Acura 2006 RSX Owner's Manual

Acura 2006 RSX Owner's Manual

200 6 RSX Online Reference Owner's Manual

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Contents

Owner's Identification Form

Introduction .....................................................................................................................................................

i

A Few Words About Safety ..........................................................................................................................

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Your Vehicle at a Glance...............................................................................................................................

4

Driver and Passenger Safety .......................................................................................................................

7

Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.

Instruments and Controls...........................................................................................................................

49

Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.

Comfort and Convenience Features.......................................................................................................

87

How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving .............................................................................................................................................

131

What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving...........................................................................................................................................................

145

The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance.................................................................................................................................................

165

The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer. Taking Care of the Unexpected...............................................................................................................

203

This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information...............................................................................................................................

227

ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) .....................................................................

239

A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...............................................................................................................

243

How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index .................................................................................................................................................................

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Service Information Summary

A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.

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Owner’s Identification

OWNER ADDRESS

STREET STATE/PROVINCE CITY

V. I. N.

DELIVERY DATE DEALER NAME ADDRESS

CITY

OWNER’S SIGNATURE DEALER’S SIGNATURE

ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE (Date sold to original retail purchaser)

DEALER NO.

STREET STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE This owner’s manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold.

This owner’s manual covers all models of the Acura RSX. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model.

The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatsoever.

POUR CLIENTS CANADIEN AVIS IMPORTANT: Si vous avez besoin d’un Manuel du Conducteur en f rançais, veuillez demander à votre concessionnaire de commander le numéro de pièce 33S6MC40

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Introduction

Congratulations! Your selection of a 2006 Acura RSX was a wise investment.

It will give you years of driving pleasure.

One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so you can refer to it at any time.

Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities.

Maintaining your vehicle according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment.

When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your vehicle.

Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns.

As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your vehicle, other property, or the environment.

California Proposition 65 Warning

WARNING:

This product contains or emits chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with one or more recording devices commonly referred to as event data recorders or sensing and diagnostic modules.

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A Few Words About Safety

Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this vehicle safely is an important responsibility.

To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others.

Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your vehicle. You must use your own good judgement.

You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including:

Saf ety Labels

Saf ety Messages

on the vehicle.

− preceded by a safety alert symbol three signal words: These signal words mean: , or

CAUTION

.

and one of You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

Saf ety Headings

− such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions.

Saf ety Section Instructions

− − such as Driver and Passenger Safety.

how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.

This entire book is filled with important safety information carefully.

− please read it

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Your Vehicle at a Glance

4 DOOR AND HATCH LOCK SWITCH (P.

67 )

MIRROR CONTROLS (P.

80 )

DRIVER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P.

11

,

23

) INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS GAUGES (P.

57

) (P.

51

) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.

88 )

FRONT PASSENGER’S AIRBAG (P.

11 ,

23

) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.

77 )

AUDIO SYSTEM (P.

92 )

FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HANDLE (P.

134

) SHIFT LEVER (P.

148

,

151 )

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.

135 )

PARKING BRAKE (P.

81 )

Main Menu REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P.

62 )

Your Vehicle at a Glance

HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.

62 )

CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH (P.

127

)

2 WINDSHIELD WIPERS/ WASHERS (P.

60

) MOONROOF SWITCH

2 (P.

79

) HORN

1 HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P.

61

) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT (P.

63 )

* * 1: 2: To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel.

If equipped.

INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.

62

) CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P.

128

)

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Driver and Passenger Safety

This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts. It explains how your airbags work. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your vehicle.

Important Safety Precautions .........

Your Vehicle’s Safety Features .......

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.

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9

Protecting Adults and Teens .........

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13

1. Close and Lock the Doors 2. Adjust the Front Seats .....

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13

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3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............

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14

4. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts .............................

.

15

5. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position ................................

.

16

Advice for Pregnant Women .....

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17

...

18

Additional Information About Your Seat Belts .......................

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19

..

19

Lap/Shoulder Belt ......................

.

19

Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ...............................

.

20

Seat Belt Maintenance ...............

.

21

Additional Information About Your Airbags ...........................

.

22

Airbag System Components ......

.

22

How Your Front Airbags Work .........................................

.

23

...

25

..

26

How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ......................

.

27

Airbag Service .............................

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27

...

27

Protecting Children Guidelines − General ................................

.

28

All Children Must Be Restrained ...............................

.

28

All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat .................................

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The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks .........

.

29 29

If You Must Drive with Several Children .....................

.

30

If a Child Requires Close Attention ..................................

.

31

...

31

Protecting Infants and Small Children ...................................

.

Protecting Infants .......................

Protecting Small Children .........

.

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33

Selecting a Child Seat .....................

.

Installing a Child Seat ....................

.

With LATCH ...............................

With a Lap/Shoulder Belt .........

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35

36

38

With a Tether ..............................

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Protecting Larger Children Checking Seat Belt Fit ...........

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.

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Using a Booster Seat ..................

.

42

When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front .........................................

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43

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44

Carbon Monoxide Hazard Safety Labels .............

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45

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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, not the front 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 seat (see pages

28

44

).

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 Saf e 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

169

).

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

(7) (10) (1) (3) (4) (6) (8) (2) (2) (5) (7) (9) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zone (3) Seats and Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Side Airbags (9) Seat Belt Tensioners (10) Door Locks

Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash.

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.

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and

your seat belts always wear

. 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.

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 and a beeper 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.

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

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:

your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly.

Always wear

Airbags

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

23

for more information on how your front airbags work).

Your vehicle 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

25

for more information on how your side airbags work).

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

The most important things you need to know about your airbags are:

Airbags do not replace seat belts.

They are designed to supplement the seat belts.

Airbags of f er no protection in rear impacts, or minor f rontal or side collisions.

Airbags can pose hazards.

To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly.

What you should do:

Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible.

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.

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Protecting Adults and Teens

Introduction

The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver, adult passengers and teenage children who are large enough and mature enough to drive or ride in the front seat.

See pages guidelines on how to properly protect infants, small children, and larger children who ride in your vehicle.

28

44

for important

1.

Close and Lock the Doors

After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure the doors are closed and locked.

closed.

Your vehicle has a door monitor indicator on the instrument panel to indicate when either door or the hatch is not tightly Locking the doors reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash, and it helps prevent passengers from accidentally opening a door and falling out.

Locking the doors also helps prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop.

See page

67

for how to lock the doors, and page

54

for how the door monitor indicator works.

2.

Adjust the Front Seats

Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the rear as possible while allowing you to maintain full control of the vehicle.

Have a front passenger adjust their seat as far to the rear as possible.

If you sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front airbag, or by striking the steering wheel or dashboard.

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Protecting Adults and Teens

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest.

If you cannot get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help.

Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate.

Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible.

Once your seat is adjusted correctly, rock it back and forth to make sure it is locked in position.

See page

71

front seats.

for how to adjust the

3.

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 seat backs should also adjust their seat back to a comfortable, upright position.

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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.

Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury.

See page

71

seat-backs.

for how to adjust the

4.

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. Check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash.

Position the lap part of the belt as low as possible across your hips, then pull up on the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part fits snugly.

This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries.

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Protecting Adults and Teens

If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder.

This spreads the forces of a crash over the strongest bones in your upper body.

Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash.

Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving.

Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.

This could cause very serious injuries in a crash.

If a seat belt does not seem to work properly, it may not protect the occupant in a crash.

No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt.

Using a seat belt that is not working properly can result in serious injury or death.

Have your dealer check the belt as soon as possible.

See page

19

for additional information about your seat belts and how to take care of them.

5.

Maintain a Proper Sitting Position

After all occupants have adjusted their seats and put on seat belts, it is very important that they continue to sit upright, well back in their seats, with their feet on the floor, until the vehicle is parked and the engine is off.

Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash. For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased.

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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 airbag.

Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death.

Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor.

Advice f or Pregnant Women

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.

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.

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.

Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to drive.

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Additional Saf ety Precautions Two people should never use the same seat belt.

could be very seriously injured in a crash.

If they do, they

Do not put any accessories on seat belts.

Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.

Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a f ront airbag.

Carrying hard or sharp objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your front airbag inflates.

Do not attach or place objects on the f ront airbag covers.

Objects on the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate.

Do not attach hard objects on or near a door.

If a side airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone.

Keep your hands and arms away f rom the airbag covers.

If your hands or arms are close to an airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbag inflates.

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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 to remind you and your passengers to fasten your belts.

If you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position 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.

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, press 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

38

).

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.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

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.

Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

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 in any collision severe enough to cause the front airbags to inflate.

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.

When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled in the normal manner.

If the front seat belt tensioners ever activate, they must be replaced as the belts will no longer retract properly.

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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

Seat Belt Maintenance

For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts regularly.

Pull each belt out fully and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check that the latches work smoothly and the belts retract easily. Any belt that is not in good condition or not working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Acura provides a lifetime warranty on seat belts for U.S. models. See your Acura Warranty Information booklet for details.

If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by your dealer. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash.

The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed. If the automatic seat belt tensioners activate during a crash, they must be replaced.

For information on how to clean your seat belts, see page

191

.

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.

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

Airbag System Components

Your airbag system includes: Two SRS (supplemental restraint system) front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ (see page

23

).

Two side airbags, one for the driver and one for a front passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the seat backs. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG’’ (see page

25

).

Automatic front seat belt tensioners (see page

20

).

Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe frontal or side impact.

Sensors that can detect whether a child is in the passenger’s side airbag path and signal the control unit to turn the airbag off (see page

25

).

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 switch is in the ON (II) position.

An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbags, sensors, or seat belt tensioners (see page

26

).

An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been turned off (see page

27

).

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Emergency backup power in case your vehicle’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash.

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

How Your Front Airbags Work

If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration.

If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the driver’s and front passenger’s front airbags, at the time and with the force needed.

During a frontal crash, your seat belt restrains your lower body and torso, and the front airbag helps protect your head and chest.

Although both airbags normally inflate within split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy.

This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal.

After inflating, the front airbags will immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls.

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

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.

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

Your front airbags are dual-stage airbags. This means they have two inflation stages that can be ignited sequentially or simultaneously, depending on crash severity.

In a

more severe

crash, both stages will ignite simultaneously to provide the quickest and greatest protection.

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.

Dual-Threshold Airbags

Your front airbags are also dual threshold airbags. Airbags with this feature have two deployment thresholds that depend on whether or not the occupant is wearing a seat belt.

If the occupant’s belt is

not latched

the airbag will deploy at the same threshold as a conventional airbag.

, If the occupant’s belt

is latched

airbag will inflate at a slightly higher threshold, when the airbag would be needed to supplement the protection provided by the seat belt.

, the

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

How Your Side Airbags Work

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.

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.

Side Airbag Cutof f System

Your vehicle has a side airbag cutoff system designed primarily to protect a child riding in the front passenger’s seat.

Although Acura does not encourage children to ride in front, if sensors detect a child has leaned into the side airbag’s deployment path, the airbag will shut off.

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.

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

If the side airbag off indicator comes on (see page

27

), 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.

How the SRS Indicator Works

The SRS indicator alerts you to a potential problem with your airbags, sensors, or seat belt tensioners.

When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, this indicator comes on briefly then goes 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 the ON (II) position.

If the indicator stays on after the engine starts.

If the indicator comes on or flashes on and off while you drive.

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 you see any of these indications, the airbags and seat belt tensioners may not work properly when you need them.

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Additional Information About Your Airbags

How the Side Airbag Of f Indicator Works U.S.

Canada

side airbags.

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 When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the indicator should come on briefly and go out (see page

52

). If it doesn’t come on, it stays on, or it comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked.

Airbag Service

Your airbag systems are virtually maintenance free, and there are no parts you can safely service.

However, you must have your vehicle serviced if:

An airbag ever inf lates.

Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit and other related parts. Any seat belt tensioner that activates must also be replaced.

Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by your dealer or a knowledgeable body shop.

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.

Additional Saf ety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags.

Together, airbags and seat belts provide the best protection.

Do not tamper with airbag components or wiring f or any reason.

Tampering could cause the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury.

Do not cover or replace f ront seat back covers without consulting your dealer.

Improperly replacing or covering front seat-back covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a side impact.

Do not expose the f ront seat-backs to liquid.

If water or another liquid soaks into a seat-back, it can prevent the side airbag cutoff system from working properly.

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General Guidelines

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.

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 age 12 and under.

To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every U.S. state and Canadian province requires that infants and children be properly restrained when they ride in a vehicle.

Inf ants and small children must be restrained in an approved child seat that is properly secured to the vehicle

(see pages

32

40

).

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 f its them properly

(see pages

41

44

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General Guidelines

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.

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 Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks

Front airbags have been designed to help protect adults in a moderate to severe frontal collisions. To do this the passenger’s front airbag is quite large, and it can inflate with enough force to cause very serious injuries.

Inf ants Never put a rear-f acing child seat in the f ront seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s f ront airbag.

If the airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or very seriously injure an infant.

Small Children Placing a f orward-f acing child seat in the f ront seat of a vehicle equipped with passenger’s f ront 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 inf lating passenger’s f ront 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

41

for important information about protecting larger children).

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General Guidelines

To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in a back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard and on the front visors (U.S. models).

Please read and follow the instructions on these labels.

U.S. Models Canadian Models If You Must Drive with Several Children

Your vehicle has a back seat where children can be properly restrained.

If you ever have to carry a group of children, and a child must ride in front: Place the largest child in the front seat, provided the child is large enough to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly (see page

41

).

Move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible (see page

71

).

Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat (see page

16

).

Make sure the seat belt is properly positioned and secured (see page

15

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General Guidelines

If a Child Requires Close Attention

Many parents say they prefer to put an infant or small child in the front passenger seat so they can watch the child, or because the child requires attention.

Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards in a frontal collision, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk.

If a child requires physical attention or frequent visual contact, we strongly recommend that another adult ride with the child in the back seat. The back seat is far safer for a child than the front.

Additional Saf ety Precautions Never hold an inf ant or child on your lap.

If you are not wearing a seat belt in a 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.

Never let two children use the same seat belt.

could be very seriously injured in a crash.

If they do, they

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 both doors 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 out of reach of children.

Even very young children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition switch, and open the hatch, which can lead to accidental injury or death.

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Protecting Infants and Small Children

Protecting Inf ants 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.

Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby’s head, neck, and back.

Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rear facing, reclining mode.

Do not put a rear-f acing child seat in a f orward-f acing position.

If placed facing forward, an infant could be very seriously injured during a frontal collision.

Rear-f acing Child Seat Placement

A rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front.

rear-f acing child seat in the f ront seat.

Never put a

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 rear facing child seat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from moving their seat as far back as recommended, or from locking their seat-back in the desired position.

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In either situations, we strongly recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front passenger seat, move the front seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or you may wish to get a smaller child seat.

Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates.

Always place a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, not the front.

Protecting Small Children Child Seat Type

A child who is at least 1 year old, and who fits within the child seat maker’s weight and height limits, should be restrained in a forward-facing, upright child seat.

Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a five point harness system as shown.

We also recommend that a small child use the child seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat.

Child Seat Placement

We strongly recommend placing a forward-facing child seat in a back seat, not the front.

Placing a f orward-f acing child seat in the f ront seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s airbag can be hazardous.

If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating airbag can strike the child with enough force to cause very serious or fatal injuries.

If it is necessary to put a forward facing child seat in the front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child seat is firmly secured to the vehicle and the child is properly strapped in the seat.

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Protecting Infants and Small Children, Selecting a Child Seat

Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbag inflates.

If you must place a forward facing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, and properly restrain the child.

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.

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 rear seats.

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Since LATCH-compatible child seats are easier to install and reduce the possibility of improper installation, we recommend selecting this style.

We also recommend selecting a LATCH-compatible seat with a rigid, rather than a flexible, anchor (see page

36

).

In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCH compatible 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 Saf ety Standard 213.

Look for FMVSS 213 or CMVSS 213 on the box.

2.

The child seat should be of the proper type and size to f it the child.

Rear-facing for infants, forward facing for small children.

3.

The child seat should f it 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.

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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 f irmly 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 a rear facing child seat.

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Installing a Child Seat with LATCH

Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) at the rear 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 indicated by a small button above the anchor point.

LOWER ANCHOR MARKS LOWER ANCHORS

To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: 1.

Move the seat belt buckle or tongue away from the lower anchors.

2.

Make sure there are no objects near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors.

Rigid type

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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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.

Route the tether strap over the top of the seat-back, making sure the strap is not twisted.

6.

Locate the appropriate anchor cover, and pull it down and out to expose the tether anchor.

Installing a Child Seat

7.

Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the strap as instructed by the child seat maker.

8.

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.

2.

To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor.

3.

After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps.

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Installing a Child Seat with a Tether TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT COVER

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 firmly secured 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.

A child seat with a tether can be installed in either seating position in the back seat, using one of the anchorage points.

Since a tether can provide additional security to the lap/shoulder belt installation, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available.

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Installing a Child Seat

After properly securing the child seat, route the tether strap over the seat-back, then follow steps 6, 7, and 8 on page

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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 child age 12 or under to sit in front can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates.

If a 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

To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself: 1.

Does the child sit all the way back against the seat?

2.

Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat?

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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?

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.

Using a Booster Seat

A child who has outgrown a forward facing 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 to drive.

Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster seat meets federal safety standards (see page

34

) and that you follow the booster seat maker’s instructions.

If a child who uses a booster seat must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly.

A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of their ears are even with the top of the vehicle’s or booster’s seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster seat.

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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.

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 injuries.

Of course, children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in front, there are other important factors you should consider.

Physical Size

Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit (see page

41

). 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.

Maturity

To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly, and wearing the seat belt properly throughout a ride.

If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Carefully read the owner’s manual, and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information.

Move the vehicle seat to the rear most position.

Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor.

Check that the child’s seat belt is properly and securely positioned.

Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly.

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Additional Saf ety Precautions Do not let a child wear a seat belt across the neck.

in serious neck injuries during a crash.

This could result

Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back or under the arm.

This could cause very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured.

Two children should never use the same seat belt.

could be very seriously injured in a crash.

If they do, they

Do not put any accessories on a seat belt.

Devices intended to improve a child’s comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can make the belt less effective and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.

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Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Your vehicle’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. You should have no problem with carbon monoxide entering the vehicle in normal driving if you maintain your vehicle properly.

Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever: The vehicle is raised for an oil change.

You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust.

The vehicle was in an accident that may have damaged the underside.

Carbon monoxide gas is toxic.

Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and even kill you.

Avoid any enclosed areas or activities that expose you to carbon monoxide.

High levels of carbon monoxide can collect rapidly in enclosed areas, such as a garage. Do not run the engine with the garage door closed.

Even with the door open, run the engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage.

With the hatch open, airflow can pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the hatch open, open all the windows, and set the climate control system as shown below.

If you must sit in your parked vehicle with the engine running, even in an unconfined area, adjust the climate control system as follows: 1.

Select the fresh air mode.

2.

Select the mode.

3.

Turn the fan on high speed.

4.

Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting.

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These labels are in the locations shown. They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury or death.

If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S.

dashboard label, which is removed by the owner), contact your dealer for a replacement.

RADIATOR CAP HOOD 46 DASHBOARD

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U.S. models Canadian models

DOORJAMB

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Safety Labels

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Instruments and Controls

This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your vehicle. All the essential controls are within easy reach.

Control Locations ...........................

.

50

Instrument Panel ............................

.

51

Instrument Panel Indicators ..........

.

52

Gauges .............................................

Odometer .....................................

.

.

57 57

Trip Meter Fuel Gauge ...................................

.

57

..................................

.

58

Temperature Gauge ...................

.

58

Check Fuel Cap Indicator ..........

.

58

Controls Near the Steering Wheel ...........................................

.

59

.

60

Turn Signal and Headlights ...........

.

61

Instrument Panel Brightness ........

.

62

Hazard Warning Button .................

.

62

Rear Window Defogger .................

.

62

Steering Wheel Adjustment ..........

.

63

Keys and Locks ...............................

.

64

Immobilizer System ........................

.

