purchased child seat does
not fit, you may need to buy a
different one that will fit.
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Placing a Child Seat
This page briefly summarizes
Honda’s recommendations on where
to place rear-facing and forwardfacing child seats in your car.
Airbags Pose Serious
Risks to Children
The passenger’s front airbag
inflates with enough force to kill
or seriously injure an infant in a
rear-facing child seat.
A small child in a forward-facing
child seat is also at risk. If the
vehicle seat is too far forward,
or the child’s head is thrown
forward during a collision, an
inflating airbag can kill or
seriously injure the child.
Front Passenger’s Seat
Infants: Never in the front seat, due
to the passenger’s airbag hazard.
Small children: Not recommended,
due to the passenger’s airbag
hazard. If a small child must ride
in front, move the vehicle seat to
the rear-most position and secure
a front-facing child seat with the
seat belt (see page 33 ).
Back Seats
Infants: Recommended positions.
Properly secure a rear-facing child
seat (see page 29 ).
Small children: Recommended
If a small child must ride in the
front, follow the instructions
provided in this section.
positions. Properly secure a frontfacing child seat (see page 32 ).
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Installing a Child Seat
After selecting a proper child seat,
and a good position to install the seat,
there are three main steps in
installing the seat:
1. Properly secure the child seat to
the car. All child seats are
designed to be secured to the car
with the lap part of a lap/shoulder
belt. Some child seats can be
secured to the vehicle’s LATCH
anchorage system instead. A child
whose seat is not properly secured
to the car can be endangered in a
crash. See pages 29 , 30 and 31 for
instructions on how to properly
secure child seats in this car.
2. Make sure the child seat is firmly
secured. After installing a child
seat, push and pull the seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure.
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To provide security during normal
driving maneuvers as well as during
a collision, we recommend that
parents secure a child seat as firmly
as possible.
However, a child seat does not need
to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ In some vehicles
or seating positions, it may be
difficult to install a child seat so that
it does not move at all. Some side-toside or back-and-forth 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
in the desired seating position.
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 thrown out of the seat in a
crash and be seriously injured.
Storing a Child Seat
When you are not using a child seat,
either remove it and store it in a safe
place, or make sure it is properly
secured. An unsecured child seat can
be thrown around the car during a
crash or sudden stop and injure
someone.
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Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death if the
passenger’s front airbag inflates.
Always place a rear-facing child
seat in the back seat, not 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. If an infant must be closely
watched, we recommend that
another adult sit in the back seat
with the baby.
Do not put a rear-facing child seat in
a forward-facing position. If placed
Child Seat Type
Only a rear-facing child seat provides
proper support for a baby’s head,
neck, and back. Infants up to about
one year of age must be restrained in
a rear-facing child seat.
Two types of seats may be used: a
seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode.
We recommend that an infant be
restrained in a rear-facing child seat
until the infant reaches the seat
maker’s weight or height limit and is
able to sit up without support.
Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement
In this car, a rear-facing child seat
can be placed in any seating position
in the back seat, but not in the front
seat.
facing forward, an infant could be
very seriously injured during a
frontal collision.
When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the
driver or a front-seat passenger from
moving the seat as far back as
recommended (see page 12 ). Or it
may prevent them from locking the
seat-back in the desired upright
position (see page 13 ).
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In either case, we recommend that
you place the child seat directly
behind the front passenger seat,
move the front seat as far forward as
needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or
you may wish to get a smaller child
seat that allows you to safely carry a
front passenger.
Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation
The lap/shoulder belts in the back
seats have a locking mechanism that
must be activated to secure a child
seat.
The following pages provide
instructions on how to secure a rearfacing child seat with this type of
seat belt.
If you have a child seat designed to
attach to the vehicle’s LATCH
anchorage system, follow the
instructions on page 40 .
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1. With the child seat in the desired
back seating position, route the
belt through the child seat
according to the seat maker’s
instructions, then insert the latch
plate into the buckle.
2. To activate the lockable retractor,
slowly pull the shoulder part of the
belt all the way out until it stops,
then let the belt feed back into the
retractor (you might hear a
clicking noise as the belt retracts).
3. After the belt has retracted, tug on
it. If the belt is locked, you will not
be able to pull it out. If you can pull
the belt out, it is not locked and
you will need to repeat these steps.
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Tips
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.
For proper protection, an infant must
ride in a reclined, or semi-reclined
position. To determine the proper
reclining angle, check with the baby’s
doctor or follow the seat maker’s
recommendations.
To deactivate the locking
mechanism and remove a child seat,
unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat
belt, and let the belt fully retract.
To achieve the desired reclining
angle, it may help to put a rolled up
towel under the toe of the child seat,
as shown.
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Protecting Small Children
We also recommend that a small
child stay in the child seat as long as
possible, until the child reaches the
weight or height limit for the seat.
Child Seat Placement
In this car, the best place to install a
forward-facing child seat is in one of
the seating positions in the back seat.
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
Child Seat Type
A child who can sit up without
support, and who fits within the child
seat maker’s weight and height
limits, should be restrained in a
forward-facing, upright child seat.
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
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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 cause
very serious or fatal injuries. If a
small child must be closely watched,
we recommend that another adult sit
in the back seat with the child.
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Child Seat Installation
Improperly placing a forwardfacing child seat in the front
seat can result in serious injury
or death if the front airbags
inflate.
If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move
the vehicle seat as far back as
possible and properly restrain
the 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, be sure the child seat is
firmly secured to the car, and the
child is properly strapped in the seat.
The lap/shoulder belts in the back
and front passenger seating positions
have a locking mechanism that must
be activated to secure a child seat.
The following pages provide
instructions on how to secure a
forward-facing child seat with this
type of seat belt.
If you have a child seat designed to
attach to the vehicle’s LATCH
anchorage system, follow the
instructions on page 40 .
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.
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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 (you might hear a
clicking noise as the belt retracts).
3. After the belt has retracted, tug on
it. If the belt is locked, you will not
be able to pull it out. If you can pull
the belt out, it is not locked and
you will need to repeat these steps.
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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. 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.
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To deactivate the locking
mechanism in order to remove a
child restraint system, unlatch the
buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let
the belt fully retract.
Protecting Larger Children
When a child reaches the
recommended weight or height limit
for a forward-facing child seat, the
child should sit in one of the outer
back seats and wear a lap/shoulder
belt.
If a child is too short for the shoulder
part of the belt to properly fit, we
recommend that the child use a
booster seat until the child is tall
enough to use the seat belt without a
booster.
Allowing a larger child to sit
improperly in the front seat can
result in injury or death if the
front airbag inflates.
If a larger child must sit in front,
make sure the child moves the
seat as far back as possible
and wears the seat belt properly.
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 the front seat.
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Checking Seat Belt Fit
However, if the belt touches or
crosses the child’s neck, the child
needs to use a booster seat.
Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck. This could result in
serious neck injuries during a crash.
Do not let a child put the shoulder
part of a seat belt behind the back or
under the arm. This could cause
To determine if a lap/shoulder belt
properly fits a child, have the child
put on the seat belt. Follow the
instructions on page 15 . Then check
how the belt fits.
If the shoulder part of the belt rests
over the child’s collarbone and
against the center of the chest, as
shown, the child is large enough to
wear the seat belt.
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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.
Do not put any accessories on a seat
belt. Devices intended to improve
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt, severely
compromise the protective capability
of seat belts and increase the chance
of serious injury in a crash.
Two children should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they could
be very seriously injured in a crash.
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Using a Booster Seat
A child may continue using a booster
seat until the tops of the ears are
even with the top of the seat-back. A
child of this height should be tall
enough to use the lap/shoulder belt
without a booster.
When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly
restrained in a back seat.
The back seat is the safest place for
a child of any age or size.
If a child needs a booster seat, we
recommend choosing a style that
allows the child to use the lap/
shoulder belt directly, without a
shield, as shown.
Whichever style you select, follow
the booster seat maker’s instructions.
In addition, the passenger’s front
airbag poses serious risks to children.
If the seat is too far forward, or the
child’s head is thrown forward
during a collision, or the child is
unrestrained or out of position, an
inflating front airbag can kill or
seriously injure the child.
The side airbag also poses risks. If
any part of a larger child’s body is in
the path of a deploying airbag, the
child could receive possibly serious
injuries.
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Of course, children vary widely. And
while age may be one indicator of
when a child can safely ride in the
front, there are other important
factors you should consider.
Physical Size
Physically, a child must be large
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to
properly fit over the hips, chest, and
shoulder (see pages 15 and 36 ). If
the seat belt does not fit properly,
the child should not sit in the front.
Maturity
To safely ride in front, a child must
be able to follow the rules, including
sitting properly and wearing the seat
belt properly throughout a ride.
If you decide that a child can safely
ride up front, be sure to:
Carefully read the owner’s manual
and make sure you understand all
seat belt instructions and all safety
information.
Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position.
Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.
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Check that the child’s seat belt is
properly positioned and secured.
Supervise the child. Even mature
children sometimes need to be
reminded to fasten the seat belts
or sit properly.
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Using Child Seats with Tethers
One tether anchorage point for each
of the outer rear seats is located
under the cargo floor carpet. Pull up
the carpet to access the anchorage
point when securing a tether-style
child seat to the car.
Lift the head restraint, then route
the tether strap over the seat-back
between the legs of the head
restraint.
Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether anchorage point as shown in
the illustration, then tighten the
strap according to the child seat
maker’s instructions. Make sure the
strap is not twisted.
Since a tether can provide additional
security, we recommend using a
tether whenever one is required or
available.
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To attach the tether to the child seat,
follow the child seat maker’s
instructions.
Using LATCH
When the child seat is used, follow
the instructions that came with the
child seat.
LOWER
ANCHORS
You can also remove the rear head
restraints (see page 82 ). The
removed head restraints should be
secured so they will not be thrown
while you are driving. Make sure
to replace the rear head restraints
when the child seats are not in use.
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Your car is equipped with LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children) at the outer 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.
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The exact location of each lower
anchorage is marked with a small
circle above the lower anchorage
point.
To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat:
1. Move the seat belt buckle away
from the lower anchor.
2. Make sure there are no foreign
objects around the anchors.
Foreign objects could get in the
way of a secure connection
between the child seat and the
anchors.
Rigid type
3. Put the child seat in the rear left
or right vehicle seat and attach the
child seat to the lower anchorages
according to the child seat maker’s
instructions.
Flexible type
4. Follow the child seat maker’s
instructions for any additional
advice on adjusting or tightening
the fit.
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TETHER STRAP HOOK
ANCHORAGE POINT
Lift the head restraint, then route
the tether strap over the seat-back
between the legs of the head
restraint.
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Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether anchorage point and tighten
the strap according to the child seat
maker’s instructions. Make sure the
strap is not twisted.
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.
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Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all five seating
positions.
The seat belt system also
includes a light on the
instrument panel to remind you and
your passengers to fasten your belts.
If the driver’s seat belt is not
fastened before the ignition is turned
ON (II), the light will come on and a
beeper will also sound. The beeper
will stop after a few seconds, but the
light will stay on until the driver’s
seat belt is fastened.
Lap/Shoulder Belt
This seat belt has a single belt that
goes over your shoulder, across your
chest and across your hips.
To fasten the belt, insert the latch
plate into the buckle, then tug on the
belt to make sure the buckle is
latched.
To unlock the belt, push the red
PRESS button on the buckle.
Guide the belt across your body to
the door pillar. After exiting the car,
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 seating positions
except the driver’s have an additional
locking mechanism that must be
activated to secure a child seat. (See
pages 29 and 33 for instructions on
how to secure child seats with this
type of seat belt.)
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If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the locking
mechanism will activate. The belt
will retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners
To deactivate the locking
mechanism, unlatch the buckle and
let the seat belt fully retract. To
refasten the belt, pull it out only as
far as needed.
See page 15 for instructions on how
to wear the lap/shoulder belt
properly.
The tensioners are designed to
activate primarily in frontal collisions.
The tensioners are independent of
the airbag system, so they can be
activated during a collision that
might not cause the airbags to
deploy. In this case, the airbags
would not be needed but the
additional seat belt tension can be
helpful.
The tensioners will be activated in a
collision severe enough to cause the
front airbags to inflate.
For added protection, the front seat
belts are equipped with automatic
seat belt tensioners. When activated,
the tensioners immediately tighten
the belts to help hold the driver and
a front passenger in place.
When the tensioners are activated,
the seat belts will remain tight until
they are unbuckled in the normal
way.
The SRS indicator light will
come on if there is a
problem with your automatic seat
belt tensioners (see page 48 ).
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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
that the lap/shoulder belts retract
easily. Any belt not in good condition
or not working properly will not
provide good protection and should
be replaced as soon as possible.
U.S. Models
Honda provides a lifetime warranty
on seat belts. Honda will repair or
replace any seat belt component that
fails to function properly during
normal use. Please see your Honda
Warranty Information booklet for
details.
Not checking or maintaining
seat belts can result in serious
injury or death if the seat belts
do not work properly when
needed.
Automatic seat belt tensioners that
deployed during a crash must be
replaced.
For information on how to clean your
seat belts, see page 218 .
Check your seat belts regularly
and have any problem
corrected as soon as possible.
If a seat belt is worn during a crash,
it must be replaced by the dealer. A
belt that has been worn during a
crash may not provide the same level
of protection in a subsequent crash.
The dealer should also inspect the
anchors for damage and replace
them if needed.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Airbag Components
Your Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS) includes:
Two 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.’’
Automatic seat belt tensioners
(see page 44 ).
Sensors that can detect a
moderate to severe frontal
collision.
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A sophisticated electronic system
that continually monitors and
records information about the
sensors, the control unit, the
airbag activators, and driver and
passenger seat belt use when the
ignition is ON (II).
How Your Front Airbags Work
An indicator light on the
instrument panel that alerts you to
a possible problem with the
system (see page 48 ).
Emergency backup power in case
your car’s electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.
If you ever have a moderate to
severe frontal collision, the sensors
will detect the vehicle’s rapid
deceleration. If the rate of
deceleration is high enough, the
control unit will instantly inflate the
front airbags.
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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 car as soon as it is safe to do so.
During a frontal crash, your seat belt
helps restrain your lower body and
torso.
Your airbag provides a cushion to
help restrain and protect your head
and chest.
Since both airbags use the same
sensors, both airbags normally
inflate at the same time. However, it
is possible for only one airbag to
inflate.
This can occur when 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.
U.S. Owners
After inflating, the front airbags
immediately deflate, so they won’t
interfere with the driver’s visibility,
or the ability to steer or operate
other controls.
The total time for inflation and
deflation is approximately 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.
For additional information on how
your airbags work, see the booklet
titled SRS: What You Need to Know
About Airbags that came with your
owner’s manual.
Canadian Owners
For additional information on how
your airbags work, ask your dealer
for a copy of the booklet titled SRS:
What You Need to Know About Airbags.
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How Your Side Airbags Work
Optional in U.S.
Your car is equipped with side
airbags for the driver and a front
seat passenger. The airbags are
stored in the outer edges of the front
seat-backs, and both are marked
‘‘SIDE AIRBAG.’’
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If you ever have a moderate to
severe side impact, the sensors will
detect rapid deceleration and signal
the control unit to instantly inflate
either the driver’s or the passenger’s
side airbag.
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.
How the SRS Indicator Light
Works
The purpose of the SRS
indicator light is to alert
you to a potential problem with your
front airbags. On cars with side
airbags, this light will also alert you
to a potential problem with your
automatic seat belt tensioners (page
44 ); or your side airbags or
passenger’s side airbag automatic
cutoff system (page 49 ).
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.
When you turn the ignition ON (II),
this indicator will light briefly then
go out. This tells you that the system
is working properly.
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If the light 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 light does not
come on after you turn the ignition
ON (II).
If the light stays on after the
engine starts.
If the light comes on or flashes on
and off while you drive.
If you see any of these indications,
your front or side airbags may not
deploy, your passenger’s side airbag
automatic cutoff system may not
work properly, or your seat belt
tensioners may not work when you
need them. See your Honda dealer
as soon as possible.
Ignoring the SRS indicator light
can result in serious injury or
death if the airbags, cutoff
system, or tensioners do not
work properly.
Have your vehicle checked by a
dealer as soon as possible if
the SRS light alerts you to a
potential problem.
How the Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator Light Works
Only when equipped with side airbags
This light alerts you that
the passenger’s side airbag
has been automatically shut off.
If does not mean there is a problem
with your side airbags. It means that
the side airbag cutoff system has
activated to prevent the side airbag
from deploying.
To reduce the risk of injury from an
inflating side airbag, your car has an
automatic cutoff system for the
passenger’s side airbag.
Although Honda does not encourage
children to ride in the front, this
system is designed to shut off the
side airbag if a child leans sideways
and the child’s head is in the side
airbag deployment path.
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If a small-statured adult leans
sideways, or larger adult slouches
and leans sideways into the
deployment path of the side airbag,
the system may also shut off the side
airbag.
If the side airbag indicator light
comes on, you should have the
passenger sit upright. Once the
passenger is out of the deployment
path of the side airbag, the system
will turn the airbag back on and the
light will go out.
A front seat passenger should not
use a cushion or other object as a
backrest. It may prevent the cutoff
system from working properly.
When you turn the ignition ON (II),
the indicator should light briefly and
go out (see page 59 ). If it doesn’t
light, stays on, or comes on while
driving without a passenger in the
front seat, have the system checked.
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Airbag Service
Your front and side airbag systems
(optional in U.S.) are virtually
maintenance-free, and there are no
parts you can safely service.
However, you must have your car
serviced if:
Your airbags ever inflate. Any
airbag that has deployed must be
replaced along with the seat belt
tensioners, control unit and other
related parts. Do not try to remove
or replace any airbag by yourself.
This must be done by a Honda
dealer or a knowledgeable body
shop.
The SRS indicator light alerts you
to a problem. Take your car to an
authorized Honda dealer as soon
as possible. If you ignore this
indication, the airbags might not
inflate when you need them.
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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 seat-backs
to water. If rain or spilled water
soaks into a seat-back, it can
prevent the side airbag system
from working properly.
Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting a
Honda dealer. Improperly
replacing or covering front seatback covers can prevent your side
airbags from inflating during a
collision.
See page 136 for further information
and precautions relating to your
airbags.
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Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Your car’s exhaust contains carbon
monoxide gas. You should have no
problem with carbon monoxide
entering the car in normal driving if
you maintain your car properly.
Have the exhaust system inspected
for leaks whenever:
The car is raised for an oil change.
You notice a change in the sound
of the exhaust.
The car was in an accident that
may have damaged the underside.
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Carbon monoxide gas is toxic.
Breathing it can cause
unconsciousness and even kill
you.
Avoid any enclosed areas or
activities that expose you to
carbon monoxide.
High levels of carbon monoxide can
collect rapidly in enclosed areas,
such as a garage. Do not run the
engine with the garage door closed.
Even with the door open, run the
engine only long enough to move the
vehicle out of the garage.
With the hatch open, air flow can
pull exhaust gas into your car’s
interior and create a hazardous
condition. If you must drive with the
hatch open, open all the windows
and set the heating and cooling
system as shown below.
If you must sit in your parked car,
even in an unconfined area, with the
engine running, 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. Read these labels carefully.
DASHBOARD
SUN VISOR
U.S. models only
U.S. models
If a label comes off or becomes hard
to read, contact your Honda dealer
for a replacement.
HOOD
Canadian models
ON cars without Side Airbags
ON cars with Side Airbags
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This section gives information about
the controls and displays that
contribute to the daily operation of
your Honda. All the essential
controls are within easy reach.
Control Locations ............................ 56
Indicator Lights................................ 57
Gauges .............................................. 63
Speedometer ................................ 63
Odometer ...................................... 63
Trip Meter .................................... 63
Fuel Gauge ................................... 64
Tachometer .................................. 64
Temperature Gauge .................... 64
Controls Near the Steering
Wheel ........................................ 65
Headlights .................................... 66
Daytime Running Lights............. 67
Instrument Panel Brightness ..... 67
Turn Signals ................................. 68
Windshield Wipers ...................... 68
Windshield Washers ................... 69
Rear Window Wiper and
Washer ...................................... 69
Hazard Warning........................... 70
Rear Window Defogger .............. 70
Steering Wheel Adjustment ....... 71
Keys and Locks ................................ 72
Keys............................................... 72
Ignition Switch ............................. 72
Immobilizer System..................... 74
Power Door Locks ....................... 75
Remote Transmitter .................... 76
Hatch ............................................. 80
Seat Adjustments ............................. 81
Front Seat Adjustments .............. 81
Head Restraints ........................... 82
Rear Seat Access ......................... 82
Folding Rear Seat ............................ 83
Cargo Area Cover ............................ 84
Power Windows ............................... 85
Moonroof .......................................... 87
Mirrors .............................................. 88
Parking Brake .................................. 89
Glove Box ......................................... 90
Beverage Holder .............................. 90
Console Compartment .................... 92
Coat Hook ......................................... 92
Accessory Power Socket ................ 92
Vanity Mirror ................................... 93
Interior Lights .................................. 93
Ceiling Lights ............................... 93
Spotlights ...................................... 94
Cargo Area Light ......................... 94
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Control Locations
GAUGES
(P. 63)
HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS
(P. 96)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 104)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 88)
DOOR LOCKS
(P. 75)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 85)
FUEL FILL
DOOR RELEASE
(P. 129)
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
(P. 130)
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M/T
(P. 146)
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PARKING BRAKE AND
BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 59)
CRUISE CONTROL
INDICATOR
(P. 60)
HATCH-OPEN INDICATOR
(P. 59)
CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 58)
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR
(P. 59)
MAINTENANCE
REQUIRED
INDICATOR
(P. 61)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 60)
ELECTRIC POWER
STEERING INDICATOR
(P. 61)
LOW OIL PRESSURE
INDICATOR
(P. 58)
MALFUCTION
INDICATOR LAMP
(P. 59)
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 61)
SEAT BELT REMIDER LIGHT
(P. 58)
*
LOW FUEL
INDICATOR
(P. 60)
SUPPLEMENTAL
RESTRAUNT
SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 58)
SIDE AIRBAG CUTOFF
INDICATOR
(P. 58)
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Indicator Lights
The instrument panel has many
indicators to give you important
information about your car.
Seat Belt Reminder Light
This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition switch ON (II). It is a
reminder to you and your passengers
to protect yourselves by fastening
the seat belts. A beeper also sounds
if you have not fastened your seat
belt.
If you do not fasten your seat belt,
the beeper will stop after a few
seconds but the light stays on until
you do. Both the light and the beeper
stay off if you fasten your seat belt
before turning on the ignition.
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Charging System
Indicator
If this light comes on when the
engine is running, the battery is not
being charged. For complete
information, see page 235 .
Low Oil Pressure
Indicator
The engine can be severely damaged
if this light flashes or stays on when
the engine is running. For complete
information, see page 234 .
Supplemental Restraint
System Indicator
This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition switch ON (II). If it
comes on at any other time, it
indicates a potential problem with
your front airbags or automatic seat
belt tensioners. On vehicles
equipped with side airbag, this light
will also alert you to a potential
problem with your side airbags or
passenger’s side airbag automatic
cutoff system. For complete
information, see page 48 .
Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator
Only when equipped with side airbags
This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition switch ON (II). If it
comes on at any other time, it
indicates that the passenger’s side
airbag has automatically shut off.
For complete information, see page
49 .
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Parking Brake
and Brake
System
Indicator
This light has two functions:
U.S.
Canada
1. This indicator comes on when you
turn the ignition switch ON (II). It
is a reminder to check the parking
brake. Driving with the parking
brake not fully released can
damage the brakes and tires.
2. If the indicator remains lit after
you have fully released the
parking brake while the engine is
running, or if it comes on while
driving, it can indicate a problem
in the brake system. For complete
information, see page 238 .
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
See page 236 .
Turn Signal and
Hazard Warning
Indicators
The left or right turn signal light
blinks when you signal a lane change
or turn. If the light does not blink or
blinks rapidly, it usually means one
of the turn signal bulbs is burned out
(see page 200 ). Replace the bulb as
soon as possible, since other drivers
cannot see that you are signalling.
When you turn on the Hazard
Warning switch, both turn signal
lights blink. All turn signals on the
outside of the car should flash.
Hatch-open Indicator
This light comes on if the hatch is
not closed tightly.
‘‘Daytime Running
Lights’’ Indicator
Canadian models only
This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition switch to ON (II) with
the headlight switch off and the
parking brake set. It should go off if
you turn on the headlights or release
the parking brake. If it comes on at
any other time, it means there is a
problem with the DRL. There may
also be a problem with the high
beam headlights.
High Beam Indicator
This light comes on with the high
beam headlights. See page 66 for
information on the headlight
controls.
On Canadian models, this indicator
comes on with reduced brightness
when the Daytime Running Lights
(DRL) are on (see page 67 ).
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Low Fuel Indicator
LOW FUEL INDICATOR
Washer Level Indicator
Canadian models only
This light comes on when the
washer fluid level is low. Add washer
fluid when you see this light come on
(see page 176 ).
Cruise Control Indicator
This lights when you set the cruise
control. See page 124 for information
on operating the cruise control.
This indicator is located in the fuel
gauge.
If the indicator glows, it means you
should refuel soon.
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Anti-lock Brake
System (ABS)
Indicator
This light normally comes on for a
few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II), and when
the ignition switch is turned to
START (III). If this light comes on at
any other time, there is a problem in
the ABS. If this happens, take the
car to your dealer to have it checked.
