2003 Civic Hybrid Online Reference Owner`s Manual

2003 Civic Hybrid Online Reference Owner`s Manual
2003 Civic Hybrid 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...........................................................................................................................57
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience Features.......................................................................................................107
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving .............................................................................................................................................143
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving...........................................................................................................................................................159
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance.................................................................................................................................................181
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer.
Appearance Care.........................................................................................................................................245
Tips on cleaning and protecting your car. Things to look for if your car ever needs body repairs.
Taking Care of the Unexpected...............................................................................................................255
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical Information...............................................................................................................................285
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ......................................................................299
A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us.
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...............................................................................................................303
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
ADDRESS
STREET
CITY
STATE/PROVINCE
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
This Owner’s Manual covers all
models of the Civic Hybrid. You may
find descriptions of equipment and
features that are not on your
particular model.
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 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 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
AIRBAGS
(P. 10, 48)
POWER
DOOR LOCK
SWITCH
(P. 87)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 118)
DIGITAL CLOCK
(P. 123)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 97)
FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE
(P. 145)
TRUNK RELEASE
(P. 92)
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HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P. 146)
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (CVT)
(P. 166)
MANUAL TRANSMISSION
(P. 162)
HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS
(P. 108)
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HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P. 75, 78)
WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS
(P. 78, 80)
HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS
(P. 80)
CRUISE CONTROL
MASTER SWITCH
(P. 139)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P. 81)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 99)
ECON BUTTON
(P. 111)
TILT ADJUSTMENT
(P. 82)
CRUISE CONTROL SWITCHES
(P. 140)
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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 .......................................... 10
Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 11
Head Restraints ........................... 11
Door Locks ................................... 11
Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ......... 12
Protecting Adults ............................. 13
1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 13
2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 13
3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 15
4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 16
5. Fasten and Position the Seat
Belts ...................................... 16
6. Adjust the Steering Wheel ..... 18
7. Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position ................................. 19
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 20
Additional Safety Precautions .... 20
Protecting Children ......................... 22
All Children Must Be
Restrained ................................ 22
Children Should Sit in the Back
Seat ............................................ 23
The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Poses Serious Risks to
Children ................................ 23
If You Must Drive with Several
Children .................................... 25
If a Child Requires Close
Attention ................................... 26
Additional Safety Precautions .... 26
General Guidelines for Using
Child Seats ................................ 27
Protecting Infants ........................ 31
Protecting Small Children .......... 35
Protecting Larger Children ........ 38
Using Child Seats with
Tethers...................................... 42
Using LATCH .............................. 43
Additional Information About Your
Seat Belts .................................. 45
Seat Belt System Components ... 45
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 45
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 46
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 47
Additional Information About
Your Airbags ............................ 48
SRS Components ......................... 48
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 48
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 50
How the SRS Indicator Light
Works ........................................ 51
How the Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator Light Works ............ 52
Airbag Service .............................. 53
Additional Safety Precautions .... 53
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 54
Safety Labels .................................... 55
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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 16 .)
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 22 .)
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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
10 .)
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 186 .)
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Your Car’s Safety Features
(10) (1)
(3) (4)
Your car is equipped with many
features that work together to
protect you and your passengers
during a crash.
(6)
(8)
(8)
(7)
(5)
(2)
(7)
(2)
(9)
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.
(1) Safety Cage
(2) Crush Zone
(3) Seats & Seat-Backs
(4) Head Restraints
(5) Collapsible Steering Column
(6) Seat Belts
(7) Front Airbags
(8) Side Airbags
(Optional for U.S. models only)
(9) Seat Belt Tensioners
(10) Door Locks
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Your Car’s Safety Features
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.
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.
In addition, most states and all
Canadian provinces require you to
wear seat belts.
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Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
if you have airbags.
Be sure you and your
passengers always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.
When properly worn, seat belts:
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.
Keep you connected to the vehicle
so you can take advantage of the
vehicle’s built-in safety features.
Help protect you in almost every
type of crash, including frontal,
side, and rear impacts and
rollovers.
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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.
Airbags can pose serious hazards.
Your car has a Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) with dualstage, dual-threshold front airbags to
help protect the heads and chests of
the driver and a front seat passenger
during a moderate to severe frontal
collision.
Only on U.S. models equipped with side
airbags.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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
16 ).
Any infant or small child is
properly restrained in a child seat
in the back seat (see page 22 ).
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Front seat occupants are sitting
upright and as far back as possible
from the steering wheel and
dashboard (see page 13 ).
Seat-backs are upright (see page
15 ).
Head restraints are properly
adjusted (see page 16 ).
All doors are closed and locked
(see page 13 ).
All cargo is properly stored or
secured (see page 154 ).
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.
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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 38 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.
2.Adjust the Front Seats
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 87 for how to lock the
doors.
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.
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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.
See page 94 for how to adjust the
front seats.
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3.Adjust the Seat-Backs
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.
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 front 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.
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 94 for how to adjust seatbacks.
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4.Adjust the Head Restraints
Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.
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.
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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See page 96 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Improperly positioning the seat
belts can cause serious injury
or death in a crash.
Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.
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).
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Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
If a seat belt does not seem to work
as it should, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash. No one should
very serious injuries in a crash.
sit in a seat with an inoperative seat
belt. Anyone using a seat belt that is
6.Adjust the Steering Wheel
not working properly can be
seriously injured or killed. Have your
Honda dealer check the belt as soon
as possible.
See page 45 for additional
information about your seat belt
system and how to take care of your
belts.
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 82 for how to adjust the
steering wheel.
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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.
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.
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.
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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 U.S. 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
car and hurt someone.
Do not attach or place objects on
the front airbag covers. Any object
Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers. If your
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.
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.
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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
27 .)
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.
A larger child should always be
restrained with a seat belt and use a
booster seat, if needed. (See page
38 .)
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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 Front 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
too far forward, or the child’s head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating front airbag can strike the
child with enough force to kill or
very seriously injure a small child.
Larger Children
Children who have outgrown child
seats are also at risk of being injured
or killed by an inflating passenger’s
front airbag. Whenever possible,
larger children should sit in the back
seat, in a booster seat if needed, and
be properly restrained with a seat
belt. (See page 38 for important
information about protecting larger
children.)
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U.S. Models
To remind you of the passenger’s
front 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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Canadian Models
To remind you of the front 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.
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 38 ).
Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (see page 13 ).
Have the child sit upright and well
back in the seat (see page 19 ).
Make sure the seat belt is properly
positioned and secured (see page
16 ).
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If a Child Requires Close
Attention
Many parents say they prefer to put
an infant or small child in the front
passenger seat so they can watch the
child, or because the child requires
attention.
Placing a child in the front seat
exposes the child to hazards 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.
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Additional Safety Precautions
Use childproof door locks to
prevent children from opening the
doors. Using this feature will
prevent children from opening the
doors and accidentally falling out
(see page 92 ).
Use the main power window
switch to prevent children from
opening the rear windows. Using
this feature will prevent children
from playing with the windows,
which could expose them to
hazards or distract the driver (see
page 98 ).
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.
Lock all doors and the trunk when
your vehicle is not in use. Children
who play in cars can accidentally
get trapped inside the trunk and
be seriously injured or could die.
Teach your children not to play in
or around cars. Know how to
operate the emergency trunk
opener (U.S. models only) and
decide if your children should be
shown how to use this feature (see
page 93 ).
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 trunk, which can
lead to accidental injury or death.
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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 boxes.
2. The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to fit the child.
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
31 for additional information on
protecting infants.
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Due to variations in the design of
child seats, vehicle seats, and seat
belts, all child seats will not fit all
vehicle seating positions.
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.
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.
Your car has lower anchors installed
for use with LATCH (Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children) compatible child seats. For more
information, see page 43 .
3. The child seat should fit the
vehicle seating position (or
positions) where it will be used.
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 35 for
additional information on protecting
small children.
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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 front airbag can kill or
seriously injure the child.
Front Passenger’s Seat
Infants: Never in the front seat, due
to the front airbag hazard.
Small children: Not recommended,
due to the front airbag hazard. If a
small child must ride in front,
move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position and secure a
forward-facing child seat with the
seat belt (see page 36 ).
Back Seats
Infants: Recommended positions.
Properly secure a rear-facing child
seat (see page 32 ).
Small children: Recommended
If a small child must ride in the
front, follow the instructions
provided in this section.
positions. Properly secure a
forward-facing child seat
(see page 36 ).
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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 32 , 36 and 43 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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Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement
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.
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.
We recommend that an infant be
restrained in a rear-facing child seat
until the infant is at least one year
old, reaches the seat maker’s weight
or height limit, and is able to sit up
without support.
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.
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
facing forward, an infant could be
very seriously injured during a
frontal collision.
Two types of seats may be used: a
seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode.
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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 13 ). Or it
may prevent them from locking the
seat-back in the desired upright
position (see page 15 ).
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.
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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 and tips on how to
secure a rear-facing child seat with
this type of seat belt.
If you have a child seat designed to
be attached to the vehicle’s LATCH
anchorage system, follow the
instructions on page 43 .
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.
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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.
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.
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To deactivate the locking
mechanism and remove a child seat,
unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat
belt, and let the belt fully retract.
Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation
Tips
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 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
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
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 Type
A child at least one year old 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.
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
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.
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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
be attached to the vehicle’s LATCH
anchorage system, follow the
instructions on page 43 .
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.
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 the back seat on a
booster and wear a lap/shoulder belt.
We recommend that the child use a
booster seat until the child is tall
enough to use the seat belt without a
booster.
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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Allowing a larger child to sit
improperly in the front seat can
result in injury or death if the
passenger’s front airbag inflates.
If a larger child must sit in front,
make sure the child moves the
seat as far back as possible,
uses a booster seat if needed,
and wears the seat belt properly.
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Checking Seat Belt Fit
thighs as shown, the child is
probably big enough to wear the seat
belt.
However, if the shoulder belt
touches or crosses the child’s neck,
or if the lap belt crosses the child’s
stomach, the child needs to use a
booster seat.
Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck or over the stomach.
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 the seat belt 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.
This could result in serious neck and
internal injuries during a crash.
To determine if a lap/shoulder belt
properly fits a child, have the child
sit in the rear seat, all the way back
against the seat and put on the seat
belt. Follow the instructions on page
16 . 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, and
the lap belt rests over the child’s
hipbones and touches the tops of the
Do not let a child put the shoulder
part of a seat belt behind the back or
under the arm. This could cause
very serious injuries during a crash.
It also increases the chance that the
child will slide under the belt in a
crash and be injured.
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Using a Booster Seat
A child should continue using a
booster seat until the child exceeds
the booster seat manufacturer’s
requirements.
Even then, the child may still need to
use a booster seat. Note that some
states now require children to use
boosters until they reach a certain
age and/or weight. Be sure to check
current laws in the state or states
where you intend to drive.
If a child needs a booster seat, we
recommend choosing a high or lowback style that allows the child to be
directly secured with the lap/
shoulder belt.
Whichever style you select, follow
the booster seat maker’s instructions.
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When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly
restrained in the back seat.
The back seat is the safest place for
a child of any age or size.
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 16 and 39 ). 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:
Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.
Check that the child’s seat belt is
properly positioned and secured.
If your car has side airbags,
remind the child not to lean
toward the door.
Supervise the child. Even mature
children sometimes need to be
reminded to fasten the seat belts
or sit properly.
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.
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Using Child Seats with Tethers
The tether anchor fittings are
located under plastic covers. Pivot
the cover backward to access the
anchor fitting.
COVER
ANCHORAGE POINT
Your car has three tether anchorage
points under the rear window for
securing a tether-style child seat to
the car.
Since a tether can provide additional
security, we recommend using a
tether whenever one is required or
available. (Tethers are required in
Canada.)
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Attach the attaching clip 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.
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The exact location of each lower
anchorage is marked with a small
circle above the lower anchorage
point.
Using LATCH
MARKS
To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat:
1. Move the seat belt buckle or
center seat belt away from the
lower anchors.
LOWER ANCHORS
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.
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 anchors
according to the child seat maker’s
instructions.
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Lower Universal Anchorage
System Symbol
Flexible type
4. Follow the child seat maker’s
instructions for any additional
advice on adjusting or tightening
the fit.
5. Attach the attaching clip to the
tether anchor fitting and tighten
the strap according to the child
seat maker’s instructions. Make
sure the strap is not twisted.
6. 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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This symbol on rear or forward
facing child seats or booster
cushions indicates the presence of
LATCH compatible hardware.
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Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all five seating
positions. The front seat belts are
also equipped with automatic seat
belt tensioners.
The seat belt system 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 32 and 36 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 16 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 51 ).
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Seat Belt Maintenance
For safety, you should check the
condition of your seat belts regularly.
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.
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.
Automatic seat belt tensioners that
deployed during a crash must be
replaced.
For information on how to clean your
seat belts, see page 250 .
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
SRS 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 46 ).
Sensors that can detect a
moderate to severe frontal
collision.
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 51 ).
Emergency backup power in case
your car’s electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.
Your vehicle is equipped with dualstage, dual-threshold airbags to help
reduce the chance of airbag-caused
injuries.
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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Additional Information About Your Airbags
During a frontal crash, your seat
belts help restrain your lower body
and torso. Your airbag provides a
cushion to help restrain and protect
your head and chest.
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.
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.
After inflating, the front airbags
immediately deflate, so they won’t
interfere with the driver’s visibility,
or the ability to steer or operate
other controls.
After a crash, you may see what
looks like smoke. This is actually
powder from the airbag’s surface.
Although the powder is not harmful,
people with respiratory problems
may experience some temporary
discomfort. If this occurs, get out of
the car as soon as it is safe to do so.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
U.S. Owners:
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.
How Your Side Airbags Work
Only on U.S. models equipped with side
airbags.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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How the SRS Indicator Light
Works
The SRS indicator light
alerts you to a potential
problem with your front airbags and
automatic seat belt tensioners.
On models with side airbags, this
light will also alert you to a potential
problem with your side airbags or
passenger’s side airbag automatic
cutoff system (see page 52 ).
When you turn the ignition ON (II),
this indicator will light briefly then
go out. This tells you that the system
is working properly.
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.
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.
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.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How the Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator Light Works
Only on U.S. models 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 cutoff 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 61 ). 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
(if equipped) 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 control
unit, automatic seat belt
tensioners, 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.
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 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 153 for further information
and precautions relating to your
airbags.
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.
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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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 trunk lid open, air flow can
pull exhaust gas into your car’s
interior and create a hazardous
condition. If you must drive with the
trunk lid 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.
