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Your Honda’s transmission has four
forward speeds, and is electronically
controlled for smoother shifting. It
also has a ‘‘lock-up’’ torque converter
for better fuel economy. You may
feel what seems like another shift
when the converter locks.
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 to 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.
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Shift Lever Positions
To shift from:
P to R
R to N
N to D
D to 2
2 to 1
1 to 2
2 to D
D to N
N to R
R to P
SHIFT LEVER
The shift lever has six positions. It
must be in Park or Neutral to start
the engine. When you are stopped in
D, 2, 1, N, or R, press firmly on the
brake pedal, and keep your foot off
the accelerator pedal.
Do this:
Press the brake pedal and
press the release button.
Press the release button.
Move the lever.
You cannot shift out of Park with the
brake pedal pressed when the
ignition switch is in LOCK (0) or
ACCESSORY (I).
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 side of the shift lever
to move it out of park.
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If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on page
183 .
Your vehicle has a reverse lockout so
you cannot accidentally shift to
Reverse when the vehicle speed
exceeds 5 mph (8 km/h).
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.
If you cannot shift to Reverse when
the vehicle is stopped, press the
brake pedal, and slowly shift to
Neutral. Then press the release
button, and shift to Reverse.
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.
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If there is a problem in the reverse
lockout system, or your vehicle’s
battery is disconnected or goes dead,
you cannot shift to Reverse. (Refer
to Shift Lock Release on page 183 ).
Neutral (N) − Use Neutral if you
need to restart a stalled engine, or if
it is necessary to stop briefly with
the engine idling. Shift to Park position if you need to leave the vehicle
for any reason. Press on the brake pedal when you are moving the shift
lever from Neutral to another gear.
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Drive (D) − Use this position for
your normal driving. The transmission automatically selects a suitable
gear for your speed and acceleration.
You may notice the transmission
shifting up at higher speeds when
the engine is cold. This helps the
engine warm up faster.
For faster acceleration, you can get
the transmission to automatically
downshift by pushing the accelerator
pedal to the floor. The transmission
will shift down one or two gears,
depending on your speed.
Overdrive (O/D) Mode
OVERDRIVE OFF INDICATOR
Overdrive (O/D) is on whenever you
turn the ignition ON (II). You can
turn it off by pressing the O/D
switch on the end of the shift lever.
The O/D OFF indicator on the
instrument panel next to the shift
lever ‘‘D’’ position indicator will come
on.
Pressing the O/D switch again turns
the overdrive mode back on.
Overdrive can be turned on or off
only when the ignition switch is ON
(II) and the shift lever is in the D
position. Overdrive mode turns on
every time you start the engine, even
if you turned it off the last time you
drove the vehicle.
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When overdrive is off, the
transmission selects only the first
three gears. Turn the O/D off to
provide engine braking when going
down a steep hill. You can also avoid
the transmission from cycling
between third and fourth gears in
stop-and-go driving.
The O/D OFF indicator also comes
on for a few seconds when you turn
the ignition switch to ON(II).
Second (2) − To shift to Second,
press the release button on the side
of the shift lever. This position locks
the transmission in second gear. It
does not downshift to first gear
when you come to a stop. Second
gives you more power when climbing,
and increased engine braking when
going down steep hills. Use second
gear when starting out on a slippery
surface or in deep snow. It will help
reduce wheelspin.
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First (1) − To shift from Second to
First, press the release button on the
side of the shift lever. With the lever
in this position, the transmission
locks in first gear. By upshifting and
downshifting through 1, 2, and D,
you can operate this transmission
much like a manual transmission
without a clutch pedal.
If you shift into First when the
vehicle speed is above 31 mph (50
km/h), the transmission shifts into
second gear first to avoid sudden
engine braking.
Engine Speed Limiter
If you exceed the maximum speed
for the gear you are in, the engine
speed will enter into the tachometer’s
red zone. If this occurs, you may feel
the engine cut in and out. This is
caused by a limiter in the engine’s
computer controls. The engine will
run normally when you reduce the
RPM below the red zone.
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Shift Lock Release
This allows you to move the shift
lever out of Park if the normal
method of pushing on the brake
pedal does not work. This procedure
is also used to release the Reverse
Lockout.
COVER
1. Set the Parking brake.
2. Make sure the ignition switch is in
the LOCK (0) position.
To release the Reverse Lockout,
make sure the ignition switch is in
the ACCESSORY(I) position.
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift
Lock Release slot cover next to
the shift lever. Use a small flattipped screwdriver or small metal
plate (neither are included in the
tool kit) to remove the cover.
Carefully pry on the edge of the
cover.
SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT
4. Insert a screwdriver in the Shift
Lock Release slot.
5. Push down on the screwdriver
while you press the release button
on the side of the shift lever and
move the shift lever out of Park to
Neutral.
To release the Reverse Lockout,
move the shift lever from Neutral
to Reverse, then to Park.
6. Remove the screwdriver from the
Shift Lock Release slot, then
install a new cover. Make sure the
notch on the cover is on the right
side. Press the brake pedal, and
restart the engine.
If you need to use the Shift Lock
Release, it means your vehicle is
developing a problem. Have the
vehicle checked by your Honda
dealer.
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