With the light on, your car still has
normal braking ability but no antilock. For complete information, see
page 148 .
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Electric Power Steering
(EPS) Indicator
This light normally comes on when
you turn the ignition ON (II) and
goes off after the engine starts. If it
comes on at any other time, there is
a problem in the Electric Power
Steering system. If this happens,
stop the car in a safe place and turn
off the engine. Reset the system by
restarting the engine. The indicator
will not turn off immediately. If it
does not go off after driving a short
distance, or comes back on again
while driving, take the car to your
dealer to have it checked. With the
light on, the EPS is turned off,
making the car harder to steer.
Immobilizer System
Indicator
This indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch ON (II). It will then go off if
you have inserted a properly-coded
ignition key. If it is not a properlycoded key, the indicator will blink
and the engine will not start (see
page 74 ).
This indicator also blinks several
times when you turn the ignition
switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY
(I) or LOCK (0).
Maintenance Required
Indicator
This indicator reminds you that it is
time to take your car in for
scheduled maintenance.
Refer to the Maintenance Schedules
for Normal and Severe Driving
Conditions on pages 158 and 160 .
For the first 8,000 miles (12,800 km)
after the Maintenance Required
Indicator is reset, it will come on for
two seconds when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II).
Between 8,000 miles (12,800 km)
and 10,000 miles (16,000 km) this
indicator will light for two seconds
when you first turn the ignition
switch ON (II), and then flash for
ten seconds.
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If you exceed 10,000 miles (16,000
km) without having the scheduled
maintenance performed, this
indicator will remain on as a constant
reminder.
Your dealer will reset this indicator
after completing the scheduled
maintenance. If this maintenance is
done by someone other than your
Honda dealer, reset the indicator as
follows.
1. Turn off the engine.
2. Press and hold the select/reset
button in the instrument panel,
then turn the ignition switch ON
(II).
3. Hold the button until the indicator
resets (approximately ten
seconds).
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Gauges
MAINTENACE
REQUIRED
INDICATOR
ODO/TRIP
METER
TACHOMETER
SPEED METER
TEMPERATUE GAUGE
SELECT/RESET BUTTON
FUEL GAUGE
Trip Meter
This meter shows the number of
miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada)
driven since you last reset it.
There are two trip meters: Trip A
and Trip B. Switch between these
displays and the odometer by
pressing the Select/Reset button
repeatedly. Each trip meter works
independently, so you can keep track
of two different distances.
U.S. model shown
Speedometer
U.S. Models
This shows your speed in miles per
hour (mph). The smaller inner
numbers are the speed in kilometers
per hour (km/h).
Canadian Models
This shows your speed in kilometers
per hour (km/h). The smaller inner
numbers are the speed in miles per
hour (mph).
Odometer
The odometer shows the total distance your car 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.
To reset a trip meter, display it, and
then press and hold the Select/Reset
button until the number resets to
‘‘0.0’’.
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Gauges
MAINTENANCE
REQUIRED
INDICATOR
TACHOMETER
SPEEDOMETER
TEMPERATURE GAUGE
FUEL GAUGE
ODO/TRIP
METER
U.S model shown
SELECT/RESET BUTTON
Fuel Gauge
This shows how much fuel you have.
It is most accurate when the car is on
level ground. It may show slightly
more or less than the actual amount
when you are driving on curvy or
hilly roads.
The needle returns to the bottom
after you turn off the ignition. The
gauge shows the fuel level reading
immediately after you turn the
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ignition switch back ON (II).
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.
Tachometer
The tachometer shows the engine
speed in revolutions per minute
(rpm). To protect the engine from
damage, never drive with the
tachometer needle in the red zone.
Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine’s coolant. During normal
operation, the pointer should rise
from the bottom mark to about the
middle of the gauge. In severe
driving conditions, such as very hot
weather or a long period of uphill
driving, the pointer may rise to the
upper blue zone. If it reaches the red
(Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of
the road. Turn to page 232 for
instructions and precautions on
checking the engine’s cooling
system.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
The two levers on the steering
column contain controls for driving
features you use most often. The left
lever controls the turn signals,
headlights, and high beams. The
right lever controls the windshield
washers and wipers.
HEADLIGHTS/
TURN SIGNALS
(P. 66/68)
WINDSHIELD WIPERS/
WASHERS
(P. 68/69)
HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS
(P. 70)
The tilt adjustment lever on the
underside of the steering column
allows you to tilt the steering wheel.
HORN*
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 88)
* To use
TILT ADJUSTMENT
(P. 71)
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER
(P. 70)
the horn, press the pad around the ‘‘H’’ logo.
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Headlights
The rotating switch on the left lever
controls the lights. Turning this
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.
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If you leave the lights on with the
ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I)
or LOCK (0), you will hear a
reminder beeper when you open the
driver’s door.
To change from low beams to high
beams, push the turn signal lever
forward until you hear a click. The
blue high beam indicator will light
(see page 59 ). To return to low
beams, pull the turn signal lever
back.
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Daytime Running Lights
(Canadian Models)
The daytime running lights come on
automatically when the ignition
switch is turned to the ON (II)
position. They go out automatically
when the light switch is ON.
To flash the high beams, pull the
turn signal lever back lightly, then
release it. The high beams will come
on and go off.
Instrument Panel Brightness
The knob on the instrument panel
controls the brightness of the instrument panel lights. Turn the knob to
adjust the brightness.
The high beams will stay on for as
long as you hold the lever back, no
matter what position the headlight
switch is in.
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Turn Signals
Signal a turn or lane change with this
lever. Push down on the lever to
signal a left turn, and up to signal a
right turn. If you push it up or down
all the way, the turn signal continues
to blink even when you release the
lever. It shuts off automatically as
you complete the turn.
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To signal a lane change, push lightly
on the turn signal lever in the proper
direction and hold it. The lever will
return to the center position as soon
as you release it.
Windshield Wipers
The right lever controls the windshield wipers and washers. The
rotary switch at the end of the lever
has five positions;
MIST: mist
OFF: off
INT: intermittent
LO: low speed
HI: high speed
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Windshield Washers
In intermittent, the wipers operate
every few seconds. In low speed and
high speed, the wipers run continuously.
To operate the wipers in mist mode,
push the control lever up from the
OFF position. The wipers run at high
speed until you release the lever.
This gives you a quick way to clear
the windshield.
Rear Window Wiper and Washer
To clean the windshield, pull back on
the wiper control lever. The washers
spray until you release the lever.
The rotating switch on the right
lever controls the rear window wiper
and washer.
The wipers run at low speed while
you’re pulling the lever, then
complete one more sweep of the
windshield after you release it.
To turn on the rear window wiper,
rotate the switch to ‘‘ON’’. The
wiper will complete two sweeps to
clear the window, then operate every
7 seconds. When you turn the wiper
switch to the ‘‘OFF’’ position or turn
off the ignition switch, the wiper
returns to its parked position.
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To clean the rear window, rotate and
hold the switch one position up from
‘‘ON’’, or rotate and hold it one
position down from ‘‘OFF’’. The
washer sprays while you hold the
switch. The wiper operates while you
hold the switch, then completes two
more sweeps after you release it.
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Hazard Warning
Rear Window Defogger
Push the red button to turn on the
hazard warning lights (four-way
flashers). This causes all four
outside turn signals and both
indicators in the instrument panel to
flash. Use the hazard warning lights
if you need to park in a dangerous
area near heavy traffic, or if your car
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 light in the
button lights 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. You
have to turn it on again when you
restart the car.
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Make sure the rear window is clear
and you have good visibility before
starting to drive.
Steering Wheel Adjustment
The defogger wires on the inside of
the rear window can be accidentally
damaged. When cleaning the glass,
always wipe side to side.
Make any steering wheel adjustment
before you start driving.
See page 17 for important safety
information about how to properly
position the steering wheel.
Adjusting the steering wheel
position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
car and be seriously injured in a
crash.
Adjust the steering wheel only
when the car is stopped.
To adjust the steering wheel upward
or downward:
1. Push the lever under the steering
column all the way down.
2. Move the steering wheel to the
desired position, making sure the
wheel points toward your chest,
not toward your face. Make sure
you can see the instrument panel
gauges and the indicator lights.
3. Push the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in that position.
4. Make sure you have securely
locked the steering wheel in place
by trying to move it up and down.
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Keys and Locks
Keys
KEY
NUMBER
PLATE
MASTER
KEYS
VALET
KEYS
You should have received a key
number plate with your set of keys.
You will need this key number if you
ever have to get a lost key replaced.
Keep the plate stored in a safe place.
Ignition Switch
When replacing keys, use only
Honda-approved key blanks.
Remote Transmitter
Your car also comes with two remote
transmitters; see page 76 for an
explanation of the operation.
Your car comes with two identical
keys.
They fit all the locks on your car:
• Ignition
• Doors
• Hatch
• Glove box
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The ignition switch is on the right
side of the steering column. It has
four positions:
• LOCK (0)
• ACCESSORY (I)
• ON (II)
• START (III)
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LOCK (0) − You can insert or
remove the key only in this position.
To switch from ACCESSORY to
LOCK, you must push the key in
slightly as you turn it. If your car has
an automatic transmission, the shift
lever must also be in Park. The antitheft lock will lock the steering
column when you remove the key.
If the front wheels are turned, the
anti-theft lock may sometimes make
it difficult to turn the key from
LOCK to ACCESSORY. Firmly turn
the steering wheel to the left or to
the right as you turn the key.
Removing the key from the
ignition switch while driving
locks the steering. This can
cause you to lose control.
Remove the key from the
ignition switch only when
parked.
ACCESSORY (I) − In this position,
you can operate the audio system
and the accessory power socket.
START (III) − Use this position
only to start the engine. The switch
returns to ON (II) when you let go of
the key.
The engine will not start if the
Immobilizer System does not
recognize the key’s coding (see page
74 ).
You will hear a reminder beeper if
you leave the key LOCK (0) or
ACCESSORY (I) position and open
the driver’s door. Remove the key to
turn off the beeper.
ON (II) − This is the normal key
position when driving. All features
and accessories on the car are usable.
Several of the lights on the instrument panel come on as a test when
you turn the ignition switch from
ACCESSORY to ON.
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Keys and Locks
Immobilizer System
The Immobilizer System protects
your car from theft. A properlycoded master or valet key must be
used in the ignition switch for the
engine to start. If an improperlycoded key (or other device) is used,
the engine’s fuel system is disabled.
When you turn the ignition switch to
ON (II), the Immobilizer System
indicator should come on for a few
seconds, then go out. If the indicator
starts to blink, it means the system
does not recognize the coding of the
key. Turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert
it, and turn the switch to ON (II)
again.
The system may not recognize your
key’s coding if another immobilizer
key or other metal object is near the
ignition switch when you insert the
key. To make sure the system
recognizes the key code:
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Do not keep other immobilizer
keys on the same key ring.
Use a plastic or leather key fob,
not metal.
Keep other keys away from your
vehicle’s key and the ignition
switch while trying to start the
engine.
If the system repeatedly does not
recognize the coding of your key,
contact your Honda dealer.
The Immobilizer System indicator
will also blink several times when
you turn the ignition switch from ON
(II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0).
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it. Electrical
problems could result that may make
your car undriveable.
If you have lost your key and you
cannot start the engine, contact your
Honda dealer.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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Keys and Locks
If the key is in the ignition switch
with the driver’s door open, the
master door lock switch is disabled.
The doors will still lock if you pull
one of the handles and push down
the lock tab.
Power Door Locks
LOCK TAB
MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH
Each door has a lock tab on the top.
When you push down the lock tab on
the driver’s door, both doors and the
hatch lock. When you push down the
lock tab on the passenger’s door,
only that door locks.
When you lock the driver’s door with
the key, both doors and the hatch
lock. Unlocking the driver’s door
with the key unlocks only that door.
Using the key in the passenger’s
door locks and unlocks only that
door.
The driver’s door also has a master
door lock switch. Push the switch
down to lock both doors and the
hatch, and up to unlock them.
To lock the driver’s door when
exiting the vehicle, pull either the
inside or outside door handle, then
push down the lock tab or the master
door lock switch. To lock the
passenger’s door, push down the
lock tab and close the door.
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Remote Transmitter
LED
LOCK
BUTTON
UNLOCK
BUTTON
PANIC
BUTTON
You can lock and unlock your car
with the remote transmitter. When
you push the LOCK button, all doors
lock. The exterior lights and
instrument panel lights flash once.
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When you push the LOCK button a
second time within 5 seconds, you
will hear a beep to verify that the
doors are locked.
When you push the UNLOCK button
once, only the driver’s door unlocks.
The remaining doors unlock when
you push the button a second time.
The exterior lights and instrument
panel lights flash twice.
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The ceiling lights (if the ceiling light
switches are in the center position)
will come on when you press the
UNLOCK button. If you do not open
any door, the lights stay on for about
30 seconds, then fades out. If you
relock the doors with the remote
transmitter before 30 seconds have
elapsed, the lights will go off
immediately.
You cannot lock the doors with the
remote transmitter if any door is not
fully closed or the key is in the
ignition switch.
If you unlock the doors with the
remote transmitter, but do not open
any of the doors within 30 seconds,
the doors automatically relock.
Panic Mode
Panic mode allows you to remotely
activate your car’s horn and exterior
lights to attract attention. When
activated, the horn will sound, and
the exterior lights will flash, for
about 30 seconds. To activate panic
mode, press and hold the PANIC
button for about one second.
To cancel PANIC mode before 30
seconds, press any button on the
remote transmitter. You can also
turn the ignition switch to
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II).
Panic mode will not activate if the
ignition switch is in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
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Keys and Locks
Replacing the Battery
When the remote transmitter’s
battery begins to get weak, it may
take several pushes on the button to
lock or unlock the doors, and the
LED will not light. Replace the
battery as soon as possible.
ROUND
COVER
Open
BATTERY
Battery type: CR2025
Close
To replace the battery, remove the
round cover on the back of the transmitter by turning it counterclockwise
with a coin.
Remove the old battery and note the
polarity. Make sure the polarity of
the new battery is the same (+ side
facing up), then insert it in the
transmitter.
Align the ▽ mark on the cover
with the ◎ mark on the
transmitter, then set the cover in
place and turn it clockwise.
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Keys and Locks
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Transmitter Care
Avoid severe shock to the transmitter, such as dropping or throwing
it. Also, protect it from extreme hot
or cold temperatures.
If you lose a transmitter, you will
need to have the replacement
programmed to your car’s system by
your Honda dealer. Any other
transmitters you have will also need
to be reprogrammed.
Clean the transmitter case with a
soft cloth. Do not use strong
cleaners or solvents that could harm
the case. Immersing the transmitter
in any liquid will harm the transmitter and cause it to not function
properly.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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Keys and Locks
Hatch
HATCH HANDLE
Lock
Unlock
KEY
Use your key to lock and unlock the
hatch.
You can also lock and unlock the
hatch with the remote transmitter or
the master door lock switch.
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HANDLE
To open the hatch, pull the handle,
then lift up.
To close the hatch, use the hatch
handle to lower the hatch, then press
down on the back edge.
See page 137 for cargo loading and
weight limit information. Keep the
hatch closed at all times while
driving to avoid damaging the hatch
and to prevent exhaust gas from
getting into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard on page 52 .
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Seat Adjustments
Front Seat Adjustments
See pages 12 − 14 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position seats and seat-backs.
Make all seat adjustments before
you start driving.
To adjust the seat forward and
backward, pull up on the bar under
the seat cushion’s front edge. Move
the seat to the desired position and
release the bar. Try to move the seat
to make sure it is locked in position.
To change the angle of the seat-back,
pull up on the lever on the outside of
the seat bottom. Move the seat-back
to the desired position and release
the lever. Let the seat-back latch in
the new position.
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Seat Adjustments
Head Restraints
Rear Seat Access
To get into the rear seat on the
passenger’s side, push down on the
release lever at the base of the seatback. The seat-back will tilt forward,
and the seat will slide forward to
allow easier access to the rear seat.
After you return the seat-back to the
upright position, push the whole seat
backwards until it latches. Make
sure the seat is fully latched before
you sit in it.
RELEASE BUTTON
The rear head restraints adjust for
height. To raise them, pull upward.
To lower the restraint, push the
release button sideways and push
the restraint down.
To remove a head restraint for
cleaning or repair, pull it up as far as
it will go. Push the release button
and pull the restraint out of the seatback.
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To get into the rear seat on the
driver’s side, pull up on the seat-back
adjustment lever.
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Seat Adjustments, Folding Rear Seat
Folding Rear Seat
The back of the rear seat folds down
to give you more cargo space. Each
side folds down separately. With only
half the seat folded, you can still
carry a passenger in the back seat.
RELEASE LEVER
CLIP
Before folding down the seat-back,
move the seat belt out of the way
and put the shoulder part of the
outside seat belt in the clip on each
side.
To unlatch either side of the seatback, pull up on the release lever,
then fold the seat-back down.
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Folding Rear Seat, Cargo Area Cover
To lock the seat-back upright, push
the seat-back firmly against its latch.
Tug on the seat-back to make sure it
is latched.
Cargo Area Cover
HOOK
NOTCHES
Do not put any heavy items on the
seat-back when it is folded.
Make sure the seat belts are
positioned in front of the rear seatback and the seat belt buckles are on
the seat cushion whenever the seatback is in its upright position.
Make sure all items in the cargo area
are secured. Loose items can fly
forward and cause injury if you have
to brake hard. See Carrying Cargo
on page 137 .
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The cargo area cover may be removed to give you more cargo room.
To remove the cargo area cover,
disconnect the cables from the hatch
by lifting up each end, then pulling it
outward. Then push up on the
underside of the cargo cover at each
front corner to unsnap it from the
body.
To install the cargo area cover, place
it in its normal position over the
cargo area. Then push down on each
front corner to snap it in place. Lift
up the rear of the cover, then
reconnect the cables to the hatch.
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Power Windows
Your car’s windows are electricallypowered. Turn the ignition switch to
ON (II) to raise or lower any window.
DRIVER’S WINDOW
SWITCH
Closing a power window on
someone’s hands or fingers can
cause serious injury.
Each door has a switch that controls
its window. To open the window,
push the switch down and hold it.
Release the switch when you want
the window to stop. Close the
window by pushing the switch up
and holding it.
Make sure your passengers are
away from the windows before
closing them.
MAIN SWITCH
The driver’s door armrest has a
master power window control panel.
To open the passenger’s window,
push down on the appropriate switch
and hold it until the window reaches
the desired position. To close the
window, pull back on the window
switch. Release the switch when the
window gets to the position you want.
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Power Windows
The master control panel also contains these extra features:
AUTO − To open the driver’s
window fully, push the window
switch firmly down and release it.
The window automatically goes all
the way down. To stop the window
from going all the way down, pull
back on the window switch briefly.
To open the driver’s window only
partially, push the window switch
down lightly and hold it. The window
will stop as soon as you release the
switch.
The AUTO function only works to
lower the driver’s window. To raise
the window, you must pull back on
the window switch and hold it until
the window reaches the desired
position.
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The MAIN switch controls power to
the passenger’s window. When you
push in the MAIN switch, the
passenger’s window cannot be raised
or lowered. The MAIN switch does
not affect the driver’s window. To
cancel this feature, push on the
switch again to get it to pop out.
Keep the MAIN switch off when you
have children in the car so they do
not injure themselves by operating
the windows unintentionally.
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Moonroof
OPEN/CLOSE
SWITCH
TILT-UP SWITCH
There are two switches on the
ceiling near the front ceiling light.
The ignition switch must be ON (II)
to operate the moonrooof.
To open the moonroof, pull the
OPEN/CLOSE switch backward and
hold it. Release the switch when the
moonroof gets to the desired
position.
To close the moonroof, push the
OPEN/CLOSE switch forward and
hold it. The moonroof will not close
completely; it will stop about 5.1
inches (130 mm) away from being
closed. Make sure your passengers
are clear of the moonroof, then
release the switch and push it
forward again to close the moonroof
completely.
When you push the TILT-UP switch,
the rear of the moonroof will tilt up
for ventilation. To close it, push the
OPEN/CLOSE switch forward.
Make sure everyone’s hands are
away from the moonroof before
opening or closing it.
Opening or closing the
moonroof on someone’s hands
or fingers can cause serious
injury.
Make sure all hands and fingers
are clear of the moonroof
before opening or closing it.
If you try to open the moonroof in
below-f reezing temperatures, or when
it is covered with snow or ice, you can
damage the moonroof panel or motor.
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Mirrors
Mirrors
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
TAB
SELECTOR SWITCH
Keep the inside and outside mirrors
clean and adjusted for best visibility.
Be sure to adjust the mirrors before
you start driving.
The inside mirror has day and night
positions. The night position reduces
glare from headlights behind you.
Flip the tab on the bottom edge of
the mirror to select the day or night
position.
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ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Adjust the outside mirrors with the
adjustment switch on the driver’s
side of the dashboard:
3. Push the appropriate edge of the
adjustment switch to move the
mirror right, left, up, or down.
1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
4. When you finish, move the
selector switch to the center (off)
position. This turns off the
adjustment switch so you can’t
move a mirror out of position by
accidentally bumping the switch.
2. Move the selector switch to L
(driver’s side) or R (passenger’s
side).
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Mirrors, Parking Brake
HEATED MIRROR BUTTON
Parking Brake
PARKING BRAKE LEVER
Driving the car with the parking brake
applied can damage the rear brakes
and axles.
On all Canadian models
The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the ignition
switch ON (II), turn on the heaters
by pressing the button. The light in
the button comes on as a reminder.
Press the button again to turn the
heaters off.
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 light on
the instrument panel should go out
when the parking brake is fully
released (see page 59 ).
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Glove Box, Beverage Holders
Glove Box
Beverage Holder
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.
Open the glove box by pulling the
handle. Close it with a firm push.
A beverage holder for the front
passenger is located in the center
console. A second beverage holder is
under the driver’s side air vent.
To use the beverage holder under
the air vent, pull on the front. Push
the holder all the way in to close it.
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Beverage Holders
LID
To access the beverage holder in the
center console, slide the lid forward.
Be careful when you are using the
beverage holder. A spilled liquid that
is very hot can scald you or your
passengers. Spilled liquids can also
damage the upholstery, carpeting,
and electrical components in the
interior.
The beverage holder for the rear
passengers is located in the rear of
the center console.
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Console Compartment, Coat Hook, Accessory Power Socket
Console Compartment
Coat Hook
Accessory Power Socket
CONSOLE COMPARTMENT
COAT HOOK
CONSOLE COMPARTMENT
To access the console compartment,
slide the lid forward, then slide the
beverage holder assembly forward.
ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET
To use an accessory power socket,
pull down on the cover.
This socket is intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps). The ignition switch must be
in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II).
It will not power an automotive type
cigarette lighter element.
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Vanity Mirror, Interior Lights
Vanity Mirror
Ceiling Lights
FRONT
REAR
DOOR ACTIVATED
DOOR ACTIVATED
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
VANITY MIRROR
To use a vanity mirror on the back of
the sun visor, pull up the cover.
Each ceiling light has a threeposition switch. In the OFF position,
the light does not come on. In the
center position, the ceiling light
comes on when you open either door.
After both doors are closed tightly,
the light goes out. In the ON position,
the ceiling light stays on
continuously.
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Interior Lights
The front and rear ceiling lights
(with each switch in the center
position) come on when you unlock
the door with the key or the remote
transmitter (see page 76 ).
Spotlights
The ceiling lights (with each switch
in the center position) will also come
on when you remove the key from
the ignition switch. If you do not
open a door, the lights stay on, then
fade out in about ten seconds.
The front ceiling light also contains
two spotlights.
Turn on the spotlight by pushing the
button next to each light. Push the
button again to turn it off. You can
use the spotlights at all times.
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Cargo Area Light
The cargo area light comes on when
you open the hatch.
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Heating and Cooling ........................ 96
What Each Control Does ............ 96
How to Use the System............... 99
To Turn Everything Off ........... 103
Audio System ................................. 104
Operating the Radio .................. 104
Adjusting the Sound .................. 108
Digital Clock ............................... 109
Radio Frequencies ..................... 110
Radio Reception ......................... 111
Operating the CD Player .......... 113
Operating the Optional CD
Changer .................................. 115
Protecting Compact Discs ........ 116
CD Player Error Indications..... 117
CD Changer Error
Indications .............................. 118
Operating the Optional
Cassette Player ...................... 119
Tape Search Functions ............. 120
Caring for the Cassette
Player ...................................... 122
Theft Protection ........................ 123
Cruise Control ................................ 124
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Heating and Cooling
Proper use of the Heating and
Cooling system can make the
interior dry and comfortable, and
keep the windows clear for best
visibility.
If your car does not have air
conditioning, it can be installed at
any time. Your dealer can install a
genuine Honda air conditioning
system that meets Honda’s high
quality standards and is designed to
exactly fit your car. Please contact
your dealer for more information.
What Each Control Does
Fan Control Dial
Turning this dial clockwise increases
the fan’s speed, which increases air
flow.
Temperature Control Dial
Turning this dial clockwise increases
the temperature of the air flow.
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RECIRCULATION BUTTON
AIR CONDITIONING
BUTTON
MODE CONTROL
DIAL
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
FAN CONTROL DIAL
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
BUTTON
Air Conditioning (A/C) Button
This button turns the air conditioning ON and OFF. The indicator
in the button lights when the A/C is
on.
