Owners Manual

Owners Manual
2004 Pilot 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...........................................................................................................................45
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience Features.........................................................................................................81
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving .............................................................................................................................................123
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving...........................................................................................................................................................135
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance.................................................................................................................................................159
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer.
Taking Care of the Unexpected...............................................................................................................195
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical Information...............................................................................................................................215
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ......................................................................229
A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us.
Index ................................................................................................................................................................. I
Service Information Summary
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A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.
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Owner’s Identification
This Owner’s Manual should be considered
a permanent part of the vehicle, and should
remain with the vehicle when it is sold.
OWNER
This Owner’s Manual covers all models of
the Pilot. You may find descriptions of
equipment and features that are not on your
particular model.
ADDRESS
STREET
CITY
STATE/PROVINCE
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
V. I. N.
DELIVERY DATE
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.
(Date sold to original retail purchaser)
DEALER NAME
DEALER NO.
ADDRESS
STREET
CITY
STATE/PROVINCE
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
OWNER’S SIGNATURE
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Introduction
Congratulations! Your selection of a 2004 Honda Pilot 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
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.
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A Few Words About Safety
Your safety, and the safety of others,
is very important. And operating this
car safely is an important
responsibility.
To help you make informed
decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and
other information on labels and in
this manual. This information alerts
you to potential hazards that could
hurt you or others.
Of course, it is not practical or
possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating or
maintaining your vehicle. You must
use your own good judgement.
You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms,
including:
Safety Labels − on the vehicle.
and one of
Safety Messages − preceded by a safety alert symbol
three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.
These signal words mean:
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don’t follow instructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don’t follow instructions.
You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow
instructions.
Safety Headings − such as Important Safety Reminders or Important
Safety Precautions.
Safety Section − such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions − how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it
carefully.
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Important Handling Information
Your Pilot has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher ground
clearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and rough
terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier.
These advantages come at some cost. Because your vehicle is taller and rides higher off the ground, it has a high
center of gravity. This means your vehicle can tip or roll over if you make abrupt turns. Utility vehicles have a
significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantly
more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. As a reminder, make sure you and your passengers always wear
seat belts.
For information on how to reduce the risk of rollover, read ‘‘Driving Guidelines’’ on page 136 of this manual and the
Off-Highway Guidelines section on page 155 . Failure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an
accident.
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
INSTRUMENT PANEL (P. 47)
GAUGES (P. 54)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P. 88)
POWER DOOR LOCK
SWITCHES
(P. 65)
CLIMATE CONTROL
SYSTEM
(P. 86)
MIRROR
CONTROLS
(P. 74)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 73)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P. 126)
FUEL FILL DOOR
RELEASE
(P. 125)
PARKING BRAKE
PEDAL
(P. 75)
REAR A/C CONTROL
(P. 87)
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P. 58)
HORN
LIGHT CONTROL
SWITCH
(P. 79)
HAZARD WARNING
BUTTON(P. 59)
VTM-4 LOCK
(P. 142)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P. 60)
CRUISE
CONTROL
MASTER
SWITCH
(P. 116)
REMOTE AUDIO
CONTROLS
(P. 101)
STEERING WHEEL
ADJUSTMENT
(P. 61)
CRUISE CONTROL
(P. 116)
WINDSHIELD WIPERS/
WASHERS
(P. 57)
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Driver and Passenger Safety
This section gives you important
information about how to protect
yourself and your passengers. It
shows you how to use seat belts
properly. It explains how your
airbags work. And it tells you how to
properly restrain infants and
children in your vehicle.
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 7
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Airbags ............................................ 9
Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 10
1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 10
2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 10
3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 11
4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 12
5. Fasten and Position the
Lap/Shoulder Seat Belts .... 12
6. Adjust the Steering Wheel ..... 14
7. 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
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 18
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 19
Additional Information About
Your Airbags ........................... 19
Airbag System Components ....... 19
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 20
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 22
How the SRS Indicator Light
Works ........................................ 23
How The Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 23
Airbag Service .............................. 24
Additional Safety Precautions .... 24
Protecting Children − − General
Guidelines ................................. 25
All Children Must Be
Restrained ................................ 25
All Children Should Sit in the
Back Seat .................................. 26
The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Can Pose Serious Risks .......... 26
If You Must Drive with Several
Children .................................... 28
If a Child Requires Close
Attention ................................... 28
Additional Safety Precautions .... 28
Protecting Infants ............................ 29
Protecting Small Children .............. 30
Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 31
Installing a Child Seat ..................... 32
Installing a Child Seat Using
LATCH...................................... 33
Installing a Child Seat with a
Lap/shoulder Belt ................... 35
Installing a Child Seat with a
Tether ....................................... 37
Protecting Larger Children ............ 38
Checking Seat Belt Fit ................ 39
Using a Booster Seat ................... 39
Additional Safety Precautions .... 41
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 42
Safety Labels .................................... 43
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Important Safety Precautions
You’ll find many safety
recommendations throughout this
section, and throughout this manual.
The recommendations on this page
are the ones we consider to be the
most important.
Always Wear Your Seat Belt
A seat belt is your best protection in
all types of collisions. Airbags
supplement seat belts, but airbags
are designed to inflate only in a
moderate to severe frontal or side
collision. So even though your
vehicle is equipped with airbags,
make sure you and your passengers
always wear your seat belts, and
wear them properly (see page 12 ).
Restrain All Children
Children age 12 and under should
ride properly restrained in a back
seat. Infants and small children
should be restrained in a child seat.
Larger children should use a booster
and a lap/shoulder belt until they
can use the belt properly without a
booster (see page 25 ).
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.
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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 161 ).
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
(9)
(3)
(1)
(4)
(10)
(7)
(5) (7) (8)
(2)
(10) (6)
(2)
(1) Safety Cage
(2) Crush Zones
(3) Seats & Seat-Backs
(4) Head Restraints
(5) Collapsible Steering Column
(6) Seat Belts
(7) Airbags
(8) Front Seat Belt Tensioners
(9) Door Locks
(10) Side Airbags
Your vehicle is equipped with many
features that work together to
protect you and your passengers
during a crash.
Some safety features do not require
any action on your part. These
include a strong steel framework
that forms a safety cage around the
passenger compartment; front and
rear crush zones, a collapsible
steering column, and seat belt
tensioners that tighten the front seat
belts in the event of a crash.
However, you and your passengers
can’t take full advantage of these
safety features unless you remain
sitting in a proper position and
always wear your seat belts properly.
In fact, some safety features can
contribute to injuries if they are not
used properly.
The following pages explain how you
can take an active role in protecting
yourself and your passengers.
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Seat Belts
Your vehicle is equipped with seat
belts in all seating positions.
Your seat belt system also includes
an indicator on the instrument panel
to remind you and your passengers
to fasten your seat belts.
Why Wear Seat Belts
Seat belts are the single most
effective safety device for adults and
larger children (Infants and smaller
children must be properly restrained
in child seats).
Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has airbags.
In addition, most states and all
Canadian provinces require you to
wear seat belts.
When properly worn, seat belts:
Keep you connected to the vehicle
so you can take advantage of the
vehicle’s built-in safety features.
Help protect you in almost every
type of crash, including frontal,
side, and rear impacts and
rollovers.
Help keep you from being thrown
against the inside of the vehicle
and against other occupants.
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What You Should Do:
Always wear your seat belt, and
make sure you wear it properly.
The rest of this section gives more
detailed information about how you
can take an active role in maximizing
your safety.
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.
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Of course, seat belts cannot
completely protect you in every
crash. But in most cases, seat belts
can reduce your risk of serious
injury.
Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
if you have airbags.
Be sure you and your
passengers always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
The most important things you need
to know about your airbags are:
Airbags
Airbags do not replace seat belts.
They are designed to supplement
the seat belts.
Airbags offer no protection in rear
impacts, or minor frontal or side
collisions.
Airbags can pose hazards. To do
Your vehicle has a Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) with front
airbags to help protect the heads and
chests of the driver and a front seat
passenger during a moderate to
severe frontal collision (see page
20 for more information on how
your front airbags work).
Your vehicle also has side airbags to
help protect the upper torso of the
driver or a front seat passenger
during a moderate to severe side
impact. (See page 22 for more
information on how your side airbags
work.)
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.
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 front
passenger should move their seat as
far back from the dashboard as
possible.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
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.
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
the front seat.
See page 26 for important guidelines
on how to properly protect infants,
small children, and larger children
who ride in your vehicle.
1.Close and Lock the Doors
After everyone has entered the
vehicle, be sure the doors and
tailgate are closed and locked.
Your vehicle has a door and tailgate
monitor indicator on the instrument
panel to indicate when a specific
door or the tailgate is not tightly
closed.
Locking the doors reduces the
chance of someone being thrown out
of the vehicle during a crash, and it
helps prevent passengers from
accidentally opening a door and
falling out.
Locking the doors also helps prevent
an outsider from unexpectedly
opening a door when you come to a
stop.
See page 65 for how to lock the
doors, and page 50 for how the
monitor light works.
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2.Adjust the Front Seats
Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the
rear as possible while allowing you to
maintain full control of the vehicle.
Have a front passenger adjust their
seat as far to the rear as possible.
If you sit too close to the steering
wheel or dashboard, you can be
seriously injured by an inflating front
airbag, or by striking the steering
wheel or dashboard.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that drivers
allow at least 10 inches (25 cm)
between the center of the steering
wheel and the chest.
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
the seat is locked into position. See
page 68 for how to adjust the front
seats.
Sitting too close to a front
airbag can result in serious
injury or death if the front
airbags inflate.
3.Adjust the Seat-Backs
Reclining a seat-back so that the
shoulder part of the belt no longer
rests against the occupant’s chest
reduces the protective capability of
the belt. It also increases the chance
of sliding under the belt in a crash
and being seriously injured. The
farther a seat-back is reclined, the
greater the risk of injury.
See page 68 for how to adjust seatbacks.
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.
Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright
position.
Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.
Adjust the seat-back to an
upright position, and sit well
back in the seat.
Always sit as far back from the
front airbags as possible.
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4.Adjust the Head Restraints
Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.
Make sure head restraints are
in place and positioned properly
before driving.
Adjust the driver’s head restraint so
the back of your head rests against
the center of the restraint.
Properly adjusted head restraints
will help protect occupants from
whiplash and other crash injuries.
See page 72 for how to adjust the
head restraints.
Have passengers with adjustable
restraints adjust their restraints
properly as well. Taller persons
should adjust their restraint as high
as possible.
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5.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.
In the second row center seat and
the third row seats, be sure the
detachable anchors are also latched
(see page 72 ).
Position the lap part of the belt as
low as possible across your hips,
then pull up on the shoulder part of
the belt so the lap part fits snugly.
This lets your strong pelvic bones
take the force of a crash and reduces
the chance of internal injuries.
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To adjust the height of a front seat
belt anchor, press and hold the
release buttons and slide the anchor
up or down as needed (it has four
positions).
RELEASE
BUTTON
Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
very serious injuries in a crash.
If 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.
If a seat belt does not seem to work
as it should, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash.
Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.
No one should sit in a seat with an
inoperative seat belt. Using a seat
If the seat belt touches or crosses
your neck, or if it crosses your arm
instead of your shoulder, you need to
adjust the seat belt anchor height.
belt that is not working properly can
result in serious injury or death.
Have your Honda dealer check the
belt as soon as possible.
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Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
6.Adjust the Steering Wheel
very serious injuries in a crash.
See page 17 for additional
information about your seat belts
and how to take care of them.
Adjust the steering wheel, if needed,
so that the wheel points toward your
chest, not toward your face. This
provides optimal protection from the
front airbag.
See page 61 for how to adjust the
steering wheel.
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7.Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position
After all occupants have adjusted
their seats and put on seat belts, it is
very important that they continue to
sit upright, well back in their seats,
with their feet on the floor, until the
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.
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In addition, an occupant who is out of
position in the front seat can be
seriously or fatally injured in a crash
by striking interior parts of the
vehicle or being struck by an
inflating front airbag. Being struck
by an inflating side airbag can
possibly result in serious injuries.
Advice for Pregnant Women
This will reduce the risk of injuries
to both you and your unborn child
that can be caused by a crash or an
inflating front airbag.
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.
When driving, remember to sit
upright and adjust the seat as far
back as possible while allowing full
control of the vehicle. When riding
as a front passenger, adjust the seat
as far back as possible.
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.
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Additional Safety Precautions
Never let passengers ride in the
cargo area or on top of a foldeddown back seat. All passengers
reduce the protective capability of
the seat belt and increase the
chance of serious injury in a crash.
must sit in locked, upright seats
and be properly restrained by seat
belts.
Do not place hard or sharp objects
between yourself and a front
airbag. Carrying hard or sharp
Passengers should not stand up or
change seats while the vehicle is
moving. A passenger who is not
objects on your lap, or driving with
a pipe or other sharp objects in
your mouth, can result in injuries
if your front airbag inflates.
wearing a seat belt during a crash
or emergency stop can be thrown
against the inside of the vehicle,
against other occupants, or out of
the vehicle.
Two people should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
Do not put any accessories on seat
belts. Devices intended to improve
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can
Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers. If your
hands or arms are close to an
airbag cover, they could be injured
if the airbag inflates.
Do not attach or place objects on
the front airbag covers. Objects on
the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’
could interfere with the proper
operation of the airbags or if be
propelled inside the vehicle and
hurt someone if the airbags inflate.
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Do not attach hard objects on or
near a front door. If a side airbag
inflates, a cup holder or other hard
object attached on or near the
door could be propelled inside the
vehicle and hurt someone.
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
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.
Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all eight seating
positions. The front seat belts are
also equipped with automatic seat
belt tensioners.
Lap/Shoulder Belt
The lap/shoulder belt in the center
seat of the second and third row
seats is equipped with a detachable
anchor that has two parts: a small
latch plate and a buckle.
The seat belt system
includes an indicator on the
instrument panel and a beeper to
remind you and your passengers to
fasten your seat belts.
The detachable anchor should
normally be latched whenever the
seats-backs are in an upright position.
For more information about the
detachable anchor (see page 72 ).
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.
The lap and shoulder belt goes over
your shoulder, across your chest,
and across your hips.
All seat belts have an emergency
locking retractor. In normal driving,
the retractor lets you move freely in
your seat while it keeps some
tension on the belt. During a collision
or sudden stop, the retractor
automatically locks the belt to help
restrain your body.
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 12 for how to
properly position the belt).
The seat belts in all positions except
the driver’s have an additional
locking mechanism that must be
activated to secure a child seat (see
page 35 ).
If you continue driving without
fastening your seat belt, the beeper
sounds and the indicator flashes
again at regular intervals.
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If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the locking
mechanism will activate. The belt
will retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners
To deactivate the locking
mechanism, unlatch the buckle, and
let the seat belt fully retract. To
refasten the belt, pull it out only as
far as needed.
When the tensioners are activated,
the seat belts will remain tight until
they are unbuckled in the normal
manner.
To unlatch the belt, push the red
PRESS button on the buckle.
For added protection, the front seat
belts are equipped with automatic
seat belt tensioners. When activated,
the tensioners immediately tighten
the belts to help hold the driver and
a front passenger in place.
The tensioners are designed to
activate primarily in frontal collisions,
and they should activate in any
collision severe enough to cause
front-airbag inflation.
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However, the tensioners can be
activated during a collision in which
the front airbags do not deploy. In
this case, the airbags would not be
needed, but the additional restraint
could be helpful.
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Seat Belt Maintenance
For safety, you should check the
condition of your seat belts regularly.
Pull each belt out fully and look for
frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check
that the latches work smoothly and
the belts retract easily. Any belt that
is not in good condition or not
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.
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. If the automatic seat
belt tensioners activate during a
crash, they must be replaced.
For information on how to clean your
seat belts, see page 184 .
Airbag System Components
Your airbag system includes:
Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint
System) front airbags. The driver’s
airbag is stored in the center of
the steering wheel; the front
passenger’s airbag is stored in the
dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS
AIRBAG.’’
Not checking or maintaining
seat belts can result in serious
injury or death if the seat belts
do not work properly when
needed.
Two side airbags, one for the
driver and one for a front
passenger. The airbags are stored
in the outer edges of the seatbacks. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE
AIRBAG’’ (see page 22 ).
Check your seat belts regularly
and have any problem
corrected as soon as possible.
Automatic front seat belt
tensioners (see page 18 ).
Sensors that can detect a
moderate to severe frontal or side
collision.
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A sophisticated electronic system
that continually monitors and
records information about the
sensors, the control unit, the
airbag activators, and driver and
front passenger seat belt use when
the ignition is in the ON (II)
position.
How Your Front Airbags Work
Although both airbags normally
inflate within a split second of each
other, it is possible for only one
airbag to deploy.
An indicator on the instrument
panel that alerts you to a possible
problem with your airbags (see
page 23 ).
An indicator on the dashboard that
alerts you that the passenger’s
front airbag has been turned off
(see page 18 ).
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 front passenger’s front
airbags, at the time and with the
force needed.
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During a frontal crash, your seat belt
restrains your lower body and torso,
and the airbag helps protect your
head and chest.
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.
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After a crash, you may see what
looks like smoke. This is actually
powder from the airbag’s surface.
Although the powder is not harmful,
people with respiratory problems
may experience some temporary
discomfort. If this occurs, get out of
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do
so.
Dual-Stage Airbags
After inflating, the front airbags
immediately deflate, so they won’t
interfere with the driver’s visibility,
or the ability to steer or operate
other controls.
The total time for inflation and
deflation is 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.
Your front airbags are dual-stage
airbags. This means they have two
inflation stages that can be ignited
sequentially or simultaneously,
depending on crash severity.
In a more severe crash, both stages
will ignite simultaneously to provide
the quickest and greatest protection.
Dual-Threshold Airbags
Your front airbags are also dualthreshold airbags. Airbags with this
feature have two deployment
thresholds that depend on whether
or not the occupant is wearing a seat
belt.
If the occupant’s belt is not latched,
the airbag will deploy at the same
threshold as a conventional airbag,
because the occupant would need
extra protection.
If the occupant’s belt is latched, the
airbag will inflate at a slightly higher
threshold, when the airbag would be
needed to supplement the protection
provided by the seat belt.
In a less severe crash, one stage will
ignite first, then the second stage
will ignite a split second later. This
provides longer airbag inflation time
with a little less force.
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How Your Side Airbags Work
The passenger’s side airbag has a
cutoff system designed to turn off
the passenger’s side airbag if a child’s
head is in the airbag’s deployment
path (see page 23 ).
There will be some delay between
the moment the passenger moves
into or out of the airbag deployment
path and when the indicator comes
on or goes off.
If you ever have a moderate to
severe side impact, the sensors will
detect rapid deceleration and signal
the control unit to instantly inflate
either the driver’s or the passenger’s
side airbag.
If the side airbag cutoff indicator
comes on, have the passenger sit
upright. Once the passenger is out of
the deployment path of the side
airbag, the system will turn the
airbag back on and the indicator will
go out.
Only one airbag will deploy during a
side impact. If the impact is on the
passenger’s side, the passenger’s
side airbag will deploy even if there
is no passenger.
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A front seat passenger should not
use a cushion or other object as a
backrest. It may prevent the cutoff
system from working properly.
When you turn the ignition ON (II),
the indicator should light briefly and
go out (see page 23 ). If it doesn’t
light, stays on, or comes on while
driving without a passenger in the
front seat, have the system checked.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How the SRS Indicator Works
The SRS indicator alerts
you to a potential problem
with your front airbags, side airbags,
or front seat belt tensioners (see
page 48 ).
If you see any of these indications,
the airbags and seat belt tensioners
may not work properly when you
need them.
When you turn the ignition to ON
(II), this indicator will light briefly
then go out. This tells you that the
system is working properly.
Ignoring the SRS indicator light
can result in serious injury or
death if the airbag systems, or
tensioners do not work 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:
Have your vehicle checked by a
dealer as soon as possible if
the SRS indicator alerts you to
a possible problem.
If the SRS indicator does not come
on after you turn the ignition
switch to ON (II).
If the indicator stays on after the
engine starts.
If the indicator comes on or
flashes on and off while you drive.
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works
This indicator alerts you
that the passenger’s side
airbag has been automatically shut
off. It does not mean there is a
problem with your side airbags.
To reduce the risk of injury from an
inflating side airbag, your vehicle has
an automatic cutoff system for the
passenger’s side airbag.
Although Honda does not encourage
children to ride in front, this system
is designed to shut off the side
airbag if a child leans sideways and
the child’s head is in the side airbag
deployment path.
If a short adult leans sideways, or a
larger adult slouches and leans
sideways into the side airbag
deployment path, the system may
also shut off the side airbag.
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Objects placed on the front
passenger seat can also cause the
side airbag to shut off.
To get the best protection from the
side airbags, front seat occupants
should wear their seat belts and sit
upright and well back in their seats.
Airbag Service
Your airbag systems are virtually
maintenance-free, and there are no
parts you can safely service.
However, you must have your
vehicle serviced if:
An airbag ever inflates. Any airbag
that has deployed must be
replaced along with the control
unit and other related parts. If a
front airbag inflates the seat belt
tensioners must also be replaced.
Do not try to remove or replace
any airbag by yourself. This must
be done by a Honda dealer or a
knowledgeable body shop.
The SRS indicator light alerts you
to a problem. Take your vehicle to
an authorized Honda dealer as
soon as possible. If you ignore this
indication, your airbags may not
operate properly.
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Additional Safety Precautions
Do not attempt to deactivate your
airbags. Together, airbags and
seat belts provide the best
protection.
Do not tamper with airbag
components or wiring for any
reason. Tampering could cause
the airbags to deploy, possibly
causing very serious injury.
Do not expose the front seat-backs
to liquid. If water or another liquid
soaks into a seat-back, it can
prevent the side airbag cutoff
system from working properly.
Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting a
Honda dealer. Improperly
replacing or covering front seatback covers can prevent your side
airbags from inflating during a
side impact.
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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 have children, or 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 infants, 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.
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
Infants and small children must be
restrained in an approved child seat
that is properly secured to the
vehicle (see pages 29 − 31 ).
Larger children must be restrained
with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on
a booster until the seat belt fits them
properly (see pages 38 − 41 ).
All Children Should Sit in the
Back Seat
According to accident statistics,
children of all ages and sizes are
safer when they are restrained in the
back seat. The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and
Transport Canada recommend that
all children age 12 and under be
properly restrained in the back seat.
inflating airbag when they ride in the
back.
The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Can Pose Serious Risks
Front airbags have been designed to
help protect adults in a moderate to
severe frontal collision. To do this
the passenger’s front airbag is quite
large and it can inflate with enough
force to cause very serious injuries.
Infants
Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s front airbag. If
the airbag inflates, it can hit the back
of the child seat with enough force
to kill or very seriously injure an
infant.
Children who ride in back are less
likely to be injured by striking
interior vehicle parts during a
collision or hard braking. Also,
children cannot be injured by an
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Small Children
Placing a forward-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with passenger’s front airbag can be
hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too
far forward, or the child’s head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating front airbag can strike the
child with enough force to kill or
very seriously injure a small child.
Larger Children
Children who have outgrown child
seats are also at risk of being injured
or killed by an inflating passenger’s
front airbag. Whenever possible,
larger children should sit in the back
seat, in a booster seat if needed, and
be properly restrained with a seat
belt (see page 38 for important
information about protecting larger
children).
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U.S. Models
Canadian Models
To remind you of the passenger’s
front airbag hazards, and that
children must be properly restrained
in the back seat, your vehicle has
warning labels on the dashboard and
on the driver’s and front passenger’s
visors. Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.
To remind you of the front airbag
hazards, your vehicle has warning
labels on the driver’s and front
passenger’s visors. Please read and
follow the instructions on these
labels.
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If You Must Drive with Several
Children
Your vehicle has two rows of back
seats where children can be properly
restrained. If you ever have to carry
a group of children, and a child must
ride in front:
Place the largest child in the front
seat, provided the child is large
enough to wear the lap/shoulder
belt properly (see page 38 ).
Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (see page 10 ).
Have the child sit upright and well
back in the seat (see page 26 ).
Make sure the seat belt is properly
positioned and secured (see page
12 ).
If a Child Requires Close
Attention
Many parents say they prefer to put
an infant or small child in the front
passenger seat so they can watch the
child, or because the child requires
attention.
Placing a child in the front seat
exposes the child to hazards in a
frontal collision, and paying close
attention to a child distracts the
driver from the important tasks of
driving, placing both of you at risk.
If a child requires physical attention
or frequent visual contact, we
strongly recommend that another
adult ride with the child in the back
seat. The back seat is far safer for a
child than the front.
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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.
Use childproof door locks to
prevent children from opening the
doors. This can prevent children
from accidentally falling out.
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Never hold an infant or 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 or a
seat-back. If you are wearing a
seat belt the child can be torn
from your arms and be seriously
hurt or killed.
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines, Protecting Infants
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, infants and small
children left in a vehicle on a hot
day can die from heatstroke. A
child left alone with the key in the
ignition can accidentally set the
vehicle in motion, possibly injuring
themselves or others.
Keep vehicle keys and remote
transmitters out of the reach of
children. Even very young
children learn how to unlock
vehicle doors, turn on the ignition,
and open the trunk, which can
lead to accidental injury or death.
Lock all doors and the tailgate
when your vehicle is not in use.
Children who play in vehicles can
accidentally get trapped inside.
Teach your children not to play in
or around vehicles.
Protecting Infants
Child Seat Type
Only a rear-facing child seat provides
proper support for a baby’s head,
neck, and back.
An infant must be properly
restrained in a rear-facing, reclining
child seat until the child reaches the
seat maker’s weight or height limit
for the seat, and the child is at least
one year old.
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Protecting Infants and Small Children
Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death if the
passenger’s front airbag inflates.
Always place a rear-facing child
seat in the back seat, not the
front.
Two types of seats may be used: a
seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode.
Do not put a rear-facing child seat in
a forward-facing position. If placed
facing forward, an infant could be
very seriously injured during a
frontal collision.
Child Seat Placement
Protecting Small Children
We strongly recommend installing a
rear-facing child seat in a back seat.
Child Seat Type
Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front seat. If the passenger’s
front airbag inflates, it can hit the
back of the child seat with enough
force to kill or seriously injure an
infant.
When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the
driver or a front passenger from
moving the seat as far back as
recommended, or from locking the
seat-back in the desired position, and
interfering with the proper operation
of the passenger’s advanced front
airbag (see page 22 ).
In any of these situations, we
strongly recommend that you install
the child seat in a different back
seating position or get a smaller rearfacing child seat.
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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.
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
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Child Seat Placement
We strongly recommend placing a
forward-facing child seat in a back
seat, not the front.
Placing a forward-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s airbag can be
hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too
far forward, or the child’s head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating airbag can strike the child
with enough force to cause very
serious or fatal injuries.
We also recommend that a small
child stay in the child seat as long as
possible, until the child reaches the
weight or height limit for the seat.
If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move
the vehicle seat as far to the rear as
possible, be sure the child seat is
firmly secured to the vehicle, and the
child is properly strapped in the seat.
Selecting a Child Seat
When buying a child seat, you need
to choose between a conventional
child seat, or one designed for use
with the Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children (LATCH) system.
Conventional child seats must be
secured to a vehicle with a seat belt,
whereas LATCH-compatible seats
are secured by attaching the seat to
hardware built into the two secondrow seat.
Placing a forward-facing child
seat in the front seat can result
in serious injury or death if the
front airbag inflates.
If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move
the vehicle seat as far back as
possible, and properly restrain
the child.
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Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat
Since LATCH-compatible child seats
are easier to install and reduce the
possibility of improper installation,
we recommend selecting this style.
2. The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to fit the child.
We also recommend selecting a
LATCH-compatible seat with a rigid,
rather than a flexible, anchor (see
page 33 ).
3. The child seat should fit the
vehicle seating position (or
positions) where it will be used.
In seating positions and vehicles not
equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed
using a seat belt.
Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children.
Before purchasing a conventional
child seat, or using a previously
purchased one, we recommend that
you test the seat in the specific
vehicle seating position, or positions,
where the seat will be used.
Whatever type of seat you choose, to
provide proper protection, a child
seat should meet three
requirements:
secured to the vehicle with the lap
part of a lap/shoulder belt or with
the LATCH (Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children) system. A
child whose seat is not properly
secured to the vehicle can be
endangered in a crash.
seat, push and pull the seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure.
213 or CMVSS 213 on the box.
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1. Properly secure the child seat to
the vehicle. All child seats must be
2. Make sure the child seat is firmly
secured. After installing a child
1. The child seat should meet U.S. or
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213. Look for FMVSS
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After selecting a proper child seat,
and a good place to install the seat,
there are three main steps in
installing the seat:
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A child seat secured with a seat belt
should be installed as firmly as
possible. However, it does not need
to be ‘‘rock solid’’. Some side-to-side
movement can be expected and
should not reduce the child seat’s
effectiveness.
If the child seat is not secure, try
installing it in a different seating
position, or use a different style of
child seat that can be firmly secured.
3. Secure the child in the child seat.
Make sure the child is properly
strapped in the child seat
according to the child seat maker’s
instructions. A child who is not
properly secured in a child seat
can be seriously injured in a crash.
Installing a Child Seat Using
LATCH
Your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH (Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children) at the second
row seats. The lower anchors are
located between the seat-back and
seat bottom, and are to be used only
with a child seat designed for use
with LATCH.
The location of each lower anchor is
marked with a small circle above the
point.
To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat:
LOWER
ANCHORS
1. Move the seat belt buckle or
tongue away from the lower
anchors.
2. Make sure there are no objects
near the anchors that could
prevent a secure connection
between the child seat and
anchors.
The following pages provide
guidelines on how to properly install
a child seat. A forward-facing child
seat is used in all examples, but the
instructions are the same for a rearfacing child seat.
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RIGID TYPE
3. Place the child seat on the vehicle
seat, and attach the seat to the
lower anchors according to the
child seat maker’s instructions.
Some LATCH-compatible seats
have a rigid-type connection as
shown above.
FLEXIBLE TYPE
Other LATCH-compatible seats have
a flexible-type connection as shown
above.
4. Whatever type you have, follow
the child seat maker’s instructions
for adjusting or tightening the fit.
6. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side-to-side to
verify that it is secure.
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5. Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether anchorage point on the
underside of the seat cushion,
then tighten the strap as
instructed by the child seat maker.
Make sure the strap is not twisted.
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Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/
Shoulder Belt
When not using the LATCH system,
all child seats must be secured to the
vehicle with the lap part of a lap/
shoulder belt.
1. With the child seat in the desired
seating position, route the belt
through the child seat according
to the seat maker’s instructions,
then insert the latch plate into the
buckle.
2. To activate the lockable retractor,
slowly pull the shoulder part of the
belt all the way out until it stops,
then let the belt feed back into the
retractor.
3. After the belt has retracted, tug on
it. If the belt is locked, you will not
be able to pull it out. If you can pull
the belt out, it is not locked, and
you will need to repeat these steps.
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Installing a Child Seat
To remove slack, it may help to put
weight on the child seat, or push on
the back of the seat while pulling up
on the belt.
5. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is firmly secured. If
the child seat is not secure,
unlatch the belt, allow it to retract
fully, then repeat these steps.
4. After confirming that the belt is
locked, then 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 deactivate the locking
mechanism and remove a child seat,
unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat
belt, and let the belt fully retract.
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Installing a Child Seat
Installing a Child Seat with a
Tether
Your vehicle has attachment points
for a tether-style child seat to be
installed on the second or third row
as shown.
Second Seat Installation:
Third Seat Installation:
Since a tether can provide additional
security, we recommend using a
tether whenever one is required or
available. (Tethers are required in
Canada.)
TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT
Each second row seat has a tether
anchorage point behind the seat
back.
There are three anchorage points on
the tailgate sill. Select the anchorage
point you want to use, and slide the
cover to open it (outboard anchor),
or remove the cover (center anchor).
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Installing a Child Seat, Protecting Larger Children
Protecting Larger Children
When a child reaches the
recommended weight or height limit
for a forward-facing child seat, the
child should sit in a back seat on a
booster and wear a lap/shoulder belt.
The following pages give
instructions on how to check proper
seat belt fit, what kind of booster
seat to use if one is needed, and
important precautions for a child
who must sit in front.
Lift the head restraint, then route
the tether strap over the seat-back
between the legs of the head
restraint.
Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether attachment point, and tighten
the strap according to the child seat
maker’s instructions. Make sure the
strap is not twisted.
Allowing a large child age 12 or
under to sit in front can result in
injury or death if the passenger’s
front airbag inflates.
If a large child must ride in front,
move the vehicle seat as far
back as possible, use a booster
seat if needed, have the child
sit up properly and wear the
seat belt properly.
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Checking Seat Belt Fit
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?
To determine if a lap/shoulder belt
properly fits a child, have the child
put on the seat belt, then ask
yourself:
If you answer yes to all these
questions, the child is ready to wear
the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If
you answer no to any question, the
child needs to ride on a booster seat.
1. Does the child sit all the way back
against the seat?
A child who has outgrown a forwardfacing child seat should ride in a
back seat and use a booster seat
until the lap/shoulder belt fits them
properly without the booster.
Some states 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.
2. Do the child’s knees bend
comfortably over the edge of the
seat?
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Protecting Larger Children
Booster seats can be high-back or
low-back. Whichever style you select,
make sure the booster meets federal
safety standards (see page 25 ) and
that you follow the booster seat
maker’s instructions.
When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front
Maturity
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly
restrained in the back seat.
To safely ride in front, a child must
be able to follow the rules, including
sitting properly, and wearing the seat
belt properly throughout a ride.
If the passenger’s front airbag is on,
and it 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.
Physically, a child must be large
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to
properly fit (see page 39 ). If the seat
belt does not fit properly, with or
without the child sitting on a booster,
the child should not sit in the front.
Physical Size
If a child who uses a booster must
ride in front, move the vehicle seat
as far to the rear as possible, and be
sure the child is wearing the seat
belt properly.
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.
The side airbag also poses risks. If
any part of a larger child’s body is in
the path of a deploying side airbag,
the child could receive possibly
serious injuries.
Of course, children vary widely. And
while age may be one indicator of
when a child can safely ride in the
front. There are other important
factors you should consider.
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Protecting Larger Children
If you decide that a child can safely
ride up front, be sure to:
Additional Safety Precautions
Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck. This could result in
Carefully read the owner’s manual
and make sure you understand all
seat belt instructions and all safety
information.
serious neck injuries during a crash.
Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position.
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.
Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.
Check that the child’s seat belt is
properly positioned and secured.
Supervise the child. Even mature
children sometimes need to be
reminded to fasten the seat belts
or sit properly.
Do not let a child put the shoulder
part of a seat belt behind the back or
under the arm. This could cause
Two children should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they could
be very seriously injured in a crash.
Do not put any accessories on a seat
belt. Devices intended to improve a
child’s comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can make
the belt less effective, and increase
the chance of serious injury in a
crash.
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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.
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.
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With the tailgate open, air flow can
pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s
interior and create a hazardous
condition. If you must drive with the
tailgate open, open all the windows
and set the heating and cooling
system/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
and cooling system/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.
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Safety Labels
These labels are in the locations
shown. They warn you of potential
hazards that could cause serious
injury. Read these labels carefully. If
a label comes off or becomes hard to
read, contact your Honda dealer for
a replacement.
DASHBOARD
SUN VISOR
U.S. models only
U.S. models
HOOD
Canadian models
RADIATOR CAP
BATTERY LABEL
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This section gives information about
the controls and displays that
contribute to the daily operation of
your Honda. All the essential
controls are within easy reach.
Control Locations ............................ 46
Instrument Panel ............................. 47
Gauges .............................................. 54
Odometer/Trip Meter ................ 54
Fuel Gauge ................................... 54
Temperature Gauge .................... 55
Outside Temperature Gauge ..... 55
Controls Near the Steering
Wheel ............................................ 56
Windshield Wipers and Washers .. 57
Turn Signal and Headlights............ 58
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 59
Hazard Warning Button .................. 59
Rear Window Defogger .................. 60
Steering Wheel Adjustment ........... 61
Keys and Locks ................................ 62
Immobilizer System......................... 62
Ignition Switch ................................. 64
Door Locks ....................................... 65
Power Door Locks ....................... 65
Childproof Door Locks ............... 65
Remote Transmitter ........................ 66
Seats Heaters ................................... 67
Seats .................................................. 68
Power Windows ............................... 73
Mirrors .............................................. 74
Parking Brake .................................. 75
Interior Convenience Items ............ 76
Beverage Holders ........................ 77
Console Compartment ................ 77
Sunglasses Holder ....................... 78
Glove Box ..................................... 78
Sun Visor....................................... 78
Lights ................................................ 79
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Control Locations
INDICATORS
AND GAUGES (P.47)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P.88)
POWER DOOR LOCK
SWITCHES
(P.65)
CLIMATE CONTROL
SYSTEM
(P.86)
MIRROR
CONTROLS
(P.74)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P.73)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P.126)
FUEL FILL DOOR
RELEASE
(P.125)
PARKING BRAKE
PEDAL
(P.75)
REAR A/C CONTROL
(P.87)
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PARKING BRAKE
AND BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P.49)
SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR
(P.48)
BRAKE LAMP INDICATOR (P.50)
SIDE AIRBAG
CUTOFF INDICATOR
(P.48)
CRUISE CONTROL
INDICATOR (P.51)
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR
LAMP (P.48)
LOW OIL PRESSURE
INDICATOR (P.48)
LOW FUEL
INDICATOR (P.51)
OUTSIDE
TEMPERATURE
DISPLAY (P.55)
CHARGING SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P.48)
DOOR AND TAILGATE
OPEN MONITOR (P.50)
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.48)
MAINTENANCE
REQUIRED
INDICATOR (P.53)
HIGH BEAM
INDICATOR (P.51)
VTM-4 INDICATOR (P.52)
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P.49)
*
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR* (P.49)
A/T TEMPERATURE
INDICATOR (P.52)
The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences forInfthe
Canadian
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Instrument Panel
The instrument panel has many
indicators to give you important
information about your vehicle.
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
See page 207 .
Seat Belt Reminder
Indicator
This indicator comes on when you
turn the ignition switch to ON (II). It
reminds you and your passengers to
fasten your seat belts. A beeper also
sounds if you have not fastened your
seat belt.
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 206 .
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.
Charging System
Indicator
If this indicator comes on when the
engine is running, the battery is not
being charged. For more information,
see page 206 .
If you continue driving without
fastening your seat belt, the beeper
sounds and the indicator flashes
again at regular intervals.
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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 front airbags. This indicator will
also alert you to a potential problem
with your side airbags, passenger’s
side airbag automatic cutoff system
or automatic seat belt tensioners.
For complete information, see page
23 .
Side Airbag Off Indicator
This indicator comes on when you
turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If
it comes on at any other time, it
indicates that the passenger’s side
airbag has automatically shut off.
For complete information, see page
23 .
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U.S.
Canada
Parking Brake and Brake System
Indicator
This indicator has two functions:
1. It 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.
A chime also sounds if you try to
drive with the parking brake on.
2. If it remains lit after you have fully
released the parking brake while
the engine is running, or if it
comes on while driving, there
could be a problem with the brake
system. For complete information,
see page 208 .
U.S.
Canada
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 at a dealer. With
this indicator on, your vehicle still
has normal braking ability but not
anti-lock. For complete information,
see page 145 .
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 62 ).
This indicator also blinks several
times when you turn the ignition
switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY
(I) or LOCK (0).
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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 181 ). Replace the bulb as
soon as possible, since other drivers
cannot see that you are signaling.
Brake Lamp Indicator
If a brake light does not work, the
BRAKE LAMP indicator comes on
when you push the brake pedal with
the ignition switch in the ON (II)
position.
A burned out brake light is a hazard
when drivers behind you cannot tell
you are braking. Have your brake
lights repaired right away.
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The appropriate indicator comes on
in this display if the tailgate or any
door is not closed tightly.
All the indicators in the monitor
display come on for a few seconds
when you turn the ignition switch to
ON (II).
When you push the Hazard Warning
button, both turn signal indicators
blink. All turn signals on the outside
of the vehicle should flash.
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‘‘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.
High Beam Indicator
This indicator comes on with the
high beam headlights. See page
58 for information on the headlight
controls.
Washer Level Indicator
Canadian models only
This indicator comes on when the
washer fluid level is low. Add washer
fluid when you see this indicator
come on (see page 175 ).
On Canadian models, this indicator
comes on with reduced brightness
when the Daytime Running Lights
(DRL) are on (see page 59 ).
Low Fuel Indicator
Cruise Control Indicator
This indicator comes on when you
set the cruise control. See page
116 for information on operating the
cruise control.
This indicator comes on as a
reminder that you must refuel soon.
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A/T Temperature
Indicator
This indicator monitors the
temperature of the automatic
transmission fluid. It comes on for a
few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes
on while driving, it indicates the
transmission fluid temperature is too
high. Pull to the side of the road
when it is safe, shift to Park, and let
the engine idle until the light goes
out.
Continuing to drive with the A/T
Temperature indicator on may cause
serious damage to the transmission.
VTM-4 Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II). If this
indicator comes on at any other time,
there is a problem in the 4WD
system. Have your vehicle checked
by a dealer.
If the indicator blinks while driving,
pull to the side of the road when it is
safe, shift to Park, and let the engine
idle until the indicator goes out.
Continuing to drive with the VTM-4
indicator blinking may cause serious
damage to the 4WD system.
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Maintenance Required Indicator
SELECT/RESET BUTTON
For the first 6,000 miles (9,600 km)
after the Maintenance Required
Indicator is reset, it will come on for
two seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II).
Between 6,000 miles (9,600 km) and
7,500 miles (12,000 km) this
indicator will light for two seconds
when you first turn the ignition
switch to ON (II), and then flash for
ten seconds.
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 164 and 165 .
If you exceed 7,500 miles (12,000
km) without having the scheduled
maintenance performed, this
indicator will remain on as a constant
reminder.
Your dealer will reset this indicator
after completing the scheduled
maintenance. If this maintenance is
done by someone other than your
Honda dealer, reset the indicator as
follows.
1. Turn off the engine.
2. Press and hold the Select/Reset
button on the instrument panel,
then turn the ignition switch ON
(II).
3. Hold the button for approximately
ten seconds until the indicator
resets.
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Gauges
TACHOMETER
SPEEDOMETER
FUEL GAUGE
TRIP METER
TEMPERATURE
GAUGE
TRIP METER
SELECT/RESET
BUTTON
ODOMETER
Trip Meter
This meter shows the number of
miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada)
driven since you last reset it.
There are two trip meters: Trip A
and Trip B. Switch between these
displays and the outside temperature
display (EX model only) by pressing
the Select/Reset button repeatedly.
Each trip meter works independently,
so you can keep track of two
different distances.
To reset a trip meter, display it, and
then press and hold the Select/Reset
button until the number resets to
‘‘0.0’’. Both trip meters will reset if
the vehicle’s battery goes dead or is
disconnected.
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Odometer
The odometer shows the total distance your vehicle has been driven.
It measures miles in U.S. models and
kilometers in Canadian models.
It is illegal under U.S. federal law and
Canadian provincial regulations to
disconnect, reset, or alter the
odometer with the intent to change
the number of miles or kilometers
indicated.
Fuel Gauge
This shows how much fuel you have.
It may show slightly more or less
than the actual amount. The needle
returns to the bottom after you turn
off the ignition.
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.
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Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine’s coolant. During normal
operation, the pointer should rise
from the bottom white mark to about
the middle white mark. In severe
driving conditions, such as very hot
weather or a long period of uphill
driving, the pointer may rise to the
upper white mark. If it reaches the
red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the
side of the road. Turn to page 204 for
instructions and precautions on
checking the engine’s cooling
system.
Outside Temperature Indicator
On EX model
This indicator displays the outside
temperature in Fahrenheit (U.S.
models) or Centigrade (Canadian
models). To see the outside
temperature, press and release the
Select/Reset button until the
temperature is displayed.
In certain weather conditions,
temperature readings near freezing
(32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is
forming on the road surface.
The temperature sensor is in the
front bumper. Therefore, the temperature reading can be affected by heat
reflection from the road surface, engine heat, and the exhaust from
surrounding traffic. This can cause
an incorrect temperature reading
when your speed is under
19 mph (30 km/h).
The sensor delays the display update
until it reaches the correct out side
temperature, this may take several
minutes.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
HEADLIGHTS/
TURN SIGNALS
(P.58)
HORN*
LIGHT CONTROL
SWITCH
(P.79)
HAZARD
WARNING
BUTTON
(P.59)
VTM-4 LOCK
(P.142)
REAR
WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P.60)
CRUISE
CONTROL
MASTER
SWITCH
(P.116)
REMOTE AUDIO
CONTROLS
(P.101)
CRUISE CONTROL
(P.116)
STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT
(P.61)
*
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WIPERS/WASHERS
(P.57)
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Windshield Wipers and Washers
INT − The length of the wiper
interval is varied automatically
according to the vehicle’s speed.
Rear Window Wiper and Washer
Vary the delay by turning the INT
TIME ring. If you turn it to the
shortest delay, the wipers will
change to low speed operation
when the vehicle speed exceeds 12
mph (20 km/h).
LO − The wipers run at low speed.
HI − The wipers run at high speed.
1. MIST
2. OFF
3. INT − Intermittent
4. LO − Low
5. HI − High
6. Windshield Washers
Windshield Washer − Pull the
wiper control lever toward you and
hold it. The washers spray until
you release the lever. The wipers
run at low speed, then complete
one more sweep after you release
the lever.
Push the right lever up or down to
select a position.
MIST − The wipers run at high
speed until you release the lever.
OFF − The wipers are not activated.
1. Rotate the switch clockwise to
turn the rear window wiper ON.
2. Hold past ON to turn the window
wiper on and the window washer
to spray.
3. OFF
4. Rotate the switch
counterclockwise to turn the
window wiper on and the window
washer to spray.
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Turn Signal and Headlights
Headlights On − Rotating switch
on the left lever to the ‘‘
’’
position turns on the parking lights,
taillights, instrument panel lights,
side-marker lights, and rear license
plate lights. Turning the switch to
the ‘‘
’’ position turns on the
headlights. If you leave the lights on
with the ignition switch in the
ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0)
position, you will hear a reminder
chime when you open the driver’s
door.
1. Turn Signal
2. Headlights On
3. High Beams
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.
High Beams − To turn on, push
the lever forward until you hear a
click. The blue high beam indicator
will light (see page 51 ). 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.
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Automatic Lighting Off Feature
On EX model
This feature turns off the headlights,
fog lights, parking lights, taillights,
side marker lights, license plate
lights, and instrument panel lights
within 15 seconds of removing the
key from the ignition switch and
closing the driver’s door.
This feature activates if you leave
the headlight switch in the ‘‘
’’
or ‘‘
’’ position, remove the key,
then open and close the driver’s door.
If you remove the key from the
ignition switch with the headlight
switch on, but do not open the door
and get out, the lights will turn off
after 10 minutes.
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Headlights, Instrument Panel Brightness, Hazard Warning Button
The lights will turn on again when
you unlock or open the driver’s door.
If you unlock the door, but do not
open it within 15 seconds, the lights
will go off. With the driver’s door
open, you will hear a lights-on
reminder chime.
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 ON (II) and
release the parking brake. They
remain on until you turn the ignition
off, even if you set the parking brake.
Instrument Panel Brightness
INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS
CONTROL KNOB
The knob on the instrument panel
controls the brightness of the instrument panel lights. Turn the knob to
adjust the brightness.
The headlights revert to normal
operation when you turn the switch
to the ‘‘
’’ position.