Canadian models
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HOOD
On models without side airbags
On models with side airbags
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Instruments and Controls
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 ............................ 58
Indicator Lights................................ 59
Gauges .............................................. 67
Speedometer ................................ 69
Tachometer .................................. 69
Odometer/Trip Meter ................ 69
Current Fuel Mileage .................. 70
Trip Mileage ................................. 70
Turning Off the Mileage
Display ...................................... 71
Fuel Gauge ................................... 71
Temperature Gauge .................... 71
Battery Level Gauge ................... 72
Charge/Assist Gauge ................. 73
Controls Near the Steering
Wheel ........................................ 74
Headlights .................................... 75
Daytime Running Lights............. 76
Instrument Panel Brightness ..... 77
Turn Signals ................................. 78
Windshield Wipers ...................... 78
Windshield Washers ................... 80
Hazard Warning........................... 80
Rear Window Defogger .............. 81
Steering Wheel Adjustment ....... 82
Keys and Locks ................................ 83
Keys............................................... 83
Immobilizer System..................... 84
Ignition Switch ............................. 86
Power Door Locks ....................... 87
Remote Transmitter .................... 89
Childproof Door Locks ............... 92
Trunk ............................................ 92
Emergency Trunk Opener ......... 93
Seat Adjustments ............................. 94
Front Seat Adjustments .............. 94
Driver’s Seat Armrest ................. 95
Head Restraints ........................... 96
Power Windows ............................... 97
Mirrors .............................................. 99
Adjusting the Power Mirrors ..... 99
Parking Brake ................................ 100
Glove Box ....................................... 101
Beverage Holder ............................ 102
Console Compartment .................. 102
Coin Box ......................................... 103
Center Pocket ................................ 103
Accessory Power Socket .............. 103
Interior Lights ................................ 104
Ceiling Light ............................... 104
Spotlights .................................... 104
Ignition Switch Light ................. 105
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Control Locations
CRUISE CONTROL
(P. 139)
MIRROR
CONTROLS
(P. 99)
HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS
(P. 108)
POWER DOOR LOCK
SWITCH
(P. 87)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 118)
DIGITAL CLOCK
(P. 123)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P. 81)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 97)
FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE
(P. 145)
TRUNK RELEASE
(P. 92)
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HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P. 146)
CRUISE CONTROL
(P. 140)
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Indicator Lights
Automatic Transmission (CVT)
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR
(P. 64)
PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR*
(P. 62)
CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR
(P. 65)
MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR
(P. 66)
SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT
(P. 61)
SIDE AIRBAG CUTOFF INDICATOR
(P. 61)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR*
(P. 62)
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 61)
LOW FUEL INDICATOR
(P. 65)
CHARGING SYSTEM
INDICATOR
(P. 62, 272)
AUTO IDLE STOP
INDICATOR
(P. 172)
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 63)
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP
(P. 273)
LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR
(P. 62, 271)
*
IMA SYSTEM
INDICATOR
(P. 63)
SHIFT LEVER POSITION
INDICATOR
(P. 166)
TRUNK-OPEN INDICATOR
(P. 65)
ELECTRIC POWER STEERING (EPS) INDICATOR
(P. 63)
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Manual Transmission
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR
(P. 64)
PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR*
(P. 62)
CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR
(P. 65)
SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT
(P. 61)
SIDE AIRBAG CUTOFF INDICATOR
(P. 61)
MAINTENANCE REQUIRED
INDICATOR
(P. 66)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR*
(P. 62)
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 61)
CHARGING SYSTEM
INDICATOR
(P. 62, 272)
LOW FUEL INDICATOR
(P. 65)
IMA SYSTEM
INDICATOR
(P. 63)
AUTO IDLE STOP
INDICATOR
(P. 164)
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM
INDICATOR
(P. 63)
SHIFT UP/SHIFT DOWN
INDICATORS (P. 165)
TRUNK-OPEN INDICATOR*
(P. 65)
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP
(P. 273)
LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR ELECTRIC POWER STEERING (EPS)
(P. 62, 271)
INDICATOR (P. 63)
*
The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text.
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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.
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 models equipped
with side airbags, 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 51 .
Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator
Only on U.S. models 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
52 .
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 272 .
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 271 .
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
See page 273 .
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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 275 .
U.S.
Canada
Anti-lock Brake
System (ABS)
Indicator
Only on models equipped with ABS (see
page 175 )
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 177 .
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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 may be 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 84 ).
This indicator also blinks several
times when you turn the ignition
switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY
(I) or LOCK (0).
IMA System Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II). If it comes
on at any other time, it indicates a
problem in the Integrated Motor
Assist (IMA) system. With the IMA
indicator on, the vehicle may not
accelerate as it normally does. Have
the vehicle checked by the dealer as
soon as possible.
Auto Idle Stop Indicator
See pages 164 and 172 .
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Indicator Lights
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 235 ). 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.
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High Beam Indicator
This light comes on with the high
beam headlights. See page 75 for
information on the headlight
controls.
‘‘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.
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Cruise Control Indicator
This lights when you set the cruise
control. See page 139 for information
on operating the cruise control.
Shift Up/Shift Down Indicators
Low Fuel Indicator
This light comes on as a reminder
that you must refuel soon.
Trunk-open 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 205 ).
Manual Transmission
See page 165 .
This light comes on if the trunk lid is
not closed tightly.
Shift Lever Position Indicator
Automatic Transmission (CVT)
See page 166 .
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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 184 − 190 .
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.
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.
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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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ODOMETER/TRIP METER
FUEL GAUGE
SPEEDOMETER
IMA CHARGE/ASSIST GAUGE
TACHOMETER
BATTERY LEVEL INDICATOR
FUEL MILEAGE DISPLAY
SELECT/RESET
BUTTON
TEMPERATURE GAUGE
CURRENT FUEL MILEAGE DISPLAY
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ODOMETER/TRIP METER
FUEL GAUGE
SPEEDOMETER
IMA CHARGE/ASSIST GAUGE
TACHOMETER
BATTERY LEVEL INDICATOR
FUEL MILEAGE DISPLAY
SELECT/
RESET BUTTON
CURRENT FUEL MILEAGE DISPLAY
U.S. model is shown.
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Gauges
The gauges illuminate when you
turn the ignition switch ON (II).
Odometer/Trip Meter
ODOMETER/TRIP METER
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).
Tachometer
The tachometer shows the engine
speed in revolutions per minute
(rpm). To protect the engine from
damage, never drive with the
tachometer reading in the red zone.
U.S. model is shown.
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.
SELECT/RESET BUTTON
The trip meter shows the number of
miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada)
driven since you last reset it.
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There are two trip meters: Trip A
and Trip B. The odometer and the
two trip meters use the same display.
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.
To reset a trip meter, display it, and
then press and hold the Select/Reset
button until the number resets to
‘‘0.0’’.
Current Fuel Mileage
TRIP MILEAGE (TRIPA)
CURRENT FUEL MILEAGE
U.S. Model is shown.
This display shows the current, or
instantaneous fuel mileage you are
getting.
It shows the number of miles per
hour and mpg (U.S.) or kilometers
per hour and 1/100 km (Canada).
You can turn off this display at any
time. See page 71 .
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Trip Mileage
U.S. Model is shown.
When a trip meter is displayed, the
average fuel mileage you have been
getting during that trip is shown in
the Fuel Mileage display. This
number is updated once per ten
seconds.
When you reset a trip meter, the
average fuel mileage for that trip
meter also resets.
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Turning Off the Mileage Display
You can temporarily turn off the
Current Fuel Mileage display.
To turn it off:
1. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
If the engine is running, make
sure the transmission is in Neutral
(manual) or Park (automatic) and
the parking brake is set.
2. Use the Select/Reset button to
select the odometer display.
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.
Avoid driving with an extremely low
f uel level. Running out of f uel could
cause the engine to misf ire, damaging
the catalytic converter.
Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine’s coolant. During normal
operation, the reading should be in
the middle of the gauge. In severe
driving conditions, such as very hot
weather or a long period of uphill
driving, the reading may reach near
the red mark. If it reaches the red
(Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of
the road. Turn to page 268 for
instructions and precautions on
checking the engine’s cooling
system.
3. Press and hold the Select/Reset
button for about 10 to 15 seconds,
then release it. The Current Fuel
Mileage display will turn off.
The display will turn back on when
you repeat the same procedure on
the step 3.
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Battery Level Gauge
BATTERY LEVEL GAUGE
climbing a long hill. The engine will
recharge the battery as you continue
driving.
If the battery is mostly discharged,
the Auto Idle Stop function is
disabled (see pages 163 and 171 ).
The battery level gauge does not
read the battery level directly. It
calculates the level by continuously
measuring the current flow, voltage,
and temperature.
This gauge shows you the state of
charge of the battery for the
Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). This
battery is recharged by the engine,
and discharged by the IMA when it
is assisting the engine with powering
the vehicle.
The gauge reading may drop near
the bottom under driving conditions
that require assist for a long time,
such as prolonged acceleration or
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Since the level is not read directly,
small sensing errors can, over time,
cause the gauge to read higher than
the actual battery level. The system
will then perform a correction, and
the battery level gauge reading will
drop suddenly. When this happens,
IMA assist and Auto Idle Stop are
disabled until the IMA battery is
sufficiently recharged by normal
driving. This should take only a few
minutes.
This correction of the battery level
gauge is normal and does not
indicate a problem. If the IMA
battery develops a problem or
becomes deteriorated, the IMA
system indicator will come on. If this
happens, have the vehicle checked
by your dealer as soon as possible.
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Charge/Assist Gauge
IMA CHARGE
GAUGE
IMA ASSIST
GAUGE
If the IMA battery is too hot or too
cold, the IMA system shuts down to
protect the battery. This disables the
IMA assist and Auto Idle Stop, even
though the Battery Level Gauge may
show that the battery is well-charged.
Therefore, those functions may not
operate when you first start driving
in very hot or cold weather.
The battery temperature will
normalize after a few minutes of
driving, and the IMA system will
work normally.
This gauge shows you the status of
the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA).
When the IMA battery is being
charged, the left side of the gauge
illuminates. When the IMA is
assisting the engine, the right side of
the gauge illuminates.
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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.
The hazard warning lights switch is
on the dashboard between the
center air vents.
The controls under the left air vent
are for the rear window defogger,
mirrors, and cruise control.
HEADLIGHTS/
TURN SIGNALS
CRUISE CONTROL
MASTER SWITCH
HAZARD WARNING
LIGHTS
WINDSHIELD
WIPERS/WASHERS
ECON BUTTON
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
The tilt adjustment lever on the
underside of the steering column
allows you to tilt the steering wheel.
*
HORN*
:To use the horn, press the center
pad of the steering wheel.
MIRROR CONTROLS
TILT ADJUSTMENT
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CRUISE CONTROL
SWITCHES
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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, sidemarker lights, and rear license plate
lights. Turning the switch to the
‘‘
’’ position turns on the
headlights.
If you leave the lights on with the
ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I)
or LOCK (0), you will hear a
reminder tone 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 64 ). To return to low
beams, pull the turn signal lever
back.
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Daytime Running Lights
Canadian models only
With the headlight switch off, the
high beam headlights come on with
reduced brightness when you turn
the ignition switch to ON (II) and
release the parking brake. They
remain on until you turn the ignition
off, even if you set the parking brake.
The headlights revert to normal
operation when you turn them on
with the switch.
To flash the high beams, pull the
turn signal lever back lightly, then
release it. The high beams will come
on and go off. 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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Instrument Panel Brightness
Turn the Select/Reset knob on the
right side of the instrument panel to
adjust the brightness of the
instrument panel lights.
Turn the Select/Reset knob to adjust
the instrument panel brightness.
There are six brightness levels.
When you turn the knob, the
odometer/trip meter display
changes to circles that show you the
current level. You will hear a tone
when you reach the maximum or
minimum brightness. The display
returns to the odometer/trip meter
values five seconds after you stop
adjusting the knob.
To reduce glare at night, the instrument panel illumination dims when
you turn the light switch to
or
. Turning the Select/Reset
knob fully to the right will return the
instrument panel to the brightness
adjusted with the headlight switch
off and a tone will sound.
The instrument panel dims when the
parking lights or headlights are
turned on. Adjust the brightness to
the desired level with the headlight
switch off, and also with the
headlight switch on. Both settings
will remain at those levels until you
change them.
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Turn Signals
To signal a lane change, push lightly
on the turn signal lever in the proper
direction and hold it. The lever will
return to the center position as soon
as you release it.
Windshield Wipers
TURN SIGNAL LEVER
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.
This lever controls the windshield
wipers and washers. It has five
positions:
MIST: mist
OFF: off
INT: intermittent
LO: low speed
HI: high speed
To select a position, push the lever
up or down.
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INT TIME RING
In intermittent, the wipers operate
every few seconds. You can vary
how often the wipers sweep the
windshield by turning the INT TIME
ring on the right lever. 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.
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Windshield Washers
To clean the windshield, pull back on
the wiper control lever. The washers
spray until you release the lever.
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The wipers run at low speed while
you’re pulling the lever, then
complete one more sweep of the
windshield after you release it.
Hazard Warning
Push the button between the center
vents 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.
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Rear Window Defogger
Make sure the rear window is clear
and you have good visibility before
starting to drive.
The defogger wires on the inside of
the rear window can be accidentally
damaged. When cleaning the glass,
always wipe side to side.
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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3. Push the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in that position.
Steering Wheel Adjustment
See page 18 for important safety
information about how to properly
position the steering wheel.
4. Make sure you have securely
locked the steering wheel in place
by trying to move it up and down.
Make any steering wheel adjustment
before you start driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel
position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
car and be seriously injured in a
crash.
To adjust the steering wheel upward
or downward:
Adjust the steering wheel only
when the car is stopped.
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.
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Keys and Locks
Keys
KEY
NUMBER
PLATE
MASTER
KEYS
(Black)
VALET
KEY
(Gray)
The valet key works only in the
ignition and the door locks. You can
keep the trunk, and trunk release
handle locked when you leave your
car and the valet key at a parking
facility. (See Trunk, page 92 .)
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.
When replacing keys, use only
Honda-approved key blanks.
Your car comes with two master
keys and a valet key.
The master key fits all the locks on
your car:
• Ignition
• Doors
• Trunk
• Trunk release handle
These keys contain electronic
circuits that are activated by the
Immobilizer System. They will not
work to start the engine if the
circuits are damaged.
Protect the keys from direct
sunlight, high temperature, and
high humidity.
Do not drop the keys or set heavy
objects on them.
Keep the keys away from liquids.
If they get wet, dry them immediately with a soft cloth.
The keys do not contain batteries.
Do not try to take them apart.
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Remote Transmitter
Your car also comes with two remote
transmitters; see page 89 for an
explanation of the operation.
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.
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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:
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
car’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.
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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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Ignition Switch
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.
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ACCESSORY (I) − In this position,
you can operate the audio system
and the accessory power socket.
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.
START (III) − Use this position
only to start the engine. The switch
returns to ON (II) when you let go of
the key.
Power Door Locks
The engine will not start if the
Immobilizer System does not
recognize the key’s coding (see page
84 ).
You will hear a reminder beeper if
you leave the key in the ignition
switch in the LOCK (0) or
ACCESSORY (I) position and open
the driver’s door. Remove the key to
turn off the beeper.
MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH
The master door lock switch allows
control of all door locks from the
driver’s door. Push the switch down
to lock all doors, and up to unlock
them.
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To lock any passenger’s door when
getting out of the car, push the lock
tab down and close the door. To lock
the driver’s door, remove the key
from the ignition switch, pull the
outside door handle and push the
lock tab down or push the master
switch down. Release the handle,
then close the door.
Each door has a lock tab at the top of
the door. When you push down the
lock tab on the driver’s door, all
doors lock. Pulling up the lock tab on
the driver’s door only unlocks that
door. The lock tab on each
passenger’s door only locks and
unlocks that door.
The front doors can be locked and
unlocked from the outside with the
key.
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All doors lock when you push down
the lock tab on the driver’s door, or
lock the driver’s door from the
outside with the key. Only the driver’s
door unlocks when you use the key
or the lock tab. To unlock the passengers’ doors, use the master door lock
switch or the lock tab on each 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 parking lights, side marker
lights, taillights, license plate lights,
and the instrument panel lights flash
once.
When you push the LOCK button a
second time within 5 seconds after
you have locked the doors, the horn
will sound once 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 parking lights, side marker
lights, taillights, license plate lights,
and the instrument panel lights flash
twice each time you push the button.
The ceiling light (if the ceiling light
switch is in the center position) will
come on when you press the
UNLOCK button. If you do not open
any of the doors, the light will go out
in about 30 seconds and the doors
will automatically relock. If you
relock the doors with the remote
transmitter before 30 seconds have
elapsed, the light will go off
immediately.
You cannot lock the doors with the
remote transmitter if any door is not
fully closed. You cannot lock or
unlock the doors with the key in the
ignition switch.
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Panic Mode
Replacing the Battery
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.
ROUND
COVER
Open
BATTERY
To cancel Panic mode before 30
seconds, press any button on the
remote transmitter. You can also
turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
Panic mode will not activate if the
ignition switch is in the ON (II)
position.
Close
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 get dim. Replace the
battery as soon as possible.
