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Battery
Charging System
Indicator............................ 54, 209
Jump Starting ............................. 205
Maintenance ............................... 193
Specifications ............................. 223
Before Driving ............................... 121
Belts, Seat ................................... 10, 20
Beverage Holders ............................ 87
Index
Body Panels .................................... 178
Booster Seats ................................... 45
Brakes
Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 147
Break-in, New Linings .............. 122
Bulb Replacement ..................... 179
Fluid ............................................ 177
Parking .......................................... 83
System Indicator .................. 54, 211
Wear Indicators ......................... 147
Braking System.............................. 146
Break-in, New Vehicle .................. 122
Brightness Control, Instruments ... 63
Brights, Headlights ......................... 62
Bulb Replacement
Back-up Lights ........................... 182
Brake Lights............................... 182
Front Parking Lights ................. 180
Front Side Marker Lights......... 181
Headlights .................................. 179
Specifications ............................. 223
Turn Signal Lights ..................... 180
Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 179
Bungee Cords................................. 133
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Accessories..................................... 128
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ........................................ 69
Accessory Power Sockets ............... 87
Additives, Engine Oil..................... 171
Airbag (SRS) .............................. 11, 23
Airbags, Additional Information .... 23
Additional Safety Precautions .... 29
Airbag Service .............................. 28
How the Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator Works ....................... 28
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 27
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 24
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 26
SRS Components ......................... 23
Air Conditioning System ................. 91
Usage............................................. 91
Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 188
Normal Driving .......................... 188
Antifreeze ....................................... 173
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Indicator ................................ 55, 148
Operation .................................... 147
Anti-theft, Audio System............... 116
Anti-theft Steering Column Lock .. 69
Armrests, Front Seat ....................... 74
Audio System ................................... 94
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners .... 21
Automatic Speed Control.............. 119
Automatic Transmission............... 141
Capacity, Fluid ........................... 222
Checking Fluid Level ................ 175
Shifting ........................................ 141
Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 141
Shift Lever Positions ................. 141
Shift Lock Release ..................... 144
Auxiliary Input Jack ....................... 112
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Capacities Chart............................. 222
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 47
Carring Cargo ................................ 130
CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii
CD Care .......................................... 113
CD Changer.................................... 112
CD Error Message ........................ 114
CD Changer Error Message ........ 115
CD Player........................................ 106
Ceiling Pocket .................................. 86
Certification Label ......................... 220
Chains ............................................. 192
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 197
Changing Oil .................................. 171
How to ......................................... 171
When to....................................... 165
Charging System Indicator .... 54, 209
Checklist, Before Driving ............. 137
Child Safety ...................................... 30
Child Seats
LATCH Anchorage System ....... 39
Lower Anchors ............................ 39
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 43
Cleaning the Body Panels ............. 178
Clock ............................................... 117
Clock, Setting the .......................... 117
Clutch Fluid .................................... 177
CO in the Exhaust ......................... 227
Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 138
Compact Spare ............................... 196
Consumer Information*................ 234
Controls, Instruments and .............. 51
Coolant
Adding ......................................... 173
Checking ..................................... 126
Proper Solution .......................... 173
Temperature Gauge .................... 59
Crankcase Emissions Control
System......................................... 227
Cruise Control Indicator ................. 56
Cruise Control Operation ............. 119
Customer Service Office .............. 234
D
DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii
Dashboard .................................... 4, 52
Daytime Running Lights
Indicator** .................................... 56
Dead Battery .................................. 205
Defects, Reporting Safety............. 236
Defog and Defrost ........................... 91
Defogger, Rear Window ................. 63
Defrosting the Windows ................. 93
Dimensions ..................................... 222
Dimming the Headlights ................ 62
Dipstick
Automatic Transmission........... 175
Engine Oil ................................... 126
Directional Signals ........................... 62
Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 147
Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 172
Doors
Locking and Unlocking ............... 70
Power Door Locks ....................... 70
DOT Tire Quality Grading* ......... 224
Downshifting, Manual
Transmission .............................. 139
Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 7
Driving ............................................ 135
Economy ..................................... 127
Driving Guidelines ......................... 136
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 185
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Fan, Interior...................................... 90
Features ............................................ 89
Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 124
Filters
Dust and Pollen .......................... 185
Oil ................................................ 171
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 63
Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 197
Fluids
Automatic Transmission........... 175
Brake ........................................... 177
Clutch .......................................... 177
Manual Transmission ............... 176
Power Steering........................... 178
Windshield Washer ................... 174
FM Stereo Radio
Reception ...................................... 98
Index
Folding Rear Seat ............................ 77
Four-way Flashers ........................... 63
Four-wheel Drive ........................... 136
Front Airbags ............................. 11, 23
Front Seat
Adjusting ....................................... 12
Airbags .......................................... 23
Fuel .................................................. 122
Fill Door and Cap ....................... 124
Gauge ............................................ 58
Octane Requirement ................. 122
Reserve Indicator......................... 56
Tank, Filling the......................... 124
Fuses, Checking the ...................... 212
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Gas Mileage, Improving................ 127
Gasoline .......................................... 122
Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 56
Gauge ............................................ 58
Octane Requirement ................. 122
Tank, Filling the......................... 124
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Economy, Fuel ............................... 127
Emergencies on the Road............. 195
Battery, Jump Starting .............. 205
Brake System Indicator ............ 211
Changing a Flat Tire ................. 197
Charging System Indicator ...... 209
Checking the Fuses................... 212
Hazard Warning Flashers .......... 63
Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 209
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 210
Overheated Engine ................... 207
Emergency Brake ............................ 83
Emergency Flashers ....................... 63
Emergency Towing ....................... 217
Emissions Controls........................ 227
Emissions Testing, State .............. 230
Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 59
Engine Speed Limiter ....... 140, 143
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ................................. 54, 210
Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 54, 209
Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 170
Overheating................................ 207
Specifications ............................. 222
Starting........................................ 138
Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 227
Exhaust Fumes ................................ 47
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by ......................................... 18
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Gas Station Procedures................. 124
Gauges
Engine Coolant Temperature .... 59
Fuel ................................................ 58
Gearshift Lever Positions
Automatic Transmission........... 141
Manual Transmission ............... 139
Glove Box ......................................... 87
H
Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 179
Hatch ................................................. 71
Hazard Warning Flashers............... 63
Headlights
Aiming ......................................... 179
Daytime Running Lights** ........ 62
High Beam Indicator ................... 56
Reminder Beeper ......................... 62
Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 179
Turning on .................................... 62
Head Restraints ............................... 75
Heating and Cooling ........................ 90
High Altitude, Starting at .............. 138
High-Low Beam Switch .................. 62
Hood, Opening and Closing the ... 125
Horn............................................... 5, 60
Hydraulic Clutch ............................ 177
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Identification Number, Vehicle.... 220
Ignition
Keys............................................... 65
Switch ............................................ 69
Timing Control System ............. 228
Immobilizer System......................... 66
Important Safety Precautions .......... 8
Indicators, Instrument Panel .......... 53
Infant Restraint ................................ 35
Infant Seats ....................................... 35
LATCH Anchorage System ....... 39
Lower Anchors ............................ 39
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 43
Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 187
Normal Driving .......................... 188
Inside Mirror .................................... 82
Inspection, Tire .............................. 189
Instrument Panel ............................. 53
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 63
Interior Lights .................................. 88
Introduction ......................................... i
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Jacking up the Vehicle .................. 199
Jack, Tire ........................................ 197
Jump Starting ................................. 205
K
Keys ................................................... 65
L
Label, Certification ........................ 220
Lane Change, Signaling .................. 62
Lap/Shoulder Belts ................... 15, 20
LATCH Anchorage System............ 39
Lights
Bulb Replacement ..................... 179
Indicator ........................................ 53
Parking .......................................... 62
Turn Signal ................................... 62
Load Limits..................................... 131
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 69
Locks
Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 69
Fuel Fill Door ............................. 124
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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..................................................................................................................... 4
Driver and Passenger Safety .............................................................................................................. 7
Seat belts, SRS, and child protection
Instruments and Controls................................................................................................................. 51
Indicators, gauges, dashboard, and steering column
Features ..............................................................................................................................................89
Climate, audio, steering wheel, security, cruise control, and HomeLink
Before Driving.................................................................................................................................. 121
Fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading
Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 135
Engine and transmission operation
Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 161
Schedules, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage
Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 195
Flat tire, dead battery, overheating, fuses
Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 219
Vehicle specifications, tires, fuels, and emissions controls
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 233
Warranty and contact information
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 237
How to order
Index...................................................................................................................................................... I
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Fluid capacities and tire pressures
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
POWER DOOR
LOCK SWITCH
(P.70)
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(P.82)
INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.53)
GAUGES (P.58)
AIRBAGS
(P.11, 23)
HEATING/COOLING
CONTROLS
(P.90)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P.81)
PARKING BRAKE
(P.83)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P.125)
A/T model is shown.
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AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.141)
MANUAL TRANSMISSION (P.139)
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WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS
(P.61)
Your Vehicle at a Glance
HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P.62)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P.94)
DIGITAL CLOCK
(P.117)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P.63)
HAZARD WARNING
BUTTON
(P.63)
HORN*
CRUISE CONTROL
MASTER BUTTON
(P.119)
A/T model is shown.
STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT
(P.64)
CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS
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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 are
designed to supplement seat belts,
not replace them. 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 15 ).
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
seat and a lap/shoulder belt until
they can use the belt properly
without a booster (see pages 30 −
46 ).
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.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even
one drink can reduce your ability to
respond to changing conditions, and
your reaction time gets worse with
every additional drink. So don’t drink
and drive, and don’t let your friends
drink and drive, either.
Control Your Speed
Excessive speed is a major factor in
crash injuries and deaths. Generally,
the higher the speed, the greater the
risk, but serious injuries can also
occur at lower speeds. Never drive
faster than is safe for current
conditions, regardless of the
maximum speed posted.
Keep Your Vehicle in Safe
Condition
Having a tire blowout or a
mechanical failure can be extremely
hazardous. To reduce the possibility
of such problems, check your tire
pressures and condition frequently,
and perform all regularly scheduled
maintenance (see page 163 ).
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
(10) (8)
(3)
(7)
(1)
(5)
(9)
(2)
(8)
(6)
(2)
(1) Safety Cage
(2) Crush Zones
(3) Seats and Seat-Backs
(4) Head Restraints
(5) Collapsible Steering Column
(6) Seat Belts
(7) Front Airbags
(8) Side Airbags
(standard on EX model)
(9)Front Seat Belt Tensioners
(10) Door Locks
Some 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 tensioners that tighten the front
seat belts in a crash.
However, you and your passengers
can’t take full advantage of these
features unless you remain sitting in
a proper position and always wear
your seat belts. 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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Your vehicle is equipped with many
features that work together to
protect you and your passengers
during a crash.
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
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.
Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has airbags.
Be sure you and your
passengers always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.
When properly worn, seat belts:
Keep you connected to the vehicle
so you can take advantage of the
vehicle’s built-in safety features.
Help protect you in almost every
type of crash, including frontal,
side, and rear impacts and
rollovers.
Help keep you from being thrown
against the inside of the vehicle
and against other occupants.
Keep you from being thrown out
of the vehicle.
Help keep you in a good position
should the airbags ever deploy. A
good position reduces the risk of
injury from an inflating airbag and
allows you to get the best
advantage from the airbag.
Of course, seat belts cannot
completely protect you in every
crash. But in most cases, seat belts
can reduce your risk of serious
injury.
What You Should Do:
Always wear your seat belt, and
make sure you wear it properly.
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
The most important things you need
to know about your airbags are:
Airbags
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
24 for more information on how
your front airbags work).
Standard on EX models
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 26 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
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Airbags do not replace seat belts.
They are designed to supplement
the seat belts.
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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 injuries or
deaths that can occur in a severe
crash, even when seat belts are
properly worn and the airbags deploy.
Introduction
The following pages provide
instructions on how to properly
protect the driver, adult passengers,
and teenage children who are large
enough and mature enough to drive
or ride in the front.
See pages 30 − 46 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 are closed
and locked.
2.Adjust the Front Seats
Your vehicle
has a door
monitor indicator on the instrument
panel to indicate when a specific
door or the tailgate or the hatch 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 and falling out.
Locking the doors also helps prevent
an outsider from unexpectedly
opening a door when you come to a
stop.
See page 70 for how to lock the
doors, and page 57 for how the door
monitor indicator works.
Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the
rear as possible while allowing you to
maintain full control of the vehicle.
Have a 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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Protecting Adults and Teens
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.
Sitting too close to a front
airbag can result in serious
injury or death if the front
airbags inflate.
Once your seat is adjusted correctly,
rock it back and forth to make sure
the seat is locked into position. See
page 73 for how to adjust the front
seats.
Always sit as far back from the
front airbags as possible.
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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.
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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.
3.Adjust the Seat-Backs
Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.
Adjust the seat-back to an
upright position, and sit well
back in the seat.
See page 73 for how to adjust the
seat-backs.
Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a
comfortable, upright position,
leaving ample space between your
chest and the airbag cover in the
center of the steering wheel.
Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright
position.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
4.Adjust the Head Restraints
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 75 for how to adjust the
head restraints.
Have passengers with adjustable
head restraints adjust their restraints
properly as well. Taller persons
should adjust their restraint as high
as possible.
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Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.
5.Fasten and Position the Seat
Belts
Insert the latch plate into the buckle,
then tug on the belt to make sure the
belt is securely latched. Also check
that the belt is not twisted, because a
twisted belt can cause serious
injuries in a crash.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
Improperly positioning the seat
belts can cause serious injury
or death in a crash.
RELEASE
BUTTONS
Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.
Position the lap part of the belt as
low as possible across your hips,
then pull up on the shoulder part of
the belt so the lap part fits snugly.
This lets your strong pelvic bones
take the force of a crash and reduces
the chance of internal injuries.
If the seat belt touches or crosses
your neck, or if it crosses your arm
instead of your shoulder, you need to
adjust the seat belt anchor height.
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.
The front seats have adjustable seat
belt anchors. To adjust the height of
an anchor, press and hold the release
buttons and slide the anchor up or
down as needed (it has four
positions).
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Protecting Adults and Teens
Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
If a seat belt does not seem to work
properly, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash.
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.
No one should sit in a seat with an
inoperative seat belt. Using a seat
belt that is not working properly can
result in serious injury or death.
Have your dealer check the belt as
soon as possible.
See page 20 for additional
information about your seat belts
and how to take care of them.
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very serious injuries in a crash.
6.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.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
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.
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 in a crash.
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 checkup, ask
your doctor if it’s okay for you to
drive.
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Additional Safety Precautions
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
Passengers should not stand up or
change seats while the vehicle is
moving. A passenger who is not
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
Do not attach or place objects on
the front airbag covers. Objects on
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can
severely compromise the
protective capability of the seat
belt and increase the chance of
serious injury in a crash.
the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’
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.
Do not place hard or sharp objects
between yourself and a front
airbag. Carrying hard or sharp
On models with side airbags, do
not attach hard objects on or near
a front door. If a side airbag
objects on your lap, or driving with
a pipe or other sharp object in
your mouth, can result in injuries
if your front airbag inflates.
inflates, a cup holder or other hard
object attached on or near the
door could be propelled inside the
vehicle and hurt someone.
Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers. If your
hands or arms are close to an
airbag cover, they could be injured
if the front airbag inflates.
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Never let passengers ride in the
cargo area or on top of a foldeddown back seat. If they do, they
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all four seating
positions. The front seat belts are
also equipped with automatic seat
belt tensioners.
The seat belt system
includes an indicator on the
instrument panel and a beeper to
remind you to fasten your seat belt.
If you turn the ignition to ON (II)
before fastening your seat belt, the
beeper will sound and the indicator
will flash. If you do not fasten your
seat belt before the beeper stops, the
indicator will stop flashing but
remain on.
If you continue driving without
fastening your seat belt, the beeper
will sound and the indicator will flash
again at regular intervals.
Lap/Shoulder Belt
The lap/shoulder belt goes over
your shoulder, across your chest,
and across your hips.
To fasten the belt, insert the latch
plate into the buckle, then tug on the
belt to make sure the buckle is
latched (see page 15 for how to
properly position the belt).
To unlock the belt, push the red
PRESS button on the buckle. Guide
the belt across your body so that it
retracts completely. After exiting the
vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the
way and will not get closed in the
door.
All seat belts have an emergency
locking retractor. In normal driving,
the retractor lets you move freely in
your seat while it keeps some
tension on the belt. During a collision
or sudden stop, the retractor
automatically locks the belt to help
restrain your body.
The seat belts in all positions except
the driver’s have an additional
locking mechanism that must be
activated to secure a child seat (see
page 41).
If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the locking
mechanism will activate. The belt
will retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.
To deactivate the locking
mechanism, unlatch the buckle and
let the seat belt fully retract. To
refasten the seat belt, pull it out only
as far as needed.
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners
Seat Belt Maintenance
For safety, you should check the
condition of your seat belts regularly.
The tensioners can also 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.
Pull each belt out fully and look for
frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check
that the latches work smoothly and
the belts retract easily. Any belt that
is not in good condition or working
properly will not provide good
protection and should be replaced as
soon as possible.
When the tensioners are activated,
the seat belts will remain tight until
they are unbuckled in the normal
manner.
Honda provides a lifetime warranty
on seat belts for U.S. models. See
your Honda Warranty Information
booklet for details.
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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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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.
Not checking or maintaining
seat belts can result in serious
injury or death if the seat belts
do not work properly when
needed.
Check your seat belts regularly
and have any problem
corrected as soon as possible.
For information on how to clean your
seat belts, see page 185 .
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Airbag System Components
Your airbag system includes:
In models with 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 26 ).
Automatic seat belt tensioners
(see page 21 ).