Rear Window Defogger Button
This button turns the rear window
defogger on and off (see page 70 ).
Recirculation Button
This button controls the source of
the air going into the system. When
the indicator in this button is lit, air
from the car’s interior is sent
through the system again (Recirculation mode). When the indicator is off,
air is brought in from outside the car
(Fresh Air mode).
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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.
Air flows from the center
and corner vents in the dashboard.
Air flow is divided between
the vents in the dashboard and the
floor vents.
Air flows from the floor
vents.
Air flow is divided between
the floor vents and the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
Air flows from the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
When you select
, the system
automatically switches to Fresh Air
mode and turns on the A/C.
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Heating and Cooling
Vent Controls
CETER VENTS
DRIVER’S-SIDE VENT
Open
Close
TAB
You can adjust the direction of the
air coming from the dashboard vents
by moving the tab in the center of
each vent up-and-down and side-toside.
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The vents in the corners of the
dashboard can be opened and closed
with the dials next to them.
PASSENGER’S-SIDE VENT
Open
Close
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Heating and Cooling
How to Use the System
This section covers how to set up the
system controls for ventilation,
heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and
defrosting.
The engine must be running for the
heater and air conditioning to
generate hot and cold air. The heater
uses engine coolant to warm the air.
If the engine is cold, it will be several
minutes before you feel warm air
coming from the system.
The air conditioning does not rely on
engine temperature.
It is best to leave the system 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
you are driving through smoky or
dusty conditions, then switch back to
Fresh Air mode when the condition
clears.
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
AIR CONDITIONING
BUTTON
MODE CONTROL
DIAL
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
FAN CONTROL DIAL
The outside air intakes for the
heating and cooling system are at
the base of the windshield. Keep
these clear of leaves and other
debris.
Ventilation
The flow-through ventilation system
draws in outside air, circulates it
through the interior, then exhausts it
through vents near the hatch.
1. Turn the temperature control dial
all the way to the left.
Make sure the A/C is off.
and Fresh Air mode.
2. Select
3. Set the fan to the desired speed.
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Heating and Cooling
To Cool with A/C
1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the
button. The light in the button
comes on when a fan speed is
selected.
2. Make sure the temperature
control dial is all the way to the left.
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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 from
being parked in the sun, you can cool
it down more rapidly by setting up
the controls this way:
1. Start the engine.
2. Turn on the A/C by pressing the
button. Make sure the temperature control dial is turned all the
way to the left.
3. Set the fan to maximum speed.
4. Open the windows partially. Select
and Fresh Air mode.
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RECIRCULATION BUTTON
AIR CONDITIONING
BUTTON
MODE CONTROL
DIAL
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
FAN CONTROL DIAL
When the interior has cooled down
to a more comfortable temperature,
close the windows and set the
controls as described for normal
cooling.
Air conditioning places an extra load
on the engine. Watch the engine
coolant temperature gauge (see page
64 ) when driving in stop-and-go
traffic or climbing a long, steep hill.
If it moves near the red zone, turn
off the A/C until the gauge reads
normally.
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To Heat
To warm the interior:
1. Start the engine.
and Fresh Air mode.
2. Select
3. Set the fan to the desired speed.
4. Adjust the warmth of the air with
the temperature control dial.
To Heat and Dehumidify with Air
Conditioning
Air conditioning, as it cools, removes
moisture from the air. When used in
combination with the heater, it
makes the interior warm and dry.
1. Set the fan to the desired speed.
2. Turn on the air conditioning.
and Fresh Air mode.
3. Select
4. Adjust the temperature control
dial so the mixture of heated and
cooled air feels comfortable.
This setting is suitable for all driving
conditions whenever the outside
temperature is above 32°F (0°C).
To Defog and Defrost
To remove fog from the inside of the
windows:
1. Set the fan to the desired speed.
.
2. Select
When you select
, the
system automatically switches to
Fresh Air mode and turns on the
A/C.
3. Adjust the temperature control
dial so the air flow from the
defroster vents feels warm.
4. Turn on the rear window defogger
to help clear the rear window.
When you switch to another mode
from
, the A/C stays on.
Press the A/C button to turn it off.
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To remove exterior frost or ice from
the windshield and side windows
after the car has been sitting out in
cold weather:
1. Start the engine.
.
2. Select
When you select
, the
system automatically switches to
Fresh Air mode and turns on the
A/C.
3. Set the fan and temperature
controls to maximum.
To rapidly remove exterior frost or
ice from the windshield (on very cold
days), first select the Recirculation
mode. Once the windshield is clear,
select the Fresh Air mode to avoid
fogging the windows.
MODE CONTROL DIAL
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON
FAN CONTROL DIAL
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RECIRCULATION BUTTON
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These settings direct all the air flow
to the defroster vents at the base of
the windshield and the side window
defroster vents. The air flow will get
warmer and clear the windows faster
as the engine warms up. You can
close the side vents with the dial
beside each vent. This will send
more warm air to the windshield
defroster vents.
For safety, make sure you have a
clear view through all the windows
before driving away.
To Turn Everything Off
To shut off the system temporarily,
turn the fan speed and temperature
control dials all the way to the left.
You should shut the system
completely off only for the first few
minutes of driving in cold weather,
until the engine coolant warms up
enough to operate the heater. Keep
the fan on at all other times so stale
air does not build up in the interior.
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AM/FM/CD Audio System
Your Honda’s audio system provides
clear reception on both AM and FM
bands, while the preset buttons allow
you to easily select your favorite
stations.
The anti-theft feature will disable the
system if it is disconnected from the
car’s battery. To get the system
working again, you must enter a
code number (see page 123 ).
STEREO INDICATOR
SCAN INDICATOR
AM/FM BUTTON
AUTO
SELECT
BUTTON
SCAN
BUTTON
PWR/VOL KNOB
PRESET BUTTONS
TUNE KNOB
SEEK BAR
Operating the Radio
The ignition switch must be in
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to
operate the audio system. Turn the
system on by pushing the PWR/
VOL knob or the AM/FM button.
Adjust the volume by turning the
same knob.
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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 on
AM is not available.
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You can use any of five methods to
find radio stations on the selected
band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, AUTO
SELECT, and the Preset buttons.
TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to
tune the radio to a desired frequency.
Turn the knob clockwise to tune to a
higher frequency, or
counterclockwise to tune to a lower
frequency.
To change the frequency rapidly,
press and hold the top or bottom of
the SEEK bar. Release the bar when
the display reaches the desired
frequency. Depending on which part
of the bar you press, the system
scans upward or downward from the
current frequency.
SEEK − The SEEK function
searches the band for a station with
a strong signal. To activate it, press
and release the top or bottom of the
SEEK bar. Depending on which part
of the bar you press, the system
scans upward or downward from the
current frequency. It stops when it
finds a station with a strong signal.
SCAN − The SCAN function
samples all the stations with strong
signals on the selected band. To
activate it, press the SCAN button,
then release it. The system will scan
up the band for a station with a
strong signal. When it finds one, it
will stop and play that station for
approximately five seconds. If you do
nothing, the system will then scan
for the next strong station and play
that for five seconds. When it plays a
station that you want to continue
listening to, press the SCAN button
again.
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Preset − You can store the
frequencies of your favorite radio
stations in the six preset buttons.
Each button will store one frequency
on the AM band, and two
frequencies on the FM band.
AM/FM BUTTON
STEREO INDICATOR
SCAN INDICATOR
AUTO
SELECT
BUTTON
SCAN
BUTTON
To store a frequency:
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two frequencies with each Preset
button.
PWR/VOL KNOB
PRESET BUTTONS
SEEK BAR
2. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN
function to tune the radio to a
desired station.
3. Pick the Preset button you want
for that station. Press the button
and hold it until you hear a beep.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total
of six stations on AM and twelve
on FM.
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Once a station’s frequency is stored,
simply press and release the proper
preset button to tune to it.
TUNE BAR
The preset frequencies will be lost if
your car’s battery goes dead, is
disconnected, or the radio fuse is
removed.
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AUTO SELECT − If you are
traveling far from home and can no
longer receive the stations you
preset, you can use the Auto Select
feature to find stations in the local
area.
To activate Auto Select, press the
A. SEL button. A. SEL will flash in
the display, and the system will go
into scan mode for several seconds.
It automatically scans both bands,
looking for stations with strong
signals. It stores the frequencies of
six AM stations and twelve FM
stations in the preset buttons. You
can then use the preset buttons to
select those stations.
If you are in a remote area, Auto
Select may not find six strong AM
stations or twelve strong FM stations.
If this happens, you will see a ‘‘0’’
displayed when you press any preset
button that does not have a station
stored.
AM/FM BUTTON
AUTO SELECT INDICATOR
AUTO
SELECT
BUTTON
SCAN
BUTTON
PWR/VOL KNOB
PRESET BUTTONS
SEEK BAR
If you do not like the stations Auto
Select has stored, you can store
other frequencies in the preset
buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or
SCAN function to find the desired
frequencies, then store them in the
selected preset buttons as described
previously.
TUNE BAR
Auto Select does not erase the
frequencies that you preset previously. When you return home, turn
off Auto Select by pressing the
A. SEL button. The preset buttons
will then select the frequencies you
originally set.
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Adjusting the Sound
Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are
each adjustable. You select which of
these you want to adjust by pressing
the TUNE knob. The mode changes
from BAS to TRE to FAD to BAL,
and then back to the selected audio
mode, each time you press the
TUNE knob.
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.
Select BAL or FAD by pressing the
TUNE knob. Adjust the Balance or
Fader to your liking by turning the
TUNE knob. The level number on
the display shows you the range.
When the adjustment level reaches
the center, you will see ‘‘ ’’.
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LEVEL NUMBER INDICATOR
TUNE KNOB
Treble/Bass − Use these modes to
adjust the tone to your liking. Select
TRE or BAS by pressing the TUNE
knob. Adjust the desired mode by
turning the TUNE knob. The level
number on the display shows you the
range. When the adjustment level
reaches the center, you will see
‘‘ ’’.
The system will automatically return
the display to the selected audio
mode about five seconds after you
stop adjusting a mode with the
TUNE knob.
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Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel
brightness control dial to adjust the illumination of the audio system (see
page 67 ). The audio system
illuminates when the parking lights
are on, even if the radio is turned off.
Digital Clock
The display of your audio system
usually shows the time when the
ignition switch is in ACCESSORY (I)
or ON (II). It shows the operation
mode of the radio, CD player, or
optional CD changer/cassette player
when you operate them, and goes
back to the time display after five
seconds.
CLOCK BUTTON
H BUTTON
M BUTTON
If an error occurs while operating
the CD player or optional CD
changer, the display will show the
error code and will not switch to the
time display until the error is
corrected (see pages 117 and 118 ).
RESET BUTTON
You can set the time only when the
clock is displayed.
Adjust the hours by pressing and
holding the CLOCK button, then
pressing the H (Preset 4) button.
Adjust the minutes by pressing and
holding the CLOCK button, then
pressing the M (Preset 5) button.
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You can quickly set the time to the
nearest hour. If the displayed time is
before the half hour, the clock is set
back to the previous hour by
pressing and holding the CLOCK
button, then pressing the RESET
(Preset 6) button. If the displayed
time is after the half hour, the clock
is set forward to the beginning of the
next hour.
For example:
1:06 would RESET to 1:00.
1:52 would RESET to 2:00.
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Radio Frequencies
Your Honda’s radio can receive the
complete AM and FM bands.
Those bands cover these frequencies:
AM band:
530 to 1,710 kilohertz
FM band:
87.7 to 107.9 megahertz
Radio stations on the AM band are
assigned frequencies at least ten
kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550).
Stations on the FM band are
assigned frequencies at least 0.2
megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3).
Stations must use these exact
frequencies. It is fairly common for
stations to round-off the frequency in
their advertising, so your radio could
display a frequency of 100.9 even
though the announcer may identify
the station as ‘‘FM101.’’
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Radio Reception
How well your Honda’s radio
receives stations is dependent on
many factors, such as the distance
from the station’s transmitter,
nearby large objects, and atmospheric conditions.
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.
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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Electrical interference from passing
vehicles and stationary sources can
cause temporary reception problems.
As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Radio signals, especially on the FM
band, are deflected by large objects
such as buildings and hills. Your
radio then receives both the direct
signal from the station’s transmitter,
and the deflected signal. This causes
the sound to distort or flutter. This is
a main cause of poor radio reception
in city driving.
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Radio reception can be affected by
atmospheric conditions such as
thunderstorms, high humidity, and
even sunspots. You may be able to
receive a distant radio station one
day and not receive it the next day
because of a change in conditions.
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Operating the CD Player
You operate the CD player with the
same controls used for the radio.
CD/TAPE BUTTON
With the ignition switch in
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II), insert
the disc into the CD slot. Push the
disc in halfway, the drive will pull it
in the rest of the way and begin to
play. The number of the track that is
playing is shown in the display.
AM/FM BUTTON
REPEAT INDICATOR
CD SLOT
RANDOM BUTTON
EJECT
BUTTON
You can also play 3-inch (8-cm) discs
without using an adapter ring. Play
only standard round discs. Oddshaped CDs may jam in the drive or
cause other problems.
For best results when using CD-R
discs, use only high quality discs
labeled for audio use. When
recording a CD-R, the recording
must be closed in order for the disc
to be used by CD players. CD-RW
discs will not work in this unit.
PWR/VOL KNOB
RANDOM INDICATOR
SEEK/SKIP BAR
REPEAT BUTTON
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When the system reaches the end of
the disc, it will return to the beginning and play that disc again.
You can switch to the radio while a
CD is playing by pressing the AM/
FM button. Press the CD/TAPE
button to return to playing the CD.
The CD will begin playing where it
left off.
If you turn the system off while a CD
is playing, either with the PWR/VOL
knob or by turning off the ignition,
the disc will stay in the drive. When
you turn the system back on, the CD
will begin playing where it left off.
Press the eject button to remove the
disc from the drive.
If you eject the disc, but do not
remove it from the slot, the system
will automatically reload the disc
after 15 seconds and put the CD
player in pause mode. To begin
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playing the disc, press the CD/TAPE
button.
You can use the SEEK/SKIP bar
while a disc is playing to select
passages and change tracks.
To move rapidly within a track, press
and hold the SEEK/SKIP bar. Press
the
side to move forward. You
will see CUE in the display. Press the
side to move backward. You
will see REW displayed. Release the
bar when the system reaches the
point you want.
Each time you press and release the
side of the SEEK/SKIP bar,
the system skips forward to the
beginning of the next track. Press
and release the
side to skip
backward to the beginning of the
current track. Press it again to skip
to the beginning of the previous
track.
REPEAT − To activate the Repeat
feature, press and release the RPT
button. You will see RPT in the
display. The system continuously
replays the current track. Press the
RPT button again to turn it off.
RANDOM PLAY − This feature,
when activated, plays the tracks on
the CD in random order, rather than
in the order they are recorded on the
CD. To activate Random Play, press
the RDM button. You will see RDM
in the display. The system will then
select and play tracks randomly.
This continues until you deactivate
Random Play by pressing the RDM
button again.
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Operating the CD Changer
(Optional)
A Compact Disc changer is available
from your dealer. It holds up to six
discs, providing several hours of
continuous entertainment. You
operate this CD changer with the
same controls used for the in-dash
CD player.
Load the desired CDs in the
magazine and load the magazine in
the changer according to the
instructions that came with the unit.
Play only standard round discs. Oddshaped CDs may jam in the drive or
cause other problems.
For best results when using CD-R
discs, use only high quality discs
labeled for audio use. When
recording a CD-R, the recording
must be closed in order for the disc
to be used by CD players. CD-RW
discs will not work in this unit.
To select the CD changer, press the
CD button. The disc and track
numbers will be displayed.
To select a different disc, press the
DISC + (Preset 6) or DISC −
(Preset 5) button. The next disc in
the changer is loaded and played
when you press the DISC + button.
DISC − loads and plays the previous
disc. If you select an empty slot in
the magazine, the changer will, after
finding that slot empty, try to load
the CD in the next slot. This
continues until it finds a CD to load
and play.
If you eject the disc in the in-dash
CD while it is playing, the system
will automatically switch to the CD
changer and begin play where it left
off. If there are no CDs in the
changer, the display will flash. You
will have to select another mode
(AM or FM) with the button.
When you switch back to CD mode,
the system selects the same unit (indash or changer) that was playing
when you switched out of CD mode.
To use the SKIP, REPEAT, and
RANDOM functions, refer to the indash player operating instructions.
If you load a CD in the in-dash player
while the changer is playing a CD,
the system will stop the changer and
begin playing the in-dash CD. To
select the changer again, press the
CD button. Play will begin where it
left off. Use the CD button to switch
between the player and the changer.
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Protecting Compact Discs
Handle a CD by its edges; never
touch either surface. Do not place
stabilizer rings or labels on the CD.
These, along with contamination
from fingerprints, liquids, and felt-tip
pens, can cause the CD to not play
properly, or possibly jam in the drive.
When a CD is not being played, store
it in its case to protect it from dust
and other contamination. To prevent
warpage, keep CDs out of direct
sunlight and extreme heat.
To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth.
Wipe across the disc from the center
to the outside edge.
A new CD may be rough on the
inner and outer edges. The small
plastic pieces causing this roughness
can flake off and fall on the recording surface of the 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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CD Player Error Indications
If you see an error indication in the
display while operating the CD
player, find the cause in the chart to
the right. If you cannot clear the
error indication, take the car to your
Honda dealer.
Indication
Cause
FOCUS Error
Mechanical Error
High temperature.
Solution
Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc.
Check if the disc is inserted correctly in the CD
player.
Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged.
Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation.
If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error
indication does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your Honda dealer.
Do not try to force the disc out of the player.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
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CD Changer Error Indications
If you see an error indication in the
display while operating the CD
changer, find the cause in the chart
to the right. If you cannot clear the
error indication, take the car to your
Honda dealer.
Indication
Cause
FOCUS Error
No CD in the CD
magazine
Mechanical Error
High temperature.
No CD magazine in the
CD changer.
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Solution
Press the magazine eject button and pull out
the magazine, check for error indication. Insert
the magazine again. If the code does not
disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out,
consult your Honda dealer.
Insert CD.
Press the magazine eject button and pull out
the magazine, check for error indication. Insert
the magazine again. If the code does not
disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out,
consult your Honda dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Insert CD magazine.
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Operating the Cassette Player
(Optional)
The cassette system features Dolby*
noise reduction, automatic sensing of
chromium-dioxide (CrO2) tape, and
autoreverse for continuous play.
CD/TAPE BUTTON
REPEAT INDICATOR
NR INDICATOR
AM/FM BUTTON
Make sure the tape opening on the
cassette is facing to the right, then
insert the cassette most of the way
into the slot. The system will pull it
in the rest of the way, and begin to
play.
REPEAT
BUTTON
*
Dolby noise reduction manufactured under
license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol
are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation.
NR BUTTON
PWR/VOL KNOB
FF BUTTON
SKIP BAR
PLAY/PROG BUTTON
REW BUTTON
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The tape direction indicator will light
to show you which side of the
cassette is playing. The ▲ indicates
the side you inserted facing upward
is now playing. If you want to play
the other side, press the PLAY/
PROG button.
Dolby noise reduction turns on when
you insert a cassette. If the tape was
not recorded with Dolby noise
reduction, turn it off by pressing the
NR button.
Noise reduction remains off until you
turn it on by pressing the button
again.
When the system reaches the end of
the tape, it will automatically reverse
direction and play the other side. If
you want to remove the cassette
from the drive, press the EJECT
button on the cassette player.
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If you turn the system off while a
tape is playing, either with the PWR/
VOL knob or by turning off the
ignition, the cassette will remain in
the drive. When you turn the system
back on, the cassette player will be in
pause mode. To begin playing, press
the PLAY/PROG button.
To switch to the radio or CD player
while a tape is playing, press the
AM/FM, or CD/TAPE button. To
change back to the cassette player,
push the CD/TAPE button.
Tape Search Functions
With a cassette playing, you can use
the FF, REW, SKIP, or REPEAT
function to find a desired program.
FF/REW − Fast Forward and Rewind move the tape rapidly. To rewind the tape, push the REW button.
You will see REW in the display. To
fast forward the tape, push the FF
button. You will see FF displayed.
Press the PLAY/PROG button to
take the system out of rewind or fast
forward. If the system reaches the
end of the tape while in fast forward
or rewind, it automatically stops that
function, reverses direction, and
begins to play.
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SKIP − The Skip Function allows
you to find the beginning of a song
or passage. To find the beginning of
the song or passage currently
playing, push the lower part of the
SKIP bar. You will see REW flashing
in the display as the tape rewinds. To
find the beginning of the next song,
push the upper part of the SKIP bar.
You will see FF flashing in the
display as the tape fast forwards.
When the system finds the
beginning of a song or passage, it
goes back to PLAY mode.
REPEAT − The Repeat function
continuously replays the current
song or passage. Press the RPT
button to activate it; you will see RPT
displayed as a reminder. When the
system reaches the end of the song
or passage currently playing, it will
automatically go into rewind. When
it senses the beginning of the same
song or passage, the system returns
to PLAY mode. It will continue to
repeat this same program until you
deactivate REPEAT by pressing the
button again.
The SKIP and REPEAT functions
use silent periods on the tape to find
the end of a song or passage. These
features may not work to your
satisfaction if there is almost no gap
between selections, a high noise
level between selections, or a silent
period in the middle of a selection.
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Caring for the Cassette Player
The cassette player picks up dirt and
oxides from the tape. This contamination builds up over time and
causes the sound quality to degrade.
To prevent this, you should clean the
player after every 30 hours of use.
Your dealer has a cleaning kit
available.
If you do not clean the cassette
player regularly, it may eventually
become impossible to remove the
contamination with a normal
cleaning kit.
Use 100-minute or shorter cassettes.
Cassettes longer than that use
thinner tape that may break or jam
the drive.
Look at the cassette before you
insert it. If the tape is loose, tighten
it by turning a hub with a pencil or
your finger.
If the label is peeling off, remove it
from the cassette or it could cause
the cassette to jam in the player.
Never try to insert a warped or
damaged cassette in the player.
When they are not in use, store
cassettes in their cases to protect
them from dust and moisture. Never
place cassettes where they will be
exposed to direct sunlight, high heat,
or high humidity. If a cassette is
exposed to extreme heat or cold, let
it reach a moderate temperature
before inserting it in the player.
Never try to insert foreign objects
into the cassette player.
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If you see the error indication
‘‘
’’ on the display, press
the EJECT button and remove the
cassette from the unit. Make sure
the tape is not damaged. If the
cassette will not eject or the error
indication stays on after the cassette
ejects, take the car to your Honda
dealer.
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Audio System
Theft Protection
Your car’s audio system will disable
itself if it is disconnected from
electrical power for any reason. To
make it work again, the user 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.
You should have received a card that
lists your audio system’s code
number and serial number. It is best
to store this card in a safe place at
home. In addition, you should write
the audio system’s serial number in
this Owner’s Manual. If you should
happen to lose the card, you must
obtain the code number from your
Honda dealer. To do this, you will
need the system’s serial number.
If your car’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 ‘‘
’’ in the frequency
display the next time you turn on the
system. Use the Preset buttons to
enter the five-digit code. If it is
entered correctly, the radio will start
playing.
You will have to store your favorite
stations in the Preset buttons after
the system begins working. Your
original settings were lost when
power was disconnected.
If you make a mistake entering the
code, do not start over or try to
correct your mistake. Complete the
five-digit sequence, then enter the
correct code. You have ten tries to
enter the correct code. If you are
unsuccessful in ten attempts, you
must then leave the system on for
one hour before trying again.
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Cruise Control
Cruise control allows you to maintain
a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h)
without keeping your foot on the
accelerator pedal. It should be used
for cruising on straight, open
highways. It is not recommended for
conditions such as city driving,
winding roads, slippery roads, heavy
rain, or bad weather. You should
have full control of the car under
those conditions.
Improper use of the cruise
control can lead to a crash.
Use the cruise control only
when traveling on open
highways in good weather.
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Using the Cruise Control
RESUME/
accel
SET/decel
1. Push in the Cruise Control Master
Switch to the left of the steering
column. The indicator in the
switch will light.
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 light on the
instrument panel comes on to
show the system is now activated.
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The 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 to the desired speed. This
will cancel the cruise control. To
resume the set speed, press the
RESUME/accel button. The
CRUISE CONTROL light on the
instrument panel comes on.
Changing the Set Speed
You can increase the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the RESUME/
accel button. The car will accelerate. When you reach the desired
cruising speed, release the button.
To increase your speed in very
small amounts, tap the RESUME/
accel button repeatedly. Each time
you do this, your car will speed up
about 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
Push on the accelerator pedal. Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed and press the SET/decel
button.
You can decrease the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the SET/decel
button. The car will decelerate.
Release the button when you
reach the desired speed.
To slow down in very small
amounts, tap the SET/decel
button repeatedly. Each time you
do this, your car will slow down
about 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
Tap the brake or clutch pedal
lightly with your foot. The
CRUISE CONTROL light on the
instrument panel will go out.
When the car slows to the desired
speed, press the SET/decel button.
The car will then maintain the
desired speed.
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Cruise Control
Even with the cruise control turned
on, you can still use the accelerator
pedal to speed up for passing. After
completing the pass, take your foot
off the accelerator pedal. The car
will return to the set cruising speed.
