2004 Insight Online Reference Owner`s Manual Contents

2004 Insight Online Reference Owner`s Manual Contents
2004 Insight Online Reference Owner's Manual
Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference.
For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com.
Contents
Owner's Identification Form
Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... i
A Few Words About Safety................................................................................................................. ii
Your Vehicle at a Glance..................................................................................................................... 2
Driver and Passenger Safety .............................................................................................................. 5
Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.
Instruments and Controls................................................................................................................. 39
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience Features ................................................................................................ 71
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving.................................................................................................................................... 91
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 105
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 123
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer.
Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 163
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 189
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 201
A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us.
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 205
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.
Main Menu
Owner’s Identification
This Owner’s Manual should be
considered a permanent part of the
vehicle, and should remain with the
vehicle when it is sold.
OWNER
ADDRESS
STREET
CITY
STATE/PROVINCE
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
This Owner’s Manual covers all
models of the Insight. 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.
Main Menu
Introduction
Congratulations! Your selection of a 2004 Honda Insight was a wise
investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure.
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda is to
read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and
convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so
you can refer to it at any time.
As you read this manual, you will
find information that is preceded by
a NOTICE: 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 vehicle according to the schedules given in this manual
helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment.
When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your 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.
i
Main Menu
A Few Words About Safety
Your safety, and the safety of others,
is very important. And operating this
vehicle safely is an important
responsibility.
To help you make informed
decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and
other information on labels and in
this manual. This information alerts
you to potential hazards that could
hurt you or others.
Of course, it is not practical or
possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating or
maintaining your vehicle. You must
use your own good judgement.
You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms,
including:
Safety Labels − on the vehicle.
Safety Messages − preceded by a safety alert symbol
and one of
three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.
These signal words mean:
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don’t follow instructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don’t follow instructions.
You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow
instructions.
Safety Headings − such as Important Safety Reminders or Important
Safety Precautions.
Safety Section − such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions − how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it
carefully.
ii
Main Menu
Your Vehicle at a Glance
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 65)
INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P. 41)
GAUGES (P. 46)
HEATING/COOLING
CONTROLS (P. 72, 76)
PASSENGER’S AIRBAG
(P. 19)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 78)
DIGITAL CLOCK
(P. 89)
FCD SELECT
BUTTON
(P. 49)
DOOR LOCK
(P. 60)
DRIVER’S AIRBAG
(P. 19)
FUEL FILL
DOOR RELEASE
(P. 93)
ACCESSORY
POWER SOCKET
(P. 69)
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
(P. 94)
* U.S. model
2
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (CVT)*
(P. 111)
MANUAL TRANSMISSION
(P. 108)
Main Menu
Your Vehicle at a Glance
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 66)
WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS
(P. 53)
ECON BUTTON
(P. 73)
HAZARD WARNING
BUTTON
(P. 55)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 65)
HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P. 54)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 78)
HORN
(P. 52)
DRIVING MODE BUTTONS (CVT)*
(P. 113)
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER
(P. 56)
* U.S. model
3
Main Menu
4
Main Menu
Driver and Passenger Safety
This section gives you important
information about how to protect
yourself and your passenger. It
shows you how to use seat belts
properly. It explains how your
airbags work, and it tells you how to
properly restrain children in your
vehicle.
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 7
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Airbags ............................................ 9
Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 11
1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 11
2. Adjust the Seats ....................... 11
3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 12
4. Fasten and Position the
Lap/Shoulder Seat Belts .... 13
5. Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position ................................. 14
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 15
Additional Safety Precautions .... 16
Additional Information About Your
Seat Belts .................................. 17
Seat Belt System Components ... 17
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 17
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 18
Additional Information About
Your Airbags ............................ 19
Airbag System Components ....... 19
How Your Airbags Work ............ 19
How the Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners Work ..................... 21
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 21
Airbag Service .............................. 22
Additional Safety Precautions .... 22
Protecting Children −
General Guidelines .................. 23
All Children Must Be
Restrained ................................ 23
Your Vehicle is Not
Recommended for Child
Passengers ........................... 24
The Passenger’s Airbag Poses
Serious Risks ............................ 24
Additional Safety Precautions .... 26
Protecting Small Children .......... 27
Selecting a Child Seat.................. 28
Installing a Child Seat ................. 28
Protecting Larger Children ........ 32
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 36
Safety Labels .................................... 37
Driver and Passenger Safety
5
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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 vehicle is
equipped with airbags, make sure
you and your passenger always wear
your seat belts, and wear them
properly (see page 13 ).
Your Vehicle is Not
Recommended for Child
Passengers
Since all children are safest in the
back seat of a vehicle, and your
vehicle does not have a back seat, we
recommend that you do not carry a
6
Driver and Passenger Safety
child passenger. Due to the
passenger’s airbag hazard, you
should never carry an infant in a
rear-facing child seat in this vehicle.
If a small child who must be
restrained in a forward-facing child
seat, or a larger child, must ride in
this vehicle, be sure to follow all
instructions and safety warnings in
this manual (see pages 27 and 32 ).
Be Aware of Airbag Hazards
While airbags can save lives, they
can cause serious or fatal injuries to
occupants who sit too close to them,
or are not properly restrained.
Infants, young children, and short
adults are at the greatest risk. Be
sure to follow all instructions and
warnings in this manual (see page
9 ).
Don’t Drink and Drive
Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even
one drink can reduce your ability to
respond to changing conditions, and
your reaction time gets worse with
every additional drink. So don’t drink
and drive, and don’t let your friends
drink and drive, either.
Control Your Speed
Excessive speed is a major factor in
crash injuries and deaths. Generally,
the higher the speed, the greater the
risk, but serious injuries can also
occur at lower speeds. Never drive
faster than is safe for current
conditions, regardless of the
maximum speed posted.
Keep Your Vehicle in Safe
Condition
Having a tire blowout or a
mechanical failure can be extremely
hazardous. To reduce the possibility
of such problems, check your tire
pressures and condition frequently,
and perform all regularly scheduled
maintenance (see page 127 ).
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
(1)
(3)
Your vehicle is equipped with many
features that work together to
protect you and your passenger
during a crash.
(4)
(9)
(6)
(7)
(2)
Some safety features do not require
any action on your part. These
include a strong aluminum
framework, that forms a safety cage
around the passenger compartment;
front and rear crush zones, a
collapsible steering column, and seat
belt tensioners that tighten the seat
belts in the event of a crash.
(5)
(8)
(2)
(1) Safety Cage
(2) Crush Zones
(3) Seats and Seat-Backs
(4) Head Restraints
(5) Collapsible Steering Column
(6) Seat Belts
(7) Seat Belt Tensioners
(8) Airbags
(9) Door Locks
CONTINUED
Driver and Passenger Safety
7
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
However, you and your passenger
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.
The following pages explain how you
can take an active role in protecting
yourself and your passenger.
Seat Belts
Your vehicle is equipped with seat
belts in both seating positions.
Your seat belt system also includes
an indicator on the instrument panel
to remind you and your passenger to
fasten your seat belts.
Why Wear Seat Belts
Seat belts have proven to be the
single most effective safety device.
Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has airbags.
In addition, most states and all
Canadian provinces require you to
wear seat belts.
8
Driver and Passenger Safety
When properly worn, seat belts:
Keep you connected to the vehicle
so you can take advantage of the
vehicle’s built-in safety features.
Help protect you in almost every
type of crash, including frontal,
side, and rear impacts and
rollovers. (Your airbag can only be
helpful in a moderate to severe
frontal collision.)
Help keep you from being thrown
against the inside of the vehicle
and against another occupant.
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
Of course, seat belts cannot
completely protect you in every
crash. But in most cases, seat belts
can reduce your risk of serious
injury.
Airbags
The most important things you need
to know about your airbags are:
Airbags do not replace seat belts.
They are designed to supplement
the seat belts.
What You Should Do:
Always wear your seat belt, and
make sure you wear it properly.
Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has airbags.
Be sure you and your
passenger always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.
Airbags offer no protection in side
impacts, rear impacts, rollovers,
or minor collisions.
Your vehicle has a Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) with frontal
airbags to help protect the heads and
chests of the driver and a passenger
during a moderate to severe frontal
collision (see page 19 for more
information on how your airbags
work).
Airbags can pose hazards. To do
their job, airbags must inflate with
tremendous force. So while
airbags help save lives, they can
cause minor injuries or more
serious or even fatal injuries if
occupants are not properly
restrained or sitting properly.
CONTINUED
Driver and Passenger Safety
9
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
What you should do: Always wear
your seat belt properly, and sit
upright and as far back from the
steering wheel while allowing full
control of the vehicle. A passenger
should move the seat as far back
from the dashboard as possible.
10
Driver and Passenger Safety
The rest of this section gives more
detailed information about how you
can maximize your safety.
Remember however, that no safety
system can prevent all injures or
deaths that can occur in severe
crashes, even where seat belts are
properly worn and the airbags deploy.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Adults and Teens
Introduction
The following pages provide
instructions on how to properly
protect the driver, adult passengers
and teenage children who are large
enough and mature enough to ride in
your vehicle.
See page 23 for important guidelines
on how to properly protect small
children and larger children who ride
in your vehicle.
1.Close and Lock the Doors
After everyone has entered the
vehicle, be sure the doors are closed
and locked.
Your vehicle has a door monitor
indicator on the instrument panel to
indicate when either door or the
hatch is not tightly closed.
2.Adjust the Seats
Locking the doors reduces the
chance of someone being thrown out
of the vehicle during a crash, and it
helps prevent a passenger from
accidentally opening a door and
falling out.
Locking the doors also helps prevent
an outsider from unexpectedly
opening a door when you come to a
stop.
See page 60 for how to lock the
doors, and page 44 for how the
monitor indicator works.
Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the
rear as possible while allowing you to
maintain full control of the vehicle.
Have a passenger adjust his or her
seat as far to the rear as possible.
CONTINUED
Driver and Passenger Safety
11
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Adults and Teens
If you sit too close to the steering
wheel or dashboard, you can be
seriously injured by an inflating
airbag, or by striking the steering
wheel or dashboard.
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that drivers
allow at least 10 inches (25 cm)
between the center of the steering
wheel and the chest.
If you cannot get far enough away
from the steering wheel and still
reach the controls, we recommend
that you investigate whether some
type of adaptive equipment may help.
Once your seat is adjusted correctly,
rock it back and forth to make sure it
is locked into position. See page
64 for how to adjust the seats.
12
Driver and Passenger Safety
3.Adjust the Seat-Backs
Sitting too close to an airbag
can result in serious injury or
death if the airbags inflate.
Always sit as far back from the
airbags as possible while
allowing full control of the
vehicle.
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.
A passenger should also adjust the
seat-back to an comfortable, upright
position.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Adults and Teens
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.
4.Fasten and Position the Lap/
Shoulder 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.
Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.
If necessary, pull up on the belt again
to remove any slack, then check that
the belt rests across the center of
your chest and over your shoulder.
This spreads the forces of a crash
over the strongest bones in your
upper body.
Improperly positioning the seat
belts can cause serious injury
or death in a crash.
Adjust the seat-back to an
upright position, and sit well
back in the seat.
See page 64 for how to adjust seatbacks.
take the force of a crash and reduces
the chance of internal injuries.
Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.
Position the lap part of the belt as
low as possible across your hips,
then pull up on the shoulder part of
the belt so the lap part fits snugly.
This lets your strong pelvic bones
CONTINUED
Driver and Passenger Safety
13
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Adults and Teens
Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
very serious injuries in a crash.
If a seat belt does not seem to work
as it should, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash.
No one should sit in a seat with an
inoperative seat belt. Using a seat
belt that is not working properly can
result in serious injury or death.
Have your Honda dealer check the
belt as soon as possible.
See page 17 for additional
information about your seat belts
and how to take care of them.
5.Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position
After all occupants have adjusted
their seats and put on seat belts, it is
very important that they continue to
sit upright, well back in their seats,
with their feet on the floor, until the
vehicle is parked and the engine is
off.
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 can be seriously or fatally
injured in a crash by striking interior
parts of the vehicle or being struck
by an inflating airbag.
14
Driver and Passenger Safety
Sitting improperly or out of
position can result in serious
injury or death.
Always sit upright, well back in
the seat, with your feet on the
floor.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Adults and Teens
Advice for Pregnant Women
When driving, remember to sit
upright and adjust the seat as far
back as possible while allowing full
control of the vehicle. When riding
as a passenger, adjust the seat as far
back as possible.
This will reduce the risk of injuries
to both you and your unborn child
that can be caused by a crash or an
inflating airbag.
If you are pregnant, the best way to
protect yourself and your unborn
child when driving or riding in a
vehicle is to always wear a seat belt,
and keep the lap part of the belt as
low as possible across the hips.
Each time you have a check-up, ask
your doctor if it’s okay for you to
drive.
Driver and Passenger Safety
15
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Adults and Teens
Additional Safety Precautions
Two people should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers. If your
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
hands or arms are close to an
airbag cover, they could be injured
if the airbags inflate.
Do not put any accessories on seat
belts. Devices intended to improve
Do not attach or place objects on
the airbag covers. Objects on the
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can
reduce the protective capability of
the seat belt and increase the
chance of serious injury in a crash.
covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’
could interfere with the proper
operation of the airbags or be
propelled inside the vehicle and
hurt someone if the airbags inflate.
Do not place hard or sharp objects
between yourself and an airbag.
Carrying hard or sharp objects on
your lap, or driving with a pipe or
other sharp object in your mouth,
can result in injuries if your
airbags inflate.
16
Driver and Passenger Safety
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in both seating
positions. The seat belts are also
equipped with automatic seat belt
tensioners.
The seat belt system
includes an indicator on the
instrument panel and a beeper to
remind you and your passenger to
fasten your belts.
If you turn the ignition switch to ON
(II) without fastening your belt, a
beeper will sound and the indicator
will flash. If you do not fasten your
seat belt before the beeper stops, the
indicator will stop flashing but
remain on.
If you continue driving without
fastening your seat belt, the
indicator flashes and the beeper
sounds again at regular intervals.
Lap/Shoulder Belt
The lap and shoulder belt 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 (see page 13 for how to
properly position the belt).
To unlock the belt, push the red
PRESS button on the buckle. Guide
the belt across your body so that it
retracts completely. After exiting the
vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the
way and will not get closed in the
door.
Both 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 passenger’s seat belt has an
additional locking mechanism that
must be activated to secure a child
seat (see page 29 ).
If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the locking
mechanism will activate. The belt
will retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.
To deactivate the locking
mechanism, unlatch the buckle, and
let the seat belt fully retract. To
refasten the belt, pull it out only as
far as needed.
CONTINUED
Driver and Passenger Safety
17
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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
the belts retract easily. Any belt that
is not in good condition or working
properly will not provide good
protection and should be replaced as
soon as possible.
Honda provides a lifetime warranty
on seat belts for U.S. models. See
your Honda Warranty Information
booklet for details.
18
Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
For information on how to clean your
seat belts, see page 149 .
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Additional Information About Your Airbags
Airbag System Components
Your airbag system includes:
Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint
System) airbags. The driver’s
airbag is stored in the center of
the steering wheel; the passenger’s
airbag is stored in the dashboard.
Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG.’’
Automatic seat belt tensioners
that tighten the seat belts during a
moderate to severe frontal
collision.
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 in the ON (II) position.
How Your Airbags Work
An indicator on the instrument
panel that alerts you to a possible
problem with your airbags (see
page 21 ).
Emergency backup power in case
your vehicle’s electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.
If you ever have a moderate to
severe frontal collision, sensors will
detect the vehicle’s rapid
deceleration. If the rate of
deceleration is high enough, the
control unit will instantly inflate the
driver’s and passenger’s airbags.
CONTINUED
Driver and Passenger Safety
19
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Additional Information About Your Airbags
During a frontal crash, your seat belt
restrains your lower body and torso,
while the tensioner tightens and
locks the seat belt to help keep you
in place, and the airbag helps protect
your head and chest.
After a crash, you may see what
looks like smoke. This is actually
powder from the airbag’s surface.
Although the powder is not harmful,
people with respiratory problems
may experience some temporary
discomfort. If this occurs, get out of
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do
so.
Although both airbags normally
inflate within a split second of each
other, it is possible for only one
airbag to deploy.
This can happen if the severity of a
collision is at the margin, or
threshold, that determines whether
or not the airbags will deploy. In
such cases, the seat belt will provide
sufficient protection, and the
supplemental protection offered by
the airbag would be minimal.
After inflating, the airbags will
immediately deflate, so they won’t
interfere with the driver’s visibility,
or the ability to steer or operate
other controls.
The total time for inflation and
deflation is one-tenth of a second, so
fast that most occupants are not
aware that the airbags deployed until
they see them lying in their laps.
20
Driver and Passenger Safety
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Additional Information About Your Airbags
How the Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners Work
How the SRS Indicator Works
The SRS indicator alerts
you to a potential problem
with your airbags or seat belt
tensioners.
When you turn the ignition switch to
ON (II), this indicator will come on
briefly then go out. This tells you
that the system is working properly.
If the indicator comes on at any
other time, or does not come on at all,
you should have the system checked
by your dealer. For example:
Your Honda has automatic seat belt
tensioners for added protection
during a moderate to severe frontal
collision.
If your airbags inflate, the tensioners
immediately tighten the seat belts to
help hold the occupants in place. The
belts will remain tight until you
unbuckle them in the normal manner.
If the SRS indicator does not come
on after you turn the ignition
switch to ON (II).
If the indicator comes on or
flashes on and off while you drive.
If you see any of these indications,
the airbags and the seat belt
tensioners may not work properly
when you need them.
Ignoring the SRS indicator can
result in serious injury or death
if the airbag systems or
tensioners do not work properly.
Have your vehicle checked by a
dealer as soon as possible if
the SRS indicator alerts you to
a possible problem.
If the indicator stays on after the
engine starts.
Driver and Passenger Safety
21
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Additional Information About Your Airbags
Airbag Service
Your airbag systems are virtually
maintenance-free, and there are no
parts you can safely service.
However, you must have your
vehicle serviced if:
Your airbags ever inflate. The
airbags, seat belt tensioners, and
control unit must be replaced. Do
not try to remove or replace the
airbags yourself.
This must be done by a Honda
dealer or a knowledgeable body
shop.
The SRS indicator alerts you to a
problem. Take your vehicle to an
authorized Honda dealer as soon
as possible. If you ignore this
indication, your airbags may not
operate properly.
22
Driver and Passenger Safety
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Children − General Guidelines
Children who are unrestrained
or improperly restrained can be
seriously injured or killed in a
crash.
Any child too small for a seat
belt should be properly
restrained in a child seat. A
larger child should be properly
restrained with a seat belt and
use a booster if necessary.
Children depend on adults to protect
them. However, despite their best
intentions, many adults do not know
how to properly protect child
passengers.
If you ever need to drive with a child
in your vehicle, be sure to read this
section. It begins with important
general guidelines, then presents
special information for small
children and larger children.
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 properly
restrained when they ride in a
vehicle.
A small child must be restrained in
an approved child seat that is
properly secured to the vehicle (see
pages 27 − 31 ).
A larger child must be restrained
with a booster until the seat belt fits
him/her properly (see pages 32 −
35 ).
Driver and Passenger Safety
23
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Children − General Guidelines
Your Vehicle is Not
Recommended for Child
Passengers
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
age 12 and under be properly
restrained in a back seat.
The Passenger’s Airbag Can Pose
Serious Risks
Airbags have been designed to help
protect adults in a moderate to
severe frontal collision. To do this,
the passenger’s airbag is quite large
and it can inflate with enough force
to cause very serious injuries.
Since this vehicle does not have a
back seat, we strongly recommend
that you do not carry any child who
is not large enough or mature
enough to ride in front (see page
27 ).
Infants
far forward, or the child’s head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating passenger’s airbag can
strike the child with enough force to
kill or very seriously injure a small
child.
Never put a rear-facing child seat in
this vehicle. If the passenger’s airbag
Larger Children
inflates, it can hit the back of the
child seat with enough force to kill or
very seriously injure an infant.
Small Children
Placing a forward-facing child seat in
the passenger’s seat can be
hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too
Children who have outgrown child
seats are also at risk of being injured
or killed by an inflating passenger’s
airbag. If a larger child must ride in
this vehicle, see page 32 for
important guidelines on how to
decide when a child is ready to ride
in the passenger’s seat and how to
properly protect the child.
24
Driver and Passenger Safety
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Children − General Guidelines
U.S. Models
Canadian Models
To remind you of the passenger’s
airbag hazards, your vehicle has
warning labels hanging from the
glove box and on the driver’s and
passenger’s visors. Please read and
follow the instructions on these
labels.
To remind you of the airbag hazards,
your vehicle has warning labels on
the driver’s and passenger’s visors.
Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.
Driver and Passenger Safety
25
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Children − General Guidelines
Additional Safety Precautions
Never hold a small child on your
lap. If you are not wearing a seat
belt in crash, you could be thrown
forward and crush the child
against the dashboard. If you are
wearing a seat belt, the child can
be torn from your arms and be
seriously hurt or killed.
Never put a seat belt over yourself
and a child. During a crash, the
belt could press deep into the child
and cause serious or fatal injuries.
Never let two children use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
26
Driver and Passenger Safety
Do not leave children alone in a
vehicle. Leaving children without
adult supervision is illegal in most
states and Canadian provinces,
and can be very hazardous.
For example, a small child left in a
vehicle on a hot day can die from
heatstroke. A child left alone with
the key in the ignition can
accidentally set the vehicle in
motion, possibly injuring himself
or others.