A sophisticated electronic system
that continually monitors and
records information about the
sensors, the control unit, the
airbag activators, the seat belt
tensioners, and driver and front
passenger seat belt use when the
ignition is in ON (II).
In models with side airbags, an
indicator on the dashboard that
alerts you that the passenger’s
side airbag has been turned off
(see page 28 ).
Emergency backup power in case
your vehicle’s electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.
An indicator on the instrument
panel that alerts you to a possible
problem with your airbags,
sensors, or seat belt tensioners
(see page 27 ).
Sensors that can detect a
moderate to severe front impact,
or side impact in models with side
airbags.
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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.’’
In models with side airbags,
sensors that can detect whether
a child is in the passenger’s side
airbag path and automatically
turn the airbag off (see page
26 ).
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
During a frontal crash, your seat belt
restrains your lower body and torso,
and the airbag helps protect your
head and chest.
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.
If you ever have a moderate to
severe frontal collision, sensors will
detect the vehicle’s rapid
deceleration.
This can happen if the severity of a
collision is at the margin, or
threshold, that determines whether
or not the airbags will deploy. In
such cases, the seat belt will provide
sufficient protection, and the
supplemental protection offered by
the airbag would be minimal.
After inflating, the front airbags
immediately deflate, so they won’t
interfere with the driver’s visibility,
or the ability to steer or operate
other controls.
If the rate of deceleration is high
enough, the control unit will instantly
inflate the driver’s and front
passenger’s airbags, at the time and
with the force needed.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
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
Dual-Threshold Airbags
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.
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.
In a more severe crash, both stages
will ignite simultaneously to provide
the quickest and greatest protection.
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.
If the occupant’s belt is not latched,
the airbag will deploy at a slightly
lower threshold, because the
occupant would need extra
protection.
If the occupant’s belt is latched, the
airbag will deploy at a slightly higher
threshold, when the airbag would be
needed to supplement the protection
provided by the seat belt.
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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.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
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.
How Your Side Airbags Work
Standard on EX models
Side Airbag Cutoff System
To reduce the risk of injury from an
inflating side airbag, your vehicle has
an automatic cutoff system for the
passenger’s side airbag.
If you ever have a moderate to
severe side impact, sensors will
detect rapid deceleration and signal
the control unit to instantly inflate
either the driver’s or the passenger’s
side airbag.
Only one airbag will deploy during a
side impact. If the impact is on the
passenger’s side, the passenger’s
side airbag will deploy even if there
is no passenger.
Although Honda does not encourage
children to ride in front, this system
is designed to shut off the side
airbag if a child leans into the side
airbag’s path.
The side airbag may also shut off if a
short adult leans sideways, or a
larger adult slouches and leans
sideways into the airbag’s
deployment path.
Objects placed on the front
passenger seat can also cause the
side airbag to be shut off.
If the Side Airbag Off Indicator
comes on (see page 28 ), have the
passenger sit upright. Once the
passenger is out of the airbag’s
deployment path, the system will
turn the airbag back on, and the
indicator will go out.
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.
A front seat passenger should not
use a cushion or other object as a
backrest. It may prevent the cutoff
system from working properly.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
When you turn the ignition switch to
ON (II), this indicator will come on
briefly then go out. This tells you the
system is working properly.
If the indicator comes on at any
other time, or does not come on at all,
you should have the system checked
by your dealer. For example:
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.
Ignoring the SRS indicator can
result in serious injury or death
if the airbag systems, or
tensioners do not work properly.
Have your vehicle checked by a
dealer as soon as possible if
the SRS indicator alerts you to
a possible problem.
If the indicator comes on or
flashes on and off while you drive.
If you see any of these indications,
the airbags and seat belt tensioners
may not work properly when you
need them.
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How the SRS Indicator Works
The SRS indicator alerts
you to a potential problem
with your airbags or seat belt
tensioners.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How the Side Airbag Cutoff
Indicator Works
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:
Standard on EX models
U.S.
Canada
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.
When you turn the ignition switch to
ON (II), the indicator should come
on briefly and go off (see page 55 ).
If it doesn’t come on, stays on, or
comes on while driving without a
passenger in the front seat, have the
system checked.
The SRS indicator alerts you to a
problem. Take your vehicle to an
authorized dealer as soon as
possible. If you ignore this
indication, your airbags may not
operate properly.
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 dealer or a
knowledgeable body shop.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Additional Safety Precautions
Do not attempt to deactivate your
airbags. Together, airbags and
Do not tamper with airbag
components or wiring for any
reason. Tampering could cause
Driver and Passenger Safety
seat belts provide the best
protection.
Models with side airbags:
Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting
your dealer. Improperly replacing
or covering front seat-back covers
can prevent your side airbags from
inflating during a side impact.
the airbags to deploy, possibly
causing very serious injury.
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
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 the death of children ages 12 and
under.
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 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.
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.
Infants and small children must be
restrained in an approved child seat
that is properly secured to the
vehicle (see pages 35 − 43 ).
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 seat if necessary.
Larger children must be restrained
with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on
a booster seat until the seat belt fits
them properly (see pages 44 − 46 ).
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Poses 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.
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
inflating front airbag when they ride
in the back.
the airbag inflates, it can hit the back
of the child seat with enough force
to kill or very seriously injure an
infant.
Infants
Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s front airbag. If
Small Children
Placing a forward-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s front airbag can
be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is
too far forward, or the child’s head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating front airbag can strike the
child with enough force to kill or
very seriously injure a small child.
Larger Children
Children who have outgrown child
seats are also at risk of being injured
or killed by an inflating passenger’s
front airbag. Whenever possible,
larger children should sit in the back
seat, on a booster seat if needed, and
be properly restrained with a seat
belt (see page 44 for important
information about protecting larger
children).
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All Children Should Sit in a Back
Seat
According to accident statistics,
children of all ages and sizes are
safer when they are restrained in a
back seat. The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and
Transport Canada recommend that
all children age 12 and under be
properly restrained in a back seat.
Some states have laws restricting
where children may ride.
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Protecting Children - General Guidelines
To remind you of the passenger's
front airbag hazards, and that
children must be properly restrained
in aback seat, your vehicle has
warning labels on the dashboard
(U.S. models) and on the front visors.
Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels,
U.S. Models
Canadian Models
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Protecting Children − General Guidelines
Place the largest child in the front
seat, provided the child is large
enough to wear the lap/shoulder
belt properly (see page 44 ).
Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (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.
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.
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.
Have the child sit upright and well
back in the seat (see page 31 ).
Make sure the seat belt is properly
positioned and secured (see page
15 ).
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If You Must Drive with Several
Children
Your vehicle has two 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:
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Additional Safety Precautions
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.
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.
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.
Lock all doors, the tailgate and the
hatch 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.
Keep vehicle keys and remote
transmitters (on some models) out
of the reach of children. Even very
young children learn how to
unlock vehicle doors, turn on the
ignition, and open the tailgate or
hatch, which can lead to accidental
injury or death.
Never let two children use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
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Protecting Infants and Small Children
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 Type
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.
Child Seat Placement
A rear-facing child seat can be placed
in any seating position in the back
seat, but not in the front. Never put a
rear-facing child seat in the front
seat.
If the passenger’s front airbag
inflates, it can hit the back of the
child seat with enough force to kill or
seriously injure an infant.
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.
Only a rear-facing child seat provides
proper support for a baby’s head,
neck, and back.
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Two types of seats may be used: a
seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode.
Protecting Infants
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Protecting Infants and Small Children
In either situation, we strongly
recommend that you install the child
seat directly behind the front
passenger seat, move the seat as far
forward as needed, and leave it
unoccupied. Or you may wish to get
a smaller rear-facing child seat.
Protecting Small Children
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
Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death if the
passenger’s front airbag inflates.
Child Seat Type
Always place a rear-facing child
seat in the back seat, not the
front.
child use the child seat as long as
possible, until the child reaches the
weight or height limit for the seat.
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.
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.
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
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Selecting a Child Seat
When buying a child seat, you need
to choose either a conventional child
seat, or one designed for use with
the Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH) system.
Placing a forward-facing child
seat in the front seat can result
in serious injury or death if the
front airbag inflates.
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 second
row seats.
In seating positions and vehicles not
equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed
using a seat belt.
Whatever type of seat you choose, to
provide proper protection, a child
seat should meet three
requirements:
1. The child seat should meet U.S. or
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213. Look for FMVSS
213 or CMVSS 213 on the box.
If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move
the vehicle seat as far back as
possible, and properly restrain
the child.
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.
Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children.
We also recommend selecting a
LATCH-compatible seat with a rigid,
rather than a flexible, anchor (see
page 39 ).
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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.
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Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat
3. The child seat should fit the
vehicle seating position (or
positions) where it will be used.
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.
Installing a Child Seat
After selecting a proper child seat,
and a good place to install the seat,
there are three main steps in
installing the seat:
1. Properly secure the child seat to
the vehicle. All child seats must be
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.
2. Make sure the child seat is firmly
secured. After installing a child
seat, push and pull the seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure.
A child seat secured with a seat belt
should be installed as firmly as
possible. However, it does not need
to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some 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.
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 rearfacing child seats.
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LATCH
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MARKS
Rigid type
ANCHOR COVER
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 button above
the point.
To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat:
1. Remove both anchor covers by
pulling forward.
2. Make sure there are no objects
near the anchors that could
prevent a secure connection
between the child seat and the
anchors.
3. Place the child seat on the vehicle
seat, then attach the seat to the
lower anchors according to the
child seat maker’s instructions.
Some LATCH-compatible seats
have a rigid-type connector as
shown above.
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ANCHOR COVER
Flexible type
Other LATCH-compatible seats have
a flexible-type connector as shown
above.
4. Whatever type you have, follow
the child seat maker’s instructions
for adjusting or tightening the fit.
5. Remove the head restraint (see
page 75 ). Make sure the removed
head restraints are secured in the
cargo area, and reinstalled when
the child seat is removed.
7. Slide the anchor cover open.
6. Route the tether strap over the top
of the seat-back, making sure the
strap is not twisted.
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8. Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether anchor, then tighten the
strap as instructed by the child
seat maker.
9. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure.
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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.
In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in
all seating positions except the
driver’s have a locking mechanism
that must be activated to secure a
child seat.
1. With the child seat in the desired
seating position, route the belt
through the child seat according
to the seat maker’s instructions,
then insert the latch plate into the
buckle.
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2. To activate the lockable retractor,
slowly pull the shoulder part of the
belt all the way out until it stops,
then let the belt feed back into the
retractor.
3. After the belt has retracted, tug on
it. If the belt is locked, you will not
be able to pull it out. If you can pull
the belt out, it is not locked, and
you will need to repeat these steps.
4. After confirming that the belt is
locked, grab the shoulder part of
the belt near the buckle and pull
up to remove any slack from the
lap part of the belt. Remember, if
the lap part of the belt is not tight,
the child seat will not be secure.
To remove slack, it may help to
put weight on the child seat, or
push on the back of the seat while
pulling up on the belt.
5. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure enough to
stay upright during normal driving
maneuvers. If the child seat is not
secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to
retract fully, then repeat these
steps.
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 with a
Tether
TETHER ANCHOR
ANCHOR COVER
A child seat with a tether can be
installed in either seating position in
the back seat, using one of the
anchorage points shown above.
Since a tether can provide additional
security to the lap/shoulder belt
installation, we recommend using a
tether whenever one is required or
available.
1. After securing the child seat in the
desired position (see page 41 ),
remove the head restraint, then
route the tether strap over the top
of the seat-back.
TETHER STRAP HOOK
2. Slide the anchor cover open, then
attach the tether strap hook to the
anchor, making sure the strap is
not twisted.
3. Tighten the strap according to the
seat maker’s instructions.
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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 seat 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.
Allowing a larger child age 12 or
under to sit in front can result in
injury or death if the passenger’s
front airbag inflates.
If a larger 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.
Checking Seat Belt Fit
3. Does the shoulder belt cross
between the child’s neck and arm?
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?
2. Do the child’s knees bend
comfortably over the edge of the
seat?
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Using a Booster Seat
If a child who uses a booster seat
must ride in front, move the vehicle
seat as far back as possible and be
sure the child is wearing the seat
belt properly.
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 and Canadian provinces
also require children to use a booster
seat until they reach a given age or
weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be
sure to check current laws in the
states or provinces where you intend
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 seat.
If the passenger’s front airbag
inflates in a moderate to severe
frontal collision, the airbag can cause
serious injuries to a child who is
unrestrained, improperly restrained,
sitting too close to the airbag, or out
of position.
A 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
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Booster seats can be high-back or
low-back. Whichever style you select,
make sure the booster meets federal
safety standards and that you follow
the booster seat maker’s instructions.
When Can a Larger Child Sit in
Front
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
age 12 and under be properly
restrained in the back seat.
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Protecting Larger Children
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.
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.
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.
Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position.
Physical Size
Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.
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.
Maturity
Physically, a child must be large
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to
properly fit (see page 44 ). If the seat
belt does not fit properly, with or
without the child sitting on a booster
seat, the child should not sit in front.
Check that the child’s seat belt is
properly and securely positioned.
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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Have the exhaust system inspected
for leaks whenever:
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.
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.
High levels of carbon monoxide can
collect rapidly in enclosed areas,
such as a garage. Do not run the
engine with the garage door closed.
Even with the door open, run the
engine only long enough to move the
vehicle out of the garage.
With the tailgate/hatch open, air
flow can pull exhaust gas into your
vehicle’s interior and create a
hazardous condition. If you must
drive with the tailgate/hatch open,
open all the windows and set the
heating and cooling system as shown
below.
If you must sit in your parked vehicle
with the engine running, even in an
unconfined area, adjust the heating
and cooling system as follows:
1. Select the fresh air mode.
mode.
2. Select the
3. Turn the fan on high speed.
4. Set the temperature control to a
comfortable setting.
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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.
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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 dealer for a
replacement.
SUNVISOR
DASHBOARD
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POWER DOOR LOCK SWITCH
(P.70)
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CRUISE CONTROL
MASTER BUTTON
(P.119)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P.94)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P.81)
HEATING/COOLING
CONTROLS
(P.90)
CRUISE CONTROL
BUTTONS
(P. 119)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P.125)
PARKING BRAKE
(P.83)
A/T model is shown.
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(P.54, 210)
SEAT BELT
REMINDER
INDICATOR
(P.54)
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR
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LOW FUEL INDICATOR
(P.56)
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P.55)
Instruments and Controls
LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR
(P.54, 209)
TAILGATE AND HATCH
OPEN INDICATOR
(P.57)
PARKING BRAKE AND
BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR*
(P.54, 211)
DOOR-OPEN
INDICATOR
(P.57)
MAINTENANCE
REQUIRED INDICATOR
(P.57)
CHARGING SYSTEM
INDICATOR
(P.54, 209)
CHECK FUEL CAP
INDICATOR
(P.59)
IMMOBILIZER
SYSTEM
INDICATOR
(P.55)
CRUISE CONTROL
INDICATOR
(P.56)
SIDE AIRBAG OFF
INDICATOR
(P.55)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE
SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P.55)
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The instrument panel has many
indicators that give you important
information about your vehicle.
U.S.
Canada
Parking Brake and
Brake System
Indicator
This indicator has two functions:
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
See page 210 .
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 209 .
Charging System
Indicator
If this indicator comes on when the
engine is running, the battery is not
being charged. For more information,
see page 209 .
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.
2. If it stays on after you fully release
the parking brake while the engine
is running, or if it comes on while
driving, there could be a problem
with the brake system. For more
information, see page 211.
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.
If you turn the ignition switch to ON
(II) before fastening your seat belt,
the beeper sounds and the indicator
flashes. If you do not fasten your
seat belt before the beeper stops, the
indicator stops flashing but remains
on.
If you continue driving without
fastening your seat belt, the beeper
sounds and the indicator flashes
again at regular intervals.
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Canada
Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS) Indicator
EX models only
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 with
the ABS. If this happens, have your
vehicle checked at a dealer. With
this on, your vehicle still has normal
braking ability but no anti-lock
brakes. For more information, see
page 148 .
Immobilizer System
Indicator
This indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to ON (II). It will then go off
if you have inserted a properly-coded
ignition key. If it is not a properlycoded key, the indicator will blink,
and the engine will not start (see
page 66 ).
This indicator also blinks several
times when you turn the ignition
switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY
(I) or LOCK (0).
Side Airbag Cutoff Indicator
Standard on EX models
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 more information, see page 28.
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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 or automatic seat
belt tensioners. On models equipped
with side airbags, this indicator will
also alert you to a potential problem
with your side airbags or passenger’s
side airbag automatic cutoff system.
For more information, see page 27 .
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‘‘Daytime Running
Lights’’ Indicator
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 they blink rapidly, it usually
means one of the turn signal bulbs is
burned out (see page 180 ). Replace
the bulb as soon as possible, since
other drivers cannot see that you are
signaling.
When you turn on the hazard
warning button, both turn signal
indicators blink. All turn signals on
the outside of the vehicle should
flash.
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.
Cruise Control Indicator
If equipped
This indicator comes on when you
set the cruise control. See page
119 for information on operating the
cruise control.
High Beam Indicator
This indicator comes on with the
high beam headlights. For more
information, see page 62 .
On Canadian models, this indicator
comes on with reduced brightness
when the daytime running lights
(DRL) are on (see page 62 ).
Low Fuel Indicator
This indicator comes on as a
reminder that you must refuel soon.
When the indicator comes on, there
is about 1.6 U.S. gal (6 ) of fuel
remaining in the tank before the
needle reaches E. There is a small
reserve of fuel remaining in the tank
when the needle does reach E.
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Washer Level Indicator
Canadian models only
Tailgate and Hatch Open
Indicator
This indicator comes on if the
tailgate or the hatch is not closed
tightly.