Hazard Warning Button
HAZARD WARNING BUTTON
Push the red button to turn on the
hazard warning lights (four-way
flashers). This causes all four
outside turn signals and both
indicators in the instrument panel to
flash. Use the hazard warning lights
if you need to park in a dangerous
area near heavy traffic, or if your
vehicle is disabled.
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Rear Window Defogger
EX model
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
above the button lights to show the
defogger is on. If you do not turn it
off, the defogger will shut itself off
after about 15 minutes. It also shuts
off when you turn off the ignition.
You have to turn it on again when
you restart the vehicle.
LX model
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.
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Steering Wheel Adjustment
3. Push the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in that position.
See page 14 for important safety
information about how to properly
position the steering wheel.
4. Make sure you have securely
locked the steering wheel in place
by trying to move it up and down.
Make any steering wheel adjustment
before you start driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel
position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
vehicle and be seriously injured
in a crash.
Adjust the steering wheel only
when the vehicle is stopped.
1. Push the lever under the steering
column all the way down.
2. Move the steering wheel so it
points to your chest, not toward
your face. Make sure you can see
the instrument panel gauges and
indicators.
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Keys and Locks, Immobilizer System
MASTER
KEY
NUMBER KEY
(BLACK)
TAG
VALET KEY
(GRAY)
You should have received a key
number tag with your set of keys.
You will need this key number if you
ever have to get a key replaced. Use
only Honda-approved key blanks.
Immobilizer System
These keys contain electronic
circuits that are activated by the
Immobilizer System. They will not
work to start the engine if the
circuits are damaged.
Protect the keys from direct
sunlight, high temperature, and
high humidity.
Do not drop the keys or set heavy
objects on them.
The master key fits all the locks on
your vehicle. The valet key works
only in the ignition and the door
locks. You can keep the glove box
locked when you leave your vehicle
and the valet key at a parking facility.
Keep the keys away from liquids.
If they get wet, dry them
immediately with a soft cloth.
The keys do not contain batteries.
Do not try to take them apart.
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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.
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.
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.
If the system repeatedly does not
recognize the coding of your key,
contact your Honda dealer.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it. Electrical
problems could result that may make
your vehicle undriveable.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
If you have lost your key and cannot
start your engine, contact a Honda
dealer.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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Ignition Switch
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.
ACCESSORY (I) − You can
operate the audio system and the
accessory power sockets in this
position.
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, the shift lever must
be in Park, and you must push the
key in slightly.
ON (II) − This is the normal key
position when driving. Several of the
lights 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.
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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.
The shift lever must be in Park
before you can remove the key from
the ignition switch.
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Door Locks
Power Door Locks
tailgate unlock when you use the key
in the passenger’s door.
Childproof Door Locks
MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH
Lockout Prevention
With the driver’s door open and the
key in the ignition, both master door
lock switches are disabled. They are
not disabled if the driver’s door is
closed. Pushing the switch down on
the open passenger’s door will lock
all doors.
Each door has a lock tab on the top.
When you push down the tab on the
driver’s door or use the key, all the
doors and the tailgate lock. To lock
the front passenger’s door, push the
lock tab down and close the door.
To unlock only the driver’s door
from the outside, turn the key and
release it. If you turn the key and
hold it, all doors and the tailgate
unlock. All four doors and the
Tailgate
To open the tailgate, pull the handle,
then lift up. To close the tailgate, use
the inner handle to pull it down, then
press down on the back edge.
Keep the tailgate closed at all times
while driving to avoid damaging it
and to prevent exhaust gas from
getting into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard, page 42 .
LOCK COVER
The childproof door locks are
designed to prevent children seated
in the rear from accidentally opening
the rear doors. Each rear door has a
lock lever near the edge. With the
lever in the LOCK position, the door
cannot be opened from the inside
regardless of the position of the lock
tab. To open the door, pull the lock
tab up and use the outside door
handle.
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Remote Transmitter
LED
LOCK
BUTTON
UNLOCK
BUTTON
PANIC
BUTTON
LOCK − Press this button once to
lock all doors and the tailgate. Some
exterior and interior lights will flash.
When you push LOCK twice within 5
seconds, you will hear a beep to
verify that the security system has
set. You cannot lock it if any door is
not fully closed or key is in the
ignition switch.
UNLOCK − Press this button once
to unlock the driver’s door. Push it
twice to unlock the other doors and
the tailgate. If you do not open any
doors or the tailgate 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).
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.
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Replacing the Transmitter Battery
BATTERY
ROUND
COVER
If it takes several pushes on the
button to lock or unlock the doors
and the tailgate, replace the battery
as soon as possible.
Battery type: CR2025
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.
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Remote Transmitter, Seat Heaters
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.
Seat Heaters
(If equipped)
SEAT HEATERS
In LO, the heater runs continuously.
It does not cycle with temperature
changes.
Follow these precautions whenever
you use the seat heaters:
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.
In HI, the heater turns off when the
seat gets warm, and turns back on
after the seat’s temperature drops.
Use the HI setting only to heat the
seats quickly, because it draws
large amounts of current from the
battery.
Both front seats are equipped with
seat heaters. The passenger seat
only has heaters in the seat bottom
because of side airbag system. The
ignition switch must be in the ON
(II) position to use them. Push the
top of the switch, HI, to rapidly heat
up the seat. After the seat reaches a
comfortable temperature, select LO
by pushing the bottom of the switch.
This will keep the seat warm.
If the engine is left idling for an
extended period, do not use the
seat heaters even on the LO
setting. It can weaken the battery,
causing hard starting.
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Power Seat Adjustment
Driver’s Lumbar Support
On EX model
See pages 10 − 11 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position seats and seat-backs.
On EX model
The controls for the power
adjustable driver’s seat are on the
outside edge of the seat bottom. You
can adjust the power seat with the
ignition switch in any position. Make
all seat adjustments before you start
driving.
Moving the long horizontal switch
adjusts the seat bottom in several
directions. The seat bottom adjusts
in the direction you move the switch.
The short vertical switch adjusts the
seat back angle.
Moves the seat
forward and backward.
Moves the front of the
seat up or down and
the rear of the seat up
or down.
Raises or lowers the
seat.
Adjusts the seat-back
angle forward or
backward.
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To change the lumbar support, move
the lever on the right side of the
seat-back forward or backward.
Keep moving the lever forward or
backward until you find a suitable
position.
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Manual Seat Adjustments
On LX model
To adjust the seat forward and
backward, pull up on the lever under
the front seat cushion. Then try to
move the seat to make sure it is
locked into position.
Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment
To change the seat-back angle of the
front seat, pull up on the lever on the
outside of the seat bottom.
The height of your driver’s seat is
adjustable. Turn the front dial on the
outside of the seat cushion to raise
the front of the seat bottom, and turn
the rear dial to raise the rear.
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Seats
Adjusting the Second Row Seats
Folding the Second Row Seats
The left and right halves can be
folded separately.
Third Seat Access
1. If you are folding the left half of
the seat, use the ignition key to
release the center seat belt from
the detachable anchor (see page
72 ).
2. Lower the head restraint fully.
SECOND
ROW SEAT
To change the angle of the seats in
the second row seat-backs, pull up
the handle on the seat-back. Moving
the short vertical switch forward or
backward adjusts the seat back in
those directions.
3. Pull up the handle on the outside
of the seat-back.
4. Fold the seat-back forward.
Reverse this procedure to return the
seat to its upright position. Make
sure the seat is locked and secured
before driving.
To adjust the seats forward and
backward, pull up on the lever under
the seat cushion. After moving the
seat, make sure it is locked into
position.
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RELEASE LEVER
To get into the third row seats, pull
up the lever on the outside of the
passenger’s side second row seatback. The seat-back will tilt forward,
and the seat will slide forward.
Push the whole seat backwards until
fully latches. Make sure the seat is
locked and secured before driving.
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Adjusting the Third Row Seat
Folding the Third Row Seat
3. Use the ignition key to release the
seat belt from the detachable
anchor. See page 80 .
4. Unlock the seat-back by pulling
the handle. Push the seat-back
forward.
THIRD ROW
SEAT
Make sure you clip the small latch
plate of each outer shoulder belt to
the seat belt webbing whenever the
third seat is folded.
HANDLE
Pull the handle on the back of the
seat, move the seat-back to the
desired position and release the
handle. Let the seat-back latch into
the new position.
1. Remove the head restraints by
pushing the release buttons and
pulling the restraints out.
2. Store the head restraints under
the cargo area floor. Insert the
shafts into the holes in the sides of
the storage compartment.
Reverse this procedure to return the
seat to its upright position.
Reinstall the head restraints,
reconnect the seat belts, and make
sure the seats are secured before
driving.
Make sure all items in the cargo area
are secured. Loose items can fly
forward and cause injury if you have
to brake hard. See Carrying Cargo
on page 131 .
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Head Restraints
See page 12 for important safety
information and a warning about how to
properly position the head restraints.
They are most effective when you
adjust them so the back of the
occupant’s head rests against the
center of the restraint.
Detachable Seat Belt Anchors
SMALL LATCH PLATE
The head restraints in the second
and third row seats adjust for height.
You need both hands to adjust the
restraint. To raise it, pull upward. To
lower it, push the release button
sideways, and push the restraint
down.
TRIANGULAR MARK
RELEASE BUTTON
Your vehicle is equipped with head
restraints in all seating positions to
help protect you and your
passengers whiplash and other
injuries.
Using a seat belt with the
detachable anchor unlatched
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash.
Before using the seat belt,
make sure the detachable
anchor is correctly latched.
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To unlatch the detachable anchor,
insert a key into the slot on the side
of the small buckle. Line up the
triangle marks on the plate and
buckle when reattaching the belt and
buckle.
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Power Windows
DRIVER’S WINDOW
SWITCH
MAIN SWITCH
Closing a power window on
someone’s hands or fingers can
cause serious injury.
Make sure your passengers are
away from the windows before
closing them.
Turn the ignition switch to ON (II)
to raise or lower any window. To
open the window, push the switch
down and hold it. Release the switch
when you want the window to stop.
Pull back on the switch and hold it to
close the window.
AUTO − To open/close the driver’s
window, push the window switch
firmly down or up to the second
detent, and release it. The window
will automatically go up or down all
the way. To stop the window, pull/
push on the window switch briefly.
If the MAIN switch is OFF, the
passenger windows cannot be raised
or lowered. Keep the MAIN switch
off when you have children in the
vehicle so they do not injure
themselves by operating the
windows unintentionally.
AUTO REVERSE − If the driver’s
window runs into any obstacle while
it is closing automatically, it will
reverse direction and then stop. To
close the window, remove the
obstacle, then use the window switch
again.
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, or the
driver’s window fuse is removed, the
AUTO function will be disabled. The
power window system needs to be
reset after reconnecting the battery
or installing the fuse.
1. Start the engine. Push down and
hold the driver’s window switch
until the window is fully open.
2. Pull and hold the driver’s window
switch to close the window
completely, then hold the switch
for a second or two more.
If the power windows do not operate
properly after resetting, have your
vehicle checked by a Honda dealer.
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Mirrors
Keep the inside and outside mirrors
clean and adjusted for best visibility.
Be sure to adjust the mirrors before
you start driving.
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
SELECTOR SWITCH
Power Mirror Heaters
(If equipped)
ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
TAB
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.
1. Move the selector switch to L
(driver’s side) or R (passenger’s
side).
2. Push the appropriate edge of the
adjustment switch to move the
mirror right, left, up, or down.
3. When you finish, move the
selector switch to the center (off)
position. This turns off the
adjustment switch so you can’t
move a mirror out of position by
accidentally bumping the switch.
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HEATED MIRROR BUTTON
The outside mirrors are heated to
remove fog and frost. With the
ignition switch in the ON (II)
position, turn on the heaters by
pressing the button. The indicator in
the button comes on as a reminder.
Press the button again to turn the
heaters off.
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Parking Brake
NOTICE: Driving the vehicle with the
parking brake applied can damage the
rear brakes and axles.
PARKING BRAKE PEDAL
To apply the parking brake, push the
parking brake pedal down with your
foot. To release the parking brake,
push on the pedal again. The parking
brake light on the instrument panel
should go out when the parking
brake is fully released with the
engine running. (see page 49 .)
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ACCESSORY POWER SOCKETS
COAT HOOK
GLOVE BOX
COIN BOX
CONSOLE
COMPARTMENT
BEVERAGE HOLDERS
BEVERAGE HOLDERS
(EX ONLY)
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Beverage Holders
Be careful when you are using the
beverage holders. A spilled liquid
that is very hot can scald you or your
passengers. Liquid can also spill
from the rear door pocket beverage
holders when you close the rear
doors. Use only resealable
containers in the door pockets. The
front beverage holders can be
installed under the slide.
Spilled liquids can damage the
upholstery, carpeting, and electrical
components in the interior.
Accessory Power Sockets
These sockets are intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps).
Console Compartment
None of the sockets will power an
automotive type cigarette lighter
element. When more than one
socket is being used, the combined
power rating of the accessories
should be 120 watts or less
(10 amps).
To open the console compartment,
pull up on the lever and lift the lid.
Pivot the from door of the console
forward and you can store a cellular
phone, a small notepad, and business
cards in it.
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Sunglasses Holder
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.
Sun Visor
EXTENSION
The glove box light comes on only
when the parking lights are on.
To open and close the sunglasses
holder, push on the front edge.
Make sure the holder is closed while
you are driving. Some larger styles
of sunglasses may not fit in the
holder.
An open glove box can cause
serious injury to your passenger
in a crash, even if the
passenger is wearing the seat
belt.
Always keep the glove box
closed while driving.
SUN VISOR
When using the sun visor for the
side window, remove the support rod
from the clip and swing it out. Slide
the extension out to get more
coverage on side windows.
Make sure you put the sun visor
back in place when you are getting
into or out of the vehicle. Do not use
the sun visor extension over the rear
view mirror.
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Lights
Light Control Switch
When the switch is in the Door
Activated position:
The individual map lights come on
when any door or the tailgate is
opened, or when the remote
transmitter is used to unlock the
doors.
ON
DOOR
ACTIVATED
POSITION
The individual map lights in the
second and third rows cannot be
turned on.
OFF
When this switch is in the ON position:
All the individual map lights come
on.
When this switch is in the OFF position:
None of the lights come on when a
door or the tailgate is opened.
The individual map lights in the
front can be turned on and off with
the switches next to the lights.
Individual Interior Lights
The courtesy lights in the front
doors and around the ignition switch
come on when you open any door.
After you close the door, the ignition
switch light stays on for several
seconds.
The individual map lights in the
second and third rows can be
turned on and off by pressing the
lens.
The tailgate light comes on when
you open the tailgate if the light
switch is in the ON position.
The lights go out about 6 seconds
after all the doors and the tailgate
are closed. With any door or the
tailgate left open, the lights stay
on about 3 minutes, then go out.
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Comfort and Convenience Features
Vents, Heating, and A/C ................ 82
Air Flow Buttons .......................... 83
Climate Control ................................ 86
Playing the Radio ............................. 88
Radio Reception ........................... 91
Playing a CD ..................................... 93
CD Changer ................................. 94
Protecting your CDs.................... 95
CD Player Error Messages ........ 96
CD Changer Error Messages .... 97
Playing a Tape .................................. 98
Steering Wheel Controls .............. 101
Radio Theft Protection.................. 102
Setting the Clock ........................... 103
Rear Entertainment System ......... 104
DVD Specifications ................... 112
Security System ............................. 115
Cruise Control ................................ 116
HomeLink Universal
Transceiver................................. 118
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TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
FAN CONTROL
RECIRCULATION REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER BUTTON DIAL
BUTTON
LX MODEL
FAN CONTROL
SET TEMPERATURE
BUTTONS
INDICATOR
FAN
SPEED
AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON
AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON
INDICATOR
MODE BUTTON
MODE CONTROL DIAL
EX MODEL
REAL A/C
CONTROL
AUTO BUTTON
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RECIRCULATION WINDSHIELD
DEFROST
BUTTON
BUTTON
TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER BUTTON
OFF BUTTON
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Air Flow Buttons
Fan Control
On LX models, turn this dial clockwise
to increase fan speed and increase
the airflow.
On EX models, you can manually
select the fan speed by pressing the
fan control buttons. The fan speed is
represented by vertical bars in the
display.
Temperature Control Dial
Turning this dial clockwise increases
the temperature of the airflow.
Air Conditioning (A/C) Button
This button turns the air
conditioning on and off. The light in
the button is on when the A/C is on.
On EX models, you will see A/C ON
or A/C OFF in the display. When
you turn the A/C off, the system
cannot regulate the inside
temperature if you set the dial below
the outside temperature.
Recirculation Button
When the light in the button is on,
air from the vehicle’s interior is sent
throughout the system again. When
the light 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, particularly with the A/C off,
can cause the windows to fog up.
Rear Window Defogger Button
This button turns the rear window
defogger off and on (see page 60 ).
Mode Control
Use the mode control dial or buttons
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.
Air flow is divided between
the vents in the dashboard and the
floor vents.
Air flows from the floor
vents.
Switch to Recirculation mode when
driving through dusty or smoky
conditions, then return to Fresh Air
mode.
Air flow is divided between
the floor vents and the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
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Air Flow Buttons, Vents, Heating, and A/C
Air flows from the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
When you select
or
,
the system automatically switches to
Fresh Air mode and turns on the
A/C. In this case you cannot turn
A/C mode off.
When you select
, the system
automatically switches to Fresh Air
mode and turns on the A/C.
Ventilation
The flow-through ventilation system
draws in outside air, circulates it
through the interior, then exhausts it
through vents near the rear side
panels.
Using the Heater
The heater uses engine coolant to
warm the air. If the engine is cold, it
will be several minutes before you
feel warm air coming from the
system.
and Fresh Air mode.
1. Select
2. Set the fan to the desired speed.
3. Adjust the warmth of the air with
the temperature control dial or
buttons.
Using the A/C
Air conditioning places an extra load
on the engine. Watch the engine
coolant temperature gauge (see page
55 ). If it moves near the red zone,
turn off the A/C until the gauge
reads normally.
1. Turn the temperature control dial
all the way to the left.
2. Make sure the A/C is off.
and Fresh Air mode.
3. Select
4. Set the fan to the desired speed.
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1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the
button. The light in the button
comes on when a fan speed is
selected.
2. Make sure the temperature
control dial is all the way to the left.
.
3. Select
4. If the outside air is humid, select
Recirculation mode. If the outside
air is dry, select Fresh Air mode.
5. Set the fan to the desired speed.
If the interior is very warm, you can
cool it down more rapidly by partially
opening the windows, turning on the
A/C, and setting the fan to
maximum speed in Fresh Air mode.
NOTE: The vehicle has two A/C and
heater units. The LX units are
independently controlled. The EX
units are controlled by the front
panel controls, unless the RR A/C
Manual button is selected.
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Vents, Heating, and A/C
Dehumidify the Interior
Air conditioning, as it cools, removes
moisture from the air. When used in
combination with the heater, it
makes the interior warm and dry.
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.
. When you select
2. Select
, the system automatically
switches to Fresh Air mode and
turns on the A/C.
3. Adjust the temperature control
dial so the airflow feels warm.
to help clear the
4. Select
rear window.
When you switch to another mode
from
, the A/C stays on.
Press the A/C button to turn it off.
To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice
From the Windows
. The system
1. Select
automatically switches to Fresh
Air mode and turns on the A/C.
.
2. Select
3. Set the fan and temperature
controls to maximum level.
To clear the windows faster, you can
close the dashboard corner vents by
rotating the wheel below 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.
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Climate Control
To Cool or Heat Automatically
On EX models
The Automatic Climate Control
system can adjust the fan speed and
airflow levels to maintain the interior
temperature you select.
Using Automatic Climate Control
1. Press the AUTO button.
2. Set the desired temperature by
turning the Temperature Control
dial. You will see FULL AUTO in
the system’s display.
The system automatically selects the
proper mix of conditioned and/or
heated air that will, as quickly as
possible, raise or lower the interior
temperature to your preference.
When you set the temperature to its
lower or its upper limit, the system
runs at full cooling or heating only. It
does not regulate the interior
temperature.
When you press a fan control button,
the fan is taken out of FULL AUTO
mode and starts to run at its lowest
speed. Press the ▲ button
repeatedly to make the fan run faster.
Rear A/C Control − When the
system is in FULL AUTO, the rear
A/C passenger control dial cannot
be used. Pressing the RR A/C button
disables the FULL AUTO function.
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Semi-automatic Operation
You can manually select various
functions of the Climate Control
system when it is in FULL AUTO.
All other features remain
automatically controlled. Making any
manual selection causes the word
FULL in the display to go out. See
page 82 .
To Turn Everything Off
Press the OFF button. However, a
lack of air flow can cause the
windows to fog up. It is
recommended that you keep the fan
on at all times so stale air and
moisture do not build up in the
interior and cause fogging.
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Climate Control
Using the Rear A/C Unit
EX models
Sunlight and Temperature
Sensors
TEMPERATURE SENSOR
AUTO BUTTON
REAR A/C CONTROL BUTTON
Press the RR A/C button to enable
the rear A/C control knob. A
passenger in the second row can use
the rear control dial to adjust the
temperature up to 21°F (10°C)
higher or lower than the front. This
is limited by the minimum and
maximum system temperatures.
SUNLIGHT 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.
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Playing the Radio
AM/FM BUTTON
LX MODEL
STEREO INDICATOR
SCAN BUTTON
PWR/VOL
KNOB
EX MODEL
with RES
AUTO SELECT BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP
BAR
STEREO INDICATOR PWR/VOL KNOB
PWR/VOL KNOB AM/FM BUTTON
TUNE/
MODE
KNOB
SCAN
BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
TUNE KNOB
MODE
KNOB
SEEK
BUTTONS
SCAN
BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
AUTO SELECT BUTTON
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AM BUTTON
FM BUTTON
AUTO SELECT BUTTON
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PRESET BUTTONS
SEEK
BUTTONS
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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 five seconds.
If you do nothing, the system will
then scan for the next strong station
and play it for five 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.
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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 function to find stations, then
store them in the preset buttons as
described previously.
To turn off Auto Select, press the
A. SEL button. This restores the
presets you originally set.
Treble/Bass − Use the TRE/BAS
modes to adjust the tone to your
liking.
Adjusting the Sound
Press the MODE knob repeatedly to
display the Bass (BAS), Treble
(TRE), Balance (BAL), and Fader
(FAD) settings.
Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel
brightness control knob to adjust the
illumination of the audio system (see
page 59 ). The audio system
illuminates when the parking lights
are on, even if the radio is off.
Each mode is shown in the display as
it changes. Turn the MODE knob to
adjust the setting to your liking.
When the level reaches the center,
you will see ‘‘C’’ in the display. The
system will automatically return the
display to the selected audio mode
about five seconds after you stop
adjusting a mode.
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.
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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.
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Radio Reception
As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Radio signals, especially on the FM
band, are deflected by large objects
such as buildings and hills. Your
radio then receives both the direct
signal from the station’s transmitter,
and the deflected signal. This causes
the sound to distort or flutter. This is
a main cause of poor radio reception
in city driving.
Radio reception can be affected by
atmospheric conditions such as
thunderstorms, high humidity, and
even sunspots. You may be able to
receive a distant radio station one
day and not receive it the next day
because of a change in conditions.
Electrical interference from passing
vehicles and stationary sources can
cause temporary reception problems.
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Playing a CD
REPEAT INDICATOR
RPT BUTTON
CD SLOT
CD BUTTON
LX MODEL
CD EJECT
BUTTON
PWR/VOL KNOB
SEEK/SKIP BAR
EX MODEL
with RES
CD SLOT
RANDOM INDICATOR
RDM BUTTON
PWR/VOL
KNOB
CD EJECT
BUTTON
CD SLOT
CD EJECT
BUTTON
PWR/VOL
KNOB
RPT
BUTTON
EX MODEL
RDM
BUTTON
CD BUTTON
SKIP BUTTONS
RPT
BUTTON
RDM
BUTTON
CD BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS
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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.
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
previous track.