65

Ignition Switch ................................

.

66

Door Locks, Power Door/Hatch Locks .........

.

67

Hatch ............................................

Remote Transmitter .......................

.

.

68

69

Seats .................................................

Seat Heaters ....................................

.

.

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74

Cargo Area Cover ...........................

.

Power Windows Moonroof ..............................

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.

Mirrors .............................................

Parking Brake .................................

.

.

Interior Convenience Items ...........

.

Beverage Holders .......................

.

Accessory Power Sockets ..........

.

Console Compartment ...............

.

Glove Box ....................................

Vanity Mirror ..............................

.

.

Coat Hook ....................................

Interior Lights .................................

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79 79

81

82

83 83

84 84

85 85

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DOOR AND HATCH LOCK SWITCH (P.

67

) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.

80 )

INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS(P.

51

) GAUGES (P.

57 )

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.

88

) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.

77 )

FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HANDLE (P.

134 )

AUDIO SYSTEM (P.

92 )

SHIFT LEVER (P.

148

,

151 )

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.

135

) PARKING BRAKE (P.

81

)

AT model is shown.

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ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.

53 )

HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.

54

) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.

52 )

CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR (P.

55 )

(P.

54 )

SIDE AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.

52 )

TURN SIGNAL AND HAZARD WARNING INDICATOR (P.

54 )

IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.

54

) SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.

56

) SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR (P.

52

) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR

(P.

53 )

MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.

217

) LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.

55

) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.

53 ,

216

) DOOR-OPEN INDICATOR (P.

54

) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.

53

,

216 )

* The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text.

SELECT/RESET KNOB (P.

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The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your vehicle.

Seat Belt Reminder Indicator

This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 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 do not fasten your seat belt, the beeper will stop after a few seconds but the indicator stays on.

Both the indicator and the beeper stay off if you fasten your seat belt before turning on the ignition switch.

If you continue driving without fastening your seat belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes again at regular intervals.

Supplemental Restraint System Indicator

This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags.

This indicator will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system, or automatic seat belt tensioners. For more information, see page

26

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U.S.

Canada Side Airbag Of f Indicator

This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 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

27

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U.S.

Canada Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator

This indicator has two functions: 1.

It comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It is a reminder to check the parking brake. Driving with the parking brake not fully released can damage the brakes and tires.

2.

If it remains lit after you fully release the parking brake while the engine is running, or if it comes on while driving, there could be a problem with the brake system. For more information, see page

218

.

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator

This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, and when the ignition switch is turned to the START (III) position. 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 the indicator on, your vehicle still has normal braking ability but no anti lock brakes. For more information, see page

159

.

Charging System Indicator

If this indicator comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged. For more information, see page

216

.

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

216

.

See page

Malf unction Indicator Lamp

217

.

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Instrument Panel Indicators

Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators

The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If an indicator does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see page signaling.

186

). Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are When you press the hazard warning button, both turn signal indicators and all turn signals on the outside of the vehicle flash.

Cruise Control Indicator

Only on models equipped with Cruise Control System This indicator comes on when you set the cruise control. See page

127

for information on operating the cruise control.

Door and Hatch Open Indicator

This indicator comes on if either door or the hatch is not closed tightly.

High Beam Indicator

This indicator comes on with the high beam headlights. For more information, see page

61

.

On Canadian models, this indicator comes on with reduced brightness when the daytime running lights (DRL) are on (see page

61

).

Immobilizer System Indicator

This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It will go off if you have inserted a properly-coded ignition key. If it is not a properly-coded key, the indicator will blink and the engine will not start (see page

65

).

This indicator also blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from the ON (II) position to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position.

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Instrument Panel Indicators

Daytime Running Lights Indicator

Canadian models only This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position 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.

Washer Level Indicator

Canadian models only This indicator comes on when the washer fluid level is low. Add washer fluid when you see this indicator come on (see page

179

).

Low Fuel Indicator

This indicator comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon.

When the indicator comes on, there is about 1.9 US gal (7.5 ) of fuel remaining in the tank before the reading reaches E. There is a small reserve of fuel remaining in the tank when the reading does reach E.

Maintenance Required Indicator

This indicator reminds you that it is time to take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance.

Refer to the maintenance schedule for normal and severe driving conditions on pages

169

and

170

.

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 the ON (II) position.

Between 8,000 miles (12,800 km) and 10,000 miles (16,000 km), it will come on for 2 seconds when you first turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, and then flash for 10 seconds.

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Instrument Panel Indicators

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 done by someone other than your dealer, reset the indicator as follows.

1.

Turn off the engine.

SELECT/RESET KNOB Security System Indicator

2.

Press and hold the select/reset knob in the instrument panel, then turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position.

3.

Hold the knob for about seconds until the indicator goes off.

10

SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR

This indicator comes on when the security system is set. See page

126

for more information on the security system.

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Gauges

TEMPERATURE GAUGE TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER FUEL GAUGE

can keep track of two different distances.

To reset a trip meter, display it and then press and hold the select/reset knob until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’.

ODOMETER/TRIP METER 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.

Trip Meter SELECT/RESET KNOB

This meter shows the number of miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada) driven since you last reset it.

There are two trip meters: Trip A and Trip B. The odometer and the two trip meters use the same display.

Switch between these displays and the odometer by pressing the select/ reset knob repeatedly. Each trip meter works independently, so you

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Table of Contents Fuel Gauge

This shows how much fuel you have.

It may show slightly more or less than the actual amount. The needle returns to the bottom after you turn off the ignition.

Avoid driving with an extremely low f uel level. Running out of f uel could cause the engine to misf ire, damaging the catalytic converter.

Temperature Gauge

This shows the temperature of the engine’s coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise from the bottom white mark to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill driving, the pointer may rise to near the upper white mark. If it reaches the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. Turn to page

214

for instructions and precautions on checking the engines cooling system.

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 until it clicks at least once. When you restart the engine, the message appears again. To clear the message, press and hold the select/reset knob until the message is replaced on the odometer/trip meter display.

If the system still detects a loose or missing fuel fill cap, the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) comes on.

Turn the engine off, and check or retighten the fuel fill cap until it clicks at least once. 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

217

.

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(P.

60 )

HAZARD WARNING BUTTON

(P.

62 )

Controls Near the Steering Wheel

REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER

(P.

62 )

CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH

2 (P.

127 )

MOONROOF SWITCH

2

(P.

79 )

HORN

1

HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P.

61

) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT (P.

63

)

* * 1 : 2 : To use the horn, press the center pad on the steering wheel.

If equipped.

INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.

62

) CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS

(P.

128

)

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Windshield Wipers and Washers

Windshield Wiper

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

MIST OFF INT LO HI − − − Intermittent Low speed High speed Windshield washers Push the right lever up or down to select a position.

MIST

− The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever.

60 OFF

− The wipers are not activated.

INT

− The length of the wiper interval is varied automatically according to the vehicle’s speed.

Vary the delay by turning the INT TIME ring. If you turn it to the shortest delay, the wipers will change to low speed operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h).

Rear Window Wiper and Washer LO

− The wipers run at low speed.

HI

− The wipers run at high speed.

Windshield Washers

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.

− Pull the 1.

Rotate the switch clockwise to turn the rear window wiper ON.

2.

Hold past ON to turn the rear window wiper on and to spray the rear window washer.

3.

OFF 4.

Rotate counterclockwise to turn the window wiper on and the window washer to spray.

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Turn Signal and Headlights

Turn Signal and Headlights

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Turn signal Off Parking and interior lights Headlights High beams Flash high beams

Turn Signal

− Push down on the left lever to signal a left turn and up to signal a right turn. To signal a lane change, push lightly on the lever, and hold it. The lever will return to center when you release it or complete a turn.

Headlights

− Turning the 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 ‘‘ you will hear a reminder beeper when you open the driver’s door.

’’ position turns on the headlights. If you leave the lights on with the key removed from the ignition switch,

High Beams

− To turn on the high beams, push the left lever forward until it clicks. The blue high beam indicator will come on (see page

54

).

Pull it back to return to low beams.

To flash the high beams, pull the lever back lightly, then release it.

The high beams will stay on as long as you hold the lever back.

Daytime Running Lights

Canadian model only With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights come on with reduced brightness when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position 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

Instrument Panel Brightness Hazard Warning Button Rear Window Def ogger

The knob on the instrument panel controls the brightness of the instrument panel. Turn the knob to adjust the brightness.

Push the red button to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your vehicle is disabled.

The rear window defogger will clear fog, frost, and thin ice from the window. Push the defogger button to turn it on and off. The indicator in the button comes on to show the defogger is on. If you do not turn it off, the defogger will shut itself off after about 25 minutes. It also shuts off when you turn off the ignition switch. You have to turn it on again when you restart the vehicle.

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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.

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.

Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the vehicle and be seriously injured in a crash.

Adjust the steering wheel only when the vehicle is stopped.

1.

Push the lever under the steering column all the way down.

2.

Move the steering wheel so it points to your chest, not toward your face. Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and indicators.

3.

Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in position.

4.

Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down.

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Keys and Locks

KEY NUMBER TAG MASTER KEY (BLACK) VALET KEY (GREY)

The master key fits all the locks on your vehicle.

The valet key works only in the ignition and the door locks. You can keep the glove box locked when you leave your vehicle and the valet key at a parking facility.

You should have received a key number tag with your keys. You will need this key number if you ever have to get a key replaced. Use only an Acura-approved key blank.

These keys contain electronic circuits that are activated by the immobilizer system. They will not work to start the engine if the circuits are damaged.

Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity.

Do not drop the keys or set heavy objects on them.

Keep the keys away from liquids.

If they get wet, dry them immediately with a soft cloth.

The keys do not contain batteries.

Do not try to take them apart.

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Immobilizer System

The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from theft. If an improperly-coded key (or other device) is used, the engine’s fuel system is disabled.

When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, 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 the LOCK (0) position, remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position 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 lose your key and you cannot start the 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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Ignition Switch

The ignition switch has four positions: LOCK (0), ACCESSORY (I), ON (II), and START (III).

LOCK (0)

− You can insert or remove the key only in this position.

To turn the key, you must push the key in slightly. If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, the shift lever must also be in park.

If the front wheels are turned, the anti-theft lock may make it difficult to turn the key. Firmly turn the steering wheel to the left or right as you turn the key.

ACCESSORY (I)

operate the audio system and the accessory power socket in this position.

− You can

ON (II)

position when driving. Several of the indicators on the instrument panel come on as a test when you turn the ignition switch from the ACCESSORY (I) to the ON (II) position.

− This is the normal key

START (III)

− Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to the ON (II) position when you let go of the key.

You will hear a reminder beeper if you leave the key in the LOCK (0) or the 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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Door Locks, Power Door/Hatch Locks

To unlock the driver’s door from the outside, turn the key and release it.

If you turn and hold it, both doors and the hatch unlock. Both doors and the hatch unlock when you use the key in the passenger’s door.

Power Door/Hatch Locks MASTER DOOR AND HATCH LOCK SWITCH Unlock Lock

Each door has a lock tab at the top of the door. When you push down the lock tab on the driver’s door, both doors and the hatch lock. The lock tab on the passenger’s door locks and unlocks only that door. Pulling up on the driver’s door lock tab only unlocks the driver’s door.

To lock both doors and the hatch, press the master door lock switch on either door, press the lock tab down on the driver’s door, or use the key on the outside lock.

Pulling up on either master door lock switch will unlock both doors and the hatch.

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Hatch

Table of Contents Pull

To open the hatch, pull the handle, then lift up the hatch.

To close the hatch, press down on the back edge.

The hatch will not lock or unlock when the battery is disconnected.

See page

141

for cargo loading and weight limit information. Keep the hatch closed at all times while driving to avoid damaging the hatch and to prevent exhaust gas from getting into the interior. See

Monoxide Hazard

on page

Carbon

45

.

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Remote Transmitter

LED LOCK BUTTON UNLOCK BUTTON PANIC BUTTON LOCK

both doors and the hatch. You cannot lock the doors or the hatch if either door or the hatch is not fully closed or if the key is in the ignition switch.

− Press this button to lock

UNLOCK

− to unlock the driver’s door. Push it twice to unlock the passenger’s door and the hatch.

Press this button once Some exterior lights will flash each time you press the button.

The interior lights will come on when you press the UNLOCK button.

If you do not open either door or the hatch within 30 seconds, the lights fade out. If you relock the doors and the hatch with the remote transmitter before 30 seconds have elapsed, the light will go off immediately; If you do not open either door or the hatch within 30 seconds, they will automatically relock and the security system sets.

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 the ON (II) position.

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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Remote Transmitter

Replacing the Transmitter 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, place a cloth on the edge of the transmitter, and remove the upper half by carefully prying on the edge with a small flat tip screwdriver.

Insert a new battery with the facing up.

+ side Snap the two halves of the transmitter case back together.

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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See pages

13 −

15

for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs.

Make all seat adjustments before you start driving.

Seats

To adjust the seat forward and backward, pull up on the bar under the seat cushion’s front edge. Then try to move the seat to make sure it is locked in position.

To change the seat-back angle, pull up on the lever on the outside of the seat bottom.

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Seats

Table of Contents Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment

U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only

Driver’s Lumbar Support

U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only

Rear Seat Access

To get into the back seat, pull up on the seat-back adjustment lever.

The height of your driver’s seat is adjustable. Turn the dial on the outside of the seat cushion to change the height of the seat bottom.

To change the lumbar support, move the lever on the right side of the seat-back forward or backward.

Keep moving the lever forward or backward until you find a suitable position.

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Seats

RELEASE LEVER

To get out from the rear seat on the passenger’s side, push down on the release lever at the base of the seat back. The seat-back will tilt forward, and the seat will slide forward.

After a passenger gets into the back seat, push the seat-back to the upright position and push the whole seat backwards until it latches. Make sure the seat is fully latched before sitting in it.

Folding Rear Seat RELEASE TAB

The back of the rear seat folds down to give you more cargo space. Each side folds down separately. With only half the seat folded, you can still carry a passenger in the back seat.

To unlatch either side of the seat back, pull up on the release tab.

Move the seat belt out of the way and fold the seat-back down.

To lock the seat-back upright, push the seat-back firmly against its latch.

Tug on the seat-back to make sure it is latched.

Do not put any heavy items on the seat-back when it is folded.

Make sure all items in the cargo area are secured. Loose items can fly forward and cause injury if you have to brake hard (See on page

141

).

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Seat Heaters

Table of Contents SEAT HEATER SWITCHES

Do not use the seat heaters when the engine is off or when idling for a long period of time. They can drain the battery, making your vehicle hard to start.

On Canada Type-S and Premium model with leather seats Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters. The ignition switch must be in the ON (II) position to use them. Push the heater switch to turn the power on or off. The indicators will come on and remain on while the heaters are on.

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Cargo Area Cover

The cargo area cover may be removed to give you more cargo room.

1.

Open the hatch.

HOOK

2.

Push up on the sides of the cargo area cover to release the cover from the hooks.

MOUNTING PIN

3.

Pull down on the cover to remove the mounting pins from the holes in the hatch lining.

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Cargo Area Cover

Reverse this procedure to install the cargo area cover.

REFERENCE

There is a reference line on the cargo area side panel. To avoid damaging the cargo cover, remove the cover if the cargo goes above that line.

Do not place items on the cargo area cover, or stack objects higher than the top of the back seat. They could block your view and be thrown about the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop.

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Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position 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.

Power Windows

Closing a power window on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury.

Make sure your passengers are away from the windows before closing them.

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 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 window unintentionally.

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Power Windows

AUTO REVERSE

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 the driver’s Auto reverse stops sensing when the window is almost closed. You should always check that all passengers and objects are away from the window before closing it.

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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Moonroof, Mirrors

Moonroof Mirrors

Closing the moonroof on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury.

Make sure passengers are clear of the moonroof before closing it.

U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only Use the switch on the dashboard to open and close the moonroof. The ignition switch must be in the ON (II) position. Push and hold the switch to open the moonroof.

Release the switch when the moonroof reaches the desired position. To close the moonroof, press and hold the switch.

If you try to open the moonroof in below-f reezing temperatures, or when it is covered with snow or ice, you can damage the moonroof panel or motor.

TAB

Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility.

Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving.

The inside mirror has day and night positions. The night position reduces glare from headlights behind you.

Flip the tab on the bottom edge of the mirror to select the day or night position.

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Mirrors

Table of Contents Adjusting the Power Mirrors Power Mirror Heaters HEATED MIRROR BUTTON SELECTOR SWITCH

1.

Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position.

2.

Move the selector switch to L (driver’s side) or R (passenger’s side).

ADJUSTMENT SWITCH

3.

Push the appropriate edge of the adjustment switch to move the mirror right, left, up, or down.

4.

When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns off the adjustment switch so you can’t move a mirror out of position by accidentally bumping the switch.

The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, turn on the heaters by pressing the button. The indicator in the button comes on as a reminder.

Press the button again to turn the heaters off.

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Driving the vehicle with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles.

Parking Brake

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 light on the instrument panel should go out when the parking brake is fully released (see page

53

).

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Interior Convenience Items

BEVERAGE HOLDERS COAT HOOK ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET GLOVE BOX ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET

* * : U.S. models only

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Be careful when you are using the beverage holders. Spilled liquid that is very hot can scald you or your passengers. Spilled liquids can also damage the upholstery, carpeting, and electrical components in the interior.

Accessory Power Sockets

Interior Convenience Items

Push

To open the beverage holder, push the left knob and slide the cover forward.

U.S.: Standard on all models Canada: Rear power socket optional There are two accessory power sockets, one is located in the front of the center console. The other is located at the rear of the console. To use either power socket, pull up the cover.

These sockets are intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps).

To power an accessory, the ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.

These sockets will not power an automotive type cigarette lighter element.

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Interior Convenience Items

Console Compartment Push

To open the console compartment, push the right knob and slide the cover forward.

Glove Box

An open glove box can cause serious injury to your passenger in a crash, even if the passenger is wearing the seat belt.

Always keep the glove box closed while driving.

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.

U.S.: Canada: All models Premium and Type-S models only The glove box light comes on only when the instrument panel indicators are on.

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Interior Convenience Items

To use a vanity mirror on the back of the sun visor, pull up the cover.

To use this coat hook, rotate the hook down. Close it with a firm push.

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Interior Lights

Table of Contents Ceiling Light DOOR ACTIVATED Spotlights Cargo Area Light

The ceiling light has a three-position switch. In the OFF position, the light does not come on. In the center position, the ceiling light comes on when you open either door. After the doors are closed tightly, the light dims slightly, then fades out in about 30 seconds. In the ON position, the ceiling light stays on continuously.

U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only Turn on the spotlight by pushing the button next to each light. Push the button again to turn it off. You can use the spotlights at all times.

The cargo area light comes on when you open the hatch.

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Features

The heating and air conditioning system in your vehicle provides a comfortable driving environment in all weather conditions.

The standard audio system has many features. This section de scribes those features and how to use them.

Your vehicle has an anti-theft audio system that requires a code number to enable it.

The security system helps to dis courage vandalism and theft of your vehicle.

Vents, Heating, and A/C ...............

.

88

Audio System ..................................

.

92

Playing the Radio ....................

.

93 ,

106

Playing a Disc Disc Changer ..........................

.

97

,

113

..........................

.

99

,

115

Disc Player Error Messages Disc Changer .......

.

100

Error Messages Playing a Tape .......................

.

102

,

110

Setting the Clock ................

..................

.

.

101

,

119

105

,

120

Protecting Your Discs ..................

.

121

..

122

Radio Reception ............................

.

123

Radio Theft Protection .................

.

125

Security System ............................

.

126

Cruise Control ...............................

.

127

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Vents, Heating, and A/C

FAN CONTROL DIAL TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL MODE CONTROL DIAL 88 REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON RECIRCULATION BUTTON AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON

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Vents, Heating, and A/C

Automatic Operation

To use the heating and cooling system in automatic mode, set the system as follows.

1.

Set the fan control dial to AUTO.

2.

Set the mode control dial to AUTO.

3.