Battery type: CR2025
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CUSHION
RING
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.
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Reinstall the cushion ring. Align the
▽ mark on the cover with the
◎ mark on the transmitter,
then set the cover in place and turn it
clockwise.
Transmitter Care
Avoid severe shock to the transmitter, such as dropping or throwing
it. Also, protect it from extreme hot
or cold temperatures.
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.
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.
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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Trunk
Childproof Door Locks
Pull
LEVER
TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE
The childproof door locks are
designed to prevent children seated
in the rear from accidentally opening
the rear doors. Each rear door has a
lock lever near the edge. With the
lever in the LOCK position, the door
cannot be opened from the inside
regardless of the position of the lock
tab. To open the door, pull the lock
tab up and use the outside door
handle.
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You can open the trunk in two ways:
Pull the trunk release handle to
the left of the driver’s seat.
Use the master key to open the
trunk lock. The valet key does not
work in this lock.
MASTER KEY
To close the trunk, press down on
the trunk lid.
See page 154 for cargo loading and
weight limit information. Keep the
trunk lid closed at all times while
driving to avoid damaging the lid,
and to prevent exhaust gas from
getting into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard on page 54 .
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Emergency Trunk Opener
Parents should decide if their
children should be shown how to use
this feature.
For more information about child
safety, see page 26 .
MASTER KEY
To protect items in the trunk when
you need to give the key to someone
else, lock the trunk release handle
with the master key and give the
other person the valet key.
As a safety feature, your car has a
release lever on the trunk latch so
the trunk can be opened from the
inside.
To open the trunk, push the release
lever to the left.
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Seat Adjustments
Front Seat Adjustments
See pages 13 − 15 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.
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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 into
the new position.
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Driver’s Seat Armrest
To use the driver’s seat armrest,
pivot it down.
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Seat Adjustments
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.
Head Restraints
See page 16 for important safety
information and a warning about how to
properly position the head restraints.
The front head restraints help
protect you and your passenger from
whiplash and other injuries. They are
most effective when you adjust them
so the 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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RELEASE BUTTON
The front head restraints adjust for
height. You need both hands to
adjust the restraint. Do not attempt
to adjust it while driving. To raise it,
pull upward. To lower the restraint,
push the release button sideways
and push the restraint down.
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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 pulling back on the
switch 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 any of the passenger’s windows, 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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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.
The light inside the AUTO switch
comes on when you turn the ignition
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switch to ON (II).
The MAIN switch controls power to
the passengers’ windows. When you
push in the MAIN switch, the
passengers’ windows 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 pushed in
when you have children in the car so
they do not injure themselves by
operating the windows
unintentionally.
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Mirrors
TAB
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
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.
ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Adjust the outside mirrors with the
adjustment switch on the left 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
Parking Brake
Driving the car with the parking brake
applied can damage the rear brakes
and axles.
PARKING BRAKE LEVER
On Canadian model
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.
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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 62 ).
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Glove Box
An open glove box can cause
serious injury to your passenger
in a crash, even if the
passenger is wearing the seat
belt.
Always keep the glove box
closed while driving.
Open the glove box by squeezing the
handle. Close it with a firm push.
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Beverage Holder, Console Compartment
Console Compartment
HANDLE
Push
To open the beverage holder, push
on the top. The beverage holder lid
is spring-loaded and will
swing open. To close it, push it down
until it latches.
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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.
Squeeze the handle and slide the
console compartment lid backward
to access the compartment.
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Coin Box, Center Pocket, Accessory Power Socket
Coin Box
Center Pocket
Accessory Power Socket
Pull up
The coin box is located under the air
vent. To open the coin box, pull
down the lid. Close it with a firm
push.
The center pocket is located under
the audio system. To open the lid,
pull it down. Close it with a firm push.
To use the accessory power socket,
pull up the cover.
This socket is intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps). To power an accessory, 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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Interior Lights
Ceiling Light
DOOR ACTIVATED
ON
OFF
The ceiling light has a three-position
switch. In the OFF position, the light
does not come on. In the center
position, the ceiling light comes on
when you open any door. In the ON
position, the ceiling light stays on
continuously.
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The ceiling light (with the switch in
the center position) comes on when
you remove the key from the ignition
switch. If you do not open a door, the
light stays on, then fades out in
about 10 seconds.
Spotlights
The ceiling light (with the switch in
the center position) also comes on
when you unlock the door with the
key, the lock tab on the driver’s door,
the master door lock switch, or the
remote transmitter (see page 89 ).
If you leave any door open with the
key not in the ignition switch, the
ceiling light will go off after three
minutes.
Turn on the spotlight by pushing the
lens. Push the lens again to turn it
off. You can use the spotlights at all
times.
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Ignition Switch Light
Your car also has a courtesy light in
the ignition switch. This light comes
on when you unlock the driver’s door
or remove the key from the ignition
switch.
It fades out about six seconds after
the door is closed.
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Comfort and Convenience Features
The heating and air conditioning
systems in your Honda provide a
comfortable driving environment in
all weather conditions.
The standard audio system has
many features. This section describes those features and how to
use them. (If you selected an
optional audio system, refer to the
operating instructions that came
with it.)
Your Honda has an anti-theft audio
system that requires a code number
to enable it.
Heating and Cooling
(Automatic System) .............. 108
Automatic Operation ................. 110
Manual Operation ...................... 111
Sunlight Sensor/Temperature
Sensor .................................... 117
Audio System ................................. 118
Operating the Radio .................. 118
Adjusting the Sound .................. 122
Audio System Lighting ............. 123
Digital Clock ............................... 123
Radio Frequencies ..................... 124
Radio Reception ......................... 125
Operating the CD Player .......... 127
Operating the CD Changer ...... 129
Protecting Compact Discs ........ 130
CD Player Error Indications..... 131
CD Changer Error
Indications .............................. 132
Operating the Cassette
Player ...................................... 133
Tape Search Functions ............. 134
Caring for the Cassette
Player ...................................... 136
Theft Protection............................. 137
Cruise Control ................................ 139
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Heating and Cooling (Automatic System)
The heating and cooling system in
your Honda has full heating,
ventilation, and air conditioning
capabilities. In combination with the
air conditioning, the system regulates the interior temperature you
select. The system also adjusts the
fan speed and air flow direction
automatically depending on the set
temperature.
CENTER VENTS
SIDE VENT
Open
Close
TAB
The direction of air flow from the
vents in the center and each side of
the dashboard is adjustable.
To adjust the air flow from each vent,
move the vent up-and-down and
move the tab side-to-side.
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The side vents can be opened and
closed with the dials underneath
them.
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The heating and cooling system
draws air through the exterior vents
at the bottom of the windshield.
Keep these vents clear of leaves and
other debris.
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.
Ventilation
Your car has a flow-through
ventilation system. Air enters the car
through vents in front of the
windshield. It circulates through the
interior then exits through vents
near the rear window. This system
provides fresh air even when the car
is standing still. To bring in outside
air, select the Fresh Air mode. Set
the fan at a comfortable speed.
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Automatic Operation
To use the heating and cooling
system in automatic mode, set the
system as follows.
MODE CONTROL DIAL
1. Set the fan control dial to AUTO.
2. Set the mode control dial to AUTO.
3. Set the desired temperature by
turning the temperature control
dial. Turning this dial clockwise
increases the temperature of the
air flow.
ECON BUTTON
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
4. Select Fresh Air mode. The
indicator in the button should be
off.
5. Turn on the A/C by pressing the
button for cooling and dehumidifying. The indicator in the button
lights.
AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON
FAN CONTROL DIAL
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RECIRCULATION BUTTON
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To heat or cool the interior faster,
select Recirculation mode and set
the temperature control dial to the
upper or lower limit.
The system runs of full cooling or
heating only. It does not regulate the
interior temperature. When the
temperature is set between the lower
and upper limits, the system
regulates the interior temperature to
the set value.
Turning the fan control dial to OFF
shuts the heating and cooling system
completely off. Keep the system
completely off only for short periods.
To keep stale air and mustiness from
collecting, you should have the fan
running at all times.
When the system is in full AUTO
mode, the Auto Idle Stop function
will not be activated.
Manual Operation
You can manually set the system
controls for ventilation, air conditioning, heating, air flow direction,
and fan speed in various
combinations.
ECON Button
When you press the ECON button
with the fan speed control dial on,
the Auto Idle Stop works only if the
outside temperature is above 41°F
(5°C). The indicator in the button
lights when the ECON is on. With
the ECON on, you can get better fuel
economy. You can select the ECON
mode with the A/C on or off.
Air Conditioning (A/C) Button
Pressing the A/C button turns the
air conditioning ON and OFF. The
indicator in the button lights when
the A/C is ON.
When you turn the A/C off, the
system cannot regulate the inside
temperature if you set the dial below
the outside air temperature.
With A/C on, use the temperature
control dial to adjust the temperature
of the air flow to a comfortable
setting.
In this mode with A/C on, you may
feel a slight reduction in cooling
efficiency. If you want more cooling,
select AUTO (see page 110 ).
The system turns off the ECON
mode when you select AUTO,
, or
.
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Air conditioning also removes moisture from the air as it operates. You
can use it to defog the windows
quickly in cool or damp weather.
Used in combination with the heater,
it also makes the interior warm and
dry.
Air conditioning places an extra load
on the engine. Watch the engine
coolant temperature gauge (see page
71 ) when using the A/C in heavy
traffic or driving up long hills. If the
reading reaches near the red mark,
turn off the air conditioning until the
gauge reads normally.
MODE CONTROL DIAL
ECON BUTTON
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON
FAN CONTROL DIAL
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RECIRCULATION BUTTON
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Recirculation Button
Fan Speed
Mode Control Dial
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).
You can manually select the fan
speed by turning the fan speed
control dial. Turning this dial
clockwise increases the fan speed,
which increases air flow.
Use the MODE control dial to select
the vents the air flows from. Some
air will flow from the dashboard
corner vents in all modes.
Use Recirculation mode to heat or
cool the interior more quickly, or to
keep out smoke and dust. Leaving
the system in the Recirculation mode
with the A/C off can cause the
windows to fog up. Switch to Fresh
Air mode as soon as the interior
reaches a comfortable temperature
or the outside smoky, dusty condition clears.
When the dial is set to AUTO, the
system controls the fan speed
automatically.
In AUTO mode, the system controls
the air flow direction automatically
between the dashboard vents and
the floor vents.
When the fan speed control dial is
off, the Auto Idle Stop works under
certain conditions (see pages
163 and 171 ).
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The main air flow comes out
of the dashboard vents.
The main air flow is divided
between the dashboard vents and
the floor vents.
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The main air flow comes
from the floor vents.
When you select
, the system
automatically switches to Fresh Air
mode.
The main air flow is divided
between the floor vents and defroster vents at the base of the windshield.
When you select
, the system
automatically switches to Fresh Air
mode, turns on the A/C, and turns
off the ECON mode.
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The
directs the main air flow
to the windshield for faster
defrosting or defogging. It also
overrides any MODE selection you
may have made. When you select
, the A/C turns on
automatically and the system selects
Fresh Air mode and turns off the
ECON mode. To defrost or defog
more quickly, turn the temperature
control dial to 82°F∼86°F (28°C∼
30°C). Select
and set the fan
speed to high. To turn off defrost or
defog, turn the mode control dial to
another mode. When you switch to
another mode from
, the A/C
stays on. Press the A/C button to
turn it off.
If there is actual frost on the windows, first select the Recirculation
mode. If the windows are fogged,
select the Fresh Air mode. Warmed
air will then flow from the windshield and side defroster vents.
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RECIRCULATION
BUTTON
AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON
MODE CONTROL
DIAL
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
FAN CONTROL
DIAL
ECON BUTTON
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When you select
or
,
the Auto Idle Stop function will not
activate.
Sunlight Sensor/Temperature
Sensor
SULIGHT SENSOR
TEMPERATURE SENSOR
To regulate the interior temperature,
the system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is located in the top of
the dashboard and a temperature
sensor is next to the steering column.
Do not cover the sensors or spill any
liquid on them.
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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 137 ).
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
PWR/VOL 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 TUNE knob to the right to
tune to a higher frequency, or to the
left to tune to a lower frequency.
Turn the knob right or left until the
display reaches the desired
frequency.
SEEK − The SEEK function
searches the band for a station with
a strong signal. To activate it, press
the SEEK bar on either the
or
side, then release it.
Depending on which side 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. You will see SCAN in
the display. 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.
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.
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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. Each mode is shown in
the display as it changes.
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 displayed number shows you
the current setting.
When the adjustment level reaches
the center, you will see ‘‘
’’.
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Adjustment Level
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 displayed number shows you
the current setting.
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 knob to adjust the
illumination of the audio system (see
page 77 ). 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.
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 131 and 132 ).
CLOCK BUTTON
H BUTTON
M BUTTON
You can set the time only when the
clock is displayed.
To set the hours, press the H (Preset
4) button while pressing the CLOCK
(SCAN/RPT) button. Press and hold
the H button until the hour advances
to the desired time.
RESET BUTTON
To set the minutes, press the M
(Preset 5) button while pressing the
CLOCK (SCAN/RPT) button. Press
and hold the M button until the
minutes numbers advance to the
desired time.
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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
(SCAN/RPT) button, then pressing
the R (Preset 6) button. If the
displayed time is after the half hour,
the clock is set forward to the
beginning of the next hour.
Radio Frequencies
Your Honda’s radio can receive the
complete AM and FM bands.
Those bands cover these frequencies:
For example:
1:06 would RESET to 1:00.
1:52 would RESET to 2:00.
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).
If your car’s battery is disconnected
or goes dead, the time setting will be
lost. To set the time again, follow the
setting procedure.
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AM band:
530 to 1,710 kilohertz
FM band:
87.7 to 107.9 megahertz
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.
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RANDOM INDICATOR
SEEK/SKIP BAR
SCAN/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 use the SEEK/SKIP bar
while a disc is playing to select
passages and change tracks.
You can switch to the radio while a
CD is playing by pressing the AM/
FM button. Press the CD button to
return to playing the CD. The CD
will begin playing where it left off.
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.
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
playing the disc, press the CD button.
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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
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 trunk-mounted 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 and 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
NOISE REDUCTION INDICATOR
AM/FM BUTTON
To operate the optional cassette
player, the ignition switch must be in
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) and the
audio system must be on.
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
NR BUTTON
PWR/VOL KNOB
FF 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.
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. The
indicator will light in the display. 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,
press 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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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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Displaying Audio System’s Serial
Number
When the audio system disables
itself, you can see the eight-digit
audio system serial number on the
display. To display the serial
number:
1. Turn the ignition switch to
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II).
2. Push the PWR/VOL knob to turn
on the audio system while
pressing the Preset 1 and 6
buttons at the same time.
3. You will see the first 4-digit
number on the display for five
seconds, then the next 4-digit
number is shown for five seconds.
You will see 8-digit serial number
in total. This procedure is repeated
once again.
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After you have entered the audio
system’s code number correctly, the
serial number will not be displayed.
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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.
Using the Cruise Control
Improper use of the cruise
control can lead to a crash.
Use the cruise control only
when traveling on open
highways in good weather.
1. Push in the Cruise Control Master
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).
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RESUME/
accel
SET/decel
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.
When climbing a steep hill, the
automatic transmission may
downshift to hold the set speed.
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.
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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.
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.
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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 Driving
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 .............................. 144
Gasoline .......................................... 144
Service Station Procedures .......... 145
Filling the Fuel Tank ................. 145
Opening the Hood ..................... 146
Oil Check ................................ 148
Engine Coolant Check .......... 149
Fuel Economy ................................ 150
Vehicle Condition ...................... 150
Driving Habits ............................ 150
Accessories and Modifications .... 152
Carrying Cargo .............................. 154
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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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Filling the Fuel Tank
Push
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.
HOLDER
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.
2. Open the fuel fill door by pushing
on the handle to the left of the
driver’s seat.