Lock both doors and the hatch
when your vehicle is not in use.
Children who play in vehicles can
accidentally get trapped inside the
vehicle. Teach your children not to
play in or around vehicles.
Keep vehicle keys and remote
transmitters out of reach of
children. Even very young
children learn how to unlock
vehicle doors, turn on the ignition,
and open the hatch, which can
lead to accidental injury or death.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Small Children
Because an inflating airbag can
seriously injure or kill small children,
we recommend that you do not carry
a small child as a passenger in this
vehicle.
Child Seat Type
Placing a forward-facing child
seat in the passenger’s seat
can result in serious injury or
death if the airbag inflates.
If you decide to transport a small
child in this vehicle, be sure to move
the passenger seat as far to the rear
as possible, and follow the
instructions and guidelines in the
following pages.
If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in the
passenger’s seat, move the
vehicle seat as far back as
possible, and properly restrain
the child.
A child who is at least one year old,
and who fits within the child seat
maker’s weight and height limits,
should be restrained in a forwardfacing, upright child seat.
We also recommend that a small
child uses the child seat as long as
possible, until the child reaches the
weight or height limit for the seat.
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
Driver and Passenger Safety
27
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat
Selecting a Child Seat
To provide proper protection, a child
seat should meet three
requirements:
Installing a Child Seat
After selecting a proper child seat,
there are three main steps to install
it:
1. The child seat should meet U.S. or
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213. Look for FMVSS
1. Properly secure the child seat to
the vehicle. All child seats must be
213 or CMVSS 213 on the box.
2. The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to fit the child.
3. The child seat should fit the
passenger’s seat.
Before purchasing a child seat, or
using a previously purchased one, we
recommend that you test the seat to
make sure it fits properly in the
passenger’s seat.
28
Driver and Passenger Safety
secured to the vehicle with the lap
part of a lap/shoulder belt. A child
whose seat is not properly secured
to the vehicle can be endangered
in a crash.
2. Make sure the child seat is firmly
secured. After installing a child
seat, push and pull the seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure.
A child seat secured with a seat
belt should be installed as firmly
as possible. However, it does not
need to be ‘‘rock solid’’. Some sideto-side movement can be expected
and should not reduce the child
seat’s effectiveness.
3. Secure the child in the passenger’s
seat. Make sure the child is
properly strapped in the child seat
according to the child seat maker’s
instructions. A child who is not
properly secured in a child seat
can be seriously injured in a crash.
The following pages provide
guidelines on how to properly install
a forward-facing child seat.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Installing a Child Seat
Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/
Shoulder Belt
The passenger’s seat belt has a
locking mechanism that must be
activated to secure a child seat.
1. Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position. Moving the seat as
far back as possible reduces the
chance of a child being injured or
killed if the passenger’s airbag
inflates.
2. With the child seat in position,
route the belt through the child
seat according to the seat maker’s
instructions, then insert the latch
plate into the buckle.
3. 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.
4. 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.
CONTINUED
Driver and Passenger Safety
29
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Installing a Child Seat
To deactivate the locking
mechanism and remove a child seat,
unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat
belt, and let the belt fully retract.
5. 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.
30
Driver and Passenger Safety
6. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is firmly secured. If
the child seat is not secure,
unlatch the belt, allow it to retract
fully, then repeat these steps.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Installing a Child Seat
Installing a Child Seat with a
Tether
Using the Anchorage Point
TETER STRAP HOOK
ANCHORAGE POINT
A child seat with a tether can be
installed in the passenger’s seat,
using the anchorage point shown
above.
Since a tether can provide additional
security to the lap/shoulder belt
installation, we recommend using a
tether whenever one is required or
available. (A tether is required in
Canada.)
1. After properly securing the child
seat with the lap/shoulder belt
(see page 29 ), route the tether
strap through the hole of the seatback.
2. Attach the tether strap hook to the
anchor, making sure the strap is
not twisted, then tighten the strap
according to the seat-maker’s
instructions.
Driver and Passenger Safety
31
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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.
Since this vehicle does not have a
back seat, we recommend that you
do not carry a larger child, age 12 or
under, as a passenger.
The following pages provide
guidelines to help you decide when a
given child may ride in this vehicle,
and how to properly protect the child.
Checking Seat Belt Fit
Allowing a larger child age 12 or
under to ride in the vehicle can
result in injury or death if the
passenger’s airbag inflates.
If a larger child must ride in the
vehicle, move the vehicle seat
as far back as possible, use a
booster seat if needed, and
have the child sit up properly
and wear the seat belt properly.
To determine if a lap/shoulder belt
properly fits a child, have the child
put on the seat belt, then ask
yourself:
1. Does the child sit all the way back
against the seat?
2. Do the child’s knees bend
comfortably over the edge of the
seat?
32
Driver and Passenger Safety
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Larger Children
3. Does the shoulder belt cross
between the child’s neck and arm?
Using a Booster Seat
4. Is the lap part of the belt as low as
possible, touching the child’s
thighs?
5. Will the child be able to stay
seated like this for the whole trip?
If you answer yes to all these
questions, the child is ready to wear
the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If
you answer no to any question, the
child needs to ride on a booster seat.
Booster seats can be high-back or
low-back. Whichever style you select,
make sure the booster meets federal
safety standards (see page 28 ) and
that you follow the booster seat
maker’s instructions.
If a child uses a booster must ride in
the passenger’s seat, move the
vehicle seat as far to the rear as
possible, and be sure the child is
wearing the seat belt properly.
A child who has outgrown a forwardfacing child seat should use a
booster seat until the lap/shoulder
belt fits them properly without the
booster.
Some states also require children to
use a booster until they reach a
given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or
60 lbs). Be sure to check current
laws in the state or states where you
intend to drive.
A child may continue using a booster
seat until the tops of their ears are
even with the top of the vehicle’s or
booster’s seat-back. A child of this
height should be tall enough to use
the lap/shoulder belt without a
booster.
CONTINUED
Driver and Passenger Safety
33
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Larger Children
When Can a Larger Child Ride in
this Vehicle
If the passenger’s airbag inflates in a
moderate to severe frontal collision,
the airbag can cause serious injuries
to a child who is unrestrained,
improperly restrained, sitting too
close to the airbag, or out of position.
Of course, children vary widely. And
while age may be one indicator of
when a child can safely ride in this
vehicle. There are other important
factors you should consider.
Maturity
To safely ride in this vehicle, a child
must be able to follow the rules,
including sitting properly, and
wearing the seat belt properly
throughout ride.
If you decide that a child can safely
ride in this vehicle, be sure to:
Carefully read the owner’s manual,
and make sure you understand all
seat belt instructions and all safety
information.
Physical Size
Physically, a child must be large
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to
properly fit (see pages 13 and 32 ). If
the seat belt does not fit properly,
with or without the child sitting on a
booster, the child should not sit in
this vehicle.
Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position.
Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.
Check that the child’s seat belt is
properly and securely positioned.
Supervise the child. Even a mature
child sometimes needs to be
reminded to fasten the seat belt or
sit properly.
34
Driver and Passenger Safety
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Larger Children
Additional Safety Precautions
Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck. This could result in
serious neck injuries during a crash.
Do not let a child put the shoulder
part of a seat belt behind the back or
under the arm. This could cause
Do not put any accessories on a seat
belt. Devices intended to improve a
child’s comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can make
the belt less effective, and increase
the chance of serious injury in a
crash.
very serious injuries during a crash.
It also increases the chance that the
child will slide under the belt in a
crash and be injured.
Two children should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they could
be very seriously injured in a crash.
Driver and Passenger Safety
35
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Your vehicle’s exhaust contains
carbon monoxide gas. You should
have no problem with carbon
monoxide entering the vehicle in
normal driving if you maintain your
vehicle properly.
Have the exhaust system inspected
for leaks whenever:
The vehicle is raised for an oil
change.
You notice a change in the sound
of the exhaust.
The vehicle was in an accident
that may have damaged the underside.
36
Driver and Passenger Safety
Carbon monoxide gas is toxic.
Breathing it can cause
unconsciousness and even kill
you.
Avoid any enclosed areas or
activities that expose you to
carbon monoxide.
High levels of carbon monoxide can
collect rapidly in enclosed areas,
such as a garage. Do not run the
engine with the garage door closed.
Even with the door open, run the
engine only long enough to move the
vehicle out of the garage.
With the hatch open, air flow can
pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s
interior and create a hazardous
condition. If you must drive with the
hatch open, open all the windows,
and set the heating/climate control
system as shown below.
If you must sit in your parked vehicle,
even in an unconfined area, with the
engine running, adjust the heating/
climate control 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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Safety Labels
These labels are in the locations
shown. They warn you of potential
hazards that could cause serious
injury. Read these labels carefully.
SUN VISOR
U.S. models
Canadian models
If a label comes off or becomes hard
to read (except for the U.S.
dashboard label which is removed by
the owner), contact your Honda
dealer for a replacement.
GLOVE BOX
U.S. models only
BATTERY
HOOD
RADIATOR CAP
Driver and Passenger Safety
37
Main Menu
38
Main Menu
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 ............................ 40
Instrument Panel ............................. 41
Instrument Panel Indicators ........... 42
Gauges .............................................. 46
Fuel Gauge ................................... 47
Temperature Gauge .................... 47
Odometer ...................................... 47
Display Change Button ............... 47
Current Fuel Mileage .................. 48
Trip Meters .................................. 48
Trip Mileage ................................. 48
Segment Distance and Fuel
Mileage ..................................... 49
Lifetime Fuel Mileage ................. 49
Turning Off the Mileage
Displays..................................... 50
Battery Level Gauge ................... 51
Charge/Assist Gauge ................. 51
Controls Near the Steering
Wheel ............................................ 52
Windshield Wipers and Washers .. 53
Turn Signal and Headlights............ 54
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 55
Hazard Warning Button.............. 55
Rear Window Defogger .............. 56
Keys and Locks ................................ 57
Immobilizer System......................... 58
Ignition Switch ................................. 59
Door Locks ....................................... 60
Hatch ................................................. 60
Remote Transmitter ........................ 62
Seats .................................................. 64
Power Windows ............................... 65
Mirrors .............................................. 66
Parking Brake .................................. 67
Interior Convenience Items ............ 68
Storage Box .................................. 69
Beverage Holder .......................... 69
Glove Box ..................................... 69
Accessory Power Socket ............ 69
Interior Lights .................................. 70
Instruments and Controls
39
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Control Locations
FCD SELECT BUTTON
(P. 49)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 65)
HEATING/COOLING
CONTROLS
(P. 72, 76)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 78)
CLOCK
(P. 89)
DOOR LOCK
(P. 60)
FUEL FILL
DOOR RELEASE
(P. 93)
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
(P. 94)
* U.S. model
40
Instruments and Controls
DRIVING MODE BUTTONS (CVT)*
(P. 113)
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Instrument Panel
Manual Transmission shown
SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR (P. 42)
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 42)
ELECTRIC POWER STEERING INDICATOR
(P. 44)
TURN SIGNAL AND HAZARD WARNING INDICATORS (P. 43)
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P. 44)
PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR*1 (P. 43)
DOOR AND HATCH OPEN INDICATOR (P. 44)
LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR
(P. 42, 177)
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP
(P. 178)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS)
INDICATOR (P. 43)
AUTO IDLE STOP INDICATOR
(P. 110, 117)
MAINTENANCE
REQUIRED INDICATOR (P. 45)
CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 42, 178)
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 44)
SHIFT UP/SHIFT DOWN
INDICATORS*2 (P. 109)
LOW FUEL INDICATOR
(P. 44)
IMA SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 42)
*1 : The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text.
*2 : Shift Lever Position Indicators on CVT model (P. 111 )
Instruments and Controls
41
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Instrument Panel Indicators
The instrument panel has many
indicators to give you important
information about your vehicle.
Seat Belt Reminder
Indicator
The seat belt system includes an
indicator on the instrument panel
and a beeper to remind you and your
passenger to fasten your seat belts.
If you turn the ignition switch to ON
(II) before fastening your seat belt,
the beeper sounds and the indicator
flashes. If you do not fasten your
seat belt before the beeper stops, the
indicator stops flashing but remains
on.
If you continue driving without
fastening your seat belt, the beeper
sounds and the indicator flashes
again at regular intervals.
42
Instruments and Controls
Low Oil Pressure
Indicator
The engine can be severely damaged
if this indicator flashes or stays on
when the engine is running. For
more information, see page 177 .
Charging System
Indicator
If this indicator comes on when the
engine is running, the battery is not
being charged. For more information,
see page 178 .
Supplemental Restraint
System Indicator
This indicator comes on when you
turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If
it comes on at any other time, it
indicates a potential problem with
your airbags or automatic seat belt
tensioners. For more information,
see page 21 .
IMA System Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes
on at any other time, it indicates a
problem in the Integrated Motor
Assist (IMA) system. Have the
vehicle checked by the dealer as
soon as possible.
Shift Up/Shift Down Indicators
(Manual Transmission)
See page 109 .
Shift Lever Position Indicators
(Automatic Transmission)
See page 111 .
Auto Idle Stop Indicator
See pages 110 and 117 .
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Instrument Panel Indicators
U.S.
Canada
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
See page 178 .
Parking Brake and Brake System
Indicator
This indicator has two functions:
1. This indicator comes on when you
turn the ignition switch to 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 it remains lit after you fully
release the parking brake while
the engine is running, or if it
comes on while driving, there
could be a problem with the brake
system. For more information, see
page 180 .
Turn Signal and Hazard Warning
Indicators
The left or right turn signal indicator
blinks when you signal a lane change
or turn. If the indicators do not blink
or blink rapidly, it usually means one
of the turn signal bulbs is burned out
(see page 146 ). Replace the bulb as
soon as possible, since other drivers
cannot see that you are signaling.
Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS) Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II), and when
the ignition switch is turned to
START (III). If it comes on at any
other time, there is a problem in the
ABS. If this happens, have your
vehicle checked by your Honda
dealer. With this indicator on, your
vehicle still has normal braking
ability but no anti-lock. For more
information, see page 120 .
When you turn on the Hazard
Warning button, both turn signal
indicators blink. All turn signals on
the outside of the vehicle should
flash.
Instruments and Controls
43
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Instrument Panel Indicators
High Beam Indicator
This indicator comes on with the
high beam headlights. See page
54 for information on the headlight
controls.
On Canadian models, this indicator
comes on with reduced brightness
when the Daytime Running Lights
(DRL) are on (see page 54 ).
‘‘Daytime Running
Lights’’ Indicator
Canadian models only
This indicator comes on 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.
44
Instruments and Controls
Immobilizer System
Indicator
This indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to ON (II). It will 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 58 ).
This indicator also blinks several
times when you turn the ignition
switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY
(I) or LOCK (0).
Door and Hatch Open
Indicator
This indicator comes on if either
door or the hatch is not closed
tightly.
Low Fuel Indicator
This indicator comes on as a
reminder that you must refuel soon.
Electric Power Steering
(EPS) Indicator
This indicator normally comes on
when you turn the ignition to 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 vehicle in a safe
place, and turn off the engine. Reset
the system by restarting the engine,
and watch the EPS indicator. If it
does not go off, or comes back on
again while driving, take the vehicle
to your dealer to have it checked.
With the indicator on, the EPS is
turned off, making the vehicle
harder to steer.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Instrument Panel Indicators
Maintenance Required
Indicator
This indicator reminds you that it is
time to take your vehicle in for
scheduled maintenance.
Refer to the Maintenance Schedules
for Normal and Severe Driving
Conditions on pages 127 and 128 .
When the distance driven since the
last scheduled maintenance reaches
6,000 miles (9,600 km), the indicator
starts blinking. If you exceed 7,500
miles (12,000 km), the indicator
stays on.
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.
TRIP BUTTON
2. Press and hold the TRIP button in
the instrument panel, then turn
the ignition switch to ON (II).
3. Hold the button for about 10
seconds until the indicator resets.
1. Turn off the engine.
Instruments and Controls
45
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Gauges
Manual Transmission shown
IMA CHARGE/ASSIST GAUGE
TACHOMETER
AUTO IDLE STOP INDICATOR
FUEL MILEAGE DISPLAY
TEMPERATURE
GAUGE
SPEEDOMETER
BATTERY LEVEL
GAUGE
CURRENT FUEL MILEAGE DISPLAY
FUEL GAUGE
TRIP BUTTON
TRIP METER/ODOMETER
DISPLAY CHANGE BUTTON
46
Instruments and Controls
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Gauges
Fuel Gauge
This shows how much fuel you have.
It may show slightly more or less
than the actual amount.
NOTICE: Avoid driving with an
extremely low f uel level. Running out
of f uel could cause the engine to
misf ire, damaging the catalytic
converter.
Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine’s coolant. During normal
operation, the reading should be in
the middle of the gauge. In severe
driving conditions, the reading may
reach near the red mark. If it
reaches the red mark, pull safely to
the side of the road. Turn to page
175 for instructions and precautions
on checking the engine’s cooling
system.
Odometer
The odometer shows the total
distance your vehicle has been
driven in miles and kilometers. It is
illegal under U.S. federal law and
Canadian provincial regulations to
disconnect, reset, or alter the
odometer with the intent to change
the number of miles and kilometers
indicated.
Display Change Button
Push the Display Change button to
switch the speedometer, trip meter,
and odometer reading between miles
per hour and kilometers per hour.
Instruments and Controls
47
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Gauges
Current Fuel Mileage
CURRENT FUEL MILEAGE
This display shows the current, or
instantaneous fuel mileage you are
getting. (U.S.: miles per hour and
mpg, Canada: kilometer per hour
and l/100 km)
You can turn off this display at any
time. See page 50 .
Trip Meters
The trip meters show the number of
miles or kilometers driven since you
last reset them.
There are two trip meters: Trip A
and Trip B. Each trip meter works
independently, so you can keep track
of two different distances. To change
the display to show Trip A, Trip B, or
the odometer, press the Trip button
repeatedly.
To reset a trip meter, display it, then
press and hold the Trip button until
the numbers reset to 0.0.
Trip Mileage
TRIP BUTTON
TRIP MILEAGE (TRIP A)
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 minute.
When you reset a trip meter, the
average fuel mileage for that trip
meter also resets.
This display can be turned off at any
time. See page 50 .
48
Instruments and Controls
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Gauges
Segment Distance and Fuel
Mileage
Press the FCD select button to
display the distance and average fuel
mileage for a segment of a trip. The
Segment Display indicator will come
on to remind you that this is the
segment distance and fuel mileage
display.
Lifetime Fuel Mileage
SEGMENT
DISPLAY
INDICATOR
LIFETIME FUEL MILEAGE
FUEL CONSUMPTION DISPLAY (FCD)
SELECT BUTTON
To reset the display, press and hold
the FCD Select button until the
display resets to zero and dashes.
The system then begins displaying
the distance and average fuel
mileage from that point. The display
is updated once per minute.
When the odometer is displayed, the
Fuel Mileage display shows the
lifetime fuel mileage. This is the
average fuel mileage your vehicle
has gotten since the last time the
display was reset.
To switch between the segment
display and the Trip Meter/
Odometer display, press and release
the FCD Select button.
CONTINUED
Instruments and Controls
49
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Gauges
To reset this display, turn the
ignition switch to ON (II), the
transmission is in neutral or Park
(CVT), and the parking brake is set.
Use the Trip button to display the
odometer. Then press and hold the
Trip button until the Lifetime Fuel
Mileage Display begins to blink
(approximately five seconds).
Release the Trip button, then press it
again while the display is blinking
and hold it until the display clears to
dashes.
Turning Off the Mileage Displays
You can temporarily turn off the
Current Fuel Mileage and Fuel
Mileage displays.
To turn them off:
1. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II),
the transmission is in neutral or
Park (CVT), and the parking
brake is set.
2. Use the Trip button to select Trip
A, Trip B, or the odometer.
3. Press and hold the FCD Select
button for approximately three
seconds. The Current Fuel
Mileage display will turn off.
4. Press and hold the FCD Select
button again. The Fuel Mileage
display for the meter you are
displaying (Trip A, Trip B, or
odometer) will turn off.
50
Instruments and Controls
5. Use the Trip button to select
another mileage display.
6. To turn off the other trip meters,
select the meter with the Trip
button, and hold the FCD select
button.
Although the displays are turned off,
the average fuel mileages continue
to be calculated. The displays will
turn back on when you press and
hold the FCD Select button again.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Gauges
IMA CHARGE/
ASSIST GAUGE
BATTERY LEVEL
GAUGE
With 5-speed
Battery Level Gauge
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.
IMA CHARGE/
ASSIST GAUGE
BATTERY LEVEL
GAUGE
Charge/Assist Gauge
This gauge shows the status of the
Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). If
the indicator is on the left side of the
gauge, the IMA battery is being
charged. If the indicator is on the
right side of the gauge, the IMA is
assisting the engine.
With CVT (U.S. only)
The gauge reading may drop near
the bottom under driving conditions
that require assist for a long time,
such as prolonged acceleration or
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 109 and 116 ).
Instruments and Controls
51
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Controls Near the Steering Wheel
POWER WINDOW SWITCHES
(P. 65)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 66)
WINDSHIELD
WIPERS/WASHERS
(P. 53)
HAZARD WARNING BUTTON
(P. 55)
ECON BUTTON
(P. 73)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 78)
HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P. 54)
HORN*
DRIVING MODE BUTTONS
(CVT model only)
(P. 113)
* : To use the horn, press the pad around the ‘‘H’’ logo.
52
Instruments and Controls
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P. 56)
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Windshield Wipers and Washers
Push the right lever up or down to
select a position.
