Acura | 2001 MDX | Owner`s manual | Acura 2001 MDX Owner`s manual

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Introduction
Congratulations! Your selection of a 2001 Acura MDX was a wise investment.
It will give you years of driving pleasure.
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Acura is to read
this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and
convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so
you can refer to it at any time.
As you read this manual, you will
find information that is preceded by
a
symbol. This
information is intended to help you
avoid damage to your Acura, other
property, or the environment.
Several warranties protect your new Acura. 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 Acura dealer’s
staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Acura.
Your Acura dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to
answer any questions and concerns.
California Proposition 65 Warning
WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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A Few Words About Safety
Your safety, and the safety of others,
is very important. And operating this
vehicle safely is an important
responsibility.
To help you make informed
decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and
other information on labels and in
this manual. This information alerts
you to potential hazards that could
hurt you or others.
Of course, it is not practical or
possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating or
maintaining your vehicle. You must
use your own good judgement.
You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms,
including:
Safety Labels − on the vehicle.
Safety Messages − preceded by a safety alert symbol
and one of
three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.
These signal words mean:
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don’t follow instructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don’t follow instructions.
You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow
instructions.
Safety Headings − such as Important Safety Reminders or Important
Safety Precautions.
Safety Section − such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions − how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it
carefully.
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Important Handling Information
Your MDX has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher ground
clearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and rough
terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier.
These advantages come at some cost. Because your vehicle is taller and rides higher off the ground, it has a high
center of gravity. This means your vehicle can tip or roll over if you make abrupt turns. Utility vehicles have a
significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantly
more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. As a reminder, make sure you and your passengers always wear
seat belts.
For information on how to reduce the risk of rollover, read ‘‘Driving Guidelines’’ on page 208 of this manual and the
Off-Highway Guidelines section on page 240 . Failure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an
accident.
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Contents
Turn to the beginning of each section for a complete list of subjects.
Your Vehicle at a Glance........... 2
Driver and Passenger Safety ..... 5
Important information about the
proper use and care of your
vehicle’s seat belts, an overview of
the Supplemental Restraint
System, and valuable information
on how to protect children with
child restraints.
Instruments and Controls ...... 57
Explains the purpose of each
instrument panel indicator and
gauge, and how to use the controls
on the dashboard and steering
column.
Comfort and Convenience
Features ............................. 141
How to operate the heating and air
conditioning system, and the audio
system.
Before Driving .................... 193
What gasoline to use, how to
break-in your new vehicle, and
how to load luggage and other
cargo.
Driving ............................... 207
The proper way to start the engine,
shift the transmission, and park;
plus what you need to know if
you’re planning to tow a trailer.
Maintenance ....................... 247
The Maintenance Schedule shows
you when you need to take your
vehicle to the dealer. There is also
a list of things to check and
instructions on how to check them.
Appearance Care ................. 305
Tips on cleaning and protecting
your vehicle. Also some things to
look for if your vehicle ever needs
body repairs.
Taking Care of the
Unexpected ........................ 313
This section covers several
problems motorists sometimes
experience, and details how to
handle them.
Technical Information.......... 339
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer
Relations
(U.S. and Canada only)......... 353
A summary of the warranties
covering your new Acura, and how
to contact us for any reason. Refer
to your warranty manual for
detailed information.
Authorized Manuals
(U.S. only) .......................... 358
How to order manuals and other
technical literature.
Index ...................................... I
Service Information Summary
A summary of information you need
when you pull up to the fuel pump.