Cancelling the Cruise Control
Resting your foot on the brake or
clutch pedal will cause the cruise
control to cancel.
CANCEL
BUTTON
You can cancel the cruise control in
any of these ways:
Tap the brake or clutch pedal.
Push the CANCEL button on the
steering wheel.
Press the Cruise Control Master
Switch.
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When you push the CANCEL
button, or tap the brake or clutch
pedal, the CRUISE CONTROL
light on the instrument panel will
go out and the car will begin to
slow down. You can use the
accelerator pedal in the normal
way.
The system remembers the
previously-set cruising speed. To
return to that speed, accelerate to
above 25 mph (40 km/h), then
press the RESUME/accel button.
The CRUISE CONTROL light
comes on, and the car will
accelerate to the same cruising
speed as before.
Pressing the Cruise Control Master
Switch turns the system completely
off and erases the previous cruising
speed from memory. To use the
system again, refer to Using the
Cruise Control.
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Before you begin driving your Honda,
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 car,
please read the information in this
section first.
Break-in Period .............................. 128
Gasoline .......................................... 128
Service Station Procedures .......... 129
Filling the Fuel Tank ................. 129
Opening the Hood ..................... 130
Oil Check ................................ 132
Engine Coolant Check .......... 133
Fuel Economy ................................ 134
Vehicle Condition ...................... 134
Driving Habits ............................ 134
Accessories and Modifications .... 135
Carrying Cargo .............................. 137
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Break-in Period, Gasoline
Break-in Period
Help assure your car’s future
reliability and performance by paying
extra attention to how you drive
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).
During this period:
Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid
acceleration.
Avoid hard braking. New brakes
need to be broken-in by moderate
use for the first 200 miles (300
km).
Do not change the oil until the
recommended time or mileage
interval shown in the maintenance
schedule.
You should follow these same recommendations with an overhauled
or exchanged engine, or when the
brakes are relined.
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Gasoline
Your Honda is designed to operate
on unleaded gasoline with a pump
octane number of 86 or higher. Use
of a lower octane gasoline can cause
a persistent, heavy metallic rapping
noise in the engine that can lead to
mechanical damage.
We recommend gasolines containing
detergent additives that help prevent
fuel system and engine deposits.
Using gasoline containing lead will
damage your car’s emissions
controls. This contributes to air
pollution.
In Canada, some gasolines contain
an octane-enhancing additive called
MMT. If you use such gasolines,
your emission control system
performance may deteriorate and
the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
your instrument panel may turn on.
If this happens, contact your
authorized Honda dealer for service.
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Service Station Procedures
Filling the Fuel Tank
Pull
Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.
Stop the engine and keep
heat, sparks, and flame away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.
FUEL FILL CAP
1. Because the fuel fill cap is on the
driver’s side of the car, park with
that side closest to the service
station pumps.
3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank escapes.
2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling
on the handle to the left of the
driver’s seat.
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ATTACHMENT
SLIT
FUEL FILL CAP
Put the attachment on the fuel fill
cap into the slit on the fuel fill door.
4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel
nozzle automatically clicks off. Do
not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank, leave
some room for the fuel to expand
with temperature changes.
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BONNET RELEASE HANDLE
Your car has an on-board refueling
vapor recovery system to help
keep fuel vapors from going into
the atmosphere. If the fuel nozzle
keeps clicking off even though the
tank is not full, there may be a
problem with this system. Consult
your dealer.
5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on,
tighten it until it clicks several
times. If you do not properly
tighten the cap, the Malfunction
Indicator Lamp may come on (see
page 236 ).
6. Push the fuel fill door closed until
it latches.
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Opening the Hood
1. Shift to Park or Neutral 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.
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LATCH
If you can open the hood without
lifting the hood latch handle, or the
hood latch handle moves stiffly or
does not spring back as before, the
mechanism should be cleaned and
lubricated (see page 181 ).
GRIP
CLIP
2. Standing in front of the car, put
your fingers under the front edge
of the hood to the right of center.
Slide your hand to the left until
you feel the hood latch handle. Lift
up on this handle until it releases
the hood. Lift the hood.
SUPPORT ROD
3. Pull the support rod out of its clip
and insert the end into the hole on
the left side of 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.
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Service Station Procedures
After closing the hood, make sure
it is securely latched.
Oil Check
DIPSTICK
Check the engine oil level every time
you fill the car with fuel. Wait a few
minutes after turning the engine off
before you check the oil.
1. Remove the dipstick (orange
handle).
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2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean
cloth or paper towel.
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Engine Coolant Check
MAX
RESERVE
TANK
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
MIN
3. Insert it all the way back in its tube.
4. Remove the dipstick again and
check the level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
If it is near or below the lower mark,
see Adding Oil on page 167 .
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 171 for
information on adding the proper
coolant.
Refer to Owner Maintenance
Checks on page 165 for information
on checking other items in your
Honda.
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Fuel Economy
The condition of your car and your
driving habits are the two most
important things that affect the fuel
mileage you get.
Vehicle Condition
Always maintain your car according
to the maintenance schedule. This
will keep it in top operating condition.
An important part of that maintenance is the Owner Maintenance
Checks (see page 165 ). For
example, an underinflated tire
causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’
which uses fuel. It also wears out
faster, so check the tire pressure at
least monthly.
In winter, the build-up of snow on
your car’s underside adds weight and
rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning
helps your fuel mileage and reduces
the chance of corrosion.
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Driving Habits
You can improve fuel economy by
driving moderately. Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering, and hard
braking use more fuel.
Always drive in the highest gear that
allows the engine to run and accelerate smoothly.
Depending on traffic conditions, try
to maintain a constant speed. Every
time you slow down and speed up,
your car uses extra fuel.
A cold engine uses more fuel than a
warm engine. It is not necessary to
‘‘warm-up’’ a cold engine by letting it
idle for a long time. You can drive
away in about a minute, no matter
how cold it is outside. The engine
will warm up faster, and you get
better fuel economy. To cut down on
the number of ‘‘cold starts,’’ try to
combine several short trips into one.
The air conditioning puts an extra
load on the engine which makes it
use more fuel. Turn off the A/C to
cut down on air conditioning use.
Use the flow-through ventilation
when the outside air temperature is
moderate.
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifying your car, or installing
some non-Honda accessories, can
make your car unsafe. Before you
make any modifications or add any
accessories, be sure to read the
following information.
Accessories
Your dealer has genuine Honda
accessories that allow you to
personalize your car. These
accessories have been designed and
approved for your car, and are
covered by warranty.
Non-Honda accessories are usually
designed for universal applications.
Although aftermarket accessories
may fit on your car, they may not
meet factory specifications, and
could adversely affect your car’s
handling and stability. (See
‘‘Modifications’’ on page 136 for
additional information.)
Improper accessories or
modifications can affect your
car’s handling, stability and
performance, and cause a
crash in which you can be hurt
or killed.
However, if electronic accessories
are improperly installed, or exceed
your car’s electrical system capacity,
they can interfere with the operation
of your car, or even cause the
airbags to deploy.
Before installing any accessory:
Follow all instructions in this
owner’s manual regarding
accessories and modifications.
Make sure the accessory does not
obscure any lights, or interfere
with proper car operation or
performance.
When properly installed, cellular
phones, alarms, two-way radios, and
low-powered audio systems should
not interfere with your car’s
computer-controlled systems, such
as the SRS and anti-lock brake
system.
Be sure electronic accessories do
not overload electrical circuits
(see page 240 ).
Have the installer contact your
Honda dealer for assistance before
installing any electronic accessory.
If possible, have your dealer inspect
the final installation.
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifications
Do not remove any original
equipment or modify your car in any
way that would alter its design or
operation. This could make your car
unsafe and illegal to drive.
In addition, any modifications that
decrease ground clearance increase
the chance of undercarriage parts
striking a curb, speed bump, or other
raised object, which could cause
your airbags to deploy.
For example, do not make any
modifications that would change the
ride height of your car, or install
wheels and tires with a different
overall diameter.
Do not modify your steering wheel
or any other part of your
Supplemental Restraint System.
Modifications could make the
system ineffective.
Such modifications can adversely
affect handling, and interfere with
the operation of the car’s anti-lock
brakes and other systems.
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Do not attach or place objects on the
airbag covers. Any object attached to
or placed on the covers marked ‘‘SRS
AIRBAG,’’ in the center of the
steering wheel and on top of the
dashboard, could interfere with the
proper operation of the airbags. Or,
if the airbags inflate, the objects
could be propelled inside the car and
hurt someone.
Only when equipped with side airbags
Do not attach hard objects on or
near a front door. If a side airbag
inflates, a cup holder or other hard
object attached on or near the
door could be propelled inside the
car and hurt someone.
Do not place any objects over the
outside edge of a front seat-back.
Covering the outside edge of a
front seat-back, with a non-Honda
seat cover for example, could
prevent the airbag from inflating
properly.
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Carrying Cargo
DOOR POCKET
DRIVER’S POCKET
Your car has several convenient
storage areas so you can stow cargo
safely.
The glove box, and the pockets in
the doors and seat-back, are
designed for small, lightweight items.
The cargo area is intended for larger,
heavier items. In addition, the back
seat can be folded down to allow you
to carry more cargo or longer items.
However, carrying too much cargo,
or improperly storing it, can affect
your car’s handling, stability, and
operation and make it unsafe. Before
carrying any type of cargo, be sure to
read the following pages.
CARGO AREA
CONSOLE COMPARTMENT
GLOVE BOX
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Carrying Cargo
Load Limit
The maximum load for your car is
850 lbs (395 kg).
This figure includes the total weight
of all occupants, cargo, and
accessories.
To figure out how much cargo you
can carry:
Add up the weight of all occupants.
Subtract the total from 850 lbs
(395 kg).
The final number is the total weight
of cargo you can carry.
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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.
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 driver’s ability to operate the
pedals, or with the proper
operation of the seats.
Keep the glove box closed while
driving. If the lid is open, a
passenger could injure their knees
during a crash or sudden stop.
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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.
If you fold down the back seat, tie
down items that could be thrown
about the car during a crash or
sudden stop.
Do not place items on the cargo
area cover, or stack objects higher
than the top of the back seat. They
could block your view and be
thrown about the vehicle during a
crash or sudden stop.
If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the
hatch, exhaust gas can enter the
passenger area. To avoid the
possibility of carbon monoxide
poisoning, follow the instructions
on page 52 .
If you can carry any items on a
roof rack, be sure the total weight
of the rack and the items does not
exceed the maximum allowable
weight. Please contact your Honda
dealer for further information.
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This section gives you tips on
starting the engine under various
conditions, and how to operate the
5-speed manual transmission. It also
includes important information on
parking your car, and the braking
system.
Preparing to Drive ......................... 142
Starting the Engine........................ 143
Starting in Cold Weather
at High Altitude ..................... 143
5-speed Manual Transmission ..... 144
Recommended Shift Points ...... 145
Engine Speed Limiter ............... 145
Parking ............................................ 146
Parking Tips ............................... 146
The Braking System...................... 147
Brake Wear Indicators .............. 147
Brake System Design................ 148
Anti-lock brakes ......................... 148
Important Safety
Remainders ........................ 149
ABS Indicators ....................... 150
Driving in Bad Weather ................ 151
Towing a Trailer ............................ 152
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Preparing to Drive
You should do the following checks
and adjustments every day before
you drive your car.
1. Make sure all windows, mirrors,
and outside lights are clean and
unobstructed. Remove frost, snow,
or ice.
2. Check that the hood and hatch are
fully closed.
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 with you inside are stored
properly or fastened down
securely.
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5. Check the adjustment of the seat
(see page 81 ).
6. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 88 ).
7. Check the adjustment of the
steering wheel (see page 71 ).
8. Make sure the doors are securely
closed and locked.
9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 15 ).
10.Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
Check the indicator lights in the
instrument panel.
11.Start the engine (see page 143 ).
12.Check the gauges and indicator
lights in the instrument panel (see
page 57 ).
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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. Push the clutch pedal down all the
way. START (III) does not
function unless the clutch pedal is
depressed.
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition key to the
START (III) position. If the engine
does not start right away, do not
hold the key in START (III) for
more than 15 seconds at a time.
Pause for at least 10 seconds
before trying again.
5. If the engine does not start within
15 seconds, or starts but stalls
right away, repeat step 4 with the
accelerator pedal pressed half-way
down. If the engine starts, release
pressure on the accelerator pedal
so the engine does not race.
6. If the engine still does not start,
press the accelerator pedal all the
way down and hold it there while
starting in order to clear flooding.
As before, keep the ignition key in
the START (III) position for no
more than 15 seconds. Return to
step 5 if the engine does not start.
If it starts, lift your foot off the
accelerator pedal so the engine
does not race.
Starting in Cold Weather at High
Altitude (Above 8,000 feet/
2,400 meters)
An engine is harder to start in cold
weather. The thinner air found at
high altitude above 8,000 feet (2,400
meters) adds to the problem.
Use the following procedure:
1. Turn off all electrical accessories
to reduce the drain on the battery.
2. Push the accelerator pedal halfway to the floor and hold it there
while starting the engine. Do not
hold the ignition key in START
(III) for more than 15 seconds.
When the engine starts, release
the accelerator pedal gradually as
the engine speeds up and smooths
out.
3. If the engine fails to start in step 2,
push the accelerator pedal to the
floor and hold it there while you
try to start the engine for no more
than 15 seconds. If the engine
does not start, return to step 2.
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5-speed Manual Transmission
Come to a full stop before you shift
into Reverse. You can damage the
transmission by trying to shift into
Reverse with the car moving. Push
down the clutch pedal, and pause for
a few seconds before shifting into
Reverse, or shift into one of the
forward gears for a moment. This
stops the gears so they won’t ‘‘grind.’’
The manual transmission is synchronized in all forward gears for
smooth operation. It has a lockout so
you cannot shift directly from Fifth
to Reverse. When shifting up or
down, make sure you push the clutch
pedal down all the way, shift to the
next gear, and let the pedal up
gradually. When you are not shifting,
do not rest your foot on the clutch
pedal. This can cause your clutch to
wear out faster.
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When slowing down, you can get
extra braking from the engine by
shifting to a lower gear. This extra
braking can help you maintain a safe
speed and prevent your brakes from
overheating while going down a
steep hill. Before downshifting,
make sure the vehicle speed is low
enough that you will not activate the
engine speed limiter in the lower
gear. Make sure the engine speed
will not go into the tachometer’s red
zone in the lower gear before
downshifting.
Rapid slowing or speeding-up
can cause loss of control on
slippery surfaces. If you crash,
you can be injured.
Use extra care when driving on
slippery surfaces.
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5-speed Manual Transmission
Recommended Shift Points
Drive in the highest gear that lets
the engine run and accelerate
smoothly. This will give you the best
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
14 mph (23 km/h)
25 mph (40 km/h)
40 mph (64 km/h)
49 mph (79 km/h)
Shift up
Cruise from acceleration
1st to 2nd
2nd to 3rd
3rd to 4th
4th to 5th
7 mph (11 km/h)
23 mph (37 km/h)
33 mph (53 km/h)
45 mph (72 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.
Before downshifting, make sure the
engine will not go into the
tachometer’s red zone.
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Parking
Always use the parking brake when
you park your car. The indicator on
the instrument panel shows that the
parking brake is not fully released; it
does not indicate that the parking
brake is firmly set. Make sure the
parking brake is set firmly or your
car may roll if it is parked on an
incline.
If the car is facing uphill, turn the
front wheels away from the curb and
put the transmission in first gear.
If the car is facing downhill, turn the
front wheels toward the curb and put
the transmission 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.
Parking Tips
Make sure the moonroof and the
windows are closed.
Turn off the lights.
Place any packages, valuables, etc.,
in the cargo area or take them
with you.
Lock the doors with the key or the
remote transmitter.
Never park over dry leaves, tall
grass, or other flammable
materials. The three way catalytic
converter gets very hot, and could
cause these materials to catch on
fire.
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The Braking System
Your Honda is equipped with disc
brakes at all four wheels. A power
assist helps reduce the effort needed
on the brake pedal. The ABS helps
you retain steering control when
braking very hard.
Put your foot on the brake pedal only
when you intend to brake. Resting
your foot on the pedal keeps the
brakes applied lightly, causing them
to build up heat. Heat build-up can
reduce how well your brakes work. It
also keeps your brake lights on all
the time, confusing drivers behind
you.
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 downshifting to a lower
gear and taking your foot off the
accelerator pedal.
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. Since a
longer distance is needed to stop
with wet brakes, be extra cautious
and alert in your driving.
Brake Wear Indicators
All four brakes have audible brake
wear indicators.
When the brake pads need replacing,
you will hear a distinctive metallic
‘‘screeching’’ sound when you apply
the brakes. If you do not have the
brake pads replaced, they will begin
screeching all the time.
Your brakes may sometimes squeal
or squeak when you apply them
lightly. Do not confuse this with the
brake wear indicators. They make a
very audible ‘‘screeching.’’
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The Braking System
Brake System Design
The hydraulic system that operates
the brakes has two separate circuits.
Each circuit works diagonally across
the car (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.
Front
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Anti-lock Brakes
Your car has an Anti-lock Brake
System (ABS) as standard
equipment. ABS helps to prevent the
wheels from locking up and skidding
during hard braking, allowing you to
retain steering control.
When the front tires skid, you lose
steering control; the car continues
straight ahead even though you turn
the steering wheel. The ABS helps to
prevent lock-up and helps you retain
steering control by pumping the
brakes rapidly; much faster than a
person can do it.
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You should never pump the
brake pedal; this defeats the
purpose of the ABS. Let the ABS
work for you by always keeping firm,
steady pressure on the brake pedal
as you steer away from the hazard.
This is sometimes referred to as
Important Safety Reminders
ABS does not reduce the time or
distance it takes to stop the car; it
only helps with steering control
during braking. You should always
maintain a safe following distance
from other vehicles.
A car with ABS may require a
longer distance to stop on loose or
uneven surfaces, such as gravel or
snow, than a car without anti-lock.
Slow down and allow a greater
distance between cars under those
conditions.
‘‘stomp and steer.’’
You will feel a pulsation in the brake
pedal when the ABS activates, and
you may hear some noise. This is
normal; it is the ABS rapidly
pumping the brakes.
Activation varies with the amount of
traction your tires have. On dry
pavement, you will need to press on
the brake pedal very hard before you
activate the ABS. However, you may
feel the ABS activate immediately if
you are trying to stop on snow or ice.
ABS will not prevent a skid that
results from changing direction
abruptly, such as trying to take a
corner too fast or making a sudden
lane change. Always drive at a safe,
prudent 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 car to veer into
oncoming traffic or off the road.
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The Braking System
ABS Indicator
ABS INDICATOR*
*
U.S. indicator shown
The ABS is self-checking. If anything
goes wrong, the ABS indicator on
the instrument panel comes on (see
page 60 ). This means the anti-lock
function of the braking system has
shut down. The brakes still work like
a conventional system without antilock, providing normal stopping
ability. You should have the dealer
inspect your car as soon as possible.
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Driving in Bad Weather
Rain, fog, and snow conditions require a different driving technique
because of reduced traction and
visibility. Keep your car wellmaintained and exercise greater
caution when you need to drive in
bad weather.
Driving Technique − Always drive
slower than you would in dry
weather. It takes your car longer to
react, even in conditions that may
seem just barely damp. Apply
smooth, even pressure to all the
controls. Abrupt steering wheel
movements or sudden, hard application of the brakes can cause loss of
control in wet weather. Be extra
cautious for the first few miles
(kilometers) of driving while you
adjust to the change in driving
conditions. This is especially true in
snow. A person can forget some
snow-driving techniques during the
summer months. Practice is needed
to relearn those skills.
Visibility − Being able to see
clearly in all directions and being
visible to other drivers are important
in all weather conditions. This is
more difficult in bad weather. To be
seen more clearly during daylight
hours, turn on your headlights.
Inspect your windshield wipers and
washers frequently. Keep the windshield washer reservoir full of the
proper fluid. Have the windshield
wiper blades replaced if they start to
streak the windshield or leave parts
unwiped. Use the defrosters and air
conditioning to keep the windows
from fogging up on the inside (see
page 101 ).
Exercise extra caution when driving
in rain after a long dry spell. After
months of dry weather, the first
rains bring oil to the surface of the
roadway, making it slippery.
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Driving in Bad Weather, Towing a Trailer
Traction − Check your tires
frequently for wear and proper
pressure. Both are important in
preventing ‘‘hydroplaning’’ (loss of
traction on a wet surface). In the
winter, mount snow tires on all four
wheels for the best handling.
Watch road conditions carefully,
they can change from moment to
moment. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. ‘‘Clear’’ roads can have
patches of ice. Driving conditions
can be very hazardous when the
outside temperature is near freezing.
The road surface can become
covered with areas of water puddles
mixed with areas of ice, so your
traction can change without warning.
Be careful when downshifting. If
traction is low, you can lock up the
drive wheels for a moment and cause
a skid.
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Towing a Trailer
Your vehicle is not designed to tow a
trailer. Attempting to do so can void
your warranties.
Be very cautious when passing, or
being passed by other vehicles. The
spray from large vehicles reduces
your visibility, and the wind buffeting
can cause you to lose control.
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This section explains why it is
important to keep your car well
maintained and how to follow basic
maintenance safety precautions.
This section also includes
Maintenance Schedules for normal
driving and severe driving conditions,
a Maintenance Record, and instructions for simple maintenance tasks
you may want to take care of
yourself.
If you have the skills and tools to perform more complex maintenance
tasks on your Honda, you may want
to purchase the Service Manual. See
page 265 for information on how to
obtain a copy, or see your Honda
dealer.
Maintenance Safety ....................... 154
Important Safety Precautions .. 155
Maintenance Schedule .................. 156
Required Maintenance Record .... 163
Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 165
Fluid Locations............................... 166
Engine Oil ....................................... 167
Adding Oil................................... 167
Recommended Oil ..................... 167
Synthetic Oil ............................... 168
Additives ..................................... 168
Changing the Oil and Filter ...... 169
Cooling System .............................. 171
Adding Engine Coolant ............. 171
Replacing Engine Coolant ........ 173
Windshield Washers ..................... 176
Transmission Fluid ........................ 177
Brake and Clutch Fluid ................. 177
Brake System ............................. 178
Clutch System ............................ 178
Air Cleaner Element ...................... 179
Hood Latch ..................................... 181
Spark Plugs ..................................... 181
Replacement ............................... 181
Specifications ............................. 183
Battery ............................................ 184
Wiper Blades .................................. 186
Air Conditioning System ............... 189
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 190
Drive Belts ...................................... 192
Tires ................................................ 193
Inflation ....................................... 193
Recommended Tire Pressures
for Normal Driving ............ 194
Tire Pressure Adjustment
for High Speed Driving..... 194
Inspection ................................... 195
Maintenance ............................... 195
Tire Rotation .............................. 196
Replacing Tires and Wheels .... 197
Wheels and Tires ....................... 198
Winter Driving ........................... 198
Snow Tires .............................. 199
Tire Chains ............................. 199
Lights .............................................. 200
Headlight Aiming ...................... 202
Replacing Bulbs ......................... 202
Storing Your Car ............................ 212
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Maintenance Safety
Regularly maintaining your car is the
best way to protect your investment.
Proper maintenance is essential to
your safety and the safety of your
passengers. It will also reward you
with more economical, trouble-free
driving and help reduce air pollution.
Improperly maintaining this car
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.
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This section includes instructions for
simple maintenance tasks, such as
checking and adding oil. Any service
items not detailed in this section
should be performed by a Honda
technician or other qualified
mechanic.
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.
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.
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Important Safety Precautions
Before you begin any maintenance,
make sure your car is parked on
level ground and that the parking
brake is set. Also, be sure the engine
is off. This will help to eliminate
several potential hazards:
Carbon monoxide poisoning
from engine exhaust. Be sure
there is adequate ventilation
whenever you operate the engine.
Burns from hot parts. Let the
engine and exhaust system cool
before touching any parts.
Read the instructions before you
begin, and make sure you have the
tools and skills required.
To reduce the possibility of fire or
explosion, be careful when working
around gasoline or batteries. Use a
commercially available degreaser or
parts cleaner, not gasoline, to clean
parts. Keep cigarettes, sparks, and
flames away from the battery and all
fuel-related parts.
When adding or replacing fluids
within the engine compartment, such
as oil and coolant, be careful of
spillage.
This may lead to damage parts in the
engine compartment.
You should wear eye protection and
protective clothing when working
near the battery or when using
compressed air.
Injury from moving parts. Do
not run the engine unless instructed to do so.
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Maintenance Schedule
The Maintenance Schedule specifies
how often you should have your car
serviced and what things need
attention. It is essential that you have
your car serviced as scheduled to
retain its high level of safety,
dependability, and emissions control
performance.
The services and time or distance
intervals shown in the maintenance
schedule assume you will use your
car as normal transportation for
passengers and their possessions.
You should also follow these
recommendations:
Avoid exceeding your car’s load
limit. This puts excess stress on
the engine, brakes, and many
other parts of your car. The load
limit is shown on the label on the
driver’s doorjamb.
Operate your car on reasonable
roads within the legal speed limit.
Drive your car regularly over a
distance of several miles
(kilometers).
Always use unleaded gasoline with
the proper octane rating (see page
128 ).
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Which Schedule to Follow:
Service your car according to the
time and mileage periods on one of
the Maintenance Schedules on the
following pages. Select the schedule
for ‘‘Severe Conditions’’ if most of
your driving is done under one or
more of the conditions listed on that
page. Otherwise, follow the schedule
for ‘‘Normal Conditions.’’