Rear Window Wiper and Washer
MIST − The wipers run at high
speed until you release the lever.
OFF − The wipers are not activated.
INT − The wipers operate every
few seconds. In low speed and
high speed, the wipers run
continuously.
1. MIST
2. OFF
3. INT − Intermittent
4. LO − Low
5. HI − High
6. Windshield Washers
LO − The wipers run at low speed.
HI − The wipers run at high speed.
Windshield Washer − Pull the
wiper control lever toward you and
hold it. The washers spray until
you release the lever. The wipers
run at low speed, then complete
one more sweep after you release
the lever.
To turn on the rear window wiper,
turn the rotary switch clockwise to
ON. To also use the rear window
washer, turn the switch clockwise
past ON. The washer will spray as
long as you hold the switch in this
position. If you turn the switch
counterclockwise from the OFF
position, the washer will spray
without activating the rear window
wiper.
Instruments and Controls
53
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Turn Signal and Headlights
Turn Signal − Push down on the
left lever to signal a left turn and up
to signal a right turn. To signal a lane
change, push lightly on the lever and
hold it. The lever will return to
center when you release it or
complete a turn.
1. Turn Signal
2. Off
3. Parking and interior lights
4. Headlight on
5. High beams
6. Flash high beams
Headlights On − Rotating the
switch on the left lever to the
‘‘
’’ position turns on the parking
lights, taillights, side-marker lights,
and rear license plate light. Turning
the switch to the ‘‘
’’ position
turns on the headlights. If you leave
the lights on with the key removed
from the ignition switch, you will
hear a reminder tone when you open
the driver’s door.
High Beams − To turn on, push
the lever forward until you hear a
click. The blue high beam indicator
will come on (see page 44 ). Pull it
back to return to low beams.
To flash the high beams, pull the
lever back lightly, then release it.
The high beams will stay on as long
as you hold the lever back.
Daytime Running Lights
(Canadian Models)
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.
54
Instruments and Controls
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Instrument Panel Brightness, Hazard Warning Button
Instrument Panel Brightness
− BUTTON
+ BUTTON
The buttons in the lower left corner
of the instrument panel adjust the
brightness of the display in six steps.
Push the + or − button five times
to see the full range.
The display 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.
Hazard Warning Button
With the headlight switch on, you
can switch the display to full daytime
brightness by pushing and holding
the + button. Push the − button to
return the display to the original
brightness.
Push the button to the right of 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 vehicle is disabled.
Instruments and Controls
55
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Rear Window Defogger
Automatic Operation
The rear window defogger turns on
automatically when you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II) if the
outside temperature is below 32°F (0
°C), or if the engine is at ambient
temperature. The indicator in the
button does not light.
It will also turn off automatically
after 25 minutes.
Manual Operation
The rear window defogger will clear
fog, frost, and thin ice from the
window. Push the defogger button to
turn it on and off. The indicator in
the button comes on to show the
defogger is on. If you do not turn it
off, the defogger will shut itself off
after about 25 minutes. It also shuts
off when you turn off the ignition.
You have to turn it on again when
you restart the vehicle.
56
Instruments and Controls
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Keys and Locks
KEY
NUMBER
TAG
MASTER
KEYS
(BLACK)
VALET
KEY
(GREY)
The valet key works only in the
ignition and the door locks. You can
keep the glove box and the hatch
locked when you leave your vehicle
and the valet key at a parking facility.
You should have received a key
number tag with your keys. You will
need this key number if you ever
have to get a lost key replaced. Use
only Honda-approved key blanks.
The master key fits all the locks on
your vehicle.
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.
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.
Instruments and Controls
57
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Immobilizer System
The Immobilizer System protects
your vehicle from theft. If an
improperly-coded key (or other
device) is used, the engine’s fuel
system is disabled.
When you turn the ignition switch to
ON (II), the Immobilizer System
indicator should come on for a few
seconds, then go out. If the indicator
starts to blink, it means the system
does not recognize the coding of the
key. Turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert
it, and turn the switch to ON (II)
again.
The system may not recognize your
key’s coding if another immobilizer
key or other metal object (i.e. key
fob) is near the ignition switch when
you insert the key.
58
Instruments and Controls
If the system repeatedly does not
recognize the coding of your key,
contact your Honda dealer.
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it. Electrical
problems could result that may make
your vehicle undriveable.
If you have lost your key and cannot
start the engine, contact a 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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Ignition Switch
If the front wheels are turned, the
anti-theft lock may make it difficult
to turn the key. Firmly turn the
steering wheel to the left or right as
you turn the key.
Removing the key from the
ignition switch while driving
locks the steering. This can
cause you to lose control.
The ignition switch has four
positions: LOCK (0), ACCESSORY
(I), ON (II), and START (III).
LOCK (0) − You can insert or
remove the key only in this position.
To turn the key, you must push the
key in slightly. If your vehicle has an
automatic transmission, the shift
lever must also be in park.
Remove the key from the
ignition switch only when
parked.
ACCESSORY (I) − You can
operate the audio system and the
accessory power socket in this
position.
ON (II) − This is the normal key
position when driving. Several of the
indicators on the instrument panel
come on as a test when you turn the
ignition switch from ACCESSORY
(I) to ON (II).
START (III) − Use this position
only to start the engine. The switch
returns to ON (II) when you let go of
the key.
On automatic transmission model,
the shift lever must be in Park
before you can remove the key from
the ignition switch.
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.
Instruments and Controls
59
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Door Locks, Hatch
Door Locks
Hatch
LOCK TAB
MASTER KEY
UNLOCK POSITION
Each door has a lock tab next to the
inside door handle. Push the tab in to
lock the door, and pull it out to
unlock.
To lock the passenger’s door when
getting out of the vehicle, push the
lock tab in and close the door. To
lock the driver’s door, pull the door
handle and push the lock tab in.
Release the handle, then close the
door.
60
Instruments and Controls
The doors can also be locked and
unlocked from the outside with the
key.
Use the master key to lock and
unlock the hatch. The valet key does
not work in this lock.
To lock the hatch, turn the key
counterclockwise. To unlock the
hatch, turn it clockwise.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Hatch
Keep the hatch closed at all times
while driving to avoid damaging it
and to prevent exhaust gas from
getting into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard on page 36 .
If an unlocked hatch does not open,
turn the key clockwise past the
unlock position. Open the hatch as
you hold the key in that position.
If you need to use this procedure to
open the hatch, your vehicle may be
developing a problem. Have the
vehicle checked by your Honda
dealer.
To open the hatch, push the lever
behind the hatch’s back edge. To
close the hatch, push down on the
back edge.
Instruments and Controls
61
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Remote Transmitter
LED
LOCK
BUTTON
UNLOCK
BUTTON
PANIC
BUTTON
LOCK − Press this button once to
lock both doors and the rear hatch.
Some exterior lights will flash. When
you push LOCK twice within 5
seconds, you will hear a horn to
verify that the doors and the rear
hatch are locked. You cannot lock
them if either door is not fully closed
or the key is in the ignition switch.
62
Instruments and Controls
UNLOCK − Press this button once
to unlock the driver’s door. Some
exterior lights will flash twice. Push
it twice to unlock the passenger’s
door, and rear hatch. If you do not
open either door or the rear hatch
within 30 seconds, they will
automatically relock.
PANIC − Press this button for
about one second to attract attention;
the horn will sound and the exterior
lights will flash for about 30 seconds.
To cancel panic mode, press any
other button on the remote
transmitter or turn the ignition
switch to ON (II).
The interior light (if the interior light
switch is in the center position) will
come on when you press the
UNLOCK button. If you do not open
either door or the rear hatch, the
light will go out in about 30 seconds,
and the doors and the rear hatch will
automatically relock. If you relock
the doors and the rear hatch with the
remote transmitter before 30
seconds have elapsed, the light will
go off immediately.
Remote Transmitter Care
Avoid dropping or throwing the
transmitter.
Protect the transmitter from
extreme temperature.
Do not immerse the transmitter in
any liquid.
If you lose a transmitter, the
replacement needs to be
reprogrammed by a Honda dealer.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Remote Transmitter
Replacing the Transmitter
Battery
BATTERY
ROUND
COVER
Open
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Close
If it takes several pushes on the
button to lock or unlock the doors
and the rear hatch, replace the
battery as soon as possible.
Battery type: CR2025
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.
To replace the battery, remove the
round cover on the back of the
transmitter by turning it
counterclockwise with a coin. Insert
a new battery with the + side facing
up. Align the ▽ mark on the cover
with the ◎ mark on the
transmitter. Set the cover in place,
and turn it clockwise.
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.
Instruments and Controls
63
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Seats
See pages 11 − 13 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position the seats and seatbacks.
Make all seat adjustments before
you start driving.
To adjust the seat forward and
backward, pull up on the lever under
the seat cushion’s front edge. Move
the seat to the desired position and
release the lever. Try to move the
seat to make sure it is locked in
position.
64
Instruments and Controls
To change the seat-back angle, push
forward the lever next to the seat
bolster, on the side of the seat-back.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Power Windows
Your vehicle’s windows are
electrically-powered. Turn the
ignition switch to ON (II) to raise or
lower either window.
MAIN SWITCH
Closing a power window on
someone’s hands or fingers can
cause serious injury.
Make sure your passenger is
away from the window before
closing it.
DRIVER’S WINDOW SWITCH
There is a master power window
control panel on the dashboard. To
open the passenger’s window, push
down on the switch and hold it down
until the window reaches the desired
position. To close the window, push
up on the window switch. Release
the switch when the window gets to
the position you want.
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, push
up 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 push the
window switch up and hold it until
the window reaches the desired
position.
The MAIN switch controls power to
the passenger’s window. With this
switch off, the passenger’s window
cannot be raised or lowered. The
MAIN switch does not affect the
driver’s window. Keep the MAIN
switch off when you have a child in
the vehicle so the child does not get
injured by operating the window
unintentionally.
Instruments and Controls
65
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Mirrors
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
4. When you finish, move the
selector switch to the center (off)
position. This turns off the
adjustment switch to keep your
settings.
TAB
SELECTOR SWITCH
Keep the inside and outside mirrors
clean and adjusted for best visibility.
Be sure to adjust the mirrors before
you start driving.
The inside mirror has day and night
positions. The night position reduces
glare from headlights behind you.
Flip the tab on the bottom edge of
the mirror to select the day or night
position.
66
Instruments and Controls
3. Push the appropriate edge of the
adjustment switch to move the
mirror right, left, up, or down.
ADJUSTMENT
SWITCH
1. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
2. Move the selector switch to L
(driver’s side) or R (passenger’s
side).
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Parking Brake
PARKING BRAKE LEVER
NOTICE: Driving the vehicle with the
parking brake applied can damage the
rear brakes and axles.
To apply the parking brake, pull the
lever up fully. To release it, pull up
slightly, push the button, and lower
the lever. The parking brake
indicator on the instrument panel
should go out when the parking
brake is fully released (see page 43 ).
Instruments and Controls
67
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Interior Convenience Items
ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET
STORAGE BOX
REAR CENTER POCKET
BEVERAGE HOLDER
GLOVE BOX
68
Instruments and Controls
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Interior Convenience Items
Storage Box
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.
STRAP
To open the storage box, pull the
strap.
Beverage Holder
Be careful when you are using the
beverage holders. A spilled liquid
that is very hot can scald you or your
passenger. Spilled liquids can also
damage the upholstery, carpeting,
and electrical components in the
interior.
GLOVE BOX
Open the glove box by pulling the
bottom of the handle. Close it with a
firm push. Lock or unlock the glove
box with the master key.
Accessory Power Socket
To use the accessory power socket,
pull up the cover. The ignition switch
must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON
(II).
This socket is intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps).
It will not power an automotive type
cigarette lighter element.
Instruments and Controls
69
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Interior Lights
Ceiling Light
DOOR ACTIVATED
OFF
The ceiling light also contains two
spotlights. Push the button next to
the light to turn it on and off. You
can use the spotlights at all times.
Cargo Area Light
ON
The ceiling light has a three-position
switch; ON, Door Activated, and
OFF. In the Door Activated (center)
position, the light comes on when
you:
Open either door or the rear hatch.
Unlock the doors and the rear
hatch with the remote transmitter.
70
Instruments and Controls
The cargo area light has a twoposition switch. In the OFF (down)
position, the light does not come on.
In the ON (up) position, the light
comes on when you open the hatch.
Main Menu
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.
Your Honda has an anti-theft audio
system that requires a code number
to enable it.
Vents, Heating, and A/C ................ 72
ECON Button ............................... 73
To Cool or Heat Automatically .. 76
Playing the Radio ............................. 78
Radio Reception ............................... 81
Playing a CD ..................................... 83
CD Changer...................................... 84
Protecting Your CDs ....................... 85
CD Player Error Messages ............ 86
CD Changer Error Messages ........ 87
Radio Theft Protection.................... 88
Setting the Clock ............................. 89
*
Air conditioning is standard on
vehicles with automatic transmission
(CVT).
Comfort and Convenience Features
71
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Vents, Heating, and A/C
On vehicles with manual transmission
On vehicles with automatic transmission (CVT)
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
ECON BUTTON
MODE BUTTON
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
ECON BUTTON
MODE BUTTON
FAN CONTROL BUTTON
AUTO BUTTON
DEFROST
BUTTON
FAN CONTROL BUTTONS
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON
72
Comfort and Convenience Features
DEFROST
BUTTON
OFF BUTTON
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Vents, Heating, and A/C
On vehicles with automatic
transmission (CVT), see page 76 for
Automatic Climate Control and
Manual Operations information.
Fan Control
You can manually select the fan
speed by pressing the fan control
button (
/
or
). The
fan speed is shown by bars in the
display.
Temperature Control Dial
Turning this dial clockwise increases
the temperature of the airflow.
ECON Button
On vehicles with manual transmission
and no A/C
When this button is pressed, the
auto idle stop works only if the
outside temperature is above 41°F
(5°C).
On vehicles with automatic
transmission
This button turns the air
conditioning on and off. When the
air conditioning is turned on with
this button, the auto idle stop works
only if the outside temperature is
above 41°F (5°C).
If the cooling provided in ECON
mode is not adequate, press the Auto
button (see page 76 ).
Recirculation Button
When the indicator in the button is
on, air from the vehicle’s interior is
recirculated throughout the system.
When the indicator is off, air is
brought in from the outside of the
vehicle (Fresh Air mode).
The outside air intakes for the
heating and cooling system are at
the base of the windshield. Keep this
area clear of leaves and other debris.
The system should be left in Fresh
Air mode under almost all conditions.
Keeping the system in Recirculation
mode, can cause the windows to fog
up.
Switch to Recirculation mode when
driving through dusty or smoky
conditions, then return to Fresh Air
mode.
Rear Window Defogger Button
This button turns the rear window
defogger off and on (see page 56 ).
Mode Control Button
Press the mode control button to
select the vents the air flows from.
Some air will flow from the
dashboard corner vents in all modes.
Air flows from the center
and corner vents in the dashboard.
CONTINUED
Comfort and Convenience Features
73
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Vents, Heating, and A/C
Airflow is divided between
the vents in the dashboard and the
floor vents.
Air flows from the floor
Ventilation
The flow-through ventilation system
draws in outside air, circulates it
through the interior, then exhausts it
through vents near the rear window.
vents.
Airflow is divided between
the floor vents and the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
Air flows from the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
When you select
or
,
the system automatically switches to
Fresh Air mode and turns on the
A/C (on CVT model only).
When
mode is selected, the
auto idle stop function will not
activate.
1. Turn the temperature control dial
all the way to the left.
and Fresh Air mode.
2. Select
3. Set the fan to the desired speed.
On vehicles with automatic
transmission (CVT), make sure the
display shows A/C OFF.
Using the Heater
The heater uses engine coolant to
warm the air. If the engine is cold, it
will be several minutes before you
feel warm air coming through the
system.
and Fresh Air mode.
1. Select
2. Set the fan to the desired speed.
3. Adjust the warmth of the air with
the temperature control dial.
74
Comfort and Convenience Features
Using the A/C in ECON Mode
On vehicles with automatic
transmission (CVT)
Air conditioning places an extra load
on the engine. Watch the engine
coolant temperature gauge (see page
47 ). If it moves near the red zone,
turn off the A/C until the gauge
reads normally.
1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the
ECON button. The display shows
A/C ON when a fan speed is
selected.
2. Make sure the temperature
control dial is all the way to the left.
.
3. Select
4. If the outside air is humid, select
Recirculation mode. If the outside
air is dry, select Fresh Air mode.
5. Set the fan to the desired speed.
If the interior is very warm, you can
cool it down more rapidly by partially
opening the windows, turning on the
AUTO, and setting the fan to
maximum speed in Fresh Air mode.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Vents, Heating, and A/C
To Dehumidify the Interior
On vehicles with climate control
Air conditioning, as it cools, removes
moisture from the air. When used in
combination with the heater, it
makes the interior warm and dry.
1. Switch the fan on.
2. Turn on the air conditioning.
and Fresh Air mode.
3. Select
4. Adjust the temperature control
dial to your preference.
This setting is suitable for all driving
conditions whenever the outside
temperature is above 32°F (0°C).
To Defog and Defrost
To remove fog from the inside of the
windows:
1. Set the fan to the desired speed.
, the system
2. Select
automatically switches to Fresh
Air mode. On vehicles with
climate control, the system also
turns on the A/C. The A/C
indicator will not come on, if it was
off to start with.
3. Adjust the temperature control
dial so the airflow feels warm.
to help clear the
4. Select
rear window.
When
mode is selected, the
auto idle stop function will not
activate.
When you switch to another mode
from
, the A/C stays on.
Press the ECON button to turn it off.
When you turn off
by
pressing the button again, the
system returns to its former settings.
To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice
From the Windows
. The system
1. Select
automatically switches to Fresh
Air mode. On vehicles with
climate control, the system also
turns on the A/C. The A/C
indicator will not come on, if it was
off to start with.
.
2. Select
3. Set the fan and temperature
controls to the maximum level.
To clear the windows faster, you can
close the dashboard corner vents by
rotating the wheel next it. This will
send more warm air to the
windshield defroster vents. Once the
windshield is clear, select the Fresh
Air mode to avoid fogging the
windows.
For your safety, make sure you have
a clear view through all the windows
before driving.
Comfort and Convenience Features
75
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Vents, Heating, and A/C
To Cool or Heat Automatically
On vehicles with automatic
transmission (CVT)
The Automatic Climate Control
system can adjust the fan speed and
airflow levels to maintain the interior
temperature you select.
If you set the temperature to its
lower limit or its highest limit, the
system runs at full cooling or heating
only. It does not regulate the interior
temperature.
To Turn Everything Off
On vehicles with manual transmission
To shut off the system completely,
turn off the fan and turn the
temperature control dial all the way
to left.
Using Automatic Climate Control
In cold weather, the fan will not
come on automatically until the
heater starts to develop warm air.
On vehicles with automatic
transmission (CVT)
On vehicles with automatic
transmission (CVT)
Manual Operation
If you press OFF, the Climate
Control system shuts off completely.
1. Press the Auto button.
2. Set the desired temperature by
turning the Temperature Control
dial. You will see AUTO in the
system’s display.
When the system is in fully
automatic mode, the auto idle stop
function will not be activated.
The system automatically selects the
proper mix of conditioned and/or
heated air to raise or lower the
interior temperature to the
temperature you selected.
76
Comfort and Convenience Features
On vehicles with automatic
transmission (CVT)
You can manually select various
functions of the Climate Control
System when it is in AUTO. All other
features remain automatically
controlled.
Manual selections will cause the
word AUTO in the display to go out.
Keep the system completely off
for short periods only.
To keep stale air and mustiness
from collecting, you should have
the fan running at all times.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Vents, Heating, and A/C
Sunlight and Temperature
Sensors
SUNLIGHT SENSOR
TEMPERATURE SENSOR
The climate control system has two
sensors. A sunlight sensor is 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.
Comfort and Convenience Features
77
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Playing the Radio
AM/FM BUTTON
STEREO INDICATOR
AUTO SELECT INDICATOR
SCAN INDICATOR
78
Comfort and Convenience Features
SCAN BUTTON
TUNE KNOB
SEEK BAR
PWR/VOL KNOB
AUTO SELECT BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Playing the Radio
To Play the Radio
The ignition switch must be in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
Turn the system on by pushing the
PWR/VOL knob or the AM/FM
button. Adjust the volume by turning
the same knob.
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.
To Select a Station
You can use any of five methods to
find radio stations on the selected
band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, the
preset buttons, and AUTO SELECT .
TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to
tune the radio to a desired frequency.
Turn the knob right to tune to a
higher frequency, or left to tune to a
lower frequency.
SEEK − The SEEK function
searches up and down from the
current frequency to find a station
with a strong signal. To activate it,
press the
or
side of the
bar, then release it.
SCAN − The SCAN function
samples all stations with strong
signals on the selected band. To
activate it, press the SCAN button,
then release it. You will see SCAN in
the display. The system will scan for
a station with a strong signal. When
it finds one, it will stop and play that
station for about 5 seconds.
If you do nothing, the system will
scan for the next strong station and
play it for 5 seconds. When it plays a
station you want to listen to, press
the SCAN button again.
Preset − Each preset button can
store one frequency on AM, and two
frequencies on FM.
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two frequencies with each preset
button.
2. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN
function to tune the radio to a
desired station.
3. Pick a preset 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
stations on FM.
The preset frequencies will be lost if
your vehicle’s battery goes dead, is
disconnected, or the radio fuse is
removed.