For the first 8,000 miles (12,800 km)
after the maintenance required
indicator is reset, it will come on for
2 seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to ON (II).
Door-open Indicator
This indicator comes on if any door
is not closed tightly.
Between 8,000 miles (12,800 km)
and 10,000 miles (16,000 km), this
indicator will come on for 2 seconds
when you first turn the ignition
switch to ON (II), and then flash for
10 seconds.
If you exceed 10,000 miles (16,000
km) without having the scheduled
maintenance performed, this
indicator will remain on as a constant
reminder.
Your dealer will reset this indicator
after completing the scheduled
maintenance. If this maintenance is
not done by your 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 to
ON (II).
3. Hold the button for about 10
seconds until the indicator goes
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This indicator comes on when the
washer fluid level is low. Add washer
fluid when you see this indicator
come on (see page 174 ).
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 165 − 166.
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TACHOMETER
SPEEDOMETER
FUEL GAUGE
SELECT/RESET
BUTTON
ODOMETER/TRIP METER
TEMPERATURE GAUGE
Each trip meter works independently,
Trip Meter
This shows the number of miles (U.S.) so you can keep track of two
or kilometers (Canada) driven since
different distances.
you last reset it.
To reset a trip meter, display it, and
There are two trip meters: Trip A
then press and hold the Select/Reset
and Trip B. Switch between these
button until the number resets to
displays and the odometer by
‘‘0.0.’’ Both trip meters will reset if
pressing the Select/Reset button
the vehicle’s battery goes dead or is
repeatedly.
disconnected.
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. Driving
uphill or make turns can cause the
needle to fluctuate or the low fuel
indicator to come on early. 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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missing fuel cap, the malfunction
indicator lamp (MIL) comes on.
Turn the engine off and check or
retighten the fuel cap at least 3 clicks.
The MIL goes out after 3 days of
normal driving once the cap is
tightened or replaced. If it does not
go out, have your dealer inspect the
vehicle. For more information, see
page 210 .
Gauges
Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine’s coolant. During normal
operation, the pointer should rise to
about the middle of the gauge. In
severe driving conditions, the pointer
may rise to the upper zone. If it
reaches the red (hot) mark, pull
safely to the side of the road. Turn to
page 207 for instructions and
precautions on checking the engine’s
cooling system.
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Check Fuel Cap Indicator
(odometer/trip meter message)
If your fuel cap is loose or missing, a
‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message
appears as text in the odometer/trip
meter display after you start the
engine. Turn the engine off and
confirm the fuel cap is installed. If it
is, loosen the cap, then retighten it at
least 3 clicks. When you restart the
engine, the message appears again.
To clear the message, press and hold
the select/reset button until the
message is replaced the odometer/
trip meter display.
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HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS
(P.62)
WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS
(P.61)
SHIFT LEVER (A/T)
(P.141)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P.63)
HORN*
CRUISE CONTROL
MASTER BUTTON
(P.119)
A/T model is shown.
STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT
(P.64)
CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS
(P.119)
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Windshield Wiper
Push the right lever up or down to
select a position.
Rear Window Wiper and Washer
MIST − The wipers run at high
speed until you release the lever.
INT − The wipers operate every
few seconds.
LO − The wipers run at low speed.
HI − The wipers run at high speed.
1. MIST
2. OFF
3. INT − Intermittent
4. LO − Low speed
5. HI − High speed
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.
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
on.
3. OFF
4. Rotate the switch
counterclockwise to spray the
window washer without activating
the wiper.
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OFF − The wipers are not activated.
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Turn Signal and Headlights
Turn Signal − Push down on the
left lever to signal a left turn and up
to signal a right turn. To signal a lane
change, push lightly on the lever and
hold it. The lever will return to
center when you release it or
complete a turn.
1. Turn Signal
2. OFF
3. Parking and interior lights
4. Headlights on
5. High Beams
6. Flash high beams
Headlights − Turning switch to the
position turns on the parking
lights, taillights, instrument panel
lights, side-marker lights, and rear
license plate lights. Turning the
switch to the
position turns on
the headlights. If you leave the lights
on with the key removed from the
ignition switch, you will hear a
reminder tone when you open the
driver’s door.
High Beams − Push the lever back
until you hear a click to turn on the
high beams. The blue high beam
indicator will come on (see page 56 ).
Pull the lever back again to low
beams.
To flash the high beams, pull the
lever back lightly, then release it.
The high beams will stay on as long
as you hold the lever back.
Daytime Running Lights
(Canadian Models)
With the headlight switch off, the
high beam headlights come on with
reduced brightness when you turn
the ignition switch to ON (II) and
release the parking brake. They
remain on until you turn the ignition
switch off, even if you set the
parking brake.
The headlights revert to normal
operation when you turn them on
with the switch.
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Instrument Panel Brightness, Hazard Warning Button, Rear Window Defogger
Hazard Warning Button
Rear Window Defogger
Push the button in the speedometer
repeatedly to adjust the brightness
of the instrument panel lights. There
are six brightness levels. A segment
display shows the current brightness
level.
Push the button next to the shift
lever to turn on the hazard warning
lights (four-way flashers). This
causes all four outside turn signals
and both turn 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.
The rear window defogger will clear
fog, frost, and thin ice from the
window. Push the defogger button to
turn it on and off. The indicator in
the button comes on to show the
defogger is on. If you do not turn it
off, the defogger will shut itself off
after about 15 minutes. It also shuts
off when you turn off the ignition
switch. You have to turn the
defogger on again when you restart
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Rear Window Defogger, Steering Wheel Adjustment
Make sure the rear window is clear
and you have good visibility before
starting to drive.
3. Push the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in that position.
4. Make sure you have securely
locked the steering wheel in place
by trying to move it up and down.
The defogger wires on the inside of
the rear window can be accidentally
damaged. When cleaning the glass,
always wipe side-to-side.
Steering Wheel Adjustment
Make any steering wheel adjustment
before you start driving.
To adjust the steering wheel upward
or downward:
Adjusting the steering wheel
position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
vehicle and be seriously injured
in a crash.
1. Push the lever under the left side
of the steering column all the way
down.
Adjust the steering wheel only
when the vehicle is stopped.
2. Move the steering wheel up or
down to the desired position.
Make sure you can see the
instrument panel gauges and the
indicators.
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NUMBER
TAG
MASTER
KEYS
(Black)
VALET
KEY
(Gray)
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.
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Some models also come with two
remote transmitters; see page 67 for
an explanation of their operation.
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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
and hatch 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.
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.
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The immobilizer system protects
your vehicle from theft. If an
improperly-coded key (or other
device) is used, the engine will not
start.
When you turn the ignition switch to
ON (II), the immobilizer system
indicator should come on for a few
seconds, then go out. If the indicator
starts to blink, it means the system
does not recognize the coding of the
key. Turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert
it, and turn the switch to ON (II)
again.
The system may not recognize your
key’s coding if another immobilizer
key or other metal object (i.e. key
fob) is near the ignition switch when
you insert the key.
If the system repeatedly does not
recognize the coding of your key,
contact your dealer.
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it. Electrical
problems could result that may make
your vehicle undriveable.
If you have lost your key and cannot
start your engine, contact your
dealer.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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LED
LOCK
BUTTON
PANIC
BUTTON
On EX models
LOCK − Press this button once to
lock both doors and hatch. Some
exterior lights will flash. When you
push LOCK twice within 5 seconds,
you will hear a beep to verify that the
doors are locked. You cannot lock it
if any door is not fully closed or key
is in the ignition switch.
PANIC − Press this button for
about 1 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
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 your dealer.
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UNLOCK
BUTTON
UNLOCK − Press this button once
to unlock the driver’s door. Push it
twice to unlock the passenger’s door
and the hatch. Some exterior lights
will flash twice each time you press
the button. If you do not open either
door or the hatch within 30 seconds,
they will automatically relock.
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Battery
ROUND
COVER
CUSHION
RING
BATTERY
If it takes several pushes on the
button to lock or unlock the doors
and the hatch, 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, and reinstall the cushion ring.
Align the ▽ mark on the cover
with the ◎ mark on the
transmitter. Set the cover in place
and turn it clockwise.
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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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.
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, push it in slightly. If
your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, the shift lever must
also be in park.
ON (II) − This is the normal key
position when driving. Several of the
indicators on the instrument panel
come on as a test when you turn the
ignition switch from ACCESSORY
(I) to ON (II).
START (III) − Use this position
only to start the engine. The switch
returns to ON (II) when you let go of
the key.
Ignition Switch
You will hear a reminder beeper if
you leave the key in the ignition
switch in the LOCK (0) or
ACCESSORY (I) position and open
the driver’s door. Remove the key to
turn off the beeper.
If your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, the shift lever must be
in Park before you can remove the
key from the ignition switch.
Removing the key from the
ignition switch while driving
locks the steering. This can
cause you to lose control of the
vehicle.
Remove the key from the
ignition switch only when
parked.
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ACCESSORY (I) − You can
operate the audio system and the
accessory power sockets in this
position.
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To lock the driver’s door, remove the
key from the ignition switch, pull the
outside door handle and push the
lock tab down or push the door lock
switch down. Release the handle,
then close the door.
Power Door Locks
DOOR LOCK SWITCH
Rear Doors
To unlock the driver’s door from the
outside, turn the key and release it.
LOCK TAB
To lock all of the doors and hatch,
press the door lock switch on either
front door, or press the lock tab
down on the driver’s door, or use the
key on the outside lock.
Pressing up on the door lock switch
will unlock all of the doors and the
hatch.
The lock tab on the passenger’s door
lock and unlock only that door.
Pulling up on the driver’s door lock
tab only unlocks the driver’s door.
To open the rear door, pull the rear
door handle located in the rear door
edge. The rear door can be opened
only when the front door is open.
To close the doors, close the rear
door first, then the front door. The
front door cannot be latched without
first closing the rear door. Closing
the rear door on the front door will
damage both doors.
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Lock the hatch by pushing down
the lock tab on the driver’s door
(see page 70 ), or by using the
master key in the driver’s door
lock.
Hatch
Lock or unlock the hatch with the
master door lock switch.
UNLOCK
To lock or unlock the hatch.
Use your master key to lock and
unlock the hatch. Turn the key
clockwise to lock the hatch, and
counterclockwise to unlock it.
With the hatch unlocked, open it by
pulling the handle and lifting up.
To close the hatch, lower it, then
press down on the back edge.
When both the hatch and tailgate are
open, the hatch cannot be latched
without first closing the tailgate.
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See page 130 for information on
cargo loading. Keep the tailgate and
the hatch closed at all times while
driving to avoid damaging them, and
to prevent exhaust gas from getting
into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard on page 47.
Tailgate
You can open the tailgate only when
the hatch is open. To open the
tailgate, slide the lock lever to the
left and swing down the tailgate. To
close the tailgate, lift it up and push
it firmly until it latches.
Before closing the tailgate, make
sure the hatch is raised. Closing the
tailgate on the lowered hatch can
damage the hatch and the tailgate.
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Front Seat
See pages 12 − 14 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position seats and seat-backs.
To adjust the seat forward and
backward, pull up on the bar under
the seat cushion’s front edge. Try to
move the seat to make sure it is
locked in position.
To change the seat-back angle of the
front seat, pull up on the lever on the
outside of the seat bottom. Adjust
the seat-back and make sure it locks
into position.
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Make all seat adjustments before
you start driving.
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Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment
Front Seat Armrests
Rear Seat
SEAT-BACK ADJUSTMENT STRAP
To adjust the height of the driver’s
seat, turn the dial on the outside of
the seat bottom.
On EX models
Each front seat has an armrest on
the side of the seat-back. To use it,
pivot it down.
To change the angle of the rear seatback, pull the strap at the inside
edge of the seat cushion, make sure
the seat-back locks into position.
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Head Restraints
See page 15 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.
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RELEASE LEVER
RELEASE BUTTON
Your vehicle is equipped with head
restraints in all seating positions to
help protect you and your
passengers from whiplash and other
injuries.
The rear seat passengers can get out
through the passenger’s door. Push
down on the release lever at the base
of the front passenger’s seat-back,
and push the seat-back forward. The
seat-back will tilt forward and the
entire seat will move forward.
Make sure the seat is upright and
fully latched before sitting in it.
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The head restraints in the front and
rear seating positions adjust for
height. You need both hands to
adjust the restraint. To raise it, pull
upward. To lower the restraint, push
the release button sideways and
push the restraint down.
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2. Adjust the front seats forward as
far as they will go. Pull up the seatback angle adjustment lever and
pivot the seat-back backward until
it is level with the rear seat
cushion.
Reclining the Front Seats
3. Move the front seat backward
until it touches the rear seat.
4. Adjust the rear seat-back to the
desired position.
You can recline the seat-backs on the
front seats so they are level with the
rear seat cushions, making a large
cushioned area. To do this:
1. Remove the head restraints from
the front seats (see page 75 ), and
store them in the side pockets of
the cargo area.
Reverse this procedure to return the
front and rear seats to the upright
position. Make sure you install the
head restraints and the seats are
locked securely before driving.
When you return the seat-back to
the upright position, hold the seatback to keep it from going up too
quickly.
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Folding the Rear Seats
To create more cargo space, you can
fold up each rear seat to each side
wall separately.
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RELEASE STRAP
2. Pull the seat-back adjustment
strap at the inside edge of the seat
cushion and push the seat-back
backward as far as it will go.
3. Pull the release strap on the seat
support, and pivot the seat toward
the vehicle’s side wall.
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1. Lower the head restraint to its
lowest position.
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GRAB RAIL
SEAT SUPPORT
Reverse this procedure to return the
rear seat to the upright position.
When not in use, store the fastening
strap hook in the fabric pocket on
the bottom of the seat cushion.
Make sure the seat is locked
securely.
FASTENING STRAP
4. A fastening strap is attached to the
inside of the seat cushion. While
pushing the seat up and toward
the side wall, hook the fastening
strap to the grab rail.
5. Fold down the seat support.
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Removing the Rear Seats
TAB
STEEL HANDLE
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RELEASE STRAP
LOCK LEVER
COVER
Both seats can be removed to give
more cargo capacity. To remove a
seat:
2. Remove the cover between the
seat cushion and the side wall by
pulling the tab and pulling the
cover straight up.
3. Push the lock lever forward to
unlock the seat.
1. Pull the release strap on the seat
support to unlock the seat support.
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Reverse this procedure to reinstall
the seat. Make sure the seat is
securely locked.
STEEL HANDLE
Always remove an unsecured seat
from the vehicle before driving. A
seat that is not locked in place could
be thrown about and cause injury in
a sudden stop or crash.
HANDLE STRAP
4. Hold the steel handle next to the
lock lever and the handle strap at
the outside edge of the seat
cushion, and remove the entire
seat by pulling it up and backward.
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DRIVER’S WINDOW SWITCH
Closing a power window on
someone’s hands or fingers can
cause serious injury.
MAIN SWITCH
Turn the ignition switch to ON (II)
to raise or lower either 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’s window 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
passenger’s window unintentionally.
Power Windows
AUTO REVERSE − If the driver’s
window senses 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 your dealer.
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Make sure your passenger is
away from the window before
closing it.
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Mirrors
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
SELECTOR SWITCH
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 the
adjustment switch off to keep your
settings.
TAB
Keep the inside and outside mirrors
clean and adjusted for best visibility.
Be sure to adjust the mirrors before
you start driving.
ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
1. Move the selector switch to L
(driver’s side) or R (passenger’s
side).
The inside mirror has day and night
positions. The night position reduces
glare from headlights behind you.
Flip the tab on the bottom edge of
the mirror to select the day or night
position.
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Rear Windows, Parking Brake, Skylight
Rear Windows
Parking Brake
Skylight
PARKING BRAKE LEVER
To apply the parking brake, pull the
lever up fully. To release it, pull up
slightly, push the button, and lower
the lever. The parking brake
indicator on the instrument panel
should go out when the parking
brake is fully released (see page 54 ).
Driving the vehicle with the parking
brake applied can damage the rear
brakes and axles.
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To open a rear window, pull the lever
towards you, then push it out until it
locks. To close the rear window pull
the lever towards you, then push it
back. Make sure the window is fully
closed and locked.
On 4WD models only
To lift up the rear of the skylight for
ventilation, pull down the lever to
unlock the skylight, then push it up
until the skylight is locked in the tiltup position.
To close the skylight, pull down the
lever to unlock the skylight, then
push it back in place. Make sure the
skylight is fully closed and locked.
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If you try to tilt up the skylight in
below-f reezing temperatures, or when
it is covered with snow or ice, you can
damage it.
Bef ore lif ting the skylight, make sure
the roof of the vehicle is dry. Rain or
remaining water af ter car-washing may
get into the f rame of the skylight. In
winter, remove the buildup of snow on
the roof .
To remove the skylight:
Turn off the engine, and set the
parking brake. Then pull down the
lever, squeeze both sides of the pivot
while pushing up the red tab in the
lever, and pull the lever assembly
away from the ceiling.
Push up the rear of the skylight.
Standing on the tailgate with the
hatch down, hold both sides of the
skylight and pull it toward you to
remove it from the vehicle roof.
The maximum weight on the tailgate is
440 lbs (200 kg).
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An unsecured skylight can be
thrown about and cause serious
injury in a sudden stop or crash.
With the rear seats in their upright
position, store the skylight, face
down in its bag in the cargo area.
Secure the bag with four hooks on
the cargo area floor. Do not store
anything on top of the skylight.
To reinstall the skylight, make sure
the air deflector is pushed down.
When reinstalling the lever assembly,
push in both red pivots, and align
with the receptacle holes. Let the
pivots move out until they rest in the
holes securely. Make sure the
skylight is fully closed and latched.
