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Washing Your Vehicle
The best way to preserve your
vehicle's finish is to keep it clean
by frequent washings. Wash the
vehicle in lukewarm or cold water.
Do not use hot water or wash in
direct sunlight. Do not use strong
soap or chemical detergents. A l l
cleaning agents should be
promptly flushed from the surface
and not allowed to dry on the
Polishing and Waxing
Your Vehicle
Polishing is recommended to
remove accumulated residue and
eliminate any "weathered"
Your Acura dealer offers several
polishes and cleaners that have
proven to maintain the original
finish appearance and durability.
Foreign Material Deposits
Protection of Exterior
Bright Metal Parts
Bright metal parts should be
cleaned regularly to keep their
luster. Washing with water is all
that is usually needed. However,
chrome polish may be used on
chrome or stainless steel trim, if
necessary. A coating of wax,
rubbed to a high polish, is
recommended for all bright metal
Care of Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum wheels have a
clear-coat finish similar to paint.
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Use a chamois skin, sponge or
other soft material when washing
the wheels.
Calcium chloride and other salts,
ice melting agents, road oil and
tar, tree sap, bird droppings,
chemicals from industrial
chimneys, and other foreign
matter may damage your vehicle's
finish if allowed to remain on
painted surfaces.
Prompt washing may not
completely remove all of these
deposits. Additional cleaners may
be needed. When using chemical
cleaners developed for this
purpose, be certain they are safe
for use on painted surfaces.
Finish Damage
Any stone chips, fractures or deep
scratches in the finish should be
repaired promptly. Exposed metal
will corrode quickly and may
develop into a major repair
expense. Minor chips and
scratches can be repaired using
touch-up materials available from
your Acura dealer. Larger
damaged areas of the finish can
be repaired in your Acura dealer's
body and paint shop.
Corrosion Protection
Your vehicle has been designed
and built to resist corrosion.
Special materials and protective
finishes were applied to most
parts of your vehicle when it was
built to help maintain its good
looks, strength and reliable
operation. However, some parts
that are normally not visible (such
as certain parts under the vehicle
and under the hood) are strong
enough so that surface rust will
not affect their reliability. So
corrosion protection is not needed
or used on these parts. By
omitting unneeded rust protection
on such parts and applying extra
protection where it is needed
most, the best value is assured for
the vehicle buyer.
Sheet Metal Damage
If your vehicle is damaged and
requires sheet metal repair or
replacement, make sure the body
repair shop applies anticorrosion material to the parts
repaired or replaced so that
corrosion protection is restored.
(Also see "Finish Damage.")
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Underbody Maintenance
Corrosive materials used for ice
and snow removal and dust
control can collect on the
underbody. If these materials are
not removed, accelerated
corrosion (rust) can occur on
underbody parts such as fuel
lines, frame, floor pan, and
exhaust system even though they
have been coated with corrosion
At least every spring, flush these
materials from the underbody
with plain water. Take care to
thoroughly clean any areas where
mud and other debris can collect.
Sediment packed in closed areas
of the frame should be loosened
before being flushed. If desired,
your Acura dealer can perform
this service for you.
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With the use of modern trim
materials it is very important that
proper cleaning techniques and
cleaners be used. Failure to do
this on the first cleaning may
result in water spots, spot rings or
setting of stains, all of which
make it more difficult to remove
on a second cleaning.
Remember These Basic Steps
Before Cleaning
The portion of the following
cleaning instructions that are in
especially important and MUST
be followed.
2. Use a clean cloth or sponge
and change to a clean area
often. (A SOFT brush may be
used if stains persist.)
Dust and loose dirt that
accumulate on interior fabrics
should be removed often with a
vacuum cleaner or soft brush.
Vinyl or leather trim should be
wiped regularly with a clean
damp cloth. Normal trim soil,
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spots or stains can be cleaned
with conventional cleaners.
1. Remove stains as quickly as
possible before they become
5. Follow specific instructions
on the cleaning products' labels.
Cleaning Fabric
Cleaning General Soilage or
Water Spots From Fabric Trim
Multipurpose powdered cleaner is
excellent for this type of cleaning
and for cleaning panel sections
where small cleaning rings may
be left from spot cleaning.
Vacuum the area thoroughly to
remove loose dirt.
3. Use solvent-type cleaners only
in a well ventilated area; also,
do not saturate the stained
ALWAYS clean a full trim
assembly or complete trim
section. Mask surrounding trim
along stitch or welt-lines.