CONTINUED
Comfort and Convenience Features
79
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Playing the Radio
AUTO SELECT − If you are
traveling far from home and can no
longer receive your preset stations,
you can use the Auto Select feature
to find stations in the local area.
Press the A. SEL Button. ‘‘A.SEL’’
flashes in the display, and the system
goes into scan mode for several
seconds. It stores the frequencies of
six AM, and twelve FM stations in
the preset buttons.
You will see a ‘‘0’’ displayed after
pressing a preset button if Auto
Select cannot find a strong station
for every preset button.
If you do not like the stations Auto
Select has stored, you can store
other frequencies on the preset
buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or
SCAN functions to find stations, then
store them in the preset buttons as
described.
80
Comfort and Convenience Features
To turn off Auto Select, press the
A. SEL button. This restores the
presets you originally set.
Adjusting the Sound
Press the TUNE (MODE) knob
repeatedly to display the Bass (BAS),
Treble (TRE), Fader (FAD), and
Balance (BAL) setting.
Each mode is shown in the display as
it changes. Turn the TUNE (MODE)
knob to adjust the setting to your
liking. The level number on the
display shows you the range. When
the level reaches the center, you will
see ‘‘C’’ in the display. The system
will automatically return the display
to the selected audio mode about 5
seconds after you stop adjusting a
mode.
Treble/Bass − Use the TRE/BAS
modes to adjust the tone to your
liking.
Balance/Fader − These two
modes adjusts the strength of the
sound coming from each speaker.
BAL adjusts the side-to-side strength,
while FAD adjusts the front-to-back
strength.
Your vehicle has no speakers in the
rear, set the fader control to the
maximum front setting.
Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel
brightness control buttons to adjust
the illumination of the audio system
(see page 55 ). The audio system
illuminates when the parking lights
are on, even if the radio is off.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Radio Reception
Radio Frequencies
Your Honda’s radio can receive the
complete AM and FM bands.
Those bands cover these frequencies:
AM band:
530 to 1,710 kilohertz
FM band:
87.7 to 107.9 megahertz
Radio stations on the AM band are
assigned frequencies at least ten
kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550).
Stations on the FM band are
assigned frequencies at least 0.2
megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3).
Stations must use these exact
frequencies. It is fairly common for
stations to round-off the frequency in
their advertising, so your radio could
display a frequency of 100.9 even
though the announcer may identify
the station as ‘‘FM101.’’
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.
Comfort and Convenience Features
81
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Radio Reception
As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Radio signals, especially on the FM
band, are deflected by large objects
such as buildings and hills. Your
radio then receives both the direct
signal from the station’s transmitter,
and the deflected signal. This causes
the sound to distort or flutter. This is
a main cause of poor radio reception
in city driving.
82
Comfort and Convenience Features
Radio reception can be affected by
atmospheric conditions such as
thunderstorms, high humidity, and
even sunspots. You may be able to
receive a distant radio station one
day and not receive it the next day
because of a change in conditions.
Electrical interference from passing
vehicles and stationary sources can
cause temporary reception problems.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Playing a CD
REPEAT INDICATOR
CD BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
CD SLOT
RANDOM INDICATOR
EJECT BUTTON
REPEAT BUTTON
RANDOM BUTTON
PWR/VOL KNOB
Comfort and Convenience Features
83
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Playing a CD, CD Changer
To Play a CD
With the ignition in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position,
insert a CD into the CD slot. The
drive will pull the CD in the rest of
the way and begin to play it.
You operate the CD player with the
same controls used for the radio.
The number of the track playing is
shown in the display. The system will
continuously play a CD until you
change modes.
You can also play 3-inch (8-cm) discs
without using an adapter ring.
To Change Tracks (SKIP)
Each time you press and release
, the player skips forward to
the beginning of the next track.
Press and release
to skip
backward to the beginning of the
current track. Press it again to skip
to the beginning of the previous
track.
84
Comfort and Convenience Features
To move rapidly within a track, press
and hold the
or
. You will
see CUE or REW in the display.
Press the AM/FM button to switch
to the radio while a CD is playing.
Press the CD button to play the CD.
REPEAT − To continuously replay
a track, press and release the RPT
button. You will see RPT in the
display. Press the RPT button again
to turn it off.
If you turn the system off while a CD
is playing, either with the PWR/VOL
knob or by turning off the ignition,
the CD will stay in the drive. When
you turn the system back on, the CD
will begin playing where it left off.
RANDOM − This feature plays the
tracks in random order. To activate
Random Play, press and release the
RDM button. You will see RDM in
the display. This continues until you
press the RDM button again.
To Stop Playing a CD
Press the eject button (
) to
remove the CD. If you eject the CD,
but do not remove it from the slot,
the system will automatically reload
the CD after 15 seconds and put it in
pause mode. To begin playing, press
the CD button.
Operating the Optional CD
Changer
A CD changer is available for your
vehicle. It holds up to six CDs. You
operate the 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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
CD Changer, Protecting Your CDs
To select the CD changer, press the
CD button. The CD and track
numbers will be displayed. To select
a different CD, use the preset 5
(DISC −) or preset 6 (DISC +)
button. 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.
Protecting Your CDs
General Information
When using CD-R discs, use only
high quality CDs labeled for audio
use.
When recording a CD-R, the
recording must be closed for it to
be used in CD players.
CD-RW discs will not work in this
unit.
Play only standard round CDs.
Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the
drive or cause other problems.
Handle your CDs properly to
prevent damage and skipping.
Protecting CDs
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 CD, use a clean soft cloth.
Wipe across the CD 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 CD, 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.
CONTINUED
Comfort and Convenience Features
85
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Protecting Your CDs, CD Player Error Messages
CD Player Error Messages
If you see an error message in the display while playing a CD, find the cause
in the following chart. If you cannot clear the error message, take your
vehicle to a Honda dealer.
Error
Message
Cause
FOCUS Error
Handle a CD by its edges; never
touch either surface. Do not place
stabilizer rings or labels on the CD.
These, along with contamination
from fingerprints, liquids, and felt-tip
pens, can cause the CD to not play
properly, or possibly jam in the drive.
86
Comfort and Convenience Features
Mechanical Error
High temperature
Solution
Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD.
Check if it is inserted correctly in the CD player.
Make sure the CD is not scratched or damaged.
Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD.
Check the CD for damage or deformation.
If the CD cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the CD is
ejected, see a Honda dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
CD Changer Error Messages
If you see an error message in the
display while operating the CD
changer, find the cause in the chart
to the right. If you cannot clear the
error message, take your vehicle to a
Honda dealer.
Error
Message
Cause
FOCUS Error
No CD in the CD
magazine
Mechanical Error
High temperature
No CD magazine in the
CD changer
Solution
Press the magazine eject button and pull it out,
check for an error message, and insert the
magazine again. If the message does not
disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out,
see a Honda dealer.
Insert CD.
Press the magazine eject button and pull it out.
Check for an error message, and insert the
magazine again. If the message does not
disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out,
see a Honda dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Insert CD magazine.
Comfort and Convenience Features
87
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Radio Theft Protection
Your vehicle’s audio system will
disable itself if it is disconnected
from electrical power for any reason.
To make it work again, you must
enter a specific five-digit code 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 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 lose the card, you must obtain
the code number from a Honda
dealer. To do this, you will need the
system’s serial number.
88
Comfort and Convenience Features
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, or the
radio fuse is removed, the audio
system will disable itself. If this
happens, you will see ‘‘COdE’’ in the
frequency display the next time you
turn on the system. Use the preset
buttons to enter the five-digit code.
The code is located on the radio code
card included in your Owner’s
Manual kit. When it is entered
correctly, the radio will start playing.
If you make a mistake entering the
code, do not start over; complete the
five-digit 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 1
hour before trying again.
You will have to store your favorite
stations in the preset buttons after
the system begins working. Your
original settings were lost when the
power was disconnected.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Setting the Clock
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, you will
need to set the clock.
CLOCK BUTTON
Press and hold the CLOCK button,
and change the hours by pressing
the H (Preset 4) button until the
numbers advance to the desired time.
To change the minutes, press and
hold the CLOCK button, and press
the M (Preset 5 ) button until the
numbers advance to the desired time.
You can quickly set the time to the
nearest hour. If the displayed time is
before the half hour, press and hold
the CLOCK button, and press the R
(Preset 6) button to set the clock
back to the previous hour. If the
displayed time is after the half hour,
the clock sets forward to the
beginning of the next hour.
H BUTTON
M BUTTON
RESET BUTTON
For example: 1:06 will reset to 1:00
1:52 will reset to 2:00
Comfort and Convenience Features
89
Main Menu
90
Main Menu
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 vehicle,
please read the information in this
section first.
Break-in Period ................................ 92
Gasoline Type .................................. 92
Service Station Procedures ............ 93
Fuel Economy .................................. 97
Accessories and Modifications ...... 99
Carrying Cargo .............................. 101
Air Intake .................................... 104
Before Driving
91
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Break-in Period, Gasoline Type
Break-in Period
Help assure your vehicle’s future
reliability and performance by paying
extra attention to how you drive
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).
During this period:
Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid
acceleration.
Do not change the oil until the
scheduled maintenance time.
Avoid hard braking for the first
200 miles (300 km).
You should also follow these
recommendations with an
overhauled or exchanged engine, or
when the brakes are replaced.
92
Before Driving
Gasoline Type
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
occasional metallic knocking noises
in the engine and will result in
decreased engine performance.
We recommend gasolines containing
detergent additives that help prevent
fuel system and engine deposits.
Using gasoline containing lead will
damage your vehicle’s emissions
controls. This contributes to air
pollution.
In addition, in order to maintain good
performance, fuel economy, and
emissions control, we strongly
recommend, in areas where it is
available, the use of gasoline that
does NOT contain manganese-based
fuel additives such as MMT.
Use of gasoline with these additives
may adversely affect performance,
and cause the Malfunction Indicator
Lamp on your instrument panel to
come on. If this happens, contact
your authorized Honda dealer for
service.
Some gasoline today is blended with
oxygenates such as ethanol or
MTBE. Your vehicle is designed to
operate on oxygenated gasoline
containing up to 10 percent ethanol
by volume and up to 15 percent
MTBE by volume. Do not use
gasoline containing methanol.
If you notice any undesirable
operating symptoms, try another
service station or switch to another
brand of gasoline.
For further important fuel-related
information, please refer to your
Quick Start Guide.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Service Station Procedures
Refueling
Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.
PULL
Stop the engine and keep
heat, sparks, and flames
away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.
1. Park with the driver’s side closest
to the service station pump.
3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank escapes.
4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel
nozzle automatically clicks off. Do
not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. Leave
some room for the fuel to expand
with temperature changes.
If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off
even though the tank is not full,
there may be a problem with your
vehicle’s fuel vapor recovery
system. The system helps keep
fuel vapors from going into the
atmosphere. Consult your dealer.
2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling
on the handle to the left of the
driver’s seat.
FUEL FILL CAP
CONTINUED
Before Driving
93
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Service Station Procedures
5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on
until it clicks at least three times.
If you do not properly tighten the
cap, the Malfunction Indicator
Lamp may come on (see page
178 ).
Opening the Hood
6. Push the fuel fill door closed until
it latches.
HOOD
RELEASE
HANDLE
1. Park the vehicle, and set the
parking brake. Pull the hood
release handle located under the
lower left corner of the dashboard.
The hood will pop up slightly.
LATCH
2. Put your fingers under the front
edge of the hood to the right of
center. Slide your hand to the left
until you feel the hood latch
handle. Push this handle up until it
releases the hood. Lift the hood.
If the hood latch handle moves
stiffly, or if you can open the hood
without lifting the handle, the
mechanism should be cleaned and
lubricated (see page 143 ).
94
Before Driving
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Service Station Procedures
Oil Check
SUPPORT ROD
DIPSTICK
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
CLIP
3. Pull the support rod out of its clip,
and insert the end into the hole on
the left side of the hood.
To Close the Hood:
Lift it up slightly to remove the
support rod from the hole. Put the
support rod back into its holding clip.
Lower the hood to about a foot (30
cm) above the fender, then let it
drop. Make sure it is securely
latched.
Wait a few minutes after turning the
engine off before you check the oil.
1. Remove the dipstick (orange
handle).
2. Wipe off the dipstick with a clean
cloth or paper towel.
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 133 .
3. Insert it all the way back in its hole.
Before Driving
95
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Service Station Procedures
Engine Coolant Check
RESERVE
TANK
MAX
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 Engine
Coolant on page 137 for information
on adding the proper coolant.
96
Before Driving
Refer to Owner’s Maintenance
Checks on page 126 for information
on checking other items in your
Honda.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Fuel Economy
Improving Fuel Economy
Always maintain your vehicle
according to the maintenance
schedule. See Owner’s
Maintenance Checks on page
126 .
For example, an underinflated tire
causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’
which uses fuel.
The build-up of snow or mud on
your vehicle’s underside adds
weight and rolling resistance.
Frequent cleaning helps your fuel
mileage and reduces the chance of
corrosion.
The fuel efficient, low-viscosity
0W-20 oil recommended for your
Insight is formulated to help the
engine use less fuel. This oil is
available at your Honda dealer.
Drive moderately. Rapid
acceleration, abrupt cornering,
and hard braking use more fuel.
Always drive in the highest gear
possible.
Try to maintain a constant speed.
Every time you slow down and
speed up, your vehicle uses extra
fuel.
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, so you will keep the
engine operating in its most
economical range.
Wind resistance causes vehicles to
use more fuel at higher speeds.
Driving at moderate speeds on the
highway also reduces wind
resistance and conserves fuel.
The current fuel mileage display is
available to drive appropriately and
save the fuel.
Driving in ECON mode, the A/C
off, and using the Auto Idle Stop
function is the most effective way
to get the best fuel economy.
Combine several short trips into
one.
CONTINUED
Before Driving
97
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Fuel Economy
The air conditioning puts an extra
load on the engine which makes it
use more fuel. Use the fresh-air
ventilation when possible.
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. Although the extra fuel
used by the A/C load on the
engine is no greater than other
vehicles, it is more noticeable
because of your Insight’s excellent
fuel mileage.
98
Before Driving
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Accessories and Modifications
Modifying your vehicle, or installing
some non-Honda accessories, can
make your vehicle 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
vehicle. These accessories have
been designed and approved for your
vehicle, and are covered by warranty.
Although aftermarket accessories
may fit on your vehicle, they may not
meet factory specifications, and
could adversely affect your vehicle’s
handling and stability. (See
‘‘Modifications’’ on page 100 for
additional information.)
Before installing any accessory:
Improper accessories or
modifications can affect your
vehicle’s handling, stability, and
performance, and cause a
crash in which you can be hurt
or killed.
Follow all instructions in this
owner’s manual regarding
accessories and modifications.
When properly installed, cellular
phones, alarms, two-way radios, and
low-powered audio systems should
not interfere with your vehicle’s
computer controlled systems, such
as the SRS and anti-lock brake
system.
Make sure the accessory does not
obscure any lights, or interfere
with proper vehicle operation or
performance.
Be sure electronic accessories do
not overload electrical circuits
(see page 183 ) or interfere with
proper operation.
Have the installer contact your
Honda dealer for assistance before
installing any electronic accessory.
Before Driving
99
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Accessories and Modifications
Modifying Your Vehicle
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 your vehicle with an
aftermarket suspension kit that
significantly reduces ground
clearance can allow the
undercarriage to hit speed bumps
or other raised objects, which
could cause the airbags to deploy.
Raising your vehicle with 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.
100
Before Driving
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. See the Safety
Precautions on page 22 .
If you plan to modify your vehicle,
consult your Honda dealer.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Carrying Cargo
Your vehicle has several convenient
storage areas:
STORAGE BOX
Glove box
Seat-back pocket
Storage box
Cargo area
Rear center pocket
However, carrying too much cargo,
or improperly storing it, can affect
your vehicle’s handling, stability,
stopping distance, and tires, and
make it unsafe. Before carrying any
type of cargo, be sure to read the
following pages.
*Do not store large objects in the
rear center pocket. The objects in
the pocket will be broken when
you adjust the seats backwards.
REAR CENTER
POCKET*
CARGO AREA
SEAT-BACK POCKET
GLOVE BOX
CONTINUED
Before Driving
101
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Carrying Cargo
The maximum load limit for your
vehicle is 400 lbs (185 kg). This
figure includes the total weight of all
occupants, cargo, and accessories.
To determine the correct cargo and
luggage load limit:
1. Locate the statement, ‘‘the
combined weight of occupants and
cargo should never exceed 400 lbs
(185 kg)’’ on your vehicle’s placard
(on the driver’s doorjamb).
2. Determine the combined weight
of the driver and passenger that
will be riding in your vehicle. (Two
is the seating capacity of your
vehicle.)
102
Before Driving
3. Subtract the combined weight of
the driver and passenger from 400
lbs (185 kg).
4. The resulting figure equals the
available amount of cargo and
luggage load capacity.
For example, if there will be two 150
lbs (70 kg) occupants in your vehicle,
the amount of available cargo and
luggage load capacity is 100 lbs (45
kg).
2 × 150 lbs (70 kg) = 300 lbs (140
kg)
400 lbs (185 kg) − 300 lbs (140 kg) =
100 lbs (45 kg)
5. Determine the combined weight
of accessories, luggage, and cargo
being loaded in the vehicle. The
weight may not safely exceed the
available cargo and luggage load
capacity calculated in step 4 [100
lbs (45 kg) in this example].
The total weight must not exceed
the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR). The load for the front and
rear axles also must not exceed the
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)
(see page 192 ).
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Carrying Cargo
Carrying Items in the Passenger
Compartment
Store or secure all items that could
be thrown around and hurt
someone during a crash.
Be sure items placed on the floor
behind the seats cannot roll under
the seats and interfere with the
pedals or seat operation.
Keep the glove box closed while
driving. If it is open, a passenger
could injure their knees during a
crash or sudden stop.
Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area
Distribute cargo evenly on the
floor of the cargo area, placing the
heaviest items on the bottom and
as far forward as possible.
Tie down items that could be
thrown about the vehicle during a
crash or sudden stop.
Do not stack objects higher than
the tops of the seat-backs. They
could block your view and be
thrown about the vehicle during a
crash or sudden stop.
If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the
hatch, exhaust gas can enter the
passenger area. To avoid the
possibility of carbon monoxide
poisoning, follow the instructions
on page 36 .
The floor of the storage box is
made of a soft plastic material. It is
not strong enough to stand heavy
goods on it.
Before Driving
103
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Carrying Cargo
Cargo Hooks
To secure the cargo, you can use the
four cargo hooks on the cargo area.
The illustration shows the location of
each cargo hook.
Cargo Hooks and Cargo Net
Cargo Net
The cargo net can be used to help
hold down light items in the cargo
area. The cargo net may not prevent
heavy items from being thrown
forward in a crash or a sudden stop.
Cargo secured with this net should
not exceed 22 lbs (10 kg). Heavy
items should be secured to the cargo
area floor with tie-downs or cinch
straps attached to the cargo hooks.
Air Intake
AIR INTAKE
The air intake for the IMA battery is
located behind the passenger’s seat.
Do not block this air intake with any
cargo.
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.
104
Before Driving
Main Menu
Driving
This section gives you tips on
starting the engine under various
conditions, and how to operate the
manual and automatic transmissions.
It also includes important
information on parking your vehicle,
and the braking system.
Preparing to Drive ......................... 106
Starting the Engine........................ 107
5-speed Manual Transmission ..... 108
Auto Idle Stop............................. 109
Automatic Transmission............... 111
Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT) ............. 111
Auto Idle Stop............................. 116
Parking Tips ................................... 118
Braking System.............................. 119
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ................ 120
Towing a Trailer ............................ 121
Driving
105
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Preparing to Drive
You should do the following checks
and adjustments before you drive
your vehicle.
1. Make sure all windows, mirrors,
and outside lights are clean and
unobstructed. Remove frost, snow,
or ice.
5. Check the seat adjustment (see
page 64 ).
6. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 66 ).
2. Check that the hood is fully closed.
7. Make sure the doors and the
hatch are securely closed and
locked.
3. Visually check the tires. If a tire
looks low, use a gauge to check its
pressure.
8. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passenger has fastened his or
her seat belt (see page 13 ).
4. Check that any items you may be
carrying are stored properly or
fastened down securely.
9. When you start the engine, check
the gauges and indicators in the
instrument panel (see page 41 ).
106
Driving
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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
pressed.
Automatic Transmission (CVT):
Make sure the shift lever is in
Park. Press on the brake pedal.
5. If the engine does not start within
15 seconds, or starts but stalls
right away, repeat step 4 with the
accelerator pedal pressed halfway
down. If the engine starts, release
pressure on the accelerator pedal
so the engine does not race.
NOTICE: The engine is harder to start
in cold weather. Also, the thinner air
f ound at altitudes above 8,000 f eet
(2,400 meters) adds to this problem.
6. If the engine fails to start, press
the accelerator pedal all the way
down and hold it there while
starting to clear flooding. If the
engine still does not start, return
to step 5.
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition key to the
START (III) position. Do not hold
the key in START for more than
15 seconds at a time. If the engine
does not start right away, pause
for at least 10 seconds before
trying again.
Driving
107
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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 vehicle moving.
Push down the clutch pedal, and
pause for a few seconds before
shifting into Reverse, or shift into
one of the forward gears for a
moment. This stops the gears so
they won’t ‘‘grind.’’