U.S. Owners − Follow the
Maintenance Schedule for Severe
Conditions if you drive your car
MAINLY under one or more of the
following conditions.
Driving less than 5 miles (8 km)
per trip or, in freezing
temperatures, driving less than 10
miles (16 km) per trip.
Driving in extremely hot [over
90°F (32°C)] conditions.
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Extensive idling or long periods of
stop-and-go driving, such as a taxi
or a commercial delivery vehicle.
Driving with a roof rack, or driving
in mountainous conditions.
Driving on muddy, dusty, or deiced roads.
NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY
or NEVER, drive under a ‘‘severe’’
condition, you should follow the
Maintenance Schedule for Normal
Conditions.
Canadian Owners − Follow the
Maintenance Schedule for Severe
Conditions.
Your authorized Honda dealer
knows your car best and can provide
competent, efficient service.
However, service at a dealer is not
mandatory to keep your warranties
in effect. Maintenance may be done
by any qualified service facility or
person who is skilled in this type of
automotive service. Keep all the
receipts as proof of completion, and
have the person who does the work
fill out the Maintenance Record.
Check your warranty booklet for
more information.
We recommend the use of genuine
Honda parts and fluids whenever you
have maintenance done. These are
manufactured to the same highquality standards as the original
components, so you can be confident
of their performance and durability.
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, Honda
recommends that all maintenance
services be performed at the
recommended time or mileage
period to ensure long-term reliability.
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Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions
Service at the indicated distance or time − whichever comes first.
miles x 1,000
km x 1,000
months
10
16
20
32
30
48
40
64
50
80
60
96
70
112
80
128
90
144
100
160
110
176
120
192
12
24
36
48
60
72
Check engine oil and coolant
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Replace engine oil
Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition at least once per month)
Replace engine oil filter
Inspect front and rear brakes
Check parking brake adjustment
Visually inspect the following 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
Inspect and adjust drive belts
Replace dust and pollen filter
Replace transmission fluid
Service the following items at the recommended intervals.
Replace air cleaner element
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km)
Replace spark plugs
Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km)
Inspect valve clearance
Inspect every 110,000 miles (176,000 km), otherwise adjust only if noisy
Inspect idle speed
Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km) or 7 years
Replace engine coolant
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years,
then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years
Replace brake fluid
Every 3 years (independent of mileage)
#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 157 .
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10,000 mi/16,000 km/1 yr
20,000 mi/32,000 km/1 yr
30,000 mi/48,000 km
30,000 mi/48,000 km/2 yrs
40,000 mi/64,000 km/2 yrs
3 yrs
50,000 mi/80,000 km/3 yrs
60,000 mi/96,000 km
60,000 mi/96,000 km/3 yrs
70,000 mi/112,000 km/4 yrs
80,000 mi/128,000 km/4 yrs
90,000 mi/144,000 km
90,000 mi/144,000 km/5 yrs
100,000 mi/160,000 km/5 yrs
110,000 mi/176,000 km
6 yrs
110,000 mi/176,000 km/6 yrs
110,000 mi/176,000 km/7 yrs
120,000 mi/192,000 km
120,000 mi/192,000 km/6 yrs
120,000 mi/192,000 km/10 yrs
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do item in D.
Do items in A, C.
Do items in A, B.
□Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage).
Do items in A.
Do item in D.
Do items in A, B, C.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do item in D.
Do items in A, C.
Do items in A, B.
□Inspect valve clearance, cold engine.
□Replace spark plugs.
□Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage).
Do items in A.
□Inspect idle speed.
Do item in D.
□Replace transmission fluid.
□Replace engine coolant, then replace every
60,000mi/96,000km/5yrs.
A □Replace engine oil.
□Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 196 ).
B □Replace engine oil filter.
□Inspect front and rear brakes.
□Check parking brake adjustment.
□Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots.
□Inspect suspension components.
□Inspect driveshaft boots.
□Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS).
□Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check
for leaks.
□#Inspect exhaust system.
□#Inspect fuel lines and connections.
C □Inspect and adjust drive belts.
□Replace dust and pollen filter.
D □Replace air cleaner element every 30,000 mi/48,000
km (independent of time).
#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last
column, page 157 .
NOTE:
Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop.
Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy.
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Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions (listed by distance/time)
Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D as required for each distance/time.
U.S. Owners − Refer to page 156 to determine which schedule to use.
Canadian Owners − Use the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions.
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Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions
Service at the indicated distance or time − whichever comes first.
miles x 1,000
km x 1,000
months
10
16
20
32
30
48
40
64
50
80
60
96
70
112
80
128
90
144
100
160
110
176
120
192
12
24
36
48
60
72
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Check engine oil and coolant
Replace every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or 6 months
Replace engine oil
Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition at least once per month)
Replace engine oil filter
Inspect front and rear brakes
Lubricate all hinges, locks, and latches
Visually inspect the following items:
Tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots
Suspension components
Driveshaft boots
Check parking brake adjustment
Visually inspect the following items:
Brake hoses and lines (including ABS)
All fluid levels and condition of fluids
#
Exhaust system, #Fuel lines and connections
Lights and controls, Vehicle underbody
Inspect and adjust drive belts
Replace dust and pollen filter*
Replace transmission fluid
Service the following items at the recommended intervals.
Replace air cleaner element
Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) in dusty conditions,
otherwise use normal schedule
Replace spark plugs
Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km)
Inspect valve clearance
Inspect every 110,000 miles (176,000 km), otherwise adjust only if noisy
Inspect idle speed
Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km) or 7 years
Replace engine coolant
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years,
then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years
Replace brake fluid
Every 3 years (independent of mileage)
* : See dust and pollen filter on page 190 for replacement information under special driving conditions.
# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 157 .
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5,000 mi/8,000 km
10,000 mi/16,000 km/1 yr
15,000 mi/24,000 km
20,000 mi/32,000 km/1 yr
25,000 mi/40,000 km
30,000 mi/48,000 km
30,000 mi/48,000 km/2 yrs
35,000 mi/56,000 km
40,000 mi/64,000 km/2 yrs
45,000 mi/72,000 km
3 yrs
50,000 mi/80,000 km/3 yrs
55,000 mi/88,000 km
60,000 mi/96,000 km
60,000 mi/96,000 km/3 yrs
65,000 mi/104,000 km
70,000 mi/112,000 km/4 yrs
75,000 mi/120,000 km
80,000 mi/128,000 km/4 yrs
85,000 mi/136,000 km
90,000 mi/144,000 km
90,000 mi/144,000 km/5 yrs
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A, E.
Do items in A, B, C.
Do items in A.
Do item in E.
Do items in A, B, D.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C.
Do items in A, E.
□Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage).
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do item in E.
□Replace transmission fluid.
Do items in A, B, C, D.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A, E.
Do items in A, B, C.
Do items in A.
Do item in E.
Do items in A, B, D.
A □Replace engine oil.
B □Replace engine oil filter.
□Inspect front and rear brakes.
□Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 196 ).
□Lubricate all hinges, locks, and latches with
multipurpose grease.
□Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots.
□Inspect suspension components.
□Inspect driveshaft boots.
C □Check parking brake adjustment.
□Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS).
□Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check
for leaks.
□#Inspect exhaust system.
□#Inspect fuel lines and connections.
□Check all lights.
□Inspect the underbody.
D □Inspect and adjust drive belts.
□Replace dust and pollen filter*.
E □Replace air cleaner element every 15,000 mi/
24,000 km (independent of time) under dusty
conditions, otherwise use Normal Conditions
schedule.
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Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time)
Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D, E as required for each distance/time.
U.S. Owners − Refer to page 156 to determine which schedule to use.
Canadian Owners − Use the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions.
Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time)
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95,000 mi/152,000 km
100,000 mi/160,000 km/5 yrs
105,000 mi/168,000 km
6 yrs
110,000 mi/176,000 km
110,000 mi/176,000 km/6 yrs
110,000 mi/176,000 km/7 yrs
115,000 mi/184,000 km
120,000 mi/192,000 km
120,000 mi/192,000 km/6 yrs
9 yrs
120,000 mi/192,000 km/10 yrs
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Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C.
Do items in A, E.
□Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage).
□Inspect valve clearance, cold engine.
□Replace spark plugs.
Do items in A, B.
□Inspect idle speed.
Do items in A.
Do item in E.
□Replace transmission fluid.
Do items in A, B, C, D.
□Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage).
□Replace engine coolant, then replace every
60,000mi/96,000km/5yrs.
* : See dust and pollen filter on page 190 for replacement information
under special driving conditions.
# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last
column, page 157 .
NOTE:
Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop.
Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy.
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Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules)
You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page 158 ) or severe
conditions (page 160 ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle.
5,000 mi
8,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
35,000 mi
56,000 km
Date
10,000 mi
16,000 km
mi/km
Date
15,000 mi
24,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
25,000 mi
40,000 km
mi/km
40,000 mi
64,000 km
(or 2 years)
mi/km
45,000 mi
72,000 km
mi/km
50,000 mi
80,000 km
Date
mi/km
Date
Date
Date
mi/km
Date
55,000 mi
88,000 km
Date
30,000 mi
48,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
20,000 mi
32,000 km
(or 1 year)
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
Date
60,000 mi
96,000 km
(or 3 years)
mi/km
Date
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65,000 mi
104,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
95,000 mi
152,000 km
Date
70,000 mi
112,000 km
mi/km
Date
75,000 mi
120,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
85,000 mi
136,000 km
mi/km
100,000 mi
160,000 km
(or 5 years)
mi/km
105,000 mi
168,000 km
mi/km
110,000 mi
176,000 km
Date
mi/km
Date
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Date
Date
mi/km
Date
115,000 mi
184,000 km
Date
90,000 mi
144,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
80,000 mi
128,000 km
(or 4 years)
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
Date
120,000 mi
192,000 km
(or 6 years)
mi/km
Date
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Owner 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 page given.
Engine oil level − Check every
time you fill the fuel tank. See
page 132 .
Engine coolant level − Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 133 .
Windshield washer fluid − Check
the level in the reservoir monthly.
If weather conditions cause you to
use the washers frequently, check
the reservoir each time you stop
for fuel. See page 176 .
Tires − Check the tire pressure
monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page
193 .
Lights − Check the operation of
the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
turn signals, brake lights, and
license plate lights monthly. See
page 200 .
Brakes − Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 177 .
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Fluid Locations
BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
ENGINE OIL
DIPSTICK
(Orange handle)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
ENGINE
COOLANT
RESERVOIR
RADIATOR CAP
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CLUTCH FLUID
(Gray cap)
ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP
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Engine Oil
Adding Oil
Recommended 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.
ENGINE OIL FILL CAP
To add oil, unscrew and remove the
engine oil fill cap on top of the valve
cover. Pour in the oil, and install the
engine oil fill cap. Tighten it securely.
Wait a few minutes and recheck the
oil level. Do not fill above the upper
mark; you could damage the engine.
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.’’
API SERVICE LABEL
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Engine Oil
The SAE number tells you the oil’s
viscosity or weight. Select the oil for
your vehicle according to this chart.
Ambient Temperature
5W-20 oil is formulated for yearround protection of your Honda, to
improve cold weather starting, and
to help your engine use less fuel.
If 5W-20 oil is not available, a 5W-30
oil may be used. However, it should
be replaced with 5W-20 at the next
oil change.
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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 as shown
on the chart. When using synthetic
oil, you must follow the oil and filter
change intervals given in the
maintenance schedule.
Additives
Your Honda does not require any oil
additives. Additives may adversely
affect your engine’s or transmission’s
performance and durability.
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Changing the Oil and Filter
Always change the oil and filter
according to the time and distance
(miles/kilometers) recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
The oil and filter collect contaminants that can damage your engine if
they are not removed regularly.
Changing the oil and filter requires
special tools and access from
underneath the car. The car should
be raised on a service station-type
hydraulic lift for this service. Unless
you have the knowledge and proper
equipment, you should have this
maintenance done by a skilled
mechanic.
OIL FILTER
OIL DRAIN BOLT
WASHER
1. Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.
2. Open the hood and remove the
engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil
drain bolt and washer from the
bottom of the engine. Drain the oil
into an appropriate container.
3. Remove the oil filter and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
Honda dealer) is required to
remove the filter.
4. Install a new oil filter according to
instructions that come with it.
Tightening torque:
9 lbf·ft (12 N·m , 1.2 kgf·m)
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5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten it to:
33 lbf·ft (44 N·m , 4.5 kgf·m)
6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
4.4 US qt (4.2 , 3.7 Imp qt)
7. Replace the engine oil fill cap.
Start the engine. The oil pressure
indicator light should go out within
five seconds. If it does not, turn off
the engine and reinspect your
work.
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8. Let the engine run for several
minutes and check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.
9. Turn off the engine, let it sit for
several minutes, then check the oil
level. If necessary, add oil to bring
the level to the upper mark on the
dipstick.
Improper disposal of engine oil can be
harmf ul to the environment. If you
change your own oil, please dispose of
the used oil properly. Put it in a sealed
container and take it to a recycling
center. Do not discard it in a trash bin
or dump it on the ground.
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Cooling System
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.
The coolant you add should always
be a mixture of 50 percent antifreeze
and 50 percent water. Never add
straight antifreeze or plain water.
Always use Honda All Season
Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This
coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent
antifreeze and 50 percent water. It
does not require any additional
mixing.
If it 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.
However, continued use of any nonHonda coolant can result in
corrosion, causing the cooling
system to malfunction or fail. Have
the cooling system flushed and
refilled with Honda antifreeze/
coolant as soon as possible.
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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Cooling System
Do not add any rust inhibitors or
other additives to your car’s cooling
system. They may not be compatible
with the coolant or engine components.
RADIATOR CAP
RESERVE TANK
1. Make sure the engine and radiator
are cool.
2. Turn the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pressing down
on it, until it stops. This relieves
any pressure remaining in the
cooling system.
3. Remove the radiator cap by
pushing down and turning
counterclockwise.
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4. The coolant level should be up to
the base of the filler neck. Add
coolant if it is low.
5. Put the radiator cap back on.
Tighten it fully.
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.
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Replacing Engine Coolant
The cooling system should be
completely drained and refilled with
new coolant according to the time
and distance recommendations in
the maintenance schedule. Only use
Honda All Season Antifreeze/
Coolant Type 2.
Draining the coolant requires access
to the underside of the car. Unless
you have the tools and knowledge,
you should have this maintenance
done by a skilled mechanic.
1. Turn the ignition ON (II). Turn
the temperature control dial to
maximum heat. Turn off the
ignition. Open the hood. Make
sure the engine and radiator are
cool to the touch.
2. Remove the radiator cap.
3. Before draining the coolant,
remove the cover under the
radiator.
Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to
remove the two bolts, and remove
the nine holding clips from the
cover (5 clips on the bottom and 4
clips on the side) with a flat-tipped
screwdriver. Then pull the cover
away.
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DRAIN PLUG
DRAIN CAP
HOLDING CLIP
4. Loosen the drain plug on the
bottom of the radiator. Drain the
coolant into an appropriate
container.
5. Disengage the holding clip at the
bottom of the reserve tank.
Remove the drain cap and install a
rubber hose. Drain the coolant
into an appropriate container.
6. When the coolant stops draining,
tighten the drain plug at the
bottom of the radiator.
7. Remove the rubber hose and
reinstall the drain cap securely.
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8. Tighten the drain cap with the
holding clip securely.
9. Put the cover back in place and
tighten the bolts securely.
Reinstall the nine holding-clips and
lock each clip in place by pushing
on its center.
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11.Start the engine and let it run for
about 30 seconds. Then turn off
the engine.
15.Start the engine and let it run until
the radiator fan comes on two
times. Then stop the engine.
16.Remove the radiator cap. Fill the
radiator with coolant up to the
base of the filler neck.
17.Start the engine and hold it at
1,500 rpm until the radiator fan
comes on. Turn off the engine.
Check the coolant level in the
radiator and add coolant if needed.
Fill up to here
10.Pour Honda All Season
Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 into
the radiator up to the base of the
filler neck. This coolant is a
mixture of 50 percent antifreeze
and 50 percent water. Pre-mixing
is not required.
The cooling system capacity is:
5.3 (1.40 US gal , 1.17 Imp gal)
RESERVE TANK
12.Check the level in the radiator,
add coolant if needed.
18.Install the radiator cap, and
tighten it fully.
19.If necessary, fill the reserve tank
to the MAX mark. Install the
reserve tank cap.
13.Fill the reserve tank to the MAX
mark. Install the reserve tank cap.
14.Install the radiator cap, and
tighten it to the first stop.
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Windshield Washers
Check the level in the windshield
washer reservoir at least monthly
during normal usage. In bad weather,
when you use the washers often,
check the level every time you stop
for fuel. This reservoir supplies the
windshield and rear window washers.
The windshield washer reservoir is
located behind the left headlight.
Fill the reservoir with a good-quality
windshield washer fluid. This
increases the cleaning capability and
prevents freezing in cold weather.
Fluid level
When you refill the reservoir, clean
the edges of the windshield wiper
blades with windshield washer fluid
on a clean cloth. This will help to
condition the blade edges.
On Canadian models
The low washer level indicator will
light when the level is low (see page
60 ).
Check the windshield washer fluid
level as follows:
1. Unfasten the reservoir cap.
Do not use engine antif reeze or a
vinegar/water solution in the
windshield washer reservoir.
2. Cover the small hole in the center
of the cap with your finger and
pull up until the tube is fully
exposed.
Antif reeze can damage your car’s paint,
while a vinegar/water solution can
damage the windshield washer pump.
3. Check the fluid level in the tube. If
the fluid level is low, fill the
reservoir with windshield washer
fluid.
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Use only commercially-available
windshield washer f luid.
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Transmission Fluid, Brake and Clutch Fluid
Correct level
FILLER BOLT
Check the fluid level with the
transmission at normal operating
temperature and the car sitting on
level ground. Remove the
transmission filler bolt and carefully
feel inside the bolt hole with your
finger. The fluid level should be up
to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is
not, add genuine Honda Manual
Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it
starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall
the filler bolt and tighten it securely.
If Honda MTF is not available, you
may use an API service SG, SH or SJ
grade motor oil with a viscosity of
SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 as a
temporary replacement. An SG
grade is preferred, but an SH or SJ
grade may be used if SG is not
available. However, motor oil does
not contain the proper additives and
continued use can cause stiffer
shifting. Replace as soon as it is
convenient.
Brake and Clutch Fluid
Check the fluid level in the reservoirs monthly. There are up to two
reservoirs, depending on the model.
They are:
Brake fluid reservoir
Clutch fluid reservoir
The brake fluid should be replaced
according to the time recommendation in the maintenance schedule.
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
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Brake and Clutch Fluid
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. However, the use of
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 car’s braking
system and can cause extensive
damage.
Brake System
Clutch System
MAX
MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If the level is at or
below the MIN mark, your brake
system needs attention. Have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
MAX
MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If it is not, add
brake fluid to bring it up to that level.
Use the same fluid specified for the
brake system.
Low fluid level can indicate a leak in
the clutch system. Have this system
inspected as soon as possible.
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Air Cleaner Element
The air cleaner element should be
replaced according to the time and
distance recommendations in the
maintenance schedule.
Replacement
BOLT
BREATHER
TUBE
BOLT
The air cleaner element is inside the
air cleaner housing in the engine
compartment.
2. Move the air cleaner housing
cover sideways. Next, remove the
breather tube from the air cleaner
housing.
To replace it:
1. Loosen the five bolts with a
Phillips-head screwdriver or
wrench and lift up the air cleaner
housing cover.
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Air Cleaner Element
AIR CLEANER ELEMENT
3. Move the air cleaner housing
cover to the left, and then lift up
the right side.
4. Move the air cleaner housing
cover up and to the right to lift it
away from the base.
6. Carefully clean the inside of the
air cleaner housing with a damp
rag.
5. Remove the old air cleaner
element.
7. Place the new air cleaner element
in the air cleaner housing.
8. Reinstall the air cleaner housing
cover and the duct. Tighten the
five bolts.
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Hood Latch, Spark Plugs
Hood Latch
Spark Plugs
The spark plugs in your car should
be replaced according to the time
and distance recommendations in
the maintenance schedule.
Replacement
NUTS
NUTS
LATCH ASSEMBLY
Clean the hood latch assembly with a
mild cleaner, then lubricate it with a
multipurpose grease. Lubricate all
the moving parts (as shown),
including the pivot. Follow the time
and distance recommendations in
the Maintenance Schedule. If you
are not sure how to clean and grease
the latch, contact your Honda dealer.
1. Remove the four nuts with a
wrench, then remove the coil
cover.
2. Clean up any dirt and oil that have
collected around the ignition coils.
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Spark Plugs
BOLT
IGNITION COIL
CONNECTOR
LOCK TAB
3. Use a wrench to remove the bolt
holding the ignition coil. Pull the
ignition coil up slightly.
6. Remove the spark plug with a 16
mm (five-eighths inch) spark plug
socket.
4. Disconnect the wire connector
from the ignition coil by pushing
on the lock tab and pulling on the
connector. Pull on the plastic
connector, not the wires.
7. Put the new spark plug into the
socket, then screw it into the hole.
Screw it in by hand so you do not
crossthread it.
5. Remove the ignition coil.
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8. Torque the spark plug. (If you do
not have a torque wrench, tighten
the spark plug two-thirds of a turn
after it contacts the cylinder head.)
Tightening torque:
13 lbf·ft (18 N·m , 1.8 kgf·m)
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Spark Plugs
Tighten the spark plugs caref ully. A
spark plug that is too loose can
overheat and damage the engine.
Overtightening can cause damage to
the threads in the cylinder head.
Specifications:
NGK: IZFR6K-11
DENSO: SKJ20DR-M11
Spark Plug Gap:
0.04 in (1.1 mm) +−00.1 mm
9. Install the ignition coil into the
hole.
10.Connect the wire connector to the
ignition coil. Make sure it locks in
place.
11.Push the ignition coil down all the
way. Install the bolt.
12.Repeat this procedure for the
other three spark plugs.
13.Reinstall the coil cover, and
tighten the four nuts.
Tightening torque:
7 lbf·ft (9.8 N·m , 1.0 kgf·m)
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Battery
Check the condition of your car’s
battery monthly. You should check
the color of the test indicator window,
and for corrosion on the terminals.
TEST INDICATOR WINDOW
Check the battery condition by
looking at the test indicator window
on the battery.
The label on the battery explains the
test indicator’s colors.
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Check the battery terminals for
corrosion (a white or yellowish
powder). To remove it, cover the
terminals with a solution of baking
soda and water. It will bubble up and
turn brown. When this stops, wash it
off with plain water. Dry off the
battery with a cloth or paper towel.
Coat the terminals with grease to
help prevent future corrosion.
WARNING: Battery posts,
terminals and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds.
Wash hands after handling.
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Battery
If you need to connect the battery to
a charger, disconnect both cables to
prevent damage to the car’s
electrical system.
The battery gives off explosive
hydrogen gas during normal
operation.
If the terminals are severely corroded, clean them with baking soda
and water. Then use a wrench to
loosen and remove the cables from
the terminals. Always disconnect the
negative (−) cable first and reconnect it last. Clean the battery terminals with a terminal cleaning tool or
wire brush. Reconnect and tighten
the cables, then coat the terminals
with grease.
A spark or flame can cause the
battery to explode with enough
force to kill or seriously hurt you.
Wear protective clothing and a
face shield, or have a skilled
mechanic do the battery
maintenance.
Charging the battery with the cables
connected can seriously damage your
car’s electronic controls. Detach the
battery cables bef ore connecting the
battery to a charger.
If your car’s battery is disconnected
or goes dead, the audio system will
disable itself. The next time you turn
on the radio you will see ‘‘
’’ in
the frequency display. Use the
Preset buttons to enter the five-digit
code (see page 123 ).
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Wiper Blades
Check the condition of the wiper
blades at least every six months.
Look for signs of cracking in the
rubber, or areas that are getting
hard. Replace the blades if you find
these signs, or if they leave streaks
and unwiped areas when used.
WIPER ARMS
LOCK TAB
To replace a front wiper blad:
1. Raise the wiper arm off the
windshield.
Raise the driver’s side first, then
the passenger’s side.
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2. Disconnect the blade assembly
from the wiper arm by pushing in
the lock tab. Hold it in while you
push the blade assembly toward
the base of the arm.
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BLADE
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.
REINFORCEMENT
3. Remove the blade from its holder
by grasping the tabbed end of the
blade. Pull firmly until the tabs
come out of the holder.
7. Lower the wiper arm down against
the windshield.
Lower the passenger’s side first,
then the driver’s side.
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.
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BLADE
REINFORCEMENT
To replace a rear wiper blade:
1. Raise the wiper arm off the rear
window.
2. Pull one end of the blade out from
the holder.
3. Slide the blade out of the holder.
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4. Examine the new wiper blade. If it
has 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 blade into the holder.
Make sure it is engaged in the slot
along its full length.
6. Insert both ends of the blade into
the holder. Make sure they are
secure.
7. Lower the wiper arm.
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Air Conditioning System
Your car’s air conditioning is a sealed
system. Any major maintenance,
such as recharging, should be done
by a qualified mechanic. You can do
a couple of things to make sure the
air conditioning works efficiently.
Periodically check the engine’s
radiator and air conditioning
condenser for leaves, insects, and
dirt stuck to the front surface. These
block the air flow and reduce cooling
efficiency. Use a light spray from a
hose or a soft brush to remove them.