Turn the temperature control dial to the desired temperature.

4.

Select fresh air mode by pressing the recirculation button. The indicator in the switch should be off.

5.

Turn on the A/C by pressing the button.

To heat or cool the interior faster, select recirculation mode, and set the temperature control dial to the upper or lower limit. The system runs on full cooling or heating only.

It does not regulate the interior temperature. When the temperature is set between the lower and upper limits, the system regulates the interior temperature to the set value.

Turning the fan control dial to OFF shuts the heating and cooling system completely off. Keep the system completely off only for short periods.

To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times.

Manual Operation

You can manually set the system controls for ventilation, air conditioning, heating, airflow direction, and fan speed in various combinations.

Air Conditioning Button

Pressing the A/C button turns the air conditioning ON and OFF. The indicator in the button comes on when the A/C is ON.

When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set the dial below the outside air temperature.

With A/C on, use the temperature control dial to adjust the temperature of the air flow to a comfortable setting.

Air conditioning also removes mois ture from the air as it operates. You can use it to defog the windows quickly in cool or damp weather.

Used in combination with the heater, it also makes the interior warm and dry.

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Air conditioning places an extra load on the engine. Watch the engine coolant temperature gauge (see page

58

) when using the A/C in heavy traffic or driving up long hills. If it moves near the red zone, turn off the air conditioning until the gauge reads normally.

Recirculation Button

This button controls the source of air going into the system. When the indicator in this button is on, the system is recirculating the interior air (recirculation mode). When the indicator is off, fresh air is brought in from outside the vehicle (fresh air mode). Push the button to change between recirculated and fresh air.

Use recirculation mode to heat or cool the interior more quickly or to keep out smoke and dust. Leaving the system in the recirculation mode with the A/C off can cause the windows to fog up. Switch to fresh air mode as soon as the interior reaches a comfortable temperature or the outside smoky, dusty condition clears.

Fan Speed

You can manually select the fan speed by turning the fan speed control dial. Turning this dial clockwise increases the fan speed, which increases air flow.

When the dial is set to AUTO, the system controls the fan speed automatically.

Mode Control Dial

Use this dial to select the direction of airflow coming out of the system.

Some air will come out of the side vents in all modes.

In AUTO mode, the system controls the airflow direction automatically between the dashboard vents and the floor vents.

The main air flow comes out of the dashboard vents.

Airflow is divided between the vents in the dashboard and the floor vents.

The main air flow is directed to the floor vents.

The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and defroster vents at the base of the windshield.

The main air flow is directed to the windshield for faster defrosting or defogging. To defrost or defog, turn the temperature control dial to maximum. Select , and set the fan speed to high.

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Climate Control Sensors

When you select indicator light.

or the system automatically switches to fresh air mode and turns on the A/C.

This helps to dehumidify the air and defog the windshield. In either mode, you cannot turn the A/C off. When you switch to another mode, the A/C returns to its original setting, either on or off, as displayed by the A/C , To defrost the windows quickly, select and the maximum level.

inside the vehicle.

windows.

, and turn the fan and temperature controls to Continuous use of the recirculation mode can cause humidity to build up Once the windshield is clear, select fresh air mode to avoid fogging the

Sunlight and Temperature Sensors SUNLIGHT SENSOR

The climate control system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is in the top of the dashboard, and a temperature sensor is under the steering column. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them.

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Some models may have one of the audio systems described in this section. Read the appropriate pages in this section for operation of the audio systems installed in your vehicle.

page

93

to

105

except Type-S for all models page

106

to

120

for Type-S If your vehicle has a different audio system from these two types, read the radio manufacturer’s manual that came with your vehicle for its operation.

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Main Menu Table of Contents All models except Type-S AM/FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR SCAN INDICATOR

Playing the Radio

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To Play the Radio

The ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.

Turn the system on by pressing the PWR/VOL knob, or the AM/FM button. Adjust the volume by turning the 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 broadcast ing 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,

preset buttons, and the

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 the stations with strong signals on the selected band. To activate it, press the SCAN button, then release it. You will see SCAN in the display. The system will scan for a station with a strong signal. When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for about 5 seconds. If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play it for 5 seconds. When it plays a station that you want to listen to, press the SCAN button again.

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Preset

− Each preset button can store one frequency on AM and two frequencies on FM.

1.

2.

3.

4.

Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each preset button.

Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to tune the radio to a desired station.

Pick a preset button, and hold it until you hear a beep.

Repeat steps 1 through 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve stations on FM.

The preset frequencies will be lost if your vehicle’s battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed.

AUTO SELECT

traveling far from home and can no longer receive the stations you preset, you can use the auto select feature to find stations in the local area.

− If you are Press the A. SEL button. ‘‘A.SEL’’ will flash in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds. It stores the frequencies of six AM stations and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons.

You will see a ‘‘0’’ displayed after pressing a preset button if auto select cannot find a strong station for every preset button.

If you do not like the stations auto select has stored, you can store other frequencies on the preset buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to find stations, then store them in the preset buttons as described previously.

To turn off auto select, press the A. SEL button. This restores the presets you originally set.

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Playing the Radio

Adjusting the Sound

Press the MODE (TUNE) knob repeatedly to display the Bass (BAS), Treble (TRE), Balance (BAL), and Fader (FAD) setting.

Each mode is shown in the display as it changes. Turn the MODE (TUNE) 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 mode.

Treble/Bass

modes to adjust the tone to your liking.

− Use the TRE/BAS

Balance/Fader

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.

− These two

Audio System Lighting

You can use the instrument panel brightness control knob to adjust the illumination of the audio system (see page

62

). The audio system illuminates when the parking lights are on, even if the radio is off.

Radio Frequencies and Reception

For information, see page

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Playing a Disc

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With the ignition in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position, insert a CD into the CD slot. The drive will pull the CD in the rest of the way and begin to play it. You operate the CD player with the same controls used for the radio. The number of the track playing is shown in the display. The system will continuously play a CD until you change modes.

Do not use CDs with adhesive labels.

The label can curl up and cause the CD to jam in the unit.

To Change Tracks (SKIP)

Each time you press and release , the player skips forward to the beginning of the next track.

Press and release previous track.

and hold the or to skip backward to the beginning of the To move rapidly within a track, press . You will see CUE or REW in the display.

REPEAT

− a track, press and release the RPT button. You will see RPT in the display. Press the RPT button again to turn it off.

To continuously replay

RANDOM

− This feature plays the tracks in random order. To activate random play, press and release the RDM button. You will see RDM in the display. This continues until you press the RDM button again.

To Stop Playing a CD

Press the eject button ( the CD button.

) to remove the CD. If you eject the CD, but do not remove it from the slot, the system will automatically reload the CD after 15 seconds and put it in pause mode. To begin playing, press Press the AM/FM button to switch to the radio while a CD is playing.

Press the CD button to play the CD.

If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the CD will stay in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the CD will begin playing where it left off.

Protecting Discs

For information on how to handle and protect discs, see page

121

.

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Disc Changer

Operating the Optional CD Changer

Optional on all models A CD changer is available for your vehicle. It holds up to six CDs. You operate the CD changer with the same controls used for the in-dash CD player.

Load the desired CDs into the magazine, and load the magazine into the changer according to the instructions that came with the unit.

To select the CD changer, press the CD button. The CD and track numbers will be displayed. To select a different CD, use the preset 5 (DISC − ) or preset 6 (DISC button. If you select an empty slot in the magazine, the changer will, after finding that slot empty, try to load the CD in the next slot.

+ )

Do not use CDs with adhesive labels.

The label can curl up and cause the CD to jam in the unit.

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Disc Player Error Messages

If you see an error message in the display while playing a CD, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error message, take your vehicle to your dealer.

Message Cause FOCUS error.

Mechanical error.

High temperature.

Solution Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD.

Make sure the CD is inserted correctly into the player and is not scratched or damaged.

Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD.

Check the CD for damage or deformation.

If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error message does not disappear after the CD is ejected, consult your dealer.

This message should disappear when the temperature returns to normal.

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Disc Changer Error Messages

Optional on all models If you see an error message in the display while playing a CD, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error message, take your vehicle to your dealer.

Message Cause FOCUS error.

No CD in the CD magazine.

Mechanical error.

High temperature.

No CD magazine in the CD changer.

Solution Press the magazine eject button and pull it out, check for an error message, and insert the magazine again. If the message does not disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out, consult your dealer.

Insert a CD.

Press the magazine eject button and pull it out, check for an error message, and insert the magazine again. If the message does not disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out, consult your dealer.

This message should disappear when the temperature returns to normal.

Insert the CD magazine.

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Playing a Tape

Table of Contents All models except Type-S AM/FM BUTTON CD/TAPE BUTTON TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR POWER/ VOLUME KNOB SKIP BAR 102 REW BUTTON FF BUTTON PLAY/PROG BUTTON DOLBY BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON DOLBY INDICATOR

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To Play a Tape (Optional)

The ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II) position. Make sure the open side of the tape is facing right, then insert the tape most of the way into the slot.

The system will pull the tape in the rest of the way and begin to play it.

The tape direction indicator will come on to show you which side of the tape is playing. The ▲ indicates the side you inserted upward is now playing. If you want to play the other side, press the PLAY/PROG button.

When the player reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side.

Dolby noise reduction turns on when you insert a tape. The NR ( indicator will come on in the display. If the tape was not recorded in Dolby, turn it off by pressing the ) button. Dolby remains off until you press the NR ( ) button again.

* Dolby noise reduction is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.

To Stop Playing a Tape

To remove the tape, press the EJECT button. If you want to turn the player off, press the PWR/VOL knob or turn off the ignition. The tape will remain in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the tape will begin playing where it left off.

To switch to the radio or CD player while a tape is playing, press the AM/FM or CD/TAPE button. To change back to the tape player, press the CD/TAPE button.

Tape Search Functions FF/REW

forward.

− To rewind the tape, push the REW button. You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape, push the FF button. You will see FF displayed. Press the FF, REW, or PLAY/PROG button to take the system out of rewind or fast CONTINUED

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Table of Contents SKIP

− Press button to find the beginning of the current song or passage. Press the beginning of the next song or passage. When the system reaches the beginning of a song or passage, it begins to play it.

button to find

REPEAT

− Press the RPT button to continuously play a song or passage. You will see RPT displayed.

The track will repeat until you press the RPT button again.

NOTE:

The SKIP and REPEAT functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a song or passage. These features may not work if there is almost no gap between selections, a high noise level, or a silent period in the middle of a selection.

Caring f or the Tape and Player

Damaged tapes can jam inside the drive or cause other problems. See page

122

for information on tape care and protection.

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Setting the Clock

If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, you will need to set the clock.

Press and hold the CLOCK button.

Change the hour by pressing the H button until the numbers advance to the desired time. Change the minutes by pressing the M button until the numbers advance to the desired time. When you are finished, release the CLOCK button.

You can quickly set the time to the nearest hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing and holding the CLOCK button, then pressing the R (RESET) button sets the clock back to the previous hour.

If the displayed time is after the half hour, the clock sets forward to the beginning of the next hour.

For example: 1:06 will reset to 1:00 1:52 will reset to 2:00

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Playing the Radio

To Play the Radio

The ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.

Turn the system on by pressing the PWR/VOL knob, or the AM or FM button. Adjust the volume by turning the knob.

The band and frequency that the radio was last tuned to is displayed.

To change bands, press the AM or FM button. On the FM band, ST will be displayed if the station is broad casting 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,

preset buttons, and the

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

− searches up and down from the current frequency to find a station with a strong signal. To activate it, press the The SEEK function or SEEK button, then release it.

SCAN

− The SCAN function samples all the stations with strong signals on the selected band. To activate it, press the SCAN button, then release it. You will see SCAN in the display. The system will scan for a station with a strong signal. When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for about 5 seconds. If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play it for 5 seconds. When it plays a station that you want to listen to, press the SCAN button again.

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Playing the Radio

Preset

− Each preset button can store one frequency on AM and two frequencies on FM.

1.

2.

3.

4.

Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each preset button.

Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to tune the radio to a desired station.

Pick a preset button, and hold it until you hear a beep.

Repeat steps 1 through 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve stations on FM.

The preset frequencies will be lost if your vehicle’s battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed.

AUTO SELECT

traveling far from home and can no longer receive the stations you preset, you can use the auto select feature to find stations in the local area.

− If you are Press the A. SEL button. ‘‘A.SEL’’ will flash in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds. It stores the frequencies of six AM stations and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons.

You will see a ‘‘0’’ displayed after pressing a preset button if auto select cannot find a strong station for every preset button.

If you do not like the stations auto select has stored, you can store other frequencies on the preset buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to find stations, then store them in the preset buttons as described previously.

To turn off auto select, press the A. SEL button. This restores the presets you originally set.

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Playing the Radio

Adjusting the Sound

Press the MODE (TUNE) knob repeatedly to display the Bass (BAS), Treble (TRE), Balance (BAL), and Fader (FAD) setting.

Each mode is shown in the display as it changes. Turn the MODE (TUNE) 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 mode.

Treble/Bass

modes to adjust the tone to your liking.

− Use the TRE/BAS

Balance/Fader

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.

− These two

Audio System Lighting

You can use the instrument panel brightness control knob to adjust the illumination of the audio system (see page

62

). The audio system illuminates when the parking lights are on, even if the radio is off.

Radio Frequencies and Reception

For information, see page

123

.

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Playing a Tape

Table of Contents Type-S model POWER/VOLUME KNOB TAPE SLOT TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR REPEAT INDICATOR DOLBY INDICATOR AM BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON 110 FM BUTTON PLAY BUTTON PROG BUTTON REW BUTTON FF BUTTON CD BUTTON TAPE EJECT BUTTON SKIP BUTTONS DOLBY BUTTON TAPE BUTTON

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Playing a Tape

To Play a Tape

The ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II) position. Make sure the open side of the tape is facing right, then insert the tape most of the way into the slot.

The system will pull the tape in the rest of the way and begin to play it.

The tape direction indicator in the display comes on to show you which side of the tape is playing. The indicates the side you inserted ▲ upward is now playing. If you want to play the other side, press the PROG button. When the player reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side.

Dolby noise reduction turns on when you insert a tape. The NR ( indicator will come on in the display. If the tape was not recorded in Dolby, turn it off by pressing the ) button. Dolby remains off until you press the NR ( ) button again.

* Dolby noise reduction is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.

To Stop Playing a Tape

To remove the tape, press the EJECT button. If you want to turn the player off, press the PWR/VOL knob or turn off the ignition. The tape will remain in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the tape will begin playing where it left off.

To switch to the radio or CD changer while listening to a tape, press the AM, FM, or CD button. To change back to the tape player, press the TAPE button.

Tape Search Functions FF/REW

− To rewind the tape, push the REW button. You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape, push the FF button. You will see FF displayed. Press the FF, REW, PLAY, or PROG button to take the system out of rewind or fast forward.

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− Press the button to find the beginning of the current song or passage. Press the the beginning of the next song or passage. When the system reaches the beginning of a song or passage, it begins to play it.

button to find

REPEAT

− Press the RPT button to continuously play a song or passage. You will see RPT displayed.

The track will repeat until you press the RPT button again.

NOTE:

The SKIP and REPEAT functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a song or passage. These features may not work if there is almost no gap between selections, a high noise level, or a silent period in the middle of a selection.

Caring f or the Tape and Player

Damaged tapes can jam inside the drive or cause other problems. See page

122

for information on tape care and protection.

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Playing a Disc

Type-S model RANDOM INDICATOR CD SLOT LOAD BUTTON POWER/VOLUME KNOB REPEAT BUTTON RANDOM BUTTON FM BUTTON AM BUTTON CD BUTTON REPEAT INDICATOR CD EJECT BUTTON SKIP BUTTONS 113

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With the ignition in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position, insert a CD into the CD slot. The drive will pull the CD in the rest of the way and begin to play it. You operate the CD player with the same controls used for the radio. The number of the track playing is shown in the display. The system will continuously play a CD until you change modes.

Do not use CDs with adhesive labels.

The label can curl up and cause the CD to jam in the unit.

To Change Tracks (SKIP)

Each time you press and release , the player skips forward to the beginning of the next track.

Press and release previous track.

and hold the or to skip backward to the beginning of the To move rapidly within a track, press . You will see CUE or REW in the display.

REPEAT

− a track, press and release the RPT button. You will see RPT in the display. Press the RPT button again to turn it off.

To continuously replay Pressing either of the SKIP buttons also turns off the repeat feature.

RANDOM

− This feature plays the tracks in random order. To activate random play, press and release the RDM button. You will see RDM in the display. This continues until you press the RDM button again.

To Stop Playing a CD

Press the eject button ( the CD button.

) to remove the CD. If you eject the CD, but do not remove it from the slot, the system will automatically reload the CD after 15 seconds and put it in pause mode. To begin playing, press Press the AM/FM button to switch to the radio while a CD is playing.

Press the CD button to play the CD.

If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the CD will stay in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the CD will begin playing where it left off.

Protecting Discs

For information on how to handle and protect discs, see page

121

.

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Disc Changer

Operating the CD Changer

Your vehicle’s audio system has an in-dash CD changer that holds up to six CDs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment. You operate this CD changer with the same controls used for the radio and tape player.

To load CDs or operate the CD changer, the ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.

Load and play only standard round CDs. Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems.

You cannot load and play 3-inch (8 cm) CDs in this system.

Do not use CDs with adhesive labels.

The label can curl up and cause the CD to jam in the unit.

Loading CDs in the Changer

To load multiple CDs in one operation: 1.

Press and hold the load button until you see ‘‘LOAd’’ in the display, then release the button.

2.

On the upper left side of the display, the CD number for an empty position will begin blinking and the green CD loaded indicator will come on.

3.

Insert the CD into the CD slot.

Insert it only about halfway; the drive will pull it in the rest of the way. You will see ‘‘BUSY’’ in the display. The CD loaded indicator turns red and blinks as the CD is loaded.

4.

When LOAd appears again in the display, insert the next CD into the CD slot.

5.

Repeat this until all six positions are loaded. The system will then begin playing last CD loaded.

If you are not loading CDs into all six positions, press the Load button again after the last CD has loaded.

The system will begin playing the last CD loaded.

If you stop loading CDs before all six positions are filled, and you do not press the load button, the system will wait for 10 seconds, then stop the load operation and begin playing the last CD loaded.

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To load a single CD: 1.

Press and release the load button.

2.

When the CD number for an empty position starts to blink and the green CD loaded indicator comes on, you will see LOAd in the display. Insert the CD into the CD slot. Insert it only about halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way.

3.

The system will load the CD and begin playing it.

If you press the load button while a CD is playing, the system will stop playing that CD and start the loading sequence. It will then play the CD just loaded.

You can also load a CD into an empty position while a CD is playing by pressing the appropriate preset button. Select an empty position (the CD loaded indicator is off), and press the preset button for that position (1 to 6). The system will stop playing the current CD and start the loading sequence. It will then play the CD just loaded.

Operation

Select the CD changer by pressing the CD button. You will see ‘‘Cd’’ in the display. The system will begin playing the last selected CD in the CD changer. You will see the CD and track numbers displayed.

When that CD ends, the next CD in the CD changer is loaded and played.

After the last CD finishes, the system returns to CD 1.

To select a different CD, press the appropriate Preset button (1 − you select an empty position in the CD changer, the system will go into the loading sequence (see page 6). If

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You can use the SKIP buttons while a CD is playing to select passages and change tracks.

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To move rapidly within a track, press and hold the appropriate SKIP button. You will hear a beep and the system will continue to move. Press the the ○ ○ button to move forward, or button to move backward.

Release the button when the system reaches the point you want.

Each time you press the track. Press and release the button and release it, the system skips forward to the beginning of the next button to skip backward to the beginning of the current track. Press and release it again to skip to the beginning of the previous track.

REPEAT

− To activate the repeat feature, press and release the RPT button. You will see RPT in the display as a reminder. The system continuously replays the current track. Press the RPT button again to turn it off. Pressing either of the SKIP buttons also turns off the repeat feature.