To move rapidly within a track, press
and hold the
/(+) or
/
(−). You will see CUE or REW in
the display.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Press the AM/FM button to switch
to the radio while a CD is playing.
Press the CD button to play the CD.
If you turn the system off while a CD
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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 by the 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. See
this page.
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.
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.
Never try to insert foreign objects in
the CD player or the magazine.
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CD Player Error Messages
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a CD, 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
Mechanical Error,
or a DVD has
been loaded in the
CD player
High Temperature
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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.
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CD Changer Error Messages
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a CD, 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 a 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.
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Playing a Tape
TAPE BUTTON
TAPE DIRECTION
INDICATOR
RPT
BUTTON
LX MODEL
PWR/VOL
KNOB
EX MODEL
with RES
PWR/VOL
KNOB
SKIP BAR
REW BUTTON
PLAY/PROG NR BUTTON
BUTTON
FF BUTTON
TAPE DIRECTION
INDICATOR
CASSETTE SLOT
TAPE
EJECT
BUTTON
RPT
BUTTON
FF BUTTON
REW
BUTTON
PLAY/PROG BUTTON
SEEK BUTTONS
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TAPE
BUTTON
TAPE
EJECT
BUTTON
REW BUTTON
FF NR BUTTON
RPT BUTTON PLAY/PROG BUTTON
SKIP BUTTONS
BUTTON
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Playing a Tape
To Play a Tape
Optional on LX models
The ignition switch must be in
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). Make
sure the open side of the tape is
facing right, then insert the tape
most of the way into the slot. The
system will pull the tape in the rest
of the way, and begin to play it.
The tape direction indicator will
come on to show you which side of
the tape is playing. The ▲ indicates
the side you inserted upward in now
playing. If you want to play the other
side, press the PLAY/PROG button.
When the player reaches the end of
the tape, it will automatically reverse
direction and play the other side.
Dolby* noise reduction turns on
when you insert a tape. The
indicator will light in the
display. If the tape was not recorded
in Dolby, turn it off by pressing the
NR button. Dolby remains off until
you press the NR button again.
*
Dolby noise reduction manufactured under
license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing
Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D
symbol
are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
To Stop Playing a Tape
To remove the tape, press the
EJECT button. If you want to turn
the player off, press the PWR/VOL
knob or turn off the ignition. The
tape will remain in the drive.
LX Models − When you turn the
system back on, the tape player will
be in pause mode. Press the PLAY/
PROG button to resume play.
To switch to the radio or CD player
while a tape is playing, press the
AM/FM or CD/CHG (CD/TAPE)
button. To change back to the tape
player, press the TAPE button.
Tape Search Functions
FF/REW − To rewind the tape,
push the REW button. You will see
REW in the display. To fast forward
the tape, push the FF button. You
will see FF displayed. Press the FF,
REW, or PLAY/PROG button to
take the system out of rewind or fast
forward.
SKIP − Press the
/ (−)
buttons to find the beginning of the
current song or passage. Press the
/ (+) buttons to find the
beginning of the next song or
passage. When the system reaches
the beginning of a song or passage, it
begins to play it.
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Playing a Tape
REPEAT − Press the RPT button
to continuously play a song or
passage. You will see RPT displayed.
The track will repeat until you press
the RPT button again.
NOTE: The SKIP and REPEAT
functions use silent periods on the
tape to find the end of a song or
passage. These features may not
work if there is almost no gap
between selections, a high noise
level, or a silent period in the middle
of a selection.
Caring for the Tape and Player
The tape player picks up dirt and
oxides from the tape. This
contamination builds up over time
and cause the sound quality to
degrade. To prevent this, you should
clean the player after every 30 hours
of use.
If you do not clean the tape player
regularly, it may eventually become
impossible to remove the
contamination with a normal
cleaning kit. Your Honda dealer has
a cleaning kit available.
Use 100-minute or shorter tapes.
Tapes longer than that may break or
jam the drive.
If the tape is loose, tighten it by
turning the hub with a pencil or your
finger. If the label is peeling off,
remove it or it could cause the
cassette to jam in the player. Never
try to insert a warped or damaged
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cassette in the player.
Store tapes in their cases to protect
them from dust and moisture. Never
place tapes where they will be
exposed to direct sunlight, high heat,
or high humidity. If a tape is exposed
to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a
moderate temperature before
inserting it into the player.
Never try to insert foreign objects
into the cassette player.
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Remote Audio Controls
EX Only
CH BUTTON
Three controls for the audio system
are mounted in the steering wheel
hub. These let you control basic
functions without removing your
hand from the wheel.
The middle button adjusts the
volume. Press the top or bottom of
the button and hold it until the
desired volume is reached, then
release it.
The CH button has three functions,
depending on whether you are
listening to the radio, playing a tape,
or CD.
The AM/FM functions change AM,
FM1, FM2, CD, Tape, and DVD/
AUX, if available.
AM/FM
BUTTON
If you are playing a CD, use the CH
button to skip to the beginning of the
next track. You will see the CD and
track number in the display.
VOLUME
BUTTON
If you are listening to the radio, use the
CH button to go to the next preset
station. You will see the number of
the preset button in the display. To
change bands, press the AM/FM
button.
If you are playing a tape, use the CH
button to advance to the next
selection. You will see ‘‘FF’’ blinking
in the display. The system fast
forwards until it senses a silent
period, then resumes playing.
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Radio Theft Protection
On EX models
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 your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, 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.
If you should happen to lose the card,
you must obtain the code number
from a Honda dealer. To do this, you
will need the system’s serial number.
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If the code card is lost, a Honda
dealer can access your code with the
your radio’s serial number. To
access the serial number, turn the
radio on. It must display ‘‘CODE’’,
then turn the radio off. Push the
preset 1, preset 6, and power buttons
at the same time, then quickly
release.
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.
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Setting the Clock
LX MODEL
CLOCK
EX MODEL
CLOCK BUTTON
CLOCK
SET
BUTTON
H BUTTON
M BUTTON
H
M
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, you will
need to set the clock.
LX models
Press and hold the CLOCK (SCAN/
RPT) button. Change the hours by
pressing the H (preset 4) button
until the numbers advance to the
desired time. Change the minutes by
pressing the M (preset 5) button
until the numbers advance to the
desired time. When you are finished,
release the CLOCK button.
RESET
You can quickly set the time to the
nearest hour. If the displayed time is
before the half hour, pressing and
holding the clock button, then
pressing the RESET (preset 6)
button sets 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.
For example: 1:06 will reset to 1:00
1:52 will reset to 2:00
EX models
The right display shows the time
when the ignition is in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
Press and hold the SET (TUNE)
button until the numbers flash.
Change the hours by pressing the
H (−) button until the numbers
advance to the desired time. Change
the minutes by pressing the M (+)
button until the numbers advance to
the desired time. When you are
finished, press the SET button again.
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REAR SPEAKERS
OFF ICON
REAR CONTROL
SELECTOR KNOB
REAR POWER
BUTTON
RR LED
DVD BUTTON
RPT
BUTTON
RDM
BUTTON
PLAY
BUTTON
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PAUSE
BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP
BUTTONS
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Rear Entertainment System
Optional on EX models
With this system, the rear
passengers can enjoy a different
entertainment source (radio, tape
player, CD player, or DVD player)
than the front seat occupants. The
audio is broadcast through the
supplied wireless headphones.
To Turn On the System
Press the REAR PWR button. To
turn on the rear controls (ceiling
panel or remote), press the RR
CTRL knob. The system’s icon
shows in the right side display. Your
passengers can then operate the rear
system with the control panel in the
ceiling or with the remote control.
Press the RR CTRL knob again to
turn the rear controls off.
The rear system selects the source it
was last set to. If that source has
been removed (the DVD has been
ejected from the player, for example),
you will see ‘‘_ _ _ _’’ in the display.
You must select another source.
Rear Speakers
When you turn on the system, the
rear speakers are automatically
turned off. You will see the Rear
Speakers Off icon in the display. The
sound for the rear system is sent to
the wireless headphones.
To Select Rear Entertainment
from the Front Control Panel
To operate the rear entertainment
system from the front panel, turn the
RR CTRL knob clockwise. The
amber RR LED comes on to show
that the control panel is enabled.
If you want to turn the rear speakers
on again, press and hold the REAR
PWR button until the Rear Speakers
Off icon goes off.
To play the radio or tape, the buttons
for the front entertainment system
have the same functions.
NOTE: The rear speakers are
connected to the front system, so
they will always play the source that
the front system is set to.
If a CD is loaded in the main CD
player or CD changer, select CD/
CHG. If the CD is loaded in the
lower player, select DVD/AUX.
If the CD is loaded in the main CD
player or CD changer, refer to page
94 for operating instructions. If the
CD is loaded in the DVD/AUX
player, refer to page 107 .
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Operating the DVD Player from
the Front Control Panel
DVD SLOT
DVD EJECT
BUTTON
Turn the RR CTRL knob clockwise.
The amber RR LED will come on to
show that the control panel is now
enabled.
Insert a DVD into the DVD/CD
player below the front panel.
PLAY − Press the PLAY button if
the DVD does not start playing
automatically.
PAUSE − Press the PAUSE button
to pause the DVD. Press the button
again or press PLAY to resume.
Pause works only with the DVD
player.
SEEK/SKIP − Press and hold the
(+) button to move forward; you will
see ‘‘CUE’’ in the display. Press and
hold the (−) side to move backward;
you will see ‘‘REV’’ in the display.
Release the button when the system
reaches the point you want.
Each time you press and release the
(+) button, the system skips
forward to the next track or chapter.
Press and release the (−) button to
skip backward to the beginning of
the current track or chapter. Press it
again to skip to the beginning of the
previous track or chapter.
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EJECT − Press the eject button to
remove the DVD from the drive.
To Return to Front Audio
Controls
To return front panel control to the
front audio system, turn the RR
CTRL knob counterclockwise.
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Using the Rear Control Panel
Use these buttons to select the
entertainment source (radio, tape
player, CD player, or DVD player/
Auxiliary device). The selected
source will be shown in the display.
Make sure the rear control operation
has not been disabled with the RR
CTRL knob on the front panel.
To Play the Radio from the Rear
Control Panel
Use the
and
buttons to
select from the stations on the rear
control panel set to the preset
buttons. Pressing the
or
button will cause the system to
search up or down the band for a
station with a strong signal. You will
see SEEK in the display.
SOURCE
SELECTION BUTTONS
REAR CONTROLS
OFF BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP
BUTTON
MENU
BUTTON
CH/DISK
BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP
BUTTON
PLAY/PAUSE/PROG
BUTTON
To Play a Tape from the Rear
Control Panel
On the rear control panel, use the
PROG/PLAY button to reverse the
tape direction. Press the
button
to skip forward to beginning of the
next song or passage. You will see
FF flashing in the display. Press the
button to skip backward to the
beginning of the current song or
passage. You will see REV flashing
in the display.
ENT BUTTON
CH/DISK
BUTTON
To Play a CD from the Rear
Control Panel
If a CD is loaded in the main CD
player or CD changer, select it by
pressing the CD/CHG button. If the
CD is loaded in the DVD player,
press the DVD/AUX button.
Press the
button to skip to the
beginning of the next track. Press
the ▲ button to return to the
beginning of the current track. If the
changer is selected, use the ▼ and
▲ buttons to change discs.
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To Play a DVD from the Rear
Control Panel
The video screen is for use by rear
seat passengers only. The driver and
front seat passenger should not try
to view the screen while driving.
Open the overhead screen by
pushing the open button. The screen
will swing down partway. Pivot the
screen the rest of the way. If you
pivot the screen past the detent, the
display will turn off. To close the
screen, pivot it up until it latches.
SEEK/SKIP − Press the
button to skip to the beginning
of the next chapter. Press the
button to skip back to the
beginning of the current chapter.
MENU/ENT − To select the menu
on the DVD, press the MENU
button. Use the
,
, ▲ ,
and ▼ buttons to move to the
desired menu selection, then press
the ENT button to enter your
selection.
PLAY/PAUSE/PROG − Press
this button when you want to pause
the DVD. Press this button again to
go back to PLAY.
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Using the Remote Control
You can use the remote control to
select the entertainment source
(radio, tape player, CD player, or
DVD player/Auxiliary device). The
selected source will be shown in the
display.
Make sure the rear control operation
has not been disabled with the RR
CTRL knob on the front panel.
When using the remote control,
point it at the rear control panel in
the ceiling.
To Play a Tape, CD, or Radio
The PLAY/PROG, PAUSE, STOP,
SKIP, and FWD/REW buttons work
the same as the front and rear
control panel buttons.
SOURCE SELECTION
BUTTONS
REW/FWD BUTTONS
SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS
STOP BUTTON
PAUSE BUTTON
PLAY/PROG BUTTON
DISP BUTTON
MENU BUTTON
SUBTITLE BUTTON
AUDIO BUTTON
ANGLE BUTTON
RETURN (T/C) BUTTON
TITLE BUTTON
To Play a DVD
The PLAY/PROG, PAUSE, STOP,
SKIP, and FWD/REW buttons work
the same function as the front and
rear control panel buttons.
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MENU and TITLE Buttons −
Some DVDs have menus that allow
you to select a dubbed language,
subtitles, a chapter list, previews, etc.
The menu contents will vary from
DVD to DVD.
Use the
,
, ▲ , and
▼ buttons to select the desired
menu option. Then press ENT to
enter your selection. Use the
and
buttons to change
pages. You can also use the
numbered buttons to enter the twodigit number of a menu option. You
do not have to press ENT. Press the
button again to close the window.
SUBTITLES and AUDIO Buttons
− Many DVDs are recorded with
subtitles or dubbed in multiple
languages. To select subtitles, press
the SUBTITLE button. To select a
different language than the one
being heard, press the AUDIO
button. Continue to press and
release the SUBTITLE or AUDIO
button to scan through all available
languages.
DISP Button − To change the
color, contrast, aspect ratio, and
brightness of the video screen, press
the DISP button. The current setting
of one will be displayed on the
screen each time you press the
button. Use the
and
buttons to change the setting
as desired. The display will disappear
from the screen several seconds
after you stop adjusting the setting.
ANGLE Button − On some DVDs,
the scenes are recorded by more
than one camera, giving different
viewpoints of the same scene. By
pressing the ANGLE button, you can
select a different viewpoint.
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RETURN (T/C) Button − In the
MENU selection mode, pressing the
RETURN button for less than two
seconds changes the MENU display
to the previous page.
Pressing the RETURN button for
more than two seconds while a DVD
is playing brings the system into the
TITLE enter mode. When you enter
your selection, the DVD player will
start playing from the selected title.
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Storing the Remote Control
Replacing the Remote Control
Batteries
To replace the batteries in the
remote control, press down on the ▼
symbol on the back, then slide the
cover off. Remove the old batteries.
Make sure the polarity of the new
batteries is correct when you install
them. Slide the cover until it locks.
The remote control uses two AA
batteries.
HOLDER
When you are not using the remote
control, store it in its holder in the
front seat pocket.
As required by the FCC: This device
complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not
cause harmful interference, and (2) this
device must accept any interference
received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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DVD Specifications
Playable DVDs
DVD Player Error Messages
If you see an error message in the
display while operating the DVD
player, find the cause in the chart to
the right. If you cannot clear the
message, take your vehicle to a
Honda dealer.
Error Message
Cause
FOCUS Error
There are various types of DVDs
available. Some of them are not
compatible with your system.
The DVD player in your Rear
Entertainment System can play
DVDs and CDs bearing the above
marks on their packages or jackets.
Those packages or jackets should
also bear the designation of ‘‘1’’ or
‘‘ALL’’. DVD-ROMs cannot be played
in this system.
Mechanical Error, or a
DVD has been loaded in
the CD player
High Temperature
Low Vehicle Battery
Voltage
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Solution
Press the EJECT button and pull out the DVD.
Check if it is inserted correctly in the DVD
Player. Make sure the DVD is not scratched or
damaged.
Press the EJECT button and pull out the DVD.
Check it for damage or deformation. If the
DVD cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the DVD is
ejected, see a Honda dealer. Do not try to force
the DVD out of the player.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Run the engine to recharge the battery.
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Wireless Headphones
Some state and local government
agencies prohibit the use of
headphones by the driver of a motor
vehicle. Always obey applicable laws
and regulations.
The audio for the rear entertainment
system is sent to the wireless
headphones that come with the
system. To turn on the headphones,
press the red button on the earpiece.
Adjust the volume level with the dial
at the bottom of the same earpiece.
ON/OFF BUTTON
To adjust the headphones, slide the
earpieces up or down the headband.
For greater battery life, turn off the
headphones when they are not in use
by pressing the red button again.
They will turn off automatically if
they do not receive an audio signal
from the system for several minutes.
When not in use, store the
headphones in the pocket on the
back of either front seat.
Replacing Batteries
COVER
BATTERY
The batteries are under the domed
covers on the back of each earpiece.
To remove a cover, press down on it
with your thumb, slide it backward
(away from the haedband), then lift
it up. Remove the batteries and note
their polarity. Install the new
batteries in the earpiece with the
same polarity. Set the cover in place,
then slide it up until it locks. Each
headphone uses two AAA batteries.
VOLUME
DIAL
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Auxiliary Input Jacks
HEADPHONE CONNECTORS
AUXILIARY INPUT JACKS
Auxiliary input jacks and headphone
connectors for the rear
entertainment system are on the
back of the center console
compartment.
The system will accept auxiliary
inputs from standard video games
and video equipment.
V = Video jack
L = Left audio jack
R = Right audio jack
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VOLUME DIALS
There are three headphone
connectors for the third seat
passengers. Each connector has its
own volume control.
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Security System
On EX models
The security system helps to protect
your vehicle and valuables from theft.
The horn sounds and a combination
of headlights, parking lights, side
marker lights, and taillights flash if
someone attempts to break into your
vehicle. This alarm continues for two
minutes, then the system resets. To
reset an alarm system before the two
minutes have elapsed, unlock the
driver’s front door with the key or
the remote transmitter.
The security system automatically
sets fifteen seconds after you lock
the doors, hood, and the tailgate. For
the system to activate, you must lock
the doors from the outside with the
key or remote transmitter. The
security system light starts blinking
immediately to show you the system
is setting itself.
SECURITY SYSTEM LIGHT
The security system will not set if
the hood, the tailgate, or any door is
not fully closed. If the system will not
set, check the Door and Tailgate
Open Monitor on the instrument
panel (see page 50 ) to see if the
doors and the tailgate are fully
closed. Since it is not part of the
monitor display, manually check the
hood.
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it.
Once the security system is set,
opening any door without using the
key or the remote transmitter, or the
hood, will cause it to alarm. It also
alarms if the radio is removed from
the dashboard or the wiring is cut.
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Cruise Control
Cruise control allows you to maintain
a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h)
without keeping your foot on the
accelerator pedal. It should be used
for cruising on straight, open
highways. It is not recommended for
city driving, winding roads, slippery
roads, heavy rain, or bad weather.
Using the Cruise Control
CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH
CANCEL
Improper use of the cruise
control can lead to a crash.
Use the cruise control only
when traveling on open
highways in good weather.
SET/DECEL
1. Push in the Cruise Control Master
Switch. The indicator in the switch
will come on.
2. Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).
3. Press and release the SET/
DECEL button on the steering
wheel. The indicator on the
instrument panel comes on to
show the system is now activated.
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RESUME/ACCEL
Cruise control may not hold the set
speed when you are going up and
down hills. If your speed increases
going down a hill, use the brakes to
slow down. This will cancel the
cruise control. To resume the set
speed, press the RESUME/ACCEL
button. The indicator on the
instrument panel will come back on.
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Changing the Set Speed
You can increase the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the RESUME/
ACCEL button. When you reach
the desired cruising speed, release
the button.
Push on the accelerator pedal.
Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed and press the SET/DECEL
button.
To increase your speed in very
small amounts, tap the RESUME/
ACCEL button. Each time you do
this, your vehicle will speed up
about 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
You can decrease the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the SET/DECEL
button. Release the button when
you reach the desired speed.
To slow down in very small
amounts, tap the SET/DECEL
button. Each time you do this,
your vehicle will slow down about
1 mph (1.6 km/h).
Tap the brake pedal lightly with
your foot. The CRUISE
CONTROL indicator on the
instrument panel will go out.
When the vehicle slows to the
desired speed, press the SET/
DECEL button.
Even with the cruise control turned
on, you can still use the accelerator
pedal to speed up for passing. After
completing the pass, take your foot
off the accelerator pedal. The vehicle
will return to the set cruising speed.
Resting your foot on the brake pedal
will cause the cruise control to
cancel.
Cancelling the Cruise Control
You can cancel the cruise control in
any of these ways:
Tap the brake pedal.
Push the CANCEL button on the
steering wheel.
Press the Cruise Control Master
Switch.
Resuming the Set Speed
When you push the CANCEL button
or tap on the brake pedal, the system
will remember the previously set
cruising speed. To return to that
speed, accelerate to above 25 mph
(40 km/h) and then press and
release the RESUME/ACCEL
button. The CRUISE CONTROL
light comes on. The vehicle will
accelerate to the same cruising
speed as before.
Pressing the Cruise Control Master
Switch turns the system off and
erases the previous cruising speed.
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HomeLink Universal Transceiver
On EX Models
The HomeLink Universal
Transceiver built into your vehicle
can be programmed to operate up to
three remote controlled devices
around your home, such as garage
doors, lighting, or home security
systems.
General Information
If you are training HomeLink to
operate a garage door or gate, you
should unplug the motor for that
device during training. Repeatedly
pressing the remote control button
could burn out the motor.
The HomeLink Transceiver stores
the code in a permanent memory.
There should be no need to retrain
HomeLink if your vehicle’s battery
goes dead or is disconnected.
If your garage door opener was
manufactured before April 1982, you
may not be able to program
HomeLink to operate it. They do not
have the safety feature that causes
the motor to stop and reverse if an
obstacle is detected during closing,
increasing the risk of injury.
Important Safety Precautions
Always refer to the opening
instructions and safety information
that came with your garage door
opener or other equipment you
intend to operate with the HomeLink
Universal Transceiver. If you do not
have this information, contact the
manufacturer of the equipment.
Training HomeLink
Before you begin − If you just
received your vehicle and have not
trained any of the buttons in
HomeLink before, you should erase
any previously learned codes before
training the first button. To do this,
press and hold the two outside
buttons on HomeLink Transceiver
for about 20 seconds, or until the red
light flashes. Release the buttons,
then proceed to Step 1.
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If you are training the second or
third buttons, go directly to Step 1.
1. Unplug the garage door opener
motor from the house current.
2. Hold the end of the garage door
opener remote control 2 to 5
inches from HomeLink. Make
sure you are not blocking your
view of the red light in HomeLink.
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3. Press and hold the remote control
button and one of the HomeLink
buttons at the same time.
Canadian Owners: The remote
control you are training from may
stop transmitting after two
seconds. This is not long enough
for HomeLink to learn the code.
Release and press the button on
the remote control every two
seconds until HomeLink has
learned the code.
4. The red light in HomeLink should
begin flashing. It will flash slowly
at first, then rapidly.
5. When the red light flashes rapidly,
release both buttons. HomeLink
should have learned the code from
the remote control.
6. Plug in the garage door opener
motor, then test the HomeLink
Transceiver button by pushing it.
If the button does not work, repeat
the procedure to train it again. If it
still does not work, you may have a
variable or rolling code garage
door opener. See if you do by
pressing and holding the
HomeLink transceiver button you
just trained. If the red light blinks
for two seconds, then stays on,
you have a rolling code garage
door opener. Go to ‘‘Training With
a Rolling Code System’’ (see page
120 ).
7. Repeat these steps to train the
other two HomeLink buttons to
operate any other remotelycontrolled devices around your
home (lighting, automatic gate,
security system, etc.).
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Training With a Rolling Code
System
For security purposes, newer garage
door opening systems use a ‘‘rolling’’
or variable code. Information from
the remote control and the garage
door opener are needed before
HomeLink can operate the garage
door opener.
The ‘‘Training HomeLink’’
procedure trains HomeLink to the
proper garage door opener code.