3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank escapes.
Place the cap in the holder on the
fuel fill door.
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.
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.
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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 273 ).
Opening the Hood
HOOD
RELEASE
HANDLE
LATCH
6. Push the fuel fill door closed until
it latches.
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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2. Standing in front of the car, put
your fingers between the front
edge of the hood and the front
grille. The hood latch handle is
above the ‘‘H’’ logo. Push this
handle up until it releases the
hood. Lift the hood.
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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 212 ).
GRIP
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.
After closing the hood, make sure it
is securely latched.
SUPPORT ROD
CLIP
3. Pull the support rod out of its clip
by holding the grip and insert the
end into the hole on the front left
side of the hood.
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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.
3. Insert it all the way back in its tube.
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Engine Coolant Check
RESERVE TANK
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
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 195 .
MAX
Refer to Owner Maintenance
Checks on page 193 for information
on checking other items in your
Honda.
MIN
Look at the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is
between the MAX and MIN lines. If
it is below the MIN line, see Adding
Engine Coolant on page 199 for
information on adding the proper
coolant.
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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 193 ). 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.
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Engine oil also affects fuel economy.
The fuel efficient, low-viscosity
0W-20 oil recommended for your
Civic Hybrid is formulated to help
the engine use less fuel. This oil is
available at your Honda dealer.
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.
Driving Habits
You can improve fuel economy by
driving moderately. Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering, and hard
braking use more fuel.
To get the best fuel mileage, drive in
the highest gear that is practical for
the speed you are driving, and
always accelerate slowly.
You may find that your Civic Hybrid’s
unique combination of an engine and
an electric motor has driving
characteristics that are somewhat
different from what you are used to.
Shift Up and Shift Down indicators
(5-speed manual transmission only)
on the instrument panel show when
to shift to a higher or lower gear. By
shifting as soon as the indicator
comes on, you will keep the engine
operating in its most economical
range.
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Fuel Economy
Depending on traffic conditions, try
to maintain a constant speed. Every
time you slow down and speed up,
your car uses extra fuel. Use the
cruise control, when appropriate, to
increase fuel economy.
Wind resistance causes vehicles to
use more fuel at higher speeds.
Driving at moderate speeds on the
highway reduces wind resistance
and conserves 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.
If air conditioning is needed, you can
save some fuel by using the A/C in
‘‘ECON’’ mode. When the outside
temperature is above 41°F (5°C),
this mode allows the Auto Idle Stop
function to shut off the engine when
the vehicle is stopped, resulting in
fuel savings.
You may notice that using the A/C
causes a greater drop in fuel
economy than you are used to in
other vehicles. Although the amount
of extra fuel used by the A/C load on
the engine is no greater than other
vehicles, it is more noticeable
because of your Civic Hybrid’s
excellent fuel mileage. Using the
A/C in hot weather may result in
fuel economy that is lower than
expected.
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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 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 153 for
additional information.)
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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 276 ).
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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Modifications
Removing parts from your vehicle,
or replacing components with nonHonda (aftermarket) components
could seriously affect your vehicle’s
handling, stability, and reliability.
Some examples are:
Lowering the vehicle with an
aftermarket suspension kit that
significantly reduces ground
clearance can allow the
undercarriage to impact speed
bumps or other raised objects,
which could cause the airbags to
deploy.
Raising the vehicle with an
aftermarket suspension kit can
affect the handling and stability.
Aftermarket wheels, because they
are a universal design, can cause
excessive stress on suspension
components.
Larger or smaller wheels and tires
can interfere with the operation of
your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and
other systems.
Do not modify your steering wheel
or any other part of your
Supplemental Restraint System.
Modifications could make the
system ineffective.
If you plan to modify your vehicle,
consult with your Honda dealer.
Additional Safety Precautions
Do not attach or place objects on
the front airbag covers. Any object
Only on models 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.
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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Carrying Cargo
CONSOLE COMPARTMENT
FRONT DOOR POCKET
Your car has several convenient
storage areas so you can stow cargo
safely.
The glove box, and the pockets in
the front doors and seat-back, are
designed for small, lightweight items.
The trunk is intended for larger,
heavier 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.
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TRUNK
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Load Limit
The maximum load for your car is
850 lbs in U. S. models and 395 kg in
Canadian models.
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 in
U.S. models and 395 kg in
Canadian models.
The final number is the total weight
of cargo you can carry.
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.
Do not put any items on top of the
trunk panel. They can block your
view and be thrown around the car
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 Trunk or on
a Roof Rack
Distribute cargo evenly on the
floor of the trunk, placing the
heaviest items on the bottom and
as far forward as possible.
Tie down items that could be
thrown about the car during a
crash or sudden stop.
If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the trunk
lid, exhaust gas can enter the
passenger area. To avoid the
possibility of carbon monoxide
poisoning, follow the instructions
on page 54 .
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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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Air Intake
AIR INTAKE
Do not spill any liquids over the air
intake and also do not put any small
foreign objects in it. This may
damage the IMA battery and the
power control unit.
The air intake for the IMA battery is
located on top of the trunk panel. Do
not block this air intake, it may cause
the IMA battery and the power
control unit to overheat, causing the
IMA to shut down. It will start
working again after it cools.
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Driving
This section gives you tips on
starting the engine under various
conditions, and how to operate the
5-speed manual and automatic
transmissions. It also includes important information on parking your car,
and the braking system.
Preparing to Drive ......................... 160
Starting the Engine........................ 161
Starting in Cold Weather
at High Altitude ..................... 161
5-speed Manual Transmission ..... 162
Auto Idle Stop............................. 163
Auto Idle Stop Indicator ............ 164
Shift Up/Shift Down
Indicators .................................... 165
Engine Speed Limiter ............... 165
Automatic Transmission(CVT) ... 166
Continuously Variable
Transmission(CVT) .................. 166
Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 166
Shift Lever Positions ................. 167
Engine Speed Limiter ............... 169
Shift Lock Release ..................... 170
Auto Idle Stop............................. 171
Auto Idle Stop Indicator ............ 172
Parking ............................................ 173
Parking Tips ............................... 173
The Braking System...................... 174
Brake Wear Indicators .............. 174
Brake System Design................ 175
Anti-lock Brakes ........................ 175
Important Safety
Reminders .......................... 176
ABS Indicator ......................... 177
Driving in Bad Weather ................ 178
Towing a Trailer ............................ 179
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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 trunk 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.
5. Check the adjustment of the seat
(see page 94 ).
6. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 99 ).
7. Check the adjustment of the
steering wheel (see page 82 ).
8. Make sure the doors are securely
closed and locked.
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9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 16 ).
10. Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
Check the indicator lights in the
instrument panel.
11.Start the engine (see page 161 ).
12. Check the gauges and indicator
lights in the instrument panel (see
page 59 ).
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Starting the Engine
1. Apply the parking brake.
2. In cold weather, turn off all
electrical accessories to reduce
the drain on the battery.
3. Manual Transmission:
Push the clutch pedal down all the
way. START (III) does not
function unless the clutch pedal is
depressed.
Automatic Transmission (CVT):
Make sure the shift lever is in
Park. Press on the brake pedal.
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition key to the
START (III) position. 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 detent 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
Auto Idle Stop
To maximize fuel economy, your
Civic Hybrid has an Auto Idle Stop
function. Under certain conditions,
the engine will shut off when you
come to a stop. Those conditions are:
The engine coolant is nearly up to
normal operating temperature.
The vehicle’s speed is below 19
mph (30 km/h) and you are
pressing on the brake pedal to
come to a stop.
You depress the clutch pedal.
You are not pressing on the
accelerator pedal.
The IMA battery is charged
enough to operate the system.
The ECON mode is selected, and
the outside temperature is above
41°F (5°C), or the fan speed
control dial is off (see page 111 ).
There is adequate vacuum reserve
for the power brakes.
When these conditions are met, the
engine will shut off as you come to a
stop. It will start again automatically
when you depress the clutch pedal
and move the shift lever to first gear.
There is no need to start the engine
with the ignition switch.
During Auto Idle Stop, the IMA
charge and power brake vacuum
reserve is monitored by the system.
If either drops below a desired level,
and the shift lever is in Neutral, the
engine will restart so it can recharge
the IMA battery or replenish the
vacuum supply.
The Auto Idle Stop function may not
activate when starting the engine or
if the IMA battery temperature is too
hot or too cold.
It is recommended that you move
the shift lever to Neutral and remove
your foot from the clutch pedal while
you are stopped. Sitting with the
clutch pedal depressed and the shift
lever in gear will cause the engine to
continue running, defeating the fuel
economy benefits of the Auto Idle
Stop function.
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5-speed Manual Transmission
Auto Idle Stop Indicator
engine with the ignition switch when
this light is blinking.
AUTO IDLE STOP INDICATOR
This indicator will blink, and you will
hear a continuous beep, if you open
the door when Auto Stop is active.
The beep will stop when you close
the door.
Always turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0) and remove the key if you
are getting out of the vehicle.
This indicator comes on as a
reminder that the engine has
stopped because of the Auto Idle
Stop function. When the indicator is
off, it means that Auto Idle Stop is
not active. When the indicator is on,
but the engine is not running, it
means the clutch pedal is depressed,
but the transmission is not in gear.
When the indicator is blinking, it
means the clutch pedal is not
depressed. You cannot restart the
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Shift Up/Shift Down Indicators
SHIFT UP INDICATOR
(19 km/h), losing speed, and
pressing on the accelerator pedal.
Road and traffic conditions may
require you to shift at times other
than those indicated.
SHIFT DOWN INDICATOR
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.
Either the Shift Up or Shift Down
indicator will light to show the best
time to shift to a higher or lower
gear. You can achieve the best fuel
economy by accelerating and
decelerating slowly, and shifting
when prompted by the Shift Up
indicator.
The Shift Down indicator prompts
you to shift to a lower gear when you
are climbing a hill faster than 12 mph
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Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT)
Honda’s Continuously Variable
automatic transmission’s unique
design provides a smooth, constant
flow of power. It is electronically
controlled for more precise operation
and better fuel economy.
Shift Lever Position Indicator
This indicator on the instrument
panel shows which position the shift
lever is in.
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The ‘‘D’’ indicator comes on for a
few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II). If it flashes
while driving (in any shift position),
it indicates a possible problem in the
transmission. Avoid rapid acceleration and have the transmission
checked by an authorized Honda
dealer as soon as possible.
The malfunction indicator lamp may
come on along with the ‘‘D’’ indicator
if there is a problem in the
continuously variable transmission
control system.
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Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Shift Lever Positions
To shift from:
P to R
SHIFT LEVER
R to P
N to R
S to L
L to S
S to D
D to N
D to S
N to D
R to N
Do this:
Press the brake pedal and
press the release button.
Press the release button.
Move the lever.
RELEASE BUTTON
The shift lever has six positions. It
must be in Park or Neutral to start
the engine. When you are stopped in
D, S, L, N or R, press firmly on the
brake pedal and keep your foot off
the accelerator pedal.
Park (P) − This position mechanically locks the transmission. Use
Park whenever you are turning off or
starting the engine. To shift out of
Park, you must press on the brake
pedal and have your foot off the
accelerator pedal. Press the release
button on the front of the shift lever
to move it.
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Automatic Transmission (CVT)
If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on page
170 .
You must also press the release
button to shift into Park. To avoid
transmission damage, come to a
complete stop before shifting into
Park. The shift lever must be in Park
before you can remove the key from
the ignition switch.
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Reverse (R) − To shift to Reverse
from Park, see the explanation under
Park. To shift to Reverse from
Neutral, come to a complete stop and
then shift. Press the release button
before shifting into Reverse from
Neutral.
Neutral (N) − Use Neutral if you
need to restart a stalled engine, or if
it is necessary to stop briefly with
the engine idling. Always shift to
Park position if you need to leave the
car for any reason. Press on the
brake pedal when you are moving
the shift lever from Neutral to
another position.
Drive (D) − Use this position for
your normal driving. The transmission automatically adjusts to keep
the engine at the best speed for
driving conditions. To help the
engine warm up faster, the transmission will select ratios that allow the
engine to run at higher speeds when
it is cold.
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Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Second (S) − Selecting Second
shifts the transmission into a lower
range of ratios for better acceleration and increased engine braking.
Use Second when you are going
down a steep hill, or in stop-and-go
driving.
Low (L) − To shift to Low, press
the release button on the front of the
shift lever. Use Low to get more
power when climbing, and for
maximum engine braking when
going down steep hills.
For faster acceleration when in D, S
or L, the transmission will
automatically ‘‘kick down’’ to a lower
range of ratios by pushing the
accelerator pedal to the floor.
Engine Speed Limiter
The CVT shifts automatically to
maintain proper engine speed in any
shift position.
When the vehicle reaches the
maximum speed in any shift position,
you may feel the engine cut in and
out. This is caused by a limiter (112
mph, 180 km/h) in the engine’s
computer controls. The engine will
run normally when you reduce the
speed to below the maximum.
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Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Shift Lock Release
This allows you to move the shift
lever out of Park if the normal
method of pushing on the brake
pedal and pressing the release
button does not work.
RELEASE BUTTON
1. Set the Parking brake.
2. Remove the key from the ignition
switch.
COVER
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift
Lock Release slot cover next to
the shift lever.
Use a small flat-tipped screwdriver
or small metal plate (neither are
included in the tool kit) to remove
the cover. Carefully pry on the
edge of the cover.
4. Insert the key in the Shift Lock
Release slot.
5. Push down on the key while you
press the release button on the
shift lever and move the shift lever
out of Park to Neutral.
SHIFT LOCK
RELEASE SLOT
6. Remove the key from the Shift
Lock Release slot, then reinstall
the cover. Make sure the notch on
the cover is on the left side.
Return the key to the ignition
switch, depress the brake pedal,
and restart the engine.
If you need to use the Shift Lock
Release, it means your car is
developing a problem. Have the car
checked by your Honda dealer.
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Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Auto Idle Stop
To maximize fuel economy, your
Civic Hybrid has an Auto Idle Stop
function. Under certain conditions,
the engine will shut off when you
come to a stop. Those conditions are:
The engine coolant is nearly up to
normal operating temperature.
The shift lever is in D or N.
You are not pressing on the
accelerator pedal.
The IMA battery is charged
enough to operate the system.
The ECON mode is selected, and
the outside temperature is above
41°F (5°C), or the fan speed
control dial is off (see page 111 ).
There is adequate vacuum reserve
for the power brakes.
When these conditions are met after
the vehicle speed has exceeded 10
mph (16 km/h), the engine will shut
off as you are braking to a stop and
the vehicle speed goes below 5 mph
(8 km/h).
The engine will start again when you
release the brake pedal. It will also
restart, even if you are still pressing
the brake pedal, under these
conditions:
During Auto Idle Stop, the IMA
charge and power brake vacuum
reserve is monitored by the system.
If the vacuum reserve drops below
an optimal level, the engine will
restart to replenish the vacuum
supply. If the IMA charge drops
below an optimal level and the shift
lever is in Neutral or Park (P), the
engine will restart to recharge the
IMA battery.
The Auto Idle Stop function may not
activate when starting the engine or
if the IMA battery temperature is too
hot or too cold.
You move the shift lever from D
or N to R or L.
You press the accelerator pedal.
You are on an incline, and the
vehicle begins rolling.
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Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Auto Idle Stop Indicator
AUTO IDLE STOP INDICATOR
If you open the driver’s door when
Auto Stop is active, the indicator will
blink and you will hear a continuous
beep. The beep will stop when you
close the door.
With the driver’s door open, you will
hear a continuous beep even if the
Auto Idle Stop function is
deactivated and the engine restarts.
Always turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0) and remove the key if you
are getting out of the car.
The indicator blinks as a reminder
that the engine has stopped because
of the Auto Idle Stop function. You
cannot restart the engine with the
ignition switch when this light is
blinking.
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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. If
you have a manual transmission, put
it in first gear.