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Make sure to store the skylight
in its bag, and secure the bag to
the hooks on the cargo area
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CARGO AREA
CARGO AREA
SIDE POCKET
COIN TRAY
CEILING POCKET*
VANITY MIRROR*
DOOR POCKETS
RADIO POCKET*
ACCESSORY
POWER
SOCKET
GLOVE BOX
CENTER LOWER POCKET*
BEVERAGE HOLDERS
SEAT-BACK POCKET*
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Interior Convenience Items
Accessory Power Sockets
Your vehicle has one or two
accessory power sockets, depending
on the model. All models have a
front accessory power socket on the
dashboard above the glove box.
The EX model has another
accessory power socket in the cargo
area on the passenger’s side.
These sockets are intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps).
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).
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.
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.
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Instruments and Controls
Beverage Holders
Be careful when you are using the
beverage holders. A spilled liquid
that is very hot can scald you or your
passengers. Spilled liquids can also
damage the upholstery, and
electrical components in the interior.
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Interior Lights
Ceiling Light
Cargo Area Light
The cargo area light has a threeposition switch. In the center
position, the light comes on when
you open the hatch.
ON
Spotlights
On EX models
Turn on the spotlight by pushing the
lens. Push the lens again to turn it
off. You can use the spotlights at all
times.
Ignition Switch Light
The ignition switch light comes on
when you unlock the driver’s door,
and fades out about 30 seconds after
you close the door.
OFF
DOOR ACTIVATED
The ceiling light has a three-position
switch: ON, Door Activated, and
OFF.
In the Door Activated (center)
position, the light comes on when
you:
Open any door.
Remove the key from the ignition.
If you do not open a door, the light
fades out in about 30 seconds.
Unlock the doors with the key or
remote transmitter.
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FAN CONTROL DIAL
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL DIAL
MODE CONTROL DIAL
DEFROST POSITION
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
AIR CONDITIONING
(A/C) BUTTON
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER
BUTTON
MAX A/C POSITION
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Air Flow Controls
Fan Control Dial
Turn this dial clockwise to increase
the fan speed and airflow.
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.
Air Conditioning (A/C) Button
Switch to recirculation mode when
driving through dusty or smoky
conditions, then return to fresh air
mode.
If equipped
This button turns the air
conditioning on and off. The
indicator in the button is on when
the A/C is on.
Recirculation Button
When the recirculation indicator is
on, air from the vehicle’s interior is
sent throughout the system again.
When the indicator is off, air is
brought in from the outside of the
vehicle (fresh air mode).
Rear Window Defogger Button
This button turns the rear window
defogger off and on (see page 63 ).
Mode Control Dial
Use the mode control dial to select
the vents the air flows from. Some
air will flow from the dashboard
vents in all modes.
The system automatically
turns on the A/C and switches to
recirculation mode. Air flows from
the center and side vents in the
dashboard.
Air flows from the center
and corner vents in the dashboard.
Airflow is divided between
the vents in the dashboard and the
floor vents.
Air flows from the floor
vents. When you select
, the
system automatically switches to
fresh air mode.
Airflow is divided between
the floor vents and the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.
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Temperature Control Dial
Turning this dial clockwise increases
the temperature of the airflow.
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.
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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.
The A/C indicator does not come on.
Ventilation
(fresh air mode)
The flow-through ventilation system
draws in outside air, circulates it
through the interior, then exhausts it
through vents near the tailgate.
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.
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.
Using the A/C
If equipped
Air conditioning places an extra load
on the engine. Watch the engine
coolant temperature gauge (see page
59 ). If it moves near the red zone,
turn off the A/C until the gauge
reads normally.
1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the
button. The indicator 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.
To cool the interior with MAX A/C:
1. Set the mode control dial to MAX
A/C.
The system automatically turns on
the A/C, selects
and
switches to recirculation mode.
2. Make sure the temperature
control dial is all the way to the left.
3. Set the fan to the desired speed.
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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.
This setting is suitable for all driving
conditions whenever the outside
temperature is above 32°F (0°C).
1. Set the fan to the desired speed, or
high for faster defrosting.
. The system
2. Select
automatically switches to fresh air
mode and turns on the A/C. (The
A/C indicator will not come on in
U.S. vehicles.)
3. Adjust the temperature control
dial so the airflow feels warm.
to help clear the
4. Select
rear window.
5. To increase airflow to the
windshield, close the corner vents.
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. The
A/C indicator does not come on.
.
2. Select
3. Set the fan and temperature
controls to maximum level.
to help clear the
4. Select
rear window.
To clear the windows faster, you can
close the dashboard corner vents by
rotating the wheel below each vent.
This sends more warm air to the
windshield defroster vents. Once the
windshield is clear, select 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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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.
To Defog and Defrost *
To remove fog from the inside of the
windows:
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Playing the AM/FM Radio
Canadian EX models
U.S. LX and Canadian DX models
STEREO INDICATOR
AUTO SELECT
AM/FM
BUTTON
BUTTON
SEEK BUTTONS
PWR/VOL KNOB
AM/FM BUTTON
STEREO INDICATOR
SCAN BUTTON
SCAN INDICATOR
PWR/VOL
KNOB
SEEK BAR
TUNE KNOB
PRESET BUTTONS
AUTO SELECT
BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
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PWR/VOL KNOB
STEREO INDICATOR
SEEK BUTTONS
Features
AM/FM
BUTTON
AUTO SELECT
BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
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Playing the AM/FM Radio
To Play the Radio
The ignition switch must be in
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 these five methods to
find radio stations on a 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 either (
or
), then
release it.
SCAN − The SCAN function
samples all stations with strong
signals on the selected band. To
activate it, press the SCAN button,
then release it. You will see SCAN in
the display. The system will scan for
a station with a strong signal. When
it finds one, it will stop and play that
station for about 5 seconds (LX and
DX models) or 10 seconds (EX
model).
If you do nothing, the system will
then scan for the next strong station
and play it for 5 seconds (LX and DX
models) or 10 seconds (EX models).
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 through 3 to store a
total of six stations on AM and
twelve stations on FM.
On all models except EX, 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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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.
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 as previously described.
Adjusting the Sound
Press the MODE or SOUND knob
repeatedly to display the Bass (BAS),
Treble (TRE), Balance (BAL), Fader
(FAD), and Sub-Woofer (SUB-W)
settings.
Balance/Fader − These two
modes adjust the strength of the
sound coming from each speaker.
BAL adjusts the side-to-side strength,
while FAD adjusts the front-to-back
strength.
Treble/Bass/Sub-Woofer − Use
the TRE/BAS/SUB-W modes to
adjust the tone to your liking.
Each mode is shown in the display as
it changes. Turn the MODE or
SOUND 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 5
seconds after you stop adjusting a
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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.
To turn off auto select, press the
A. SEL button. This restores the
presets you originally set.
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AM/FM Radio Reception
Radio Frequencies
The 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 the 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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Changes or modifications not expressly
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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 the XMTM Satellite Radio
Satellite Digital Radio
U.S. EX models
Your vehicle is capable of receiving
XM Satellite Radio anywhere in the
United States, except Hawaii and
Alaska.
XM is a registered trade mark of
XM Satellite Radio, Inc.
CHANNEL
INDICATOR
PWR/VOL
KNOB
CATEGORY INDICATOR
XM BUTTON
DISPLAY BUTTON
Satellite radio is only available on U.S.
models.
TUNE
KNOB
CATEGORY
BUTTONS
SCAN
BUTTON
PRESET
BUTTONS
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DISP − Press and release this
button to change the display. The
display will change in the following
sequence: channel name, channel
number, category, artist name, and
music title.
Satellite Radio
TUNE − Turn the TUNE knob to
change channels. Turn the knob
right for higher numbered channels
and left for lower numbered
channels.
To change between channel mode
and category mode, press and hold
the DISP button.
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To Play XM Satellite Radio
To listen to XM radio, turn the
ignition switch to ACCESSORY (I)
or ON (II). Push the PWR/VOL
knob to turn on the audio system,
and press the ‘‘XM’’ button. Adjust
the volume by turning the PWR/
VOL knob. The last channel you
listened to will show in the display.
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When in the satellite radio mode,
you can use any of three methods to
find channels: TUNE, SEEK/SKIP
(CATEGORY), and SCAN.
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SEEK/SKIP (CATEGORY) − The
SEEK/SKIP function selects the
various categories in XM, such as
Jazz/Blues, Rock, Classical, etc.
Push the
to change the
category forward. Push the
to
change the category backward. To
search for channels within a
category, turn the TUNE knob
clockwise.
SCAN − The scan function samples
all channels for 5 seconds. To
activate the function, push the SCAN
button. Push it again to get out of the
sequence.
Preset − Each preset button can
store one channel in XM1 and one in
XM2.
1. Push the XM button. (You will see
XM1 or XM2.)
2. Use the TUNE, SEEK or SCAN
function to tune the radio to a
desired channel.
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 each on XM1 and
XM2.
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Signal may be
blocked by
mountains or
large obstacles
to the south.
The XM satellites are in orbit over
the equator; therefore, objects south
of the vehicle may cause satellite
reception interruptions. To help
compensate for this, ground-based
repeaters are placed in major
metropolitan areas. Satellite signals
are more likely to be blocked by tall
buildings and mountains the farther
north you travel from the equator.
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Satellite Radio Signals
Satellite radio receives signals from
two satellites to produce clear, highquality digital reception. It offers
many channels in several categories.
Along with a large selection of
different types of music, satellite
radio also allows you to view channel
and category selections in the audio
display.
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Depending on where you drive, you
may experience reception problems.
Interference can be caused by any of
these conditions:
Driving on an east/west road with
a mountain on the south side of
the road.
Driving on the north side of a
large commercial truck on an
east/west road.
Driving in the tunnels.
Driving on a road beside a vertical
wall, steep cliff, or hill to the south
of you.
Driving on the lower level of a
multi-tiered road.
Driving on a single lane road
alongside dense trees taller than
50 ft. (15 m) to the south of you.
Cargo on a roof rack.
There may be other geographic
situations that could affect XM 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.
Receiving Satellite Radio Service
If your XM Radio service has expired
or you purchased your vehicle from
a previous owner, you can listen to a
preview of the broadcasts available
on XM Satellite Radio. With the
ignition switch in the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position, push the
PWR/VOL knob to turn on the audio
system and press the XM button. An
XM Radio preview will play.
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If you decide to purchase XM
Satellite Radio service, contact XM
Radio at www.xmradio.com, or at
1-800-852-9696. You will need to give
them your radio I.D. number and
your credit card number.
Satellite Radio
While waiting for activation, make
sure your vehicle remains in an open
area with good reception. Once your
audio system is activated, ‘‘category’’
or ‘‘CH’’ will appear in the display,
and you’ll be able to listen to XM
Radio broadcasts. XM Radio will
continue to send an activation signal
to your vehicle for at least 12 hours
from the activation request. If the
service has not been activated after
36 hours, contact XM Radio.
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To get your XM Satellite radio ID
number: Turn the TUNE knob until
‘‘0’’ appears in the display. Your I.D.
will appear in the display.
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satellite radio mode while you wait
for activation. This should take about
30 minutes.
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U.S. LX and Canadian DX models
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CD SLOT
EJECT BUTTON
CD
BUTTON
FOLDER
INDICATOR
EJECT BUTTON
RANDOM INDICATOR
CD SLOT
DISPLAY BUTTON
REPEAT INDICATOR
PWR/VOL
KNOB
RANDOM INDICATOR
SEEK/SKIP BAR
RANDOM BUTTON
REPEAT
BUTTON
SCAN
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PWR/VOL KNOB
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EJECT BUTTON
FOLDER INDICATOR
RANDOM INDICATOR
CD SLOT
Features
DISC INDICATOR
DISPLAY BUTTON
CD BUTTON
FOLDER KNOB
REPEAT
BUTTON
SCAN
BUTTON
PWR/VOL KNOB
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To load or play discs, the ignition
switch must be in the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position.
Do not use discs with adhesive labels.
The label can curl up and cause the
disc to jam in the unit.
You operate the disc player with the
same controls used for the radio. To
select the disc player, press the CD/
AUX button. You will see ‘‘CD’’ in the
display. The number of the track
playing is shown in the display. The
system will continuously play a disc
until you change modes.
On EX models
The disc player can also play CD-Rs,
WMA files, and CD-RWs
compressed in MP3 standard. When
playing a disc in MP3, you will see
‘‘MP3’’ in the display. You can select
up to 255 folders or tracks.
Note:
Because the compressed audio
format of MP3 and WMA discs
allows them to store large
amounts of files and tagging
information, these discs may take
more time to begin playing.
Video CDs and DVDs will not work
in this unit.
The specifications of the compatible
MP3 file are:
Sampling frequency: 32/44.1/48 kHz
Bit rate: 8/16/24/32/40/48/56/64/
80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/
320 kbps
Compatible with variable bit rate and
multi-session.
Maximum layers (including
ROOT): 8
The sound quality of MP3 and
WMA discs generally degrades as
the bit rate increases.
If a file on an MP3 or WMA disc is
protected by digital rights
management (DRM), the audio
unit displays FORMAT, and then
skips to the next file.
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Insert a disc into the slot. The drive
will pull the disc in the rest of the
way to play it. When the system
reaches the end of the disc, it will
return to the beginning and play the
disc again.
To play the radio when a disc is
playing, press the AM/FM button.
Press the CD/AUX button again to
switch back to the disc player.
If you press the DISP/MODE button
while playing a disc, additional
information (track, album, artist, etc.)
may be displayed.
Playing a Disc
SEEK/SKIP − Each time you
press and release the
, the
player skips forward to the
beginning of the next track (files in
MP3/WMA mode). Press and
release the
to skip backward
to the beginning of the current track.
Press it again to skip to the
beginning of the previous track.
To move rapidly within a track, press
and hold the
or
.
To Change or Select Tracks/Files
Except EX models
You can use the SEEK/SKIP button
while a disc is playing to select
passages and change tracks (files in
MP3/WMA mode).
You will see CUE or REW in the
display while moving within a track.
In MP3/WMA mode, use the
FOLDER knob to select folders in
the disc, and use the SEEK/SKIP
button to change files.
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You can also play 3-inch (8-cm) discs
without using an adapter ring.
If you turn the system off while a
disc is playing, either with the PWR/
VOL knob or by turning off the
ignition switch, the disc will stay in
the drive. When you turn the system
back on, the disc will begin playing
where it left off.
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REPEAT (TRACK/FILE
REPEAT) − To continuously replay
a track (files in MP3/WMA mode),
press and release the RPT button.
You will see RPT in the display.
Press the RPT button again to turn it
off.
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER SELECTION − To
select a different folder, use the
FOLDER knob to move to the
beginning of the next folder. Turn
the knob right to move to the
beginning of the current folder. Turn
the knob left to skip to the beginning
of the previous folder.
FOLDER-REPEAT − This feature,
when activated, replays all the files
on the selected folder in the order
they are compressed in MP3/WMA.
To activate folder repeat mode, press
and hold the RPT button for 2
seconds. You will see
RPT in
the display. The system continuously
replays the current folder. Press and
hold the RPT button for 2 seconds to
turn it off.
RANDOM (Random within a
Disc) − This feature plays the
tracks (all files in each folder in
MP3/WMA mode) within a disc in
random order. To activate random
play, press and release the RDM
button. You will see RDM in the
display. Press the RDM button again
to return to normal play.
FOLDER-RANDOM − This
feature, when activated, plays the
files within a folder in random order,
rather than in the order they are
compressed in MP3/WMA. To
activate folder random play, press
and hold the RDM button. You will
see
RDM in the display. The
system will then select and play files
randomly. This continues until you
deactivate folder random play by
pressing the RDM button again or
selecting a different folder with the
FOLDER knob.
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Pressing either side of the SEEK/
SKIP button also turns off the scan
feature.
FOLDER-SCAN − This feature,
when activated, samples all files on
the selected folder in order. To
activate the folder scan feature,
press and hold the SCAN button
until you hear a beep. You will see
SCAN in the display. The
system will then play the first file for
about 10 seconds. If you do nothing,
the system will then play the first file
in each folder for 10 seconds. When
it plays a file you want to continue
listening to, press the SCAN button
again.
Pressing either side of the SEEK/
SKIP button or selecting a different
folder with the FOLDER knob also
turns off the scan feature.
Playing a Disc
To Stop Playing a Disc
Press the eject button (
) to
remove the disc. If you eject the disc,
but do not remove it from the slot,
the system will automatically reload
the disc after 15 seconds and put it in
pause mode. To begin playing, press
the CD/AUX button.
Press the AM/FM button to switch
to the radio while a disc is playing.
To play the disc, press the CD button.
If you turn the system off while a
disc is playing, either with the PWR/
VOL knob or by turning off the
ignition switch, the disc will stay in
the drive. When you turn the system
back on, the disc will begin playing
where it left off.
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SCAN − The SCAN function
samples all tracks/files on the
selected disc in the order they are
recorded. To activate the scan
feature, press and hold the SCAN
button until you hear a beep. You will
see SCAN in the display. You will get
a 10 second sampling of each track/
file on the selected disc. Press the
SCAN button again to get out of scan
mode and play the last track/file
sampled.
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Operating the Optional Disc
Changer
On EX models
The auxiliary input jack is on the
dashboard next to the accessory
power socket. The system will accept
auxiliary input from standard audio
accessories.
When the accessory is connected to
the auxiliary input jack, press the
AUX button to select it.
Audio System Malfunction
See pages 114 and 115 for
information on error messages.
Protecting Discs
For information on how to handle
and protect discs, see page 113 .
LX model only
An optional six disc changer is
available for your vehicle. This disc
changer uses the same controls used
for the in-dash disc player or the
radio.
If you select an empty slot in the
magazine, the changer will search
for the next available disc to load and
play.