If the air conditioning does not get as
cold as before, have your dealer
check the system. Recharge the
system with Refrigerant HFC-134a
(R-134a). (See Specifications on page
251 .)
AIR CONDITIONING
CONDENSER
The condenser and radiator f ins bend
easily. Only use a low-pressure spray
or sof t-bristle brush to clean them.
Run the air conditioning at least once
a week during the cold weather
months. Run it for at least ten
minutes while you are driving at a
steady speed with the engine at
normal operating temperature. This
circulates the lubricating oil contained in the refrigerant.
Whenever you have the air conditioning
system serviced, make sure the service
f acility uses a ref rigerant recycling
system. This system captures the
ref rigerant f or reuse. Releasing
ref rigerant into the atmosphere can
damage the environment.
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Dust and Pollen Filter
The air conditioning filter removes
pollen and dust that is brought in
from the outside through the heating
and cooling system.
This filter should be replaced every
30,000 miles (48,000 km) under
normal conditions. 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 from industry and
diesel-powered vehicles. Replace it
more often if air flow from the
heating and cooling system becomes
less than usual.
Replacement
COVER
HOOKS
PUSH
LOCK TAB
The dust and pollen filter is located
behind the glove box.
To replace it:
1. Open the glove box. Remove the
hooks on the side panels by
pushing on the end of each hook
from the inside of the glove box.
Pivot the glove box out of the way.
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2. Remove the dust and pollen filter
cover by pushing up on the lock
tab, then pivoting up the cover.
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5. Reinstall the dust and pollen filter
cover.
DUST AND POLLEN FILTERS
6. Pivot the glove box up into
position. Install the tabs back in
place.
7. Close the glove box.
If you are not sure how to replace
the dust and pollen filters, have them
replaced by your Honda dealer.
3. Remove the first filter by pulling it
straight out of the air conditioning
unit. Remove the second filter by
sliding it to the left, then pulling it
out.
4. Install the dust and pollen filters
into the air conditioning unit.
Make sure the ‘‘AIR FLOW’’
arrows on the filter point
downward.
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Drive Belts
Drive Belts
Proper range
POINTER
An auto-tensioner adjusts the tension
of the drive belt. The pointer on the
auto-tensioner should point at the
square depression in the arm.
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If the pointer is out of this range or
you see signs of wear, have the drive
belt replaced by your Honda dealer
as soon as possible.
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Tires
To safely operate your car, your tires
must be the proper type and size, in
good condition with adequate tread,
and correctly inflated. The following
pages give more detailed information
on how and when to check air
pressure, how to inspect your tires
for damage and wear, and what to do
when your tires need to be replaced.
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.
Inflation
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 car
ride more harshly, are more prone to
damage from road hazards, and wear
unevenly.
We recommend that you visually
check your tires every day. If you
think a tire might be low, check it
immediately with a tire gauge.
Use a gauge to measure the air
pressure at least once a month. Even
tires that are in good condition may
lose one to two psi (10 to 20 kPa, 0.1
to 0.2 kgf/cm ) per month.
Remember to check the spare tire at
the same time you check all the
other tires.
Check the pressure in the tires when
they are cold. This means the car
has been parked for at least three
hours. If you have to drive the car
before checking the tire pressure,
the tires can still be considered
‘‘cold’’ if you drive less than 1 mile
(1.6 km).
If you check the pressure when the
tires are hot (the car has been driven
several miles), you will see readings
4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4
kgf/cm ) higher than the cold
reading. This is normal. Do not let
air out to match the specified cold
pressure. The tire will be
underinflated.
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You should get your own tire
pressure gauge and use it whenever
you check your tire pressures. This
will make it easier for you to tell if a
pressure loss is due to a tire problem
and not due to a variation between
gauges.
Recommended Tire Pressures for
Normal Driving
The following chart shows the
recommended cold tire pressures for
most normal driving conditions and
speeds.
Tire Size
195/60R15 88V
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
Front:
33 psi (230 kPa , 2.3
kgf/cm )
Rear:
29 psi (200 kPa , 2.0
kgf/cm )
The compact spare tire pressure is:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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These pressures are also given on
the tire information label on the
driver’s doorjamb.
Tubeless tires have some ability to
self-seal if they are punctured.
However, because leakage is often
very slow, you should look closely
for punctures if a tire starts losing
pressure.
Tire Pressure Adjustment for High
Speed Driving
Honda strongly recommends that
you not drive faster than posted
speed limits and conditions allow. If
you decide it is safe to drive at high
speeds, be sure to adjust the cold tire
pressures as shown below. If you do
not adjust the tire pressure, excessive heat can build up and cause
sudden tire failure.
Tire Size
195/60R15 88V
Cold Tire Pressure
for Speeds over 100
mph (160 km/h)
Front:
36 psi (250 kPa , 2.5
kgf/cm )
Rear:
35 psi (240 kPa , 2.4
kgf/cm )
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Inspection
Every time you check inflation, you
should also examine the tires for
damage, foreign objects, and wear.
INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS
You should look for:
Bumps or bulges in the tread or
side of the tire. Replace the tire if
you find either of these conditions.
Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side
of the tire. Replace the tire if you
can see fabric or cord.
Excessive tread wear.
TREAD WEAR INDICATORS
Your car’s tires have wear indicators
molded into the tread. When the
tread wears down to that point, you
will see a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide
band running across the tread. This
shows there is less than 1/16 inch
(1.6 mm) of tread left on the tire. A
tire that is this worn gives very little
traction on wet roads. You should
replace the tire if you can see the
tread wear indicator in three or more
places around the 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.
The tires were properly balanced by
the factory. They may need to be
rebalanced at some time before they
are worn out. 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 for repair.
Make sure the installer balances the
wheels when you have new tires
installed. This increases riding
comfort and tire life. Your car’s
original tires were dynamic or ‘‘spin’’
balanced at the factory. For best
results, have the installer perform a
dynamic balance.
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Tires
Tire Rotation
Improper wheel weights can damage
your car’s aluminum wheels. Use only
Genuine 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, you
should have the tires rotated every
10,000 miles (16,000 km). Move the
tires to the positions shown in the
chart each time they are rotated.
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When shopping for replacement
tires, you may find that some tires
are ‘‘directional.’’ This means they
are designed to rotate only in one
direction. If you use directional tires,
they should be rotated only front-toback.
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Replacing Tires and Wheels
The tires that came with your car
were selected to match the performance capabilities of the car while
providing the best combination of
handling, ride comfort, and long life.
You should replace them 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 car can reduce
its braking ability, traction, and
steering accuracy.
Installing improper tires on your
car can affect handling and
stability. This can cause a crash
in which you can be seriously
hurt or killed.
It is best to replace all four tires at
the same time. If that is not possible
or necessary, then replace the two
front tires or the two rear tires as a
pair. Replacing just one tire can
seriously affect your car’s handling.
Always use the size and type of
tires recommended in this
owner’s manual.
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Tires
The ABS works by comparing the
speed of the wheels. When replacing
tires, use the same size originally
supplied with the car. Tire size and
construction can affect wheel speed
and may cause the system to work
inconsistently.
If you ever need to replace a wheel,
make sure the wheel’s specifications
match those of the original wheel
that came on your car. Replacement
wheels are available at your Honda
dealer.
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Wheels and Tires
Wheels:
15 x 6 J
Tires:
195/60R15 88V
See page 252 for information about
DOT Tire Quality Grading.
Winter Driving
Tires that are marked ‘‘M+S’’ or
‘‘All Season’’ on the sidewall have an
all-weather tread design. They
should be suitable for most winter
driving conditions. Tires without
these markings are designed for
optimum traction in dry conditions.
They may not provide adequate
performance in winter driving.
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.
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Snow Tires
Tire Chains
If you mount snow tires on your
Honda, make sure they are radial
tires of the same size and load range
as the original tires. Mount snow
tires on all four wheels to balance
your car’s handling in all weather
conditions. Keep in mind the traction
provided by snow tires on dry roads
may not be as high as your car’s
original equipment tires. You should
drive cautiously even when the roads
are clear. Check with the tire dealer
for maximum speed recommendations.
Mount snow chains on your vehicle
when warranted by driving conditions or required by local laws. Make
sure the chains are the correct size
for your tires. Install them only on
the front tires. If metal chains are
used, they must be SAE class ‘‘S.’’
Cable type traction devices can also
be used.
Chains of the wrong size or that are
improperly installed can damage your
car’s brake lines, suspension, body, and
wheels. Stop driving if you hear the
chains hitting any part of the car.
When installing chains, follow the
manufacturer’s instructions and
mount them as tightly as you can.
Drive slowly with chains installed. If
you hear the chains contacting the
body or chassis, stop and investigate.
Make sure the chains are installed
tightly, and that they are not
contacting the brake lines or
suspension. Remove the chains as
soon as you begin driving on cleared
roads.
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Lights
Check the operation of your car’s
exterior lights at least once a month.
A burned out bulb can create an
unsafe condition by reducing your
car’s visibility and the ability to
signal your intentions to other
drivers.
HEADLIGHT
TURN SIGNAL
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PARKING LIGHT
SIDE MARKER LIGHT
SIDE TURN SIGNAL
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Check the following:
HIGH-MOUNT BRAKE LIGHT
TURN SIGNAL
LIGHT
LICENSE PLATE
LIGHTS
BACK-UP
LIGHT
Headlights (low and high beam)
Parking lights
Taillights
Brake lights
High-mount brake light
Turn signals
Back-up lights
Hazard light function
License plate lights
Side marker lights
Daytime running lights
(Canadian models)
If you find any bulbs are burned out,
replace them as soon as possible.
Refer to the chart on page 251 to
determine what type of replacement
bulb is needed.
SIDE MARKER
LIGHT
STOP/TAILLIGHT
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Headlight Aiming
The headlights were properly aimed
when your vehicle was new. If you
regularly carry heavy items in the
cargo area, readjustment may be
required. Adjustment of the
headlights should be performed by a
Honda technician or other qualified
mechanic.
Replacing a Headlight Bulb
Your car has halogen headlight
bulbs, one on each side. When
replacing a bulb, 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.
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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BULB
HOLD-DOWN WIRE
WEATHER SEAL
CONNECTOR
1. Open the hood.
2. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by pulling the
connector straight back.
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3. Remove the rubber weather seal
by pulling on the tab.
4. Unclip the hold-down wire from its
slot by pushing it in and up. Pivot
it out of the way and remove the
bulb.
5. Insert 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.
6. Install the rubber seal over the
back of the headlight assembly.
Make sure it is right side up; it is
marked ‘‘TOP.’’
Replacing a Front Turn Signal
Bulb
1. If you are changing the bulb on
the driver’s side, start the engine,
turn the steering wheel all the way
to the right, and turn off the
engine. If you are changing the
bulb on the passenger’s side, turn
the steering wheel to the left.
HOLDING CLIP
2. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to
remove the holding clip from the
inner fender.
3. Pull the inner fender cover back.
7. Push the electrical connector onto
the tabs of the new bulb. Make
sure it locks in place.
Turn on the headlights to test the
new bulb.
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Lights
6. Install the new bulb in the socket.
Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.
Replacing a Side Marker Bulb
7. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
8. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
9. Put the inner fender cover in place.
Install the holding clip. Lock it in
place by pushing on the center.
4. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
5. Remove the burned out bulb from
the socket by pushing it in and
turning the bulb counterclockwise
until it unlocks.
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1. Front bumper: Push the front
edge of the side marker lens
toward the rear of the vehicle. The
front edge will pop out of the
bumper.
Rear bumper: Push the rear edge
of the side marker lens toward the
front of the vehicle. The rear edge
will pop out of the bumper.
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2. Turn the socket one-quarter turn
counterclockwise to remove it
from the lens.
Replacing a Front Parking Light
Bulb
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
4. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
4. Put the socket back into its hole in
the lens and turn it clockwise until
it locks.
5. Turn on the parking lights and
check that the new bulb is
working.
5. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
6. Place the tabbed end of the side
marker assembly into the bumper
first, then the looped end. Press on
the looped end to get the assembly
to snap back in place.
1. Open the hood. The front parking
light is next to the headlight bulb.
2. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
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Lights
4. Remove the socket for that bulb
by turning it one-quarter turn
counterclockwise.
Replacing Rear Bulbs
5. Remove the burned out bulb from
the socket by pushing it in and
turning the bulb counterclockwise
until it unlocks.
6. Install the new bulb in the socket.
7. Reinstall the socket in the tail-light
assembly and turn it clockwise to
lock it in place.
COVER
1. Open the hatch.
2. Remove the cover from the inside
panel by carefully prying on its
upper front edge with a small flattipped screwdriver.
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3. Determine which bulb, taillight,
stop/taillight, back-up light, side
marker light or turn signal is
burned out. Remove the socket for
that bulb by turning counterclockwise.
8. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working. Reinstall the
cover over the taillight assembly.
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Replacing the High-mount Brake
Light Bulb
BULB HOLDER
1. Open the hatch.
2. Put your fingers between the
interior trim and the hatch glass
on either side of the high-mount
brake light. Carefully pull down on
the trim to unsnap the clips from
the hatch. Work your way toward
each end of the trim. Remove the
trim.
3. Remove the bulb holder from the
light assembly by pushing the tabs
on both sides and pulling the bulb
holder down.
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
bulb holder. Push the new bulb in
until it bottoms in the bulb holder.
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Lights
5. Push the bulb holder into the light
assembly until it locks in place.
Replacing a Side Turn Signal Bulb
6. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
4. Put the socket back into its hole in
the lens and turn it clockwise until
it locks.
7. Line up the clips on the interior
trim with the corresponding holes
in the hatch.Push on the trim to
snap it back in place.
5. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
1. Push the front of the side turn
signal assembly toward the rear of
the car until it pops out of the body.
2. Turn the socket one-quarter turn
counterclockwise to remove it
from the lens.
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3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
6. Put the side turn signal assembly
back into the body, rear first. Push
on the front edge until it snaps into
place.
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Lights
4. Turn on the parking lights and
check that the new bulb is
working.
Replacing a Rear License Plate
Bulb
5. Put the lens back on the bulb
holder and push it until it latches.
6. Slide the right side of the light
assembly into the hole. Push on
the left side to latch the assembly
into place.
1. Slide the lens to the right until the
left side of the lens pops out of the
body. Pull out the light assembly.
2. Remove the lens from the socket
by pulling the lens while squeezing
the tabs on both sides of the
socket.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb in until
it bottoms in the socket.
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Lights
Replacing Ceiling and Spotlight
Bulbs
The ceiling lights and spotlights
come apart the same way, but they
do not use the same type of bulbs.
FRONT CEILING LIGHT/SPOT LIGHT
CENTER CEILING LIGHT
1. Remove the lens by carefully
prying on the edge of the lens with
a fingernail file or a small flat-tip
screwdriver. Do not pry on the
edge of the housing around the
lens.
Front ceiling light/spotlight:
Pry on the front edge of the lens in
the middle.
Center ceiling light:
Pry on the side edge of the lens in
the middle.
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2. Remove the bulb by pulling it
straight out of its metal tabs.
3. Push the new bulb into the metal
tabs. Snap the lens back in place.
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3. Put the light assembly back into
the hole, rear side first. Push on
the front side until it snaps into
place.
Replacing the Cargo Area Light
Bulb
1. Open the hatch.
Remove the luggage area light
assembly by using a small flattipped screwdriver wrapped with a
cloth to pry carefully on the front
edge of the assembly.
2. Pull the bulb straight out of the
holder. Push the new bulb straight
into the holder until it bottoms.
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Storing Your Car
If you need to park your car for an
extended period (more than one
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 car back on the road. If
possible, store your car indoors.
Block the rear wheels.
If the car 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 car is being stored indoors).
Fill the fuel tank.
Cover the car with a ‘‘breathable’’
cover, one made from a porous
material such as cotton.
Nonporous materials, such as
plastic sheeting, trap moisture,
which can damage the paint.
If possible, run the engine for a
while periodically (preferably once
a month).
Disconnect the battery.
Change the engine oil and filter
(see page 169 ).
Wash and dry the exterior
completely.
Clean the interior. Make sure the
carpeting, floor mats, etc. are
completely dry.
Leave the parking brake off. Put
the transmission in Reverse.
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Support the front and rear wiper
blade arms with a folded towel or
rag so they do not touch the
windshield.
To minimize sticking, apply a
silicone spray lubricant to all door
and hatch seals. Also, apply a body
wax to the painted surfaces that
mate with the door and hatch seals.
If you store your car for 12 months
or longer, have your Honda dealer
perform the inspections called for in
the 24 months/30,000 miles (48,000
km) maintenance schedule (Normal
Conditions) as soon as you take it
out of storage (see page 158 ). The
replacements called for in the
maintenance schedule are not
needed unless the car has actually
reached that time or mileage.
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Appearance Care
Regular cleaning and polishing of
your Honda helps to keep it ‘‘new’’
looking. This section gives you hints
on how to clean your car and
preserve its appearance: the paint,
brightwork, wheels and interior. Also
included are several things you can
do to help prevent corrosion.
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Washing ...................................... 214
Roof Antenna ............................. 215
Waxing ........................................ 215
Aluminum Wheels ..................... 216
Paint Touch-up ........................... 216
Interior Care ................................... 216
Carpeting .................................... 216
Floor Mats .................................. 217
Fabric .......................................... 217
Vinyl ............................................ 217
Leather ........................................ 218
Seat Belts .................................... 218
Windows ..................................... 219
Air Fresheners ........................... 219
Corrosion Protection ..................... 219
Body Repairs .................................. 220
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Washing
Frequent washing helps preserve
your car’s beauty. Dirt and grit can
scratch the paint, while tree sap and
bird droppings can permanently ruin
the finish.
Wash your car in a shady area, not in
direct sunlight. If the car is parked in
the sun, move it into the shade and
let the exterior cool down before you
start.
Only use the solvents and cleaners
recommended in this Owner’s
Manual.
Chemical solvents and strong cleaners
can damage the paint, metal, and
plastic on your car.
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Rinse the car thoroughly with cool
water to remove loose dirt.
Fill a bucket with cool water. Mix
in a mild detergent, such as
dishwashing liquid or a product
made especially for car washing.
Wash the car using the water and
detergent solution and a softbristle brush, sponge, or soft cloth.
Start at the top and work your way
down. Rinse frequently.
Check the body for road tar, tree
sap, etc. Remove these stains with
tar remover or turpentine. Rinse it
off immediately so it does not
harm the finish. Remember to rewax these areas, even if the rest of
the car does not need waxing.
When you have washed and rinsed
the whole exterior, dry it with a
chamois or soft towel. Letting it
air-dry will cause dulling and water
spots.
As you dry the car, inspect it for
chips and scratches that could allow
corrosion to start. Repair them with
touch-up paint (see page 216 ).
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Roof Antenna
Waxing
Always wash and dry the whole car
before waxing it. You should wax
your car, including the metal trim,
whenever water sits on the surface
in large patches. It should form into
beads or droplets after waxing.
You should use a quality liquid or
paste wax. Apply it according to the
instructions on the container. In
general, there are two types of
products:
Your car is equipped with an antenna
mounted on the roof. Before using a
‘‘drive-through’’ car wash, make sure
you remove the antenna by
unscrewing it by hand. This prevents
the antenna from being damaged by
the car wash brushes.
Waxes − A wax coats the finish and
protects it from damage by exposure
to sunlight, air pollution, etc. You
should use a wax on your Honda
when it is new.
Polishes − Polishes and cleaner/
waxes can restore the shine to paint
that has oxidized and lost some of its
shine. They normally contain mild
abrasives and solvents that remove
the top layer of the finish. You
should use a polish on your Honda if
the finish does not have its original
shine after using a wax.
Cleaning tar, insects, etc. with
removers also takes off the wax.
Remember to re-wax those areas,
even if the rest of the car does not
need waxing.
Afterward, reinstall the antenna and
tighten it securely by hand.
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Aluminum Wheels
Clean your Honda’s aluminum alloy
wheels as you do the rest of the
exterior. Wash them with the same
solution, and rinse them thoroughly.
The wheels have a protective clearcoat that keeps the aluminum from
corroding and tarnishing. Using
harsh chemicals, including some
commercial wheel cleaners, or stiff
brushes can damage this clear-coat.
Only use a mild detergent and soft
brush or sponge to clean the wheels.
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Paint Touch-up
Your dealer has touch-up paint to
match your car’s color. The color
code is printed on a sticker on the
driver’s doorjamb. Take this code to
your dealer so you are sure to get
the correct color.
Inspect your car frequently for chips
or scratches in the paint. Repair
them right away to prevent corrosion
of the metal underneath. Use the
touch-up paint only on small chips
and scratches. More extensive paint
damage should be repaired by a
professional.
Carpeting
Vacuum the carpeting frequently to
remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make
the carpet wear out faster.
Periodically shampoo the carpet to
keep it looking new. Use one of the
foam-type carpet cleaners on the
market. Follow the instructions that
come with the cleaner, applying it
with a sponge or soft brush. Keep
the carpeting as dry as possible by
not adding water to the foam.
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Floor Mats
Optional in U.S.
If you remove the floor mat, make
sure to re-anchor it when you put it
back in your car.
If you replace it, use a genuine
Honda floor mat that is designed to
be used with the floor mat anchors in
your car.
If you use a non-Honda floor mat in
the driver’s footwell, make sure it
fits properly and that it can be used
with the floor mat anchor.
The Honda driver’s floor mat that
came with your car was designed to
be hooked over the floor mat anchor.
This keeps the floor mat from sliding
forward and possibly interfering with
the pedals.
Do not put additional floor mats on
top of the anchored mat, otherwise
the additional mats may slide
forward and interfere with the pedals.
Fabric
Vacuum dirt and dust out of the
material frequently. For general
cleaning, use a solution of mild soap
and lukewarm water, letting it air dry.
To clean off stubborn spots, use a
commercially-available fabric cleaner.
Test it on a hidden area of the fabric
first, to make sure it does not bleach
or stain the fabric. Follow the
instructions that come with the
cleaner.
Vinyl
Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum
cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft
cloth dampened in a solution of mild
soap and water. Use the same
solution with a soft-bristle brush on
more difficult spots. You can also use
commercially-available spray or
foam-type vinyl cleaners.
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Leather
Vacuum dirt and dust from the
leather frequently. Pay particular
attention to the pleats and seams.
Clean the leather with a soft cloth
dampened with clear water, then
buff it with a clean, dry cloth. If
further cleaning is needed, use a
soap specifically for leather, such as
saddle soap. Apply this soap with a
damp, soft cloth. Wipe down and
buff as described above.
If you use a leather cleaner, wipe it
off quickly with a soft and dry cloth.
Never leave a cloth soaked with
leather cleaner on any part of the
interior. If left for a long time, some
leather cleaners may cause
discoloration or cracking of interior
trim or fabric.
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Seat Belts
If your seat belts get dirty, you can
use a soft brush with a mixture of
mild soap and warm water to clean
them. Do not use bleach, dye, or
cleaning solvents. They can weaken
the belt material. Let the belts airdry before you use the car.
LOOP
Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat
belt anchors can cause the belts to
retract slowly. Wipe the insides of
the loops with a clean cloth
dampened in mild soap and warm
water or isopropyl alcohol.
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Windows
Clean the windows, inside and out,
with a commercially-available glass
cleaner. You can also use a mixture
of one part white vinegar to ten parts
water. This will remove the haze that
builds up on the inside of the
windows. Use a soft cloth or paper
towels to clean all glass and clear
plastic surfaces.
The rear window def ogger wires are
bonded to the inside of the glass.
Wiping vigorously up-and-down can
dislodge and break the def ogger wires.
When cleaning the rear window, use
gentle pressure and wipe side-to-side.
Air Fresheners
If you want to use an air freshener/
deodorizer in the interior of your car,
it is best to use a solid type. Some
liquid air fresheners contain chemicals that may cause parts of the
interior trim and fabric to crack or
discolor.
If you use a liquid air freshener,
make sure you fasten it securely so it
does not spill as you drive.
Corrosion Protection
Two factors normally contribute to
causing corrosion in your car:
1. Moisture trapped in body cavities.
Dirt and road salt that collects in
hollows on the underside of the
car stays damp, promoting
corrosion in that area.
2. Removal of paint and protective
coatings from the exterior and
underside of the car.
Many corrosion-preventive measures
are built into your Honda. You can
help keep your car from corroding
by performing some simple periodic
maintenance:
Repair chips and scratches in the
paint as soon as you discover them.
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Corrosion Protection, Body Repairs
Inspect and clean out the drain
holes in the bottom of the doors
and body.
Check the floor coverings for
dampness. Carpeting and floor
mats may remain damp for a long
time, especially in winter. This
dampness can eventually cause
the floor panels to corrode.
Use a high-pressure spray to clean
the underside of your car. This is
especially important in areas that
use road salt in winter. It is also a
good idea in humid climates and
areas subject to salt air.
Have the corrosion-preventive
coatings on the underside of your
car inspected and repaired
periodically.
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Body Repairs
Body repairs can affect your car’s
resistance to corrosion. If your car
needs repairs after a collision, pay
close attention to the parts used in
the repair and the quality of the
work.
Make sure the repair facility uses
genuine Honda replacement body
parts. Some companies make sheet
metal pieces that seem to duplicate
the original Honda body parts, but
are actually inferior in fit, finish, and
corrosion resistance. Once installed,
they do not give the same highquality appearance.