Parking Tips
Make sure the windows are closed.
If the car is facing downhill, turn the
front wheels toward the curb. If you
have a manual transmission, put it in
reverse gear.
Place any packages, valuables, etc.,
in the trunk or take them with you.
If your car has an automatic
transmission, set the parking brake
before you put the transmission in
Park. This keeps the car from
moving and putting pressure on the
parking mechanism in the
transmission − making it easier to
move the shift lever out of Park
when you want to drive away.
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.
Turn off the lights.
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
The Civic Hybrid is equipped with
front disc brakes. The brakes on the
rear wheels are drum. A power assist
helps reduce the effort needed on
the brake pedal. The ABS (on cars
equipped with 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.
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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
The front disc brakes on all models
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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Brake System Design
The hydraulic system that operates
the brakes has two separate circuits.
Each circuit works diagonally across
the vehicle (the left-front brake is
connected with the right-rear brake,
etc.). If one circuit should develop a
problem, you will still have braking
at two wheels.
Front
Anti-lock Brakes
(Optional)
ABS helps to prevent the wheels
from locking up and skidding during
hard braking, allowing you to retain
steering control.
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
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.
‘‘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.
The ABS also balances the front-to
rear braking distribution according
to vehicle loading.
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The Braking System
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.
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.
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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A vehicle with ABS may require a
longer distance to stop on loose or
uneven surfaces, such as gravel or
snow, than a vehicle without antilock. Slow down and allow a greater
distance between vehicles under
those conditions.
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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 62 ). 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.
If the ABS indicator and the brake
system indicator come on together,
and the parking brake is fully
released, the front-to-rear braking
distribution system may also shut
down.
Test your brakes as instructed on
page 275 . If the brakes feel normal,
drive slowly and have your car
repaired by your dealer as soon as
possible. Avoid sudden hard braking
which could cause the rear wheels to
lock up and possibly lead to a loss of
control.
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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. The cruise control
should not be used in these
conditions.
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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.
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.
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 116 ).
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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.
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.
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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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 303 for information on how to
obtain a copy, or see your Honda
dealer.
Maintenance Safety ....................... 182
Important Safety Precautions .. 183
Maintenance Schedule .................. 184
Required Maintenance Record .... 191
Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 193
Fluid Locations............................... 194
Engine Oil ....................................... 195
Adding Oil................................... 195
Recommended Oil ..................... 195
Synthetic Oil ............................... 196
Additives ..................................... 196
Changing the Oil and Filter ...... 197
Cooling System .............................. 199
Adding Engine Coolant ............. 199
Replacing Engine Coolant ........ 201
Windshield Washers ..................... 205
Transmission Fluid ........................ 206
Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT) ............. 206
5-speed Manual
Transmission.......................... 208
Brake and Clutch Fluid ................. 209
Brake System ............................. 209
Clutch System ............................ 210
Air Cleaner Element ...................... 211
Hood Latch ..................................... 212
Spark Plugs ..................................... 213
Replacement ............................... 213
Specifications ............................. 215
Battery ............................................ 216
Wiper Blades .................................. 219
Air Conditioning System ............... 221
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 222
Drive Belt ........................................ 224
Tires ................................................ 225
Inflation ....................................... 225
Recommended Tire Pressures
for Normal Driving ............ 226
Tire Pressure Adjustment for
High Speed Driving ........... 226
Inspection ................................... 227
Maintenance ............................... 227
Tire Rotation .............................. 228
Replacing Tires and Wheels .... 229
Wheels and Tires ....................... 230
Winter Driving ........................... 230
Snow Tires .............................. 230
Tire Chains ............................. 231
Lights .............................................. 232
Headlight Aiming ...................... 234
Replacing Bulbs ......................... 234
Storing Your Car ............................ 243
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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.
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
144 ).
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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.
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.
Extensive idling or long periods of
stop-and-go driving, such as a taxi
or a commercial delivery vehicle.
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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 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.
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.
U.S. Vehicles:
Maintenance, replacement or
repair of emissions control
devices and systems may be done
by any automotive repair
establishment or individual using
parts that are ‘‘certified’’ to EPA
standards.
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Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions
Service at the indicated distance or time − whichever comes first.
miles x 1,000
km x 1,000
months
Check engine oil and coolant
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
Replace air cleaner element
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
Inspect idle speed
Replace engine coolant
Replace brake fluid
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32
12
30
48
40
64
50
80
60
96
70
112
80
128
90
144
24
36
48
60
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
100
160
110
176
120
192
72
M/T
CVT
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years
Service the following items at the recommended intervals.
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km)
Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km)
Inspect every 110,000 miles (176,000 km), otherwise adjust only if noisy
Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km) or 7 years
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years,
then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years
Every 3 years (independent of mileage)
*: Replace every 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 6 years.
#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 185 .
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16
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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
60,000 mi/96,000 km/4 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
90,000 mi/144,000 km/6 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/8 yrs
120,000 mi/192,000 km/10 yrs
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do item in D.
□Replace transmission fluid (CVT).
Do items in A, C.
Do items in A, B.
Do item in E.
Do items in A.
Do item in D.
Do items in A, B, C.
□Replace transmission fluid (CVT).
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do item in D.
Do items in A, C.
□Replace transmission fluid (CVT).
Do items in A, B.
□Inspect valve clearance, cold engine.
□Replace spark plugs.
Do item in E.
Do items in A.
□Inspect idle speed.
Do item in D.
□Replace transmission fluid (M/T).
Do items in A, B, C.
□Replace transmission fluid (CVT).
□Replace engine coolant, then replace every
60,000mi/96,000km/5yrs.
A □Replace engine oil.
□Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 228 ).
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).
E □Replace brake fluid every 3 years (independent of
mileage).
#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last
column, page 185 .
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, E as required for each distance/time.
U.S. Owners − Refer to page 184 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
12
Check engine oil and coolant
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
Replace air cleaner element
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
Inspect idle speed
Replace engine coolant
Replace brake fluid
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64
50
80
60
96
70
112
80
128
90
144
100
160
24
36
48
60
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Replace every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or 6 months
110
176
120
192
72
M/T
CVT
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years
Service the following items at the recommended intervals.
Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) in dusty conditions,
otherwise use normal schedule
Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km)
Inspect every 110,000 miles (176,000 km), otherwise adjust only if noisy
Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km) or 7 years
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years,
then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years
Every 3 years (independent of mileage)
*: See dust and pollen filter on page 222 for replacement information under special driving conditions.
# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 185 .
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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
60,000 mi/96,000 km/4 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
90,000 mi/144,000 km/6 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.
□Replace transmission fluid (CVT).
Do items in A, B, D.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C.
Do items in A, E.
Do item in F.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do item in E.
□Replace transmission fluid (M/T).
Do items in A, B, C, D.
□Replace transmission fluid (CVT).
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.
□Replace transmission fluid (CVT).
A □Replace engine oil.
B □Replace engine oil filter.
□Inspect front and rear brakes.
□Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 228 ).
□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).
F □Replace brake fluid every 3 years (independent of
mileage).
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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, F as required for each distance/time.
U.S. Owners − Refer to page 184 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
120,000 mi/192,000 km/8 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.
Do item in F.
□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 (M/T).
Do items in A, B, C, D.
□Replace transmission fluid (CVT).
□Do item in F.
□Replace engine coolant, then replace every
60,000 mi/96,000 km/5 yrs.
*:
See dust and pollen filter on page 222 for replacement information
under special driving conditions.
# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last
column, page 185 .
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 186 ) or severe
conditions (page 188 ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your car.
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
mi/km
Date
75,000 mi
120,000 km
mi/km
100,000 mi
160,000 km
(or 5 years)
mi/km
105,000 mi
168,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
85,000 mi
136,000 km
mi/km
110,000 mi
176,000 km
Date
mi/km
Date
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mi/km
Date
115,000 mi
184,000 km
Date
90,000 mi
144,000 km
Date
Date
Date
80,000 mi
128,000 km
(or 4 years)
mi/km
Date
Date
70,000 mi
112,000 km
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 148 .
Engine coolant level − Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 149 .
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 205 .
Tires − Check the tire pressure
monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page
225 .
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 232 .
Automatic transmission (CVT) −
Check the fluid level monthly. See
page 206 .
Brakes − Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 209 .
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Fluid Locations
ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK
(Orange loop)
ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP
BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
CLUTCH FLUID
(Manual
Transmission only)
(Gray cap)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
ENGINE
COOLANT
RESERVOIR
RADIATOR CAP
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CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION (CVT)
FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop)
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Engine Oil
compartment.
Adding Oil
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.
Pour the oil slowly and carefully so
you do not spill. Clean up any spills
immediately. Spilled oil could
damage components in the engine
Make sure the API Certification Seal
says ‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’
Recommended Oil
Oil is a major contributor to your
engine’s performance and longevity.
Always use a premium-grade 0W-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.
Honda Motor Oil is the preferred
0W-20 lubricant for your vehicle. It is
highly recommended that you use
Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for
optimum engine protection.
API CERTIFICATION SEAL
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Engine Oil
The oil’s viscosity or weight is
provided on the container’s label.
Select the oil for your vehicle
according to this chart.
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A very low-viscosity, fuel-efficient
0W-20 oil is the preferred engine
lubricant for your Civic Hybrid. This
special oil is formulated to help your
engine use less fuel. It is available at
your Honda dealer. A 5W-20 oil may
be used if 0W-20 is not available.
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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Engine Oil
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.
1. Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.
DRAIN BOLT
2. Open the hood and remove the
engine oil fill cap.
WASHER
4. Remove the oil drain bolt and
washer from the bottom of the
engine. Drain the oil into an
appropriate container.
HOLDING CLIP
3. Remove the nine holding clips
with a flat-tipped screwdriver, then
pull the cover down.
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Engine Oil
OIL FILTER
29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m)
11.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.
8. Refill the engine with the recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
12.Put the under cover back in place
and reinstall the nine holding clips.
Lock the clips securely by pushing
on the center of each clip.
7. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten it to:
3.4 US qt (3.2 , 2.8 Imp qt)
5. Remove the oil filter and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
Honda dealer) is required to
remove the filter.
6. Install a new oil filter according to
instructions that come with it.
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9. 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.
10.Let the engine run for several
minutes and check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.
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.
1. Make sure the engine and radiator
are cool.
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5. Put the radiator cap back on.
Tighten it fully.
RADIATOR CAP
RESERVE TANK
6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank.
Fill it to halfway between the MAX
and MIN marks. Put the cap back
on the reserve tank.
Do not add any rust inhibitors or
other additives to your car’s cooling
system. They may not be compatible
with the coolant or engine components.
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.
Pour the coolant slowly and carefully
so you do not spill. Clean up any
spills immediately. Spilled coolant
could damage components in the
engine compartment.
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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.
DRAIN PLUG
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.
3. Loosen the drain plug on the
bottom of the radiator. The
coolant will drain through the
splash guard. Drain the coolant
into an appropriate container.
2. Remove the radiator cap.
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DRAIN BOLT
NUT
BOLT
STAY
TAB
BOLT
COVER
4. Remove the cover to access the
drain bolt (see page 197 ). Remove
the drain bolt and washer from the
engine block. Drain the coolant
into an appropriate container.
5. To remove the reserve tank to
drain the coolant, first remove the
battery.
Disconnect the battery cables
from the terminals. Disconnect
the negative (−) cable first, then
the positive (+) cable.
6. Remove the bolt and the nut with
a wrench, and remove the battery
plate. Pull the bottom end of the
stay out of the hole, and remove
the stay and the battery cover.
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7. Remove the battery and the tray.
8. Remove the reserve tank
mounting bolt with a wrench, then
remove the coolant tube from the
three clips. Remove the reserve
tank from its holder and drain the
coolant into an appropriate
container.
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9. Put the tube back in the clips and
put the reserve tank back in place,
making sure its bottom tab is in
the holder. Reinstall and tighten
the mounting bolt securely.
10.Reinstall the tray, battery, stay,
battery case, and battery plate in
the reverse order of removal.
Reinstall and tighten the bolt and
nut securely.
11.Reconnect the battery cables to
the terminals. Connect the positive
(+) cable first, then the negative
(−) cable.
WARNING: Battery posts,
terminals and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds.
Wash hands after handling.
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 137 ).
BLEEDER BOLT
When the audio system disables
itself, the clock setting will cancel.
To reset the clock, refer to the
Digital Clock in the audio system’s
operation.
12.When the coolant stops draining,
tighten the drain plug at the
bottom of the radiator.
15.Loosen the bleeder bolt on top of
the engine.
13.Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt in the
engine block. Tighten it securely.
Tightening torque:
58 lbf·ft (78 N·m , 8.0 kgf·m)
14.Reinstall the cover.
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FILLER NECK
The cooling system capacity is:
With 5-speed manual transmission:
1.08 US gal (4.1 , 0.90 Imp gal)
With continuously variable transmission
(CVT):
1.06 US gal (4.0 , 0.88 Imp gal)
Fill up to here
16.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.
17.Tighten the bleeder bolt when
coolant comes out in a steady
stream with no bubbles.
18.Start the engine and let it run for
about 30 seconds. Then turn off
the engine.
19.Check the level in the radiator,
add coolant if needed.
20.Fill the reserve tank to the MAX
mark. Install the reserve tank cap.
21.Install the radiator cap, and
tighten it to the first stop.
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22.Start the engine and let it run until
the radiator cooling fan comes on
at least twice. Then stop the
engine.
23.Remove the radiator cap. Fill the
radiator with coolant up to the
base of the filler neck.
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24.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.
25.Install the radiator cap, and
tighten it fully.
26.If necessary, fill the reserve tank
to the MAX mark. Install the
reserve tank cap.
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.
The windshield washer reservoir is
located behind the driver’s side
headlight. Check the reservoir’s fluid
level by removing the cap and
looking at the level gauge attached
to the cap.
On Canadian models
The low washer level indicator will
light when the level is low (see page
65 ).
LEVEL GAUGE
WINDSHIELD WASHER RESERVOIR
Fill the reservoir with a good-quality
windshield washer fluid. This
increases the cleaning capability and
prevents freezing in cold weather.
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Windshield Washers, Transmission Fluid
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.
Do not use engine antif reeze or a
vinegar/water solution in the
windshield washer reservoir.
Antif reeze can damage your car’s paint,
while a vinegar/water solution can
damage the windshield washer pump.
Use only commercially-available
windshield washer f luid.
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Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT)
Check the fluid level with the engine
and transmission at normal operating
temperature.
1. Park the car on level ground. Shut
off the engine. For accurate
results, wait at least 60 seconds,
and no more than 90 seconds,
after shutting off the engine to
check the fluid level.
DIPSTICK
2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop)
from the transmission and wipe it
with a clean cloth.
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5. If the level is below the lower
mark, add fluid into the filler hole
to bring it to the upper mark.
HOT
Range
UPPER
MARK
LOWER
MARK
3. Insert the dipstick all the way into
the transmission securely as
shown in the illustration.
4. Remove the dipstick and check
the fluid level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks within the HOT range.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully
so you do not spill. Clean up any
spills immediately. Spilled fluid
could damage components in the
engine compartment.
transmission a final time.
6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
into the transmission securely as
shown in the illustration.
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
Always use Honda ATF-Z1
(Automatic Transmission Fluid). If
it is not available, you may use a
DEXRON III automatic
transmission fluid as a temporary
replacement. However, continued
use can affect shift quality. Have
the transmission flushed and
refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as
soon as it is convenient.
To thoroughly flush the transmission,
the technician should drain and refill
it with Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the
vehicle a short distance. Do this
three times. Then drain and refill the
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Transmission Fluid
5-speed Manual Transmission
FILLER BOLT
Correct Level
Check the fluid level with the
transmission at normal operating
temperature and the car sitting on
level ground. Remove the under
cover to access the transmission
housing (see page 197 ). Remove the
transmission filler bolt and carefully
feel inside the bolt hole with your
finger. The fluid level should be up
to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is
not, add Honda Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it starts to
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run out of the hole. Reinstall the
filler bolt and tighten it securely.