The manual transmission is synchronized in all forward gears for
smooth operation. It has a lockout so
you cannot shift directly from Fifth
to Reverse. When shifting up or
down, make sure you push the clutch
pedal down all the way, shift to the
next gear, and let the pedal up
gradually. When you are not shifting,
do not rest your foot on the clutch
pedal. This can cause your clutch to
wear out faster.
108
Driving
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
5-speed Manual Transmission
Shift Up/Shift Down Indicators
SHIFT UP INDICATOR
SHIFT DOWN INDICATOR
The Shift Up or Shift Down indicator
will come on at the best time to shift
to a higher or lower gear for the best
fuel economy. You can achieve the
best fuel economy by accelerating
and decelerating slowly, and shifting
up when prompted.
The Shift Down indicator prompts
you to shift to a lower gear when you
are climbing a hill faster than 12 mph
(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.
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.
Auto Idle Stop
To maximize fuel economy, 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 sufficiently
charged (at least 1/3 on the
battery level gauge).
The A/C is off, or in ECON mode,
and the outside temperature is
above 41°F (5°C) (see page 73 ).
CONTINUED
Driving
109
Main Menu
Table of Contents
5-speed Manual Transmission
There is adequate vacuum reserve
for the power brakes.
Auto Idle Stop Indicator
AUTO IDEL STOP INDICATOR
The engine will start again
automatically when you shift to first
gear. There is no need to start the
engine with the ignition switch.
It is recommended that you shift to
Neutral and release the clutch pedal
while 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.
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.
110
Driving
When the indicator is off:
Auto Idle Stop is not active.
When the indicator is on:
Auto Idle Stop is active.
The clutch pedal is depressed.
The transmission is not in gear.
When the indicator is blinking:
Auto Idle Stop is active.
The clutch is not depressed.
You cannot restart the engine.
You will hear a chime if the door is
open.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT)
Shift Lever Position Indicators
U.S. model
Honda’s Continuously Variable
Transmission’s unique design
provides a smooth, constant flow of
power. It is electronically controlled
for more precise operation and
better fuel economy.
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.
If the malfunction indicator lamp
comes on along with the ‘‘D’’
indicator, there is a problem in the
automatic transmission control
system. Avoid rapid acceleration and
have the transmission checked by a
Honda dealer as soon as possible.
These indicators on the instrument
panel show which position the shift
lever is in.
Driving
111
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Shifting
To shift from:
P to R
R to P
N to R
D to L
N to D
D to N
L to D
R to N
RELEASE
BUTTON
To shift from any position, press
firmly on the brake pedal and press
the release button on the side of the
shift lever. You cannot shift out of
Park when the ignition switch is in
LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I).
112
Driving
Do this:
Press the brake pedal and
press the release button on
the lever.
Press the release button on
the lever.
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.
Move the lever.
Reverse (R) − Press the brake
pedal and press the release button
on the side of the shift lever to shift
from Park to Reverse. To shift from
Reverse to Neutral, come to a
complete stop and then shift. Press
the release button before shifting
into Reverse from Neutral.
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.
If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on
page 115 .
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 the
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 position.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Automatic Transmission (CVT)
SECOND MODE BUTTON
DRIVE MODE BUTTON
Drive (D) − Use this position for
normal driving. The drive position
has two modes, Drive (D) and
Second (S). You can select the
desired mode with the two select
buttons on the steering wheel. The
‘‘D’’ indicator remains lit in either
mode.
Drive Mode − Use this mode for
everyday 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.
‘‘D’’ INDICATOR
‘‘S’’ INDICATOR
Second (S) Mode − In this mode, the
transmission selects a wider range of
ratios to give better acceleration.
Use this mode for driving up or
downhill. Along with the ‘‘D’’
indicator, the ‘‘S’’ indicator comes on
as a reminder.
CONTINUED
Driving
113
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Automatic Transmission (CVT)
You can switch into and out of
Second mode with the ignition
switch ON (II) and the shift lever in
D position. If you turn the ignition
switch to ACCESSORY (I) in Second
mode, the mode is switched to Drive.
Low (L) − To shift to Low, press
the release button on the side of the
shift lever. Use Low to get more
power when climbing, and for
maximum engine braking when
going down steep hills.
The ‘‘S’’ indicator also comes on for a
few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to ON(II).
For faster acceleration when in D or
L, the transmission will automatically
‘‘kick down’’ to a lower range of
ratios when you push the accelerator
pedal to the floor.
114
Driving
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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. Using a
small flat-tipped screwdriver or
small metal plate, carefully pry on
the edge of the cover to remove it.
4. Insert the key in the Shift Lock
Release slot.
5. Push down on the key while you
press the release button on the
shift lever and move the shift lever
out of Park to Neutral.
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. 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 a Honda dealer.
Driving
115
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Auto Idle Stop
To maximize fuel economy, your
Insight 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 sufficiently
charged (at least 1/3 on the
Battery Level Gauge).
The A/C is off, or in ECON mode,
and the outside temperature is
above 41°F (5°C) (see page 73 ).
116
Driving
There is adequate vacuum reserve
for the power brakes.
When these conditions are met, 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:
You move the shift lever from D
or N to R, L, or P.
You press the accelerator pedal.
You are on an incline, and the
vehicle begins rolling.
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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 chime. The
chime 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.
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 indicator is
blinking.
Driving
117
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Parking Tips
Always use the parking brake when
you park your vehicle. Make sure
the parking brake is set firmly or
your vehicle may roll if it is parked
on an incline.
If your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, set the parking brake
before you put the transmission in
Park. This keeps the vehicle from
moving and putting pressure on the
parking mechanism in the
transmission.
118
Driving
If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn
the front wheels away from the
curb. If you have a manual
transmission, put it in first gear.
If the vehicle is facing downhill,
turn the front wheels toward the
curb. If you have a manual
transmission, put it in reverse gear.
Make sure the parking brake is
fully released before driving away.
Driving with the parking brake
partially set can overheat or
damage the rear brakes.
Parking Tips
Make sure the windows are closed.
Turn off the lights.
Place any packages, valuables, etc.
in the storage box or take them
with you.
Lock the doors and the hatch with
the key or the remote transmitter.
Never park over dry leaves, tall
grass, or other flammable
materials. The hot three way
catalytic converter could cause
these materials to catch on fire.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Braking System
Your Honda 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 helps you
retain steering control when braking
very hard.
Resting your foot on the pedal keeps
the brakes applied lightly, builds up
heat, and reduces their effectiveness.
It also keeps your brake lights on all
the time, confusing drivers behind
you.
Constant application of the brakes
when going down a long hill builds
up heat and reduces their effectiveness. Use the engine to assist the
brakes by taking your foot off the
accelerator and downshifting to a
lower gear.
Check the brakes after driving
through deep water. Apply the
brakes moderately to see if they feel
normal. If not, apply them gently and
frequently until they do. Be extra
cautious in your driving.
Brake Wear Indicators
The front disc brakes on all models
have audible brake wear indicators.
Braking System Design
If the brake pads need replacing, you
will hear a distinctive, metallic
screeching sound when you apply
the brake pedal. If you do not have
the brake pads replaced, they will
screech all the time. It is normal for
the brakes to occasionally squeal or
squeak when you apply them.
Front
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.
Driving
119
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
helps prevent the brakes from
locking up and helps you retain
steering control by pumping the
brakes rapidly, much faster than a
person can do it.
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 ‘‘stomp and steer.’’
120
Driving
Activating the Anti-lock Brakes
You will feel a pulsation in the brake
pedal when the ABS activates, and
you may hear some noise. This is
normal: it is the ABS rapidly
pumping the brakes. On dry
pavement, you will need to press on
the brake pedal very hard before the
ABS activates. However, you may
feel the ABS activate immediately if
you are trying to stop on snow or ice.
ABS Indicator
If the ABS indicator comes on, the
anti-lock function of the braking
system has shut down. The brakes
still work like a conventional system,
but without anti-lock. You should
have the dealer inspect your vehicle
as soon as possible.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Towing a Trailer
Important Safety Reminders
ABS does not reduce the time or
distance it takes to stop the
vehicle. It only helps with the
steering control during braking.
ABS will not prevent a skid that
results from changing direction
abruptly, such as trying to take a
corner too fast or making a sudden
lane change. Always drive at a safe
speed for the road and weather
conditions.
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.
Towing a Trailer
Your vehicle is not designed to tow a
trailer. Attempting to do so can void
your warranties.
ABS cannot prevent the loss of
stability. Always steer moderately
when you are braking hard. Severe
or sharp steering wheel movement
can still cause your vehicle to veer
into oncoming traffic or off the road.
Driving
121
Main Menu
122
Main Menu
Maintenance
This section explains why it is
important to keep your vehicle well
maintained and how to follow basic
maintenance safety precautions.
This section also includes
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 205 for information on how to
obtain a copy, or see your Honda
dealer.
Maintenance Safety ....................... 124
Maintenance Schedule .................. 125
Maintenance Record ..................... 129
Fluid Locations............................... 132
Adding Engine Oil ......................... 133
Changing the Oil and Filter .......... 134
Engine Coolant ............................... 137
Windshield Washers ..................... 139
Transmission Fluid ........................ 140
Automatic Transmission
(CVT) ...................................... 140
5-speed Manual
Transmission.......................... 141
Brake and Clutch Fluid ................. 142
Hood Latch ..................................... 143
Lights .............................................. 144
Seat Belts ........................................ 149
Floor Mats ...................................... 149
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 150
Roof Antenna ................................. 150
Rear Wheel Skirt ........................... 151
Wiper Blades .................................. 151
Tires ................................................ 154
Checking the Battery .................... 160
Vehicle Storage .............................. 161
Maintenance
123
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Maintenance Safety
All service items not detailed in this
section should be performed by a
Honda technician or other qualified
mechanic.
Important Safety Precautions
To eliminate potential hazards, read
the instructions before you begin,
and make sure you have the tools
and skills required.
Make sure your vehicle is parked
on level ground, the parking brake
is set, and the engine is off.
To clean parts, use a commercially
available degreaser or parts
cleaner, not gasoline.
To reduce the possibility of fire or
explosion, keep cigarettes, sparks,
and flames away from the battery
and all fuel-related parts.
Wear eye protection and
protective clothing when working
with the battery or compressed air.
124
Maintenance
Improperly maintaining this
vehicle or failing to correct a
problem before driving can
cause a crash in which you can
be seriously hurt or killed.
Always follow the inspection
and maintenance
recommendations, and
schedules in this owner’s
manual.
Potential Vehicle Hazards
Carbon Monoxide poison from
engine exhaust. Be sure there is
adequate ventilation whenever you
operate the engine.
Burns from hot parts. Let the
engine and exhaust system cool
before touching any parts.
Injury from moving parts. Do
not run the engine unless
instructed to do so.
Failure to properly follow
maintenance instructions and
precautions can cause you to
be seriously hurt or killed.
Always follow the procedures
and precautions in this owner’s
manual.
Some of the most important safety
precautions are given here. However,
we cannot warn you of every
conceivable hazard that can arise in
performing maintenance. Only you
can decide whether or not you
should perform a given task.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Maintenance Schedule
The maintenance schedule assumes
you will use your vehicle as normal
transportation for passengers and
their possessions. You should also
follow these recommendations:
Avoid exceeding your vehicle’s
load limit. This puts excess stress
on the engine, brakes, and many
other vehicle parts. The load limit
is shown on the tire information
label on the driver’s doorjamb.
Operate your vehicle on
reasonable roads within legal
speed limits.
Drive your vehicle regularly over a
distance of several miles
(kilometers).
Always use unleaded gasoline with
the proper octane rating (see page
92 ).
Which Schedule to Follow:
Service your vehicle 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 vehicle
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 mountainous conditions.
Driving on muddy, dusty, or deiced roads.
NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY
drive under a ‘‘severe’’ condition, you
should follow the Maintenance
Schedule for Normal Conditions.
Canadian Owners − Follow the
Maintenance Schedule for Severe
Conditions.
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.
Maintenance
125
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Maintenance Schedule
Servicing Your Vehicle
Your authorized Honda dealer
knows your vehicle best and can
provide competent, efficient service.
However, service at a dealer is not
mandatory to keep your warranties
in effect. Maintenance may be done
by any qualified service facility or
skilled person to keep your
warranties in effect. 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.
U.S. Vehicles: Maintenance,
replacement, or repair of
emissions control devices and
systems may be done by any
automotive repair establishment
or individual using parts that are
‘‘certified’’ to EPA standards.
According to state and federal
regulations, failure to perform
maintenance on the items marked
with # will not void your emissions
warranties. However, Honda
recommends that all maintenance
services be performed at the
recommended time or mileage
period to ensure long-term reliability.
Owner’s Maintenance Checks
You should check the following
items at the specified intervals. If
you are unsure of how to perform
any check, turn to the appropriate
page listed.
Engine oil level − Check every
126
Maintenance
time you fill the fuel tank. See
page 95 .
Engine coolant level − Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 96 .
Automatic transmission (CVT) −
Check the fluid level monthly. See
page 140 .
Brakes − Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 143 .
Tires − Check the tire pressure
monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page
154 .
Lights − Check the operation of
the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
turn signals, brake lights, and
license plate light monthly. See
page 144 .
Main Menu
Table of Contents
150
240
Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions
Check engine oil and coolant
Check tires
Replace engine oil
Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 157 )
Replace engine oil filter
Check front and rear brake wear
Check parking brake adjustment
Inspect the following items:
Tie-rod ends, steering gearbox, 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 drive belts
Replace dust and pollen filter
Replace air cleaner element
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
Replace manual transmission fluid
Replace automatic transmission (CVT) fluid
Inspect idle speed
Replace engine coolant
Replace brake fluid
Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given).
105
120
miles x 1,000
15
30
45
60
75
90
135
168
192
km x 1,000
24
48
72
96
120
144
216
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Check inflation and condition once a month
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or every 1 year, whichever comes first
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or every 1 year, whichever comes first
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every 2 years, whichever comes first
Inspect every 105,000 miles (168,000 km), otherwise adjust only if noisy
Every 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or every 6 years, whichever comes first
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every 2 years, whichever comes first
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 information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 126 .
Maintenance
127
Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Check engine oil and coolant
Check tires
Replace engine oil and oil filter
Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 157 )
Check front and rear brake wear
Inspect the following items:
Tie-rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots
Suspension components
Driveshaft boots
Check parking brake adjustment
Lubricate all hinges, locks, and latches
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 drive belts
Replace dust and pollen filter*
Replace air cleaner element
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
Replace manual transmission fluid
Replace automatic transmission (CVT) fluid
Inspect idle speed
Replace engine coolant
Replace brake fluid
Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given).
60
90
105
120
miles x 1,000
15
30
45
75
135
96
144
168
192
km x 1,000
24
48
72
120
216
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Check inflation and condition once a month
Every 3,750 miles (6,000 km) or every 6 months, whichever comes first
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or every 6 months, whichever comes first
Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or every 1 year, whichever comes first
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every 2 years, whichever comes first
Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) (Use normal schedule except in dusty conditions)
Inspect every 105,000 miles (168,000 km), otherwise adjust only if noisy
Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or every 3 years, whichever comes first
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every 2 years, whichever comes first
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 information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 126 .
*: See dust and pollen filter on page 150 for replacement information under special driving conditions.
128
Maintenance
150
240
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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 127 ) or severe
conditions (page 128 ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle.
3,750 mi
6,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
33,750 mi
54,000 km
Date
7,500 mi
12,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
37,500 mi
60,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
45,000 mi
72,000 km
mi/km
48,750 mi
78,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
Date
mi/km
Date
56,250 mi
90,000 km
Date
30,000 mi
48,000 km
mi/km
Date
52,500 mi
84,000 km
Date
26,250 mi
42,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
22,500 mi
36,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
18,750 mi
30,000 km
mi/km
Date
41,250 mi
66,000 km
Date
15,000 mi
24,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
11,250 mi
18,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
Date
60,000 mi
96,000 km
mi/km
Date
CONTINUED
Maintenance
129
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules)
63,750 mi
102,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
93,750 mi
150,000 km
Date
67,500 mi
108,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
97,500 mi
156,000 km
mi/km
101,250 mi
162,000 km
mi/km
105,000 mi
168,000 km
mi/km
108,750 mi
174,000 km
mi/km
112,500 mi
180,000 km
mi/km
Date
130
Maintenance
mi/km
Date
116,250 mi
186,000 km
Date
90,000 mi
144,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
86,250 mi
138,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
82,500 mi
132,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
78,750 mi
126,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
75,000 mi
120,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
71,250 mi
114,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
Date
120,000 mi
192,000 km
mi/km
Date
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules)
123,750 mi
198,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
Date
127,500 mi
204,000 km
mi/km
Date
131,250 mi
210,000 km
mi/km
Date
135,000 mi
216,000 km
mi/km
Date
138,750 mi
222,000 km
mi/km
Date
142,500 mi
228,000 km
mi/km
Date
146,250 mi
234,000 km
mi/km
Date
150,000 mi
240,000 km
mi/km
Date
Maintenance
131
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Fluid Locations
ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP
CLUTCH FLUID
(Gray cap)
(5-speed Manual
Transmission
only)
BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
ENGINE
COOLANT
RESERVOIR
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(CVT)
(Yellow loop)
ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK
(Orange loop)
132
Maintenance
RADIATOR CAP
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Adding Engine Oil
ENGINE OIL FILL CAP
Unscrew and remove the engine oil
fill cap on top of the valve cover.
Pour in the oil slowly and carefully so
you do not spill. Clean up any spills
immediately. Spilled oil could
damage components in the engine
compartment.
Install the engine oil fill cap and
tighten it securely. Wait a few
minutes and recheck the oil level. Do
not fill above the upper mark; you
could damage the engine.
Recommended Engine Oil
Oil is major contributor to your
engine’s performance and longevity.
Always use a premium-grade
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. It is
highly recommended that you use
Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for
as long as you own it.
Make sure the API Certification Seal
says ‘‘For Gasoline Engines’’.
API CERTIFICATION SEAL
CONTINUED
Maintenance
133
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Adding Engine Oil, Changing the Oil and Filter
Synthetic Oil
You may use a synthetic motor oil if
it meets the same requirements
given for a conventional motor oil: it
displays the API Certification Seal
and it is the proper weight. You must
follow the oil and filter change
intervals given on the maintenance
schedule.
Ambient Temperature
The oil viscosity or weight is
provided on the container’s label.
A very low-viscosity, fuel-efficient
0W-20 oil is the preferred engine
lubricant for your Insight. 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.
134
Maintenance
Engine Oil Additives
Your Honda does not require any oil
additives. Additives may adversely
affect your engine’s or transmission’s
performance and durability.
Changing the Oil and Filter
Always change the oil and filter
according to the 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 vehicle. The vehicle
should be raised on a service stationtype hydraulic lift for this service.
Unless you have the knowledge and
proper equipment, you should have
this maintenance done by a skilled
mechanic.
1. Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Changing the Oil and Filter
WASHER
2. Open the hood and remove the
engine oil fill cap. Remove the
black cover under the engine.
OIL DRAIN BOLT
3. Remove the oil drain bolt and
washer from the bottom of the
engine. Drain the oil into an
appropriate container.
Do not loosen the smaller bolt
located above the drain bolt.
OIL FILTER
4. Remove the oil filter and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
Honda dealer) is required.
5. Install a new oil filter according to
the instructions that come with it.
Make sure to clean off any dirt
and dust on the connecting
surface of a new oil filter.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
135
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Changing the Oil and Filter
6. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten it to:
29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m)
7. Refill the engine with the
recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
2.6 US qt (2.5 )
8. Replace the engine oil fill cap.
Start the engine. The oil pressure
indicator should go out within 5
seconds. If it does not, turn off the
engine and check your work.
136
Maintenance
9. Let the engine run for several
minutes, then check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.
10.Turn off the engine and let it sit
for several minutes, then check
the oil level on the dipstick. If
necessary, add more oil.
11.Install the black cover under the
engine.
NOTICE: 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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Engine Coolant
RESERVE TANK
If the coolant level in the reserve
tank is at or below the MIN line, add
coolant to bring it up to the MAX line.
Inspect the cooling system for leaks.
Always use Honda All Season
Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This
coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent
antifreeze and 50 percent water.
Never add straight antifreeze or
plain water.
If Honda antifreeze/coolant is not
available, you may use another
major-brand non-silicate coolant as a
temporary replacement. Make sure it
is a high-quality coolant
recommended for aluminum engines.
Continued use of any non-Honda
coolant can result in corrosion,
causing the cooling system to
malfunction or fail. Have the cooling
system flushed and refilled with
Honda antifreeze/coolant as soon as
possible.
If the reserve tank is completely
empty, you should also check the
coolant level in the radiator.
Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.
Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
137
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Engine Coolant
4. Put the radiator cap back on, and
tighten it fully.
RADIATOR CAP
RESERVE TANK
5. Pour coolant into the reserve tank.
Fill it to halfway between the MAX
and MIN marks. Put the cap back
on the reserve tank.
Do not add any rust inhibitors or
other additives to your vehicle’s
cooling system. They may not be
compatible with the coolant or
engine components.
1. When the radiator and engine are
cool, relieve any pressure in the
cooling system by turning the
radiator cap counterclockwise,
without pressing down.
2. Remove the radiator cap by
pushing down and turning
counterclockwise.
138
Maintenance
3. 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; it could damage
components in the engine
compartment.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Windshield Washers
Check the fluid level in the
windshield washer reservoir at least
monthly during normal use. This
reservoir supplies the windshield and
rear window washers.
LEVEL GAUGE
Check the reservoir’s fluid level by
removing the cap and looking at the
level gauge attached to the cap.