When reporting your collision to the
insurance company, tell them you
want genuine Honda parts used in
the repair. Although most insurers
recognize the quality of original
parts, some may try to specify that
the repairs be done with other
available parts. You should investigate this before any repairs have
begun.
Take your car to your authorized
Honda dealer for inspection after the
repairs are completed. Your dealer
can make sure that quality materials
were used, and that corrosionpreventive coatings were applied to
all repaired and replaced parts.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
This section covers the morecommon 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 car towed.
Compact Spare Tire....................... 222
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 223
If Your Engine Won’t Start ........... 228
Nothing Happens or the
Starter Motor Operates
Very Slowly............................. 228
The Starter Operates
Normally ................................. 229
Jump Starting ................................. 230
If Your Engine Overheats............. 232
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 234
Charging System Indicator........... 235
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 236
Readiness Codes ............................ 237
Brake System Indicator ................ 238
Closing the Moonroof ................... 239
Fuses ............................................... 240
Checking and Replacing ........... 241
Emergency Towing ....................... 245
Taking Care of the Unexpected
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Compact Spare Tire
Your car has a compact spare tire
that takes up less space. Use this
spare tire as a temporary replacement only. Get your regular tire
repaired or replaced and put it back
on your car 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 whenever
you are using the compact spare tire:
Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h)
under any circumstances.
This tire gives a harsher ride and
less traction on some road surfaces than the regular tire. Use
greater caution while driving on
this tire.
Do not mount snow chains on the
compact spare.
The wheel of the compact spare
tire is designed especially to fit
your car. Do not use your spare
tire on another vehicle unless it is
the same make and model.
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INDICATOR LOCATION MARK
TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR
The compact spare tire has a shorter
tread life than a regular tire. Replace
it 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 compact spare tire is not
designed to be mounted on a regular
wheel, and the compact wheel is not
designed for mounting a regular tire.
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Changing a Flat Tire
If you have a flat tire while driving,
stop in a safe place to change it.
Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder
of a busy road is dangerous. Drive
slowly along the shoulder until you
get to an exit or an area to stop that
is far away from the traffic lanes.
Use the jack that came with your car. If
you try to raise another car with this
jack or use another jack to raise your
car, the car or jack can be damaged.
SPARE TIRE
CARGO AREA FLOOR
The car can easily roll off the
jack, seriously injuring anyone
underneath.
Follow the directions for
changing a tire exactly, and
never get under the car when it
is supported only by the jack.
1. Park the car on firm, level and
non-slippery ground away from
traffic. Put the transmission in
Reverse. Apply the parking brake.
2. Turn on the hazard warning lights
and turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0). Have all the
passengers get out of the car while
you change the tire.
TOOL BAG
3. Open the hatch. Raise the cargo
area floor by lifting up on the back
edge.
4. Take the tool bag out of the spare
tire well. Take the jack out of the
tool bag.
5. Unscrew the wing bolt and take
the spare tire out of its well.
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JACKING POINT
6. Loosen the four wheel nuts 1/2
turn with the wheel wrench.
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7. Locate the jacking point nearest
the tire you need to change. 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
WRENCH
EXTENSION
8. Use the extension and wheel
wrench as shown to raise the car
until the flat tire is off the ground.
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BRAKE HUB
9. Remove the wheel nuts and flat
tire. Temporarily place the flat tire
on the ground with the outside
surface of the wheel facing up.
You could scratch the wheel if you
put it face down.
10. Before mounting the spare tire,
wipe any dirt off the mounting
surface of the wheel and hub with
a clean cloth. Wipe the hub
carefully, it may be hot from
driving.
11. Put on the spare tire. Put the
wheel nuts back on finger-tight,
then tighten them in a crisscross
pattern with the wheel wrench
until the wheel is firmly against
the hub. Do not try to tighten
them fully.
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CENTER CAP
12. Lower the car to the ground and
remove the jack.
13. Tighten the wheel nuts securely in
the same crisscross pattern. Have
the wheel nut torque checked at
the nearest automotive service
facility.
Tighten the wheel nuts to:
80 lbf·ft (108 N·m , 11 kgf·m)
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14. Remove the center cap before
storing the flat tire in the spare
tire well.
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WING BOLT
18. Store the jack and tool kit back in
the spare tire well.
Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could
seriously injure the occupants.
SPACER CONE
19. Store the center cap in the spare
tire well. Make sure it does not get
scratched or damaged.
20. Lower the cargo area floor, then
close the hatch.
Store the wheel, jack, and tools
securely before driving.
15.Place the flat tire face down in the
spare tire well.
16. Remove the spacer cone from the
wing bolt, turn it over, and put it
back on the bolt.
17. Secure the flat tire by screwing
the wing bolt back into its hole.
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If Your Engine Won’t Start
Diagnosing why your engine won’t
start falls into two areas, depending
on what you hear when you turn the
key to START (III):
You hear nothing, or almost
nothing. The engine’s starter
motor does not operate at all, or
operates very slowly.
You can hear the starter motor
operating normally, or the starter
motor sounds like it is spinning
faster than normal, but the engine
does not start up and run.
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Nothing Happens or the Starter
Motor Operates Very Slowly
When you turn the ignition switch to
START (III), you do not hear the
normal noise of the engine trying to
start. You may hear a clicking sound
or series of clicks, or nothing at all.
Check these things:
Check the transmission interlock.
The clutch pedal must be pushed
all the way to the floor or the
starter will not operate.
Turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
Turn on the headlights and check
their brightness. If the headlights
are very dim or don’t light at all,
the battery is discharged. See
Jump Starting on page 230 .
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If Your Engine Won’t Start
Turn the ignition switch to START
(III). 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 245 .)
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 184 ). You can
then try jump starting the car from
a booster battery (see page 230 ).
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 START (III), but
the engine does not run.
Your car has the Immobilizer
System. You should use a
properly-coded master or valet key
to start the engine (see page 74 ).
A key that is not properly coded
will cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the dash panel to blink
rapidly.
Do you have fuel? Turn the
ignition switch to ON (II) for a
minute and watch the fuel gauge.
The low fuel level warning light
may not be working, so you were
not reminded to fill the tank.
There may be an electrical
problem, such as no power to the
fuel pump. Check all the fuses
(see page 241 ).
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See Emergency
Towing on page 245 .
Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to Starting the
Engine on page 143 .
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Jump Starting
If your car’s battery has run down,
you may be able to start the engine
by using a booster battery. 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.
To jump start your car, follow these
directions closely:
1. Open the hood and check the
physical condition of the battery
(see page 184 ). In very cold
weather, check the condition of
the electrolyte. If it seems slushy
or like ice, do not try jump starting
until it thaws.
If a battery sits in extreme cold, the
electrolyte inside can f reeze.
Attempting to jump start with a f rozen
battery can cause it to rupture.
2. Turn off all the electrical accessories: heater, A/C, stereo system,
lights, etc.
Put the transmission in Neutral or
Park, and set the parking brake.
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3. Connect one jumper cable to the
positive (+) terminal on your
Honda’s battery. Connect the
other end to the positive (+)
terminal on the booster battery.
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7. Once your car is running, disconnect the negative cable from your
car, then from the booster battery.
Disconnect the positive cable from
your car, then the booster battery.
Keep the ends of the jumper cables
away from each other and any metal
on the car until all are disconnected.
Otherwise, you may cause an
electrical short.
BOOSTER BATTERY
4. Connect the second jumper cable
to the negative (−) terminal on
the booster battery. Connect the
other end to the grounding strap
as shown. Do not connect this
jumper cable to any other part of
the engine.
5. If the booster battery is in another
vehicle, have an assistant start
that vehicle and run it at a fast idle.
The numbers in the illustration show
you the order to connect the jumper
cables. Make sure to disconnect the
cables in the reverse order.
6. Start your car. If the starter motor
still operates slowly, check the
jumper cable connections to make
sure they have good metal-tometal contact.
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If Your Engine Overheats
The pointer of your car’s temperature gauge should stay in the midrange under most conditions. It may
go higher if you are driving up a long
steep hill on a very hot day. If it
climbs to the red mark, you should
determine the reason.
Driving with the temperature gauge
pointer at the red mark can cause
serious damage to your engine.
Your car can overheat for several
reasons, such as lack of coolant or a
mechanical problem. 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.
In either case, you should take
immediate action.
Steam and spray from an
overheated engine can
seriously scald you.
Do not open the hood if steam
is coming out.
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1. Safely pull to the side of the road.
Put the transmission in Neutral or
Park, and set the parking brake.
Turn off the heating and cooling
system and all other accessories.
Turn on the hazard warning
indicators.
2. If you see steam and/or spray
coming from under the hood, turn
off the engine.
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
(climbing a long, steep hill on a
hot day with the A/C running, for
example), 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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4. If the temperature gauge stays at
the red mark, turn off the engine.
5. Wait until you see no more signs
of steam or spray, then open the
hood.
6. 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 245 ).
7. If you don’t find an obvious leak,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank (see page
133 ). If the level is below the
MIN mark, add coolant to halfway
between the MIN and MAX marks.
8. If there was no coolant in the
reserve tank, you may also have 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.
9. Using gloves or a large heavy
cloth, turn the radiator cap
counterclockwise, without pushing
down, to the first stop. This
releases any remaining pressure in
the cooling system. After the
pressure releases, push down on
the cap and turn it until it comes
off.
10. Start the engine and set the
temperature control dial to
maximum. Add coolant to the
radiator up to the base of the filler
neck. If you do not have the
proper coolant mixture available,
you can add plain water.
Remember to have the cooling
system drained and refilled with
the proper mixture as soon as you
can.
11. Put the radiator cap back on
tightly. Run the engine and watch
the temperature gauge. If it goes
back to the red mark, the engine
needs repair. (See Emergency
Towing on page 245 .)
12. 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
LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR
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 car stopped.
1. Safely pull off the road and shut
off the engine. Turn on the hazard
warning indicators.
This indicator should light when the
ignition switch is ON (II), and go out
after the engine starts. It should
never come on when the engine is
running. If it starts flashing, it
indicates that the oil pressure
dropped very low for a moment, then
recovered. If the indicator stays on
with the engine running, it shows
that the engine has lost oil pressure
and serious engine damage is
possible. In either case, you should
take immediate action.
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2. Let the car sit for a minute. Open
the hood and check the oil level
(see page 132 ). Although oil level
and oil pressure are not directly
connected, an engine that is very
low on oil can lose pressure during
cornering and other driving
maneuvers.
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick (see page 167 ).
4. Start the engine and watch the oil
pressure indicator. If the light
does not go out within ten 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 245 .)
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Charging System Indicator
CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR
Immediately turn off all electrical
accessories: radio, heater, A/C, rear
defogger, cruise control, etc. Try not
to use other electrically-operated
controls such as the power windows.
Keep the engine running and take
extra care not to stall it. Starting the
engine will discharge the battery
rapidly.
By eliminating as much of the
electrical load as possible, you can
drive several miles (kilometers)
before the battery is too discharged
to keep the engine running. Drive to
a service station or garage where
you can get technical assistance.
This indicator should come on when
the ignition switch is ON (II), and go
out after the engine starts. If it
comes on brightly when the engine
is running, it indicates that the
charging system has stopped
charging the battery.
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Malfunction Indicator Lamp
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP
This indicator should light when the
ignition switch is ON (II), and go out
after the engine starts. If it comes on
at any other time, it indicates one of
the engine’s emissions control
systems may have a problem. Even
though you may feel no difference in
your car’s performance, it can
reduce your fuel economy and cause
your car to put out excessive
emissions. Continued operation may
cause serious damage.
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If you have recently refueled your
car, the cause of this indicator
coming on could be a loose or
missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap
and tighten it until it clicks several
times. Replace the fuel fill cap if it is
missing. Tightening the cap will not
make the indicator turn off
immediately; it takes at least one
driving trip.
If the indicator remains on, or the
fuel cap was not loose or missing,
have the car checked by the dealer
as soon as possible. Drive
moderately until the dealer has
inspected the problem. Avoid fullthrottle acceleration and driving at
high speed.
You should also have the dealer
inspect your car if this indicator
comes on repeatedly, even though it
may turn off as you continue driving.
If you keep driving with the
malf unction indicator lamp on, you can
damage your car’s emissions controls
and engine. Those repairs may not be
covered by your car’s warranties.
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Readiness Codes
Your car has certain ‘‘readiness
codes’’ that are part of the on-board
diagnostics for the emissions
systems. In some states, part of the
emissions testing is to make sure
these codes are set. If they are not
set, the test cannot be completed.
If your car’s battery has been
disconnected or gone dead, these
codes are erased. It takes several
days of driving under various
conditions to set the codes again.
If possible, do not take your car for a
state emissions test until the
readiness codes are set. To check if
they are set, turn the ignition ON (II),
but do not start 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 5 times, the readiness
codes are not set. See State
Emissions Testing on page 259 .
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Brake System Indicator
BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR*
* The U.S. indicator shown
The Brake System Indicator
normally comes on when you turn
the ignition switch ON (II). It is a
reminder to check the parking brake.
It comes on and stays lit if you do not
fully release the parking brake.
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If it comes on at any other time, it
indicates a problem with the car’s
brake system. In most cases, the
problem is a low fluid level in the
brake fluid reservoir. 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 178 ). If the
fluid level is low, take the car to your
dealer and have the brake system
inspected for leaks or worn brake
pads.
However, if the brake pedal does not
feel normal, you should take
immediate action. Because of the
brake system’s dual-circuit design, a
problem in one part of the system
will still give you braking at two
wheels. You will feel the brake pedal
go down much farther before the car
begins to slow down, and you will
have to press harder on the pedal.
The distance needed to stop will be
much longer.
Slow down by shifting to a lower
gear, and pull to the side of the road
when it is safe. Because of the
longer distance needed to stop, it is
hazardous to drive the car. You
should have it towed, and repaired as
soon as possible. (See Emergency
Towing on page 245 .)
If you must drive the car a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and cautiously.
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Closing the Moonroof
If the electric motor will not close
the moonroof, do the following:
ROUND PLUG
SOCKET
Front
1. Check the fuse for the moonroof
motor (see page 240 ). If the fuse
is blown, replace it with one of the
same or lower rating.
2. Try closing the moonroof. If the
new fuse blows immediately or the
moonroof motor still does not
operate, you can close the
moonroof manually.
3. Get the moonroof wrench out of
the tool kit in the cargo area.
4. To remove the round plug in the
center of the headliner, turn the
plug by using a screwdriver or
coin, then pry it out. Make sure to
align the tabs on the round plug to
the notches on the ceilling as
shown in the illustration.
5. Insert the moonroof wrench into
the socket behind this plug. Turn
the wrench until the moonroof is
fully closed.
6. Remove the wrench. Reinstall the
round plug.
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Fuses
All the electrical circuits in your car
have fuses to protect them from a
short circuit or overload. These
fuses are located in two fuse boxes.
INTERIOR
The interior fuse box is underneath
the steering column. To open it, turn
the knobs as shown.
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UNDER-HOOD
The under-hood fuse box is located
in the back of the engine
compartment on the left side. To
open it, push the tabs as shown.
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Checking and Replacing Fuses
If something electrical in your car
stops working, the first thing you
should check for is a blown fuse.
Determine from the chart on pages
243 and 244 , or the diagram on the
fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses
control that component. Check those
fuses first, but check all the fuses
before deciding that a blown fuse is
not the cause. Replace any blown
fuses and check the component’s
operation.
1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK
(0). Make sure the headlights and
all other accessories are off.
2. Remove the cover from the fuse
box.
FUSE
FUSE PULLER
BLOWN
3. Check each of the large fuses in
the under-hood fuse box by
looking through the top at the wire
inside. Removing these fuses
requires a Phillips-head screwdriver.
4. Check the smaller fuses in the
under-hood fuse box and all the
fuses in the interior fuse box by
pulling out each fuse with the fuse
puller provided in the interior fuse
box.
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BLOWN
5. Look for a burned wire inside the
fuse. If it is burned, replace it with
one of the spare fuses of the same
rating or lower.
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If you cannot drive the car without
fixing the problem, and you do not
have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the
same rating or a lower rating from
one of the other circuits. Make sure
you can do without that circuit
temporarily (such as the accessory
power socket or radio).
If you replace the blown fuse with a
spare fuse that has a lower rating, it
might blow out again. This does not
indicate anything wrong. Replace the
fuse with one of the correct rating as
soon as you can.
Replacing a f use with one that has a
higher rating greatly increases the
chances of damaging the electrical
system. If you do not have a replacement f use with the proper rating f or the
circuit, install one with a lower rating.
6. If the replacement fuse of the
same rating blows in a short time,
there is probably a serious
electrical problem in your car.
Leave the blown fuse in that
circuit and have your car checked
by a qualified mechanic.
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UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
20A
15A
7.5A
20A
10A
15A
15A
20A
10A
40A
30A
40A
40A
40A
15A
20A
15A
60A
80A
40A
50A*
Circuits Protected
Condenser Fan
Small Light
Interior Light
Cooling Fan
Hazard
FI ECU
Horn, Stop
ABS (F/S)
Back Up
ABS Motor
Rear Demister
Heater Motor
Power Window
Option
Left Headlight
Door Lock
Right Headlight
Main Fuse EPS
Main Fuse Battery
Main Fuse Ignition
* On Canadian models
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INTERIOR FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
244
15A
20A
(10A)
10A
−
7.5A
(20A)
7.5A
10A
7.5A
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
7.5A
(7.5A)
10A
10A
−
(20A)
15A
15A
7.5A
30A
−
20A
23
24
25
20A
−
−
Circuits Protected
Ignition Coil
LAF Heater
Daytime Running Lights*
Alternator
Not Used
Power Window Relay
Moonroof
ACC Radio
Rear Wiper
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ABS
Daytime Running Lights*
SRS
Power Mirror
Not Used
Heated Seat*
Fuel Pump
ACC Cigarette Lighter
Turn Signal Lights
Front Wiper
Not Used
Front Passenger’s Power
Window*
Driver’s Power Window*
Not Used
Not Used
* For some types
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Emergency Towing
If your car needs to be towed, call a
professional towing service or, if you
belong to one, an organization that
provides roadside assistance. Never
tow your car behind another vehicle
with just a rope or chain. It is very
dangerous.
on the ends. These hooks go around
parts of the frame or suspension and
the cables lift that end of the car off
the ground. Your car’s suspension
and body can be seriously damaged.
This method of towing is
unacceptable.
There are three popular types of
professional towing equipment.
If your Honda cannot be transported
by flat-bed, it should be towed by
wheel-lift equipment with the front
wheels off the ground. If due to
damage, your car must be towed
with the front wheels on the ground,
do the following:
Flat-bed Equipment − The operator
loads your car on the back of a truck.
This is the best way to transport
your Honda.
Wheel-lift Equipment − The tow
truck uses two pivoting arms that go
under the tires (front or rear) and lift
them off the ground. The other two
tires remain on the ground. This is
an acceptable way to tow your
Honda.
Release the parking brake.
Shift the transmission to Neutral.
Improper towing preparation will
damage the transmission. Follow the
above procedure exactly. If you cannot
shif t the transmission or start the
engine, your car must be transported
with the f ront wheels of f the ground.
With the front wheels on the ground,
it is best to tow the car no farther
than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the
speed below 35 mph (55 km/h).
If your car is equipped with a front
spoiler, remove it before towing so it
is not damaged.
Sling-type Equipment − The tow
truck uses metal cables with hooks
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Emergency Towing
If you decide to tow your car with all
four wheels on the ground, make
sure you use a properly-designed and
attached tow bar. Prepare the car for
towing as described above, and leave
the ignition switch in Accessory (I)
so the steering wheel does not lock.
Make sure the radio and any items
plugged into the accessory power
socket are turned off so they do not
run down the battery.
The steering system can be damaged if
the steering wheel is locked. Leave the
ignition switch in Accessory (I), and
make sure the steering wheel turns
f reely bef ore you begin towing.
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Trying to lif t or tow your car by the
bumpers will cause serious damage.
The bumpers are not designed to
support the car’s weight.
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The diagrams in this section give
you the dimensions and capacities of
your Honda, and the locations of the
identification numbers. It also
includes information you should
know about your vehicle’s tires and
emissions control systems.
Identification Numbers ................. 248
Specifications ................................. 250
DOT Tire Quality Grading
(U.S. Vehicles) ....................... 252
Treadwear .................................. 252
Traction....................................... 252
Temperature .............................. 253
Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 254
Driving in Foreign Countries ....... 255
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
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................ 257
Replacement Parts..................... 257
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 258
State Emissions Testing ............... 259
Testing of Readiness Codes ..... 259
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Identification Numbers
Your car has several identifying
numbers located in various places.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The Vehicle Identification Number
(VIN) is the 17-digit number your
Honda dealer uses to register your
car for warranty purposes. It is also
necessary for licensing and insuring
your car. The easiest place to find
the VIN is on a plate fastened to the
top of the dashboard. You can see it
by looking through the windshield
on the driver’s side. It is also on the
Certification label attached to the
driver’s doorjamb, and is stamped on
the engine compartment bulkhead.
The VIN is also provided in bar code
on the Certification label.
CERTIFICATION LABEL
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Identification Numbers
The Engine Number is stamped into
the engine block.
The Transmission Number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
ENGINE NUMBER
MANUAL
TRANSMISSION
NUMBER
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Specifications
Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Track
Front
Rear
Weights
Gross vehicle weight rating
Engine
Type
Bore x Stroke
Displacement
Compression ratio
Spark plugs
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164.2 in (4,170 mm)
67.1 in (1,705 mm)
54.1 in (1,375 mm)
101.2 in (2,570 mm)
57.8 in (1,468 mm)
57.8 in (1,469 mm)
See the certification label attached
to the driver’s doorjamb.
Water cooled 4-stroke DOHC
i-VTEC 4-cylinder gasoline engine
3.39 x 3.54 in (86.0 x 86.0 mm)
121.9 cu-in (1,998 cm )
9.8 : 1
See spark plug maintenance
section page 183 .
Capacities
Fuel tank
Change*1
Manual
Total
Manual
Engine oil
Change
Including filter
Without filter
Total
Manual
Change
transmission Total
fluid
Windshield
washer reservoir
Engine
coolant
Approx.
13.2 US gal (50 , 11.0 Imp gal)
1.35 US gal (5.1 , 1.12 Imp gal)
1.80 US gal (6.8 , 1.50 Imp gal)
4.4 US qt (4.2
4.2 US qt (4.0
5.6 US qt (5.3
1.6 US qt (1.5
1.8 US qt (1.7
, 3.7 Imp qt)
, 3.5 Imp qt)
, 4.7 Imp qt)
, 1.3 Imp qt)
, 1.5 Imp qt)
2.6 US qt (2.5 , 2.2 Imp qt)
*1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine.
Reserve tank capacity: 0.13 US gal (0.5 , 0.11 Imp gal)
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Specifications
Air Conditioning
Refrigerant type
Charge quantity
Lubricant type
HFC-134a (R-134a)
21.2−22.9 oz (500−550 g)
SP-10
Lights
Headlights (HI/LO)
Front turn signal
Front parking light
Side turn signal light
Front side marker
Rear turn signal lights
Stop/Taillights
Rear side marker lights
Back-up lights
High-mount brake light
License plate lights
Front ceiling light
Center ceiling light
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
Battery
Capacity
12 V − 45 AH/20 HR
Fuses
Interior
Under-hood
Alignment
Toe-in
Camber
Caster
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
60/55 W (HB2)
21 W
3 CP
3 CP
2 CP
21 W
21/5 W
2 CP
21 W
5W
5W
5W
8W
Tires
Size
Pressure
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Front/Rear
Spare
Front
Rear
Spare
0.00 in (0.0 mm)
0.08 in (2.0 mm)
0°
−45°
1°33’
195/60R15 88V
T125/7D15 95M
33 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm )
29 psi (200 kPa , 2.0 kgf/cm )
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
See page 244 or the fuse label
attached to the inside of the fuse
box door under the dashboard.
See page 243 or the fuse box
cover.
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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
The tires on your car meet all U.S.
Federal Safety Requirements. All
tires are also graded for treadwear,
traction, and temperature performance according to Department of
Transportation (DOT) standards.
The following explains these
gradings.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall
between the tread shoulder and the
maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
All passenger car tires must conform
to Federal Safety Requirements in
addition to these grades.
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Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of
the tire when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified government
test course. For example, a tire
graded 150 would wear one and onehalf (1 1/2) times as well on the
government course as a tire graded
100. The relative performance of
tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may
depart significantly from the norm
due to variations in driving habits,
service practices and differences in
road characteristics and climate.
Traction
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. These
grades represent the tire’s ability to
stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces
of asphalt and concrete. A tire
marked C may have poor traction
performance.
Warning: The traction grade
assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests,
and does not include acceleration,
cornering, hydroplaning, or peak
traction characteristics.
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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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Oxygenated Fuels
Some conventional gasolines are
being blended with alcohol or an
ether compound. These gasolines
are collectively referred to as
oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air
standards, some areas of the United
States and Canada use oxygenated
fuels to help reduce emissions.
If you use an oxygenated fuel, be
sure it is unleaded and meets the
minimum octane rating requirement.
Before using an oxygenated fuel, try
to confirm the fuel’s contents. Some
states/provinces require this
information to be posted on the
pump.
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The following are the U.S. EPA and
Canadian CGSB approved
percentages of oxygenates:
ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol)
You may use gasoline containing up
to 10 percent ethanol by volume.