RANDOM PLAY

− This feature, when activated, plays the tracks within a CD in random order, rather than in the order they are recorded on the CD. To activate random play, press the RDM button. You will see RDM in the display. The system will then select and play tracks randomly.

This continues until you deactivate random play by pressing the RDM button again, or you select a different CD with a preset button.

To take the system out of CD mode, press the AM or FM button, or insert a tape in the player. If a tape is already in the tape player, press the TAPE button. When you return to CD mode by pressing the CD button, play will continue at the same point that it left off.

If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or the ignition switch, play will continue at the same point when you turn it back on.

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Table of Contents Removing CDs f rom the Changer

To remove the CD that is currently playing, press the eject button. You will see ‘‘EJEC’’ in the display. When you remove the CD from the slot, the system automatically begins the load sequence so you can load another CD in that position. If you do not load another CD, after 10 seconds the system begins playing the next CD in the changer. If the changer is empty, the system selects the previous mode (AM, FM, or tape).

If you do not remove the CD from the slot, the system will reload the CD after 15 seconds and put the CD changer in pause mode. To begin playing the CD, press the CD button.

To remove a different CD from the changer, first select it with the appropriate preset button. When that CD begins playing, press the eject button.

If you press the eject button while listening to the radio or tape, or with the audio system turned off, the CD that was last selected is ejected.

After that CD is ejected, pressing the eject button again will eject the next CD in the numerical order. By doing this six times, you can remove all the CDs from the changer.

In any mode, if you press the eject button and hold it until you hear a beep, the system will eject all of the CDs in the changer.

You can also eject CDs when the ignition switch is off. The CD that was last selected is ejected first. You can eject up to six CDs, one at a time.

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If you see an error message in the display while playing a CD, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error message, take your vehicle to your dealer.

Message Cause Disc changer malfunction.

High temperature.

Disc changer malfunction.

Disc Changer Error Messages

Solution Consult your dealer.

This message should disappear when the temperature returns to normal.

Consult your dealer.

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Setting the Clock

If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, you will need to set the clock.

Press and hold the CLOCK button.

Change the hour by pressing the H button until the numbers advance to the desired time. Change the minutes by pressing the M button until the numbers advance to the desired time. When you are finished, release the CLOCK button.

You can quickly set the time to the nearest hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing and holding the CLOCK button, then pressing the R (RESET) button sets the clock back to the previous hour.

If the displayed time is after the half hour, the clock sets forward to the beginning of the next hour.

For example: 1:06 will reset to 1:00 1:52 will reset to 2:00

Type-S model CLOCK BUTTON 120 HOUR BUTTON MINUTE BUTTON RESET BUTTON

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Protecting Your Discs

General Inf ormation

When using CD-R or CD-RW discs, use only high quality CDs labeled for audio use.

When recording a CD-R or CD-RW, the recording must be closed for it to be used by the system.

Play only standard round CDs.

Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems.

Handle your CDs properly to prevent damage and skipping.

Protecting CDs

When a CD is not being played, store it in its case to protect it from dust and other contamination. To prevent warpage, keep CDs out of direct sunlight and extreme heat.

To clean a CD, use a clean soft cloth.

Wipe across the CD from the center to the outside edge.

A new CD may be rough on the inner and outer edges. The small plastic pieces causing this roughness can flake off and fall on the re cording surface of the CD, causing skipping or other problems. Remove these pieces by rubbing the inner and outer edges with the side of a pencil or pen.

Never try to insert foreign objects in the CD player or the CD changer.

Handle a CD by its edges; never touch either surface. Do not place stabilizer rings or labels on the CD.

These, along with contamination from fingerprints, liquids, and felt-tip pens, can cause the CD to not play properly or possibly jam in the drive.

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Caring for the Tape and Player

Caring f or the Tape and Player

The tape player picks up dirt and oxides from the tape. This contamination build up over time and causes the sound quality to degrade.

To prevent this, you should clean the player after every 30 hours of use.

If you do not clean the tape player regularly, it may eventually become impossible to remove the contamination with a normal cleaning kit. Your dealer has a cleaning kit available.

Use 100-minute or shorter tapes.

Tapes longer than that may break or jam the drive.

If the tape is loose, tighten it by turning the hub with a pencil or your finger. If the label is peeling off, remove it or it could cause the tape to jam in the player. Never try to insert a warped or damaged tape in the player.

Store tapes in their cases to protect them from dust and moisture. Never place tapes where they will be exposed to direct sunlight, high heat, or high humidity. If a tape is exposed to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a moderate temperature before inserting it into the player.

Never try to insert foreign objects into the tape player.

Type-S only If you see the error indication ‘‘ ’’ on the display, press the EJECT button to remove the tape from the unit. Make sure the tape is not damaged. If the tape will not eject or the error indication stays on after the tape ejects, take the vehicle to your dealer.

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Radio Reception

Radio Frequencies

Your vehicle’s radio can receive the complete AM and FM bands.

Those bands cover these frequen cies: 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 10 kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550).

Stations on the FM band are assigned frequencies at least 0.2

megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3).

Stations must use these exact frequencies. It is fairly common for stations to round-off the frequency in their advertising, so your radio could display a frequency of 100.9 even though the announcer may identify the station as ‘‘FM101.’’

Radio Reception

How well your vehicle’s radio receives stations is dependent on many factors, such as the distance from the station’s transmitter, nearby large objects, and atmospheric conditions.

A radio station’s signal gets weaker as you get farther away from its transmitter. If you are listening to an AM station, you will notice the sound volume becoming weaker and the station drifting in and out. If you are listening to an FM station, you will see the stereo indicator flickering off and on as the signal weakens.

Eventually, the stereo indicator will go off and the sound will fade completely as you get out of range of the station’s signal.

Driving very near the transmitter of a station that is broadcasting on a frequency close to the frequency of the station you are listening to can also affect your radio’s reception.

You may temporarily hear both stations, or hear only the station you are close to.

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Radio Reception

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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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.

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Radio Theft Protection

Thef t Protection

Your vehicle’s audio system will disable itself if it is disconnected from electrical power for any reason.

To make it work again, you must enter a specific five-digit code in the preset buttons. Because there are hundreds of number combinations possible from five-digits, making the system work without knowing the exact code is nearly impossible.

You should have received a card that lists your audio system’s code number and serial number. It is best to store this card in a safe place at home. In addition, you should write the audio system’s serial number in this owner’s manual. If you lose the card, you must obtain the code number from your 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 located on the radio code card included in your owner’s manual kit. When it is entered correctly, the radio will start playing.

If you make a mistake entering the code, do not start over; complete the five-digit sequence, then enter the correct code. You have 10 tries to enter the correct code. If you are unsuccessful in 10 attempts, you must then leave the system on for 1 hour before trying again.

If the code card is lost, your dealer can access your code with your radio’s serial number. To access the serial number, turn the radio on. It must display ‘‘COdE’’, then turn the radio off. Push the preset 1, preset 6, and power buttons at the same time, then quickly release.

You will have to store your favorite stations in the preset buttons after the system begins working. Your original settings were lost when the power was disconnected.

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Security System

The security system helps to protect your vehicle and valuables from theft.

The horn sounds and a combination of headlights, parking lights, side marker lights, and taillights flash if someone attempts to break into your vehicle. This alarm continues for 2 minutes, then the alarm stops. To reset an alarming system before the 2 minutes have elapsed, unlock either door with the key or the remote transmitter.

The security system sets automatically, 15 seconds after you lock the doors, hood, and hatch. The security system indicator starts blinking immediately to show you the system is setting itself.

SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR

Once the security system is set, opening either door (without using the key or the remote transmitter), or the hood, will cause it to alarm. It also alarms if the radio is removed from the dashboard or the wiring is cut.

The security system will not set if the hood, hatch, or either door is not fully closed. If the system will not set, check the Door and Hatch Open Indicator on the instrument panel (see page

54

), to see if the doors and the hatch are fully closed. Since it is not part of the monitor display, manually check the hood.

Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it.

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U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only 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.

Improper use of the cruise control can lead to a crash.

Use the cruise control only when traveling on open highways in good weather.

Cruise Control

Using the Cruise Control CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH

1.

Push in the cruise control master switch. The indicator in the switch will come on.

2.

Accelerate to the desired cruising speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).

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Table of Contents RESUME/accel CANCEL SET/decel

3.

Press and release the SET/decel button on the steering wheel. The CRUISE CONTROL 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 RESUME/accel button.

The CRUISE CONTROL indicator on the instrument panel will come back on.

When climbing a steep hill, the automatic transmission may downshift to hold the set speed.

Changing the Set Speed

You can increase the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the RESUME/ accel button. When you reach the desired cruising speed, release the button.

Push on the accelerator pedal.

Accelerate to the desired cruising speed, and press the SET/decel button.

To increase your speed in very small amounts, tap the RESUME/ accel button. Each time you do this, your vehicle will speed up about 1 mph (1.6 km/h).

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Cruise Control

You can decrease the set cruising speed in any of these ways:

NOTE:

If you need to decrease your speed quickly, use the brakes as you normally would.

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 slows 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 the cruise control turned on, you can still use the accelerator pedal to speed up for passing. After completing the pass, take your foot off the accelerator pedal. The vehicle will return to the set cruising speed.

Resting your foot on the brake or clutch pedal causes the cruise control to cancel.

Canceling 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 switch.

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Table of Contents Resuming the Set Speed

When you push the CANCEL button, or tap the brake or clutch pedal, the system will remember the previously set cruising speed. To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h) and then press and release the RESUME/accel button.

The CRUISE CONTROL indicator comes on. The vehicle will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before.

Pressing the cruise control master switch turns the system completely off and erases the previous cruising speed.

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Before Driving

Before you begin driving your vehicle, you should know what gasoline to use and how to check the levels of important fluids. You also need to know how to properly store luggage or packages. The information in this section will help you. If you plan to add any accessories to your vehicle, please read the information in this section first.

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Oil Check ....................................

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General Precautions

Type-S model Your vehicle is designed to give you optimum handling and performance on well-maintained roads. As part of this design, your vehicle has a minimum of ground clearance.

Use caution if you drive your vehicle on very rough or rutted roads. You could damage the suspension and underbody by bottoming out. Going too fast over parking lot ‘‘speed bumps’’ can also cause damage.

Curbs and steep inclines could damage the front and rear bumpers. Low curbs that do not affect the average vehicle may be high enough to hit the bumper on your vehicle. The front or rear bumper may scrape when trying to drive onto an incline, such as a steep driveway or trailer ramps.

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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.

Avoid hard braking for the first 200 miles (300 km).

Do not change the oil until the scheduled maintenance time.

Do not tow a trailer.

You should also follow these recommendations with an overhauled or exchanged engine, or when the brakes are replaced.

Fuel Recommendation

All models except Type-S Your vehicle is designed to operate on unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 87 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise that can lead to engine damage.

Type-S Your vehicle is designed to operate on premium unleaded gasoline with a pump octane of 91 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause occasional metallic knocking noises in the engine and will result in decreased engine performance. Use of a gasoline with a pump octane less than 87 can lead to engine damage.

All models We recommend gasoline containing detergent additives that help prevent fuel system and engine deposits.

In addition, in order to maintain good performance, fuel economy, and emissions control, we strongly recommend, in areas where it is available, the use of gasoline that does NOT contain manganese-based fuel additives such as MMT.

Use of gasoline with these additives may adversely affect performance, and cause the malfunction indicator lamp on your instrument panel to come on. If this happens, contact your dealer for service.

Some gasoline today is blended with oxygenates such as ethanol or MTBE. Your vehicle is designed to operate on oxygenated gasoline containing up to 10 percent ethanol by volume and up to 15 percent MTBE by volume. Do not use gasoline containing methanol.

If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline.

For further important fuel-related information, please refer to your

Quick Start Guide

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Service Station Procedures

Ref ueling Pull

1.

Park with the driver’s side of the vehicle closest to the service station pump.

2.

Open the fuel fill door by pulling on the handle to the left of the driver’s seat.

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.

Put the attachment on the fuel fill cap into the slit on the fuel fill door.

4.

Stop filling the tank after the fuel nozzle automatically clicks off. Do not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. Leave some room for the fuel to expand with temperature changes.

If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off even though the tank is not full, there may be a problem with your vehicle’s fuel vapor recovery system. The system helps keep fuel vapors from going into the atmosphere. Consult your dealer.

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5.

Screw the fuel fill cap back on until it clicks at least once. If you do not properly tighten the cap, the malfunction indicator lamp may come on (see page will also see a ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message on the odometer display.

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Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches.

Opening and Closing the Hood LATCH HOOD RELEASE HANDLE

1.

Park the vehicle, and set the parking brake. Pull the hood release handle located under the lower left corner of the dashboard.

The hood will pop up slightly.

2.

Put your fingers under the front edge of the hood just to left of center. Lift up the hood latch handle until it releases the hood.

Lift up the hood.

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Service Station Procedures

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.

SUPPORT ROD

3.

Pull the support rod out of its clip, and insert the end into the designated 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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Service Station Procedures

Engine Coolant Check RESERVE TANK UPPER MARK LOWER MARK MAX MIN

Wait a few minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil.

1.

Remove the dipstick (orange tab).

2.

Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or paper towel.

3.

Insert it all the way back in its tube.

4.

Remove the dipstick again, and check the level. It should be between the upper and lower marks.

If it is near or below the lower mark, see

Adding Engine Oil

on page

174

.

Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines. If it is below the MIN line, see

Engine Coolant

information on adding the proper coolant.

on page

177

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Service Station Procedures, Fuel Economy

Refer to

Owner’s Maintenance Checks

about checking other items on your vehicle.

on page

168

for information

Improving Fuel Economy

Always maintain your vehicle according to the maintenance schedule. See

Owner’s Maintenance Checks

on page

168

.

For example, an underinflated tire causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’ which uses more fuel.

The build-up of snow or mud on your vehicle’s underside adds weight and rolling resistance.

Frequent cleaning helps your fuel mileage and reduces the chance of corrosion.

Drive moderately. Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering, and hard braking use more fuel.

Always drive in the highest gear possible.

Try to maintain a constant speed.

Every time you slow down and speed up, your vehicle uses extra fuel. 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.

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Accessories and Modifications

Modifying your vehicle, or installing some non-Acura 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 Acura 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-Acura accessories may fit on your vehicle, they may not meet factory specifications, and could adversely affect your vehicle’s handling and stability.

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.

Before installing any accessory: Make sure the accessory does not obscure any lights, or interfere with proper vehicle operation or performance.

Be sure electronic accessories do not overload electrical circuits (see page

220

) or interfere with proper 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

Modif ying Your Vehicle

Removing parts from your vehicle, or replacing components with non Acura components could seriously affect your vehicle’s handling, stability, and reliability.

Some examples are: Lowering your vehicle with a non-Acura suspension kit that significantly reduces ground clearance can allow the undercarriage to hit speed bumps or other raised objects, which could cause the airbags to deploy.

Raising your vehicle with a non Acura suspension kit can affect the handling and stability.

Non-Acura wheels, because they are a universal design, can cause excessive stress on suspension components.

Larger or smaller wheels and tires can interfere with the operation of your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and other systems.

Modifying your steering wheel or any other part of your vehicle’s safety features can make the systems ineffective.

If you plan to modify your vehicle, consult your dealer.

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Carrying Cargo

Your vehicle has several convenient storage areas: Glove box Door and seat-back pockets Cargo area 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.

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Carrying Cargo

Load Limit

The maximum load for your vehicle is 700 lbs (325 kg). This figure includes the total weight of all occupants, cargo, accessories, and the tongue weight if you are towing a trailer.

Steps for determining correct load limit: 1.

Overloading or improper loading can affect handling and stability and cause a crash in which you can be hurt or killed.

Follow all load limits and other loading guidelines in this manual.

Locate the statement, ‘‘the combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 700 lbs’’ on your vehicle’s placard.

(The placard is on the driver’s doorjamb).

2.

Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.

3.

Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from 700 lbs.

4.

The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if the maximum load is 700 lbs and there will be four 150 lb passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 100 lbs.

(700 − 600 (4 × 150) = 100 lbs) 5.

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cargo and luggage load capacity in step 4.

6.

If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, 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

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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.

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Carrying Cargo

Carrying Items in the Passenger Compartment

Store or secure all items that could be thrown around and hurt someone during a crash.

Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the seats and interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the pedals or the proper operation of the seats.

Keep the glove box closed while driving. If it is open, a passenger could injure their knees during a crash or sudden stop.

Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area

Distribute cargo evenly on the floor of the cargo area, placing the heaviest items on the bottom and as far forward as possible.

If you fold down the back seat, tie down items that could be thrown about the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop.

Do not place items on the cargo area cover, or stack objects higher than the top of the back seat. They could block your view and be thrown about the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop.

If you carry large items that prevent you from closing the hatch, exhaust gas can enter the passenger area. To avoid the possibility of

poisoning carbon monoxide

, follow the instructions on page

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Driving

This section gives you tips on starting the engine under various conditions, and how to operate the manual and automatic transmissions.

It also includes important information on parking your vehicle, the braking system, and facts you need if you are planning to tow a trailer.

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Preparing to Drive

You should do the following checks and adjustments every day 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.

3.

Check that the hatch is fully closed.

4.

Visually check the tires. If a tire looks low, use a gauge to check its pressure.

5.

Check that any items you may be carrying are stored properly or fastened down securely.

6.

7.

Check the seat adjustment (see page page

71

79

).

Check the adjustment of the inside and outside mirrors (see ).

8.

Check the steering wheel adjustment (see page

63

).

9.

Make sure the doors and the hatch are securely closed and locked.

10.

Fasten your seat belt. Check that your passengers have fastened their seat belts (see page

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11.

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Starting the Engine

1.

Apply the parking brake.

2.

In cold weather, turn off all electrical accessories to reduce the drain on the battery.

3.

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 the START (III) position 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 improperly coded key (or other device) is used, the engine’s f uel system is disabled. For more inf ormation, see page

65

.

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 still does not start, press the accelerator pedal all the way down and hold it there while starting in order to clear flooding.

If the engine still does not start, return to step 5.

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.

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Manual Transmissions

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.

Do not skip gears. When you are not shifting, do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal. This can cause your clutch to wear out faster.

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.’’ 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. To prevent serious engine and transmission damage, do not skip gears when downshifting, and do not let the engine speed go into the red zone of the tachometer.

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.

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Manual Transmissions

Recommended Shif t Points

Drive in the highest gear that lets the engine run and accelerate smoothly. This will give you the best fuel economy and effective emis sions control. The following shift points are recommended: 5-speed Shift up 1st to 2nd 2nd to 3rd 3rd to 4th 4th to 5th 6-speed Shift up 1st to 2nd 2nd to 3rd 3rd to 4th 4th to 5th 5th to 6th Normal acceleration 14 mph (23 km/h) 25 mph (40 km/h) 40 mph (64 km/h) 49 mph (79 km/h) Normal acceleration 13 mph (21 km/h) 23 mph (37 km/h) 37 mph (59 km/h) 45 mph (73 km/h) 50 mph (80 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.

The engine speed limiter only works when you upshift; engine speed is not limited during downshifts. To prevent serious engine damage during downshifts, do not skip gears, and do not let the engine speed enter the red zone of the tachometer.

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Manual Transmissions

Reverse Lockout

The 6-speed manual transmission has an electric lockout, so you cannot accidentally shift from fifth to reverse instead of sixth while the vehicle is moving. If you cannot shift to reverse when the vehicle is stopped, do this: 1.

With the clutch pedal pressed, move the shift lever to the first/ second gear side of the neutral gate, then shift to reverse.

2.

If you are still unable to shift to reverse, apply the parking brake, and turn the ignition key to the ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) position.

3.

Press the clutch pedal, and shift to reverse.

4.

With the clutch pedal still pressed, start the engine.

If you need to use this procedure to shift to reverse, your vehicle may be developing a problem. Have the vehicle checked by your dealer.

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Automatic Transmission

To shift from: P to R Do this: Press the brake pedal, then move the shift lever.

R to N N to D D to D 3 Move the shift lever.