Load the desired discs in the
magazine, and load the magazine in
the changer according to the
instructions that came with the unit.
To select the disc changer, press the
CD/AUX button. The disc and track
numbers will be displayed. To select
a different disc, use the preset 5
(DISC −) or the preset 6 (DISC +)
button. To select the previous disc,
press the preset 5 (DISC −), or the
preset 6 (DISC +) to select the next
disc in sequence.
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When using CD-R or CD-RW discs,
use only high quality CDs labeled
for audio use.
Play only standard round discs.
Odd-shaped discs may jam in the
drive or cause other problems.
Handle your discs properly to
prevent damage and skipping.
Protecting Your Discs
Protecting Discs
When a disc is not being played,
store it in its case to protect it from
dust and other contamination. To
prevent warpage, keep discs out of
direct sunlight and extreme heat.
To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth.
Wipe across the disc from the center
to the outside edge.
A new disc may be rough on the
inner and outer edges. The small
plastic pieces causing this roughness
can flake off and fall on the recorded
surface of the disc, causing skipping
or other problems. Remove these
pieces by rubbing the inner and
outer edges with the side of a pencil
or pen.
Features
When recording a CD-R or CDRW, the recording must be closed
for it to be used by the system.
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stabilizer rings or labels on the disc.
These, along with contamination
from finger prints, liquids, and felttip pens, can cause the disc 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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Disc Player Error Messages
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a disc, find the
cause in the chart to the right. If you
cannot clear the error message, take
the vehicle to your dealer.
Indication
Cause
FOCUS error
Mechanical error
High temperature
Solution
Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc.
Check if it is inserted correctly in the player.
Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged.
Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation.
If the disc cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
: EX models
: Except EX models
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Disc Changer Error Messages
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a disc, find the
cause in the chart to the right. If you
cannot clear the error message, take
the vehicle to your dealer.
Cause
Indication
FOCUS error
Mechanical error
High temperature
No magazine in the
changer
Press the magazine eject button, and pull the
magazine out.
If the message does not disappear or the
magazine cannot be pulled out, see your dealer.
Insert disc.
Press the magazine eject button, and pull the
magazine 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 your dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Insert magazine.
:EX models
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No disc in the magazine
Solution
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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’s code and
serial numbers. It is best to store this
card in a safe place at home. In
addition, you should write the audio
system’s serial number in this
Owner’s Manual.
If you lose the card, you must obtain
the code number from a dealer. To
do this, you will need the system’s
serial number.
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, or the
radio fuse is removed, the audio
system will disable itself. If this
happens, you will see ‘‘CODE’’ in the
frequency display the next time you
turn on the system. Use the preset
buttons to enter the five-digit code.
The code is 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.
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If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, you will
need to set the clock.
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TIME DISPLAY
CLOCK
BUTTON
CLOCK
TIME
DISPLAY BUTTON
U.S. LX and Canadian DX models
H BUTTON
Features
To set the hour, press the H button
while pressing the CLOCK (SCAN/
RPT) button until the hour advances
to the desired time. Change the
minute by pressing the M button
while pressing the CLOCK (SCAN/
RPT) button until the minute
advances to the desired time.
R BUTTON
M BUTTON
You can use the R button to quickly
set the time to the nearest hour.
Press the R button while pressing
the CLOCK button. If the displayed
time is before the half hour, pressing
R sets the clock back to the previous
hour. If the displayed time is after
the half hour, pressing R sets the
clock forward to the beginning of the
next hour.
For example:
1:06 will reset to 1:00
1:53 will reset to 2:00
H BUTTON
R BUTTON
M BUTTON
Press and hold the CLOCK button
until the numbers flash and you hear
a beep. Change the hour by pressing
the H button until the numbers
advance to the desired time. Change
the minute by pressing the M button
until the numbers advance to the
desired time.
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1:06 will reset to 1:00
1:53 will reset to 2:00
On Canadian EX models
TIME
DISPLAY CLOCK BUTTON
When you are finished, press the
CLOCK button again.
H BUTTON
R BUTTON
M BUTTON
You can quickly set the time to the
nearest hour. If the displayed time is
before the half hour, press the R
(RESET) button to set the clock
back to the previous hour. If the
displayed time is after the half hour,
pressing R sets the clock forward to
the beginning of the next hour.
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Using Cruise Control
If equipped
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.
RES/ACCEL BUTTON
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 BUTTON
1. Push in the cruise control master
button. The indicator in the button
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.
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 cruise
control. To resume the set speed,
press the RES/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 RES/ACCEL
button. When you reach the
desired cruising speed, release the
button.
To increase the speed in very
small amounts, tap the RES/
ACCEL button. Each time you do
this, your vehicle speeds up about
1 mph (1.6 km/h).
Push on the accelerator pedal.
Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed, and press the SET/DECEL
button.
You can decrease the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the SET/DECEL
button. 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 or clutch pedal
lightly with your foot. The
CRUISE CONTROL indicator on
the instrument panel goes out.
When the vehicle slows to the
desired speed, press the SET/
DECEL button.
Even with 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 or
clutch pedal causes cruise control to
cancel.
Cancelling Cruise Control
You can cancel cruise control in any
of these ways:
Tap the brake or clutch pedal.
Push the CANCEL button on the
steering wheel.
Push the cruise control master
button.
Resuming the Set Speed
When you push the CANCEL button,
or tap the brake or clutch pedal, the
system remembers the previously
set cruising speed. To return to that
speed, accelerate to above 25 mph
(40 km/h), then press and release
the RES/ACCEL button. The
indicator comes on, and the vehicle
accelerates to the same cruising
speed as before.
Pressing the cruise control master
button turns the system off and
erases the previous cruising speed.
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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.
Fuel Recommendation
Your vehicle is designed to operate
on unleaded gasoline with a pump
octane number of 86 or higher. Use
of a lower octane gasoline can cause
a persistent, heavy metallic rapping
noise that can lead to engine damage.
On vehicles with manual transmission
You may hear a knocking noise from
the engine if you drive the vehicle at
low engine speed (below about 1,000
rpm) in a higher gear. To stop this,
raise the engine speed by shifting to
a lower gear.
Do not change the oil until the
scheduled maintenance time.
Avoid hard braking for the first
200 miles (300 km).
We recommend quality 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.
Do not tow a trailer.
You should also follow these
recommendations with an
overhauled or exchanged engine, or
when the brakes are replaced.
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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.
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For further important fuel-related
information, please refer to your
Quick Start Guide.
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Service Station Procedures
Refueling
1. Park with the driver’s side closest
to the gas pump.
2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling
on the notched edge.
If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off
Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.
Stop the engine and keep
heat, sparks, and flame away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.
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.
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.
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 210 ).
6. Push the fuel fill door closed.
4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel
nozzle automatically clicks off. Do
not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. Leave
some room for the fuel to expand
with temperature changes.
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Service Station Procedures
Opening and Closing the Hood
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
SUPPORT ROD
CLIP
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 near the center.
The hood latch handle is above
the ‘‘H’’ logo. 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 in
the hood.
To Close the Hood:
Lift it up slightly to remove the
support rod from the hole. Put the
support rod back into its holding clip.
Lower the hood to about a foot (30
cm) above the fender, then let it
drop. Make sure it is securely
latched.
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Oil Check
Engine Coolant Check
MAX
DIPSTICK
RESERVE TANK
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
MIN
Wait a few minutes after turning the
engine off before you check the oil.
1. Remove the dipstick (orange tab).
4. Remove the dipstick again, and
check the level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean
cloth or paper towel.
If it is near or below the lower mark,
see Adding Oil on page 170 .
3. Insert it all the way back in its tube.
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 173 for
information on adding the proper
coolant.
Refer to Owner’s Maintenance
Checks on page 164 for information
about checking other items on your
vehicle.
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Improving Fuel Economy
Always maintain your vehicle
according to the maintenance
schedule. See Owner’s
Maintenance Checks (see page
164 ).
For example, an underinflated tire
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.
Fuel Economy
Try to maintain a constant speed.
Every time you slow down and
speed up, your vehicle uses extra
fuel. Use 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.
Before Driving
causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’
which uses more fuel.
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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 it 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 non-Honda accessories
may fit on your vehicle, they may not
meet factory specifications, and
could adversely affect your vehicle’s
handling and stability.
Before installing any accessory:
Improper accessories or
modifications can affect your
vehicle’s handling, stability, and
performance, and cause a
crash in which you can be hurt
or killed.
Follow all instructions in this
owner’s manual regarding
accessories and modifications.
When properly installed, cellular
phones, alarms, two-way radios, and
low-powered audio systems should
not interfere with your vehicle’s
computer controlled systems, such
as your airbags and anti-lock brakes.
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 the operation of your
vehicle.
Before installing any electronic
accessory, have the installer
contact your dealer for assistance.
If possible, have your dealer
inspect the final installation.
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifying Your Vehicle
Removing parts from your vehicle,
or replacing components with some
non-Honda components could
seriously affect your vehicle’s
handling, stability, and reliability.
Modifying your steering wheel or
any other part of your vehicle’s
safety features can make the
systems ineffective.
Before Driving
Some examples are:
Lowering the vehicle with a nonHonda 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.
If you plan to modify your vehicle,
consult your dealer.
Raising your vehicle with a
non-Honda suspension kit can
affect the handling and stability.
Non-Honda wheels can cause
excessive stress on suspension
components.
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Carrying Cargo
CARGO AREA SIDE POCKET
DOOR POCKETS
CEILING POCKET
(EX model)
Your vehicle has several convenient
storage areas:
Cargo area side pockets
Glove box
Ceiling pocket (EX model)
Door pockets
Seat-back pocket (EX model)
Cargo area
Seat-back bungees (EX model)
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.
SEAT-BACK BUNGEES
(EX model)
CARGO AREA
SEAT-BACK POCKET
(EX model)
GLOVE BOX
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Load Limits
The maximum load for your vehicle
is 675 lbs (308 kg). This figure
includes the total weight of all
occupants, cargo, and accessories,
and the tongue load if you are towing
a trailer.
Steps for determining correct load
limit:
1. Locate the statement, ‘‘the
combined weight of occupants and
cargo should never exceed 675
lbs’’ on your vehicle’s placard.
[The placard is on the driver’s
doorjamb.]
5. Determine the combined weight
of luggage and cargo being loaded
on the vehicle. That weight may
not safely exceed the available
cargo and luggage load capacity in
step 4.
Overloading or improper
loading can affect handling and
stability and cause a crash in
which you can be hurt or killed.
2. Determine the combined weight
of the driver and passengers that
will be riding in your vehicle.
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 (see page 149 ).
3. Subtract the combined weight of
the driver and passengers from
675 pounds or 308 kilograms.
4. The resulting figure equals the
available amount of cargo and
luggage load capacity.
For example, if the maximum load
is 675 lbs and there will be four
150 lb. passengers in your vehicle,
the amount of available cargo and
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Follow all load limits and other
loading guidelines in this
manual.
luggage load capacity is 75 lbs.
(675 − 600 (4 × 150) = 75 lbs.)
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In addition, the total weight of the
vehicle, all passengers, accessories,
cargo, and trailer tongue load must
not exceed the Gross Vehicle
Weight Rating (GVWR) or the Gross
Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). Both
are on a label on the driver’s
doorjamb.
Carrying Items in the Passenger
Compartment
Store or secure all items that could
be thrown around and hurt
someone during a crash.
Be sure items placed on the floor
behind the front seats cannot roll
under the seats and interfere with
the driver’s ability to operate the
pedals or the seat.
Keep the glove box closed while
driving. If it is open, a passenger
could injure their knees during a
crash or sudden stop.
Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area
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 or the hatch, exhaust gas
can enter the passenger area. To
avoid the possibility of carbon
monoxide poisoning, follow the
instructions on page 47 .
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.
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. The net
may not prevent heavy items from
being thrown forward in a crash or a
sudden stop.
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).
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On EX models
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If the cords are not installed, route
one cord through the loops as shown.
To attach the hooks, press the top of
the hook down, and slide to the
desired position, then release. Adjust
as needed.
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HOOK
The driver’s seat-back and left rear
seat-back are equipped with
adjustable bungee cords to hold
medium-sized, lightweight objects.
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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.
Do not modify your vehicle in any
way that would raise the center of
gravity.
Do not carry heavy cargo on the
roof.
Four-wheel Drive Models
Your vehicle is equipped with a fourwheel drive (4WD) system. When
the system senses a loss of frontwheel traction, it automatically
transfers some power to the rear
wheels. This gives you better
traction and mobility.
You still need to exercise the same
care when accelerating, steering, and
braking that you would in a twowheel drive vehicle.
See page 159 for additional guidelines
for driving off-highway.
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.
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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. Check that the hood is fully closed.
5. Check the seat adjustment (see
page 73 ).
6. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 82 ).
7. Check the steering wheel
adjustment (see page 64).
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8. Make sure the doors, hatch, and
tailgate are securely closed and
locked.
9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 15).
10.When you start the engine, check
the gauges and indicators in the
instrument panel (see page 53).
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3. Visually check the tires. If a tire
looks low, use a gauge to check its
pressure.
4. Check that any items you may be
carrying with you inside are stored
properly or fastened down
securely.
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1. Apply the parking brake.
2. In cold weather, turn off all
electrical accessories to reduce
the drain on the battery.
3. Manual Transmission:
Push the clutch pedal down all the
way.
Automatic Transmission:
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.
The immobilizer system protects your
vehicle f rom thef t. If an improperlycoded key (or other device) is used, the
engine’s f uel system is disabled. See
Immobilizer System on page 66 .
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.
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.
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Come to a full stop before you shift
into reverse. You can damage the
transmission by trying to shift into
reverse with the vehicle moving.
Push down the clutch pedal, and
pause for a few seconds before
shifting into reverse, or shift into one
of the forward gears for a moment.
This stops the gears so they won’t
‘‘grind.’’
Manual Transmission
Rapid slowing or speeding-up
can cause loss of control on
slippery surfaces. If you crash,
you can be injured.
Use extra care when driving on
slippery surfaces.
When slowing down, you can get
extra braking from the engine by
shifting to a lower gear. This extra
braking can help you maintain a safe
speed and prevent your brakes from
overheating while going down a
steep hill. Before downshifting,
make sure the engine speed will not
go into the tachometer’s red zone in
the lower gear.
Driving
The manual transmission is
synchronized in all forward gears for
smooth operation. It has a lockout so
you cannot shift directly from fifth to
reverse. When shifting up or down,
make sure you push the clutch pedal
down all the way, shift to the next
gear, and let the pedal up gradually.
When you are not shifting, do not
rest your foot on the clutch pedal.
This can cause your clutch to wear
out faster.
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Recommended Shift Points
Drive in the highest gear that lets
the engine run and accelerate
smoothly. This will give you good
fuel economy and effective
emissions control. The following
shift points are recommended:
Shift up
Normal acceleration
1st to 2nd
2nd to 3rd
3rd to 4th
4th to 5th
15 mph (24 km/h)
25 mph (40 km/h)
40 mph (64 km/h)
48 mph (77 km/h)
Engine Speed Limiter
If you exceed the maximum speed
for the gear you are in, the engine
speed will enter into the tachometer’s
red zone. If this occurs, you may feel
the engine cut in and out. This is
caused by a limiter in the engine’s
computer controls. The engine will
run normally when you reduce the
RPM below the red zone.
Before downshifting, make sure the
engine will not go into the
tachometer’s red zone.
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Shift Lever Position Indicators
Shifting
To shift from:
P to R
SHIFT LEVER
These indicators on the instrument
panel show which position the shift
lever is in.
The ‘‘D’’ indicator comes on for a
few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to ON (II). If it
flashes while driving (in any shift
position), it indicates a possible
problem in the transmission. Avoid
rapid acceleration, and have the
transmission checked by your dealer
as soon as possible.
To shift from any position, press
firmly on the brake pedal, push the
release button, and pull the lever
toward you. You cannot shift out of
Park when the ignition switch is in
the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I)
position.
Press the release button.
Move the lever.
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.
If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on
page 144 .
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R to N
N to D
D to 2
2 to 1
1 to 2
2 to D
D to N
N to R
R to P
Do this:
Press the brake pedal, and
press the release button.
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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.
Reverse (R) − Press the brake
pedal and press the release button to
shift from Park to reverse. To shift
from reverse to neutral, come to a
complete stop and then shift.
Your vehicle has a reverse lockout so
you cannot accidentally shift to
reverse when the vehicle speed
exceeds 5 mph (8 km/h).
If you cannot shift to reverse when
the vehicle is stopped, press the
brake pedal and slowly shift to
neutral. Then press the release
button, and shift to reverse.
If there is a problem in the reverse
lockout system, or your vehicle’s
battery is disconnected or goes dead,
you cannot shift to reverse. (Refer to
Shift Lock Release on page 144 ).
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 the vehicle 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.
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When overdrive is off, the
transmission selects only the first
three gears. Use it to provide engine
braking when going down a steep hill,
or to keep the transmission from
cycling between third and fourth
gear in stop-and-go driving.
Overdrive (O/D) Mode
Use second gear:
Overdrive (O/D) is on whenever you
turn the ignition to ON (II). Press
the O/D switch on the side of the
shift lever to turn it off; the O/D
OFF indicator comes on.
Overdrive can be turned on or off
only when the ignition switch is in
the ON (II) position.
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.
When driving downhill with a
trailer.
If you shift into first when the
vehicle speed is above 31 mph (50
km/h), the transmission shifts into
second gear first to avoid sudden
engine braking.
Engine Speed Limiter
If you exceed the maximum speed
for the gear you are in, the engine
speed will enter into the tachometer’s
red zone. If this occurs, you may feel
the engine cut in and out. This is
caused by a limiter in the engine’s
computer controls. The engine will
run normally when you reduce the
RPM below the red zone.