NOTICE: Do not use engine antif reeze
or a vinegar/water solution in the
windshield washer reservoir. Antif reeze
can damage your vehicle’s paint, while
a vinegar/water solution can damage
the windshield washer pump. Use only
commercially-available windshield
washer f luid.
Fill the reservoir with a good-quality
windshield washer fluid. This
increases the cleaning capability and
prevents freezing in cold weather.
When you refill the reservoir, clean
the edges of the windshield wiper
blades with windshield washer fluid
on a clean cloth. This will help to
condition them.
Maintenance
139
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Transmission Fluid
Automatic Transmission (CVT)
U.S. model
2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop)
from the transmission, and wipe it
with a clean cloth.
5. If the level is below the lower
mark, add fluid into the filler hole
to bring it to the upper mark.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully
so you do not spill. Clean up any
spills immediately; it could damage
components in the engine
compartment.
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
HOT
DIP STICK
1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
With the A/C off, let the engine
run until the radiator cooling fan
cycles on and off twice. Then turn
off the engine.
NOTE: For accurate results, wait at
least 60 seconds, and no more than
90 seconds, after turning off the
engine to check the fluid level.
140
Maintenance
3. Insert the dipstick all the way back
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.
Always use Honda ATF-Z1
(Automatic Transmission Fluid). If
it’s not available, you may use a
DEXRON III automatic
transmission fluid as a temporary
replacement. However, continued
use can affect the shift quality.
Have the transmission flushed and
refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as
soon as it is convenient.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Transmission Fluid
To thoroughly flush the transmission,
the technician should drain and refill
it with Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the
vehicle for a short distance. Do this
three times. Then drain and refill the
transmission a final time.
5-speed Manual Transmission
6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
into the transmission securely as
shown in the illustration. If you
added fluid, return to step 1 to
recheck the fluid level.
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
If you are not sure how to add fluid,
contact your Honda dealer.
Correct Level
Check the fluid level with the
transmission at normal operating
temperature and the vehicle sitting
on the level ground.
Remove the black cover under the
engine.
Remove the transmission filler bolt,
and carefully feel inside the bolt hole
with your finger. The fluid level
should be up to the edge of the bolt
hole. If it is not, add Honda Manual
Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it
starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall
the filler bolt and tighten it securely.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
141
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Transmission Fluid, Brake and Clutch Fluid
If Honda MTF is not available, you
may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40
viscosity motor oil with the API
Certification seal that says ‘‘FOR
GASOLINE ENGINES’’ as a
temporary replacement. However,
motor oil does not contain the proper
additives, and continued use can
cause stiffer shifting. Replace as
soon as it is convenient.
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
If you are not sure how to check and
add fluid, contact your Honda dealer.
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)
Replace the brake fluid according to
the 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.
Using any non-Honda brake fluid can
cause corrosion and decrease the life
of the system. Have the brake
system flushed and refilled with
Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
DOT 3 as soon as possible.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so
you do not spill. Clean up any spills
immediately; it could damage
components in the engine
compartment.
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not
compatible with your vehicle’s
braking system and can cause
extensive damage.
142
Maintenance
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Brake and Clutch Fluid, Hood Latch
Brake System
Clutch System
Hood Latch
PIVOTS
MAX
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.
MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If it is not, add
brake fluid to bring it up to that level.
Use the same fluid specified for the
brake system.
Low fluid level can indicate a leak in
the clutch system. Have this system
inspected as soon as possible.
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.
Maintenance
143
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Lights
Headlight Aiming
The headlights were properly aimed
when your vehicle was new. If you
regularly carry heavy items in the
cargo area, readjustment may be
required. Adjustments should be
performed by a Honda dealer or
other qualified mechanic.
Replacing a Headlight Bulb
Your vehicle 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.
NOTICE: Halogen headlight bulbs get
very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a
scratch on the glass can cause the bulb
to overheat and shatter.
HOLDER
1. Open the hood.
To change the headlight bulb on
the driver’s side, remove the
engine coolant reservoir tank by
pulling it out of its holder.
144
Maintenance
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Lights
WEATHER SEAL
BULB
4. Unclip the end of the hold-down
wire from its slot. Pivot it out of
the way, and remove the bulb.
Replacing a Front Parking Light
Bulb
5. Insert the new bulb into the hole,
making sure the tabs are in their
slots. Pivot the hold-down wire
back in place, and clip the end into
the slot.
CONNECTOR
HOLD-DOWN WIRE
2. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by squeezing the
connector on both sides to unlock
the tab. Pull the connector straight
off.
3. Remove the rubber weather seal
by pulling on the tab.
6. Install the rubber seal over the
back of the headlight assembly.
Make sure it is right side up; it is
marked ‘‘TOP’’.
7. Push the electrical connector onto
the tabs of the new bulb. Make
sure it locks in place.
Turn on the headlights to test the
new bulb.
8. (Driver’s side)
Reinstall the engine coolant
reserve tank.
1. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
2. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
3. Install the new bulb into the
socket.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
145
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Lights
4. Install the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
5. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
Replacing the Front Side Marker/
Turn Signal Light Bulb
1. To change the bulb on the driver’s
side, start the engine, turn the
steering wheel all the way to the
right, then turn off the engine. To
change the bulb on the passenger’s
side, turn the steering wheel to the
left.
3. Pull the inner fender cover back.
4. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
5. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
2. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to
remove the screw from the top of
the fender.
146
Maintenance
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Lights
6. Install the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
Replacing Rear Bulbs
COVER
7. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
8. Put the inner fender cover in place.
Tighten the screw securely.
1. Open the hatch.
2. Pull the cover back.
4. Remove the two covers. Remove
the two screws holding the rear
light assembly. Remove the light
assembly.
3. Loosen the nut holding the rear
light assembly.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
147
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Lights
7. Reinstall the socket into the light
assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.
8. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
9. Reinstall the light assembly and
tighten the two screws and nut.
10.Reinstall the two covers in the rear
light assembly.
5. Determine which bulb, brake/
taillight, back-up light, side marker
light or turn signal is burned out.
Remove the socket for that bulb
by turning counterclockwise.
6. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
148
Maintenance
11.Put the cover in place in the cargo
area.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Seat Belts, Floor Mats
Seat Belts
LOOP
Clean dirty seat belts with a soft
brush and a mixture of mild soap and
warm water. Do not use bleach, dye,
or cleaning solvents. They can
weaken the belt material. Let the
belts air dry before you use the
vehicle.
Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat
belt anchors can cause the belts to
retract slowly. Wipe the insides of
the loops with a clean cloth
dampened in mild soap and warm
water or isopropyl alcohol.
Floor Mats
On models equipped
The driver’s floor mat that came
with your vehicle hooks over the
floor mat anchor. This keeps the
floor mat from sliding forward and
possibly interfering with the pedals.
If you remove the driver’s floor mat,
make sure to re-anchor it when you
put it back in your vehicle.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
149
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Floor Mats, Dust and Pollen Filter, Roof Antenna
If you use a non-Honda floor mat,
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.
Dust and Pollen Filter
The dust and pollen filter removes
pollen and dust from the outside air
the climate control system brings
into the interior. It should be
replaced according to the time and
distance recommendations in the
maintenance schedule.
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 airflow from the
climate control system becomes less
than usual. Have the dust and pollen
filter replaced by your Honda dealer.
150
Maintenance
Roof Antenna
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Rear Wheel Skirt, Wiper Blades
Rear Wheel Skirt
NOTICE: Although almost all exterior
panels on your Honda are made of
hardened aluminum, they may dent
more easily than steel under some
conditions. Exercise care when leaning
on or over any part of the body.
Wiper Blades
Check the condition of the wiper
blades at least every six months.
Replace them if you find signs of
cracking in the rubber, and areas
that are getting hard, or if they leave
streaks and unwiped areas when
used.
WIPER ARMS
If an automatic car wash has tire
cleaning brushes, remove the skirts
covering the rear wheels so they will
not be damaged. See page 166 for
how to remove and install the skirts.
To replace a front wiper blade:
1. Raise the wiper arm off the
windshield.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
151
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Wiper Blades
NOTICE: Do not open the hood when
the wiper arms are raised, or you will
damage the hood and the wiper arms.
BLADE
LOCK TAB
2. Disconnect the blade assembly
from the wiper arm by pushing in
the lock tab. Hold the lock tab in
while you push the blade assembly
toward the base of the arm.
152
Maintenance
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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.
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.
To replace a rear wiper blade:
1. Raise the wiper arm off the
windshield.
2. Pull one end of the blade out from
the holder.
3. Slide the blade out of the holder.
4. Slide the new blade into the holder.
Make sure it is engaged in the slot
along its full length.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
153
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Wiper Blades, Tires
Tires
To safely operate your vehicle, your
tires must be the proper type and
size, in good condition with adequate
tread, and correctly inflated.
The following pages give more
detailed information on how to take
care of your tires and what to do
when they need to be replaced.
5. Insert both ends of the blade into
the holder. Make sure they are
secure.
6. Slide the wiper blade assembly
onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.
7. Lower the wiper arm.
154
Maintenance
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
vehicle ride more harshly, are
more prone to damage from road
hazards, and wear unevenly.
We recommend that you visually
check your tires every day. If you
think a tire might be low, check it
immediately with a tire gauge.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Tires
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.
Check the pressure in the tires when
they are cold. This means the vehicle
has been parked for at least three
hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6
km).
Add or release air, if needed, to
match the recommended cold tire
pressures on this page.
If you check the pressure when the
tires are hot [driven for several miles
(kilometers)], you will see readings 4
to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4
kgf/cm ) higher than the cold
reading. This is normal; do not
release air to match the cold
pressure.
Tubeless tires have some ability to
self-seal if they are punctured. You
should look closely for punctures if a
tire starts losing pressure.
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.
Tire Size
P165/65R14 78S
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
Front:
38 psi (260 kPa)
Rear:
35 psi (240 kPa)
The compact spare tire pressure is:
60 psi (420 kPa)
For convenience, the recommended
tire sizes and cold air pressures are
on a label on the driver’s doorjamb.
For additional technical information,
see page 196 .
Maintenance
155
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Tires
Tire Inspection
Every time you check inflation, you
should also examine the tires for
damage, foreign objects, and wear.
INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS
You should look for:
Bumps or bulges in the tread or
side of the tire. Replace the tire if
you find either or 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.
156
Maintenance
TREAD WEAR INDICATORS
Your vehicle’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.
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.
Have your dealer check the tires if
you feel a consistent vibration while
driving. A tire should always be
rebalanced if it is removed from the
wheel. When you have new tires
installed, make sure they are
balanced. This increases riding
comfort and tire life. For best results,
have the installer perform a dynamic
balance.
NOTICE: Improper wheel weights can
damage your vehicle’s aluminum
wheels. Use only Honda wheel weights
f or balancing.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Tires
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, rotate
the tires every 7,500 miles (12,000
km). Move the tires to the positions
shown in the chart each time they
are rotated. If you purchase
directional tires, rotate only front-toback.
Replacing Tires
Replace your tires with radial tires of
the same size, load range, speed
rating, and maximum cold tire
pressure rating (as shown on the
tire’s sidewall). Mixing radial and
bias-ply tires on your vehicle can
reduce braking ability, traction, and
steering accuracy. Using tires of a
different size or construction can
cause the ABS to work inconsistently.
It is best to replace all four tires at
the same time. If that is not possible
or necessary, replace the two front
tires or two rear tires as a pair.
Replacing just one tire can seriously
affect your vehicle’s handling.
If you ever replace a wheel, make
sure that the wheel’s specifications
match those of the original wheels.
The ABS works by comparing the
speed of the wheels. When replacing
tires, use the same size originally
supplied with the vehicle. Tire size
and construction can affect wheel
speed and may cause the system to
work.
CONTINUED
Maintenance
157
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Tires
Wheels and Tires
Installing improper tires on your
vehicle can affect handling and
stability. This can cause a crash
in which you can be seriously
hurt or killed.
Wheels:
14 x 5 1/2 JJ
Always use the size and type of
tires recommended in this
owner’s manual.
See page 194 for DOT tire quality
grading information, and page
196 for tire size explanation.
Tires:
P165/65R14 78S
Replacement wheels are available at
your Honda dealer.
158
Maintenance
Winter Driving
Tires marked ‘‘M + S’’ or ‘‘All
Season’’ on the sidewall have an allweather tread design suitable for
most winter driving conditions.
For the best performance in snowy
or icy conditions, you should install
snow tires or tire chains. They may
be required by local laws under
certain conditions.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Tires
Snow Tires
If you mount snow tires on your
Honda, make sure they are radial
tires of the same size and load range
as original tires. Mount snow tires on
all four wheels. The traction
provided by snow tires on dry roads
may be lower than your original tires.
Check with the tire dealer for
maximum speed recommendations.
Tire Chains
Because your Honda has limited tire
clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’
cable-type traction devices, with
rubber chain tensioners on the front
tires. Use traction devices only when
required by driving condition or local
laws. Make sure they are the correct
size for your tires. Metal link-type
‘‘chains’’ should not be used.
NOTICE: Traction devices that are the
wrong size or improperly installed can
damage your vehicle’s brake lines,
suspension, body, and wheels. Stop
driving if they are hitting any part of
the vehicle.
When installing cables, follow the
manufacturer’s instructions, and
mount them as tight as you can.
Make sure they are not contacting
the brake lines or suspension. Drive
slowly with them installed. If you
hear them coming into contact with
the body or chassis, stop and
investigate. Remove them as soon as
you begin driving on cleared roads.
Maintenance
159
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Checking the Battery
TEST INDICATOR WINDOW
Check the condition of your vehicle’s
12 volt battery monthly by looking at
the test indicator window. The label
on the battery explains the test
indicator’s colors.
160
Maintenance
Check the terminals for corrosion (a
white or yellowish powder). To
remove it, cover the terminals with a
solution of baking soda and water. It
will bubble up and turn brown. When
this stops, wash it off with plain
water. Dry off the battery with a
cloth or paper towel. Coat the
terminals with grease to help prevent
future corrosion.
If additional battery maintenance is
needed, see your Honda dealer or a
qualified technician.
WARNING: Battery posts,
terminals, and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds.
Wash your hands after handling.
If you need to connect the battery to
a charger, disconnect both cables to
prevent damaging your vehicle’s
electrical system. Always disconnect
the negative (−) cable first, and
reconnect it last.
The battery gives off explosive
hydrogen gas during normal
operation.
A spark or flame can cause the
battery to explode with enough
force to kill or seriously hurt you.
Wear protective clothing and a
face shield, or have a skilled
mechanic do the battery
maintenance.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Vehicle Storage
If you need to park your vehicle 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 vehicle back on the road. If
possible, store your vehicle indoors.
If the vehicle is to be stored for a
longer period, it should be
supported on jackstands so the
tires are off the ground.
Leave one window open slightly (if
the vehicle is being stored
indoors).
Fill the fuel tank.
Disconnect the 12 volt battery.
Change the engine oil and filter.
Support the front and rear wiper
blade arms with a folded towel or
rag so they do not touch the
windshield.
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).
Block the rear wheels.
To minimize sticking, apply a
silicone spray lubricant to all door
and hatch seals. Also, apply a body
wax to the painted surfaces that
mate with the door and hatch seals.
as plastic sheeting, trap moisture,
which can damage the paint.
Reconnect the 12 volt battery and
drive your vehicle every month for
about 30 minutes. This will keep
the IMA battery charged and in
good condition.
If you store your vehicle for 1 year or
longer, have your Honda dealer
perform the inspections called for in
the 2 years/30,000 miles (48,000 km)
maintenance schedule (Normal
Conditions) as soon as you take it
out of storage (see page 127 ). The
replacements called for in the
maintenance schedule are not
needed unless the vehicle has
actually reached that time or mileage.
Cover the vehicle with a
‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made
from a porous material such as
cotton. Non-porous materials, such
Maintenance
161
Main Menu
162
Main Menu
Taking Care of the Unexpected
This section covers the more
common problems that motorists
experience with their vehicles. It
gives you information about how to
safely evaluate the problem and what
to do to correct it. If the problem has
stranded you on the side of the road,
you may be able to get going again.
If not, you will also find instructions
on getting your vehicle towed.
Compact Spare Tire....................... 164
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 165
If the Engine Won’t Start .............. 171
Jump Starting ................................. 173
If the Engine Overheats ............... 175
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 177
Charging System Indicator........... 178
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 178
Brake System Indicator ................ 180
Emergency Towing ....................... 181
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck ....... 182
Fuses ............................................... 183
Fuse Locations ............................... 186
Taking Care of the Unexpected
163
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Compact Spare Tire
Use the compact spare tire as a
temporary replacement only. Get
your regular tire repaired or replaced
and put it back on your vehicle as
soon as you can.
Check the compact spare tire
inflation pressure every time you
check the other tires. It should be
inflated to:
60 psi (420 kPa)
Follow these precautions:
Never exceed 50 mph (80 km/h)
under any circumstances.
This tire gives a harsher ride and
less traction on some road surfaces. Use greater caution while
driving.
Do not mount snow chains on it.
Do not use your compact spare
tire on another vehicle unless it is
the same make and model.
164
Taking Care of the Unexpected
INDICATOR LOCATION MARK
TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR
Replace the tire when you can see
the tread wear indicator bars. The
replacement should be the same size
and design tire, mounted on the
same wheel. The spare tire is not
designed to be mounted on a regular
wheel, and the spare wheel is not
designed for mounting a regular tire.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Changing a Flat Tire
If you have a flat tire while driving,
stop in a safe place to change it.
Drive slowly along the shoulder until
you get to an exit or an area that is
far away from the traffic lanes.
The vehicle can easily roll off
the jack, seriously injuring
anyone underneath.
Follow the directions for
changing a tire exactly, and
never get under the vehicle
when it is supported only by the
jack.
1. Park the vehicle on firm, level and
non-slippery ground. Put the
transmission in Reverse (5-speed
manual) or Park (CVT). Apply the
parking brake.
2. Turn on the hazard warning
indicators, and turn the ignition
switch to LOCK (0). Have your
passenger get out of the vehicle
while you change the tire.
3. Open the hatch. Raise the cargo
area floor by lifting up on the back
edge.
FLOOR BOARD
TOOL KIT
JACK
SPARE TIRE
STORAGE BOX
4. Remove the storage box from the
cargo area well.
5. Take the tool kit from the spare
tire well. Remove the jack (in the
jack cover) from the inside of the
spare tire.
6. Unscrew the wing bolt, and take
the spare tire out of its well.
CONTINUED
Taking Care of the Unexpected
165
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Changing a Flat Tire
REAR WHEEL SKIRT
CENTER CAP
STUD
FASTENER
1. Rear tire only:
Use the end of the extension or a
flat-tipped screwdriver to loosen
the two stud fasteners holding the
rear wheel skirt.
166
Taking Care of the Unexpected
2. Pull the rear wheel skirt
downward.
Do not catch your clothes or
hands on the hooks on the rear
fender when you replace the
wheel.
3. Remove the center cap from the
wheel with the end of the
extension or a flat-tipped
screwdriver.
4. Loosen each wheel nut 1/2 turn
with the wheel wrench.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Changing a Flat Tire
JACKING POINT
5. Place the jack under the jacking
point nearest the tire you need to
change. It is pointed to by an
arrow molded into the underside
of the body. Turn the end bracket
clockwise until the top of the jack
contacts the jacking point. Make
sure the jacking point tab is
resting in the jack notch.
WHEEL WRENCH
EXTENSION
6. Use the extension and wheel
wrench as shown to raise the
vehicle until the flat tire is off the
ground.
7. Remove the wheel nuts, then
remove the flat tire. Handle the
wheel nuts carefully; they may be
hot from driving. Place the flat tire
on the ground with the outside
surface facing up.
CONTINUED
Taking Care of the Unexpected
167
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Changing a Flat Tire
HUB
8. 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.
168
Taking Care of the Unexpected
9. 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.
10.Lower the vehicle to the ground
and remove the jack.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Changing a Flat Tire
TAB
SLOT
11.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)
12.To install the rear wheel skirt,
place the skirt against the body.
Line up the slots on the skirt with
the tabs in the body, then push the
skirt upward.
Make sure the wheel skirt is
installed correctly.
13.Tighten the two stud fasteners.
Align the ▼ marks on the stud
fastener with the ● marks on the
wheel skirt.
It is not recommended to drive your
vehicle without the wheel skirts.
It will af f ect the f uel consumption.
Do not catch your clothes or
hands on the hooks on the rear
fender when you replace the
wheel.
CONTINUED
Taking Care of the Unexpected
169
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Changing a Flat Tire
WING BOLT
SPACER CONE
17.Store the jack and tool kit back in
the spare tire well.
Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could
seriously injure the occupants.
Store the wheel, jack, and tools
securely before driving.
14.Place the flat tire face down in the
spare tire well.
18.Store the center cap in the spare
tire well. Make sure it does not get
scratched or damaged.
15.Remove the spacer cone from the
wing bolt, turn it over, and put it
back on the bolt.
19.Install the storage box in the cargo
area well.
16.Secure the flat tire by screwing
the wing bolt back into its hole.
20.Lower the cargo area floor, then
close the hatch.
170
Taking Care of the Unexpected
Main Menu
Table of Contents
If the Engine Won’t Start
Diagnosing why the engine won’t
start falls into two areas, depending
on what you hear when you turn the
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.
Are you using a properly coded
key? An improperly coded key will
cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the instrument panel
to blink rapidly (see page 58 ).
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 173 .
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 181 ).