D to N N to R R to P

SHIFT LEVER POSITION INDICATORS

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 the ON (II) position. If it flashes at any time (in any shift position), it indicates a possible problem in the transmission.

To shift from any position, move the shift lever. You cannot shift out of Park when the ignition switch is in the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I) position.

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Automatic Transmission

Park (P)

− This position mechani cally 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

Shif t Lock Release

on page

156

.

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 move the shift lever 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, slowly shift to neutral, and then 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

Shif t Lock Release

on page

156

).

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 acceleration.

− This position is simi lar to D, except only the first three gears are selected. Use D when towing a trailer in hilly terrain, or to provide engine braking when going down a steep hill. D can also keep the transmission from cycling third, fourth and fifth gears in stop-and-go driving.

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Automatic Transmission

Sequential SportShif t Mode

the shift lever in ‘‘D’’ position, you can select the Sequential SportShift Mode to shift gears; much like a manual transmission, but without a clutch pedal.

− With To enter the Sequential SportShift mode, move the shift lever further to the driver’s side. To return to ‘‘D,’’ move the shift lever to the passenger’s side.

When you move the shift lever from ‘‘D’’ to the Sequential SportShift mode, the display shows the selected gear.

Up shift

Down shift

In Sequential SportShift mode, each time you push forward on the shift lever, the transmission will shift to a higher gear. Pull back on the lever to downshift. The number of the gear selected is displayed on the instrument panel (see page

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).

When you accelerate away from a stop, the transmission will be in first gear. The transmission will not automatically upshift. Watch the tachometer and upshift manually before the engine reaches redline.

The transmission remains in the selected gear (5, 4, 3, 2, or 1). There is no automatic downshift when you push the accelerator pedal to the floor.

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Automatic Transmission

The transmission may automatically downshift from the higher gear to the lower gear under the following conditions: The vehicle speeds drops below 5 4 5 → → → 4: 33 mph (52 km/h) 3: 20 mph (32 km/h) If you drive uphill between 4: 45 − 33 mph (72 4 − → 52 km/h) 3: 33 − 20 mph (52 − 32 km/h) If you press the brake pedal as you drive downhill.

Downshifting gives you more power when climbing or provides engine braking when going down a steep hill.

The transmission will also shift automatically as the vehicle comes to a complete stop. It will downshift to first gear when the vehicle speed is under 6 mph (10 km/h).

If you try to manually downshift at a speed that would cause the engine to exceed the redline in a lower gear, the transmission will not downshift.

The gear indicator will flash the number of the lower gear several times, then return to the higher gear.

If the vehicle speed slows to below the redline of the selected lower gear position while the indicator is flashing, the transmission will downshift and the display will show the selected lower gear.

The table shows the speed ranges for upshifting and downshifting.

To shift from 1 → 2 2 → 3 Speed range over 0 mph (0 km/h) over 6 mph (10 km/h) 3 → 4 4 → 5 over 20 mph (32 km/h) over 33 mph (52 km/h)

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To shift from 2 → 1 3 4 5 → → → 2 3 4 Speed range under 31 mph (50 km/h) under 63 mph (100 km/h) under 94 mph (150 km/h) under 131 mph (210 km/h)

Starting in Second Gear

When you are in Sequential SportShift mode, and the vehicle is stopped, push forward on the shift lever to shift to second gear. You will see ‘‘2’’ in the display. Starting out in second gear will help to reduce wheelspin in deep snow or on a slippery surface.

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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Shif t Lock Release

Do this if pushing on the brake pedal does not shift the transmission out of Park: 1.

Set the parking brake.

2.

Remove the key from the ignition switch.

3.

Put a cloth on the edge of the shift lock release slot cover. Using a small flat-tipped screwdriver or a metal fingernail file, carefully pry on the edge of the cover.

4.

Insert the key in the shift lock release slot.

5.

Push down on the key while you move the shift lever out of Park to neutral.

SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT

6.

Remove the key from the shift lock release slot. 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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Parking

Always use the parking brake when you park your vehicle. Make sure the parking brake is set firmly or your vehicle may roll if it is parked on an incline.

If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, set the parking brake before you put the transmission in Park. This keeps the vehicle from moving and putting pressure on the parking mechanism in the transmission.

Parking Tips

Make sure the moonroof (if equipped) and the windows are closed.

Turn off the lights.

Place any packages, valuables, etc.

in the cargo area or take them with you.

Lock the doors.

On vehicles with security system Check the indicator on the driver’s door to verify that the security system is set.

Never park over dry leaves, tall grass, or other flammable materials. The hot three way catalytic converter could cause these materials to catch on fire.

If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn the front wheels away from the curb. If 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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Braking System

Your vehicle is equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. A power assist helps reduce the effort needed on the brake pedal. The anti-lock brake system (ABS) helps you retain steering control when braking very hard.

Resting your foot on the pedal keeps the brakes applied lightly, builds up heat, and reduces their effectiveness.

It also keeps your brake lights on all the time, confusing drivers behind you.

Constant application of the brakes when going down a long hill builds up heat and reduces their effective ness. Use the engine to assist the brakes by taking your foot off the accelerator and downshifting to a lower gear.

Check the brakes after driving through deep water. Apply the brakes moderately to see if they feel normal. If not, apply them gently and frequently until they do. Be extra cautious in your driving.

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.

Brake Pad 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.

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Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) helps prevent the brakes from locking up, and helps you retain steering control by pumping the brakes rapidly, much faster than a person can do it.

You should never pump the brake pedal; Let the ABS work for you by always keeping firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal as you steer away from the hazard. This is sometimes referred to as ‘‘stomp and steer.’’ 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.

ABS Indicator

If the ABS indicator comes on, the anti-lock function of the braking system has shut down. The brakes still work like a conventional system, but without anti-lock. You should have the dealer inspect your vehicle as soon as possible.

If the ABS indicator comes on while driving, test the brakes as shown on page

218

.

Important Saf ety 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 f rom changing direction abruptly,

such as trying to take a corner too fast or making a sudden lane change.

ABS cannot prevent the loss of stability.

Always steer moderately when you are braking hard. Severe or sharp steering wheel movement can still cause your vehicle to veer into oncoming traffic or off the road.

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 anti lock.

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Towing a Trailer

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 section.

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 everthing in or on it must not exceed 1,000 lbs (450 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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Towing a Trailer

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 accessories, all cargo, and the tongue load is 3,725 lbs (1,690 kg).

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR):

The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle axles are 1,960 lbs (890 kg) on the front axle, and 1,830 lbs (830 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.

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.

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.

Hitches

Any hitch used on your vehicle must be properly bolted to the underbody.

Saf ety 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.

Trailer Brakes

Acura 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.

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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.

Trailer Lights

Trailer lights and equipment must comply with federal, state, province, and local regulations. Check with local trailer sales or rental agencies for requirements for the areas where you plan to tow, and use only equipment designed for your vehicle.

TAILLIGHT (RED/YELLOW) LEFT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/RED) RIGHT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/YELLOW) BRAKE LIGHT (WHITE/BLACK) BACK UP LIGHT (GREEN)

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.

GROUND (BLACK)

If you use a converter, you can get the connector and pins that mate with the connector in your vehicle from your dealer.

Your vehicle has a trailer lighting connector located behind the right side panel in the cargo area. Refer to the drawing above for the wiring color code and purpose of each pin.

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Additional Towing Equipment

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.

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.

All weights and loads are within limits.

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.

Your vehicle tires and spare are properly inflated, and the trailer tires and spare are inflated as recommended by the trailer maker.

Driving Saf ely 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 discussed below.

Towing Speeds and Gears

Drive slower than normal in all driving situations, and obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.

If you have an automatic transmission, use the D position when towing a trailer on level roads.

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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 while going up a hill, shift to D .

When driving down hills, reduce your speed and shift down to 2nd gear (manual) or D (automatic). Do not ‘‘ride’’ the brakes, and remember it will take longer to slow down and stop when towing a trailer.

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.

Handling Crosswinds and Buf f eting

Crosswinds and air turbulence caused by passing trucks can disrupt your steering and cause the trailer to sway. 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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Maintenance

This section explains why it is important to keep your vehicle well maintained and how to follow basic maintenance safety precautions.

This section also includes Maintenance Schedules for normal driving and severe driving conditions, a Maintenance Record, and instruc tions for simple maintenance tasks you may want to take care of yourself.

If you have the skills and tools to perform more complex maintenance tasks on your vehicle, you may want to purchase the service manual. See page

243

for information on how to obtain a copy, or see your dealer.

Maintenance Safety ......................

.

166

Maintenance Schedule .................

.

167

Maintenance Record ....................

.

171

Fluid Locations ..............................

.

173

Adding Engine Oil ........................

.

174

Changing the Oil and Filter .........

.

175

Engine Coolant ..............................

.

177

Windshield Washers ....................

.

179

Automatic Transmission Fluid ....

.

179

Manual Transmission Fluid Brake Fluid ........

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.

181 .

181

Clutch Fluid ..................................

.

182

Drive Belts .....................................

.

182

Power Steering Fluid ....................

.

183

Lights .............................................

Cleaning the Seat Belts ................

.

.

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191

Floor Mats .....................................

Dust and Pollen Filter ..................

.

.

191 191

Wiper Blades Tires .................................

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Checking the Battery Vehicle Storage ...................

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Maintenance Safety

All service items not detailed in this section should be performed by a certified technician or other qualified mechanic.

Important Saf ety 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 f rom engine exhaust.

Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine.

Burns f rom hot parts.

Let the engine and exhaust system cool before touching any parts.

Injury f rom moving parts.

not run the engine unless instructed to do so.

Failure to properly follow Do maintenance instructions and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed.

Always follow the procedures and precautions in this owner’s manual.

Some of the most important safety precautions are given here. However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you should perform a given task.

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Maintenance Schedule

The maintenance schedule assumes you will use your vehicle as normal transportation for passengers and their possessions. You should also follow these recommendations: Avoid exceeding your vehicle’s load limit. This puts excess stress on the engine, brakes, and many other vehicle parts. The load limit is shown on the tire information label on the driver’s doorjamb.

Operate your vehicle on reasonable roads within the legal speed limit.

Drive your vehicle regularly over a distance of several miles (kilometers).

Always use unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating (see page

133

).

Which Schedule to Follow

Service your vehicle according to the time and mileage periods on one of the maintenance schedules on the following pages.

U.S. Owners

− Follow the maintenance schedule for severe conditions if you drive your vehicle MAINLY under one or more of the following conditions.

Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip, or in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip.

Driving in 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.

Trailer towing, driving with a loaded roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions.

Driving on muddy, dusty, or de iced roads.

NOTE:

If you only OCCASIONALLY drive under a ‘‘severe’’ condition, you should follow the normal conditions maintenance schedule.

Canadian Owners

maintenance schedule for severe conditions.

− Follow the

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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 genuine Acura 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 ‘‘certif ied’’ 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 long term reliability.

Owner’s Maintenance Checks

You should check the following items at the specified intervals. If you are unsure of how to perform any check, turn to the appropriate page listed.

Engine oil level time you fill the fuel tank. See page

137

.

− Check every Engine coolant level − Check the radiator reserve tank every time you fill the fuel tank. See page

137

.

Automatic transmission − Check the fluid level monthly. See page

179

.

Brakes − Check the fluid level monthly. See page

181

.

Tires − Check the tire pressure monthly. Examine the tread for wear and foreign objects. See page

196

.

Lights − Check the operation of the headlights, parking lights, taillights, high-mount brake light, and license plate lights monthly.

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Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given).

Check engine oil and coolant miles x 1,000 km x 1,000 10 16 20 32 30 48 40 64 50 80 60 96 70 112 80 128 90 144 100 160 110 176 120 192 Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop 130 208 140 150 224 240 Check tires Replace engine oil Check inflation and condition once a month ( O r e v e r y 1 y e a r , w h i c h e v e r c o m e s f i r s t ) Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) Rotate tires (follow pattern on page

197

) Replace engine oil filter Check front and rear brakes Check parking brake adjustment Inspect the following items: Tie-rod ends, steering gear box and boots Suspension components Driveshaft boots ( O r e v e r y 1 y e a r , w h i c h e v e r c o m e s f i r s t ) Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids Exhaust system # Fuel lines and connections # Inspect drive belts Replace dust and pollen filter Replace air cleaner element Replace spark plugs Inspect valve clearance ( O r e v e r y 2 y e a r s , w h i c h e v e r c o m e s f i r s t ) ( O t h e r w i s e a d j u s t o n l y i f n o i s y ) Replace automatic transmission fluid * 1 Replace manual transmission fluid Inspect idle speed Replace engine coolant Replace brake fluid ( O r e v e r y 6 y e a r s , w h i c h e v e r c o m e s f i r s t ) Every 160,000 miles (256,000 km) At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 3 years (independent of mileage) * 1: Replace at 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 6 years, then every 90,000 miles (144,000 km) or 5 years.

# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, page

168

.

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.

Canadian owners should follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions on the next page.

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Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given).

Check engine oil and coolant miles x 1,000 km x 1,000 10 16 20 32 30 48 40 64 50 80 60 96 70 112 80 128 90 144 100 160 110 176 120 192 Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop 130 208 140 150 224 240 Check tires Replace engine oil Rotate tires (follow pattern on page Replace engine oil filter Check front and rear brakes

197 )

Check inflation and condition once a month Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or every 6 months, whichever comes first Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) Lubricate all hinges, locks, and latches Inspect the following items: Tie-rod ends, steering gear box and boots Suspension components, Driveshaft boots Check parking brake adjustment Inspect the following items: Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids ( ( O O r r e e v v e e r r y y 1 1 y y e e a a r r , , w w h h i i c c h h e e v v e e r r c c o o m m e e s s f f i i r r s s t t ) ) # Lights and controls/vehicle underbody Inspect drive belts Replace dust and pollen filter * 1 Clean and replace air cleaner element ( O r e v e r y 2 y e a r s , w h i c h e v e r c o m e s Clean every 15,000 miles (24,000 km), and replace every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) f i r s t ) (Use normal schedule except in dusty condition) Replace spark plugs Inspect valve clearance ( O t h e r w i s e a d j u s t o n l y i f n o i s y ) Replace automatic transmission fluid * 2 Replace manual transmission fluid Inspect idle speed Replace engine coolant Replace brake fluid ( O r e v e r y 3 y e a r s , w h i c h e v e r c o m e s f i r s t ) Every 160,000 miles (256,000 km) At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 3 years (independent of mileage)

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Follow the Severe Maintenance Schedule if you drive your vehicle MAINLY under one or more of the following conditions: Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip.

Driving in extremely hot [over 90°F (32°C)] conditions.

Extensive idling or long periods of stop and go driving, such as a taxi or a commercial delivery vehicle.

Trailer towing, driving with a roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions.

Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads.

Canadian Owners

Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions.

− Follow this * 1 : See dust and pollen filter on page

191

for * 2 : # : replacement information under special driving conditions.

Replace at 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 3 years, then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years.

See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, middle column, page 168 .

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Maintenance Record

(for Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page conditions (page

170

). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle.

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) or severe

5,000 mi

8,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km

45,000 mi

72,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date Date

10,000 mi

16,000 km mi/km Date

50,000 mi

80,000 km mi/km Date

15,000 mi

24,000 km

20,000 mi

32,000 km (or 1 year)

25,000 mi

40,000 km mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km

55,000 mi

88,000 km

60,000 mi

96,000 km (or 3 years)

65,000 mi

104,000 km mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km

30,000 mi

48,000 km

35,000 mi

56,000 km Date mi/km Date mi/km

70,000 mi

112,000 km

75,000 mi

120,000 km Date mi/km Date mi/km

40,000 mi

64,000 km (or 2 years) Date mi/km Date

80,000 mi

128,000 km (or 4 years) Date mi/km Date CONTINUED

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(for Normal and Severe Schedules)

85,000 mi

136,000 km

90,000 mi

144,000 km

95,000 mi

152,000 km

100,000 mi

160,000 km (or 5 years)

105,000 mi

168,000 km

110,000 mi

176,000 km

115,000 mi

184,000 km

120,000 mi

192,000 km (or 6 years) Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date

125,000 mi

200,000 km

130,000 mi

208,000 km

135,000 mi

216,000 km

140,000 mi

224,000 km (or 7 years)

145,000 mi

232,000 km

150,000 mi

240,000 km

155,000 mi

248,000 km

160,000 mi

256,000 km (or 8 years) Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date mi/km Date

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Fluid Locations

BRAKE FLUID (Gray cap) CLUTCH FLUID (Manual Transmission only) (Gray cap) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop) WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Orange tab) 173

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Adding Engine Oil

ENGINE OIL FILL CAP

Unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on the valve cover. Pour in the oil slowly and carefully so you do not spill any. Clean up any spills immediately. Spilled oil could damage components in the engine compartment.

Reinstall the engine oil fill cap, and tighten it securely. Wait a few minutes, and recheck the oil level on the engine oil dipstick. Do not fill above the upper mark; you could damage the engine.

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Oil is major contributor to your engine’s performance and longevity.

Always use a premium-grade detergent oil displaying the API Certification Seal. This seal indicates the oil is energy conserving, and that it meets the American Petroleum Institute’s latest requirements. It is highly recommended that you use Acura Precision Crafted motor oil in your vehicle.

Make sure the API Certification Seal says ‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’ The oil’s viscosity or weight is provided on the container’s label.

5W-20 oil is formulated for year round protection of your vehicle, to improve cold weather starting and fuel economy.

RSX and Premium models

API CERTIFICATION SEAL Ambient Temperature

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Adding Engine Oil, Changing the Oil and Filter

Type-S

Ambient Temperature

An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is preferred for improved fuel economy and year-round protection in your vehicle. You may use a 10W-30 oil if the temperature in your area never goes below 20°F ( − 7°C).

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 in the maintenance schedule.

Engine Oil Additives

Your vehicle does not require any oil additives. Additives may adversely affect the engine or transmission performance and durability.

Changing the Oil and Filter

Always change the oil and filter according to the recommendations in the maintenance schedule. The oil and filter collect contaminants that can damage your engine if they are not removed regularly.

Changing the oil and filter requires special tools and access from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle should be raised on a service station type hydraulic lift for this service.

Unless you have the knowledge and proper equipment, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic.

1.

Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature, then shut it off.

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WASHER OIL DRAIN BOLT

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.

OIL FILTER

3.

Remove the oil filter and let the remaining oil drain. A special wrench (available from your dealer) is required.

4.

Check the oil filter to make sure its gasket did not stick to the engine block. A stuck gasket could cause an oil leak.

5.

Install a new oil filter according to the instructions that come with it.

6.

Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt.

Tighten the drain bolt to: (RSX and Premium models)

33 lbf·ft (44 N·m , 4.5 kgf·m)

(Type-S)

29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m)

7.

Refill the engine with the recommended oil.

Engine oil change capacity (including filter): RSX and Premium models

4.4 US qt (4.2 )

Type-S

5.0 US qt (4.7 )

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Changing the Oil and Filter, Engine Coolant

8.

Replace the engine oil fill cap.

Start the engine. The oil pressure indicator should go off within 5 seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine and check your work.

9.

Let the engine run for several minutes, then check the drain bolt and oil filter for leaks.

10.

Turn off the engine and let it sit for several minutes, then check the oil level on the dipstick. If necessary, add more oil.

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.

Adding Engine Coolant MAX MIN

If the coolant level in the reserve tank is at or below the MIN line, add coolant to bring it up to the MAX line.

Inspect the cooling system for leaks.

Always use Acura Precision Crafted Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2.

This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or plain water.

If Acura 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-Acura coolant can result in corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail. Have the cooling system flushed and refilled with Acura antifreeze/coolant as soon as possible.

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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.

RADIATOR CAP

1.

When the radiator and engine are cool, relieve any pressure in the cooling system by turning the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pressing down.

2.

Remove the radiator cap by pushing down and turning counterclockwise.

3.

The coolant level should be up to the base of the filler neck. Add coolant if it is low.

Pour the coolant slowly and carefully so you do not spill any.

Clean up any spill immediately; it could damage components in the engine compartment.

4.