The following procedure
synchronizes HomeLink to the
garage door opener so they send and
receive the correct codes.
1. Make sure you have properly
completed the ‘‘Training
HomeLink’’ procedure.
2. Find the ‘‘Training’’ button on your
garage door opener unit. The
location will vary, depending on
the manufacturer.
TRAINING BUTTON
6. Press the HomeLink button again.
It should operate the garage door.
3. Press the Training button on the
garage door opener unit until the
light next to the button comes on,
then release it. The light may blink,
or come on and stay on. You then
have approximately 30 seconds to
complete the following steps.
4. Press and hold the button on
HomeLink for 3 − 4 seconds.
5. Press and hold the HomeLink
button again for 3 − 4 seconds.
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This should turn off the training
light on the garage door opener
unit. (Some systems may require
you to press the button up to three
times.)
Erasing Codes
To erase the codes stored in all three
buttons, press and hold the two
outside buttons until the red light
begins to flash, then release the
buttons.
You should erase all three codes
before selling the vehicle.
Retraining a Button
To train an already programmed
transceiver button with a new device,
you do not have to erase all the
memory. Train the selected button
over the existing memory code
following the steps under Training
HomeLink .
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Customer Assistance
If you have problems with training
the HomeLink Universal Transceiver,
or would like information on home
products that can be operated by the
transmitter, call (800) 355-3515. On
the Internet, go to www.homelink.
com.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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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 .............................. 124
Fuel Recommendation .................. 124
Service Station Procedures .......... 125
Fuel Economy ................................ 128
Accessories and Modifications .... 129
Carrying Cargo .............................. 131
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Break-in Period, Fuel Recommendation
Break-in Period
Help assure your vehicle’s future
reliability and performance by paying
extra attention to how you drive
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).
During this period:
Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid
acceleration.
Do not change the oil until the
scheduled maintenance time.
Avoid hard braking for the first
200 miles (300 km).
Do not tow a trailer.
You should also follow these recommendations with an overhauled
or exchanged engine, or when the
brakes are replaced.
Fuel Recommendation
Your 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 using gasoline
containing detergent additives that
help prevent fuel system and engine
deposits.
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
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come on. If this happens, contact
your authorized Honda dealer for
service.
For further important fuel-related
information, please refer to your
Quick Start Guide.
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.
Premium fuel is recommended when
towing in certain conditions (see
page 152 ).
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Service Station Procedures
Refueling
Pull
Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.
Stop the engine and keep
heat, sparks, and flames
away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.
1. Park with the driver’s side closest
to the gas pump.
2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling
on the handle to the left of the
driver’s seat.
3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank escapes.
Place the cap in the holder on the
fuel fill door.
4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel
nozzle automatically clicks off. Do
not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. Leave
some room for the fuel to expand
with temperature changes.
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.
FUEL FILL CAP
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
207 ).
6. Push the fuel fill door closed until
it latches.
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Opening the Hood
To Close the Hood
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
CLIP
LATCH
1. Park the vehicle, and set the
parking brake. Pull the hood
release handle located under the
lower left corner of the dashboard.
The hood will pop up slightly.
2. Put your fingers under the front
edge of the hood to the left of the
center. Slide you hand to the left
until you feel the hood latch
handle. Push this handle up to
release it. Lift up the hood.
If the hood latch handle moves
stiffly, or if you can open the hood
without lifting the handle, the
mechanism should be cleaned and
lubricated.
3. Pull the support rod out of its clip,
and insert the end into the hole at
the center of the hood or the hole
on the left side of the hood.
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SUPPORT ROD
Lift it up slightly to remove the
support rod from the hole. Put the
support rod back into its holding clip.
Lower the hood to about a foot (30
cm) above the fender, then let it
drop. Make sure it is securely
latched.
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Oil Check
Engine Coolant Check
RESERVE TANK
MAX
DIPSTICK
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.
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
4. Remove the dipstick again and
check the level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
If it is near or below the lower mark,
see Adding Oil on page 171 .
MIN
Look at the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is
between the MAX and MIN lines. If
it is below the MIN line, see Adding
Engine Coolant on page 174 for
information on adding the proper
coolant.
Refer to Owner’s Maintenance
Checks on page 163 for information
on checking other items in your
Honda.
3. Insert it all the way back into its
tube.
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Fuel Economy
Improving Fuel Economy
Always maintain your vehicle
according to the maintenance
schedule. See Owner’s
Maintenance Checks (see page
163 ).
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.
Try to maintain a constant speed.
Every time you slow down and
speed up, your vehicle uses extra
fuel. Use the cruise control when
appropriate.
Combine several short trips into
one.
The air conditioning puts an extra
load on the engine which makes it
use more fuel. Use the fresh-air
ventilation when possible.
Drive moderately. Rapid
acceleration, abrupt cornering and
hard braking use more fuel.
Always drive in the highest gear
possible.
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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 130 for
additional information.)
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.
Before installing any accessory:
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 212 ) or interfere with
proper operation.
Have the installer contact your
Honda dealer for assistance before
installing any electronic accessory.
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.
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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.
Larger or smaller wheels and tires
can interfere with the operation of
your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and
other systems.
Do not modify your steering wheel
or any other part of your
Supplemental Restraint System.
Modifications could make the
system ineffective.
If you plan to modify your vehicle,
consult your Honda dealer.
attached to or placed on the covers
marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ in the
center of the steering wheel and
on top the dashboard, and front
seat back could interfere with the
proper operation of the airbags. Or,
if the airbags inflate, the objects
could be propelled inside the
vehicle and hurt someone.
inflates, a cup holder or other hard
object attached on or near the
door could be propelled inside the
vehicle and hurt someone.
Do not place any objects over or
replace the outside edge of a front
seat-back. This could prevent the
Aftermarket wheels, because they
are a universal design, can cause
excessive stress on suspension
components.
airbag from inflating properly.
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Do not attach or place objects on
the airbag covers. Any object
Do not attach hard objects on or
near a front door. If a side airbag
Raising your vehicle with an
aftermarket suspension kit can
affect the handling and stability.
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Carrying Cargo
GLOVE BOX
Your vehicle has several convenient
storage areas:
Glove box
Door and seat-back pockets
Rear cargo area, including the
second and third row seats when
folded flat
Roof-rack (if installed)
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.
DOOR POCKET
Overloading or improper
loading can affect handling and
stability and cause a crash in
which you can be hurt or killed.
SEAT-BACK POCKET
CARGO AREA
Follow all load limits and other
loading guidelines in this
manual.
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Carrying Cargo
The maximum load for your vehicle
is 1,323 lbs (600 kg). This figure
includes the total weight of all
occupants, cargo, accessories, and
the tongue weight if you are towing a
trailer.
To determine the correct cargo and
luggage load limit:
1. Locate the statement, ‘‘the
combined weight of occupants and
cargo should never exceed 1,323
lbs (600 kg)’’ on your vehicle’s
placard (on the driver’s doorjamb).
2. Determine the combined weight
of the driver and passengers that
will be riding in the vehicle. (Eight
is seating capacity of your vehicle.)
4. The resulting figure equals the
available amount of cargo and
luggage load capacity.
For example, if there will be five 150
lbs (70 kg) occupants in your vehicle,
the amount of available cargo and
luggage load capacity is 573 lbs (250
kg).
5 × 150 lbs (70 kg) = 750 lbs (350
kg)
1,323 lbs (600 kg) − 750 lbs (350 kg)
= 573 lbs (250 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 [573
lbs (250 kg) in this example].
3. Subtract the combined weight of
the driver and passengers from
1,323 lbs (600 kg).
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6. If your vehicle will be towing a
trailer, the load from your trailer
will be transferred to your vehicle.
Consult this manual to determine
how this reduces the available
cargo and luggage load capacity of
your vehicle.
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 148 ).
Optional Separation Net
The separation net can be used to
hold back soft lightweight items
stored in the cargo area. Heavy
items should be properly secured on
the floor of the cargo area.
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Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area
or on a Roof Rack
Distribute cargo evenly on the
floor of the cargo area, placing the
heaviest items on the bottom and
as far forward as possible. Tie
down items that could be thrown
about the vehicle during a crash or
sudden stop.
If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the
tailgate, exhaust gas can enter the
passenger area. To avoid the
possibility of carbon monoxide
poisoning, follow the instructions
on page 42 .
If you carry any items on a roof
rack, be sure the total weight of
the rack and the items does not
exceed 165 lbs (75 kg).
If you use an accessory roof rack,
the roof rack weight limit may be
lower. Refer to the information that
came with your roof rack.
Carrying Items in the Passenger
Compartment
Store or secure all items that could
be thrown around and hurt
someone during a crash.
Be sure items placed on the floor
behind the front seats cannot roll
under the seats and interfere with
the pedals 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.
Optional Cargo Cover
The cargo cover can be used over
the cargo area behind the third row
seats. When the third row seats are
folded down, the cargo cover can be
installed in a forward position and
extended over the larger cargo area.
The hooks on each side of the
tailgate and on the underside of the
cargo area storage compartment lid
are for plastic grocery bags. To use
the hook on the storage
compartment lid, open the lid, and
attach the cord to one of the shafts
of the third seat center head
restraint.
On LX model − The hook on the rear
of the console compartment is for
plastic grocery bags.
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Driving
This section gives you tips on
starting the engine under various
conditions, and how to operate the
automatic transmission. It also
includes important information on
parking your vehicle, the braking
system, the VTM-4 System, and
facts you need if you are planning to
tow a trailer.
Driving Guidelines ......................... 136
Starting the Engine........................ 137
Automatic Transmission............... 138
VTM-4 System ............................... 142
Parking Tips ................................... 143
Braking System.............................. 144
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ................ 145
Towing a Trailer ............................ 147
Trailer Driving Tips....................... 152
Towing Your Vehicle Behind a
Motorhome................................. 154
Off-Highway Driving
Guidelines ................................... 155
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Driving Guidelines
Your vehicle has a higher ground
clearance that allows you to travel
over bumps, obstacles, and rough
terrain. It also provides good
visibility so you can anticipate
problems earlier.
Because your vehicle rides higher
off the ground, it has a high center
of gravity that can cause it to roll
over if you make abrupt turns. Utility
vehicles have a significantly higher
roll over rate than other types of
vehicles.
To prevent rollovers or loss of
control:
Take corners at slower speeds
than you would with a passenger
vehicle.
Avoid sharp turns and abrupt
maneuvers whenever possible.
Do not modify your vehicle in any
way that would raise the center of
gravity.
3. Check that any items you may be
carrying are stored properly or
fastened down securely.
Do not carry heavy cargo on the
roof.
4. Check the seat adjustment (see
page 68 ).
See page 155 for additional driving offhighway guidelines.
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.
2. Visually check the tires. If a tire
looks low, use a gauge to check its
pressure.
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5. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 74 ).
6. Check the steering wheel
adjustment (see page 61 ).
7. Make sure the doors and the
tailgate are securely closed and
locked.
8. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 12 ).
9. When you start the engine, check
the gauges and indicator lights in
the instrument panel (see page
47 ).
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Starting the Engine
1. Apply the parking brake.
2. In cold weather, turn off all
electrical accessories to reduce
the drain on the battery.
3. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park. Press on the brake pedal.
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition key to the
START (III) position. Do not hold
the key in 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.
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.
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.
5. If the engine does not start within
15 seconds, or starts but stalls
right away, repeat step 4 with the
accelerator pedal pressed halfway
down. If the engine starts, release
pressure on the accelerator pedal
so the engine does not race.
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Automatic Transmission
Shift Lever Position Indicators
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.
Shifting
SHIFT LEVER
These indicators on the instrument
panel show which position the shift
lever is in.
To shift from any position, pull the
lever toward you. You cannot shift
out of Park when the ignition switch
is in the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY
(I) positions.
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.
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To shift from:
P to R
R to P
N to R
D3 to 2
2 to 1
1 to 2
2 to D3
D3 to D
D to N
D to D3
N to D
R to N
Pull the shift lever towards
you.
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.
Move the lever.
If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on
page 141 .
Do this:
Press the brake pedal and
pull the shift lever towards
you.
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.
Neutral (N) − Use Neutral if you
need to restart a stalled engine, or if
it is necessary to stop briefly with
the engine idling. Shift to the Park
position if you need to leave your
vehicle for any reason. Press on the
brake pedal when you are moving
the shift lever from Neutral to
another gear.
Drive (D) − Use this position for
your normal driving. The transmission automatically selects a suitable
gear for your speed and acceleration.
You may notice the transmission
shifting up at higher speeds when
the engine is cold. This helps the
engine warm up faster.
Reverse (R) − Press the brake
pedal and pull the shift lever towards
you to shift from Park to Reverse. To
shift from Reverse to Natural, come
to a complete stop and then shift.
CONTINUED
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Drive (D3) − This position is
similar to D, except only the first
three gears are selected. Use D3
when towing a trailer in hilly terrain,
or to provide engine braking when
going down a steep hill. D3 can also
keep the transmission from cycling
between third and fourth gear in
stop-and-go driving.
When driving downhill with a
trailer.
First (1) − This position locks, the
transmission locks in first gear. By
upshifting and downshifting through
1, 2, D3, and D, you can operate the
transmission much like a manual
transmission without a clutch pedal.
Second (2) − This position locks
the transmission in second gear. It
does not downshift to first gear
when you come to a stop.
Use Second gear:
For more power when climbing.
To increase engine braking when
going down steep hills.
For starting out on a slippery
surface or in deep snow.
To help reduce wheel spin.
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Engine Speed Limiter
If you exceed the maximum speed
for the gear you are in, the engine
speed will enter into the tachometer’s
red zone. If this occurs, you may feel
the engine cut in and out. This is
caused by a limiter in the engine’s
computer controls. The engine will
run normally when you reduce the
RPM below the red zone.
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If you need to use the Shift Lock
Release, it means your vehicle is
developing a problem. Have it
checked by a Honda dealer.
Shift Lock Release
Do this if pushing on the brake pedal
and pulling the shift lever does not
shift the transmission out of Park:
1. Set the Parking brake.
2. Make sure the key is in the
ignition switch LOCK (0) position.
4. Insert the key in the Shift Lock
Release slot.
5. Push down on the key while you
pull the shift lever towards you
and move it out of Park to Neutral.
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift
Lock Release slot cover. Using a
key, carefully pry on the edge of
the cover to remove it.
6. Remove the key from the Shift
Lock Release slot, then install the
cover. Press the brake pedal, and
restart the engine.
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VTM-4 System
The Variable Torque Management
4WD System (VTM-4) automatically
transfers varying amounts of engine
torque to the rear wheels under
lower traction conditions.
If more traction is needed when your
vehicle is stuck, or is likely to
become stuck, you can use the
VTM-4 Lock button to increase
torque to the rear wheels.
To Engage the VTM-4 Lock
1. The vehicle must be stopped with
the engine running.
To Disengage the VTM-4 Lock, do
one of the following:
Press the VTM-4 Lock button.
2. Move the shift lever to First (1),
Second (2), or Reverse (R) gear.
Move the shift lever to D or D3.
Turn the ignition to LOCK (0).
3. Press the VTM-4 Lock button.
The light in the button will come
on.
To get unstuck, apply light pressure
to the accelerator pedal. Do not spin
the front tires for more than a few
seconds. Because of the amount of
torque applied to the rear tires, they
should not spin. This is normal. If
you are not able to move the vehicle,
stop and reverse direction.
NOTICE: Do not use the VTM-4 Lock
button on dry, paved roads. Driving on
dry, paved roads with VTM-4 Lock ON
may damage the rear dif f erential when
making a turn. Strange noise and
vibration can also result.
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The VTM-4 Lock will temporarily
disengage when the vehicle speed
exceeds 18 mph (30 km/h). It will
automatically engage again as the
speed slows below 18 mph (30
km/h). The button light will remain
on.
NOTICE: Do not continually spin the
f ront tires of your vehicle.
Continuously spinning the f ront tires
can cause transmission or rear
dif f erential damage.
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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 on an
incline.
Set the parking brake before you put
the transmission in Park. This keeps
the vehicle from moving and putting
pressure on the parking mechanism
in the transmission.
Parking Tips
Make sure the windows are closed.
Turn off the lights.
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.
Place any packages, valuables, etc.
in the cargo area, or take them
with you.
Lock the doors.
Never park over dry leaves, tall
grass, or other flammable
materials. The hot three way
catalytic converter could cause
these materials to catch on fire.
If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn
the front wheels away from the
curb.
If the vehicle is facing downhill,
turn the front wheels toward the
curb.
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Braking System
Your Honda is equipped with disc
brakes on all four wheels. A power
assist helps reduce the effort needed
on the brake pedal. The ABS helps
you retain steering control when
braking very hard.
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.
Braking System Design
Front
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.
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.
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.
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Braking System, Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Brake Wear Indicators
If the brake pads need replacing, you
will hear a distinctive, metallic
screeching sound when you apply
the brake pedal. If you do not have
the brake pads replaced, they will
screech all the time. It is normal for
the brakes to occasionally squeal or
squeak when you apply them.
Anti-lock Brakes (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.
Activating the Anti-lock Brakes
ABS INDICATOR
The ABS also balances the front-torear braking distribution according
to vehicle loading.
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.’’
U.S. indicator shown
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.
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Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
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.
If the ABS indicator and the brake
system indicator come on together,
and the parking brake is fully
released, the front-to-rear braking
distribution system may also be shut
down.
Test your brakes as instructed on
page 208 . If the brakes feel normal,
drive slowly and have your vehicle
repaired by your Honda dealer as
soon as possible. Avoid sudden hard
braking which could cause the rear
wheels to lock up and possibly lead
to a loss of control.
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.
ABS cannot prevent a loss of
stability. Always steer moderately
when you are braking hard. Severe
or sharp steering wheel movement
can still cause your vehicle to veer
into oncoming traffic or off the road.
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A vehicle with ABS may require a
longer distance to stop on loose or
uneven surfaces, such as gravel or
snow, than a vehicle without antilock. Slow down and allow a greater
distance between vehicles under
those conditions.
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Towing a Trailer
To safely tow a trailer, you should
observe the load limits, use the
proper equipment, and follow the
guidelines in this section.
Be sure to read the Driving OffHighway Guidelines section on page
155 if you plan to tow off paved
surfaces.
Load Limits
The total trailer weight and tongue
load vary depending on the number
of occupants in your vehicle and the
type of trailer being towed.
Total Trailer Weight
See page 150 for limits for your
towing situation. Towing a load that
is too heavy can seriously affect your
vehicle’s handling and performance.
Exceeding any load limit or
improperly loading your vehicle
and trailer can cause a crash in
which you can be seriously hurt
or killed.
Tongue Load
The weight that the tongue of a fully
loaded trailer puts on the hitch
should be 5 to 10 percent of the total
trailer weight for boat trailers, and 8
to 15 percent of total trailer weight
for all other trailers. See page 150 for
limits for your towing situation.
Too much tongue load reduces fronttire traction and steering control.
Too little tongue load can make the
trailer unstable and cause it to sway.
Check the loading of your
vehicle and trailer carefully
before starting to drive.
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Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR) − The maximum
allowable weight of the vehicle, all
occupants, all cargo and the tongue
load is 5,950 lbs (2,700 kg).
Gross Axle Weight Ratings
(GAWR) − The maximum
allowable weight on the vehicle axles
are 2,865 lbs (1,300 kg) on the front
axle, and 3,155 lbs (1,430 kg) on the
rear axle.
Estimating Loads
The best way to confirm that all
loads are within limits is to check
them at a public scale.
To help ensure a safe drive to a scale,
or if you cannot get to a public scale,
we recommend that you estimate
your total trailer weight and tongue
load as described next.
Gross Combined Weight Rating
(GCWR) − The maximum
allowable weight of the fully loaded
vehicle and trailer is 9,700 lbs (4,410
kg) with the proper hitch and fluid
coolers (see page 151 ).
The GCWR must be reduced 2
percent for every 1,000 feet (305
meters) of elevation.
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To Estimate the Total Trailer Weight
Add the weight of your trailer (as
quoted by the manufacturer) with
everything in or on the trailer. Check
the tables on page 150 that you do
not exceed the limit for your
conditions.
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5. Subtract the second measurement
from the first measurement. Refer
to Fig. 1.
Fig. 1
To Estimate the Tongue Load
1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
2. Measure and record the distance
from the ground to the bottom of
the trailer hitch.
If the difference is:
1’’ = 150 lbs (68 kg)
1 ¾’’ = 250 lbs (114 kg)
2 ½’’ = 350 lbs (160 kg)
3’’ = 450 lbs (205 kg)
3 ¼’’ = over 450 lbs (205 kg)
If the difference is more than
3 ¼’’ you have too much tongue
load at the rear. Move or
remove cargo from the trailer
and the vehicle and measure
again.
If the estimated trailer weight and
tongue load do not exceed the limits,
drive your trailer to a public scale
fully loaded with all occupants and
cargo you plan to take on the road.
Trailer Lights
If your trailer lights burn out, check
to see if there are any blown fuses
(see page 211 ).
3. Connect the fully loaded trailer to
the hitch.
4. Measure again from the ground to
the same spot on the bottom of the
hitch.
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Total Trailer Weight and Tongue Load Limits:
BOAT TRAILERS
Number of
Occupants
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler.
Max. Trailer Weight
Max. Tongue Load
4,500 lbs (2,045 kg)
450 lbs (205 kg)
4,500 lbs (2,045 kg)
450 lbs (205 kg)
4,500 lbs (2,045 kg)
450 lbs (205 kg)
4,300 lbs (1,945 kg)
350 lbs (160 kg)
4,100 lbs (1,855 kg)
220 lbs (100 kg)
2,000 lbs (905 kg)
100 lbs (45 kg)
Towing is Not Recommended
Number of
Occupants
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler.
Max. Trailer Weight
Max. Tongue Load
3,500 lbs (1,590 kg)
450 lbs (205 kg)
3,500 lbs (1,590 kg)
450 lbs (205 kg)
3,300 lbs (1,490 kg)
450 lbs (205 kg)
3,100 lbs (1,400 kg)
350 lbs (160 kg)
2,700 lbs (1,220 kg)
220 lbs (100 kg)
1,200 lbs (540 kg)
100 lbs (45 kg)
Towing is Not Recommended
OTHER TYPES OF TRAILERS
The corresponding weight limits assume occupants fill seats from the front of the vehicle to the back, each occupant weighs 150 lbs (70 kg) and each has 15 lbs (7 kg)
of luggage in the cargo area.
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Towing Equipment and
Accessories
Towing generally requires a variety
of supplemental equipment. To
ensure the best quality, we
recommend that you purchase
Honda equipment whenever possible.
Discuss any additional needs with
your trailer sales or rental agency,
and make sure all equipment is
properly installed, maintained, and
also meets state regulations.
Hitch
We strongly recommend that you
have your Honda dealer install a
Honda hitch and use the required
fluid coolers. Using non-Honda
equipment may result in serious
damage to your vehicle.
Weight Distributing Hitch
A weight distributing hitch is not
recommended for use with your Pilot.
Trailer Brakes
chains drag on the ground.
Honda requires that any trailer with
a total trailer weight of 1,000 lbs (455
kg) or more have its own brakes.
Transmission Fluid Cooler and
Power Steering Fluid Cooler
There are two common types of
trailer brakes: surge and electric.
Surge brakes are common for boat
trailers, since the brakes will get wet.
Electric brakes must be
electronically actuated. Do not
attempt to tap into your vehicle’s
hydraulic system. See your brake
manufacturer for more information
on installing electric brakes.
To help prevent overheating, a
heavy-duty transmission fluid cooler
and a heavy-duty power steering
fluid cooler are required for trailer
towing. These coolers are available
only from your Honda dealer.
Sway Control
This device is recommended if your
trailer tends to sway. Your trailer
maker can tell you what kind of sway
control you need and how to install it.