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Second (2) − This position locks
the transmission in second gear. It
does not downshift to first gear
when you come to a stop.
First (1) − This position locks the
transmission in first gear. By
upshifting and downshifting through
1, 2, and D, you can operate this
transmission much like a manual
transmission without a clutch pedal.
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Shift Lock Release
Do this if pushing on the brake pedal
and pulling the shift lever does not
shift the transmission out of Park:
COVER
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Make sure the ignition switch is in
the LOCK (0) position.
To release the reverse lockout,
make sure the ignition switch is in
the ACCESSORY(I) position.
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the shift
lock release slot cover next to the
shift lever. Using a flathead
screwdriver, carefully pry on the
edge of the cover to remove it.
SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT
4. Insert the flathead screwdriver
into the shift lock release slot.
5. Push down on the screwdriver
while you press the release button
and move the shift lever out of
Park to neutral.
To release the reverse lockout,
move the shift lever from neutral
to reverse, then to Park.
6. Remove the screwdriver from the
shift lock release slot, then replace
the cover. Make sure the notch on
the cover is on the right side.
Press the brake pedal and restart
the engine.
If you need to use the shift lock
release, it means your vehicle is
developing a problem. Have it
checked by your dealer.
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Always use the parking brake when
you park your vehicle. Make sure
the parking brake is set firmly or
your vehicle may roll if it is parked
on an incline.
Turn off the lights.
Place any packages, valuables, etc.
in the cargo area, or take them
with you.
Lock the doors and the hatch with
the key.
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.
Parking Tips
If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn
the front wheels away from the
curb. If you have a manual
transmission, put it in first gear.
If the vehicle is facing downhill,
turn the front wheels toward the
curb. If you have a manual
transmission, put it in reverse gear.
Make sure the parking brake is
fully released before driving away.
Driving with the parking brake
partially set can overheat or
damage the rear brakes.
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If your vehicle has an automatic
transmission, set the parking brake
before you put the transmission in
Park. This keeps the vehicle from
moving and putting pressure on the
parking mechanism in the
transmission.
Parking Tips
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Your vehicle is equipped with disc
brakes at all four wheels. A power
assist helps reduce the effort needed
on the brake pedal. The ABS (on
vehicles equipped with ABS) helps
you retain steering control when
braking very hard.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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
Standard on EX models
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.
Driving
The ABS also balances the front-torear braking distribution according
to vehicle loading.
You will feel a pulsation in the brake
pedal when the ABS activates, and
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.
You should never pump the brake pedal.
Let the ABS work for you by always
keeping firm, steady pressure on the
brake pedal. This is sometimes
referred to as ‘‘stomp and steer.’’
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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 your dealer inspect your vehicle
as soon as possible.
If the indicator comes on while
driving, test the brakes as instructed
on page 55 .
If the ABS indicator and the brake
system indicator come on together
and the parking break is fully
released, the front-to-rear braking
distribution system may also shut
down.
Test your brakes as instructed on
page 211 . If the brakes feel normal,
drive slowly and have your vehicle
repaired by your dealer as soon as
possible. Avoid sudden hard braking
which could cause the rear wheels to
lock up and possibly lead to a loss of
control.
Important Safety Reminders
ABS does not reduce the time or
distance it takes to stop the
vehicle. It only helps with 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.
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.
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.
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Your vehicle has been designed to
primarily carry passengers and their
cargo. You can also use it to tow a
trailer if you carefully observe the
load limits, use the proper equipment,
and follow the guidelines in this
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Load Limits
Exceeding any load limit or
improperly loading your vehicle
and trailer can cause a crash in
which you can be seriously hurt
or killed.
Check the loading of your
vehicle and trailer carefully
before starting to drive.
Total Trailer Weight: The
maximum allowable weight of the
trailer and everything in or on it
must not exceed 1,500 lbs (680 kg).
Towing a load that is too heavy
can seriously affect your vehicle’s
handling and performance. It can
also damage the engine and
drivetrain.
Tongue Load: The weight that
the tongue of a fully-loaded trailer
puts on the hitch should be
approximately 10 percent of the
total trailer weight. Too much
tongue load reduces front-tire
traction and steering control. Too
little tongue load can make the
trailer unstable and cause it to
sway.
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Be sure to read the Driving OffHighway Guidelines section on page
157 if you plan to tow off paved
surfaces.
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To achieve a proper tongue load,
start by loading 60 percent of the
load toward the front of the trailer
and 40 percent toward the rear, then
re-adjust the load as needed.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR):
The maximum allowable weight of
the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo,
and the tongue is:
4,450 Ibs (2,020 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating
(GAWR):
The maximum allowable weight of
the vehicle axles is:
2,300 Ibs (1,045 kg)
on the front axle
2,205 Ibs (1,000 kg)
on the rear axle
Checking Loads
The best way to confirm that vehicle
and trailer weights are within limits
is to have them checked at a public
scale.
Using a suitable scale or a special
tongue load gauge, check the tongue
load the first time you set up a
towing combination (a fully-loaded
vehicle and trailer), then recheck the
tongue load whenever the conditions
change.
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Towing Equipment and
Accessories
Towing can require a variety of
equipment, depending on the size of
your trailer, how it will be used, how
much load you are towing, and
where you tow.
Towing a Trailer
Hitches
Trailer Brakes
Any hitch used on your vehicle must
be properly bolted to the underbody.
Honda recommends that any trailer
having a total weight of 1,000 lbs
(450 kg) or more be equipped with
its own electric or surge-type brakes.
Safety Chains
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
chains drag on the ground.
If you choose electric brakes, be
sure they are electrically actuated.
Do not attempt to tap into your
vehicle’s hydraulic system. No
matter how successful it may seem,
any attempt to attach trailer brakes
to your vehicle’s hydraulic system
will lower braking effectiveness and
create a potential hazard.
See your trailer dealer for more
information on installing electric
brakes.
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Discuss your needs with your trailer
sales or rental agency, and follow the
guidelines in the rest of this section.
Also make sure that all equipment is
properly installed and that it meets
federal, state, province, and local
regulations.
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Trailer Lights
Additional Towing Equipment
Trailer lights and equipment must
comply with federal, state, and local
regulations. Check with your local
recreational vehicle dealer for the
requirements in your area, and use
only equipment designed for your
vehicle.
Many states and Canadian provinces
require special outside 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.
Ask your trailer sales or rental
agency if any other items are
recommended or required for your
towing situation.
Since lighting and wiring vary by
trailer type and brand, you should
have a qualified technician install a
suitable connector between the
vehicle and the trailer. Improper
equipment or installation can cause
damage to your vehicle’s electrical
system and affect your vehicle
warranty.
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Pre-Tow Checklist
When preparing to tow, and before
driving away, be sure to check the
following:
The vehicle has been properly
serviced, and the tires, brakes,
suspension, cooling system, and
lights are in good operating
condition.
Towing a Trailer
Driving Safely With a Trailer
The added weight, length, and
height of a trailer will affect your
vehicle’s handling and performance,
so driving with a trailer requires
some special driving skills and
techniques.
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 Speeds and Gears
The hitch, safety chains, and any
other attachments are secure.
All items in or on the trailer are
properly secured and cannot shift
while you drive.
The lights and brakes on your
vehicle and the trailer are working
properly.
Drive slower than normal in all
driving situations, and obey posted
speed limits for vehicles with trailers.
If you have an automatic
transmission, use overdrive (O/D)
when towing a trailer on level roads.
Turn off the overdrive (O/D) when
towing a trailer in hilly terrain. (see
‘‘Driving on Hills’’ in the next column
for additional gear information.)
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All weights and loads are within
limits (see pages 149 and 150 ).
Your vehicle tires and spare are
properly inflated (see page 187 ),
and the trailer tires and spare are
inflated as recommended by the
trailer maker.
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Making Turns and Braking
Make turns more slowly and wider
than normal. The trailer tracks a
smaller arc than your vehicle, and it
can hit or run over something the
vehicle misses. Allow more time and
distance for braking. Do not brake or
turn suddenly as this could cause the
trailer to jackknife or turn over.
Driving on Hills
When climbing hills, closely watch
your temperature gauge. If it nears
the red (hot) mark, turn the air
conditioning off, reduce speed and, if
necessary, pull to the side of the
road to let the engine cool.
If the automatic transmission shifts
frequently between 3rd and 4th
gears while going up a hill, turn off
the overdrive (O/D) (see page 143 ).
If you must stop when facing uphill,
use the foot brake or parking brake.
Do not try to hold the vehicle in
place by pressing on the accelerator,
as this can cause the automatic
transmission to overheat.
When driving down hills, reduce
your speed and shift down to 3rd
gear (manual transmission) or turn
off the overdrive (O/D) (automatic
transmission). Do not ‘‘ride’’ the
brakes, and remember it will take
longer to slow down and stop when
towing a trailer.
Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting
Crosswinds and air turbulence
caused by passing trucks can disrupt
your steering and cause trailer
swaying. When being passed by a
large vehicle, keep a constant speed,
and steer straight ahead. Do not try
to make quick steering or braking
corrections.
Backing Up
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.
Parking
Follow all normal precautions when
parking, including firmly setting the
parking brake and putting the
transmission in Park (automatic) or
in 1st or reverse (manual). Also,
place wheel chocks at each of the
trailer’s tires.
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Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome
Your vehicle 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.
The steering system can be damaged if
the steering wheel is locked. Leave the
ignition switch in the ACCESSORY (I)
position, and make sure the steering
wheel turns f reely bef ore you begin
towing.
Release the parking brake.
Automatic transmission models
Perform this procedure every day
immediately before you begin towing.
Otherwise, severe automatic
transmission damage will occur.
Check the transmission fluid level
(see page 175 ). Do not overfill.
Start the engine.
Extended Towing
Leave the ignition switch in the
ACCESSORY (I) position 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.
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.)
Failure to f ollow the above instructions
exactly will result in severe automatic
transmission damage. If you cannot
shif t the transmission or start the
engine, your vehicle must be
transported on a f lat-bed truck or
trailer.
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When purchasing a tow bar, make
sure you select a reputable
manufacturer. Follow the
manufacturer’s attachment
instructions carefully.
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Severe automatic transmission damage
will occur if the vehicle is not started
or shif ted f rom reverse to neutral and
then towed with the drive wheels on the
ground.
If you tow a vehicle with an
automatic transmission, the
transmission fluid must be changed
every two years or 30,000 miles
(48,000 km), whichever comes first.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
General Information
Your vehicle has been designed
primarily for use on pavement. But
its higher ground clearance allows
you to occasionally travel on unpaved
roads, to campgrounds, picnic sites,
and similar locations. It is not
designed for trail-blazing, mountain
climbing, or other challenging offroad activities.
Follow all instructions and
guidelines in the owner’s
manual.
Keep your speed low and
don’t drive faster than
conditions permit.
Be sure to store cargo properly
and do not exceed your vehicle
cargo load limits (see pages
131 and 149 ).
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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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. So be sure to read this
owner’s manual, pay special attention
to the precautions and tips in this
section, and get acquainted with
your vehicle before you leave 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.
Important Safety Precautions
To avoid loss of control or rollover,
be sure to follow all precautions and
recommendations.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
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).
Driving off-highway can be
hazardous if you fail to recognize
limits and take the proper
precautions.
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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.
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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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
Crossing a Stream
Avoid driving through deep water. If
you encounter water in your route (a
small stream or large puddle, for
example), evaluate it carefully before
going ahead. Make sure it is shallow,
flowing slowly, and has firm ground
underneath. If you are not sure of
the depth or the ground, turn around
and find another route.
You should never use a jack to try
getting unstuck. A jack only works
on firm, level ground. Also, your
vehicle could easily slip off the jack
and hurt you or someone else.
4-Wheel Drive Vehicles
If you spin the wheels excessively
trying to get unstuck, you may
overheat the components of the
4-wheel drive system. If this happens,
the 4-wheel drive system shuts off
and only the front wheels receive
power. If this happens, stop and
allow everything to cool down. The
4-wheel drive system will work again
after its temperature drops.
If you slip the clutch for a long time
while trying to get unstuck, you may
overheat and damage it.
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Driving through deep water can also
damage your vehicle. The water can
get into the transmission and
differential, diluting the lubricant
and causing an eventual failure. It
can also wash the grease out of the
wheel bearings.
If You Get Stuck
Avoid driving on soft sand, deep mud,
or other surfaces where you could
get stuck. If you do happen to get
stuck because of inclement weather
or other conditions, choose a safe
and appropriate course of action.
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All service items not detailed in this
section should be performed by a
certified 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.
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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The maintenance schedule assumes
you will use your vehicle as normal
transportation for passengers and
their possessions. You should also
follow these recommendations:
Avoid exceeding your vehicle’s
load limit. This puts excess stress
on the engine, brakes, and many
other vehicle parts. The load limit
is shown on the tire information
label on the driver’s doorjamb.
Drive your vehicle regularly over a
distance of several miles
(kilometers).
Always use unleaded gasoline with
the proper octane rating (see page
122 ).
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.
Maintenance Schedule
Trailer towing, driving with a
loaded roof rack, 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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Operate your vehicle on
reasonable roads within the legal
speed limit.
Which Schedule to Follow
Service your vehicle according to the
time and mileage periods on one of
the maintenance schedules on the
following pages.
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Servicing Your Vehicle
Your authorized dealer knows your
vehicle best and can provide
competent, efficient service.
However, service at a dealer is not
mandatory to keep your warranties
in effect. Maintenance may be done
by any qualified service facility or
skilled person to keep your
warranties in effect. Keep all the
receipts as proof of completion, and
have the person who does the work
fill out the maintenance record.
Check your warranty booklet for
more information.
We recommend the use of Honda
parts and fluids whenever you have
maintenance done.
U.S. Vehicles:
Maintenance, replacement, or
repair of emissions control
devices and systems may be done
by any automotive repair
establishment or individual using
parts that are ‘‘certified’’ to EPA
standards.
According to state and federal
regulations, failure to perform
maintenance on the items marked
with # will not void your emissions
warranties. However, all
maintenance services should be
performed at the recommended time
or mileage period to ensure longterm reliability.
Owner’s Maintenance Checks
You should check the following
items at the specified intervals. If
you are unsure of how to perform
any check, turn to the appropriate
page listed.
Engine oil level − Check every
time you fill the fuel tank. See
page 126 .
Engine coolant level − Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 126 .
Automatic transmission − Check
the fluid level monthly. See page
175 .
Brakes − Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 177 .
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 179 .
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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.
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Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions
Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given).
miles x 1,000
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150
km x 1,000
16 32 48 64 80 96 112 128 144 160 176 192 208 224 240
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Check engine oil and coolant
Check inflation and condition once a month
Check tires
Replace engine oil
(Or every 1 year, whichever comes first)
Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km)
Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 190 )
Replace engine oil filter
Check front and rear brakes
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 manual transmission fluid
(Or every 6 years, whichever comes first)
Replace rear differential fluid
(Or every 5 years, whichever comes first)
Every 160,000 miles (256,000 km)
Inspect idle speed
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then
Replace engine coolant
every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years
Every 3 years (independent of mileage)
Replace brake fluid
*1: Replace at 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 6 years, then every 90,000 miles (144,000 km) or 5 years.
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Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given).
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150
miles x 1,000
16 32 48 64 80 96 112 128 144 160 176 192 208 224 240
km x 1,000
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Check engine oil and coolant
Check inflation and condition once a month
Check tires
Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or every 6 months,
Replace engine oil
whichever comes first
Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km)
Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 190 )
Replace engine oil filter
Check front and rear brakes
Lubricate all hinges, locks and latches
(Or every 1 year, whichever comes first)
Inspect the following items:
Tie rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots
Suspension components, driveshaft boots
Check parking brake adjustment
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)
Replace air cleaner element
(Use normal schedule except in dusty condition)
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
(Otherwise adjust only if noisy)
Replace automatic transmission fluid*2
Replace manual transmission fluid
(Or every 3 years, whichever comes first)
Replace rear differential fluid
(Or every 4 years, whichever comes first)
Every 160,000 miles (256,000 km)
Inspect idle speed
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then
Replace engine coolant
every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years
Every 3 years (independent of mileage)
Replace brake fluid
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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 loaded
roof rack, or driving in mountainous
conditions.
Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced
roads.
Canadian Owners − Follow the maintenance
schedule for severe conditions.
*1 :
See dust and pollen filter on page 185 for
replacement information under special
driving conditions.
*2 :
Replace at 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 3
years, then every 30,000 miles (48,000
km) or 2 years.
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emissions warranty on page 164.
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You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page 165 ) or severe
conditions (page 166). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle.
5,000 mi
8,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
45,000 mi
72,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
Date
10,000 mi
16,000 km
mi/km
Date
50,000 mi
80,000 km
Date
15,000 mi
24,000 km
mi/km
25,000 mi
40,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
60,000 mi
96,000 km
(or 3 years)
mi/km
65,000 mi
104,000 km
mi/km
Date
30,000 mi
48,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
mi/km
Date
mi/km
Date
75,000 mi
120,000 km
Date
40,000 mi
64,000 km
(or 2 years)
Date
Date
70,000 mi
112,000 km
Date
35,000 mi
56,000 km
mi/km
Maintenance
mi/km
mi/km
Date
55,000 mi
88,000 km
Date
20,000 mi
32,000 km
(or 1 year)
mi/km
mi/km
Date
80,000 mi
128,000 km
(or 4 years)
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85,000 mi
136,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
125,000 mi
200,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
Date
90,000 mi
144,000 km
mi/km
Date
130,000 mi
208,000 km
Date
95,000 mi
152,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
105,000 mi
168,000 km
mi/km
Date
135,000 mi
216,000 km
mi/km
140,000 mi
224,000 km
(or 7 years)
mi/km
145,000 mi
232,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
150,000 mi
240,000 km
mi/km
Date
155,000 mi
248,000 km
mi/km
Date
160,000 mi
256,000 km
(or 8 years)
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Date
Date
120,000 mi
192,000 km
(or 6 years)
Date
Date
Date
115,000 mi
184,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
110,000 mi
176,000 km
mi/km
Date
Date
100,000 mi
160,000 km
(or 5 years)
mi/km
mi/km
Date
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FILL CAP
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BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
ENGINE OIL
DIPSTICK
(Orange tab)
POWER
STEERING FLUID
(Red cap)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(Yellow loop)
ENGINE
COOLANT
RESERVOIR
RADIATOR CAP
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CLUTCH FLUID
(Manual
Transmission only)
(Gray cap)
Adding Engine Oil
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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.