Put the radiator cap on, and tighten it fully.

5.

Pour coolant into the reserve tank.

Fill it to halfway between the MAX and MIN marks. Put the cap 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.

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Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal use.

On Canadian models: The low washer level indicator will come on when the level is low.

Fill the reservoir with a good quality windshield washer fluid.

This increases the cleaning capability and prevents freezing in cold weather.

When you refill the reservoir, clean the edges of the windshield wiper blades with windshield washer fluid on a clean cloth. This will help to condition them.

Windshield Washers, Automatic Transmission Fluid

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.

Automatic Transmission Fluid DIPSTICK

Check the fluid level with the engine at normal operating temperature.

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.

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3.

4.

Insert the dipstick all the way into the transmission securely.

UPPER MARK LOWER MARK

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, remove the fill plug and add fluid to bring it to the upper mark.

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.

Always use Acura Precision Crafted 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 Acura ATF-Z1 as soon as it is convenient.

To thoroughly flush the transmission, the technician should drain and refill it with Acura ATF-Z1, then drive the vehicle for a short distance. Do this three times. Then drain and refill the transmission a final time.

6.

Insert the dipstick all the way back into the transmission securely as shown in the illustration.

The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommen dations in the maintenance schedule.

If you are not sure how to add fluid, contact your dealer.

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Manual Transmission Fluid and Brake Fluid

Manual Transmission Fluid Correct level FILLER BOLT

On vehicles with 5-speed/6-speed manual transmission 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 Acura Precision Crafted Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it starts to run out of the hole.

Reinstall the filler bolt tighten it securely.

If Acura 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 recommen dations in the maintenance schedule.

Brake Fluid

Check the fluid level in the reservoirs monthly.

Replace the brake fluid according to the time recommendation in the maintenance schedule.

Always use Acura Precision Crafted Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3. If it is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement.

Using any non-Acura brake fluid can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system. Have the brake system flushed and refilled with Acura Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 as soon as possible.

Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not compatible with your vehicle’s braking system and can cause extensive damage.

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Manual Transmission only

Clutch Fluid and Drive Belts

Drive Belts INDICATOR MAX MAX MIN

The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If the level is at or below the MIN mark, your brake system needs attention. Have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads.

MIN

The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If it is not, add brake fluid to bring it up to that level.

Use the same fluid specified for the brake system.

Low fluid level can indicate a leak in the clutch system. Have this system inspected as soon as possible.

Proper range

An auto-tensioner adjusts the tension of the drive belt. The indicator on the auto-tensioner should be in the proper range. It should be checked according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.

If the indicator is not within the proper range, have the drive belt replaced by your dealer as soon as possible.

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Power Steering Fluid

Always use Acura Precision Crafted Power Steering Fluid. You may use another power steering fluid as an emergency replacement, but have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Acura PSF as soon as possible.

A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system. Check the fluid level frequently, and have the system inspected as soon as possible.

UPPER LEVEL LOWER LEVEL

Check the level on the side of the reservoir when the engine is cold.

The fluid should be between the UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL.

If not, add power steering fluid to the UPPER LEVEL mark.

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.

Do not spill the power steering f luid over the body, auto-tensioner, drive belt and pulleys.

If spilled accidentally, wipe of f any f luid completely.

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Table of Contents 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.

Adjustment should be done by your dealer or other qualified mechanic.

Replacing a Headlight Bulb

Your vehicle uses halogen headlight bulbs. When replacing a bulb, handle it by its plastic case 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.

Replacing a Low Beam Headlight Bulb Driver’s side

Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the glass can cause the bulb to overheat and shatter.

1.

If you need to change the low beam headlight bulb on the driver’s side, remove the neck of the windshield washer reservoir from the bracket by sliding it to the left.

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Then remove the bolt from the battery hold-down, and carefully push the battery toward the windshield to obtain enough working space.

HOLD DOWN WIRE BULB CONNECTOR WEATHER SEAL

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.

5.

Install 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.

6.

Install the rubber seal and make sure it is right side up; it is marked ‘‘TOP.’’ 7.

Push the electrical connector onto the tabs of the new bulb. Make sure it locks in place. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb.

8.

Driver’s Side

Install the neck of the windshield washer reservoir on the bracket.

Pull the battery back to its original position, then install the bolt in the hold-down, and tighten it securely.

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Table of Contents Replacing a High Beam Headlight Bulb

3.

Install the new bulb into the hole and turn it one-quarter turn clockwise to lock it in place.

4.

Push the electrical connector back onto the bulb. Make sure it is on all the way.

5.

Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb.

Replacing a Front Turn Signal Bulb

1.

To change a high beam headlight bulb, remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pushing on the tab and pulling the connector down.

2.

Remove the bulb by turning it one quarter turn counterclockwise.

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1.

Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

2.

Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms.

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Insert the socket into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

4.

Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working.

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Replacing a Front Parking Light Bulb

2.

Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms.

3.

Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

4.

Turn on the parking lights and check that the new bulb is working.

1.

The front parking light bulb is above the high beam headlight bulb.

Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

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Table of Contents Replacing a Front Side Marker Light Bulb

2.

Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms.

3.

Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

4.

Turn on the lights to make sure the new bulb is working.

1.

The front side marker light bulb is above the low beam headlight bulb.

Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

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Replacing a High-mount Brake Light Bulb BULB COVER

1.

Open the hatch.

2.

Remove the high-mount brake light cover by pivoting it toward the back of the vehicle.

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.

5.

Insert the socket back into the light assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

6.

Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working.

7.

Reinstall the high-mount brake light cover.

Replacing Rear Bulbs COVER

1.

Open the hatch. Remove the light assembly cover by pulling on the tab on the outside edge.

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5.

Reinstall the socket into the light assembly by turning it clockwise until it locks.

6.

Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working.

7.

Install the light assembly cover.

Make sure it locks in place.

2.

Determine which of the four bulbs is burned out: brake/taillight, turn signal light, side marker light, or back-up light.

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.

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Cleaning the Seat Belts, Floor Mats, Dust and Pollen Filter

Cleaning the Seat Belts LOOP Floor Mats

If your seat belts get dirty, use a soft brush with a mixture of mild soap and warm water to clean them. Do not use bleach, dye, or cleaning solvents. Let the belts air dry before you use the vehicle.

Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the insides of the loops with a clean cloth dampened in mild soap and warm water or isopropyl alcohol.

The floor mats that came with your vehicle hook over the floor mat anchors. This keeps them from sliding forward and possibly interfering with vehicle operation.

If you remove the driver’s floor mat, make sure to re-anchor it when you put it back in your vehicle.

If you use non-Acura floor mats, make sure they fit properly and that they can be used with the floor mat anchors. Do not put additional floor mats on top of the anchored mats.

Dust and Pollen Filter

This filter removes the dust and pollen that is brought in from the outside through the heating and cooling system.

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 airflow from the heating and cooling system is less than usual.

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Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months.

Look for signs of cracking in the rubber, or areas that are getting hard. Replace the blades if you find these signs, or if they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used.

WIPER ARMS

To replace a blade (front or rear): 1.

Raise the wiper arm off the windshield or rear window.

LOCK TAB

2.

Disconnect the blade assembly from the wiper arm by pushing in the lock tab. Hold the lock tab in while you push the blade assembly toward the base of the arm.

Do not open the hood when the wiper arms are raised, or you will damage the hood and the arms.

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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.

REINFORCEMENT

4.

Examine the new wiper blades. If they have no plastic or metal reinforcement along the back edge, remove the metal reinforcement strips from the old wiper blade, and install them in the slots along the edge of the new blade.

Wiper Blades

5.

Slide the new wiper blade into the holder until the tabs lock.

6.

Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place.

7.

Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield or rear window.

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To safely operate your vehicle, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated.

The following pages give more detailed information on how to take care of your tires and what to do when they need to be replaced.

Using tires that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding tire inflation and maintenance.

Inf lation 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.

Overinflated tires can make your vehicle ride more harshly, are more prone to damage from road hazards, and wear unevenly.

We recommend that you visually check your tires every day. If you think a tire might be low, check it immediately with a tire gauge.

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 on the next page.

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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 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 Normal Driving

The following charts show the recommended cold tire pressures for most normal driving conditions and speeds.

Tire Size P195/65R15 89H * 1 P205/55R16 89V * 2 P215/45R17 87V * 3 Cold Tire Pressure for Normal Driving Front: 31 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) Rear: 31 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) * * 1 : 2 : * 3 : Canadian standard model U.S. base model and Canadian premium models Type-S The compact spare tire pressure is:

60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )

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Table of Contents High-Speed Driving

Type-S model We strongly recommend that you do not drive faster than posted speed limits and conditions allow. If you decide it is safe to drive at high speeds (over 137 mph or 220 km/h) be sure to adjust the cold pressures as shown below. If you do not, excessive heat can build up and cause sudden tire failure.

(Type-S model) Tire Size P215/45R17 87V Cold Tire Pressure for High-Speed Driving Front: 34 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm ) Rear: 34 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm ) Except Type-S model Tire pressure for high-speed driving is the same as for normal driving.

When you return to normal speed driving, be sure to readjust the tire pressure for normal driving. You should wait until the tires are cold before adjusting the tire pressure.

For convenience the recommended tire sizes and cold air pressures are on a label on the driver’s doorjamb.

For additional information about your tires, see page

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Tire Inspection

Every time you check inflation, you should also examine the tires for damage, foreign objects, and wear.

You should look for: Bumps or bulges in the tread or side of the tire. Replace the tire if you find either of these conditions.

Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side of the tire. Replace the tire if you can see fabric or cord.

Excessive tread wear.

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INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS TREAD WEAR INDICATORS

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 this worn gives very little traction on wet roads. You should replace the tire if you can see three or more tread wear indicators.

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 Acura wheel weights f or balancing.

Tire Rotation Front Front (For Non-directional Tires and Wheels) (For Directional Tires and Wheels)

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-to back.

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Table of Contents 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).

Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on your vehicle can reduce braking ability, traction, and steering accuracy. Using tires of a different size or construction can cause the ABS to work inconsistently.

It is best to replace all four tires at the same time. If that is not possible or necessary, replace the two front tires or two rear tires as a pair.

Replacing just one tire can seriously affect your vehicle’s handling.

If you ever replace a wheel, make sure that the wheel’s specifications match those of the original wheels.

Replacement wheels are available at your dealer.

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 Specif ications

Wheels: (Canada: Standard model)

15 x 6 JJ

(U.S.: Base model, Canada: Premium models)

16 x 6 1/2 JJ

(Type-S models)

17 x 7 JJ

Tires: (Canada: Standard model)

P195/65R15 89H

(U.S.: Base model, Canada: Premium models)

P205/55R16 89V

(Type-S models)

P215/45R17 87V

See page DOT Tire Quality Grading and page

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Winter Driving

Tires marked ‘‘M + S’’ or ‘‘All Season’’ on the sidewall have an all-weather tread design suitable for most winter driving conditions.

For the best performance in snowy or icy conditions, you should install snow tires or tire chains. They may be required by local laws under certain conditions.

Snow Tires

If you mount snow tires on your 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.

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 link type ‘‘chains’’ should not be used.

When installing cables, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and mount them as tight as you can.

Make sure they are not contacting the brake lines or suspension. Drive slowly with them installed. If you hear them coming into contact with the body or chassis, stop and investigate. Remove them as soon as you begin driving on cleared roads.

Traction devices that are the wrong size or improperly installed can damage your vehicle’s brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels. Stop driving if they are hitting any part of the vehicle.

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Checking the Battery

TEST INDICATOR WINDOW

Check the condition of the battery monthly by looking at the test indicator window. The label on the battery explains the test indicator’s colors.

Check the terminals for corrosion (a white or yellowish powder). To remove it, cover the terminals with a solution of baking soda and water. It will bubble up and turn brown. When this stops, wash it off with plain water. Dry off the battery with a cloth or paper towel. Coat the terminals with grease to help prevent further corrosion.

If additional battery maintenance is needed, see your dealer or a qualified technician.

WARNING:

Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds.

Wash your hands af ter handling.

If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, your driver’s power window loses its calibration and must be reprogrammed (see page your audio system will disable itself.

The next time you turn on the radio you will see ‘‘

78

’’ in the ), and frequency display. Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code (see page

125

).

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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If you need to park your vehicle for an extended period (more than 1 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.

Fill the fuel tank.

Change the engine oil and filter.

Wash and dry the exterior completely.

Clean the interior. Make sure the carpeting, floor mats, etc., are completely dry.

Leave the parking brake off. Put the transmission in reverse (manual) or Park (automatic).

Vehicle Storage

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.

Leave one window open slightly (if the vehicle is being stored indoors).

Disconnect the battery.

Support the front and rear wiper blade arms with a folded towel or rag so they do not touch the windshield.

To minimize sticking, apply a silicone spray lubricant to all door and hatch seals. Also, apply a body wax to the painted surfaces that mate with the door and hatch seals.

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

169

). 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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This section covers the more common problems that motorists experience with their vehicles. It gives you information about how to safely evaluate the problem and what to do to correct it. If the problem has stranded you on the side of the road, you may be able to get going again.

If not, you will also find instructions on getting your vehicle towed.

Compact Spare Tire ......................

.

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Changing a Flat Tire ....................

If the Engine Won’t Start .............

.

.

205

210

Jump Starting ................................

If the Engine Overheats ..............

.

.

212

214

Low Oil Pressure Indicator .........

.

216

Charging System Indicator ..........

.

216

Malfunction Indicator Lamp Brake System Indicator .......

...............

.

217

.

218

Closing the Moonroof ..................

.

219

Fuses ..............................................

Fuse Locations ..........................

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220

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Emergency Towing ......................

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Compact Spare Tire

Use the compact spare tire as a temporary replacement only. Get your regular tire repaired or replaced, and put it back on your vehicle as soon as you can.

Check the inflation pressure of the compact spare tire every time you check the other tires. It should be inflated to:

60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )

Follow these precautions: Never exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) under any circumstances.

This tire gives a harsher ride and less traction on some road sur faces. Use greater caution while driving.

Do not mount tire chains on the compact spare tire.

Do not use your compact spare tire on another vehicle unless it is the same make and model.

INDICATOR LOCATION MARK TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR

Replace the tire when you can see the tread wear indicator bars. The replacement tire should be the same size and design as the original tire and mounted on the same wheel.

The spare tire is not designed to be mounted on a regular wheel, and the spare wheel is not designed for mounting a regular tire.

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Changing a Flat Tire

If you have a flat tire while driving, stop in a safe place to change it.

Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area to stop that is far away from the traffic lanes.

The vehicle can easily roll off the jack, seriously injuring anyone underneath.

Follow the directions for changing a tire exactly, and never get under the vehicle when it is supported only by the jack.

TOOL KIT JACK

1.

Park the vehicle on firm, level, and non-slippery ground. Put the transmission in Park (automatic) or reverse (manual). Apply the parking brake. If you are towing a trailer, unhitch the trailer.

2.

Turn on the hazard warning lights, and turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. Have all passengers get out of the vehicle while you change the tire.

3.

Open the hatch. Pull up the floor mat and remove the spare tire cover.

4.

Unscrew the wing bolt.

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BASS SPEAKER (Type-S only) JACK

5.

Type-S only: Lift the bass speaker out of the spare tire and set it aside. Do not pull on the wiring harness going to the speaker.

6.

Take the spare tire out of its well.

7.

Turn the jack’s end counterclockwise to loosen it, then remove the jack.

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8.

Loosen each wheel nut 1/2 turn with the wheel nut wrench.

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Changing a Flat Tire

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.

JACKING POINT

9.

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.

WHEEL NUT WRENCH

10.

Use the extension and the wheel nut wrench as shown to raise the vehicle until the flat tire is off the ground.

11.

Remove the wheel nuts, then remove the flat tire. Place the flat tire on the ground with the outside surface facing up.

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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.

14.

Lower the vehicle to the ground, and remove the jack.

(Except Type-S)

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)

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Changing a Flat Tire

16.

Store the jack in its holder. Turn the jack’s end bracket clockwise to raise the jack and lock it in place.

18.

Remove the wheel cover or center cap and place the flat tire face down in the spare tire well.

17.

Type-S only: Screw the adapter into the hole in the spare tire well.

19.All except Type-S: Remove the spacer cone from the wing bolt, turn it over, and put it back on the bolt.

20.

Type-S only: Set the bass speaker inside the wheel.

21.

Secure the flat tire with the wing bolt.

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Changing a Flat Tire, If the Engine Won’t Start

22.

Store the tool kit.

Loose items can fly around the interior in a crash and could seriously injure the occupants.

Store the wheel, jack, and tools securely before driving.

23.

Store the wheel cover or center cap in the cargo area. Make sure it will not get scratched or damaged.

24.

Reinstall the floor mat and spare tire cover, then close the hatch.

If the Engine Won’t Start

Diagnosing why the engine won’t start falls into two areas, depending on what you hear when you turn the ignition switch to the START (III) position: 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 the START (III) position, you do not hear the normal noise of the engine trying to start. You may hear a clicking sound or series of clicks, or nothing at all.

Check these things: Check the transmission interlock.

If you have a manual transmission, the clutch pedal must be pushed all the way to the floor or the starter will not operate. With an automatic transmission, the shift lever must be in Park or neutral.

Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 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

212

.

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If the Engine Won’t Start

Turn the ignition switch to the START (III) position. 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

225

).

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

200

). You can then try jump starting the vehicle from a booster battery (see page

212

).

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 the START (III) position, 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

65

).

Are you using the proper starting procedure? Refer to

Engine

on page

147

Starting the

.

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

220

).

If you find nothing wrong, you will need a qualified technician to find the problem. See

Towing

on page

Emergency

225

.

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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.

Keep all sparks, open flames, and smoking materials away from the battery.

You cannot start your vehicle with an automatic transmission by pushing or pulling it.

To jump start your vehicle: 1.

Open the hood, and check the physical condition of the battery.

In very cold weather, check the condition of the electrolyte. If it seems slushy or 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.

2.

Turn off all the electrical accessories: heater, A/C, audio system, lights, etc.

Put the transmission in neutral (manual) or Park (automatic), 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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4.

Connect the second jumper cable to the negative ( the engine.

− ) terminal on the booster battery. Connect the other end to the grounding strap as shown. Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of

BOOSTER BATTERY

The numbers in the illustration show you the order to connect the jumper cables.

5.

If the booster battery is in another vehicle, have an assistant start that vehicle and run it at a fast idle.

6.

Start your vehicle. If the starter motor still operates slowly, check that the jumper cables have good metal-to-metal contact.

7.

Once the vehicle is running, disconnect the negative cable from the grounding strap on 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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If the Engine Overheats

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 your vehicle overheats, you should take immediate action. The only indication may be the temperature gauge climbing to or above the red mark. Or you may see steam or spray coming from under the hood.

Steam and spray from an overheated engine can seriously scald you.

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.

Driving with the temperature gauge pointer at the red mark can cause serious damage to 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.

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.

4.

If the temperature gauge stays at the red mark, turn off the engine.

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If the Engine Overheats

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

Towing

on page

225

Emergency

).

6.

If you don’t find an obvious leak, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank (see page

137

).

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 tempera ture gauge, or lower, before check ing 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. 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

Towing

on page

Emergency

225

).

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

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.

Running the engine with low oil pressure can cause serious mechanical damage almost immediately. Turn of f the engine as soon as you can saf ely get the vehicle stopped.

1.

Safely pull off the road, and shut off the engine. Turn on the hazard warning lights.

2.

Let the vehicle sit for a minute.

Open the hood, and check the oil level (see page very low on oil can lose pressure during cornering and other driving maneuvers.

137

). An engine 3.

If necessary, add oil to bring the level back to the full mark on the dipstick (see page

174

).

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

225

).

Charging System Indicator

If the charging system indicator comes on brightly when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged.

Immediately turn off all electrical accessories. Try not to use other electrically operated controls such as the power windows. Keep the engine running; starting the engine will discharge the battery rapidly.

Go to a service station or garage where you can get technical assistance.