Gasoline containing ethanol may be
marketed under the name ‘‘Gasohol.’’
MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl
Ether)
You may use gasoline containing up
to 15 percent MTBE by volume.
METHANOL (methyl or wood
alcohol)
Your vehicle was not designed to use
fuel that contains methanol.
Methanol can corrode metal parts in
the fuel system, and also damage
plastic and rubber components. This
damage would not be covered by
your warranties.
If you notice any undesirable
operating symptoms, try another
service station or switch to another
brand of gasoline.
Fuel system damage or performance
problems resulting from the use of
an oxygenated fuel containing more
than the percentages of oxygenates
given above are not covered under
warranty.
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Driving in Foreign Countries
If you are planning to take your
Honda outside the U.S. or Canada,
contact the tourist bureaus in the
areas you will be traveling in to find
out about the availability of unleaded
gasoline with the proper octane
rating.
If unleaded gasoline is not available,
be aware that using leaded gasoline
in your Honda will affect performance and fuel mileage, and damage
its emissions controls. It will no
longer comply with U.S. and
Canadian emissions regulations, and
will be illegal to operate in North
America. To bring your car back into
compliance will require the replacement of several components, such as
the oxygen sensors and the three
way catalytic converter. These replacements are not covered under
warranty.
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Emissions Controls
The burning of gasoline in your car’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.
Scheduled maintenance is on page
158 .
*
In Canada, Honda vehicles comply
with the Canadian Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards (CMVSS) for
Emissions valid at the time they are
manufactured.
Crankcase Emissions Control
System
Your car 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
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the crankcase back to the intake
manifold. They are then drawn into
the engine and burned.
Evaporative Emissions Control
System
As gasoline evaporates in the fuel
tank, an evaporative emissions
control canister filled with charcoal
adsorbs the vapor. It is stored in this
canister while the engine is off. After
the engine is started and warmed up,
the vapor is drawn into the engine
and burned during driving.
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 Engine Control Module (ECM)
uses various sensors to determine
how much air is going into the
engine. It then controls how much
fuel to inject under all operating
conditions.
Ignition Timing Control System
This system constantly adjusts the
ignition timing, reducing the amount
of HC, CO and NOx produced.
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
Genuine Honda replacement parts or
their equivalent for repairs. Using
lower quality parts may increase the
emissions from your car.
The emissions control systems are
covered by warranties separate from
the rest of your car. Read your
warranty manual for more information.
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), dinitrogen
(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 car away from high grass,
dry leaves, or other flammables.
Keep the engine tuned-up.
Have your car 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 car’s three way catalytic
converter.
Always use unleaded gasoline.
Even a small amount of leaded
gasoline can contaminate the
catalyst metals, making the three
way catalytic converter ineffective.
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State Emissions Testing
Testing of Readiness Codes
If you take your vehicle for a state
emissions test shortly after the
battery has been disconnected or
gone dead, it may not pass the test.
This is because of certain ‘‘readiness
codes’’ that must be set in the onboard diagnostics for the emissions
systems. These codes are erased
when the battery is disconnected,
and set again only after several days
of driving under a variety of
conditions.
If the testing facility determines that
the readiness codes are not set, you
will be requested to return at a later
date to complete the test. If you must
get the vehicle re-tested within the
next two or three days, you can
condition the vehicle for re-testing
by doing the following.
Make sure the gas tank is nearly,
but not completely, full (around
3/4).
Without touching the accelerator
pedal, start the engine and let it
idle for 20 seconds.
Keep the vehicle on Neutral.
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 (approximately 3
minutes).
Make sure the vehicle has been
parked with the engine off for 8
hours or more.
Make sure the ambient
temperature is between 20° and
95°F.
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State Emissions Testing
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
5th. Do not use the cruise control.
When traffic allows, drive for 90
seconds without moving the
accelerator pedal. (Vehicle speed
may vary slightly; this is okay.) If
you cannot do this for a
continuous 90 seconds because of
traffic conditions, drive for at least
30 seconds, then repeat it two
more times (for a total of 90
seconds).
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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.
If the testing facility determines the
readiness codes are still not set, see
your Honda dealer.
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Customer Relations
Information ................................. 262
Warranty Coverages ..................... 263
Reporting Safety Defects
(U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 264
Authorized Manuals ...................... 265
Warranty and Customer Relations
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Customer Relations Information
Honda dealership personnel are
trained professionals. They should
be able to answer all your questions.
If you encounter a problem that your
dealership does not solve to your
satisfaction, please discuss it with
the dealership’s management. The
Service Manager or General
Manager can help. Almost all
problems are solved in this way.
If you are dissatisfied with the
decision made by the dealership’s
management, contact your Honda
Customer Relations Office.
U.S. Owners:
American Honda Motor Co.
Honda Automobile Customer Service
Mail Stop 500-2N-7D
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
(787) 250-4318
Canadian Owners:
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÉLE
Honda Canada Inc.
715 Milner Avenue
Toronto, ON
M1B 2K8
Fax: Toll-free 1-877-939-0909
Toronto (416) 287-4776
Warranty and Customer Relations
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-0816
Tel: (800) 999-1009
Tel: 1-888-9-HONDA-9
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In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands:
When you call or write, please give
us this information:
Vehicle Identification Number
(see page 248 )
Name and address of the dealer
who services your car
Date of purchase
Mileage on your car
Your name, address, and telephone number
A detailed description of the
problem
Name of the dealer who sold the
car to you
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Warranty Coverages
U.S. Owners
Your new Honda is covered by these
warranties:
New Car Limited Warranty − covers
your new vehicle, except for the
battery, emissions control systems,
and accessories, against defects in
materials and workmanship.
Emissions Control Systems Defects
Warranty and Emissions
Performance Warranty − these two
Seat Belt Limited Warranty − a seat
belt that fails to function properly is
covered for the useful life of the
vehicle.
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 −
warranties cover your vehicle’s emissions control systems. Time, mileage,
and coverage are conditional. Please
read the warranty manual for exact
information.
Genuine Honda Accessories are
covered under this warranty. Time
and mileage limits depend on the
type of accessory and other factors.
Please read your warranty manual
for details.
Original Equipment Battery Limited
Warranty − this warranty gives up
Replacement Parts Limited
Warranty − covers all genuine
to 100 percent credit toward a
replacement battery.
Honda replacement parts against
defects in materials and workmanship.
Replacement Battery Limited
Warranty − provides prorated
coverage for a replacement battery
purchased from a Honda dealer.
Replacement Muffler Lifetime
Limited Warranty − provides
coverage for as long as the purchaser of the muffler owns the car.
Restrictions and exclusions apply to
all these warranties. Please read the
2002 Honda Warranty Information
booklet that came with your car for
precise information on warranty
coverages. Your Honda’s original
tires are covered by their
manufacturer. Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet.
Canadian Owners
Please refer to the 2002 Warranty
Manual that came with your car.
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Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles)
If you believe that your vehicle has a
defect which could cause a crash or
could cause injury or death, you
should immediately inform the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) in addition
to notifying American Honda Motor
Co., Inc.
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If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation,
and if it finds that a safety defect
exists in a group of vehicles, it may
order a recall and remedy campaign.
However, NHTSA cannot become
involved in individual problems
between you, your dealer, or
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may either
call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free
at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in
Washington D.C. area) or write to:
NHTSA, U.S. Department of
Transportation, Washington,
D.C. 20590. You can also obtain
other information about motor
vehicle safety from the Hotline.
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Authorized Manuals
Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals
(U.S. only)
The following publications covering the operation and
servicing of your vehicle can be obtained from Helm
Incorporated, either by filling out the attached form or,
for credit card holders, calling the toll-free phone number
on the form. For manuals prior to the year shown below,
contact Helm Incorporated, P.O. Box 07280, Detroit,
Michigan 48207, or call 1-800-782-4356.
Publication
Form Number
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Form Description
Price
Each*
$65.00
2002 Honda Civic Si
Service Manual
2002 Honda Civic Si
$45.00
61S5T00EL
Electrical Troubleshooting Manual
2002 Honda Civic Si
$42.00
61S5T30
Body Repair Manual
2002 Honda Civic Si
$32.00
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obligation.
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contact their authorized Honda dealer.
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pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to
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electrical circuit in your vehicle.
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This manual describes the procedures involved in the
replacement of damaged body parts.
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This manual covers maintenance and recommended
procedures for repair to engine and chassis components.
It is written for the Journeyman mechanic, but is simple
enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to understand.
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Index
A
Accessories and Modifications .... 135
Accessories................................. 135
Additional Safety Precautions .. 136
Modifications ............................. 136
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ........................................ 74
Accessory Power Socket ................ 92
Adding
Brake Fluid ................................. 178
Clutch Fluid ................................ 178
Engine Coolant........................... 171
Engine Oil ................................... 167
Manual Transmission Fluid ..... 177
Windshield Washer Fluid ......... 176
Additional Information About
Your Seat Belts ........................ 43
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 43
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 45
Seat Belt System Components ... 43
Additional Information About
Your Airbags ............................ 46
Additional Safety Precautions .... 51
How the Side Airbag off Indicator
Works ........................................ 49
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 46
Airbag Components..................... 46
Additives, Engine Oil..................... 168
Adjustments
Head Restraints ........................... 82
Mirrors .......................................... 88
Seats .............................................. 81
Steering Wheel ............................ 71
Airbag (SRS) ................................ 9, 46
Air Cleaner Element ...................... 179
Air Conditioning System ................. 96
Maintenance ............................... 189
Usage............................................. 96
Air Outlets (Vents) .......................... 98
Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 193
High Speed Driving ................... 194
Normal Driving .......................... 194
Alcohol in Gasoline ........................ 254
Antifreeze ....................................... 171
Anti-theft Steering Column
Lock ............................................... 74
Appearance Care ........................... 213
Audio System ................................. 104
B
Battery
Charging System
Indicator............................ 58, 235
Jump Starting ............................. 230
Maintenance ............................... 184
Specifications ............................. 251
Before Driving ............................... 127
Belts, Seat ..................................... 8, 43
Beverage Holder .............................. 90
Body Repairs .................................. 220
Brakes
Break-in, New Linings .............. 128
Fluid ............................................ 177
Light, Burned-out ...................... 207
Parking .......................................... 89
System Indicator .................. 59, 238
Wear Indicators ......................... 147
Braking System.............................. 147
Break-in, New Car ......................... 128
Brightness Control, Instruments ... 67
Brights, Headlights ......................... 66
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Bulb Replacement
Back-up Lights ........................... 206
Brake Light ................................ 207
Front Parking Lights ................. 205
Front Side Marker Lights......... 204
Headlights .................................. 202
High-mount Brake Light .......... 207
Interior Light .............................. 210
License Plate Lights .................. 209
Side Marker Lights ................... 204
Side Turn Signal Lights ............ 208
Specifications ............................. 251
Turn Signal Lights ..................... 203
Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 202
C
Cables, Jump Starting With .......... 230
Capacities Chart............................. 250
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 52
Cargo Area Cover ............................ 84
Carrying Cargo .............................. 137
Cassette Player
Care ............................................. 122
Operation .................................... 119
CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii
II
CD Changer.................................... 115
CD Player........................................ 113
Certification Label ......................... 248
Chains ............................................. 199
Change Oil
How to ......................................... 169
When to....................................... 158
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 223
Changing Engine Coolant ............. 173
Charging System Indicator .... 58, 235
Checking
Battery Condition ...................... 184
Brake Fluid ................................. 178
Clutch Fluid ................................ 178
Drive Belts .................................. 192
Engine Coolant........................... 133
Engine Oil ................................... 132
Fuses ........................................... 240
Manual Transmission Fluid ..... 177
Checklist, Before Driving ............. 142
Child Safety ...................................... 20
Cleaner Element, Air ..................... 179
Cleaning
Alumium Wheels ....................... 216
Carpeting .................................... 216
Exterior ....................................... 214
Fabric .......................................... 217
Interior ........................................ 217
Leather ........................................ 218
Seat Belts .................................... 218
Vinyl ............................................ 217
Windows ..................................... 219
Clock, Setting the .......................... 109
Clutch Fluid .................................... 178
CO in the Exhaust ......................... 256
Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 143
Compact Spare ............................... 222
Controls, Instruments and .............. 55
Coolant
Adding ......................................... 171
Checking ..................................... 133
Proper Solution .......................... 171
Replacing .................................... 173
Temperature Gauge .................... 64
Corrosion Protection ..................... 219
Crankcase Emissions Control
System......................................... 256
Cruise Control ................................ 124
Main Menu
Index
D
DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii
Dashboard .................................... 2, 56
Daytime Running Lights................. 67
Dead Battery, What to Do ............ 230
Defects, Reporting Safety............. 264
Defog and Defrost ......................... 101
Defogger, Rear Window ................. 70
Defrosting the Windows ............... 101
Dimensions ..................................... 250
Dimming the Headlights ................ 66
Dipstick
Engine Oil ................................... 132
Directional Signals ........................... 68
Disabled, Towing Your Car If ...... 245
Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 147
Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 170
Doors
Locking and Unlocking ............... 75
DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 252
Downshifting, 5-speed Manual
Transmission .............................. 144
Drive Belts ...................................... 192
Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 5
Driving ............................................ 141
Economy ..................................... 134
In Bad Weather .......................... 151
In Foreign Countries ................. 255
E
Economy, Fuel ............................... 134
Emergencies on the Road............. 221
Battery, Jump Starting .............. 230
Brake System Indicator ............ 238
Changing a Flat Tire ................. 223
Charging System Indicator ...... 235
Checking the Fuses................... 241
Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 234
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 236
Overheated Engine ................... 232
Emergency Brake ............................ 89
Emergency Flashers ....................... 70
Emergency Towing ....................... 245
Emissions Controls........................ 256
Engine
Belts............................................. 192
Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 64
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ................................. 59, 236
Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 58, 234
Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 167
Overheating................................ 232
Specifications ............................. 250
Engine Speed Limiter.................... 145
Ethanol in Gasoline ....................... 254
Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 256
Exhaust Fumes ................................ 52
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by ......................................... 18
Exterior, Cleaning the ................... 214
F
Fabric, Cleaning ............................. 217
Fan, Interior...................................... 96
Features, Comfort and
Convenience ................................. 95
Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 129
Filter
Air Cleaner ................................. 179
Oil ................................................ 169
CONTINUED
III
Main Menu
Index
5-speed Manual Transmission
Checking Fluid Level ................ 179
Shifting the ................................. 144
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 70
Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 223
Fluids
Brake ........................................... 177
Clutch .......................................... 177
Manual Transmission ............... 177
Windshield Washer ................... 176
FM Stereo Radio
Reception .................................... 111
Folding Rear Seat ............................ 83
Foreign Countries, Driving in ...... 255
Four-way Flashers ........................... 70
Front End, Towing by
Emergency Wrecker ................. 245
Fuel .................................................. 128
Fill Door and Cap....................... 129
Gauge ............................................ 63
Octane Requirement ................. 128
Oxygenated ................................ 254
Reserve Indicator......................... 60
Tank, Filling the......................... 129
Fuses, Checking the ...................... 240
IV
G
Gas Mileage, Improving................ 134
Gasohol ........................................... 254
Gasoline .......................................... 128
Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 60
Gauge ............................................ 63
Octane Requirement ................. 128
Tank, Filling the......................... 129
Gas Station Procedures................. 129
Gauges
Engine Coolant
Temperature ............................ 64
Fuel ................................................ 63
Gearshift Lever Positions
5-speed Manual
Transmission.......................... 144
Glass Cleaning ............................... 219
Glove Box ......................................... 90
Headlights
Daytime Running Lights............. 67
High Beam Indicator ................... 59
High Beams, Turning on ............ 66
Low Beams, Turning on ............. 66
Reminder Beeper ......................... 66
Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 202
Turning on .................................... 66
Head Restraints ............................... 82
Heating and Cooling ........................ 96
High Altitude, Starting at .............. 143
High-Low Beam Switch .................. 66
Hood Latch ..................................... 181
Hood, Opening the ........................ 130
Horn............................................... 3, 65
Hot Coolant, Warning about ........ 171
Hydraulic Clutch ............................ 178
Hydroplaning.................................. 152
I
H
Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 202
Hatch
Opening the .................................. 80
Hazard Warning Flashers............... 70
Identification Number, Vehicle.... 248
If Your Car Has to be Towed ....... 245
Ignition
Keys............................................... 72
Switch ............................................ 72
Main Menu
Index
Timing Control System ............. 257
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Indicator Lights, Instrument
Panel .............................................. 57
Infant Restraint ................................ 28
Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 193
High Speed Driving ................... 194
Normal Driving .......................... 194
Inside Mirror .................................... 88
Inspection, Tire .............................. 195
Instrument Panel ............................. 57
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 67
Interior Cleaning ............................ 216
Interior Light .................................... 93
Introduction ......................................... i
J
Jacking up the Car ......................... 224
Jack, Tire ........................................ 223
Jump Starting ................................. 230
K
L
Label, Certification ........................ 248
Lane Change, Signaling .................. 68
Lap/Shoulder Belt ........................... 43
Leaking of Exhaust into Car .......... 52
Lights
Bulb Replacement ..................... 202
Indicator ........................................ 57
Parking .......................................... 89
Turn Signal ................................... 68
Load Limit ...................................... 138
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 74
Locks
Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 74
Fuel Fill Door ............................. 129
Hatch ............................................. 80
Low Coolant Level ......................... 133
Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 60
Lower Gear, Downshifting to a.... 144
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 58, 234
Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 250
Luggage .......................................... 137
M
Maintenance ................................... 153
Owner Maintenance Checks.... 165
Record .................................. 163-164
Safety........................................... 154
Schedule .............................. 158-162
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 59, 236
Manual Transmission.................... 144
Manual Transmission Fluid ......... 177
Meters, Gauges ................................ 63
Methanol in Gasoline .................... 254
Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 88
N
New Vehicle Break-in ................... 128
Normal Shift Speeds...................... 145
NOTICE, Explanation of ................... ii
Numbers, Identification ................ 248
Keys ................................................... 72
CONTINUED
V
Main Menu
Index
O
Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 128
Odometer .......................................... 63
Odometer, Trip ................................ 63
Oil
Change, How to ......................... 169
Change, When to ....................... 158
Checking Engine ....................... 132
Pressure Indicator ............... 58, 234
ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 74
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ..................................... 256
Opening the Hatch .......................... 80
Opening the Hood ......................... 130
Operation in Foreign Countries ... 255
Outside Mirrors ............................... 88
Overheating, Engine ..................... 232
Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 165
Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 254
Parking Brake .................................. 89
Parking Brake and Brake
System Indicator .................. 59, 238
Parking Lights.................................. 66
Parking Over Things that Burn ... 258
PGM-FI System.............................. 257
Polishing and Waxing ................... 215
Power Windows ............................... 85
Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ............. 11
Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 18
Protecting Adults ............................. 12
Additional Safety Precautions .... 18
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18
Protecting Children ......................... 20
Protecting Infants ........................ 28
Protecting Larger Children ........ 35
Protecting Small Children .......... 32
Using Child Seats with
Tethers...................................... 39
R
P
Paint Touch-up ............................... 216
Panel Brightness Control ............... 67
Parking ............................................ 146
VI
Radiator Overheating .................... 232
Radio/Cassette Sound System .... 104
Rear End Towing ........................... 245
Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement ... 206
Rear Seat Access ............................. 82
Rear Seat, Folding ........................... 83
Rear View Mirror ............................. 88
Rear Window Defogger .................. 70
Rear Window Washer ..................... 69
Rear Window Wiper ........................ 69
Reclining the Seat Backs ................ 81
Recommended Shift Speeds ........ 145
Reminder Lights .............................. 57
Replacement Information
Air Cleaner Element .................. 179
Engine Coolant........................... 173
Engine Oil and Filter ................. 169
Fuses ........................................... 241
Light Bulbs ................................. 202
Schedule ..................................... 156
Spark Plugs................................. 181
Tires ............................................ 197
Wiper Blades .............................. 186
Replacing Seat Belts After a
Crash ............................................. 45
Reserve Tank, Engine
Coolant ................................ 133, 171
Restraint, Child ................................ 20
Rotation, Tire ................................. 196
Main Menu
Index
S
Safety Belts................................... 8, 43
Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 264
Safety Features .................................. 7
Airbags ............................................ 9
Door Locks ................................... 11
Head Restraints ........................... 10
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 10
Safety Labels, Location of .............. 53
Safety Messages ................................ ii
Seat Belts, Additional
Information............................... 43
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 43
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 45
Seat Belt System Components ... 43
Seat Belts ...................................... 8, 43
Cleaning ...................................... 218
Maintenance ................................. 45
Reminder Light and
Beeper ................................. 43, 58
System Components.................... 43
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 39
Use During Pregnancy................ 18
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 15
Seats, Adjusting the ......................... 82
Serial Number ................................ 248
Service Intervals ............................ 158
Service Manual* ............................ 265
Service Station Procedures .......... 129
Setting the Clock ........................... 109
Shifting
The 5-speed Manual
Transmission.......................... 144
Side Marker Lights, Bulb
Replacement in .......................... 204
Signaling Turns ................................ 68
Snow Tires ...................................... 199
Solvent-type Cleaners .................... 214
Sound System ................................. 104
Spare Tire
Inflating ....................................... 222
Specifications ............................. 251
Spark Plugs, Replacing ................. 181
Specifications Charts..................... 250
Speedometer .................................... 63
SRS, Additional Information........... 46
Additional Safety Precautions .... 50
Airbag Components..................... 46
Airbag Service .............................. 49
How the Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator Light Works ............ 49
How the SRS Indicator
Works ........................................ 48
How Your Front Airbags Work . 46
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 48
SRS Indicator.............................. 48, 58
START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 74
Starting the Engine........................ 143
In Cold Weather at High
Altitude ................................... 143
With a Dead Battery ................. 230
Steam Coming from Engine ......... 232
Steering Wheel
Adjustment ................................... 71
Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 74
Stereo Sound System .................... 104
Storing Your Car ............................ 212
Supplemental Restraint
System................................... 9, 46
Servicing ....................................... 49
SRS Indicator.......................... 48, 58
System Components.................... 46
Synthetic Oil ................................... 168
CONTINUED
VII
Main Menu
Index
T
Tachometer ...................................... 64
Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ....... 206
Taking Care of the
Unexpected ................................ 221
Tape Player..................................... 119
Technical Descriptions
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 252
Driving in Foreign Countries ... 255
Emissions Control Systems ...... 256
Oxygenated Fuels...................... 254
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ................................ 258
Temperature Gauge ........................ 64
Tether Anchorage Points ............... 39
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 258
Time, Setting the ........................... 109
Tire Chains ..................................... 199
Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 223
Tires ................................................ 193
Air Pressure ............................... 193
Checking Wear .......................... 195
Compact Spare ........................... 222
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 252
Inflation ....................................... 193
VIII
Inspection ................................... 195
Replacing .................................... 197
Rotating....................................... 196
Snow ............................................ 199
Specifications ............................. 251
Tire Chains ................................. 199
Tools, Tire Changing .................... 223
Towing
A Trailer ...................................... 152
Emergency Wrecker ................. 245
Transmission
Checking Fluid Level,
Manual .................................... 177
Fluid Selection............................ 177
Identification Number ............... 248
Shifting the Manual ................... 144
Treadwear ...................................... 252
Trip Meter ........................................ 63
Turn Signals ..................................... 68
U
Underside, Cleaning ...................... 219
Unexpected, Taking Care
of the ........................................... 221
Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 252
Unleaded Gasoline......................... 128
Upholstery Cleaning...................... 218
Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 170
V
Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 138
Vehicle Dimensions....................... 250
Vehicle Identification Number..... 248
Vehicle Storage .............................. 212
Ventilation......................................... 99
VIN .................................................. 248
Vinyl Cleaning ................................ 217
Viscosity, Oil................................... 168
W
Warning Beepers
Headlights on ............................... 66
Key in Ignition.............................. 74
Seat Belts ................................ 43, 58
WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii
Warning Labels, Location of .......... 53
Warranty Coverages* ................... 263
Washer, Windshield
Checking the Fluid Level ......... 176
Main Menu
Index
Indicator ........................................ 60
Operation ...................................... 69
Washing .......................................... 214
Waxing and Polishing ................... 215
Wheels
Adjusting the Steering ................ 71
Alignment and Balance ............. 195
Compact Spare ........................... 222
Wrench ....................................... 224
Windows
Cleaning ...................................... 219
Rear, Defogger ............................ 70
Windshield
Cleaning ........................................ 69
Defroster .................................... 101
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades ........................ 186
Operation ...................................... 68
Worn Tires ..................................... 195
Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 245
*
U.S. and Canada only
IX
Main Menu
Service Information Summary
Gasoline:
Unleaded gasoline, pump octane
number of 86 or higher.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
13.2 US gal (50 , 11.0 Imp gal)
Recommended Engine Oil:
API Certified ‘‘For Gasoline
Engines’’ Oil, SAE 5W-20 viscosity
(see page 167 ).
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
4.4 US qt (4.2 , 3.7 Imp qt)
5-speed Manual Transmission
Fluid:
Honda Manual Transmission
Fluid preferred, or an API service
SG, SH or SJ, SAE 10W-30 or
10W-40 motor oil as a temporary
replacement (see page 144 ).
Oil change capacity (including
differential):
1.6 US qt (1.5 , 1.3 Imp qt)
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 177 ).
Tire Pressure (measured cold):
Front:
33 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm )
Rear:
30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1 kgf/cm )
Spare Tire:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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