If Honda MTF is not available, you
may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40
viscosity motor oil with the API
Certification seal that says ‘‘For
Gasoline Engines’’ as a temporary
replacement. However, motor oil
does not contain the proper additives
and continued use can cause stiffer
shifting. Replace as soon as it is
convenient.
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
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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 (all models)
Clutch fluid reservoir
(manual transmission only)
The brake fluid should be replaced
according to the time recommendation in the maintenance schedule.
Always use Honda Heavy Duty
Brake Fluid DOT 3. If it is not
available, you should use only DOT 3
or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed
container, as a temporary
replacement. 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.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so
you do not spill. Clean up any spills
immediately. Spilled fluid could
damage components in the engine
compartment.
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not
compatible with your car’s braking
system and can cause extensive
damage.
Brake 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.
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Brake and Clutch Fluid
Clutch System
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.
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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 distance
recommendation in the maintenance
schedule.
Replacement
CLIPS
The air cleaner element is inside the
air cleaner housing in the engine
compartment.
CLIPS
To replace it:
1. Unsnap the four clips and remove
the air cleaner housing cover.
2. Remove the old air cleaner
element.
AIR CLEANER ELEMENT
3. Carefully clean the inside of the
air cleaner housing with a damp
rag.
4. Place the new air cleaner element
in the air cleaner housing.
5. Reinstall the air cleaner housing
cover and snap the four clips back
into place.
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Hood Latch
PIVOTS
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.
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Spark Plugs
The spark plugs in your car are a
special iridium-tipped design for
longer life. The spark plugs should
be replaced according to the
distance recommendation in the
maintenance schedule.
Replacement
ENGINE
COVER
BOLTS
RESONATOR
CHAMBER
1. To replace the ignition coils,
remove the engine cover by
pulling it straight up.
2. Loosen the two holding bolts with
a wrench and remove the
resonator chamber.
3. Clean up any dirt and oil that have
collected around the ignition coils.
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IGNITION COIL
NUT
CONNECTOR
LOCK TAB
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.
5. Use a wrench to remove the nut
holding the ignition coil. Remove
the ignition coil by pulling it
straight out.
6. Remove the spark plug with
a five-eighths inch (16 mm) spark
plug socket.
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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.
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Specifications:
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.
NGK:
DENSO:
IFR5G-11K
SK16PR-L11
Spark Plug Gap:
0.04 in (1.1 mm) +−00.1 mm
9. Install the ignition coil. Reinstall
the nut.
10.Push the wire connector onto the
ignition coil. Make sure it locks in
place.
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)
11.Repeat this procedure for the
other seven spark plugs.
12.Reinstall the resonator chamber.
Tighten the two bolts securely on
it, then install the engine cover.
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Battery
Check the condition of your car’s 12
volt 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.
A spark or flame can cause the
battery to explode with enough
force to kill or seriously hurt you.
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.
Wear protective clothing and a
face shield, or have a skilled
mechanic do the battery
maintenance.
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Battery
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.
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If your car’s 12 volt battery is
disconnected or goes dead, the IMA
battery level gauge reading may not
be correct the next time you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II). It may
show less than the actual level
temporarily. It will show the correct
level after you drive for at least 30
minutes.
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 137 ).
When the battery is disconnected,
the clock setting in the audio system
will be canceled. You will need to
reset the clock according to the
instructions of the audio system.
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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 the blade:
1. Raise the wiper arm off the
windshield.
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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Wiper Blades
BLADE
5. Slide the new wiper blade into the
holder until the tabs lock.
6. Slide the wiper blade assembly
onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.
7. Lower the wiper arm down against
the windshield.
BLADE
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.
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REINFORCEMENT
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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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.
The condenser and radiator f ins bend
easily. Only use a low-pressure spray
or sof t-bristle brush to clean them.
AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER
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.
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
289 .)
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 dust and pollen 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
HOOKS
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 pulling
out on the tabs. Pivot the glove
box out of the way.
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2. Remove the dust and pollen filter
cover by pushing in on the lock tab,
then pulling the cover toward you.
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Dust and Pollen Filter
6. Install the dust and pollen filters
into the air conditioning unit.
Make sure the ‘‘AIR FLOW’’
arrows on the filter point
downward.
DUST AND POLLEN FILTERS
7. Reinstall the dust and pollen filter
cover.
8. Pivot the glove box up into
position. Reinstall the hooks into
the side panel of the glove box.
Close the glove box.
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. Remove the old filter from the
filter case.
If you are not sure how to replace
the dust and pollen filters, have them
replaced by your Honda dealer.
5. Install the new filter in the case.
Make sure the ‘‘AIR FLOW’’
arrows on the filter and the filter
case face the same direction.
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Drive Belt
The belt should have the following
‘‘play’’ or deflection.
Compressor belt:
0.49−0.63 in (12.5−16.0 mm)
If you see signs of wear or looseness,
have your dealer adjust or replace
the belt.
COMPRESSOR BELT
Check the condition of the drive belt.
Examine the edges of the belt for
cracks or fraying.
Check the tension of the belt by
pushing on it with your thumb
midway between the pulleys.
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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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Tires
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
Tire Pressure Adjustment for High
Speed Driving
The following chart shows the
recommended cold tire pressures for
most normal driving conditions and
speeds.
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 in the next
column. If you do not adjust the tire
pressure, excessive heat can build up
and cause sudden tire failure.
Tire Size
P185/70R14 87S
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1
kgf/cm )
The compact spare tire pressure is:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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.
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Tire Size
P185/70R14 87S
Cold Tire Pressure
for Speeds over 100
mph (160 km/h)
35 psi (240 kPa , 2.4
kgf/cm )
When you return to normal speed
driving, be sure to readjust the tire
pressure for normal driving. You
should wait until the tires are cold
before adjusting the tire pressure.
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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 INDICATOR
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.
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Tires
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.
Improper wheel weights can damage
your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use
only genuine Honda wheel weights f or
balancing.
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Tire Rotation
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.
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.
Always use the size and type of
tires recommended in this
owner’s manual.
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.
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:
14 x 5 1/2 JJ
Tires:
P185/70R14 87S
See page 290 for information about
DOT Tire Quality Grading.
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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.
Snow Tires
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.
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Tire Chains
Because your Honda has limited tire
clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’
cable-type traction devices on the
front tires. Use traction devices only
when required by driving conditions
or local laws. Make sure they are the
correct size for your tires.
Metal link-type ‘‘chains’’ should not
be used. No matter how tight they
seem to be installed, they can come
into contact with the body and
suspension, causing serious damage.
When installing cables, follow the
manufacturer’s instructions and
mount them as tightly as you can.
Drive slowly with them installed. If
you hear them coming in contact
with the body or chassis, stop and
investigate. Make sure the cables are
installed tightly, and that they are
not contacting the brake lines or
suspension. Remove them as soon as
you begin driving on cleared roads.
Traction devices that are the wrong
size or improperly installed can
damage your vehicle’s brake lines,
suspension, body, and wheels. Stop
driving if they are hitting any part of
the vehicle.
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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.
TURN SIGNAL/SIDE MARKER
HEADLIGHT
PARKING LIGHT
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STOP/TAILLIGHT/
REAR SIDE MARKER LIGHT
Check the following:
TAILLIGHT
HIGH-MOUNT
BRAKE 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 289 to
determine what type of replacement
bulb is needed.
LICENSE
PLATE LIGHTS
TURN SIGNAL LIGHT
BACK-UP LIGHT
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Headlight Aiming
The headlights were properly aimed
when your car was new. If you
regularly carry heavy items in the
trunk, 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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HOLDING CLIP
1. Open the hood.
If you need to change the headlight bulb on the driver’s side,
remove the holding clip from the
stay with a flat-tipped screwdriver,
then remove the upper part of the
washer fluid reservoir tank by
pulling it out.
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BULB
WEATHER SEAL
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.’’
HOLD-DOWN WIRE
CONNECTOR
2. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by pulling the
connector straight back.
3. Remove the rubber weather seal
by pulling on the tab.
4. Unclip the end of the hold-down
wire from its slot. Pivot it out of
the way and remove the bulb.
Replacing the Front Side Marker/
Turn Signal and Parking Light
Bulbs
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.
7. Push the electrical connector onto
the new bulb. Make sure it is
connected securely.
Turn on the headlights to test the
new bulb.
8. (Driver’s side)
Reinstall the upper part of the
windshield washer reservoir.
Install the holding clip on the stay
and lock it by pushing on the
center of clip.
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Lights
6. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
HOLDING CLIP
7. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
8. Put the inner fender cover in place.
Install the holding clip. Lock it in
place by pushing on the center.
2. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to
remove the holding clip from the
inner fender.
4. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
3. Pull the inner fender cover back.
5. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
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Lights
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
Replacing Rear Bulbs
(in Fenders)
5. Reinstall the socket into the light
assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.
6. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
7. Reinstall the trunk lining. Make
sure it is installed under the edge
of the trunk seal.
FASTENERS
1. Open the trunk.
Remove the screws in the center
of each of the two fasteners on the
side of the trunk lining. Pull the
lining back.
2. Determine which of the two bulbs
is burned out: stop/taillight/side
marker light or turn signal light.
8. Put the fasteners into the holes on
the side of the trunk lining.
Reinstall the screws.
3. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
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Replacing Rear Bulbs
(in Trunk Lid)
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
Replacing a High-mount Brake
Light Bulb
5. Insert the socket back into the
light assembly. Turn it clockwise
to lock it in place.
6. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
1. Open the trunk.
2. Determine which of the two bulbs
is burned out: taillight or back-up
light.
3. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
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1. Open the trunk and remove the
socket from the light assembly by
turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
2. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
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3. Reinstall the socket. Turn it
clockwise until it locks. Make sure
the new bulb is working.
Replacing a Rear License Plate
Bulb
4. Turn on the parking lights and
check that the new bulb is
working.
5. Reinstall the socket back in place
by pushing it in until it latches.
1. Open the trunk.
2. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by 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
3. Put the light assembly back into
the hole, right side first. Push on
the left side until it snaps into
place.
Replacing the Trunk Light Bulb
1. Open the trunk.
Put a cloth on the left side edge of
the trunk light assembly. Remove
the trunk light assembly by using
a small flat-tipped screwdriver to
pry carefully on the left edge of
the assembly.
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2. Pull the bulb straight out of the
holder. Push the new bulb straight
into the holder until it bottoms.
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Replacing Bulbs in the Interior
Lights
Although the ceiling light and
spotlights come apart the same way,
they do not use the same type of
bulbs.
CEILING LIGHT
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.
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.
Ceiling light:
Pry on the side edge of the lens in
the middle.
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SPOT LIGHTS
Push
Spotlights:
1. Check which bulb is burned out.
Push on the lens of the opposite
side you are replacing.
2. Remove the lens of the burned out
bulb by carefully prying on the
edge between the lenses with a
fingernail file or a small flat-tipped
screwdriver.
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3. Remove the bulb by pulling it
straight out of the bulb holder.
4. Push the new bulb into the bulb
holder.
5. Reinstall the lens by inserting the
outside edge first, then pushing on
the inside edge.
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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.
Disconnect the 12 volt battery.
Change the engine oil and filter
(see page 197 ).
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 (5speed manual) or Park (CVT).
Support the front 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 trunk seals. Also, apply a
vehicle body wax to the painted
surfaces that mate with the door
and trunk seals.
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.
Reconnect the 12 volt battery and
drive your car every month for
about 30 minutes. This will keep
the IMA battery charged and in
good condition.
If you store your car for 12 months
or longer, have your Honda dealer
perform the inspections called for in
the 24 months maintenance schedule
(Normal Conditions) as soon as you
take it out of storage (see page 186 ).
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.
Exterior Care.................................. 246
Washing ...................................... 246
Roof Antenna ............................. 247
Waxing ........................................ 247
Aluminum Wheels ..................... 248
Paint Touch-up ........................... 248
Interior Care ................................... 249
Carpeting .................................... 249
Floor Mats .................................. 249
Fabric .......................................... 250
Vinyl ............................................ 250
Seat Belts .................................... 250
Windows ..................................... 251
Air Fresheners ........................... 251
Corrosion Protection ..................... 252
Body Repairs .................................. 253
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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 248 ).
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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:
Before using an automatic car wash,
remove the radio antenna so it does
not get damaged. Remove the
antenna by unscrewing it. When you
reinstall the antenna, tighten it
securely.
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.
Before entering or parking in areas
with low ceiling height, push the
antenna down.
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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.
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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.
Floor Mats
If equipped
If you replace it, use a 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.
Do not put additional floor mats on
top of the anchored mat, otherwise
the additional mats may slide
forward and interfere with the pedals.
The Honda driver’s floor mat was
designed to hook over the floor mat
anchors. This keeps the floor mat
from sliding forward and possibly
interfering with the pedals.
If you remove the floor mat, make
sure to re-anchor it when you put it
back in your car.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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. Cars
equipped with ABS have a sensor
and wiring at each wheel. Be
careful not to damage them.
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
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 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.
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Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 257
If Your Engine Won’t Start ........... 263
Nothing Happens or the Starter
Motor Operates Very
Slowly ...................................... 263
The Starter Operates
Normally ................................. 264
Jump Starting ................................. 265
If Your Engine Overheats............. 268
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 271
Charging System Indicator........... 272
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 273
Readiness Codes ........................ 274
Brake System Indicator ................ 275
Fuses ............................................... 276
Checking and Replacing ........... 277
Emergency Towing ....................... 282
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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.
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
Park (automatic) or Reverse
(manual). 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.
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SPARE TIRE
TOOL KIT
TRUNK FLOOR
JACK
3. Open the trunk. Raise the trunk
floor mat and the trunk floor by
lifting up on the back edge.
4. Take the tool kit out of the trunk.
5. Unscrew the wing bolt and take
the spare tire out of its well.
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WHEEL WRENCH
6. Turn the jack’s end bracket
counterclockwise to loosen it, then
remove the jack.
7. Loosen the four wheel nuts 1/2
turn with the wheel wrench.
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JACKING POINTS
WHEEL WRENCH
8. Find the jacking point nearest the
wheel you are removing. 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.
EXTENSION
9. Use the extension and wheel
wrench as shown to raise the car
until the flat tire is off the ground.
10.Remove the wheel nuts, then
remove the 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.
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BRAKE HUB
11.Before mounting the spare tire,
wipe any dirt off the mounting
surface of the wheel and hub with
a clean cloth. Wipe the hub
carefully, it may be hot from
driving.
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12.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.
13.Lower the car to the ground and
remove the jack.
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CENTER CAP
16.Place the flat tire face down in the
spare tire well.
17. Wrap the spacer cone and spare
tire wing bolt with cloth or paper
and store them in the spare tire
well.
14.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in
the same crisscross pattern. Have
the wheel nut torque checked at
the nearest automotive service
facility.
Tighten the wheel nuts to:
80 lbf·ft (108 N·m , 11 kgf·m)
15.Remove the center cap before
storing the flat tire in the spare
tire well.
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18.Store the jack in the trunk with the
end bracket on the left side. Turn
the jack’s end bracket to lock it in
place. Store the tool kit.
19.Store the center cap in the trunk.
Make sure it does not get scratched or damaged.
20.Lower the trunk floor and trunk
floor mat, then close the trunk lid.
Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could
seriously injure the occupants.
Store the wheel, jack, and tools
securely before driving.
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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.
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.
If you have a manual transmission,
the clutch pedal must be pushed
all the way to the floor or the
starter will not operate. With an
automatic transmission, it must be
in Park or Neutral.
Turn the ignition switch to 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 265 .
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 282 .)
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 216 ). You can
then try jump starting the car from
a booster battery (see page 265 ).
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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 84 ).
A key that is not properly coded
will cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the dash panel to blink
rapidly.
Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to Starting the
Engine on page 161 .
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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 277 ).
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See Emergency
Towing on page 282 .
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If your car’s 12 volt 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.
To jump start your car, follow these
directions closely:
1. Open the hood and check the
physical condition of the battery
(see page 216 ). 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.
Keep all sparks, open flames,
and smoking materials away
from the battery.
You cannot start a Honda with an
automatic transmission (CVT) by
pushing or pulling it.
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BOOSTER BATTERY
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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4. Connect the second jumper cable
to the negative (−) terminal on
the booster battery. Connect the
other end to the metal projection
on the side mount behind the
passenger side headlight as shown.
Do not connect this jumper cable
to any other part of the engine.
The numbers in the illustration show
you the order to connect the jumper
cables.
5. If the booster battery is in another
vehicle, have an assistant start
that vehicle and run it at a fast idle.
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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.
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.
If your car’s 12 volt battery is
disconnected or goes dead, the IMA
battery level gauge reading may not
be correct the next time you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II). It may
show less than the actual level
temporarily. It will show the correct
level after you drive for at least 30
minutes.
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.
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If Your Engine Overheats
The reading on 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
reading 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.
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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.
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 282 ).
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 reading
reaches the middle of the
temperature gauge, or lower,
before checking the radiator.
7. If you don’t find an obvious leak,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank (see page
149 ). If the level is below the
MIN mark, add coolant to halfway
between the MIN and MAX marks.
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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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.
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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 282 .)
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.
2. Let the car sit for a minute. Open
the hood and check the oil level
(see page 148 ). 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.
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 282 .)
The engine running generates the oil
pressure. When the Auto Idle Stop is
activated, the engine is stopped, the
oil pressure is dropped, and the low
oil pressure indicator does not light.
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick (see page 195 ).
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Charging System Indicator
CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR
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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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.
If the Auto Idle Stop is active for an
extended period, the charging
system indicator may come on. If it
happens, start the engine.
The charging system indicator may
also come on if the Integrated Motor
Assist (IMA) battery charge drops
below a desired level and the engine
starts to recharge the battery.
This indicator may blink after you
start the car in the morning when
the temperature is below −20°F
(−30°C). It will stop blinking when
the IMA battery warms up.
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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.
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 one driving trip.
If the indicator remains on past one
driving trip, 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 full-throttle 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.
This indicator may also come on
along with the ‘‘D’’ indicator.
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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.
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If possible, do not take your car for a
state emissions test until the
readiness codes are set. Refer to
State Emissions Testing for more
information. (See page 297 .)
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.
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Brake System Indicator
BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR*
*
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.
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 209 ). If the
fluid level is low, take the car to your
dealer and have the brake system
inspected for leaks or worn brake
pads.
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 282 .)
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.
If the ABS indicator comes on with
this indicator, have the vehicle
inspected by your Honda dealer
immediately.
If you must drive the car a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and cautiously.
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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 three fuse boxes.
UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
SECONDARY FUSE BOX
TAB
TAB
The under-hood fuse box is located
in the engine compartment on the
driver’s side. To open it, push the
tabs as shown.
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The secondary fuse box is located in
the engine compartment. To open it,
push the tabs as shown.
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INTERIOR
The interior fuse box is underneath
the steering column. To open it, turn
the knobs as shown.
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
280 and 281 , 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
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.
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FUSE PULLER
4. Check the smaller fuses in the
under-hood fuse boxes and all the
fuses in the interior fuse box by
pulling out each fuse with the fuse
puller provided in the under-hood
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.
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.
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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.
If the radio fuse is removed, 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
137 ).
When the audio system is disabled,
the clock setting in the audio system
will be canceled. You will need to
reset the clock according to the
instructions in the audio system
section on this owner’s manual.
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UNDER-HOOD AND SECONDARY FUSE BOXES
No. Amps.
20 A
1
10 A
2
10 A
3
20 A
4
10 A
5
15 A
6
15 A
7
20 A
8
10 A
9
40 A
10
30 A
11
40 A
12
40 A
13
40 A
14
15 A
15
20 A
16
15 A
17
60 A
18
80 A
19
50 A
20
21−25 7.5A−30A
No. Amps.
1
280
20 A
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Condenser Fan
IMA
Small Light
Cooling Fan
Hazard
FI ECU
Horn, Stop
ABS F/S
Back Up
ABS Motor
Rear Defroster
Heater Motor
Power Window
Option
Left Headlight
Door Lock
Right Headlight
EPS
Battery
Ignition 1
Spare Fuses
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INTERIOR FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
15 A
20 A
(10 A)
10 A
−
Circuits Protected
Ignition Coil IN
LAF Heater
(Daytime running lights*)
FI-ECU
Not Used
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
7.5 A
−
7.5 A
15 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
(7.5 A)
10 A
10 A
(10 A)
7.5 A
15 A
15 A
7.5 A
20 A
7.5 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
7.5 A
Circuits Protected
Power Window Relay
Not Used
Accessory, Radio
Ignition Coil EX
Meter
ABS
(Daytime running lights*1)
SRS
Remote Control Mirrors
(SCTY*2)
IMA
Fuel Pump
Accessory Power Socket
Turn Signal Lights
Front Wiper
STS (Steering Switch)
Front Right Power Window
Front Left Power Window
Rear Left Power Window
Rear Right Power Window
Cooling Fan Relay
*1 : On Canadian models
*2 : Optional Security System
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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.
There are three popular types of
professional towing equipment.
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.
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Sling-type Equipment − The tow
truck uses metal cables with hooks
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.
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:
5-speed Manual Transmission
Release the parking brake.
Shift the transmission to Neutral.
Automatic transmission (CVT)
Release the parking brake.
Start the engine.
Shift to D, then to N.
Turn off the engine.
Improper towing preparation will
damage the transmission. Follow the
above procedure exactly. If you cannot
shif t the transmission or start the
engine (automatic transmission), your
car must be transported with the f ront
wheels of f the ground.
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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.
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.
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.
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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Technical Information
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 ................. 286
Specifications ................................. 288
DOT Tire Quality Grading
(U.S. Cars) .............................. 290
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading ................................... 290
Treadwear .................................. 290
Traction....................................... 290
Temperature .............................. 291
Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 292
Driving in Foreign Countries ....... 293
Emissions Controls........................ 294
The Clean Air Act ...................... 294
Crankcase Emissions Control
System..................................... 294
Evaporative Emissions Control
System..................................... 294
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ................................. 294
Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 295
PGM-FI System ..................... 295
Ignition Timing Control
System................................. 295
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
(EGR) System .................... 295
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................ 295
Replacement Parts..................... 295
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 296
State Emissions Testing ............... 297
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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.
ENGINE NUMBER
The Transmission Number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
The IMA Motor Number is stamped
on the motor housing.
TRANSMISSION
NUMBER
IMA MOTOR
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
174.8 in (4,440 mm)
67.5 in (1,715 mm)
56.3 in (1,430 mm)
103.1 in (2,620 mm)
57.9 in (1,470 mm)
57.9 in (1,470 mm)
See the certification label attached
to the driver’s doorjamb.
Water cooled 4-stroke SOHC VTEC
4-cylinder gasoline engine
2.87 x 3.15 in (73.0 x 80.0 mm)
82 cu-in (1.339 cm )
10.8
See spark plug maintenance
section page 215 .
Capacities
Fuel tank
Approx.
13.2 US gal (50 , 11.0 Imp gal)
*1
Change
Manual
CVT
Total
Manual
CVT
Engine oil
Change*2
Including filter
Without filter
Total
Manual trans- Change
Total
mission fluid
Automatic
Change
transmission Total
fluid (CVT)
U.S. Cars
Windshield
washer reservoir Canada Cars
Engine
coolant
1.08 US gal (4.1 , 0.90 Imp gal)
1.06 US gal (4.0 , 0.88 Imp gal)
1.40 US gal (5.3 , 1.17 Imp gal)
1.37 US gal (5.2 , 1.14 Imp gal)
3.4 US qt (3.2
3.2 US qt (3.0
4.0 US qt (3.8
1.6 US qt (1.5
1.7 US qt (1.6
3.4 US qt (3.2
5.7 US qt (5.4
, 2.8 Imp qt)
, 2.6 Imp qt)
, 3.3 Imp qt)
, 1.3 Imp qt)
, 1.4 Imp qt)
, 2.8 Imp qt)
, 4.8 Imp qt)
2.6 US qt (2.5 , 2.2 Imp qt)
4.8 US qt (4.5 , 4.0 Imp qt)
*1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine.
Reserve tank capacity:
0.11 US gal (0.4 , 0.09 Imp gal)
*2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.
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Specifications
Air Conditioning
Refrigerant type
Charge quantity
Lubricant oil type
HFC-134a (R-134a)
17.6−19.4 oz (500−550 g)
SP-10
Lights
Headlights (HI/LO)
Front turn signal/side marker
lights
Front parking light
Rear turn signal lights
Stop/Taillights/Rear side
marker lights
Back-up lights
Taillights
High-mount brake light
License plate lights
Ceiling light
Spotlights
Trunk light
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
Battery
Capacity
12 V − 35 AH/20 HR
Fuses
Interior
See page 281 or the fuse label
attached to the inside of the fuse
box door under the steering
column.
See page 280 or the fuse box
cover.
Under-hood
12 V − 60/55 W (HB2)
12 V − 21/5 W
12 V − 3 CP
12 V − 21 W
12 V − 21/5 W
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
21 W
3 CP
21 W
3 CP
8W
8W
5W
Alignment
Toe-in
Camber
Caster
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°12’
−1°
2°20’
P185/70R14 87S
T115/70D14 88M*1
T125/70D15 95M*2
30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1 kgf/cm )
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
*1 : Without ABS
*2 : With ABS
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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars)
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 − AA, A, B, C
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those
grades represent the tire’s ability to
stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces
of asphalt and concrete. A tire
marked C may have poor traction
performance.
Warning: The traction grade
assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests,
and does not include acceleration,
cornering, hydroplaning, or peak
traction characteristics.
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Temperature − A, B, C
The temperature grades are A (the
highest), B, and C, representing the
tire’s resistance to the generation of
heat and its ability to dissipate heat
when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified indoor
laboratory test wheel. Sustained high
temperature can cause the material
of the tire to degenerate and reduce
tire life, and excessive temperature
can lead to sudden tire failure. 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
186 .
*
In Canada, Honda vehicles comply
with the Canadian emission
requirements, as specified in an
agreement with Environment
Canada, at the time they are
manufactured.
Crankcase Emissions Control
System
Your 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
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Ventilation valve routes them from
the crankcase back to the intake
manifold. They are then drawn into
the engine and burned.
Evaporative Emissions Control
System
As gasoline evaporates in the fuel
tank, an evaporative emissions
control canister filled with charcoal
adsorbs the vapor. It is stored in this
canister while the engine is off. After
the engine is started and warmed up,
the vapor is drawn into the engine
and burned during driving.
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 four systems: PGM-FI,
Ignition Timing Control, Exhaust
Gas Recirculation and Three Way
Catalytic Converter. These four
systems work together to control the
engine’s combustion and minimize
the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that
comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust
emissions control systems are
separate from the crankcase and
evaporative emissions control
systems.
Ignition Timing Control System
This system constantly adjusts the
ignition timing, reducing the amount
of HC, CO and NOx produced.
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)
System
The Exhaust Gas Recirculation
(EGR) system takes some of the
exhaust gas and routes it back into
the intake manifold. Adding exhaust
gas to the air/fuel mixture reduces
the amount of NOx produced when
the fuel is burned.
PGM-FI System
Three Way Catalytic Converter
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.
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.
Replacement Parts
The emissions control systems are
designed and certified to work together in reducing emissions to
levels that comply with the Clean Air
Act. To make sure the emissions
remain low, you should use only new
Honda replacement parts or their
equivalent for repairs. Using lower
quality parts may increase the
emissions from your car.
The emissions control systems are
covered by warranties separate from
the rest of your car. Read your
warranty manual for more information.
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Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converter
contains precious metals that serve
as catalysts, promoting chemical
reactions to convert the exhaust
gasses without affecting the metals.
The catalytic converter is referred to
as a three-way catalyst, since it acts
on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement
unit must be an original Honda part
or its equivalent.
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 CONVERTERS
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 in Park
(automatic transmission) or
Neutral (manual transmission).
Increase the engine speed to 2,000
rpm and hold it there until the
temperature gauge rises to at least
1/4 of the scale (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
D (CVT) or 5th (M/T). Do not use
the cruise control. When traffic
allows, drive for 90 seconds
without moving the accelerator
pedal. (Vehicle speed may vary
slightly; this is okay.) If you cannot
do this for a continuous 90
seconds because of traffic
conditions, drive for at least 30
seconds, then repeat it two more
times (for a total of 90 seconds).
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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 ................................. 300
Warranty Coverages ..................... 301
Reporting Safety Defects
(U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 302
Authorized Manuals ...................... 303
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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 Boulevard
Torrance, California 90501-2746
Tel: (800) 999-1009
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Canadian Owners:
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÈLE
Honda Canada Inc.
715 Milner Avenue
Toronto, ON
M1B 2K8
Tel: 1-888-9-HONDA-9
Fax: Toll-free 1-877-939-0909
Toronto (416) 287-4776
In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands:
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-0816
Tel: (787) 250-4318
When you call or write, please give
us this information:
Vehicle Identification Number
(see page 286 )
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 Vehicle 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
warranties cover your vehicle’s emissions control systems. Time, mileage,
and coverage are conditional. Please
read the warranty manual for exact
information.
Original Equipment Battery Limited
Warranty − this warranty gives up
to 100 percent credit toward a
replacement battery.
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 −
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.
Replacement Parts Limited
Warranty − covers all genuine
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
2003 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 2003 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*
$70.00
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
Service Manual
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
61S5B00EL
$50.00
Electrical Troubleshooting Manual
2001-2003 Honda Civic
61S5A30
$44.00
Body Repair Manual
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
31S5B600
$34.00
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obligation.
Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should
contact their authorized Honda dealer.
ORDER TOLL FREE: 1-800-782-4356
(NOTE: For Credit Card Holder Orders Only)
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MINIMUM CREDIT CARD PURCHASE $10.00
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By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can
pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to
Helm Incorporated at the address shown on the back of the order form.