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Malfunction Indicator Lamp

If the indicator comes on while driving, it means one of the engine’s emissions control systems may have a problem. Even though you may feel no difference in your vehicle’s performance, it can reduce your fuel economy and cause increased emissions. Continued operation may cause serious damage.

If you have recently refueled your vehicle, the indicator could come on because of a loose or missing fuel fill cap. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message on the odometer display. Tighten the cap until it clicks at least once.

Tightening the cap will not turn the indicator turn 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 your 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 the battery in your vehicle 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 the ON (II) position, 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

Emissions Testing

for more information (see page

State

238

).

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Brake System Indicator

U.S.

Canada

parking brake.

The brake system indicator normally comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, and as a reminder to check the parking brake. It will stay on if you do not fully release the If the brake system indicator comes on while driving, the brake fluid level is probably low in the reservoir.

Press lightly on the brake pedal to see if it feels normal. If it does, check the brake fluid level the next time you stop at a service station (see page

181

).

If the fluid level is low, take the vehicle to your dealer and have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads.

However, if the brake pedal does not feel normal, you should take immediate action. A problem in one part of the system’s dual circuit design will still give you braking at two wheels. You will feel the brake pedal go down much farther before the vehicle begins to slow down, and you will have to press harder on the pedal.

Slow down by shifting to a lower gear, and pull to the side of the road when it is safe. Because of the long distance needed to stop, it is hazardous to drive the vehicle. You should have it towed and repaired as soon as possible (see

Towing

on page

225

Emergency

).

If you must drive the vehicle a short distance in this condition, drive slowly and carefully.

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Closing the Moonroof

If equipped If the electric motor will not close the moonroof, do the following: 1.

Check the fuse for the moonroof motor (see page

223

is blown, replace it with one of the same or lower rating.

). If the fuse 2.

Try closing the moonroof. If the new fuse blows immediately or the moonroof motor still does not operate, you can close the moonroof manually.

3.

Get the moonroof wrench out of the tool kit in the cargo area.

ROUND PLUG

4.

Use a screwdriver or coin to remove the round plug in the center of the headliner.

SOCKET

5.

Insert the moonroof wrench into the socket behind this plug. Turn the wrench until the moonroof is fully closed.

6.

Remove the wrench. Reinstall the round plug.

If you need to close the moonroof manually, it means the moonroof opening/closing function is developing a problem. Have your vehicle checked by your dealer.

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Table of Contents INTERIOR

The vehicle’s fuses are located in two fuse boxes. The interior fuse box is underneath the steering column.

UNDER-HOOD TAB

The under-hood fuse box is in the engine compartment next to the battery.

Checking and Replacing Fuses

If something electrical in your vehicle stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse.

Determine from the chart on pages

223

and

224

, 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 the LOCK (0) position. Make sure the headlights and all other accessories are off.

2.

Remove the cover from the fuse box.

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4.

Check the smaller fuses in the under-hood fuse box and all the fuses in the interior fuse box by pulling out each fuse with the fuse puller provided in the interior fuse box.

BLOWN BLOWN

3.

Check each of the large fuses in the under-hood fuse box by looking through the top at the wire inside. Removing these fuses requires a Phillips-head screw driver.

5.

rating or lower.

Fuses

Look for a blown wire inside the fuse. If it is blown, replace it with one of the spare fuses of the same CONTINUED

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If you cannot drive the vehicle without fixing the problem, and you do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the same rating or a lower rating from one of the other circuits. Make sure you can do without that circuit temporarily (such as the accessory power socket or radio).

If you replace the blown fuse with a spare fuse that has a lower rating, it might blow out again. This does not indicate anything wrong. Replace the fuse with one of the correct rating as soon as you can.

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 with your vehicle. Leave the blown fuse in that circuit, and have your vehicle checked by a qualified mechanic.

If the driver’s power window fuse is removed, the AUTO function of the driver’s window will be disabled. To reset the AUTO function, see page

78

.

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

125

).

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4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 No.

Amps.

1 2 3 15A 20A 10A 10A − 7.5A

20A 7.5A

10A 7.5A

7.5A

Circuits Protected Ignition Coil Laf Heater Daytime Running Lights * 1 Rear Accessory Power Socket * 2 ACG (IG) Not Used Power Window Relay Moonroof Radio Rear Wiper Gauge panel ABS

Fuse Locations

No.

Amps.

12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 7.5A

10A 10A 20A 20A 15A 15A 7.5A

20A − 20A 20A − − Circuits Protected Daytime Running Lights * 1 SRS Power Mirror Bass Speaker * 3 Heated Seats * 1 Fuel Pump Accessory Power Socket Turn Signal Front Wiper Not Used Front Passenger’s Power Window Driver’s Power Window Not Used Not Used * 1 : * 2 : * 3 : Canadian models only U. S. models only Type-S only CONTINUED

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UNDER HOOD FUSE BOX

No.

Amps.

Circuits Protected 1 2 3 30 A 10 A 7.5 A Condenser fan Small Light Interior Light 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 20 A 10 A 20 A 15 A 20 A 7.5 A 30 A 40 A 40 A 40 A 30 A 20 A 15 A Cooling Fan Hazard FI ECU (ECM/PCM) Horn, Stop ABS (F/S) Back Up ABS Motor Rear Demister Heater Motor Power Window Option Left Headlight Door Lock 17 18 19 20 20 A − 100 A 40 A * 1 50 A * 2 Right Headlight Not Used Main Fuse Battery Main Fuse Ignition 21 − * 1 : * 2 : 25 − U.S. models Spare Fuse Canadian models

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Emergency Towing

If your vehicle needs to be towed, call a professional towing service or an organization. Never tow your vehicle with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous.

There are two ways to tow your vehicle:

Flat-bed Equipment

− The operator loads your vehicle on the back of a truck.

This is the best way to trans port your vehicle.

Wheel-lif t Equipment

truck uses two pivoting arms that go under the tires (front or rear) and lift them off the ground. The other two tires remain on the ground.

an acceptable way to tow your vehicle.

− The tow

This is

If, due to damage, your vehicle must be towed with the front wheels on the ground, do this: Manual Transmission: Release the parking brake.

Shift the transmission to neutral.

Automatic Transmission: Start the engine.

Shift to D, then to N.

Turn off the engine.

Release the parking brake.

Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shif t the transmission or start the engine (automatic transmission), your vehicle must be transported with the f ront wheels of f the ground.

With the front wheels on the ground, it is best to tow the vehicle no farther than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the speed below 35 mph (55 km/h).

Trying to lif t or tow your vehicle by the bumpers will cause serious damage.

The bumpers are not designed to support the vehicle’s weight.

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Emergency Towing

If you decide to tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properly designed and attached tow bar.

Prepare the vehicle for towing as described above, and leave the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY (I) position so the steering wheel does not lock. Make sure the radio and any electrical accessories are turned off so they do not run down the battery.

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.

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The diagrams in this section give you the dimensions and capacities of your vehicle, and the locations of the identification numbers. It also includes information you should know about your vehicle’s tires and emissions control systems.

Identification Numbers ................

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Specifications ................................

.

230

DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles) ......................

.

232

Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..................................

.

232

Treadwear Traction .................................

......................................

.

232

.

232

Temperature Tire Labeling .............................

.................................

.

233

.

234

Emissions Controls .......................

.

235

The Clean Air Act .....................

.

235

Crankcase Emissions Control System ....................................

.

235

Evaporative Emissions Control System ....................................

.

235

Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery ................................

.

236

...

236

PGM-FI System ....................

.

236

Ignition Timing Control System ................................

.

236

Three Way Catalytic Converter ...........................

.

236

Replacement Parts ....................

.

236

..

237

State Emissions Testing ..............

.

238

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Identification Numbers

Your vehicle has several identifying numbers in various places.

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, 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.

The transmission number is on a label on top of the transmission.

ENGINE NUMBER

Identification Numbers

MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER 229

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Length Width Height Wheelbase Track Front Rear

Weights

Gross vehicle weight rating

Engine

Type Bore x Stroke Displacement Compression ratio Spark plug NGK DENSO * 1 : * 2 : RSX and Premium models Type-S 172.4 in (4,380 mm) 67.9 in (1,725 mm) 54.9 in (1,394 mm) 101.2 in (2,570 mm) 58.5 in (1,486 mm) 58.5 in (1,486 mm) See the certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb.

Water cooled 4-stroke DOHC i-VTEC in line, 4-cylinder gasoline engine.

3.39 x 3.39 in (86.0 x 86.0 mm) 121.9 cu-in (1,998 cm ) 9.8 : 1 * 1 11.0 : 1 * 2 IZFR6K11 * 1 IFR7G-11KS * 2 SKJ20DR-M11 * 1 SK22PR-M11S * 2

Air Conditioning

Refrigerant type Charge quantity Lubricant type

Capacities

Fuel tank Engine coolant Engine oil HFC-134a (R-134a) 17.6

− 19.4 oz (500 SP-10 Approx.

13.2 US gal (50 ) Change * 1 Manual Automatic Total Manual Automatic Change * 4 Including filter Without filter Total 1.35 US gal (5.1 ) 1.32 US gal (5.0 ) 1.69 US gal (6.4 ) 1.66 US gal (6.3 ) 4.4 US qt (4.2 ) * 2 5.0 US qt (4.7 ) * 3 4.2 US qt (4.0 ) * 2 4.8 US qt (4.5 ) * 3 5.6 US qt (5.3 ) * 2 6.1 US qt (5.8 ) * 3 − 550 g) * 1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine Reserve tank capacity: 0.16 US gal (0.6 ) * 2 : * 3 : RSX and Premium models Type-S * 4 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine

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Manual transmission fluid Automatic trans mission fluid Windshield washer reservoir Change Total Change Total U.S. vehicles Canadian vehicles

Lights

Headlights High Low Front turn signal lights Front parking lights Front side marker lights Rear turn signal lights Brake/Taillights High-mount brake light Rear side marker lights Back-up lights License plate lights Ceiling light Cargo area light Spotlights Glove box light

Battery

Capacity 1.6 US qt (1.5 ) 1.8 US qt (1.7 ) 2.9 US qt (2.7 ) 6.9 US qt (6.5 ) 2.6 US qt (2.5 ) 4.8 US qt (4.5 ) 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V − − − − − − − − − − − − − − − − 65 W (HB3) 55 W 21 W (Amber) 5 W 5 W 21 W (Amber) 21 W/5 W 21 W 5 W 18 W 5 W 8 W 5 W 8 W 3.4 W 36 AH/5 HR

Specifications

Fuses

Interior Under-hood See page

223

or the fuse label attached to the inside of the fuse box door under the dashboard.

See page

224

or the fuse box cover.

Alignment

Toe-in Camber Caster Front Rear Front Rear Front 0.0 in (0 mm) 0.08 in (2.0 mm) − 0°30’ − 1°00’ 2°53’

Tires

Size Pressure Front/Rear Spare Front Rear Spare P195/65R15 89H * 1 P205/55R16 89V * 2 P215/45R17 87V * 3 T135/70D15 99M * 1, * 2 T125/70D16 96M * 3 31 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) 31 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) * 1 : * 2 : Canadian standard model U.S. base model and Canadian Premium models * 3 : Type-S

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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.

Unif orm Tire Quality Grading

Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between the tread shoulder and the maximum section width. For example:

Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature A

All passenger vehicle tires must conform to Federal Safety Requirements in addition to these grades.

Treadwear

The treadwear grade is a compara tive 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 one half (1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual condi tions 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.

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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)

Temperature

A, B, C

The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat, and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. Grade C corresponds to a level of performance that all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No.

109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law.

Warning: The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure.

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Table of Contents

The tires that came on your vehicle have a number of markings. Those you should be aware of are described below.

Tire Size

Whenever tires are replaced, they should be replaced with tires of the same size. Below is an example of tire size with an explanation of what each component means.

P205/55R16 89V

P − Vehicle type (P indicates passenger vehicle).

205 − Tire width in millimeters.

55 − 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.

89 − Load index (a numerical code associated with the maximum load the tire can carry).

V − Speed symbol (an alphabetical code indicating the maximum speed rating).

Tire Identif ication Number

The tire identification number (TIN) is a group of numbers and letters that look like this example:

DOT B97R FW6X 2202

DOT − This indicates that the tire meets all requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

B97R − Manufacturer’s identification mark.

FW6X − Tire type code.

2202 − Date of manufacture.

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.

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Emissions Controls

The burning of gasoline in your vehicle’s engine produces several by products. Some of these are carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and hydrocarbons (HC).

Gasoline evaporating from the tank also produces hydrocarbons. Con trolling the production of NOx, CO, and HC is important to the environ ment. Under certain conditions of sunlight and climate, NOx and HC react to form photochemical ‘‘smog.’’ Carbon monoxide does not contri bute 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 pages

169

and

170

.

* In Canada, Acura vehicles comply with the Canadian emission requirements, as specified in an agreement with Environment Canada, at the time they are manufactured.

Crankcase Emissions Control System

Your vehicle has a positive crankcase ventilation system. This keeps gasses that build up in the engine’s crankcase from going into the atmosphere. The positive 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.

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Emissions Controls

Onboard Ref ueling 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.

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 use various sensors to determine how much air is going into the engine. It then controls how much fuel to inject under all operating conditions.

Ignition Timing Control System

This system constantly adjusts the ignition timing, reducing the amount of HC, CO, and NOx produced.

Three Way Catalytic Converter

The three way catalytic converter is in the exhaust system. Through chemical reactions, it converts HC, CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust to carbon dioxide (CO ), nitrogen (N ), and water vapor.

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 Acura 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 informa tion.

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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 Acura part or its equivalent.

The three way catalytic converter must operate at a high temperature for the chemical reactions to take place. It can set on fire any combustible materials that come near it. Park your vehicle away from high grass, dry leaves, or other flammables.

THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER

A defective three way catalytic converter contributes to air pollution, and can impair your engine’s per formance. Follow these guidelines to protect your vehicle’s three way catalytic converter.

Always use unleaded gasoline.

Even a small amount of leaded gasoline can contaminate the catalyst metals, making the three way catalytic converter ineffective.

Keep the engine tuned-up.

Have your vehicle diagnosed and repaired if it is misfiring, back firing, stalling, or otherwise not running properly.

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State Emissions Testing

Testing of Readiness Codes

If you take your vehicle for a state emissions test shortly after the battery has been disconnected or gone dead, it may not pass the test.

This is because of certain ‘‘readiness codes’’ that must be set in the on board 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 gas tank is nearly, but not completely full (around 3/4).

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Make sure the vehicle has been parked with the engine off for 8 hours or more.

Make sure the ambient temperature is between 20° and 95°F.

Without touching the accelerator pedal, start the engine, and let it idle for 20 seconds.

Keep the vehicle in Park (automatic transmission) or neutral (manual transmission).

Increase the engine speed to 2,000 rpm, and hold it there until the temperature gauge rises to at least 1/4 of the scale (about 3 minutes).

Select a nearby lightly traveled major highway where you can maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph (80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20 minutes. Drive on the highway in D (A/T) or 5th (M/T). Do not use the cruise control. When traffic allows, drive for 90 seconds without moving the accelerator pedal. (Vehicle speed may vary slightly; this is okay.) If you cannot do this for a continuous 90 seconds because of traffic conditions, drive for at least 30 seconds, then repeat it two more times (for a total of 90 seconds).

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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Warranty and Customer Relations

Customer Relations Information ................................

.

240

Warranty Coverages ....................

.

241

Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) ..........................

.

242 Authorized Manuals .....................

.

243

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Customer Relations Information

Acura 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 the Acura Customer Relations Office.

U.S. Owners: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Acura Client Services Mail Stop 500-2N-7E 1919 Torrance Blvd.

Torrance, CA 90501-2746 Tel: (800) 382-2238 In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Vortex Motor Corp.

Bella International P.O. Box 190816 San Juan, PR 00919-0816 Tel: (787) 250-4327 Canadian Owners:

CUSTOMER RELATIONS RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÈLE

Honda Canada Inc.

715 Milner Avenue Toronto, ON M1B 2K8 Tel: 1-888-9-ACURA-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

229

) Name and address of the dealer who services your vehicle Date of purchase Mileage on your vehicle Your name, address, and tele phone number A detailed description of the problem Name of the dealer who sold the vehicle to you

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Warranty Coverages

U.S. Owners

Your new vehicle is covered by these warranties:

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

− covers your new vehicle, except for the battery, emissions control systems, and accessories against defects in materials and workmanship.

Emissions Control Systems Def ects Warranty and Emissions Perf ormance Warranty

− warranties cover your vehicle’s emissions control systems. Time, mileage, and coverage are conditional. Please read your warranty booklet for exact information.

these two

Original Equipment Battery Limited Warranty

− this warranty gives up to 100 percent credit toward a replacement battery.

Seat Belt Limited Warranty

belt that fails to function properly is covered for the useful life of the vehicle.

− a seat

Rust Perf oration Limited Warranty

− all exterior body panels are covered for rust-through from the inside for the specified time period with no mileage limit.

Accessory Limited Warranty

− Acura 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 Acura replacement parts against defects in materials and workmanship.

Replacement Battery Limited Warranty

− provides prorated coverage for a replacement battery purchased from your dealer.

Replacement Muf f ler Lif etime Limited Warranty

coverage for as long as the pur chaser of the muffler owns the vehicle.

− provides Restrictions and exclusions apply to all these warranties. Please read the 2006 Acura 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 2006 Warranty Manual that came with your vehicle.

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Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles)

If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Acura Automobile Division, 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 Acura Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

To contact NHTSA, you may call the Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at 1 800-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); go to http://www.safercar.gov; or write to: Administrator, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590.

You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from http://www.safercar.gov.

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Authorized Manuals

Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)

The publications shown below can be purchased from Helm Incorporated. You can order in any of three ways: Detach and mail the order form on the right half of this page Call Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-4356 Go online at

www. helminc. com

(credit card orders only) If you are interested in other years or models, contact Helm Inc.

at 1-800-782-4356.

Publication Form Number 61S6M04 61S6M04EL 61S6M30 31S6M640 Form Description 2002

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$75.00

$50.00

$44.00

$37.00

31S6M930 $12.00

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Valid only for sales within the United States. Canadian owners should contact their authorized Acura dealer.

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By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to Helm Incorporated at the address shown on the back of the order form.

2 0 0 6 A C U

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NOTE: Dealers and companies, please provide dealer or company name, and the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should be sent. For purchases outside U.S.A. please write to the address shown below for a quotation.

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244 Service Manual:

This manual covers maintenance and recommended procedures for repair to engine and chassis components.

It is written for the journeyman mechanic, but is simple enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to under stand.

Electrical Troubleshooting Manual:

This manual complements the service manual by providing in-depth troubleshooting information for each electrical circuit in your vehicle.

Body Repair Manual:

This manual describes the procedures involved in the replacement of damaged body parts.

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Index

A

Accessories ....................................

.

139

ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Position) .......................................

.

66

Accessory Power Sockets ..............

.

83

Additives, Engine Oil ....................

.

174

Airbag (SRS) .............................

.

11 ,

22 22

...

27

Airbag Service .............................

.

27

How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ......................

.

27

..

26

How Your Front Airbags Work .........................................

.

23

SRS Components ...

25

........................

.

22

Air Conditioning System Air Pressure, Tires ................

.......................

.

88

.

194

Antifreeze ......................................

.

177

Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Indicator ...............................

.

53 ,

159

Operation ...................................

.

159

Anti-theft Steering Column Lock ..............................................

.

66

Audio System ..................................

.

92

...

20

Automatic Speed Control .............

.

127

Automatic Transmission ..............

.

151

Capacity, Fluid ..........................

.

231

Checking Fluid Level Shifting ...............

.......................................

.

179

.

151

Shift Lever Positions

151

................

.

151

Shift Lock Release ....................

.

156

B

Battery Charging System Indicator ...........................

.

53 ,

216

Jump Starting Maintenance ............................

.

212

..............................

.

200

Specifications Before Driving ............................

.

231

..............................

.

131

Belts, Seat ..................................

Beverage Holders .

10

,

19

...........................

.

83

Booster Seats Brakes ..................................

.

42

Anti-lock System (ABS) Break-in, New Linings ...........