4. If a ring forms after spot
cleaning, clean the entire area
Mix the multipurpose
powdered cleaner in strict
accordance with the directions
on the label of its container.
Mix in proportion for smaller
HEAT LAMP. Use caution if
you are using a heat dryer or
heat lamp so you do not
damage the fabric.
When trim materials that have
a sheen or lustrous finish are
dry, wipe them with a soft,
clean cloth to restore the sheen.
Spot Cleaning Fabric
With Solvent Cleaner
Before trying to remove a spot or
stain from fabric, determine as
accurately as you can what kind
of spot or stain it is and how long
it has been there. Some spots or
stains can be removed with water
or mild soap solution (see
"Removal of Specific Stains").
Spots or stains should always be
removed as soon as possible.
Some types of stains or soilage,
such as lipstick, inks and grease,
are very difficult (sometimes
impossible) to completely
remove. When cleaning this type
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of stain or soilage be sure not to
enlarge the soiled area. Fabric
cleaner (solvent type) is excellent
for spot-cleaning grease, oil or fat
Gently scrape the stain off trim
material with a clean, DULL
knife or scraper. USE VERY
pressure, and a clean cloth
(preferably cheese-cloth).
Cleaning should be from the
outside of the stain,
"FEATHERING" towards the
center. Keep changing to a
clean section of the cloth.
When the stain is cleaned from
the fabric, immediately dry the
area with an air hose, heat
dryer or heat lamp to help
prevent a cleaning ring. (Use
caution with a heat dryer or
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lamp to prevent damage to
If a ring forms, immediately
repeat the cleaning operation
over a slightly larger area with
emphasis on "FEATHERING"
towards its center. If a ring still
remains, mask off surrounding
trim sections and clean the
entire affected area with a
multipurpose powered cleaner
(as described under "Cleaning
General Soilage or Water Spots
From Fabric Trim").
Removal of Specific Stains
Grease or Oil Stains
These include grease, oil, butter,
margarine, shoe polish, coffee
with cream, chewing gum,
cosmetic creams, vegetable oils,
wax crayon, tar and asphalts.
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Carefully scrape off excess
stain; then use fabric cleaner
(solvent type) as previously
Shoe polish, wax crayons, tar
and asphalt will stain if allowed
to remain on trim; they should
be removed as soon as possible.
Use caution as cleaner will
dissolve them and may cause
them to "bleed."
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(foam type) as previously
If an odor persists after
cleaning vomit or urine, treat
area with a water-baking soda
solution: 5 milliliters (1
teaspoon) baking soda to 250
milliliters (1 cup) of warm water.
Finally, if needed, clean lightly
with a fabric cleaner (solvent
Non-Greasy Stains
Combination Stains
These include catsup, coffee
(black), egg, fruit juice, milk, soft
drinks, wine, vomit and blood.
These include candy, ice cream,
mayonnaise, chili sauce and
unknown stains.
Carefully scrape off excess
stain; then sponge stain with
cool water.
Carefully scrape off excess
stain; then clean with cool
water and allow to dry.
If a stain remains, use a
multipurpose powdered cleaner
If stain remains, clean with a
fabric cleaner (solvent type).
Cleaning Vinyl or Leather
Ordinary soilage can be removed
from vinyl or leather with warm
water and a mild soap such as
saddle soap, oil soap or equivalent.
Apply a small amount of soap
solution and allow it to soak
for a few minutes to loosen
dirt; then rub briskly with a
clean, damp cloth to remove
dirt and traces of soap. (This
may be repeated several times,
if necessary.)
Some compounds such as tar,
asphalt, shoe polish etc. will
stain if allowed to remain on
trim. They should be wiped off
as quickly as possible and the
area cleaned with a clean cloth
dampened with vinyl cleaner
(solvent type).
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Seat Belt Care
Clean seat belts only with mild
soap and lukewarm water.
Do not bleach or dye belts
since this may severely weaken
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Tinted Glass
Tinted, heat-reflecting glass has a
metal coating on the interior side.
Always clean this metal coating
with plain water or a neutral
detergent, not harsh chemicals.
Wipe with a clean, soft cloth or a
paper towel.
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
Glass surfaces should be cleaned
on a regular basis. Use of glass
cleaner will remove normal
tobacco smoke and dust films
sometimes caused by ingredients
used in vinyls and interior
Never use abrasive cleaners to
clean the glass. They may cause
scratches or damage the defogger
wires in the rear window.
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