Safety Chains
Trailer Mirrors
Always use safety chains when you
tow a trailer. Make sure the chains
are secured to the trailer and hitch,
and that they cross under the tongue
and can catch the trailer if it
becomes unhitched. Leave enough
slack to allow the trailer to turn
corners easily, but do not let the
Many states and provinces require
special exterior mirrors when towing
a trailer. Even if they don’t, you
should install special mirrors if you
cannot clearly see behind you, or if
the trailer creates a blind spot.
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Trailer Lights
GROUND
LEFT TURN SIGNAL
(BLACK)
(GREEN/WHITE)
BACK-UP LIGHT
(GREEN/BLACK)
If you use a non-Honda trailer
lighting harness and converter, you
can get the mating connector and
pins that mate with the connector in
your vehicle from your Honda dealer.
Connector-98530-00006-00
Terminal Kit-07JAZ-001-030A
BRAKE LIGHT
(WHITE/BLACK)
RIGHT TURN SIGNAL
TAILLIGHT
(GREEN/YELLOW)
(RED/BLACK)
Check trailer light requirements for
the areas where you plan to tow.
To get to your vehicle’s trailer
lighting connector, open the tailgate,
remove the cargo cover, then
remove the rear panel trim. The
connector is on the left side. We
recommend that you have your
Honda dealer install a Honda wiring
harness and converter.
Spare Tires
When towing a trailer, we
recommend that you carry a full-size
spare wheel and tire for your vehicle
and trailer. See page 191 for proper
tire size, page 200 for how to store a
full size wheel and tire, and page
197 for information on changing a
flat tire.
Remember to unhitch the trailer
before changing a flat. Ask your
trailer sales or rental agency where
and how to store the trailer’s spare
tire.
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Driving Safely With a Trailer
For your safety and the safety of
others, take time to practice driving
maneuvers before heading for the
open road, and follow the guidelines
below.
Towing performance can be
affected by high altitude, high
temperature, or when climbing
steep grades. Therefore, premium
fuel is recommended when towing
more than 3,500 lbs (1,590 kg).
Avoid towing a trailer during your
vehicle’s first 600 miles (1,000 km).
Drive slower than normal in all
driving conditions.
Make turns more slowly and wider
than normal. The trailer has a
smaller arc and it can hit or run
over something the vehicle misses.
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Allow more time and distance for
braking. Do not brake or turn
suddenly − the trailer could
jackknife or turn over.
When driving with a fix-sided (e.g.
camper, utility) trailer, do not
exceed 55 mph (88 km/h). At
higher speeds, the trailer may
sway or affect vehicle handling.
When being passed by a truck or
large vehicle, cross-winds and air
turbulence can disrupt your
steering and cause your trailer to
sway. Keep a constant speed, steer
straight ahead, and do not try to
make quick steering or braking
corrections.
Do not park on an incline unless it
is unavoidable. If you must, turn
the vehicle’s wheels toward the
curb on a downhill or away from
the curb on an uphill. After
parking, place wheel chocks at
each trailer tire on the downhill
side.
Driving on Hills
When climbing hills, closely watch
your temperature gauge. If it nears
the red (Hot) mark, reduce speed
and, if necessary, pull to the side of
the road and let the engine cool.
Backing Up
If the transmission shifts frequently
while going up a hill, shift down one
gear.
Always drive slowly and have
someone guide you when backing up.
Grip the bottom of the steering
wheel; then turn the wheel to the left
to get the trailer to move to the left,
and turn the wheel right to move the
trailer to the right.
If you must stop when facing uphill,
use the foot brake or the parking
brake. Do not try to hold the vehicle
in place by pressing on the
accelerator; this could cause the
automatic transmission to overheat.
Retrieving a Boat
If the vehicle’s wheels slip when
retrieving a boat from the water,
shift to first gear, and turn on VTM-4
Lock (see page 142 ). Disengage
VTM-4 Lock as soon as the boat is
out of the water to prevent damage
to the VTM-4 system.
When driving down hills, reduce
your speed and shift down to D3. Do
not ‘‘ride’’ the brakes.
Remember: It will take longer to
slow down and stop when towing
a trailer.
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Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome
Your Pilot can be towed behind a
motorhome at legal highway speeds
up to 65 mph (100 km/h). Do not
exceed 65 mph (100 km/h) or severe
transmission damage will occur. To
avoid damage to the 4WD system, it
must be towed with all four wheels
on the ground (flat towing).
Press on the brake pedal. Move
the shift lever through all its
positions.
Shift to D, then to N. Let the
engine run for three minutes, then
turn it off.
Release the parking brake.
When purchasing a tow bar, make
sure you select a reputable
manufacturer. Follow the
manufacturer’s attachment
instructions carefully.
Perform the following procedure
everyday immediately before you
begin towing. Otherwise severe
automatic transmission damage will
occur.
Leave the ignition switch in
ACCESSORY (I) so the steering
wheel does not lock. Make sure
the radio and any items plugged
into the accessory power
sockets are turned off so you do
not run down the battery.
Check the transmission fluid level
(see page 176 ). Do not overfill.
Start the engine.
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Extended Towing
If you tow more than 8 hours in one
day, you should repeat the above
procedure at least every 8 hours
(when you stop for fuel, etc.)
NOTICE: Improper towing preparation
will damage the transmission. Follow
the above procedure exactly. If you
cannot shif t the transmission or start
the engine, your vehicle must be
transported on a f lat-bed or trailer.
NOTICE: The steering system can be
damaged if the steering wheel is locked.
Leave the ignition switch in
ACCESSORY (I), and make sure the
steering wheel turns f reely bef ore you
begin towing.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
Your vehicle has been designed
primarily for use on pavement. But
its higher ground clearance and fourwheel drive VTM-4 system allow you
to occasionally travel on unpaved
roads, to campgrounds, picnic sites,
and similar locations. It is not
designed for trailblazing, mountain
climbing, or other challenging offroad activities.
If you decide to drive on unpaved
roads, you will find that it requires
somewhat different driving skills.
Your vehicle will also handle
somewhat differently than it does on
pavement. Be sure to pay extra
attention to the precautions and tips
in this section, and get acquainted
with your vehicle before leaving the
pavement.
Improperly operating this
vehicle on or off-pavement can
cause an accident or rollover in
which you and your passengers
could be seriously injured or
killed.
Follow all instructions and
guidelines in the owner’s
manual.
Keep your speed low and
don’t drive faster than
conditions permit.
Important Safety Precautions
To avoid loss of control or rollover,
be sure to follow all precautions and
recommendations.
Be sure to store cargo properly
and do not exceed your vehicle
cargo load limits (see pages
132 and 147 ).
Wherever you drive, make sure
you and your passengers always
wear seat belts.
Keep your speed low, and never
go faster than the conditions
allow.
It’s up to you to continually assess
the situation and drive within the
limits.
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Check Out Your Vehicle
Before you leave the pavement, be
sure to do all scheduled maintenance
and service and that you inspect your
vehicle. Pay special attention to the
condition of the tires and check the
tire pressure.
After you return to the pavement,
carefully inspect your vehicle to
make sure there is no damage that
could make driving it unsafe.
Recheck the condition of the tires
and the tire pressure.
Remember:
The route presents limits (too steep
or bumpy roads). You have limits
(driving skill and comfort). And your
vehicle has limits (traction, stability,
and power).
Accelerating and Braking
For better traction on all surfaces,
accelerate slowly and gradually build
up speed. If you try to start too fast
on wet soil, mud, snow, or ice, you
might not have enough traction to
get underway and you may dig
yourself a hole. Starting with the
shift lever in second gear (2) will
help you have a smoother start on
snow and ice.
Keep in mind that you will usually
need more time and distance to
brake to a stop on unpaved surfaces.
Avoid hard braking. Do not pump
the brakes; let the anti-lock braking
system pump them for you.
Driving off-highway can be
hazardous if you fail to recognize
limits and take the proper
precautions.
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Avoiding Obstacles
Debris in the road can damage your
suspension or other components.
Because your vehicle has a high
center of gravity, driving over a large
obstacle, or allowing a wheel to drop
into a deep hole can cause your
vehicle to tip or roll over.
Driving on Slopes
If you can’t clearly see all road
conditions or obstacles, walk the
slope before you drive on it. If you
have any doubt whether or not you
can safely drive on the slope, don’t
do it. Find another route.
If you are driving up a hill and find
that you cannot continue, do not try to
turn around. Your vehicle could roll
over. Slowly back down the hill,
following the same route you took up
the hill.
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Crossing a Stream
Before driving through water, stop
and make sure that:
The water is not deep enough to
cover your wheel hubs, axles or
exhaust pipe. You could stall and
not be able to restart your engine.
The water can also damage
important vehicle components.
The banks are sloped so you can
drive out.
The water is not flowing too fast.
Deep rushing water can sweep you
downstream. Even very shallow
rushing water can wash the
ground from under your tires and
cause you to lose traction and
possibly roll over.
If you decide it is safe to drive
through water, choose a suitable
speed and engage the VTM-4 Lock.
Proceed without shifting or changing
speeds, and do not stop the vehicle
or shut off the engine.
After driving through water, test
your brakes. If they got wet, gently
pump them while driving slowly until
they operate normally.
If the water is deeper than the wheel
hubs, some additional service may
be required. This service is not
covered by your warranties.
The banks and surface under the
water provide good traction. The
water may hide hazards such as
rocks, holes, or mud.
If You Get Stuck
If you get stuck, engage the VTM-4
Lock (see page 142 ). Carefully try to
go in the direction (forward or
reverse) that you think will get you
unstuck. Do not spin the tires at high
speeds. It will not help you get out
and may cause damage to the
transmission or VTM-4 system.
If you are unable to free yourself,
your vehicle is equipped with front
and rear tow hooks designed for this
purpose.
Use a nylon strap to attach the Pilot
to the recovery vehicle and carefully
take out the slack in the strap. Once
the strap is tight, the recovery
vehicle should apply force.
Remember that the recovery vehicle
needs good traction to avoid
becoming stuck, too.
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You should never use a jack to try to
get unstuck. Your vehicle could
easily slip off the jack and hurt you
or someone else.
Towing a Trailer Off-Road
You may be able to safely tow a
lightweight trailer (such as a
motorcycle or small tent trailer) offroad if you follow these guidelines.
Do not exceed 1,000 lbs (450 kg)
or a tongue weight of 100 lbs (45
kg).
Try to stay on smooth, level dirt
roads, and avoid driving in hilly
terrain.
Allow extra room for starting,
stopping, and turning.
Slow down if you encounter bumps
or other obstacles.
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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 233 for information on how to
obtain a copy, or see your Honda
dealer.
Maintenance Safety ....................... 160
Maintenance Schedule .................. 161
Maintenance Record ..................... 167
Fluid Locations............................... 170
Adding Engine Oil ......................... 171
Changing the Oil and Filter .......... 172
Engine Coolant ............................... 174
Windshield Washers ..................... 175
Automatic Transmission Fluid......176
Differential Oil ................................177
Timing Belt ..................................... 177
Brake Fluid ..................................... 178
Power Steering Fluid..................... 179
Lights .............................................. 180
Floor Mats ...................................... 185
Cleaning Seat Belts........................ 185
Wiper Blades .................................. 186
Tires ................................................ 188
Checking Your Battery ................. 193
Vehicle Storage .............................. 194
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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.
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.
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Injury from moving parts. Do
not run the engine unless
instructed to do so.
Failure to properly follow
maintenance instructions and
precautions can cause you to
be seriously hurt or killed.
Always follow the procedures
and precautions in this owner’s
manual.
Some of the most important safety
precautions are given here. However,
we cannot warn you of every
conceivable hazard that can arise in
performing maintenance. Only you
can decide whether or not you
should perform a given task.
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Maintenance Schedule
The maintenance schedule assumes
you will use your vehicle as normal
transportation for passengers and
their possessions. You should also
follow these recommendation:
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 the legal
speed limit.
Drive your vehicle regularly over a
distance of several miles
(kilometers).
Always use unleaded gasoline with
the proper octane rating (see page
112 ).
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.
Trailer towing, driving with a roof
top carrier, or 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 Normal Conditions
Maintenance Schedule.
Canadian Owners − Follow the
Maintenance Schedule for Severe
Conditions.
Driving in extremely hot [over
90°F (32°C)] conditions.
Used primarily as a delivery
vehicle or taxi that is driven
mostly in stop-and-go traffic and/
or parked with the engine idling.
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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.
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According to state and federal
regulations, failure to perform
maintenance on the items marked
with # will not void your emissions
warranties. However, Honda
recommends that all maintenance
services be performed at the
recommended time or mileage
period to ensure long-term reliability.
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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
time you fill the fuel tank. See
page 171 .
Engine coolant level − Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 174 .
Brakes − Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 178 .
Tires − Check the tire pressure
monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page
188 .
Lights − Check the operation of
the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
and license plate lights monthly.
See page 180 .
Automatic transmission − Check
the fluid level monthly. See pages
176 − 177 .
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Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given).
miles x 1,000
60
15
30
45
75
90
105 120 135
km x 1,000
96
24
48
72
120 144 168 192 216
Check engine oil and coolant
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Check tires
Check inflation and condition once a month
Replace engine oil
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or every 1 year,
whichever comes first
Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 190 )
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
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
(Or every 1 year, whichever comes first)
Driveshaft boots
Brake hoses and lines (including ABS)
All fluid levels and condition of fluids
Exhaust system#
Fuel lines and connections#
Inspect drive belts
(Or every 2 years, whichever comes first)
Replace dust and pollen filter
Replace air cleaner element
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
(Otherwise adjust only if noisy)
Replace automatic transmission fluid*1
Replace VTM-4 rear differential fluid*2
Inspect idle speed
Replace timing belt and inspect water pump
(Or every 7 years, whichever comes first)
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then
Replace engine coolant
every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years
Replace brake fluid
Every 3 years (independent of mileage)
150
240
Follow the Normal Maintenance
Schedule if the severe driving
conditions specified in the Severe
Conditions Maintenance Schedule on
the next page do not apply.
NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY
drive under a ‘‘severe’’ condition, you
should follow the Normal Conditions
Maintenance Schedule.
*1:
then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2
years.
*2:
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At every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) up to
30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every 1 year,
then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2
years.
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See information on maintenance and
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240
Follow the Severe Maintenance
Schedule 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 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.
Trailer towing, driving with a roof
rack, or driving in mountainous
conditions.
Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced
roads.
Canadian Owners − Follow the
Maintenance Schedule for Severe
Conditions.
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Maintenance Severe for Severe Conditions
Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given).
miles x 1,000
7.5
15
30
45
60
75
90
105 120 135
km x 1,000
12
24
48
72
96
120 144 168 192 216
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Check engine oil and coolant
Check inflation and condition once a month
Check tires
Every 3,750 miles (6,000 km) or every 6 months,
Replace engine oil filter
whichever comes first
Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 190 )
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
Check front and rear brake wear
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or every 6 months,
Inspect the following items:
whichever comes first
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)
(Or every 1 year, whichever comes first)
All fluid levels and condition of fluids
Exhaust system#, Fuel lines and connections#
Lights and controls/vehicle underbody
Inspect drive belts
(Or every 2 years, whichever comes first)
Replace dust and pollen filter*1
Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) (Use normal schedule
Replace air cleaner element
except in dusty condition)
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
(Otherwise adjust only if noisy)
Replace automatic transmission fluid
(Or every 2 years, whichever comes first)
Replace VTM-4 rear differential fluid*2, *3
Inspect idle speed
Replace timing belt#, *4 and inspect water
(Or every 7 years, whichever comes first)
pump
Replace engine coolant
120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every
60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years
Replace brake fluid
Every 3 yearsIn(independent
mileage)
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*1: See dust and pollen filter on page 185 for replacement information under special driving conditions.
*2: At every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) up to 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or every 6 months, then every 15,000 miles (24,000
km) or 1 year.
*3: Follow this schedule for rear differential fluid replacement if you use your vehicle for off-highway driving, trailer
towing, mainly in stop-and-go driving. Otherwise, use the fluid replacement schedule in the Maintenance Schedule
for Normal Conditions.
*4: See timing belt on page 177 for replacement information under special driving conditions.
#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, page 162 .
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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 164 ) or severe
conditions (page 165 ). 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
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
Date
mi/km
Date
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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
116,250 mi
186,000 km
120,000 mi
192,000 km
mi/km
Date
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Date
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Date
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
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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
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Fluid Locations
BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK
(Orange loop)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
COOLANT
RESERVOIR
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(Yellow loop)
POWER STEERING
FLUID (Red cap)
ENGINE OIL FILL CAP
RADIATOR CAP
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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 a major contributor to your
engine’s performance and longevity.
Always use a premium-grade 5W-20
detergent oil displaying the API
Certification Seal. This seal indicates
the oil is energy conserving, and that
it meets the American Petroleum
Institute’s latest requirements.
Honda Motor Oil is the preferred
5W-20 lubricant for your vehicle. It is
highly recommended that you use
Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for
optimum engine protection. Make
sure the API Certification Seal says
‘‘For Gasoline Engines’’.
The oil viscosity or weight is
provided on the container’s label.
5W-20 oil is formulated for yearround protection of your Honda to
improve cold weather starting and
fuel economy.
API CERTIFICATION SEAL
Ambient Temperature
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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.
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.
WASHER
DRAIN BOLT
1. Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.
2. Open the hood and remove the
engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil
drain bolt and washer from the
bottom of the engine. Drain the oil
into an appropriate container.
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Changing the Oil and Filter
OIL FILTER
3. Remove the oil filter and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
Honda dealer) is required.
4. Install a new oil filter according to
the instructions that come with it.
5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten it to:
29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m)
9. Turn off the engine, let it sit for
several minutes, then check the oil
level on the dipstick. If necessary,
add more oil.
6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
5.1 US qt (4.8 )
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.
7. Replace the engine oil fill cap.
Start the engine. The oil pressure
indicator light should go out within
5 seconds. If it does not, turn off
the engine and check your work.
8. Let the engine run for several
minutes, then check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.
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Engine Coolant
Adding Engine Coolant
RESERVE TANK
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 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.
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If the reserve tank is completely
empty, you should also check the
coolant level in the radiator.
Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.
Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.
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Engine Coolant, Windshield Washers
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 spill immediately; it could
damage components in the engine
compartment.
4. Put the radiator cap back on and
tighten it.
RADIATOR CAP
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.
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.
Windshield Washers
Check the fluid level in the
windshield washer reservoir at least
monthly during normal use.
On Canadian models: The low washer
level indicator will light when the
level is low.
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.
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.
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Automatic Transmission
DIPSTICK
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
DIPSTICK
Check the fluid level with the engine
at normal operating temperature.
3. Insert the dipstick all the way into
the transmission.
1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
Shut off the engine.
4. Remove the dipstick and check
the fluid level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop)
from the transmission, and wipe it
with a clean cloth.
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5. If the level is below the lower
mark, add fluid into the tube to
bring it to the upper mark.
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.
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Automatic Transmission Fluid, Differential Oil, Timing Belt
To thoroughly flush the
transmission, the technician
should drain and refill it with
Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic
Transmission Fluid), then drive
the vehicle for a short distance.
Do this three times. Then drain
and refill the transmission a final
time.
Differential Oil
FILLER BOLT
The differential should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
into the transmission.
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.
Put a new washer on the filler bolt,
then reinstall the filler bolt and
tighten it securely. Tightening
torque:
33 lbf·ft (45 N·m , 4.6 kgf·m)
CORRECT LEVEL
Check the fluid level with the
differential at normal operating
temperature and the vehicle sitting
on level ground. Remove the
differential fluid filler bolt and
washer, 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, slowly add
VTM-4 Differential Fluid until it
starts to run out of the hole.
Timing Belt
The timing belt should be replaced
at the intervals shown in the
maintenance schedule. Replace the
belt at 60,000 miles (100,000 km) if
you regularly drive your vehicle in
one or more of these conditions:
In very high temperatures
(over 110°F, 43°C).
In very low temperatures
(under −20°F, −29°C).
Frequently tow a trailer.
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Brake Fluid
Check the brake fluid level in the
reservoirs monthly.
Replace it according to the time
recommendation in the maintenance
schedule.
Always use Honda Heavy Duty
Brake Fluid DOT 3. If it is not
available, you should use only DOT 3
or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed
container, as a temporary
replacement.
MAX
MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If the level is at or
below the MIN mark, your brake
system needs attention. Have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
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Using any non-Honda brake fluid can
cause corrosion and decrease the life
of the system. Have the brake
system flushed and refilled with
Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
DOT 3 as soon as possible.
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not
compatible with your vehicle’s
braking system and can cause
extensive damage.
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Power Steering Fluid
UPPER LEVEL
Always use Honda Power Steering
Fluid. You may use another power
steering fluid as an emergency
replacement, but have the power
steering system flushed and refilled
with Honda PSF as soon as possible.
A low power steering fluid level can
indicate a leak in the system. Check
the fluid level frequently, and have
the system inspected as soon as
possible.
NOTICE: Turning the steering wheel to
f ull lef t or right lock and holding it
there can damage the power steering
pump.
LOWER LEVEL
Check the level on the side of the
reservoir when the engine is cold.
The fluid should be between the
UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL.
If not add power steering fluid to the
UPPER LEVEL mark.
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Lights
Headlight Aiming
The headlights were properly aimed
when your vehicle was new. If you
regularly carry heavy items in the
trunk, 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
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.
NOTE: Halogen headlight bulbs get
very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration,
or a scratch on the glass can cause
the bulb to overheat and shatter.
CONNECTOR
4. Insert the new bulb and make sure
it is right side up. The tabs on the
base fit into the indentations in the
headlight assembly. Pivot the holddown wire back in place, and clip
the end into the slot.
BULB
1. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by pulling the
connector straight back.
2. Remove the rubber weather seal
by pulling on the tab.
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3. Unclip the end of the hold-down
wire from its slot. Pivot it out of
the way, and remove the bulb.
5. Reinstall the rubber seal and make
sure one of its arrow is pointing up.
6. Push the electrical connector onto
the new bulb.
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Replacing a Front Turn Signal/
Parking Light Bulb
4. Insert 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.
1. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
2. To remove the front turn signal
bulb, push it in slightly and turn it
counterclockwise.
3. Install the new bulb into the
socket and reinstall it.
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Replacing Rear Bulbs
4. Install a new bulb into the socket
and reinstall the socket into the
light assembly.
Replacing the High-mount Brake
Light
SCREW
1. Open the tailgate.
1. Place a cloth on the middle edge
of a part of the lens on the
passenger’s side. Remove a part of
the lens by carefully prying on its
edge with a small flip tipped
screwdriver.
2. Remove the two screws, then pull
the rear light assembly straight
back to remove it from the body.
3. Remove the socket of the burned
out bulb by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise, and pull it
straight out of its socket.
2. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to
remove the screw under the lens.
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Lights
3. Pull the light assembly out of the
tailgate.
4. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
Replacing a Front Side Marker
Light Bulb
2. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to
remove the five holding clips from
the inner fender.
HOLDING CLIP
5. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push a new bulb into the
socket until it bottoms. Reinstall
the assembly.
1. If you are changing the bulb on
the driver’s side, start the engine,
turn the steering wheel all the way
to the right, and turn off the
engine. If you are changing the
bulb on the passenger’s side, turn
the steering wheel to the left.
CONTINUED
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5. Pull the burned out bulb straight
out of its socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
6. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
7. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
3. Pull the inner fender cover away
from the fender and bumper.
8. Put the inner fender in place.
Install the five holding clips. Lock
each clip in place by pushing on
the center.
4. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
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Floor Mats, Cleaning Seat Belts
Floor Mats
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.
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.
Cleaning Seat Belts
LOOP
If your seat belts get dirty, use a soft
brush with a mixture of mild soap
and warm water to clean them. Do
not use bleach, dye, or cleaning
solvents. Let the belts air dry before
you use the vehicle.
Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat
belt anchors can cause the belts to
retract slowly. Wipe the insides of
the loops with a clean cloth
dampened in mild soap and warm
water or isopropyl alcohol.
If you remove the driver’s floor mat,
make sure to re-anchor it when you
put it back in your vehicle.