.............

.

159

.

133

Bulb Replacement Fluid ....................

...........................................

.

189

.

181

System Indicator .................

.

53 ,

218

Wear Indicators ........................

.

158

Braking System .............................

.

158

Break-in, New Vehicle .................

.

133

62

Brights, Headlights ........................

.

61

Bulb Replacement Back-up Lights ..........................

.

189

Brake Lights ..............................

.

189

Front Parking Lights Front Side Marker ................

....................

.

187

.

188

Front Turn Signal Lights Headlights .........

.................................

.

186

.

184

High-mount Brake Light Rear Side Marker Lights .........

.........

.

.

189

190

Specifications Bulbs, Halogen ............................

.

231

..............................

.

184

CONTINUED

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Index

C

Capacities Chart ...................

.

230 ,

231

Carbon Monoxide Hazard Cargo Area Cover .............

...........................

.

.

Cargo,

how to carry

........................

.

Cassette Player Care ............................................

.

45

75

141

122

Operation ...................................

CAUTION, Explanation of .

102

..............

. ii CD Care .........................................

CD Changer ............................

.

99 ,

.

Care ............................................

.

121

115

121

115

Operation .............................

.

99 ,

CD Changer Error Message .............................

CD Player Error Message .

101 ,

...........

.

Certification Label Chains,

tires

........................

...................................

.

.

119

100

228

199

205

Changing a Flat Tire ....................

.

Changing Oil How to ........................................

When to ......................................

.

.

Charging System Indicator ...

.

53 ,

Checklist, Before Driving ............

.

175

169

216

146

Child Safety .....................................

Booster Seats ..............................

.

.

Child Seats ...................................

.

Important Safety Reminders Infants .....

..........................................

.

.

Larger Children ..........................

.

LATCH .........................................

.

Risks with Airbags ......................

Small Children .............................

Tethers .........................................

Where Should a Child Sit?

.........

.

.

.

.

29

33

39

29

Child Seats LATCH Clock .........................................

Lower Anchors ...........................

Tether Anchorage Points ..........

.

.

......................................

.

105

, .

36 36

39

120

Clock, Setting the Clutch Fluid .................

.

105

...................................

, .

120

182

28

42

32

28

32

41

36

Code, Audio System CO in the Exhaust .....................

........................

.

.

Cold Weather, Starting in Compact Spare

tire

............

.......................

.

.

Console Compartment ...................

.

125

235

147

204

84

Consumer Information .................

Controls, Instruments and .

.............

.

240

49

Coolant Adding ........................................

Checking ....................................

.

.

177

137

Proper Solution .........................

Temperature Gauge .

...................

.

177

58

Crankcase Emissions Control System ........................................

Cruise Control Indicator .

................

.

235

54

Cruise Control Operation ............

.

Cup Holders .....................................

.

127

83

Customer Relations Office ..........

.

240

D

DANGER, Explanation of .................

.ii

Dashboard ...................................

Daytime Running Lights ** .

4

............

,

.

50

61

Daytime Running Lights Indicator ** ...................................

Dead Battery .................................

.

.

55

212

Defects, Reporting Safety Defog and Defrost * .........

.

..........................

.

242

91

Defogger, Rear Window Dimensions ................

....................................

.

.

62

230

Dimming the Headlights ...............

.

61

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Index

Dipstick Automatic Transmission ..........

Engine Oil ..................................

.

.

179

137

Directional Signals ..........................

Disc Brake Wear Indicators ........

.

.

61

158

Disc Care .......................................

Disc Changer ..........................

.

99 ,

.

121

115

Care ............................................

.

121

Operation .............................

.

99 ,

115

Disc Changer Error Message .............................

Disc Player Error Message .

101 ,

119

.........

.

100

Disposal of Used Oil .....................

Doors .

177

Locking and Unlocking ..............

Power Door/Hatch Locks .........

.

.

67 67

DOT Tire Quality Grading Downshifting, 5-speed and 6-speed Manual Transmissions * ........

.............

.

.

232

148

Drive Belts .....................................

Driver and Passenger Safety .

182

...........

.

7

Driving ...........................................

.

145

Economy ....................................

.

138

E

Economy, Fuel ..............................

.

138

Emergencies Jump Starting ............................

.

212

Towing .......................................

Hazard Warning Flashers .

225

.........

.

62

Emergencies on the Road ............

.

203

Battery, Jump Starting .............

.

212

Brake System Indicator Changing a Flat Tire ...........

................

.

218

.

205

Charging System Indicator Checking the Fuses .....

.

216

..................

.

220

Low Oil Pressure Indicator .....

.

216

Manually Closing Moonroof ...

.

217

219

Overheated Engine Emergency Flashers ..................

.

214

......................

.

62

Emergency Towing ......................

.

225

Emissions Controls .......................

.

235

Emissions Testing, State Engine Engine Speed Limiter .............

......

.

.

238

Coolant Temperature Gauge Drive Belts ....

.................................

.

58

.

182

149 ,

155

Malfunction Indicator Lamp ................................

.

53

,

217

Oil Pressure Indicator ........

.

53 ,

216

Oil, What Kind to Use ..............

.

174

Overheating ...............................

.

214

Specifications ............................

.

230

Starting .......................................

.

147

Engine, if it won’t start ...................

.

210

.

235

Exhaust Fumes ...............................

.

Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Belts by ........................................

.

45

17

F

Fan, Interior Features .....................................

...........................................

.

.

88

87

Filling the Fuel Tank ....................

.

134

Filters Oil ...............................................

.

175

Flashers, Hazard Warning Flat Tire, Changing a .............

.

62

...................

.

205

Fluids Automatic Transmission ..........

.

179

CONTINUED

III

Main Menu

Index

Fluids Brake Clutch ..........................................

.

181

.........................................

.

182

Manual Transmission Power Steering ..............

.

181

..........................

.

183

Windshield Washer Folding Rear Seat ..................

FM Stereo Radio Reception ...................................

.

...........................

.

179

.

123

73

Four-way Flashers Front Airbags ..........................

............................

.

62

.

11 ,

22

Front Seat Adjusting ......................................

.

71

Heaters .........................................

.

74

Airbags ...................................

.

11 ,

22

Fuel .................................................

Fill Door and Cap ......................

.

.

133

134

Gauge ...........................................

Octane Requirement ................

.

.

58

133

Reserve Indicator ........................

.

54

Tank, Filling the ........................

.

134

Fuses, Checking the .....................

.

220

G

Gas Mileage, Improving ...............

.

138

Gasoline .........................................

.

133

Fuel Reserve Indicator Gauge ...............

...........................................

.

55

.

58

Octane Requirement Tank, Filling the ................

........................

.

133

.

134

Gas Station Procedures ................

.

134

Gauges Engine Coolant Temperature Fuel ...

...............................................

.

58

.

58

Gearshift Lever Positions Automatic Transmission ..........

.

151

5 -speed and 6 -speed Manual Transmissions .......................

.

148

Glove Box ........................................

.

84

H

Halogen Headlight Bulbs .............

.

184

Hatch ................................................

Opening the .................................

.

.

68 68

Hazard Warning Flashers ..............

.

62

Headlights Aiming ........................................

Daytime Running Lights ** .

184

.......

.

61

High Beam Indicator ..................

.

54

Reminder Beeper ........................

.

61

Replacing Halogen Bulbs ........

.

184

Turning on Heater, Seat ...................................

.....................................

.

.

61

74

Heating and Cooling .......................

High Altitude, Starting at .............

.

.

88

147

High-Low Beam Switch .................

.

61

High-mount Brake Light ..............

.

189

Hood, Opening the Horn .......................

.

135

..................................................

.

59

Hydraulic Clutch ...........................

.

181

I

...

228

Ignition Keys ..............................................

.

64

Switch ...........................................

.

66

Timing Control System ............

.

236

Immobilizer System ........................

Important Safety Precautions .

65

.........

.

8

Indicators ABS (Anti-lock Brake) .......

.

53 ,

159

Brake (Parking and Brake System) ............................

.

53 ,

218

Charging System Cruise Control ................

.

53 ,

216

.............................

.

54

IV

Main Menu

Index

Door-open ....................................

.

54

DRL (Daytime Running Lights) ** ..................................

.

55

High Beam ...................................

Key (Immobilizer System) ........

.

.

54 54

Low Fuel ......................................

Low Oil Pressure ................

.

53 ,

.

55

216

Side Airbag Off SRS ...........................

...............................................

.

52

.

52

Turn Signal and Hazard Warning ...................................

.

54

Washer Level ..............................

.

55

Indicators, Instrument Panel Infant Restraint .........

...............................

.

52

.

32

Infant Seats LATCH .........................................

.

36

Lower Anchors ...........................

Tether Anchorage Points ..........

.

.

36

40

Inflation, Proper Tire Inside Mirror ...................

.

...................................

195

.

79

Inspection, Tire .............................

Instrument Panel .

196

............................

.

51

Instrument Panel Brightness Instrument Panel Indicators ........

.

62

..........

.

52

Interior Lights Introduction .................................

.

........................................

86

.

i

J

Jacking up the Vehicle .................

.

206

Jack, Tire .......................................

Jump Starting ................................

.

.

206

212

K

Keys ..................................................

.

64

L

Label, Certification .......................

.

228

Lane Change, Signaling Lap/Shoulder Belts .................

..................

.

61

.

15

,

19

LATCH Anchorage System ...........

.

36

Lights Bulb Replacement ....................

.

184

Load Limit .....................................

LOCK (Ignition Key Position) .

142

......

.

66

Locks Anti-theft Steering Column .......

.

66

Fuel Fill Door Glove Box ............................

.

....................................

134

.

84

Hatch ............................................

Power Door and Hatch ..............

.

.

68

67

Low Coolant Level Low Fuel Indicator ........................

.

137

.........................

.

55

Lower Anchor ...

53 ,

216

.................................

.

36

...

148

Lubricant Specifications Chart ..................................

.

230 ,

231

Luggage, Storing (Cargo) ..............

Luggage Cover (Cargo Cover) .

141

.....

.

75

M

Maintenance ..................................

.

165

...

168

Record ........................................

Required Indicator .

171

......................

.

55

Safety ..........................................

.

166

Schedule .............................

.

167 -

170

.

53

,

217

Manual Transmission ...................

.

148

Shifting the ................................

.

148

Meters, Gauges ...............................

.

Mirrors, Adjusting ..........................

.

57

79

Modifying Your Vehicle ...............

.

139

CONTINUED

V

Main Menu

Index

Moonroof .........................................

.

79

Closing Manually Operation ......................

.

.....................................

219

.

79

N

Neutral Gear Position New Vehicle Break-in ...................

.

152

..................

.

133

Normal Shift Speeds .....................

NOTICE, Explanation of .

149

...................

.

i

Numbers, Identification ...............

.

228

O

Odometer

133

.........................................

.

57

Odometer, Trip Oil ...............................

.

57

Change, How to ........................

Change, When to ......................

.

.

175

169

Checking Engine ......................

Pressure Indicator ..............

.

53 ,

.

147

216

Selecting Proper Viscosity Chart ..............................

.

174 ,

175

ON (Ignition Key Position) ...........

.

66

Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery ....................................

.

236

Outside Mirrors ..............................

.

80

Overheating, Engine ....................

.

214

Owner Maintenance Checks .......

.

168

P

Panel Brightness Control ..............

.

62

Park Gear Position ........................

.

152

Parking ...........................................

.

157

Parking Brake .................................

.

81

Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator .................

.

53 ,

218

Parking Lights ........................

.

61 ,

187

..

157

Playing the Radio ....................

.

93 ,

106

Playing a Disc ..........................

.

97 ,

113

Playing a Disc Changer ..........

Playing a Tape .......................

.

.

99 ,

115

102 ,

110

PGM-FI System .............................

.

236

Power Door Locks ..........................

.

67

Power Socket Locations .................

.

83

Power Windows ..............................

.

77

Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .........

.

17

Protecting Adults and Teens .........

.

13

Advice for Pregnant Women ...

18

.....

.

17

Protecting Children ........................

General Guidelines .....................

.

.

Protecting Infants ...........................

Protecting Small Children .............

.

.

28 28

32

33

R

Radiator Overheating ...................

.

214

Radio/Disc Sound System Readiness Codes .............

.

92

...........................

.

238

Rear Seat Access ..

189

............................

Rear Seat, Folding Rear View Mirror ..........................

............................

.

.

.

72

73

79

Rear Window Defogger Rear Window Washer .................

....................

.

.

Rear Window Wiper .......................

.

62

60 60

Reclining the Seat Backs ...............

Recommended Shift Speeds .......

.

.

71

149

Reminder Indicators Remote Transmitter .......................

.......................

.

.

52

69

Replacement Information Dust and Pollen Filter ..............

.

191

VI

Main Menu

Index

Engine Oil and Filter ................

.

175

Floor Mats Fuses .................................

..........................................

.

191

.

220

Light Bulbs Schedule ................................

.

184

....................................

.

167

Seat Belts Tires .....................................

...........................................

.

.

21

198

Wiper Blades .............................

.

192

Replacing Seat Belts After a Crash ............................................

.

21

Restraint, Child ...............................

.

137

28

Reverse Gear Position Rotation, Tire ..................

................................

.

152

.

197

S

Safety Belts ................................

.

10

,

19

Safety Defects, Reporting Safety Features * .........

.

242 .................................

.

9

Airbags .........................................

Seat Belts .....................................

.

.

11

10

Safety Labels, Location of Safety Messages .............

.

...............................

46

.

ii

Seat Belts ...................................

.

10

,

19

Additional Information ...............

.

19

Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ...............................

.

20

Cleaning .....................................

.

191

Lap/Shoulder Belt Maintenance ......................

................................

.

.

Reminder Indicator and Beeper ................................

.

19

Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .....................................

.

15

, ,

19

21

52

System Components ...................

Use During Pregnancy .

19

...............

.

17

19

Seat Heaters ....................................

.

74

Seats, Adjusting the ..................

.

13

,

71

Security System ............................

.

126

Serial Number ...............................

Service Intervals ...........................

.

.

228

169

Service Manual * ...........................

Service Station Procedures .........

.

.

243

134

Setting the Clock ..................

.

105 ,

120

...

151

Shift Lock Release Shifting ........................

.

156

151

The 5 -speed and 6 -speed Manual Transmissions .........

.

148

Side Airbags ..............................

Off Indicator ..........................

.

.

11

,

27

, Signaling Turns ...............................

.

25

52

61

Snow Tires .....................................

Sound System .

199

..................................

.

92

Spare Tire Inflating ......................................

.

204

Specifications ............................

.

231

Specifications Charts ....................

.

230

Speed Control ................................

.

127

SRS, Additional Information ..........

.

22

Airbag Service ...

27

.............................

.

27

How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ......................

.

27

..

26

How Your Front Airbags Work .........................................

SRS Components ........................

.

...

25

.

23

22

SRS Indicator .............................

State Emissions Testing .

26

,

52

..............

.

238

START (Ignition Key Position) ....

.

66

CONTINUED

VII

Main Menu

Index

Starting the Engine .......................

.

147

In Cold Weather at High Altitude ..................................

.

147

With a Dead Battery ................

Steam Coming from Engine ........

.

.

212

214

Steering Wheel Adjustment ..................................

.

63

Anti-theft Column Lock Buttons .............

.......................................

.

66

.

128

Stereo Sound System .....................

.

92

Storing Your Vehicle ....................

.

201

Supplemental Restraint System ................................

.

11 ,

22

Servicing ......................................

.

27

SRS Indicator .........................

.

26 ,

52

System Components ...................

.

22

Synthetic Oil ..................................

.

175

T

Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ......

.

189

Taking Care of the Unexpected ...............................

.

203

Tape Player ...........................

.

102 ,

110

Technical Descriptions ................

DOT Tire Quality Grading * ....

.

227

.

232

Emissions Control Systems .....

.

235

State Emissions Testing ..........

.

238

Three Way Catalytic Converter ...............................

.

237

Tire Labeling .................................

.

234

Temperature Gauge .......................

Temperature, Inside Sensor ..........

.

.

58

91

Tether Anchorage Points ..............

.

40

Theft Protection ............................

.

125

..

237

Tilt the Steering Wheel ..................

.

63

Time, Setting the Tire Chains ..................

.

105

....................................

,

120

.

199

Tire, How to Change a Flat Tires .........

...............................................

.

205

.

194

Air Pressure ..............................

.

195

Checking Wear Compact Spare .........................

..........................

.

.

196

204

DOT Tire Quality Grading * Inflation ....

......................................

.

232

.

194

Inspection ..................................

Maintenance ..............................

.

.

196

197

Replacing Rotating ...................................

......................................

.

198

.

197

Snow ...........................................

Specifications ....................

.

198 ,

.

199

231

Tire Chains ................................

Winter Driving ..........................

.

.

199 199

Tools, Tire Changing Towing ...................

.

205

A Trailer .....................................

.

160

Emergency ................................

.

225

Equipment and Accessories ....

.

161

Weight Limit .............................

.

160

Traction Devices ...........................

.

199

Trailer Loading .............................

.

160

Trailer Towing Tips ......................

.

161

Transmission Checking Fluid Level, Automatic ..............................

.

179

Fluid Selection ...........................

.

180

Identification Number ..............

.

228

Shifting the Automatic .............

.

151

Shifting the Manual Treadwear ..................

.....................................

.

148

.

232

Trip Meter .......................................

Turn Signals ....................................

.

.

57

61

VIII

Main Menu U

Unexpected, Taking Care of the ..........................................

Uniform Tire Quality Grading * ..

.

.

203

232

Unleaded Gasoline ........................

.

133

Used Oil, How to Dispose of .......

.

177

V

Vehicle Capacity Load Vehicle Dimensions .................

......................

.

142

.

230

Vehicle Identification Number ....

.

228

Vehicle Storage .............................

.

201

VIN .................................................

.

228

Viscosity, Oil ..................................

.

174

W

WARNING, Explanation of .............

.

ii

Warning Labels, Location of Warranty Coverages .........

....................

.

46

.

241

Washer, Windshield Checking the Fluid Level Indicator ** ........

.

...................................

179

.

55

Operation .....................................

.

60

Wheels Adjusting the Steering Alignment and Balance ...............

.

63

............

.

197

Compact Spare Wrench ..........................

.

204

......................................

.

207

Windows Operating the Power ..................

.

77

Rear, Defogger ...........................

.

62

Windshield Cleaning .......................................

.

60

Defroster Washers .....................................

.

90

.......................................

.

60

Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades .......................

.

192

Operation Worn Tires .....................................

.

60

....................................

.

196

Wrecker, Emergency Towing .....

.

225

: U.S. only : Canada only

Index

IX

Main Menu

Service Information Summary

Gasoline:

(All except Type-S) Unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 87 or higher.

(Type-S) Premium unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 91 or higher.

Fuel Tank Capacity:

13 .

2 US gal ( 50 )

Recommended Engine Oil:

API Premium grade detergent oil.

Except Type-S: Type-S: SAE 5 SAE W 30 5 W 20 Oil change capacity (including filter): (All except Type S) 4 .

4 US qt ( (Type S) 4 .

2 ) 5 .0 US qt ( 4 .

7 )

Automatic Transmission Fluid:

Acura Precision Crafted ATF-Z (Automatic Transmission Fluid) preferred, or a DEXRON III ATF as a temporary replacement (see page

179

).

1

Manual Transmission Fluid:

Acura Precision Crafted Manual Transmission Fluid preferred, or an SAE 10

(see page

W 30

oil as a temporary replacement

181

).

or 10 W 40 motor Capacity (including differential): 1 .

6 US qt ( 1 .

5 )

Power Steering Fluid:

Acura Precision Crafted Power Steering Fluid preferred, or another brand of power steering fluid as a temporary replacement.

Do not use ATF (see page

183

).

Brake Fluid:

Acura Precision Crafted Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary replacement (see

page

181

).

Tire Pressure (measured cold):

Front: 31 psi ( 220 Rear: 31 psi ( 220 kPa , kPa , 2 2 .

.

2 2 kgf/cm ) kgf/cm )

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