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.
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 vehicle to
improve cold weather starting and
fuel economy.
API CERTIFICATION SEAL
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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.
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
OIL 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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Engine Oil Additives
Your vehicle 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.
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5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten the drain bolt to:
33 lbf·ft (44 N·m , 4.5 kgf·m)
OIL FILTER
6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
4.4 US qt (4.2 )
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 should go out within 5
seconds. If it does not, turn off the
engine, and check your work.
3. Remove the oil filter and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
dealer) is required.
4. Install a new oil filter according to
the instructions that come with it.
8. Let the engine run for several
minutes, then check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.
9. Turn off the engine and let it sit
for several minutes, then check
the oil level on the dipstick. If
necessary, add more oil.
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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.
Adding Engine Coolant
RESERVE TANK
Engine Coolant
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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If the coolant level in the reserve
tank is at or below the MIN line, add
coolant to bring it up to between the
MIN and MAX lines. Inspect the
cooling system for leaks.
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.
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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.
RADIATOR CAP
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.
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 comes on when the
level is low (see page 57 ).
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.
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 Fluid
DIPSTICK
UPPER
MARK
LOWER
MARK
1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
Shut off the engine.
2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop)
from the transmission, and wipe it
with a clean cloth.
3. Insert the dipstick all the way into
the transmission securely.
4. Remove the dipstick and check
the fluid level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
5. If the level is below the lower
mark, add fluid into the filler hole
to bring it to the upper mark.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully
so you do not spill any. Clean up
any spills immediately; it could
damage components in the engine
compartment.
6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
in 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 dealer.
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Check the fluid level with the engine
at normal operating temperature.
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.
To thoroughly flush the
transmission, the technician
should drain and refill it with
Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the
vehicle for a short distance. Do
this three times. Then drain and
refill the transmission a final time.
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Manual Transmission Fluid
WASHER
FILLER BOLT
Correct Level
Check the fluid level with the
transmission at normal operating
temperature and the vehicle sitting
on level ground. Remove the
transmission filler bolt, and carefully
feel inside the bolt hole with your
finger. The fluid level should be up
to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is
not, add Honda manual transmission
fluid (MTF) until it starts to run out
of the hole. Reinstall the filler bolt,
and tighten it securely.
If Honda MTF is not available, you
may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40
viscosity motor oil with the API
Certification seal that says ‘‘FOR
GASOLINE ENGINES’’ as a
temporary replacement. However,
motor oil does not contain the proper
additives, and continued use can
cause stiffer shifting. Replace as
soon as it is convenient.
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
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Check the brake fluid level in the
reservoirs monthly.
Brake System
Brake and Clutch Fluid
Clutch System
Manual Transmission only
MAX
MAX
Replace the brake fluid 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.
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not
compatible with your vehicle’s
braking system and can cause
extensive damage.
MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If the level is at or
below the MIN mark, your brake
system needs attention. Have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If it is not, add
brake fluid to bring it up to that level.
Use the same fluid specified for the
brake system.
Low fluid can indicate a leak in the
clutch system. Have this system
inspected as soon as possible.
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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.
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Power Steering Fluid, Cleaning the Body Panels
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.
Power Steering Fluid
UPPER LEVEL
Cleaning the Body Panels
To clean the gray composite body
panels, wash them with soap and
water only. Do not apply wax to the
panels; it will cause discoloration.
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.
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.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so
you do not spill any. Clean up any
spill immediately; it could damage
components in the engine
compartment.
Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t
or right lock and holding it there can
damage the power steering pump.
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Headlight Aiming
The headlights were properly aimed
when your vehicle was new. If you
regularly carry heavy items in the
cargo area or pull a trailer,
readjustment may be required.
Adjustments should be done by your
dealer or other qualified mechanic.
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Replacing a Headlight Bulb
Your vehicle has halogen headlight
bulbs. 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.
1. Open the hood.
If you need to change the
headlight bulb on the driver’s side,
remove the front end of the air
intake duct by pulling it out.
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Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot
when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch
on the glass can cause the bulb to
overheat and shatter.
Lights
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5. Insert the new bulb into the hole,
making sure the tabs are in their
slots. Pivot the hold-down wire
back in place, and clip the end into
the slot.
Replacing a Front Parking/Turn
Signal Light Bulb
6. Reinstall the rubber seal. Make
sure it is right side up; it is marked
‘‘TOP.’’
7. Push the electrical connector onto
the new bulb.
2. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by pulling the
connector straight back.
3. Remove the rubber weather seal
by pulling on the tab.
4. Unclip the end of the hold-down
wire from its slot. Pivot it out of
the way and remove the bulb.
8. (Driver’s side)
Install the front end of the air
intake duct.
1. The front parking/turn signal light
is next to the headlight bulb. On
the driver’s side, remove the front
end of the air intake duct by
pulling it out.
2. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
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3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
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Replacing a Front Side Marker
Light Bulb
4. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
5. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
1. Place a cloth between the trim of
the lens and the body, at the top of
the lens. Remove the front side
marker light assembly by carefully
prying on the trim of the lens with
a small flat-tipped screwdriver.
2. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
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6. (Driver’s side)
Install the front end of the air
intake duct.
Lights
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4. Put the socket back into the light
assembly, and turn it clockwise to
lock it in place.
Replacing Rear Bulbs
5. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
6. Put the light assembly back into
the body, bottom first. Push on the
top edge until it snaps into place.
1. Open the hatch and the tailgate.
Remove the two mounting screws
with a Phillips-head screwdriver,
and remove the taillight assembly
from the body by pulling it back.
3. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
2. Determine which of the three
bulbs is burned out: brake/
taillight, turn signal light or backup light.
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5. Reinstall the socket into the light
assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.
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Replacing a Rear License Plate
Bulb
6. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
7. When reinstalling the taillight
assembly, first place the two pins
in the holes in place. Tighten the
two mounting bolts.
2. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb in until
it bottoms in the socket.
Maintenance
1. Place a cloth and insert a small
flat-tipped screwdriver between
the left edge of the lens and the
housing. The lens will come down.
3. Turn on the parking lights and
check that the new bulb is
working.
4. Put the lens back into the light
assembly, right side first. Push on
the left edge until it snaps into
place.
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4. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
Replacing a High-mount Brake
Light Bulb
5. Put the socket back into the light
assembly, and turn it clockwise to
lock it in place.
6. Put the cover back onto the light
assembly. Push it on until it locks
in place.
1. Open the hatch. Remove the light
assembly cover by pushing in on
the tabs on both sides and pulling
the cover down.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
2. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
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Cleaning the Seat Belts, Dust and Pollen Filter
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.
Cleaning the Seat Belts
LOOP
Have your dealer replace this filter
every 30,000 miles (48,000 km)
under normal conditions. It should
be replaced every 15,000 miles
(24,000 km) if you drive primarily in
urban areas that have high
concentrations of soot in the air, or if
the flow from the heating and
cooling system becomes less than
usual.
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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.
Dust and Pollen Filter
This filter removes the dust and
pollen that is brought in from the
outside through the heating and
cooling system.
Wiper Blades
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Check the condition of the wiper
blades at least every 6 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.
1. Front:
Raise the wiper arm off the
windshield.
BLADE
LOCK TAB
Do not open the hood when the wiper
arms are raised, or you will damage
the hood and the arms.
Rear:
Raise the wiper arm off the hatch
glass and hold it.
2. Disconnect the blade assembly
from the wiper arm by pushing in
the lock tab. Hold the lock tab in
while you push the blade assembly
toward the base of the arm.
If you are changing the rear wiper
blade, go to step 6.
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.
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.
BLADE
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.
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Inflation Guidelines
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.
REINFORCEMENT
6. Slide the wiper blade assembly
onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.
7. Lower the wiper arm down against
the windshield or the hatch glass.
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.
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.
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5. Slide the new wiper blade into the
holder until the tabs lock.
Overinflated tires can make your
vehicle ride more harshly, are
more prone to damage from road
hazards, and wear unevenly.
Tires
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Use a gauge to measure the air
pressure in each tire at least once a
month. Even tires that are in good
condition may lose 1 to 2 psi (10 to
20 kPa, 0.1 to 0.2 kgf/cm ) per
month. Remember to check the
spare tire at the same time.
Check the air pressures when the
tires are cold. This means the
vehicle has been parked for at least 3
hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6
km). Add or release air, if needed, to
match the recommended cold tire
pressures.
If you check air pressures 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 readings. This
is normal. Do not let air out to match
the recommended cold air pressure.
The tire will be underinflated.
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.
While tubeless tires have some
ability to self-seal if they are
punctured, you should look closely
for punctures if a tire starts losing
pressure.
Recommended Tire Pressures for
Normal Driving
The following chart shows the
recommended cold tire pressures for
most normal driving conditions and
speed.
Tire Size
P215/70R16 99S
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
Front:
32 psi (220 kPa ,
2.2 kgf/cm )
Rear:
34 psi (235 kPa ,
2.4 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
about your tires, see page 223 .
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Tire Inspection
Every time you check inflation, you
should also examine the tires for
damage, foreign objects, and wear.
INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS
You should look for:
Bumps or bulges in the tread or
side of the tire. Replace the tire if
you find either of these conditions.
Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side
of the tire. Replace the tire if you
can see fabric or cord.
Your tires have wear indicators
molded into the tread. When the
tread wears down, you will see a
band 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide 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 on the tire.
Tires
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.
For vehicles with aluminum wheels:
Improper wheel weights can damage
your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use
only genuine Honda wheel weights f or
balancing.
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Excessive tread wear.
TREAD WEAR INDICATORS
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Tire Rotation
Front
Front
(Non-directional Tires (Directional Tires
and Wheels)
and Wheels)
Replacing Tires and Wheels
Replace your tires with radial tires of
the same size, load range, speed
rating, and maximum cold tire
pressure rating (as shown on the
tire’s sidewall).
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.
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.
If you ever replace a wheel, make
sure that the wheel’s specifications
match those of the original wheels.
Replacement wheels are available at
your dealer.
To help increase tire life and
distribute wear more evenly, rotate
the tires every 10,000 miles (16,000
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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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.
Wheel and Tire Specifications
Wheels:
16 x 6 1/2JJ
16 x 6 1/2
Tires:
P215/70R16 99S
See page 224 for DOT tire quality
grading information, and page
226 for tire size and labeling
information.
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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.
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Snow Tires
If you mount snow tires on your
vehicle, 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 vehicle 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 conditions or
local laws. Make sure they are the
correct size for your tires. Metal linktype ‘‘chains’’ should not be used.
Traction devices that are the wrong
size or improperly installed can
damage your vehicle’s brake lines,
suspension, body, and wheels. Stop
driving if they are hitting any part of
the vehicle.
When installing cables, follow the
manufacturer’s instructions, and
mount them as tight as you can.
Make sure they are not contacting
the brake lines or suspension. Drive
slowly with them installed. If you
hear them coming into contact with
the body or chassis, stop and
investigate. Remove them as soon as
you begin driving on cleared roads.
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Check the terminals for corrosion (a
white or yellowish powder). To
remove it, cover the terminals with a
solution of baking soda and water. It
will bubble up and turn brown. When
this stops, wash it off with plain
water. Dry off the battery with a
cloth or paper towel. Coat the
terminals with grease to help prevent
future corrosion.
TEST INDICATOR WINDOW
WARNING: Battery posts,
terminals, and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds.
Wash your hands after handling.
Checking the Battery
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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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.
If additional battery maintenance is
needed, see your dealer or a
qualified technician.
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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.
Fill the fuel tank.
Leave one window open slightly (if
the vehicle is being stored
indoors).
Change the engine oil and filter.
Disconnect the battery.
Wash and dry the exterior
completely.
Support the front and rear 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 reverse
(manual) or Park (automatic).
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.
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.
If possible, periodically run the
engine until it reaches full
operating temperature (the
cooling fan cycles twice).
Preferably, do this once a month.
If you store your vehicle for 12
months or longer, have your dealer
perform the inspections called for in
the 24 months/30,000 miles
(48,000 km) maintenance schedule
(normal conditions) as soon as you
take it out of storage (see page 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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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:
INDICATOR LOCATION MARK
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 the
compact spare tire.
Do not use your compact spare
tire on another vehicle unless it is
the same make and model.
On models with manual
transmission, do not drive for a
long period with the compact
spare tire mounted on a front
wheel; it will damage the limited
slip differential.
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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stop in a safe place to change it.
Drive slowly along the shoulder until
you get to an exit or an area to stop
that is far away from the traffic lanes.
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1. Park the vehicle on firm, level, and
non-slippery ground. Put the
transmission in Park (automatic)
or reverse (manual). Apply the
parking brake.
TOOLS
If you are towing a trailer, unhitch
it.
The vehicle can easily roll off
the jack, seriously injuring
anyone underneath.
SPARE TIRE
JACK
3. Open the hatch and the tailgate.
4. The spare tire, jack, and tools are
under the cargo area floor.
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Follow the directions for
changing a tire exactly, and
never get under the vehicle
when it is supported only by the
jack.
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.
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WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL NUT WRENCH
5. Push the rear edge of the handle
to raise the handle loop and pull up
the loop to raise the cargo area
floor.
6. Unscrew the wing bolt, and take
the spare tire out of the cargo area.
8. Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2
turn with the wheel nut wrench.
7. Remove the tools and the jack. To
remove the jack, turn the jack’s
end bracket counterclockwise to
loosen it.
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EXTENSION
WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL WRENCH
JACKING POINTS
10.Use the extension and the wheel
nut wrench as shown to raise the
vehicle until the flat tire is off the
ground.
LX and DX models
Remove the wheel nuts and wheel
cover. The wheel nuts will be very
hot if you were recently driving. The
wheel cover cannot be removed
without first removing the wheel
nuts. Do not attempt to forcibly pry
the wheel cover off with a
screwdriver or other tool.
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9. Locate the jacking point nearest
the tire you need to change. It is
pointed to by an arrow molded into
the underside of the body. Place
the jack under the jacking point.
Turn the end bracket clockwise
until the top of the jack contacts
the jacking point. Make sure the
jacking point tab is resting in the
jack notch.
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13. Put on the spare tire. Put the
wheel nuts back on finger-tight,
then tighten them in a crisscross
pattern with the wheel nut wrench
until the wheel is firmly against
the hub. Do not try to tighten
them fully.
BRAKE HUB
11. Remove the wheel nuts and the
flat tire. Temporarily place the flat
tire on the ground with the outside
surface of the wheel facing up.
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.
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16.Store the jack in its holder. Turn
the jack’s end bracket to lock it in
place. Store the tools.
17.Remove the center cap from the
flat tire, and store it in the spare
tire well.
Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could
seriously injure the occupants.
14. Lower the vehicle to the ground
and remove the jack.
18.Remove the wing bolt on the spare
tire mount, and pivot the arm 90°
to the upright position. Then
tighten the wing bolt securely.
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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)
Store the wheel, jack, and tools
securely before driving.
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22.Secure the flat tire by screwing
the wing bolt to the spare tire
mount through the hole in the
cargo area floor.
19.Remove the small round plug from
the cargo area floor by pushing it
from the back side to make a hole.
Store the removed plug in a place
you can easily remember.
20.Reinstall the cargo area floor.
Place the flat tire face down on the
cargo area floor.
21.Align the center of the flat tire
with the hole in the cargo area
floor. Remove the spacer cone
from the wing bolt, turn it over,
and put it back on the bolt.
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Diagnosing why the engine won’t
start falls into two areas, depending
on what you hear when you turn the
key to START (III):
You hear nothing, or almost
nothing. The engine’s starter
motor does not operate at all, or
operates very slowly.
You can hear the starter motor
operating normally, or the starter
motor sounds like it is spinning
faster than normal, but the engine
does not start up and run.
Nothing Happens or the Starter
Motor Operates Very Slowly
When you turn the ignition switch to
START (III), you do not hear the
normal noise of the engine trying to
start. You may hear a clicking sound
or series of clicks, or nothing at all.
Check these things:
Turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
Turn on the headlights, and check
their brightness. If the headlights
are very dim or do not come on at
all, the battery is discharged. See
Jump Starting on page 205 .
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 205 ).
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Check the transmission interlock.
If you have a manual transmission,
the clutch pedal must be pushed
all the way to the floor or the
starter will not operate. With an
automatic transmission, the shift
lever must be in Park or neutral.
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 217 ).
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The Starter Operates Normally
In this case, the starter motor’s
speed sounds normal, or even faster
than normal, when you turn the
ignition switch to START (III), but
the engine does not run.
Are you using a properly coded
key? An improperly coded key will
cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the instrument panel
to blink rapidly (see page 55 ).
Do you have fuel? Check the fuel
gauge; the low fuel indicator may
not be working.
There may be an electrical
problem, such as no power to the
fuel pump. Check all the fuses
(see page 212).
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See Emergency
Towing on page 217 .
Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to Starting the
Engine on page 138 .
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Although this seems like a simple
procedure, you should take several
precautions.
A battery can explode if you do
not follow the correct procedure,
seriously injuring anyone
nearby.