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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, areas that are
getting hard, or if they leave streaks
and unwiped areas when used.
WIPER ARMS
LOCK TAB
1. Raise the wiper arm off the
windshield. Raise the driver’s side
first, then the passenger’s side.
Do not open the hood when the wiper
arms are raised, or you will damage the
hood and wiper arms.
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2. Front only:
Disconnect the blade assembly
from the wiper arm by pushing in
the lock tab. Hold the lock tab in
while you push the blade assembly
toward the base of the arm.
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BLADE
BLADE
5. Slide the new wiper blade into the
holder until the tabs lock.
6. Front only:
Slide the wiper blade assembly
onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.
REINFORCEMENT
3. Remove the blade from its holder
by grasping the tabbed end of the
blade. Pull firmly until the tabs
come out of the holder.
7. Lower the wiper arm down against
the windshield. Lower the
passenger’s side first, then the
driver’s side.
4. Examine the new wiper blades. If
they have no plastic or metal reinforcement along the back edge,
remove the metal reinforcement
strips from the old wiper blade,
and install them in the slots along
the edge of the new blade.
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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.
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.
Tire Size
P235/70R16 104S
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2
kgf/cm )
The compact spare tire pressure is:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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 220 .
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.
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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).
Tire pressure for high speed driving
is the same as for normal driving.
If you check the pressure when the
tires are hot (driven for several
miles), you will see readings 4 to 6
psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4 kgf/cm )
higher than the cold reading. This is
normal; do not 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 Inspection
Every time you check inflation, you
should also examine the tires for
damage, foreign objects, and wear.
You should look for:
Bumps or bulges in the tread or
side of the tire. Replace the tire if
you find either 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.
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INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS
TREAD WEAR INDICATOR
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.
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Tire Rotation
Front
Front
(Front Non-directional (Front 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.
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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 side wall).
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.
Installing improper tires on your
vehicle can affect handling and
stability. This can cause a crash
in which you can be seriously
hurt or killed.
Always use the size and type of
tires recommended in this
owner’s manual.
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.
Wheel and Tire Specifications
Wheels:
16 x 6 1/2 JJ
If you ever replace a wheel, make
sure that the wheel’s specifications
match those of the original wheels.
See page 198 for DOT tire quality
grading information, and page
199 for tire size explanation.
Tires:
P235/70R16 104S
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.
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.
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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.
When installing cables, follow the
manufacturer’s instructions, and
mount them as tight as you can.
Make sure they are not contacting
the brake lines or suspension. Drive
slowly with them installed. If you
hear them coming into contact with
the body or chassis, stop and
investigate. Remove them as soon as
you begin driving on cleared roads.
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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.
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Checking Your Battery
TEST INDICATOR WINDOW
Check the condition of the battery
monthly by looking at the test
indicator window. The label on the
battery explains the test indicator’s
colors.
Check the terminals for corrosion (a
white or yellowish powder). To
remove it, cover the terminals with a
solution of baking soda and water. It
will bubble up and turn brown. When
this stops, wash it off with plain
water. Dry off the battery with a
cloth or paper towel. Coat the
terminals with grease to help prevent
further 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.
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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.
Block the rear wheels.
If the vehicle is to be stored for a
longer period, it should be
supported on jackstands so the
tires are off the ground.
Cover the vehicle with a
‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made
from a porous material such as
cotton. Non-porous materials, such
as plastic sheeting, trap moisture,
which can damage the paint.
Fill the fuel tank.
Leave one window open slightly (if
the vehicle is being stored
indoors).
If possible, run the engine
periodically (preferably once a
month).
Change the engine oil and filter.
Disconnect the battery.
Wash and dry the exterior
completely.
Support the front wiper blade
arms with a folded towel or rag so
they do not touch the windshield.
Clean the interior. Make sure the
carpeting, floor mats, etc. are
completely dry.
Leave the parking brake off. Put
the transmission in Park.
To minimize sticking, apply a
silicone spray lubricant to all door
and tailgate seals. Also, apply a
vehicle body wax to the painted
surfaces that mate with the door
and tailgate seals.
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If you store your vehicle for 12
months or longer, have your Honda
dealer perform the inspections called
for in the 24 months/30,000 miles
maintenance schedule (Normal
Conditions) as soon as you take it
out of storage (see page 165 ). The
replacements called for in the
maintenance schedule are not
needed unless the vehicle has
actually reached that time or mileage.
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Compact Spare Tire....................... 196
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 197
If Your Engine Won’t Start ........... 201
Jump Starting ................................. 202
If Your Engine Overheats............. 204
Low Oil Pressure Light ................. 206
Charging System Indicator........... 206
Malfunction Indicator ................... 207
Brake System Indicator ................ 208
Emergency Towing ....................... 208
Fuses ............................................... 209
Fuse Locations ............................... 212
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Compact Spare Tire
Use the compact spare tire as a
temporary replacement only. Get
your regular tire repaired or replaced
and put it back on your vehicle as
soon as you can.
Check the inflation pressure of the
compact spare tire every time you
check the other tires. It should be
inflated to:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
Follow these precautions:
Never exceed 50 mph (80 km/h).
This tire gives a harsher ride and
less traction on some road surfaces. Use greater caution while
driving.
Do not mount snow chains on it.
Do not use the compact spare tire
if you are towing a trailer.
Do not use your compact spare
tire on another vehicle unless it is
the same make and model.
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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.
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Changing a Flat Tire
If you have a flat tire while driving,
stop in a safe place to change it.
Drive slowly along the shoulder until
you get to an exit or an area that is
far away from the traffic lanes.
JACK
The vehicle can easily roll off
the jack, seriously injuring
anyone underneath.
TOOLS
Follow the directions for
changing a tire exactly, and
never get under the vehicle
when it is supported only by the
jack.
SPARE TIRE
COVER
1. Park the vehicle on firm, level, and
non-slippery ground. Put the
transmission in Park. Apply the
parking brake.
3. The tools and jack are behind a
cover in the cargo area on the
driver’s side. Remove the cover by
pushing the top of it.
2. Turn on the hazard warning lights,
and turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0). Have all the
passengers get out of the vehicle
while you change the tire.
4. Turn the jack’s end
counterclockwise to loosen it, then
remove the jack and tools.
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SPARE TIRE WRENCH
5. The spare tire is stored
underneath the rear cargo area.
Remove the plastic cover on the
cargo area lining to access the
shaft for the spare tire hoist.
BRACKET
JACKING POINT
6. Put the wheel nut wrench on the
hoist shaft. Turn the wrench
counterclockwise to lower the
spare tire to the ground. Keep
turning the wheel wrench to
create slack in the cable.
7. Remove the bracket from the
spare tire.
8. Loosen each wheel nut 1/2 turn
with the wheel wrench.
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9. Place the jack under the jacking
point nearest the tire you need to
change. It is pointed to by a △
mark 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.
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EXTENSION
WHEEL WRENCH
10.Use the extension and wheel
wrench as shown to raise the
vehicle until the flat tire is off the
ground.
11.Remove the wheel nuts, then
remove the flat tire. Place the flat
tire on the ground with the outside
surface facing up.
BRAKE HUB
12.Before mounting the spare tire,
wipe any dirt off the mounting
surface of the wheel and hub with
a clean cloth. Wipe the hub
carefully; it may be hot from
driving.
13.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.
14.Lower the vehicle to the ground
and remove the jack.
15.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in
the same crisscross pattern. Have
the wheel nut torque checked at
the nearest automotive service
facility.
Tighten the wheel nuts to:
80 lbf·ft (108 N·m , 11 kgf·m)
16.Remove the center cap from the
flat tire, and place the flat tire up
under the hoist.
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NOTICE: Always raise the spare tire
hoist, even if you are not stowing a tire.
If the hoist is lef t down, it will be
damaged during driving and need to be
replaced.
20.Store the jack in its holder. Turn
the jacks’ end bracket to lock it in
place and replace the tools and
cover.
17. Insert the hoist bracket into the
center hole of the flat tire.
18.Slowly turn the wheel wrench
clockwise to take up the slack of
the hoist cable. Make sure the
bracket is seated in the center
hole of the spare tire.
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.
19.Turn the wheel wrench clockwise
until the flat tire rests against the
underbody of the vehicle and you
hear the hoist click.
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If the Engine Won’t Start
Diagnosing why your engine won’t
start falls into two areas, depending
on what you hear when you turn the
key to START (III):
You hear nothing, or almost
nothing. The engine’s starter
motor does not operate at all, or
operates very slowly.
You can hear the starter motor
operating normally, or the starter
motor sounds like it is spinning
faster than normal, but the engine
does not start up and run.
Nothing Happens or the Starter
Motor Operates Very Slowly
When you turn the ignition switch to
START (III), you do not hear the
normal noise of the engine trying to
start. You may hear a clicking sound
or series of clicks, or nothing at all.
Check these things:
Check the transmission interlock.
The transmission must be in Park
or Neutral or the starter will not
operate.
Turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
Turn on the headlights and check
their brightness. If the headlights
are very dim or don’t light at all,
the battery is discharged. See
Jump Starting on page 202 .
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 208 ).
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 193 ). You can
then try jump starting the vehicle
from a booster battery (see page
202 ).
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 137 .
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If the Engine Won’t Start, Jump Starting
Are you using a properly coded
key? An improperly coded key will
cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the dash panel to blink
rapidly (see page 53 ).
Do you have fuel? Check the fuel
gauge; the warning light may not
be working.
There may be an electrical
problem, such as no power to the
fuel pump. Check all the fuses
(see page 209 ).
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See Emergency
Towing on page 208 .
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 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.
3. Connect one jumper cable to the
positive (+) terminal on your
battery. Connect the other end to
the positive (+) terminal on the
booster battery.
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6. Start your vehicle. If the starter
motor still operates slowly, check
that the jumper cables have good
metal-to-metal contact.
7. Once your vehicle is running,
disconnect the negative cable from
your vehicle, then from the
booster battery. Disconnect the
positive cable from your vehicle,
and then from the booster battery.
4. Connect the second jumper cable
to the negative (−) terminal on
the booster battery. Connect the
other end to the grounding strap
as shown. Do not connect this
jumper cable to any other part of
the engine.
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.
5. If the booster battery is in another
vehicle, have an assistant start
that vehicle and run it at a fast idle.
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If the Engine Overheats
The pointer of 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 climbing to or above the red
mark. Or you may see steam or
spray coming from under the hood.
Steam and spray from an
overheated engine can
seriously scald you.
3. If you do not see steam or spray,
leave the engine running and
watch the temperature gauge. If
the high heat is due to overloading,
the engine should start to cool
down almost immediately. If it
does, wait until the temperature
gauge comes down to the midpoint,
then continue driving.
Do not open the hood if steam
is coming out.
4. If the temperature gauge stays at
the red mark, turn off the engine.
NOTICE: Driving with the temperature
gauge pointer at the red mark can
cause serious damage to your engine.
1. Safely pull to the side of the road.
Put the transmission in Neutral or
Park, and set the parking brake.
Turn off all the accessories, and
turn on the hazard indicator.
2. If you see steam and/or spray
coming from under the hood, turn
off the engine. Wait until you see
no more signs of steam or spray,
then open the hood.
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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 208 ).
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.
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7. If there was no coolant in the
reserve tank, you may need to add
coolant to the radiator. Let the
engine cool down until the pointer
reaches the middle of the temperature gauge, or lower, before checking the radiator.
Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.
Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.
8. Using gloves or 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 (climate control to
FULL AUTO at 90°F/32°C). 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 208 ).
11.If the temperature stays normal,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. If it has
gone down, add coolant to the
MAX mark. Put the cap back on
tightly.
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Low Oil Pressure Light, Charging System Indicator
Low Oil Pressure Indicator
This light 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 lights.
2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute.
Open the hood, and check the oil
level (see page 127 ). An engine
very low on oil can lose pressure
during cornering and other driving
maneuvers.
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick (see page 171 ).
4. Start the engine, and watch the oil
pressure light. If it does not go out
within ten seconds, turn off the
engine. There is a mechanical
problem that needs to be repaired
before you can continue driving.
(See Emergency Towing on page
208 ).
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Charging System Indicator
If the charging system
indicator comes on brightly
when the engine is running, the
battery is not being charged.
Immediately turn off all electrical
accessories. Try not to use other
electrically operated controls such as
the power windows. Keep the engine
running; starting the engine will
discharge the battery rapidly.
Go to a service station or garage
where you can get technical
assistance.
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Malfunction Indicator
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
If the indicator comes on
while driving, it means one
of the engine’s emission control
systems may have a problem. Even
though you may feel no difference in
your vehicle’s performance,
continued operation may cause
serious damage.
If you have recently refueled your
vehicle, the cause of this indicator
coming on could be a loose or
missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap
or replace it. Tightening the cap will
not make 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 the 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 emission
controls and the engine. Those repairs
may not be covered by your vehicle’s
warranties.
If the malfunction indicator lamp
comes on along with the ‘‘D’’
indicator, there is a problem in the
automatic transmission control
system.
Readiness Code
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 vehicle 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 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 226 ).
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Brake System Indicator, Emergency Towing
Brake System Indicator
If the brake system
indicator comes on while
driving, the brake fluid level is
probably low in the reservoir. Press
lightly on the brake pedal to see if it
feels normal. If it does, check the
brake fluid level the next time you
stop at a service station (see page
178 ). If the fluid level is low, take
the vehicle to your dealer and have
the brake system inspected for leaks
or worn brake pads.
However, if the brake pedal does not
feel normal, you should take
immediate action. 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 208 ).
If you must drive the vehicle a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and carefully.
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Emergency Towing
If your vehicle needs to be towed,
call a professional towing service or
organization. Never tow your vehicle
with just a rope or chain. It is very
dangerous.
The only way you can safely tow
your vehicle is with flat-bed
equipment. The operator will load
your vehicle on the back of a truck.
Any other method of towing will
damage the drive system. When you
contact the towing agency, inform
them a flat-bed is required.
NOTICE: Towing a Pilot with only two
tires on the ground will damage parts
of the 4WD system. It should be
transported on a f lat-bed truck or
trailer.
Refer to Towing Your Vehicle
Behind a Motorhome on page
208 for non-emergency towing
information.
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Fuses
DRIVER’ S SIDE INTERIOR
PASSENGER’ S SIDE INTERIOR
UNDERHOOD
FUSE
BOXES
The vehicle’s fuses are located in
four fuse boxes. The interior fuse
boxes are located under the
dashboard on the driver’s and
passenger’s side.
To open the passenger’s side, pull
the right edge of the cover.
The primary under-hood fuse box is
located on the passenger’s side. The
secondary fuse box is next to the
battery.
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Fuses
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
212 and 213 , or the diagram on the
fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses
control that device. The diagram for
the interior driver’s side fuse box is
on the kick panel below the fuse box.
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.
BLOWN
BLOWN
3. Check each of the large fuses in
the primary under-hood fuse box
by looking through the top at the
wise inside. Remove the screws
with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
2. Remove the cover from the 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.
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4. Check the smaller fuses in the
under-hood fuse box and all the
fuses in the interior fuse boxes by
pulling out each fuse with the fuse
puller provided in the primary
under-hood fuse box.
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If you cannot drive the vehicle
without fixing the problem, and you
do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse
of the same rating or a lower rating
from one of the other circuits. Make
sure you can do without that circuit
temporarily (such as the accessory
power socket or radio).
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.
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.
Trailer Fuses
If a trailer light is burned out, check
if these fuses are blown when you
replace the light bulbs:
Primary under-hood fuse box
fuses 5, 7, and 24
Interior driver’s side fuse box: 10
Interior passenger’s side fuse box:
10
On EX model
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
102 ).
If those fuses are OK, but the trailer
lights still do not work, there are two
blown 7.5 amp fuses in the trailer
hatch wiring. To access the 7.5 amp
fuses:
1. Open the tailgate and remove the
cargo floor lid.
2. Pull out the bottom of the tailgate
rubber seal.
3. Remove rear trim panel by pulling
up on the inside edge of the rear
trim panel, and unhooking the four
clips and tabs.
4. After replacing fuses, and reinstall
the rear trim panel in the reverse
order of removal.
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Fuse Locations
PRIMARY UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
20 A
30 A
20 A
15 A
15 A
−
20 A
20 A
20 A
40 A
40 A
30 A
40 A
Circuits Protected
Spare Fuse
Spare Fuse
Right Headlight
ACG S
Hazard
Not used
Stop
Left Headlight
Radio
Power Window Motor
Power Seat
Rear Defroster
Back Up, ACC
SECONDARY UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
40 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
Circuits Protected
ABS Motor
ABS F/S
Rear ACC Socket
4WD
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14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
30 A
40 A
30 A
7.5 A
10 A
15 A
120 A
30 A
7.5 A
50 A
20 A
Circuits Protected
Rear A/C
Heater Motor
Cooling Fan
Spare Fuse
Spare Fuse
Spare Fuse
Battery
Condenser Fan
MG Clutch
IGI Main
Trailer (accessory)
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INTERIOR FUSE BOX
Driver’s Side
Passenger’s Side
No. Amps.
Circuits Protected
Front
1
2
3
15 A
10 A
7.5 A
4
5
6
7
8
9
7.5 A
7.5 A
15 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
10 A
10
11
12
13
7.5 A
15 A
30 A
7.5 A
Fuel Pump
SRS
Heater Control, A/C Clutch
Relay, Cooling Fan Relay
Power Mirror, VTM-4
Daytime Running Light*
ECU (PCM), Cruise Control
OPDS, Rear Wiper
ACC Relay
Back-up Lights, Instrument
Lights
Turn Signals
IG Coil
Front Wiper
Starter Signal
No. Amps.
Front
* : On Canadian models
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
20 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
−
10 A
20 A
8
20 A
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
15 A
15 A
10 A
20 A
7.5 A
−
−
20 A
Circuits Protected
Driver’s Power Window
Driver’s Power Seat Reclining
Heated Seat*
Driver’s Power Seat Sliding
Not used
Daytime Running Light*
Driver’s side Rear Power
Window
Front Passenger’s Power
Window
Front Accessory Socket, Radio
Small Light
Interior Light, Navi
Power Door Lock
Back Up
Not used
Not used
Passenger’s Side Rear Power
Window
* : Canadian models
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The diagrams in this section give
you the dimensions and capacities of
your Honda, and the locations of the
identification numbers. It also
includes information you should
know about your vehicle’s tires and
emissions control systems.
Identification Numbers ................. 216
Specifications ................................. 218
DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 220
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading ................................... 220
Treadwear .................................. 220
Traction....................................... 220
Temperature .............................. 221
Emissions Controls........................ 223
The Clean Air Act ...................... 223
Crankcase Emissions Control
System..................................... 223
Evaporative Emissions Control
System..................................... 223
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ................................. 223
Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 224
PGM-FI System ..................... 224
Ignition Timing Control
System................................. 224
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
(EGR) System .................... 224
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................ 224
Replacement Parts..................... 224
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 225
State Emissions Testing ............... 226
Testing of Readiness Codes ..... 226
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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
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Identification Numbers
The Engine Number is stamped into
the engine block. It is on the front.
ENGINE NUMBER
The Transmission Number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER
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Specifications
Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Track
Front
Rear
Weights
Gross vehicle weight rating
Gross combined weight*2
rating (GCWR)
Capacities
Fuel tank
188.0 in (4,775 mm)
76.3 in (1,938 mm)
70.6 in (1,793 mm)
106.3 in (2,700 mm)
66.3 in (1,685 mm)
66.5 in (1,690 mm)
Engine
coolant
Engine oil
See the tire information label attached to the driver’s doorjamb.
9,700 lbs (4,400 kg)*1
*1 : Equipped with transmission fluid cooler and power steering
fluid cooler.
*2 : The GCWR must be reduced 2 percent for every 1,000 feet (305
meters) of elevation.
Air Conditionig
Refrigerant type
Charge quantity
Lubricant type
HFC-134a (R-134a)
24.7−26.5 oz (700−750 g)
ND-OIL8
Change
Total
Change*2
Including
filter
Without
filter
Total
Automatic
Change
transmission Total
fluid
Rear
Change
differential
fluid
Windshield
washer
reservoir
Technical Information
Approx.
19.3 US gal (73 )
1.74 US gal (6.6 )
2.25 US gal (8.5 )
5.1 US qt (4.8 )
4.5 US qt (4.3 )
5.8 US qt (5.5 )
3.2 US qt (3.0 )
8.2 US qt (7.8 )
2.79 US qt (2.64 )
4.8 US qt (4.5 )
*1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine.
Reserve tank capacity:
0.16 US gal (0.6 )
*2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.
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Specifications
Lights
Headlights
Front side marker lights
Front turn signal lights/
Parking lights
Rear side marker lights
Rear turn signal/hazard lights
Stop/Taillights
Backup lights
License plate lights
High-mount brake light
Individual map lights
Tailgate light
Vanity mirror light
Door (Courtesy) light
Grabrail lights
Console lights
Battery
Capacity
12 V − 60 W/55 W
12 V − 5 W
12 V − 27 W/8 W
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
14 V
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
5W
21 W/5 W
21 W/5 W
21 CP (18 W)
5W
18 W
6.2 W
5W
1.1 W
3.8 W
12.4 W
1.4 W
12 V − 65 AH/20 HR
(HB2)
(168)
(1157 NA)
(168)
(7443)
(7443)
(921)
(168)
(921)
(204)
Fuses
Interior
Driver’s side
Passenger’s side
Under-hood
Engine
Type
Bore x Stroke
Displacement
Compression ratio
Spark plugs NGK:
DENSO:
Alignment
Toe-in
Camber
Caster
Tires
Size
Pressure
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Front/Rear
Spare
Front/Rear
Spare
See page 213 or the fuse label
attached to the dashboard.
See page 213 or the fuse label
attached to the inside of the fuse
box door under the dashboard.
See page 212 or the fuse box
cover.
Water cooled 4-stroke SOHC,
V6 gasoline engine
3.50 x 3.66 in (89.0 x 93.0 mm)
211.8 cu-in (3,471 cm )
10.0 : 1
PZFR5F-11
PKJ16CR-L11
0.00 in (0.0 mm)
0.00 in (0.0 mm)
−0°50’
−0°50’
1°88’
P235/70R16 104S
T155/90D16 110M
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
The tires on your car meet all U.S.
Federal Safety Requirements. All
tires are also graded for treadwear,
traction, and temperature performance according to Department of
Transportation (DOT) standards.
The following explains these
gradings.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall
between the tread shoulder and the
maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of
the tire when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified government
test course. For example, a tire
graded 150 would wear one and onehalf (1 1/2) times as well on the
government course as a tire graded
100. The relative performance of
tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may
depart significantly from the norm
due to variations in driving habits,
service practices and differences in
road characteristics and climate.
All passenger vehicle tires must
conform to Federal Safety
Requirements in addition to these
grades.
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Traction − AA, A, B, C
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those
grades represent the tire’s ability to
stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces
of asphalt and concrete. A tire
marked C may have poor traction
performance.
Warning: The traction grade
assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests,
and does not include acceleration,
cornering, hydroplaning, or peak
traction characteristics.
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Temperature − A, B, C
The temperature grades are A (the
highest), B, and C, representing the
tire’s resistance to the generation of
heat and its ability to dissipate heat
when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified indoor
laboratory test wheel. Sustained high
temperature can cause the material
of the tire to degenerate and reduce
tire life, and excessive temperature
can lead to sudden tire failure. The
grade C corresponds to a level of
performance, which all passenger
vehicle 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.
P
55
−Aspect ratio (the tire’s section
height as a percentage of its
width).
Tire Labeling
The tires that came on your vehicle
have a number of markings. Those
you should be aware of are described
below.
R
−Rim diameter in inches.
16
−Load index (a numerical code
associated with the maximum
load the tire can carry).
Tire Size
94
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.
−Tire construction code (R
indicates radial).
V
−Speed symbol (an
alphabetical code indicating
the maximum speed rating).
−Vehicle type (P indicates
passenger vehicle).
225 −Tire width in millimeters.
P225/55R16 94V
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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.