CONTINUED
Taking Care of the Unexpected
171
Main Menu
Table of Contents
If the Engine Won’t Start
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 160 ). You can then try
jump starting the vehicle from a
booster battery (see page 173 ).
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.
Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to Starting the
Engine on page 107 .
Do you have fuel? Check the fuel
gauge; the low fuel indicator may
not be working.
There may be an electrical
problem, such as no power to the
fuel pump. Check all the fuses
(see page 184 ).
172
Taking Care of the Unexpected
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See Emergency
Towing on page 181 .
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Jump Starting
Although this seems like a simple
procedure, you should take several
precautions.
A battery can explode if you do
not follow the correct procedure,
seriously injuring anyone
nearby.
Keep all sparks, open flames,
and smoking materials away
from the battery.
You cannot start a Honda with an
automatic transmission (CVT) by
pushing or pulling it.
To Jump Start Your Vehicle:
1. Open the hood, and check the
physical condition of the battery.
In very cold weather, check the
condition of the electrolyte. If it
seems slushy or like ice, do not try
jump starting until it thaws.
NOTICE: 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, climate
control, stereo system, lights, etc.
Put the transmission in Neutral or
Park, and set the parking brake.
4. Connect the second jumper cable
to the negative (−) terminal on
the booster battery. Connect the
other end to the grounding strap
as shown. Do not connect this
jumper cable to any other part of
the engine.
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.
CONTINUED
Taking Care of the Unexpected
173
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Jump Starting
6. Start the vehicle. If the starter
motor still operates slowly, check
that the jumper cables have good
metal-to-metal contact.
7. Once the vehicle is running,
disconnect the negative cable from
the vehicle, then from the booster
battery. Disconnect the positive
cable from the vehicle, and then
from the booster battery.
BOOSTER BATTERY
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.
174
Taking Care of the Unexpected
Keep the ends of the jumper cables
away from each other and any metal
on the vehicle until everything is
disconnected. Otherwise, you may
cause an electrical short.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
If the Engine Overheats
The reading on your vehicle’s
temperature gauge should stay in
the midrange. If it climbs to the red
mark, you should determine the
reason (hot day, driving up a steep
hill, etc.).
If your vehicle overheats, you should
take immediate action. The only
indication may be the temperature
gauge reading reaching the red
mark. Or you may see steam or
spray coming from under the hood.
NOTICE: Driving with the temperature
gauge reading at the red mark can
cause serious damage to your engine.
Steam and spray from an
overheated engine can
seriously scald you.
Do not open the hood if steam
is coming out.
1. Safely pull to the side of the road.
Put the transmission in Neutral or
Park, and set the parking brake.
Turn off all accessories, and turn
on the hazard warning lights.
2. If you see steam and/or spray
coming from under the hood, turn
off the engine. Wait until you see
no more signs of steam or spray,
then open the hood.
3. If you do not see steam or spray,
leave the engine running and
watch the temperature gauge. If
the high heat is due to overloading,
the engine should start to cool
down almost immediately. If it
does, wait until the temperature
gauge reading comes down to the
midpoint, then continue driving.
4. If the temperature gauge reading
stays at the red mark, turn off the
engine.
5. Look for any obvious coolant leaks,
such as a split radiator hose.
Everything is still extremely hot,
so use caution. If you find a leak, it
must be repaired before you
continue driving (see Emergency
Towing on page 181 ).
CONTINUED
Taking Care of the Unexpected
175
Main Menu
Table of Contents
If the Engine Overheats
6. If you don’t find an obvious leak,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. Add coolant
if the level is below the MIN mark.
7. If there was no coolant in the
reserve tank, you may need to add
coolant to the radiator. Let the
engine cool down until the reading
reaches the middle of the
temperature gauge, or lower,
before checking the radiator.
Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.
Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.
176
Taking Care of the Unexpected
8. Using gloves or large heavy cloth,
turn the radiator cap
counterclockwise, without pushing
down, to the first stop. After the
pressure releases, push down on
the cap, and turn it until it comes
off.
9. Start the engine, and set the
temperature control dial to
maximum. Add coolant to the
radiator up to the base of the filler
neck. If you do not have the
proper coolant mixture available,
you can add plain water.
Remember to have the cooling
system drained and refilled with
the proper mixture as soon as you
can.
10. Put the radiator cap back on
tightly. Run the engine, and watch
the temperature gauge. If it goes
back to the red mark, the engine
needs repair (see Emergency
Towing on page 181 ).
11. If the temperature stays normal,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. If it has
gone down, add coolant to the
MAX mark. Put the cap back on
tightly.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Low Oil Pressure Indicator
This indicator should never
come on when the engine is
running. If it starts flashing or stays
on, the oil pressure has dropped very
low or lost pressure. Serious engine
damage is possible and you should
take immediate action.
NOTICE: Running the engine with low
oil pressure can cause serious
mechanical damage almost immediately.
Turn of f the engine as soon as you can
saf ely get the vehicle stopped.
1. Safely pull off the road, and shut
off the engine. Turn on the hazard
warning indicators.
2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute.
Open the hood, and check the oil
level (see page 95 ). An engine
very low on oil can lose pressure
during cornering and other driving
maneuvers.
The engine running generates the
oil pressure.
When the auto idle stop is
activated, the engine is stopped,
but the low oil pressure indicator
does not come on.
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick (see page 133 ).
4. Start the engine, and watch the oil
pressure indicator. If it does not go
out within 10 seconds, turn off the
engine. There is a mechanical
problem that needs to be repaired
before you can continue driving
(see Emergency Towing on page
181 ).
Taking Care of the Unexpected
177
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Charging System Indicator, Malfunction Indicator Lamp
Charging System Indicator
If the charging system
indicator comes on brightly
when the engine is running, the
battery is not being charged.
Immediately turn off all electrical
accessories. Try not to use other
electrically operated controls such as
the power windows. Keep the engine
running; starting the engine will
discharge the battery rapidly.
Go to a Honda dealer or a service
station where you can get technical
assistance.
178
Taking Care of the Unexpected
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
If the indicator comes on
while driving, it means one
of the engine’s emissions control
systems may have a problem. Even
though you may feel no difference in
your vehicle’s performance, it can
reduce your fuel economy and cause
increased emissions. Continued
operation may cause serious damage.
If you have recently refueled your
vehicle, the indicator could come on
because of a loose or missing fuel fill
cap. Tighten the cap until it clicks at
least three times. Tightening the cap
will not turn the indicator turn off
immediately; it takes at least three
days of normal driving.
If the indicator remains on, or the
fuel cap was not loose or missing,
have your vehicle checked by the
dealer as soon as possible.
NOTICE: If you keep driving with the
Malf unction Indicator Lamp on, you
can damage your vehicle’s emissions
controls and the engine. Those repairs
may not be covered by your vehicle’s
warranties.
This indicator may also come on
along with the ‘‘D’’ indicator.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
Readiness Codes
Your vehicle has certain ‘‘readiness
codes’’ that are part of the on-board
diagnostics for the emissions
systems. In some states, part of the
emissions testing is to make sure
these codes are set. If they are not
set, the test cannot be completed.
If your 12 volt vehicle’s battery has
been disconnected or gone dead,
these codes are erased. It takes at
least three days of driving under
various conditions to set the codes
again.
To check if they are set, turn the
ignition switch to ON (II), without
starting the engine. The Malfunction
Indicator Lamp will come on for 20
seconds. If it then goes off, the
readiness codes are set. If it blinks 5
times, the readiness codes are not
set. If possible, do not take your
vehicle for a state emissions test
until the readiness codes are set.
Refer to State Emissions Testing for
more information (see page 200 ).
Taking Care of the Unexpected
179
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Brake System Indicator
The brake system
indicator normally
comes on when you
turn the ignition switch to ON (II)
and as a reminder to check the
parking brake. It will stay lit if you do
not fully release the parking brake.
U.S.
Canada
If the brake system indicator comes
on while driving, the brake fluid level
is probably low. Press lightly on the
brake pedal to see if it feels normal.
If it does, check the brake fluid level
the next time you stop at a service
station (see page 143 ).
If the fluid level is low, take your
vehicle to a dealer and have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
180
Taking Care of the Unexpected
However, if the brake pedal does not
feel normal, you should take
immediate action. A problem in one
part of the system’s dual circuit
design will still give you braking at
two wheels. You will feel the brake
pedal go down much farther before
the vehicle begins to slow down, and
you will have to press harder on the
pedal.
Slow down by shifting to a lower
gear, and pull to the side of the road
when it is safe. Because of the long
distance needed to stop, it is
hazardous to drive the vehicle. You
should have it towed and repaired as
soon as possible (see Emergency
Towing on page 181 ).
If you must drive the vehicle a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and carefully.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Emergency Towing
If your vehicle needs to be towed,
call a professional towing service or
organization. Never tow your vehicle
with just a rope or chain. It is very
dangerous.
the cables lift that end of the vehicle
off the ground. Your vehicle’s suspension and body can be seriously
damaged. This method of towing
is unacceptable.
There are three popular types of
professional towing equipment.
loads your vehicle on the back of a
truck. This is the best way to transport your Honda.
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 vehicle must be towed
with the front wheels on the ground,
do the following:
Wheel-lift Equipment − The tow
5-speed Manual Transmission:
Flat-bed Equipment − The operator
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.
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
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.
NOTICE: Improper towing preparation
will damage the transmission. Follow
the above procedure exactly. If you
cannot shif t the transmission or start
the engine (CVT), your vehicle must be
transported with the f ront wheels of f
the ground.
With the front wheels on the ground,
it is best to tow the vehicle no farther
than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the
speed below 35 mph (55 km/h).
If your vehicle is equipped with a
front spoiler, remove it before
towing so it is not damaged.
NOTICE: Trying to lif t or tow your
vehicle by the bumpers will cause
serious damage. The bumpers are not
designed to support the vehicle’s weight.
Taking Care of the Unexpected
181
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Emergency Towing
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck
If your vehicle gets stuck in sand,
mud, or snow, call a towing service
to pull it out (see page 181 ).
For very short distances, such as
freeing the vehicle, you can use the
detachable towing hook that mounts
on the anchor in the front bumper.
To use the towing hook:
1. Remove the towing hook and
wheel wrench from the tool box.
182
Taking Care of the Unexpected
2. Remove the cover from the
bumper with the end of the
extension.
3. Screw the towing hook into the
hole and tighten it securely by
hand.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Fuses
INTERIOR
The vehicle’s fuses are located in
two fuse boxes.
The interior fuse is underneath the
dashboard on the driver’s side.
Remove the storage pocket by
swinging the lid down, pushing up,
and pulling it straight out of its
hinges.
TAB
UNDER-HOOD
The under-hood fuse box is in the
engine compartment. To open it,
push the tabs as shown.
Checking and Replacing Fuses
If something electrical in your
vehicle stops working, the first thing
you should check for is a blown fuse.
Determine from the chart on pages
186 and 187 , or the diagram on the
fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses
control that device. Check those
fuses first, but check all the fuses
before deciding that a blown fuse is
the cause. Replace any blown fuses,
and check if the device works.
1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK
(0). Make sure the headlights and
all other accessories are off.
2. Remove the cover from the fuse
box.
CONTINUED
Taking Care of the Unexpected
183
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Fuses
BLOWN
FUSE
FUSE PULLER
BLOWN
3. Check each of the large fuses in
the under-hood fuse box by
looking through the top at the wire
inside. Remove the screws with a
phillips-head screwdriver.
184
Taking Care of the Unexpected
4. Check the smaller fuses in the
under-hood fuse box and all the
fuses in the interior fuse box by
pulling out each fuse with the fuse
puller provided in the under-hood
fuse box.
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Fuses
If you cannot drive the vehicle
without fixing the problem, and you
do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse
of the same rating or a lower rating
from one of the other circuits with
the fuse puller provided in the underhood fuse box. 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.
NOTICE: Replacing a f use with one
that has a higher rating greatly
increases the chances of damaging the
electrical system. If you do not have a
replacement f use with the proper rating
f or the circuit, install one with a lower
rating.
If the radio fuse is removed, the
audio system will disable itself. The
next time you turn on the radio you
will see ‘‘COdE’’ in the frequency
display. Use the Preset buttons to
enter the five-digit code (see page
88 ).
6. If the replacement fuse of the
same rating blows in a short time,
there is probably a serious
electrical problem in your vehicle.
Leave the blown fuse in that
circuit, and have your vehicle
checked by a qualified mechanic.
Taking Care of the Unexpected
185
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Fuse Locations
INTERIOR FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
10 A
10 A
20 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
−
10 A
7.5 A
Circuits Protected
Radio
Daytime Running Light*
Door Lock
Tailgate Lock
IMA
Not used
Rear Wiper
Back Light
* : Canadian model only
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
186
10 A
15 A
20 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
15 A
20 A
7.5 A
20 A
Circuits Protected
SRS
Fuel Pump, SRS
Front Wiper
FI-ECU
Turn Light
Meter
IG Coil
Power Window, Passenger
Starter Signal
Power Window, Driver
Taking Care of the Unexpected
No. Amps.
11
12
13
14
15
16
7.5 A
10 A
17
18
19
7.5 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
−
20 A
10 A
7.5 A
Circuits Protected
ACC Radio
ACC Socket
Not used
LAF Heater
Small Light
Air Conditioning, R/C
Mirror
Daytime Running Light*
Back Up Light
Interior Light
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Fuse Locations
UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
50 A
80 A
30 A
10 A
15 A
10 A
15 A
15 A
−
15 A
Circuits Protected
IG1 Main
Battery
ABS Motor
Hazard
IMA
Horn Stop
Fuel Pump
Left Headlight
Not used
Right Headlight
No. Amps.
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
30 A
40 A
30 A
20 A
40 A
30 A
40 A
7.5 A
20 A
−
Circuits Protected
Cooling Fan
Heater Motor
Rear Defroster
ABS F/S
Power Steering
Back Up, ACC
Power Window
IMA ECU
Condenser Fan
Spare Fuse
Taking Care of the Unexpected
187
Main Menu
188
Main Menu
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 ................. 190
Specifications ................................. 192
DOT Tire Quality Grading
(U.S. Vehicles) ....................... 194
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading ................................... 194
Treadwear .................................. 194
Traction....................................... 194
Temperature .............................. 195
Tire Labeling .................................. 196
Emissions Controls........................ 197
The Clean Air Act ...................... 197
Crankcase Emissions Control
System..................................... 197
Evaporative Emissions Control
System..................................... 197
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ................................. 197
Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 198
PGM-FI System ..................... 198
Ignition Timing Control
System................................. 198
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................ 198
Replacement Parts..................... 198
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 199
State Emissions Testing ............... 200
Testing of Readiness Codes ..... 200
Technical Information
189
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Identification Numbers
Your vehicle has several identifying
numbers in various places.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The Vehicle Identification Number
(VIN) is the 17-digit number your
Honda dealer uses to register your
vehicle for warranty purposes. It is
also necessary for licensing and
insuring your vehicle. The easiest
place to find the VIN is on a plate
fastened to the top of the dashboard.
You can see it by looking through
the windshield on the driver’s side. It
is also on the Certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb, and
is stamped on the engine compartment bulkhead. The VIN is also
provided in bar code on the
Certification label.
CERTIFICATION LABEL
190
Technical Information
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Identification Numbers
The Engine Number is stamped into
the engine block.
ENGINE NUMBER
TRANSMISSION NUMBER
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (CVT)
NUMBER
The Transmission Number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
The IMA Motor Number is stamped
on the motor housing.
IMA MOTOR NUMBER
Technical Information
191
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Specifications
Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Track
155.0 in (3,938 mm)
66.7 in (1,695 mm)
53.3 in (1,355 mm)
94.5 in (2,400 mm)
56.5 in (1,435 mm)
52.2 in (1,325 mm)
Front
Rear
Weights
Gross vehicle weight rating
Engine
Type
Bore x Stroke
Displacement
Compression ratio
M/T
CVT
Spark plugs*1
See the certification label attached
to the driver’s doorjamb.
Water cooled 4-stroke
SOHC VTEC in line
3-cylinder gasoline engine
2.8 x 3.21 in (72 x 81.5 mm)
60.8 cu-in (995 cm )
10.8 : 1
10.3 : 1
ILZFR5A-11
*1 : Contact your Honda dealer when replacement is necessary.
192
Technical Information
Capacities
Fuel tank
Engine
coolant
*2
Change
Total
M/T
CVT
Change*4
Including filter
Without filter
Total
Manual transmission
fluid
Change
Total
Automatic transmission
fluid (CVT)*3 Change
Total
Windshield washer reservoir
Approx.
10.6 US gal (40
0.61 US gal (2.3
1.03 US gal (3.9
1.06 US gal (4.0
)
)
)
)
Engine oil
2.6 US qt (2.5 )
2.4 US qt (2.3 )
3.2 US qt (3.0 )
1.6 US qt (1.5 )
1.7 US qt (1.6 )
3.5 US qt (3.3 )
5.8 US qt (5.5 )
4.8 US qt (4.5 )
*2 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine.
Reserve tank capacity: 0.11 US gal (0.4 )
*3 : U.S. model
*4 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Specifications
Air Conditioning
Refrigerant type
Charge quantity
Lubricant type
HFC-134a (R-134a)
17.6−19.4 oz (500−550 g)
SP-10
Lights
Headlights (HI/LO)
Front turn signal lights
Front parking lights
Side marker lights
Rear turn signal lights
Brake/Taillights
Back-up lights
Trunk light
License plate light
Interior light
12 Volt Battery
Capacity
Alignment
Toe-in
Camber
Caster
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
M/T
CVT*
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
60/55 W (HB2)
21 W
5W
5W
21 W
21/5 W
18 W
3.4 W
5W
5W
12 V − 27 Ah/5 HR
12 V − 30 Ah/5 HR
Tires
Size
Pressure
Fuses
Interior
Under-hood
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
0.00 in (0.0 mm)
0.12 in (3.0 mm)
0°
−1°
2°
Front/Rear
Spare
Front
Rear
Spare
P165/65R14 78S
T115/70D14 88M
38 psi (260 kPa)
35 psi (240 kPa)
60 psi (420 kPa)
See page 187 or the fuse label
attached to the inside of the fuse
box door under the dashboard.
See page 188 or the fuse box
cover.
* U.S. model
Technical Information
193
Main Menu
Table of Contents
DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
The tires on your vehicle meet all
U.S. Federal Safety Requirements.
All tires are also graded for
treadwear, traction, and temperature
performance according to
Department of Transportation
(DOT) standards. The following
explains these gradings.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall
between the tread shoulder and the
maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
All passenger car tires must conform
to Federal Safety Requirements in
addition to these grades.
194
Technical Information
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
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.
Technical Information
195
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Tire Labeling
The tires that came on your vehicle
have a number of markings. Those
you should be aware of are described
below.
14 − Rim diameter in inches.
78 − Load index (a numerical code
associated with the maximum
load the tire can carry).
Tire Size
Whenever tires are replaced, they
should be replaced with tires of the
same size. Following is an example
of tire size with an explanation of
what each component means.
P165/65R14 78S
P
− Vehicle type (P indicates
passenger vehicle).
165 − Tire width in millimeters.
65 − Aspect ratio (the tire’s section
height as a percentage of its
width).
R
− Tire construction code (R
indicates radial).
S
− Speed symbol (an
alphabetical code indicating
the maximum speed rating).
Tire Identification Number
Tire Identification Number (TIN) is
a group of numbers and letters that
look like the following example TIN.
DOT B97R FW6X 2202
DOT − This indicates that the tire
meets all requirements of
the U.S. Department of
Transportation.
B97R − Manufacturer’s
identification mark.
FW6X − Tire type code.
196
Technical Information
2202 − Date of manufacture.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Emissions Controls
The burning of gasoline in your
vehicle’s engine produces several byproducts. Some of these are carbon
monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen
(NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC).
Gasoline evaporating from the tank
also produces hydrocarbons. Controlling the production of NOx, CO,
and HC is important to the environment. Under certain conditions of
sunlight and climate, NOx and HC
react to form photochemical ‘‘smog.’’
Carbon monoxide does not contribute to smog creation, but it is a
poisonous gas.
The Clean Air Act
The United States Clean Air Act*
sets standards for automobile
emissions. It also requires that
automobile manufacturers explain to
owners how their emissions controls
work and what to do to maintain
them. This section summarizes how
the emissions controls work.
Scheduled maintenance is on page
127 .
*
In Canada, Honda vehicles comply
with the Canadian emission
requirements, as specified in an
agreement with Environment
Canada, at the time they are
manufactured.
Crankcase Emissions Control
System
Your vehicle has a Positive
Crankcase Ventilation System. This
keeps gasses that build up in the
engine’s crankcase from going into
the atmosphere. The Positive Crank-
case 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.
Technical Information
197
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Emissions Controls
Exhaust Emissions Controls
The exhaust emissions controls
include three systems: PGM-FI,
Ignition Timing Control, and Three
Way Catalytic Converter. These
three systems work together to
control the engine’s combustion and
minimize the amount of HC, CO, and
NOx that comes out the tailpipe. The
exhaust emissions control systems
are separate from the crankcase and
evaporative emissions control
systems.
PGM-FI System
The PGM-FI System uses sequential
multiport fuel injection.
It has three subsystems: Air Intake,
Engine Control, and Fuel Control.
The Engine Control Module (ECM)
or the Powertrain Control Module
(PCM) uses various sensors to
determine how much air is going
into the engine. It then controls how
much fuel to inject under all operating conditions.
Ignition Timing Control System
This system constantly adjusts the
ignition timing, reducing the amount
of HC, CO, and NOx produced.
Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converter is
in the exhaust system. Through
chemical reactions, it converts HC,
CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust
to carbon dioxide (CO2), dinitrogen
(N2), and water vapor.
198
Technical Information
Replacement Parts
The emissions control systems are
designed and certified to work together in reducing emissions to
levels that comply with the Clean Air
Act. To make sure the emissions
remain low, you should use only new
Honda replacement parts or their
equivalent for repairs. Using lower
quality parts may increase the
emissions from your vehicle.
The emissions control systems are
covered by warranties separate from
the rest of your vehicle. Read your
warranty manual for more information.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converter
contains precious metals that serve
as catalysts, promoting chemical
reactions to convert the exhaust
gasses without affecting the metals.
The catalytic converter is referred to
as a three-way catalyst, since it acts
on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement
unit must be an original Honda part
or its equivalent.
The three way catalytic converter
must operate at a high temperature
for the chemical reactions to take
place. It can set on fire any combustible materials that come near it.
Park your vehicle away from high
grass, dry leaves, or other flammables.
THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER
A defective three way catalytic
converter contributes to air pollution,
and can impair your engine’s performance. Follow these guidelines to
protect your vehicle’s three way
catalytic converter.
THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER
Keep the engine tuned-up.
Have your vehicle diagnosed and
repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling, or otherwise not
running properly.
Always use unleaded gasoline.
Even a small amount of leaded
gasoline can contaminate the
catalyst metals, making the three
way catalytic converter ineffective.
Technical Information
199
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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).
200
Technical Information
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.
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).
Select a nearby highway where
you can maintain a speed of 50 to
60 mph (80 to 97 km/h) for at
least 20 minutes in D (CVT) or 5th
gear (M/T). 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, drive
for at least 30 seconds, then repeat
it two more times (for a total of 90
seconds).
Then drive in city/suburban
traffic for at least 10 minutes.
When traffic conditions allow, let
the vehicle coast for several
seconds without using the
accelerator pedal or the brake
pedal.
If the testing facility determines the
readiness codes are still not set, see
your Honda dealer.
Main Menu
Warranty and Customer Relations
Customer Service
Information ................................. 202
Warranty Coverages ..................... 203
Reporting Safety Defects
(U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 204
Authorized Manuals ...................... 205
Warranty and Customer Relations
201
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Customer Service Information
Honda dealership personnel are
trained professionals. They should
be able to answer all your questions.
If you encounter a problem that your
dealership does not solve to your
satisfaction, please discuss it with
the dealership’s management. The
Service Manager or General
Manager can help. Almost all
problems are solved in this way.
If you are dissatisfied with the
decision made by the dealership’s
management, contact your Honda
Customer Service Office.
U.S. Owners:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Automobile Customer Service
Mail Stop 500-2N-7A
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, California 90501-2746
In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands:
Vortex Motor Corp.
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-0816
Tel: (800) 999-1009
(787) 620-7020
Canadian Owners:
When you call or write, please give
us this information:
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
202
Warranty and Customer Relations
Vehicle Identification Number
(see page 190 )
Name and address of the dealer
who services your vehicle
Date of purchase
Mileage on your vehicle
Your name, address, and telephone number
A detailed description of the
problem
Name of the dealer who sold the
vehicle to you
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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 −
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 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
vehicle.
Restrictions and exclusions apply to
all these warranties. Please read the
2004 Honda Warranty Information
booklet that came with your vehicle
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 2004 Warranty
Manual that came with your vehicle.
Warranty and Customer Relations
203
Main Menu
Table of Contents
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.
204
Warranty and Customer Relations
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.
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Authorized Manuals
Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals
(U.S. only)
Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should
contact their authorized Honda dealer.
The publications shown below can be purchased from Helm
Incorporated. You can order in any of three ways:
Detach and mail the order form on the right half of this page
Call Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-4356 (credit card orders only)
Go online at www. helminc. com
If you are interested in other years or models, contact Helm Inc.
at 1-800-782-4356
Publication
Form Number
61S3Y05
Form Description
Price
Each*
$70.00
2000-04 Honda Insight
Service Manual
$50.00
2000-04 Honda Insight
61S3Y05EL
Electrical Troubleshooting Manual
$44.00
2000-04 Honda Insight
61S3Y30
Body Repair Manual
$34.00
2004 Honda Insight
31S3Y650
Owner’s Manual
$12.00
2004 Honda Insight
31S3YQ10
Quick Start Guide
FREE
Order Form for Previous YearsHON-R
Indicate Year and Model Desired
*
Prices are subject to change without notice and without incurring
obligation.
ORDER TOLL FREE: 1-800-782-4356
(NOTE: For Credit Card Holder Orders Only)
Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. − 6:00 P.M. EST
MINIMUM CREDIT CARD PURCHASE $10.00
OR
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.
VEHICLE MODEL
2
0
0
4
PUBLICATION NUMBER
Price
Total
Each*
Price
Qty
Name
Year
H
O
N
*
Prices are subject to change without
notice and without incurring obligation.
Orders are mailed within 10 days. Please
allow adequate time for delivery.
TOTAL MATERIAL
Mich. Purchases
Add 6% Sales Tax
HANDLING CHARGE
$6.95
GRAND TOTAL
205
Main Menu
Table of Contents
Authorized Manuals
NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name,
and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should
be sent. For purchases outside U.S.A. please write to the address shown
below for a quotation.
S
H
I
P
T
O
Customer Name
Attention
Street Address − No P.O. Box Number
Apartment Number
City
State & Zip Code
Daytime Telephone Number
P
A
Y
M
E
N
T
(
Electrical Troubleshooting Manual:
This manual complements the Service Manual by
providing in-depth troubleshooting information for each
electrical circuit in your vehicle.
)
Body Repair Manual:
This manual describes the procedures involved in the
replacement of damaged body parts.
Check or money order enclosed payable to Helm Inc − U.S. funds only.
Do not send cash
Master
Card
VISA
Check here if your billing address is different
from the shipping address shown above.
Account Number
Expiration: Mo. Yr.
−
CUSTOMER SIGNATURE
DATE
These Publications cannot be returned for credit without receiving advance authorization within 14
days of delivery. On returns, a restocking fee may be applied against the original order.
P.O. BOX 07280·DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48207·1-800-782-4356
206
Service Manual:
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.
Main Menu
Index
A
Accessories and Modifications ...... 99
Accessories................................... 99
Modifications ............................. 100
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ........................................ 59
Accessory Power Socket ................ 69
Additives, Engine Oil..................... 134
Airbag (SRS) ................................ 9, 19
Air Conditioning System ................. 72
Usage ...................................... 73, 76
Air Outlets (Vents) .......................... 74
Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 154
Normal Driving .......................... 155
Alcohol in Gasoline .......................... 92
Antifreeze ....................................... 137
Anti-theft Steering Column
Lock ............................................... 59
Audio System ................................... 78
Auto Idle Stop......................... 109, 116
Automatic Transmission............... 111
Capacity, Fluid ........................... 192
Checking Fluid Level ................ 140
Shifting ........................................ 112
Shift Lever Position
Indicators ................................ 111
Shift Lever Positions ................. 112
Shift Lock Release ..................... 115
B
Battery
Charging System
Indicator............................ 42, 178
Jump Starting ............................. 173
Maintenance ............................... 160
Specifications ............................. 193
Before Driving ................................. 91
Belts, Seat ..................................... 8, 17
Beverage Holder .............................. 69
Booster Seats ................................... 33
Brakes
Break-in, New Linings................. 92
Fluid ............................................ 142
Bulb Replacement ..................... 147
Parking .......................................... 67
System Indicator .................. 43, 180
Wear Indicators ......................... 119
Braking System.............................. 119
Break-in, New Vehicle .................... 92
Brightness Control, Instruments ... 55
Brights, Headlights ......................... 54
Bulb Replacement
Back-up Lights ........................... 147
Brake Light ................................ 147
Front Parking Lights ................. 145
Front Side Marker Lights......... 146
Headlights .................................. 144
Specifications ............................. 193
Turn Signal Lights ..................... 146
Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 144
C
Capacities Chart............................. 192
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 36
Cargo, How to Carry ..................... 102
Carrying Cargo .............................. 101
CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii
CD Care ............................................ 85
CD Player Error Message .............. 86
CD Changer Error Message .......... 87
CD player .......................................... 83
Certification Label ......................... 190
CONTINUED
I
Main Menu
Index
Chains, Tires .................................. 159
Charge/Assist Gauge ..................... 51
Changing Oil
How to ......................................... 134
When to....................................... 127
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 165
Charging System Indicator .... 42, 178
Checklist, Before Driving ............. 106
Child Safety ...................................... 23
Booster Seats ................................... 33
Child Seats ........................................ 28
Important Safety Reminders .......... 26
Infants ............................................... 24
Large Children ................................. 32
Risks with Airbags ........................... 24
Small Children.................................. 27
Tethers .............................................. 31
Where Should a Child Sit? .............. 23
Child Seats
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 31
Clock.................................................. 89
Clutch Fluid .................................... 143
CO in the Exhaust ......................... 197
Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 107
Compact Spare Tire....................... 164
Consumer Information*................ 202
II
Controls, Instruments and .............. 39
Coolant
Adding ......................................... 137
Checking ....................................... 96
Proper Solution .......................... 137
Temperature Gauge .................... 47
Crankcase Emissions Control
System......................................... 197
Cup Holders...................................... 69
Current Fuel Mileage ...................... 48
Customer Service Office .............. 202
D
DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii
Dashboard .................................... 2, 40
Daytime Running Lights................. 54
Daytime Running Lights
Indicator ........................................ 44
Dead Battery .................................. 173
Defects, Reporting Safety............. 204
Defog and Defrost ........................... 75
Defogger, Rear Window ................. 56
Defrosting the Windows ................. 75
Dimensions ..................................... 192
Dimming the Headlights ................ 54
Dipstick
Engine Oil ..................................... 95
Directional Signals ........................... 54
Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 119
Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 136
Display Change Button ................... 47
Doors
Locking and Unlocking ............... 60
DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 194
Downshifting, 5-speed Manual
Transmission .............................. 108
Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 5
Driving ............................................ 105
Economy ....................................... 97
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 150
E
Economy, Fuel ................................. 97
Emergencies................................... 163
Battery, Jump Starting .............. 173
Brake System Indicator ............ 180
Changing a Flat Tire ................. 165
Charging System Indicator ...... 178
Checking the Fuses................... 184
Hazard Warning Button.............. 55
Main Menu
Index
Jump Starting ............................. 173
Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 177
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 178
Overheated Engine ................... 175
Towing ........................................ 181
Emergency Brake ............................ 67
Emergency Flashers ....................... 55
Emergency Towing ....................... 181
Emissions Controls........................ 197
Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 47
If It Won’t Start .......................... 171
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ................................. 43, 178
Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 133
Overheating................................ 175
Specifications ............................. 192
Starting........................................ 107
Engine, If It Won’t Start ................ 171
Engine Speed Limiter ........... 109, 114
Ethanol in Gasoline ......................... 92
Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 197
Exhaust Fumes ................................ 36
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by ......................................... 15
F
Fan, Interior...................................... 73
Features, Comfort and
Convenience ................................. 71
Filling the Fuel Tank ....................... 93
Filter
Dust and Pollen .......................... 150
Oil ................................................ 134
5-speed Manual Transmission
Checking Fluid Level ................ 141
Shifting the ................................. 108
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 55
Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 165
Fluids
Automatic Transmission
(CVT) ...................................... 140
Brake ........................................... 142
Clutch .......................................... 143
Manual Transmission ............... 141
Windshield Washer ................... 139
FM Stereo Radio
Reception ...................................... 81
Fuel .................................................... 92
Fill Door and Cap ......................... 93
Gauge ............................................ 47
Octane Requirement ................... 92
Oxygenated .................................. 92
Reserve Indicator......................... 44
Tank, Filling the........................... 93
Fuses, Checking the ...................... 183
G
Gas Mileage, Improving.................. 97
Gasoline ............................................ 92
Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 44
Gauge ............................................ 47
Octane Requirement ................... 92
Tank, Filling the........................... 93
Gas Station Procedures................... 93
Gauges
Engine Coolant Temperature .... 47
Fuel ................................................ 47
Gearshift Lever Positions
Automatic Transmission
(CVT) ...................................... 111
5-speed Manual
Transmission.......................... 108
Glove Box ......................................... 69
CONTINUED
III
Main Menu
Index
H
Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 144
Hatch
Opening the .................................. 60
Open Monitor Indicator .............. 44
Hazard Warning Button .................. 55
Headlights
Aiming ......................................... 144
Daytime Running Lights ...... 44, 54
High Beam Indicator ................... 44
Reminder Tone ............................ 54
Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 144
Turning on .................................... 54
Heating .............................................. 74
High Altitude, Starting at .............. 107
High-Low Beam Switch .................. 54
Hood Latch ..................................... 143
Hood, Opening the .......................... 94
Horn................................................... 52
Hydraulic Clutch ............................ 143
I
Identification Number, Vehicle.... 190
IV
Ignition
Keys............................................... 57
Switch ............................................ 59
Timing Control System ............. 198
IMA System Indicator ..................... 42
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Indicators .......................................... 42
ABS (Anti-lock Brake) ........ 43, 120
Brake (Parking and Brake
System) ............................. 43, 180
Charging System ................. 42, 178
DRL (Daytime Running
Lights)....................................... 44
High Beam.................................... 44
IMA ................................................ 42
Key (Immobilizer System) ......... 44
Low Fuel ....................................... 44
Low Oil Pressure ................. 42, 177
SRS .......................................... 21, 42
Turn Signal and Hazard
Warning .................................... 43
Infant Seats ....................................... 24
Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 154
Normal Driving .......................... 155
Inside Mirror .................................... 66
Inspection, Tire .............................. 156
Instrument Panel ............................. 41
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 55
Interior Lights .................................. 70
Introduction ......................................... i
J
Jacking up the Vehicle .................. 167
Jack, Tire ........................................ 165
Jump Starting ................................. 173
K
Keys ................................................... 57
L
Label, Certification ........................ 190
Lane Change, Signaling .................. 54
Lap/Shoulder Belt ..................... 13, 17
Lifetime Fuel Mileage ..................... 49
Lights
Bulb Replacement ..................... 144
Indicators ...................................... 42
Parking .......................................... 54
Turn Signal ................................... 54
Main Menu
Index
Load Limit ...................................... 102
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 59
Locks
Fuel Fill Door ............................... 93
Hatch ............................................. 60
Low Coolant Level ........................... 96
Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 44
Lower Gear, Downshifting to a.... 108
Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 192
Luggage, Storing (Cargo) ............ 101
M
Maintenance ................................... 123
Owner’s Maintenance
Checks .................................... 126
Record ......................................... 129
Required Indicator ....................... 45
Safety........................................... 124
Schedule ..................................... 125
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 43, 178
Manual Transmission.................... 108
Manual Transmission Fluid ......... 141
Meters, Gauges.......................... 41, 46
Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 66
Modifying Your Vehicle................ 100
N
New Vehicle Break-in ..................... 92
NOTICE, Explanation of ................... ii
Numbers, Identification ................ 190
O
Octane Requirement, Gasoline ...... 92
Odometer .......................................... 47
Odometer, Trip ................................ 48
Oil
Change, How to ......................... 134
Change, When to ....................... 127
Checking Engine ......................... 95
Selecting Proper Viscosity
Chart ....................................... 134
ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 59
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ..................................... 197
Opening the Hatch .......................... 60
Outside Mirrors ............................... 66
Overheating, Engine ..................... 175
Owner’s Maintenance Checks ..... 126
Oxygenated Fuels ............................ 92
P
Panel Brightness Control ............... 55
Parking ............................................ 118
Parking Brake .................................. 67
Parking Brake and Brake
System Indicator .................. 43, 180
Parking Over Things that Burn ... 118
PGM-FI System.............................. 198
Power Socket Location ................... 68
Power Windows ............................... 65
Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 15
Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 11
Additional Safety Precautions .... 16
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 15
Protecting Children ......................... 23
Protecting Larger Children ........ 32
Protecting Small Children .......... 27
Using Child Seats with
Tethers...................................... 31
CONTINUED
V
Main Menu
Index
R
Radiator Overheating .................... 175
Readiness Codes ............................ 200
Radio/CD Sound System ................ 78
Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement ... 147
Rear View Mirror ............................. 66
Rear Window Defogger .................. 56
Rear Window Washer ..................... 53
Rear Window Wiper ........................ 53
Reclining the Seat Backs ................ 64
Replacement Information
Engine Oil and Filter ................. 134
Fuses ........................................... 184
Light Bulbs ................................. 144
Schedule ..................................... 127
Tires ............................................ 157
Wiper Blades .............................. 151
Replacing Seat Belts After a
Crash ............................................. 18
Reserve Tank, Engine
Coolant .................................. 96, 137
Restraint, Child ................................ 23
Roof Antenna ................................. 150
Rotation, Tire ................................. 157
VI
S
Safety Belts................................... 8, 17
Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 204
Safety Features .................................. 7
Airbags ............................................ 9
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Safety Labels, Location of .............. 37
Safety Messages ................................ ii
Seat Belts ...................................... 8, 17
Additional Information ................ 17
Cleaning ...................................... 149
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 17
Maintenance ................................. 18
Reminder Indicator and
Beeper ................................. 17, 42
System Components.................... 17
Use During Pregnancy................ 15
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 13
Seats, Adjusting the ......................... 64
Serial Number ................................ 190
Service Intervals ............................ 127
Service Manual* ............................ 205
Service Station Procedures ............ 93
Setting the Clock ............................. 89
Shift Lever Position Indicators .... 111
Shift Lock Release ......................... 115
Signaling Turns ................................ 54
Snow Tires ...................................... 159
Sound System ................................... 78
Spare Tire
Inflating ....................................... 164
Specifications ............................. 193
Specifications Charts..................... 192
SRS, Additional Information........... 19
Additional Safety Precautions .... 22
How the SRS Indicator
Works ........................................ 21
How Your Airbags Work ............ 19
SRS Components ......................... 19
SRS Service................................... 22
SRS Indicator.............................. 21, 42
START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 59
Starting the Engine........................ 107
In Cold Weather at High
Altitude ................................... 107
With a Dead Battery ................. 173
State Emissions Testing ............... 200
Steam Coming from Engine ......... 175
Steering Wheel
Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 59
Stereo Sound System ...................... 78
Main Menu
Index
Storing Your Vehicle ..................... 161
Supplemental Restraint
System................................... 9, 19
Servicing ....................................... 22
SRS Indicator.......................... 21, 42
System Components.................... 19
Synthetic Oil ................................... 134
T
Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ....... 147
Taking Care of the
Unexpected ................................ 163
Technical Descriptions
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 194
Emissions Control Systems ...... 197
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ................................ 199
Temperature Gauge ........................ 47
Temperature, Inside Sensor ........... 77
Tether Anchorage Points ............... 31
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 199
Time, Setting the ............................. 89
Tire Chains ..................................... 159
Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 165
Tire Information ............................ 196
Tire Labeling .................................. 196
Tires ................................................ 154
Air Pressure ............................... 155
Checking Wear .......................... 156
Compact Spare ........................... 164
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 194
Inflation ....................................... 154
Inspection ................................... 156
Replacing .................................... 157
Rotating....................................... 157
Snow ............................................ 159
Specifications ............................. 193
Tire Chains ................................. 159
Tools, Tire Changing .................... 165
Towing
A Trailer ...................................... 121
Emergency Wrecker ................. 181
Transmission
Checking Fluid Level,
Automatic (CVT) ................... 140
Checking Fluid Level,
Manual .................................... 141
Fluid Selection ................... 140, 141
Identification Number ............... 191
Shifting the Manual ................... 108
Treadwear ...................................... 194
Trip Meters ...................................... 48
Trip Mileage ..................................... 48
Turn Signals ..................................... 54
U
Unexpected, Taking Care
of the ........................................... 163
Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 194
Unleaded Gasoline ........................... 92
Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 136
V
Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 102
Vehicle Dimensions....................... 192
Vehicle Identification Number..... 190
Vehicle Storage .............................. 161
VIN .................................................. 190
Viscosity, Oil................................... 134
CONTINUED
VII
Main Menu
Index
W
WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii
Warning Labels, Location of .......... 37
Warranty Coverages* ................... 203
Washer, Windshield
Operation ...................................... 53
Wheels
Alignment and Balance ............. 156
Compact Spare ........................... 164
Wrench ....................................... 167
Windows
Cleaning ........................................ 53
Rear, Defogger ............................ 56
Windshield
Cleaning ........................................ 53
Defroster ...................................... 75
Washers ........................................ 53
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades ........................ 151
Operation ...................................... 53
Worn Tires ..................................... 156
Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 181
*
U.S. and Canada only
VIII
Main Menu
Service Information Summary
Gasoline:
Unleaded gasoline, pump octane
number of 86 or higher.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
10.6 US gal (40 )
Recommended Engine Oil:
API Premium grade 0W-20
detergent oil (see page 133 ).
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
2.6 US qt (2.5 )
Automatic Transmission Fluid
(CVT):
Use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic
Transmission Fluid) only.
Capacity:
5.8 US qt (5.5 )
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
141 ).
Capacity (including differential):
1.6 US qt (1.5 )
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 142 ).
Tire Pressure (measured cold):
Front:
38 psi (260 kPa)
Rear:
35 psi (240 kPa)
Spare Tire:
60 psi (420 kPa)
Was this manual useful for you? yes no
Thank you for your participation!

* Your assessment is very important for improving the work of artificial intelligence, which forms the content of this project

Download PDF

advertisement