To Jump Start Your 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 frozen, do not try
jump starting until it thaws.
If a battery sits in extreme cold, the
electrolyte inside can f reeze.
Attempting to jump start with a f rozen
battery can cause it to rupture.
Keep all sparks, open flames,
and smoking materials away
from the battery.
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2. Turn off all the electrical accessories: heater, A/C, stereo system,
lights, etc. Put the transmission in
neutral or Park, and set the
parking brake.
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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You cannot start your vehicle with an
automatic transmission by pushing
or pulling it.
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5. If the booster battery is in another
vehicle, have an assistant start
that vehicle and run it at a fast idle.
6. Start your vehicle. If the starter
motor still operates slowly, check
that the jumper cables have good
metal-to-metal contact.
BOOSTER BATTERY
The numbers in the illustration show
you the order to connect the jumper
cables.
4. Connect the second jumper cable
to the negative (−) terminal on
the booster battery. Connect the
other end to the grounding strap
on your vehicle as shown. Do not
connect this jumper cable to any
other part of the engine.
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,
then from the booster battery.
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.
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The pointer of the 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 the 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.
Do not open the hood if steam
is coming out.
1. Safely pull to the side of the road.
Put the transmission in neutral
(manual) or Park (automatic), and
set the parking brake. Turn off all
the accessories, and turn on the
hazard indicators.
4. If the temperature gauge stays at
the red mark, turn off the engine.
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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Driving with the temperature gauge
pointer at the red mark can cause
serious damage to your engine.
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.
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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 217 ).
6. If you don’t find an obvious leak,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank (see page
126 ).
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 a 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 heat. 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 217).
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 Indicator, Charging System Indicator
1. Safely pull off the road, and shut
off the engine. Turn on the hazard
warning lights.
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.
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick (see page 170 ).
2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute.
Open the hood, and check the oil
level (see page 126 ). An engine
very low on oil can lose pressure
during cornering and other driving
maneuvers.
4. Start the engine, and watch the oil
pressure indicator. If it does not go
out within 10 seconds, turn off the
engine. There is a mechanical
problem that needs to be repaired
before you can continue driving
(see Emergency Towing on page
217 ).
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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Low Oil Pressure Indicator
This indicator should never
come on when the engine is
running. If it starts flashing or stays
on, the oil pressure has dropped very
low. Serious engine damage is
possible and you should take
immediate action.
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If this indicator comes on
while driving, it means one
of the engine’s emissions control
systems may have a problem. Even
though you may feel no difference in
your vehicle’s performance, it can
reduce your fuel economy and cause
increased emissions. Continued
operation may cause serious damage.
If you have recently refueled your
vehicle, the indicator coming on
could be due to a loose or missing
fuel fill cap. Tighten the cap until it
clicks at least three times.
Tightening the cap will not turn the
indicator off immediately; it takes at
least three days of normal driving.
If the indicator comes on repeatedly,
even though it may turn off as you
continue driving, have the vehicle
checked by the dealer as soon as
possible.
If you keep driving with the
malf unction indicator lamp on, you can
damage your vehicle’s emissions
controls and engine. Those repairs may
not be covered by your vehicle’s
warranties.
Readiness Codes
Your vehicle has certain ‘‘readiness
codes’’ that are part of the on-board
diagnostics for the emissions
systems. In some states, part of the
emissions testing is to make sure
these codes are set. If they are not
set, the test cannot be completed.
If your 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
five 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 230 ).
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The brake system indicator
normally comes on when
you turn the ignition switch
to ON (II), and as a
Canada reminder to check the
parking brake. It will stay
on if you do not fully
release the parking brake.
U.S.
If the fluid level is low, take your
vehicle to a dealer, and have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
Slow down by shifting to a lower
gear, and pull to the side of the road
when it is safe. Because of the 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 217 ).
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If the brake system indicator comes
on while driving, the brake fluid level
is probably low. Press lightly on the
brake pedal to see if it feels normal.
If it does, check the brake fluid level
the next time you stop at a service
station (see page 177 ).
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.
If you must drive the vehicle a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and carefully.
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UNDER-HOOD
TAB
The vehicle’s fuses are located in
two fuse boxes. The under-hood fuse
box is located in the engine
compartment on the driver’s side. To
open it, push the tabs as shown.
The interior fuse box is underneath
the steering column. To remove the
fuse box lid, turn the knobs
counterclockwise and pull the lid out
of its hinges.
Checking and Replacing Fuses
If something electrical in your
vehicle stops working, check for a
blown fuse first. Determine from the
chart on pages 215 and 216 , or the
diagram on the fuse box lid, which
fuse or fuses control that device.
Check those fuses first, but check all
the fuses before deciding that a
blown fuse is the cause. Replace any
blown fuses, and check if the device
works.
1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK
(0). Make sure the headlights and
all other accessories are off.
2. Remove the cover from the fuse
box.
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BLOWN
BLOWN
4. Check the smaller fuses in the
under-hood fuse box and all the
fuses in the interior fuse box by
pulling out each one with the fuse
puller provided in the under-hood
fuse box.
Fuses
If you cannot drive the vehicle
without fixing the problem, and you
do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse
of the same rating or a lower rating
from one of the other circuits. 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.
5. Look for a blown wire inside the
fuse. If it is blown, replace it with
one of the spare fuses of the same
rating or lower.
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3. Check each of the large fuses in
the under-hood fuse box by
looking through the top at the wire
inside. Remove the screws with a
Phillips-head screwdriver.
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Replacing a f use with one that has a
higher rating greatly increases the
chances of damaging the electrical
system. If you do not have a
replacement f use with the proper rating
f or the circuit, install one with a lower
rating.
6. If the replacement fuse of the
same rating blows in a short time,
there is probably a serious
electrical problem in your vehicle.
Leave the blown fuse in that
circuit and have your vehicle
checked by a qualified mechanic.
On EX models
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
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INTERIOR FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
15 A
15 A
10 A
10 A
−
7.5 A
20 A
7.5 A
10 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
10 A
10 A
20 A
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
7.5 A
20 A
−
15 A
15 A
Circuits Protected
Ignition Coil
Rear Accessory Power
Socket*1
Daytime running lights*2
ACG
Not Used
−
20 A
20 A
−
−
Power Window Relay
AMP
Accessory, Radio
Rear Wiper
Meter
ABS
Daytime running lights*2
SRS
Remote Control Mirrors
LAF Heater
Not Used
Fuel Pump
Front Accessory Power
Socket
Turn Signal Lights
Front Wiper
Not Used
Passenger’s Power Window
Driver’s Power Window
Not Used
Not Used
*1 : If equipped
*2 : Canadian models
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No. Amps.
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
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No. Amps.
30 A
1
15 A
2
7.5 A
3
20 A
4
15 A
5
15 A
6
15 A
7
−
8
10 A
9
30 A
10
20 A
11
40 A
12
40 A
13
40 A
14
15 A
15
15 A
16
15 A
17
30 A
18
19 100 A
50 A
20
21−25 7.5A−30A
Circuits Protected
Condenser Fan
Small Light
Interior Light
Cooling Fan Motor
Hazard
IGP
Horn, Stop
Not Used
Back Up
ABS Motor
Rear Defroster
Heater Motor
Power Window
Option
Left Headlight
Door Lock
Right Headlight
ABS F/S
Battery
Ignition 1
Spare Fuses
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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.
Towing 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.
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Refer to Towing Your Vehicle
Behind a Motorhome on page
155 for non-emergency towing
information.
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.
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Your vehicle has several identifying
numbers located in various places.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The vehicle identification number
(VIN) is the 17-digit number your
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
(front edge of rear door), and is
stamped on the engine compartment
bulkhead. The VIN is also provided
in bar code on the certification label.
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The engine number is stamped into
the engine block.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER
The transmission number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
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MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER
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Specifications
Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Track
Front
Rear
Weights
Gross vehicle weight rating
Engine
Type
Bore x Stroke
Displacement
Compression ratio
Spark plugs
Capacities
Fuel tank
Engine oil
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169.3 in (4,300 mm)
71.5 in (1,815 mm)
70.4 in (1,788 mm)
101.4 in (2,575 mm)
62.1 in (1,577 mm)
62.3 in (1,582 mm)
See the certification label attached
to the driver’s doorjamb (front
edge of rear door).
Water cooled 4-stroke DOHC
VTEC 4-cylinder gasoline engine
3.43 x 3.90 in (87.0 x 99.0 mm)
144 cu-in (2,354 cm )
9.7 : 1
IZFR6K-11
NGK:
DENSO: SKJ20DR-M11
Approx.
15.9 US gal (60 )
Change*1
Including filter
Without filter
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4.2 US qt (4.0 )
5.6 US qt (5.3 )
Engine
coolant
Automatic Transmission
Change*2
Total
Manual Transmission
Change*2
Total
Automatic
Change
transmission
4WD
fluid
2WD
Total
4WD
2WD
Manual
Change
transmission Total
fluid
4WD
2WD
Rear
Change
differential
Total
fluid (4WD)
Windshield
washer
reservoir
1.43 US gal (5.4 )
1.88 US gal (7.1 )
1.45 US gal (5.5 )
1.90 US gal (7.2 )
3.3 US qt (3.1 )
3.1 US qt (2.9 )
7.6 US qt (7.2 )
6.9 US qt (6.5 )
2.0 US qt (1.9 )
2.4 US qt (2.3
2.3 US qt (2.2
1.1 US qt (1.0
1.3 US qt (1.2
)
)
)
)
4.8 US qt (4.5 )
*1 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.
*2 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine.
Reserve tank capacity:
0.145 US gal (0.55 )
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Air Conditioning
Refrigerant type
Charge quantity
Lubricant type
Lights
Headlights
Front turn signal/parking
lights
Front side marker lights
Rear turn signal lights
Brake/Taillights
Back-up lights
License plate lights
Ceiling light
Spotlights
Cargo area light
High-mount brake light
Fuses
Interior
See page 215 or the fuse label
attached to the inside of the fuse
box door under the steering
column.
See page 216 or the fuse box
cover.
Under-hood
12 V − 60/55 W (H4/HB2)
12 V − 21/5 W
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
3 CP
21 W
21/5 W
18 W (21 CP)
5W
8W
4 CP
8W
21 W
Alignment
Toe-in
Camber
Caster
Tires
Size
Pressure
Specifications
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Front/Rear
Front
Rear
Spare
0.0 in (0 mm)
0.08 in (2.0 mm)
−0°13’
−1°
1°50’
P215/70R16 99S
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
34 psi (235 kPa , 2.4 kgf/cm )
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
Technical Information
Battery
Capacity
HFC-134a (R-134a)
16.9−18.7 oz (480−530 g)
SP-10
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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
The tires on your vehicle meet all
U.S. Federal Safety Requirements.
All tires are also graded for
treadwear, traction, and temperature
performance according to
Department of Transportation
(DOT) standards. The following
explains these gradings.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall
between the tread shoulder and the
maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of
the tire when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified government
test course. For example, a tire
graded 150 would wear one and onehalf (1 1/2) times as well on the
government course as a tire graded
100. The relative performance of
tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may
depart significantly from the norm
due to variations in driving habits,
service practices, and differences in
road characteristics and climate.
Traction − AA, A, B, C
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those
grades represent the tire’s ability to
stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces
of asphalt and concrete. A tire
marked C may have poor traction
performance.
Warning: The traction grade
assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests,
and does not include acceleration,
cornering, hydroplaning, or peak
traction characteristics.
All passenger car tires must conform
to Federal Safety Requirements in
addition to these grades.
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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
Warning: The temperature grade for
this tire is established for a tire that
is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either
separately or in combination, can
cause heat buildup and possible tire
failure.
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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.
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Tire Labeling
The tires that came on your vehicle
have a number of markings. Those
you should be aware of are described
below.
99
S
−Load index (a numerical code
associated with the maximum
load the tire can carry).
−Speed symbol (an
alphabetical code indicating
the maximum speed rating).
Tire Size
Whenever tires are replaced, they
should be replaced with tires of the
same size. Following is an example
of tire size with an explanation of
what each component means.
Tire Identification Number
Tire Identification Number (TIN) is
a group of numbers and letters that
look like the following example TIN.
Maximum Tire Pressure
Max Press −The maximum air
pressure the tire can
hold.
Maximum Tire Load
Max Load −The maximum load the
tire can carry at
maximum air pressure.
DOT B97R FW6X 2202
P215/70R16 99S
−Vehicle type (P indicates
passenger vehicle).
215 −Tire width in millimeters.
70 −Aspect ratio (the tire’s section
height as a percentage of its
width).
R −Tire construction code (R
indicates radial).
16 −Rim diameter in inches.
P
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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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
163 .
*
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
Emissions Controls
crankcase 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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Technical Information
In Canada, Honda vehicles comply
with the Canadian emission
requirements, as specified in an
agreement with Environment
Canada, at the time they are
manufactured.
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Exhaust Emissions Controls
The exhaust emissions controls
include three systems: PGM-FI,
ignition timing control, and three
way catalytic converter. These three
systems work together to control the
engine’s combustion and minimize
the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that
comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust
emissions control systems are
separate from the crankcase and
evaporative emissions control
systems.
PGM-FI System
The PGM-FI system uses sequential
multiport fuel injection. It has three
subsystems: air intake, engine
control, and fuel control. The
powertrain control module (PCM) in
automatic transmission vehicles or
the engine control module (ECM) in
manual transmission vehicles uses
various sensors to determine how
much air is going into the engine. It
then controls how much fuel to inject
under all operating conditions.
Ignition Timing Control System
This system constantly adjusts the
ignition timing, reducing the amount
of HC, CO, and NOx produced.
Replacement Parts
The emissions control systems are
designed and certified to work together in reducing emissions to
levels that comply with the Clean Air
Act. To make sure the emissions
remain low, you should use only new
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.
Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converter is
in the exhaust system. Through
chemical reactions, it converts HC,
CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust
to carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen
(N2), and water vapor.
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Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converter
contains precious metals that serve
as catalysts, promoting chemical
reactions to convert the exhaust
gasses without affecting the metals.
The catalytic converter is referred to
as a three-way catalyst, since it acts
on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement
unit must be an original Honda part
or its equivalent.
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.
Technical Information
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.
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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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 retested within the
next two or three days, you can
condition the vehicle for retesting by
doing the following.
Make sure the fuel tank is nearly,
but not completely full (around
3/4).
Without touching the accelerator
pedal, start the engine, and let it
idle for 20 seconds.
Keep the vehicle in Park
(automatic transmission) or
neutral (manual transmission).
Increase the engine speed to 2,000
rpm, and hold it there until the
temperature gauge rises to at least
1/4 of the scale (about 3 minutes).
Make sure the vehicle has been
parked with the engine off for 8
hours or more.
Make sure the ambient
temperature is between 20° and
95°F.
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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 (A/T) or 5th (M/T). Do not use
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).
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 dealer.
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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., Inc.
Honda Automobile Customer Service
Mail Stop 500-2N-7A
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, California 90501-2746
Canadian Owners:
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÈLE
Honda Canada Inc.
715 Milner Avenue
Toronto, ON
M1B 2K8
Tel: 1-888-9-HONDA-9
Fax: Toll-free 1-877-939-0909
Toronto (416) 287-4776
When you call or write, please give
us this information:
Vehicle identification number (see
page 220 )
Name and address of the dealer
who services your vehicle
Date of purchase
Mileage on your vehicle
In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands:
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, PR 00919-0816
Your name, address, and telephone number
A detailed description of the
problem
Tel: (787) 250-4327
Name of the dealer who sold the
vehicle to you
Tel: (800) 999-1009
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Your new vehicle is covered by these
warranties:
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 your
warranty manual for exact
information.
Accessory Limited Warranty −
Honda accessories are covered
under this warranty. Time and
mileage limits depend on the type of
accessory and other factors. Please
read your warranty manual for
details.
Replacement Parts Limited
Warranty − covers all Honda
Original Equipment Battery Limited
Warranty − this warranty gives up
to 100 percent credit toward a
replacement battery.
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.
replacement parts against defects in
materials and workmanship.
Warranty Coverages
Replacement Battery Limited
Warranty − provides prorated
coverage for a replacement battery
purchased from your 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
2005 Honda Warranty Information
booklet that came with your vehicle
for precise information on warranty
coverages. Your vehicle’s original
tires are covered by their
manufacturer. Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet.
Canadian Owners
Please refer to the 2005 Warranty
Manual that came with your vehicle.
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Warranty and Customer Relations
New Vehicle Limited Warranty −
covers your new vehicle, except for
the battery, emissions control
systems, and accessories, against
defects in materials and
workmanship.
Seat Belt Limited Warranty − a seat
belt that fails to function properly is
covered for the useful life of the
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.
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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Service Information Summary
Gasoline:
Unleaded gasoline, pump octane
number of 86 or higher.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
15.9 US gal (60 )
Recommended Engine Oil:
API Premium grade 5W-20
detergent oil (see page 170 ).
Manual Transmission Fluid:
Honda Manual Transmission
Fluid preferred, or an SAE 10W-30
or 10W-40 motor oil as a
temporary replacement (see page
176 ).
Capacity (including differential):
2.0 US qt (1.9 )
Rear Differential Fluid:
Honda Dual Pump Fluid. Do not
use ATF.
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
4.4 US qt (4.2 )
Automatic Transmission Fluid:
Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic
Transmission Fluid) preferred, or
a DEXRON III ATF as a
temporary replacement (see page
175 ).
Brake Fluid:
Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or
DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary
replacement (see page 177 ).
Tire Pressure (measured cold):
Front:
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
Rear:
34 psi (235 kPa , 2.4 kgf/cm )
Spare Tire Pressure:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
Capacity:
1.1 US qt (1.0 )
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 178).
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