2202 −Date of manufacture.
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Emissions Controls
The burning of gasoline in your
vehicle’s engine produces several byproducts. Some of these are carbon
monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen
(NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC).
Gasoline evaporating from the tank
also produces hydrocarbons. Controlling the production of NOx, CO,
and HC is important to the environment. Under certain conditions of
sunlight and climate, NOx and HC
react to form photochemical ‘‘smog.’’
Carbon monoxide does not contribute to smog creation, but it is a
poisonous gas.
The Clean Air Act
The United States Clean Air Act*
sets standards for automobile
emissions. It also requires that
automobile manufacturers explain to
owners how their emissions controls
work and what to do to maintain
them. This section summarizes how
the emissions controls work.
Scheduled maintenance is on page
164 .
*
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.
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Emissions Controls
Exhaust Emissions Controls
The exhaust emissions controls
include four systems: PGM-FI,
Ignition Timing Control, Exhaust
Gas Recirculation and Three Way
Catalytic Converter. These four
systems work together to control the
engine’s combustion and minimize
the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that
comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust
emissions control systems are
separate from the crankcase and
evaporative emissions control
systems.
Ignition Timing Control System
This system constantly adjusts the
ignition timing, reducing the amount
of HC, CO, and NOx produced.
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)
System
The Exhaust Gas Recirculation
(EGR) system takes some of the
exhaust gas and routes it back into
the intake manifold. Adding exhaust
gas to the air/fuel mixture reduces
the amount of NOx produced when
the fuel is burned.
PGM-FI System
Three Way Catalytic Converter
The PGM-FI System uses sequential
multiport fuel injection.
It has three subsystems: Air Intake,
Engine Control, and Fuel Control.
The 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.
The three way catalytic converter is
in the exhaust system. Through
chemical reactions, it converts HC,
CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust
to carbon dioxide (CO2), dinitrogen
(N2), and water vapor.
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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.
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Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converter
contains precious metals that serve
as catalysts, promoting chemical
reactions to convert the exhaust
gasses without affecting the metals.
The catalytic converter is referred to
as a three-way catalyst, since it acts
on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement
unit must be an original Honda part
or its equivalent.
The three way catalytic converter
must operate at a high temperature
for the chemical reactions to take
place. It can set on fire any combustible materials that come near it.
Park your vehicle away from high
grass, dry leaves, or other flammables.
Keep the engine tuned-up.
Have your vehicle diagnosed and
repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling, or otherwise not
running properly.
THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER
A defective three way catalytic
converter contributes to air pollution,
and can impair your engine’s performance. Follow these guidelines to
protect your vehicle’s three way
catalytic converter.
Always use unleaded gasoline.
Even a small amount of leaded
gasoline can contaminate the
catalyst metals, making the three
way catalytic converter ineffective.
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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).
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.
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Keep the vehicle in Park. 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 lightly traveled
major highway where you can
maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph
(80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20
minutes. Drive on the highway in
D. Do not use the cruise control.
When traffic allows, drive for 90
seconds without moving the
accelerator pedal. (Vehicle speed
may vary slightly; this is okay.) If
you cannot do this for a
continuous 90 seconds because of
traffic conditions, drive for at least
30 seconds, then repeat it two
more times (for a total of 90
seconds).
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Then drive in city/suburban
traffic for at least 10 minutes.
When traffic conditions allow, let
the vehicle coast for several
seconds without using the
accelerator pedal or the brake
pedal.
If the testing facility determines
the readiness codes are still not
set, see your Honda dealer.
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Warranty and Customer Relations
Customer Service
Information ................................. 230
Warranty Coverages ..................... 231
Reporting Safety Defects
(U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 232
Authorized Manuals ...................... 233
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Customer Service Information
Honda dealership personnel are
trained professionals. They should
be able to answer all your questions.
If you encounter a problem that your
dealership does not solve to your
satisfaction, please discuss it with
the dealership’s management. The
Service Manager or General
Manager can help. Almost all
problems are solved in this way.
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.
Honda Customer Service
Mail Stop 500-2N-7D
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, California 90501-2746
Tel: (800) 999-1009
Canadian Owners:
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÉLE
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
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In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands:
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-0816
(787) 250-4318
When you call or write, please give
us this information:
Vehicle Identification Number
(see page 216 )
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
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Warranty Coverages
U.S. Owners
Your new Honda is covered by these
warranties:
New Vehicle Limited Warranty −
covers your new vehicle, except for
the battery, emissions control
systems, and accessories, against
defects in materials and
workmanship.
Emissions Control Systems Defects
Warranty and Emissions
Performance Warranty − these two
warranties cover your vehicle’s emissions control systems. Time, mileage,
and coverage are conditional. Please
read the warranty manual for exact
information.
Original Equipment Battery Limited
Warranty − this warranty gives up
to 100 percent credit toward a
replacement battery.
Seat Belt Limited Warranty − a seat
belt that fails to function properly is
covered for the useful life of the
vehicle.
Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
− all exterior body panels are
covered for rust-through from the
inside for the specified time period
with no mileage limit.
Accessory Limited Warranty −
Honda Accessories are covered
under this warranty. Time and
mileage limits depend on the type of
accessory and other factors. Please
read your warranty manual for
details.
Replacement Parts Limited
Warranty − covers all genuine
Honda replacement parts against
defects in materials and
workmanship.
Replacement Battery Limited
Warranty − provides prorated
coverage for a replacement battery
purchased from a Honda dealer.
Replacement Muffler Lifetime
Limited Warranty − provides
coverage for as long as the purchaser of the muffler owns the
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.
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Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles)
If you believe that your vehicle has a
defect which could cause a crash or
could cause injury or death, you
should immediately inform the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) in addition
to notifying American Honda Motor
Co., Inc.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation,
and if it finds that a safety defect
exists in a group of vehicles, it may
order a recall and remedy campaign.
However, NHTSA cannot become
involved in individual problems
between you, your dealer, or
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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To contact NHTSA, you may either
call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free
at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in
Washington D.C. area) or write to:
NHTSA, U.S. Department of
Transportation, Washington,
D.C. 20590. You can also obtain
other information about motor
vehicle safety from the Hotline.
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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:
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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.
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and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should
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A
Accessories and Modifications .... 129
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ........................................ 64
Accessory Power Sockets ............... 77
Additives, Engine Oil..................... 172
Airbag (SRS) ................................ 9, 19
Airbags, Additional Infomation ...... 19
Additional Safety Precautions .... 24
Airbag Service .............................. 24
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 23
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 23
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 20
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 22
SRS Components ......................... 19
Air Conditioning System ................. 82
Rear A/C Control ........................ 87
Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 188
Antifreeze ....................................... 174
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Indicator Light ..................... 49, 146
Operation .................................... 145
Anti-theft, Audio System............... 102
Anti-theft Steering Column Lock .. 64
Audio System ................................... 88
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners .... 18
Automatic Lighting Off Feature .... 58
Automatic Speed Control.............. 116
Automatic Transmission............... 138
Capacity, Fluid ........................... 218
Checking Fluid Level ................ 176
Shifting ........................................ 138
Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 138
Shift Lever Positions ................. 139
Shift Lock Release ..................... 141
B
Battery
Charging System
Indicator............................ 48, 206
Jump Starting ............................. 202
Maintenance ............................... 193
Specifications ............................. 219
Before Driving ............................... 123
Belts, Seat ..................................... 8, 16
Beverage Holders ............................ 77
Booster Seats ................................... 39
Brakes
Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 145
Break-in, New Linings .............. 124
Fluid ............................................ 178
Bulb Replacement ..................... 182
Parking .......................................... 75
System Indicator .................. 49, 208
Wear Indicators ......................... 145
Braking System.............................. 144
Break-in, New Vehicle .................. 124
Brightness Control, Instruments ... 59
Brights, Headlights ......................... 58
Bulb Replacement
Brake Lights............................... 182
Front Parking Lights ................. 181
Front Side Marker Lights......... 183
Headlights .................................. 180
High-mount Brake Lights......... 182
Rear Bulbs .................................. 182
Specifications ............................. 219
Turn Signal Light .............. 181, 182
Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 180
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Cancel Button................................. 117
Capacities Chart............................. 218
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 42
Cargo, how to carry ......................... 131
Cassette Player
Care ............................................... 95
Operation ...................................... 98
CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii
CD Care ............................................ 95
CD Changer...................................... 94
CD Changer Error Message .......... 97
CD Player.......................................... 93
CD Player Error Message .............. 96
Certification Label ......................... 216
Chains, tires .................................... 192
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 197
Change Oil
How to ......................................... 172
When to .............................. 164, 165
Charging System Indicator .... 48, 206
Checklist, Before Driving ............. 136
Childproof Door Locks ................... 65
Child Safety ...................................... 25
Booster Seats ............................... 39
Child Seats .................................... 30
Important Safety Reminders ...... 25
Infants ........................................... 29
Larger Children ........................... 38
LATCH.......................................... 33
Risks with Airbags....................... 26
Small Children.............................. 30
Tethers.......................................... 37
Where Should a Child Sit? .......... 26
Child Seats
LATCH.......................................... 33
Lower Anchors ............................ 33
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 37
Climate Control System .................. 86
Clock, Setting the .......................... 103
Clock ............................................... 103
Code, Audio System ...................... 102
CO in the Exhaust ......................... 223
Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 137
Compact Spare tire ........................ 196
Console Compartment .................... 77
Consumer Information*................ 230
Controls, Instruments and .............. 45
Coolant
Adding ......................................... 174
Checking ..................................... 127
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Temperature Gauge .................... 55
Crankcase Emissions Control
System......................................... 223
Cruise Control Indicator ................. 51
Cruise Control Operation ............. 116
Cup Holders...................................... 77
Customer Service Information..... 230
D
DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii
Dashboard .................................... 2, 46
Daytime Running Lights................. 59
Daytime Running Lights
Indicator ........................................ 51
Dead Battery .................................. 202
Defects, Reporting Safety............. 232
Defogger, Rear Window ................. 60
Defrosting the Windows ........... 83, 85
Dimensions ..................................... 218
Dimming the Headlights ................ 58
Dipstick
Automatic Transmission........... 176
Engine Oil ................................... 127
Directional Signals ........................... 58
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Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 145
Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 173
Doors
Locking and Unlocking ............... 65
Lockout Prevention ..................... 65
Power Door Locks ....................... 65
DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 220
Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 5
Driving ............................................ 135
Economy ..................................... 128
DVD Player .................................... 104
DVD Player Error Message ......... 112
E
Economy, Fuel ............................... 128
Emergencies
Jump Starting ............................. 202
Towing ........................................ 208
Hazard Warning Button............... 59
Emergencies on the Road............. 195
Battery, Jump Starting .............. 202
Brake System Indicator ............ 208
Changing a Flat Tire ................. 197
Charging System Indicator ...... 206
Checking the Fuses................... 210
Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 206
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 207
Overheated Engine ................... 204
Emergency Brake ............................ 75
Emergency Flashers ....................... 59
Emergency Towing ....................... 208
Emissions Controls........................ 223
Emissions Testing, State .............. 226
Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 55
If it won’t start .............................. 137
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ................................. 48, 207
Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 48, 206
Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 171
Overheating................................ 204
Specifications ............................. 219
Speed Limiter ............................. 140
Starting........................................ 137
Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 223
Exhaust Fumes ................................ 42
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
System......................................... 224
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by ......................................... 15
F
Fan, Interior...................................... 82
Features, Comfort and
Convenience ................................. 81
Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 125
Filters
Oil ................................................ 172
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 59
Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 197
Fluids
Automatic Transmission........... 176
Brake ........................................... 178
Power Steering........................... 179
Windshield Washer ................... 175
FM Stereo Radio
Reception ...................................... 91
Folding the Third Seat .................... 71
Four-way Flashers ........................... 59
Front Airbags ............................. 10, 19
Front Seat
Adjusting................................. 68, 69
Heaters.......................................... 67
Airbags ...................................... 9, 19
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Fuel .................................................. 124
Fill Door and Cap....................... 125
Gauge ............................................ 54
Octane Requirement ................. 124
Reserve Indicator......................... 51
Tank, Filling the......................... 125
Fuses, Checking the ...................... 210
G
Gas Mileage, Improving................ 128
Gasoline .......................................... 124
Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 51
Gauge ............................................ 54
Octane Requirement ................. 124
Tank, Filling the......................... 125
Gas Station Procedures................. 125
Gauges
Engine Coolant Temperature .... 55
Fuel ................................................ 54
GAWR (Gross Axle Weight
Rating) ........................................ 148
GCWR (Gross Combined Weight
Rating) ........................................ 148
Gearshift Lever Positions ............. 139
Glove Box ......................................... 78
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating) ........................................ 148
H
Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 180
Hazard Warning Button .................. 59
Headlights......................................... 58
Aiming ......................................... 180
Automatic Lighting Off ............... 58
Daytime Running Lights............. 59
High Beam Indicator ................... 51
High Beams, Turning on ............ 58
Low Beams, Turning on ............. 58
Reminder Chime .......................... 58
Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 180
Turning on .................................... 58
Headphones.................................... 113
Head Restraints ............................... 72
Heated Mirror .................................. 74
Heater, Seat ...................................... 67
Heating and Cooling ........................ 82
High Altitude, Starting at .............. 137
High-Low Beam Switch .................. 58
High-mount Brake Light............... 182
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Transceiver................................. 118
Hood, Opening the ........................ 126
Horn................................................... 56
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Ignition
Keys............................................... 62
Switch ............................................ 64
Timing Control System ............. 224
Immobilizer System......................... 62
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Indicators
A/T Temperature ........................ 52
ABS (Anti-lock Brake) ................ 49
Brake (Parking and Brake
System) ..................................... 49
Brake Lamp .................................. 50
Charging System ......................... 48
Cruise Control .............................. 51
DRL (Daytime Running
Lights)....................................... 51
High Beam.................................... 51
Key (Immobilizer System) ......... 49
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Low Fuel ....................................... 51
Low Oil Pressure ......................... 48
Side Airbag Off ............................ 48
SRS ................................................ 48
Turn Signal and Hazard
Warning .................................... 50
VTM-4 ........................................... 52
Washer Level ............................... 51
Indicators, Instrument Panel .......... 47
Infant Restraint .......................... 26, 29
Infant Seats ................................. 26, 29
Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 188
Inside Mirror .................................... 74
Inspection, Tire .............................. 189
Instrument Panel ......................... 2, 46
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 59
Introduction ......................................... i
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Jacking up the Vehicle .................. 198
Jack, Tire ........................................ 197
Jump Starting ................................. 202
K
Keys ................................................... 62
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 48, 206
Lower Anchor .................................. 33
Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 218
Luggage, Storing (Cargo) ............... 131
L
M
Label, Certification ........................ 216
Lane Change, Signaling .................. 58
Lap/Shoulder Belts ................... 12, 17
LATCH Anchorage System............ 33
Light .................................................. 79
Lights .............................................. 180
Bulb Replacement ..................... 180
Indicator ........................................ 47
Parking .......................................... 58
Turn Signal ................................... 58
Load Limits..................................... 132
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 64
Locks
Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 64
Fuel Fill Door ............................. 125
Glove Box ..................................... 78
Lockout Prevention ..................... 65
Power Door .................................. 65
Low Coolant Level ......................... 127
Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 51
Maintenance ................................... 159
Owner’s Maintenance
Checks .................................... 163
Record .................................. 167-169
Required Indicator ....................... 53
Safety........................................... 160
Schedule .............................. 164-166
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 48, 207
Manual Seat Adjustments............... 69
Meters, Gauges ................................ 54
Modifications.................................. 130
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Neutral Gear Position.................... 139
New Vehicle Break-in ................... 124
NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i
Numbers, Identification ................ 216
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Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 124
Odometer .......................................... 54
Odometer, Trip ................................ 54
Off-Highway Driving ..................... 155
Off-Road Precautions .................... 155
Oil
Change, How to ......................... 172
Change, When to ............... 164, 165
Checking Engine ....................... 127
Pressure Indicator ............... 48, 206
Selecting Proper Viscosity
Chart ....................................... 171
ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 64
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ................................. 223
Outside Mirrors ............................... 74
Overheating, Engine ..................... 204
Owner’s Maintenance Checks ..... 163
P
Parking ............................................ 143
Parking Brake .................................. 75
Parking Brake and Brake System
Indicator ................................ 49, 208
Parking Lights.................................. 58
Parking Over Things that Burn ... 225
Playing the Radio ............................. 88
Playing a CD ..................................... 93
Playing a CD Changer..................... 94
Playing a Tape .................................. 98
PGM-FI System.............................. 224
Power Door Locks ........................... 65
Power Seat Adjustments ................. 68
Power Socket Locations.................. 76
Power Windows ............................... 73
Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 15
Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 10
Additional Safety Precautions .... 16
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 15
Protecting Children ......................... 25
General Guidelines ...................... 25
Protecting Infants ............................ 29
Protecting Larger Children ............ 38
Protecting Small Children .............. 30
Panel Brightness Control ............... 59
Park Gear Position......................... 139
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Radiator Overheating .................... 204
Radio/CD Sound
System ........................................... 88
Readiness Codes ........................... 226
Rear A/C Unit .................................. 87
Rear Audio Control Panel ............. 107
Rear Entertainment System ......... 104
Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement ... 182
Rear View Mirror ............................. 74
Rear Window Defogger .................. 60
Rear Window Wiper and Washer .. 57
Reclining the Seat Backs .......... 68, 69
Reclining the Second Seats ............ 70
Reclining the Third Seat ................. 71
Reminder Lights .............................. 47
Remote Audio Controls................. 101
Remote Control (RES) .................. 109
Remote Transmitter ........................ 66
Replacement Information
Dust and Pollen Filter ............... 185
Engine Oil and Filter ................. 172
Floor Mats .................................. 185
Fuses ........................................... 210
Light Bulbs ................................. 180
Main Menu
Index
Schedule .............................. 164-166
Seat Belts .................................... 184
Timing Belt ................................. 177
Tires ............................................ 191
Wiper Blades .............................. 186
Replacing Seat Belts After a
Crash ............................................. 19
Reserve Tank, Engine Coolant .... 127
Restraint, Child ................................ 25
Reverse Gear Position................... 139
Roof Rack ....................................... 131
Rotation, Tire ................................. 190
S
Safety Belts................................... 8, 16
Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 232
Safety Features .................................. 7
Airbags ............................................ 9
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Safety Labels, Location of .............. 43
Safety Messages ................................ ii
Seat Belts ...................................... 8, 16
Additional Information ................ 16
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 18
Cleaning ...................................... 185
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 17
Maintenance ................................. 18
Reminder Light and
Beeper ................................. 16, 48
System Components.................... 16
Use During Pregnancy................ 15
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 12
Seat Heaters ..................................... 67
Seats .................................................. 68
Folding the Second Seat ............. 70
Folding the Third Seat ................ 71
Head Restraints ........................... 72
Reclining the Second Seat .......... 70
Reclining the Third Seat ............. 71
Third Seat Access ........................ 70
Seats, Adjusting the............. 10, 68, 69
Security System ............................. 115
Serial Number ................................ 216
Service Intervals ............................ 161
Service Manual* ............................ 233
Service Station Procedures .......... 125
Setting the Clock ........................... 103
Shifting the Automatic
Transmission .............................. 138
Shift Lever Position Indicator ...... 138
Shift Lock Release ......................... 141
Side Marker Lights, Bulb
Replacement in .......................... 183
Side Airbags ................................. 9, 22
Cutoff Indicator ..................... 23, 48
Signaling Turns ................................ 58
Snow Tires ...................................... 191
Sound System ................................... 88
Spare Tire
Inflating ....................................... 196
Specifications ............................. 219
Specifications Charts..................... 218
Speed Control ................................. 116
SRS, Additional Information........... 19
Additional Safety Precautions .... 24
Airbag Service .............................. 24
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ....................... 23
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 23
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 20
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 22
SRS Components ......................... 19
SRS Indicator.............................. 23, 48
CONTINUED
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Index
START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 64
Starting the Engine........................ 137
In Cold Weather at High
Altitude ................................... 137
With a Dead Battery ................. 202
State Emissions Testing ............... 226
Steam Coming from Engine ......... 204
Steering Wheel
Adjustment ................................... 61
Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 64
Buttons................................ 101, 116
Stereo Sound System ...................... 88
Storing Your Vehicle ..................... 194
Sunglasses Holder ........................... 78
Sun Visor........................................... 79
Supplemental Restraint System
Servicing ....................................... 24
SRS Indicator.......................... 23, 48
System Components.................... 19
Synthetic Oil ................................... 172
T
Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ....... 182
Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 195
Tape Player ....................................... 98
Technical Descriptions
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 220
Emissions Control Systems ...... 223
State Emissions Testing ........... 226
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ................................ 225
Temperature Gauge ........................ 55
Temperature, Inside Sensor ........... 87
Temperature, Outside ..................... 55
Tensioners, Seat Belts .................... 18
Testing of Readiness Codes ......... 226
Tether Anchorage Points ............... 37
Theft Protection............................. 102
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 225
Time, Setting the ........................... 103
Tilt the Steering Wheel................... 61
Timing Belt ..................................... 177
Tire Chains ..................................... 192
Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 197
Tires ................................................ 188
Air Pressure ............................... 188
Balancing .................................... 190
Checking Wear .......................... 189
Compact Spare ........................... 196
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 220
Inflation ....................................... 188
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Inspection ................................... 189
Maintenance ............................... 190
Replacing .................................... 191
Rotating....................................... 190
Snow ............................................ 191
Specifications ............................. 219
Tire Chains ................................. 192
Winter Driving ........................... 191
Tools, Tire Changing .................... 197
Towing
A Trailer ...................................... 147
Emergency Wrecker ................. 208
Equipment and Accessories ..... 151
Traction Devices........................ 192
Your Vehicle Behind a
Motorhome............................. 154
Weight Limit .............................. 150
Trailer Loading .............................. 147
Trailer Towing Tips....................... 152
Transmission
Checking Fluid Level ................ 176
Fluid Selection............................ 176
Identification Number ............... 216
Shifting the Automatic .............. 138
Treadwear ...................................... 220
Trip Meter ........................................ 54
Main Menu
Index
Turn Signals ..................................... 58
U
Unexpected, Taking Care
of the ........................................... 195
Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 220
Unleaded Gasoline......................... 124
Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 173
V
Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 132
Vehicle Dimensions....................... 218
Vehicle Identification Number..... 216
Vehicle Storage .............................. 194
VIN .................................................. 216
Viscosity, Oil................................... 171
VTM-4 Lock ................................... 142
W
WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii
Warning Labels, Location of .......... 43
Warranty Coverages* ................... 231
Washer, Windshield
Checking the Fluid Level ......... 175
Level Indicator ............................. 51
Operation ...................................... 57
Wheels
Adjusting the Steering ................ 61
Alignment and Balance ............. 190
Compact Spare ........................... 196
Wrench ....................................... 199
Windows
Operating the Power ................... 73
Rear, Defogger ............................ 60
Windshield
Defroster ................................ 83, 85
Washers ........................................ 57
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades ........................ 186
Operation ...................................... 57
Rear Window Wiper and
Washer ...................................... 57
Worn Tires ..................................... 189
Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 208
*
: U.S. and Canada only
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Service Information Summary
Gasoline:
Unleaded gasoline, pump octane
number of 86 or higher.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
19.3 US gal (73 )
Recommended Engine Oil:
API Service SJ ‘‘Energy
Conserving’’ oil, SAE 5W-20
viscosity (see page 171 ).
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
5.1 US qt (4.8 )
Power Steering Fluid:
Honda Power Steering Fluid
preferred, or another brand of
power steering fluid as a
temporary replacement. Do not
use ATF (see page 179 ).
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 178 ).
Rear Differential Fluid:
Honda VTM-4 Differential Fluid
(see page 177 ).
Automatic Transmission Fluid:
Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic
Transmission Fluid) preferred, or
a DEXRON III ATF as a
temporary replacement (see page
176 ).
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Tire Pressure (measured cold):
Front/Rear:
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
Compact Spare Tire:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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