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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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A
Accessories and Modifications .... 152
Accessories................................. 152
Additional Safety Precautions .. 153
Modifications ............................. 153
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ........................................ 87
Accessory Power Socket .............. 103
Additives, Engine Oil..................... 196
Airbag (SRS) .............................. 10, 48
Air Cleaner Element ...................... 211
Air Conditioning System ............... 108
Maintenance ............................... 221
Usage .......................................... 110
Air Outlets (Vents) ........................ 108
Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 225
High Speed Driving ................... 226
Normal Driving .......................... 226
Alcohol in Gasoline ........................ 292
Antifreeze ....................................... 199
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Indicator ................................ 62, 177
Operation .................................... 175
Anti-theft, Audio System............... 137
Anti-theft Steering Column
Lock ............................................... 86
Appearance Care ........................... 245
Audio System ................................. 118
Auto Idle Stop......................... 163, 171
Indicator.............................. 164, 172
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners .... 46
Automatic Speed Control.............. 139
Automatic Transmission (CVT) .. 166
Capacity, Fluid ........................... 288
Checking Fluid Level ................ 206
Shifting ........................................ 167
Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 166
Shift Lever Positions ................. 167
Shift Lock Release ..................... 170
Belts, Seat ..................................... 8, 45
Beverage Holder ............................ 102
Body Repairs .................................. 253
Brakes
Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 175
Break-in, New Linings .............. 144
Bulb Replacement ..................... 237
Fluid ............................................ 209
Parking ........................................ 100
System Indicator .................. 62, 275
Wear Indicators ......................... 174
Braking System.............................. 174
Break-in, New Car ......................... 144
Brightness Control, Instruments ... 77
Brights, Headlights ......................... 75
B
Battery
Charging System
Indicator............................ 62, 272
Jump Starting ............................. 265
Level Gauge.................................. 72
Maintenance ............................... 216
Specifications ............................. 289
Before Driving ............................... 143
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Index
Bulb Replacement
Back-up Lights ........................... 238
Brake Lights............................... 237
Ceiling Light ............................... 241
Front Parking Lights ................. 235
Front Side Marker Lights......... 235
Headlights .................................. 234
High-mount Brake Light .......... 238
License Plate Lights .................. 239
Rear Side Marker Lights .......... 237
Specifications ............................. 289
Spotlights .................................... 242
Trunk Light ................................ 240
Turn Signal Lights ..................... 235
Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 234
C
Capacities Chart............................. 288
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 54
Carrying Cargo .............................. 154
Cassette Player
Care ............................................. 136
Operation .................................... 133
CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii
CD Changer.................................... 129
II
CD Player........................................ 127
Ceiling Light ................................... 104
Certification Label ......................... 286
Chains ............................................. 231
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 257
Changing Engine Coolant ............. 201
Changing Oil
How to ......................................... 197
When to....................................... 186
Charge/Assist Gauge ..................... 73
Charging System Indicator .... 62, 272
Checklist, Before Driving ............. 160
Child Safety ...................................... 22
Child Seats
LATCH Anchorage System ....... 43
Lower Anchors ............................ 43
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 42
Childproof Door Locks ................... 92
Cleaner Element, Air ..................... 211
Cleaning
Aluminum Wheels ..................... 248
Exterior ....................................... 246
Interior ........................................ 249
Seat Belts .................................... 250
Vinyl ............................................ 250
Windows ..................................... 251
Clock, Setting the .......................... 123
Clutch Fluid .................................... 210
CO in the Exhaust ......................... 294
Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 161
Compact Spare ............................... 256
Consumer Information*................ 300
Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT) ................. 166
Controls, Instruments and .............. 57
Coolant
Adding ......................................... 199
Checking ..................................... 149
Proper Solution .......................... 199
Replacing .................................... 201
Temperature Gauge .................... 72
Corrosion Protection ..................... 252
Crankcase Emissions Control
System......................................... 294
Cruise Control Operation ............. 139
Current Fuel Mileage ...................... 70
Customer Relations Office ........... 300
D
DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii
Dashboard .................................... 2, 58
Main Menu
Index
Daytime Running Lights................. 76
Defects, Reporting Safety............. 302
Defog and Defrost ......................... 116
Defogger, Rear Window ................. 81
Defrosting the Windows ............... 116
Dimensions ..................................... 288
Dimming the Headlights ................ 75
Dipstick
Automatic Transmission
(CVT) ...................................... 206
Engine Oil ................................... 148
Directional Signals ........................... 78
Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 174
Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 198
Doors
Locking and Unlocking ............... 87
Power Door Locks ....................... 87
DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 290
Downshifting, 5-speed Manual
Transmission .............................. 162
Drive Belt ........................................ 224
Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 5
Driving ............................................ 159
Economy ..................................... 150
In Bad Weather .......................... 178
In Foreign Countries ................. 293
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 222
E
Economy, Fuel ............................... 150
Emergencies on the Road............. 255
Battery, Jump Starting .............. 265
Brake System Indicator ............ 275
Changing a Flat Tire ................. 257
Charging System Indicator ...... 272
Checking the Fuses................... 277
Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 271
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 273
Overheated Engine ................... 268
Emergency Brake .......................... 100
Emergency Flashers ....................... 80
Emergency Towing ....................... 282
Emergency Trunk Opener ............. 93
Emissions Controls........................ 294
Emissions Testing, State .............. 297
Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 71
Drive Belt.................................... 224
Engine Speed Limiter ....... 165, 169
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ................................. 62, 273
Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 62, 271
Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 195
Overheating................................ 268
Specifications ............................. 288
Starting........................................ 161
Ethanol in Gasoline ....................... 292
Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 294
Exhaust Fumes ................................ 54
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by ......................................... 20
Exterior, Cleaning the ................... 246
F
Fabric, Cleaning ............................. 250
Fan, Interior.................................... 113
Features, Comfort and
Convenience ............................... 107
Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 145
Filters
Air Cleaner ................................. 211
Dust and Pollen .......................... 222
Oil ................................................ 197
CONTINUED
III
Main Menu
Index
5-speed Manual Transmission
Checking Fluid Level ................ 208
Shifting the ................................. 162
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 80
Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 257
Fluids
Automatic Transmission
(CVT) ...................................... 206
Brake ........................................... 209
Clutch .......................................... 210
Manual Transmission ............... 208
Windshield Washer ................... 205
FM Stereo Radio
Reception .................................... 125
Foreign Countries, Driving in ...... 293
Four-way Flashers ........................... 80
Front Airbags ............................. 10, 48
Fuel .................................................. 144
Fill Door and Cap....................... 145
Gauge ............................................ 71
Octane Requirement ................. 144
Oxygenated ................................ 292
Reserve Indicator......................... 65
Tank, Filling the......................... 145
Fuses, Checking the ...................... 276
G
Gas Mileage, Improving................ 150
Gasohol ........................................... 292
Gasoline .......................................... 144
Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 65
Gauge ............................................ 71
Octane Requirement ................. 144
Tank, Filling the......................... 145
Gas Station Procedures................. 145
Gauges
Engine Coolant Temperature .... 71
Fuel ................................................ 71
Speedometer ................................ 69
Tachometer .................................. 69
Gearshift Lever Positions
Automatic Transmission
(CVT) ...................................... 167
5-speed Manual
Transmission.......................... 162
Glass Cleaning ............................... 251
Glove Box ....................................... 101
H
Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 234
IV
Hazard Warning Flashers............... 80
Headlights
Aiming ......................................... 234
Daytime Running Lights............. 76
High Beam Indicator ................... 64
Reminder Beeper ......................... 75
Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 234
Turning on .................................... 75
Head Restraints ............................... 96
Heating and Cooling ...................... 108
High Altitude, Starting at .............. 161
High-Low Beam Switch .................. 75
High-mount Brake Light............... 238
Hood Latch ..................................... 212
Hood, Opening the ........................ 146
Horn................................................... 74
Hydraulic Clutch ............................ 210
Hydroplaning.................................. 179
I
Identification Number, Vehicle.... 286
Ignition
Keys............................................... 83
Switch ............................................ 86
Timing Control System ............. 295
Main Menu
Index
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Indicators, Instrument
Panel .............................................. 59
Infant Restraint ................................ 31
Infant Seats
LATCH Anchorage System ....... 43
Lower Anchors ............................ 43
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 42
Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 225
High Speed Driving ................... 226
Normal Driving .......................... 226
Inside Mirror .................................... 99
Inspection, Tire .............................. 227
Instrument Panel ......................... 2, 58
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 77
Interior Cleaning ............................ 249
Interior Lights ................................ 104
Introduction ......................................... i
J
Jacking up the Car ......................... 259
Jack, Tire ........................................ 258
Jump Starting ................................. 265
K
Keys ................................................... 83
L
Label, Certification ........................ 286
Lane Change, Signaling .................. 78
Lap/Shoulder Belts ................... 16, 45
LATCH Anchorage System............ 43
Lights
Bulb Replacement ..................... 234
Indicator ........................................ 59
Parking .......................................... 75
Turn Signal ................................... 78
Load Limit ...................................... 155
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 86
Locks
Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 86
Fuel Fill Door ............................. 145
Power Door .................................. 87
Trunk ............................................ 92
Low Coolant Level ......................... 149
Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 65
Lower Anchors................................. 43
Lower Gear, Downshifting to a.... 165
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 62, 271
Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 288
Luggage .......................................... 154
M
Maintenance ................................... 181
Owner Maintenance Checks.... 193
Record .................................. 191-192
Required Indicator ....................... 66
Safety........................................... 182
Schedule .............................. 184-190
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 62, 273
Manual Transmission.................... 162
Manual Transmission Fluid ......... 208
Meters, Gauges ................................ 67
Methanol in Gasoline .................... 292
Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 99
N
Neutral Gear Position.................... 168
New Vehicle Break-in ................... 144
NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i
Numbers, Identification ................ 286
CONTINUED
V
Main Menu
Index
O
Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 144
Odometer .......................................... 69
Odometer, Trip ................................ 69
Oil
Change, How to ......................... 197
Change, When to ....................... 186
Checking Engine ....................... 148
Pressure Indicator ............... 62, 271
Selecting Proper Viscosity
Chart ....................................... 196
ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 87
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ..................................... 294
Operation in Foreign Countries ... 293
Outside Mirrors ............................... 99
Overheating, Engine ..................... 268
Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 193
Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 292
P
Paint Touch-up ............................... 248
Panel Brightness Control ............... 77
Park Gear Position......................... 167
VI
Parking ............................................ 173
Parking Brake ................................ 100
Parking Brake and Brake System
Indicator ................................ 62, 275
Parking Lights.................................. 75
Parking Over Things that Burn ... 296
PGM-FI System.............................. 295
Polishing and Waxing ................... 247
Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ............. 12
Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 20
Protecting Adults ............................. 13
Additional Safety Precautions .... 20
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 20
Protecting Children ......................... 22
Protecting Infants ........................ 31
Protecting Larger Children ........ 38
Protecting Small Children .......... 35
Using Child Seats with
Tethers...................................... 42
Using LATCH .............................. 43
R
Radiator Overheating .................... 268
Radio/CD/Cassette
Sound System............................. 118
Readiness Codes .................... 274, 297
Rear Lights, Bulb
Replacement ....................... 237, 238
Rear View Mirror ............................. 99
Rear Window Defogger .................. 81
Reclining the Seat Backs ................ 94
Reminder Lights .............................. 59
Remote Transmitter ........................ 89
Replacement Information
Air Cleaner Element .................. 211
Dust and Pollen Filter ............... 222
Engine Coolant........................... 201
Engine Oil and Filter ................. 197
Fuses ........................................... 277
Light Bulbs ................................. 234
Schedule ..................................... 184
Spark Plugs................................. 213
Tires ............................................ 229
Wiper Blades .............................. 219
Replacing Seat Belts After a
Crash ............................................. 47
Reserve Tank, Engine
Coolant ................................ 149, 199
Restraint, Child ................................ 22
Reverse Gear Position................... 168
Roof Antenna ................................. 247
Main Menu
Index
Rotation, Tire ................................. 228
S
Safety Belts................................... 8, 45
Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 302
Safety Features .................................. 7
Airbags .......................................... 10
Door Locks ................................... 11
Head Restraints ........................... 11
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 11
Safety Labels, Location of .............. 55
Safety Messages ................................ ii
Seat Belts ...................................... 8, 45
Additional Information ................ 45
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 46
Cleaning ...................................... 250
Lap/Shoulder Belt ................. 16, 45
Maintenance ................................. 47
Reminder Light and Beeper ....... 61
System Components.................... 45
Use During Pregnancy................ 20
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 16
Seats, Adjusting the ......................... 94
Serial Number ................................ 286
Service Intervals ............................ 184
Service Manual* ............................ 303
Service Station Procedures .......... 145
Setting the Clock ........................... 123
Shift Lever Position Indicator ...... 166
Shift Lock Release ......................... 170
Shift Up/Shift Down Indicators ... 165
Side Airbags ............................... 10, 50
Cutoff Indicator ..................... 52, 61
Side Marker Lights, Bulb
Replacement ....................... 235, 237
Signaling Turns ................................ 78
Snow Tires ...................................... 230
Solvent-type Cleaners .................... 246
Sound System ................................. 118
Spare Tire
Inflating ....................................... 256
Specifications ............................. 289
Spark Plugs, Replacing ................. 213
Specifications Charts..................... 288
Speed Control ................................. 139
Speedometer .................................... 69
Spotlights ........................................ 104
SRS, Additional Information........... 48
Additional Safety Precautions .... 53
Airbag Service .............................. 53
How the Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator Light Works ............ 52
How the SRS Indicator
Works ........................................ 51
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 48
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 50
SRS Components ......................... 48
SRS Indicator.............................. 51, 61
START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 87
State Emissions Testing ............... 297
Starting the Engine........................ 161
In Cold Weather at High
Altitude ................................... 161
With a Dead Battery ................. 265
Steam Coming from Engine ......... 268
Steering Wheel
Adjustment ................................... 82
Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 86
Stereo Sound System .................... 118
Storing Your Car ............................ 243
CONTINUED
VII
Main Menu
Index
Supplemental Restraint
System................................. 10, 48
Servicing ....................................... 53
SRS Indicator.......................... 51, 61
System Components.................... 48
Synthetic Oil ................................... 196
T
Tachometer ...................................... 69
Taillights, Changing
Bulbs ................................... 237, 238
Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 255
Tape Player..................................... 133
Technical Descriptions
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 290
Emissions Control Systems ...... 294
Oxygenated Fuels...................... 292
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ................................ 296
Temperature Gauge ........................ 71
Tether Anchorage Points ............... 42
Theft Protection............................. 137
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 296
Time, Setting the ........................... 123
Tire Chains ..................................... 231
VIII
Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 257
Tires ................................................ 225
Air Pressure ............................... 225
Checking Wear .......................... 227
Compact Spare ........................... 256
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 290
Inflation ....................................... 225
Inspection ................................... 227
Maintenance ............................... 227
Replacing .................................... 229
Rotating....................................... 228
Snow ............................................ 230
Specifications ............................. 289
Tire Chains ................................. 231
Tools, Tire Changing .................... 258
Towing
A Trailer ...................................... 179
Emergency Towing ................... 282
Traction Devices ............................ 231
Transmission
Checking Fluid Level,
Automatic (CVT) ................... 206
Checking Fluid Level,
Manual .................................... 208
Fluid Selection ................... 207, 208
Identification Number ............... 287
Shifting the Automatic
(CVT) ...................................... 167
Shifting the Manual ................... 165
Treadwear ...................................... 290
Trip Meter ........................................ 69
Trip Mileage ..................................... 70
Trunk................................................. 92
Opening......................................... 92
Open Monitor Light .................... 65
Turn Signals ..................................... 78
U
Underside, Cleaning ...................... 252
Unexpected, Taking Care
of the ........................................... 255
Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 290
Unleaded Gasoline......................... 144
Upholstery Cleaning...................... 249
Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 198
V
Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 155
Vehicle Dimensions....................... 288
Vehicle Identification Number..... 286
Main Menu
Index
Vehicle Storage .............................. 243
Ventilation ...................................... 109
VIN .................................................. 286
Vinyl Cleaning ................................ 250
Viscosity, Oil................................... 196
W
WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii
Warning Labels, Location of .......... 55
Warranty Coverages* ................... 301
Washer, Windshield
Checking the Fluid Level ......... 205
Indicator ........................................ 65
Operation ...................................... 80
Washing .......................................... 246
Waxing and Polishing ................... 247
Wheels
Adjusting the Steering ................ 82
Alignment and Balance ............. 227
Aluminum Wheels ..................... 248
Compact Spare ........................... 256
Wrench ....................................... 258
Windows
Cleaning ...................................... 251
Operating the Power ................... 97
Rear, Defogger ............................ 81
Windshield
Cleaning ........................................ 78
Defroster .................................... 116
Washers ........................................ 80
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades ........................ 219
Operation ...................................... 78
Worn Tires ..................................... 227
Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 282
*
: 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 Premium grade 0W-20
detergent oil (see page 195 ).
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
3.4 US qt (3.2 , 2.8 Imp qt)
Automatic Transmission Fluid
(CVT):
Use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic
Transmission Fluid) only.
Capacity:
3.4 US qt (3.2 , 2.8 Imp qt)
5-speed Manual Transmission
Fluid:
Honda Manual Transmission
Fluid preferred, or an SAE 10W-30
or 10W-40 motor oil as a
temporary replacement (see page
208 ).
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 209 ).
Tire Pressure (measured cold):
Front/Rear:
30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1 kgf/cm )
Spare Tire:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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