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
INDICATOR LIGHTS (P.59)
GAUGES (P.65)
SHIFT LEVER
(P.212)
CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.142)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P.153, 171)
POWER DOOR LOCK
SWITCHES
(P.83)
MIRROR
CONTROLS
(P.111)
GLOVE BOX
(P.90)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P.106)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P.196)
FUEL FILL DOOR
RELEASE
(P.195)
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PARKING BRAKE
PEDAL
(P.112)
REAR A/C CONTROL
(P.150)
ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET
(P.121)
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS
(P.71)
VTM-4 LOCK
(P.217)
HEADLIGHTS/
TURN SIGNALS
(P.70/72)
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER
(P.75)
HAZARD WARNING
LIGHTS
(P.74)
MOONROOF
SWITCH
(P.109)
CRUISE CONTROL
(P.77)
FOG LIGHTS
(P.75)
REMOTE AUDIO
CONTROLS
(P.189)
LIGHT CONTROL
SWITCH
(P.123)
HORN*
STEERING WHEEL
ADJUSTMENT
(P.76)
CRUISE CONTROL
(P.77)
WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS
(P.72/74)
*: To use the horn, press the pad around the ‘‘A’’ logo.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
This section gives you important
information about how to protect
yourself and your passengers. It
shows you how to use seat belts
properly. It explains your Supplemental Restraint System. And it tells
you how to properly restrain infants
and children in your vehicle.
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 7
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Airbags ............................................ 9
Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 10
Head Restraints ........................... 10
Door Locks ................................... 10
Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ......... 11
Protecting Adults ............................. 12
1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 12
2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 12
3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 13
4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 14
5. Fasten and Position the Seat
Belts ...................................... 15
6. Adjust the Steering Wheel ..... 18
7. Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position ................................. 18
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 19
Additional Safety Precautions .... 19
Protecting Children ......................... 21
All Children Must Be
Restrained ................................ 21
Children Should Sit in the Back
Seat ............................................ 22
The Passenger’s Airbag Poses
Serious Risks to Children ....... 22
If You Must Drive with Several
Children .................................... 24
If a Child Requires Close
Attention ................................... 24
Additional Safety Precautions .... 24
General Guidelines for Using
Child Seats ................................ 25
Protecting Infants ........................ 29
Protecting Small Children .......... 34
Protecting Larger Children ........ 38
Using Child Seats with
Tethers...................................... 42
Additional Information About Your
Seat Belts .................................. 44
Seat Belt System Components ... 44
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 44
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 46
Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 47
Additional Information About Your
Airbags ...................................... 48
SRS Components ......................... 48
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 48
How Your Side Airbags Work.... 50
How the SRS Indicator Light
Works ........................................ 51
How The Side Airbag Indicator
Light Works ............................. 52
Airbag Service .............................. 53
Additional Safety Precautions .... 53
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 54
Safety Labels .................................... 55
Driver and Passenger Safety
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Important Safety Precautions
You’ll find many safety
recommendations throughout this
section, and throughout this manual.
The recommendations on this page
are the ones we consider to be the
most important.
Always Wear Your Seat Belt
A seat belt is your best protection in
all types of collisions. Airbags
supplement seat belts, but airbags
are designed to inflate only in a
moderate to severe frontal collision.
So even though your vehicle is
equipped with airbags, make sure
you and your passengers always
wear your seat belts, and wear them
properly. (See page 15 .)
Restrain All Children
Children are safest when they are
properly restrained in a back seat,
not the front seat. A child who is too
small for a seat belt must be properly
restrained in a child safety seat. (See
page 21 .)
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Be Aware of Airbag Hazards
While airbags can save lives, they
can cause serious or fatal injuries to
occupants who sit too close to them,
or are not properly restrained.
Infants, young children, and short
adults are at the greatest risk. Be
sure to follow all instructions and
warnings in this manual. (See page
9 .)
Don’t Drink and Drive
Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even
one drink can reduce your ability to
respond to changing conditions, and
your reaction time gets worse with
every additional drink. So don’t drink
and drive, and don’t let your friends
drink and drive, either.
Control Your Speed
Excessive speed is a major factor in
crash injuries and deaths. Generally,
the higher the speed the greater the
risk, but serious accidents can also
occur at lower speeds. Never drive
faster than is safe for current
conditions, regardless of the
maximum speed posted.
Keep Your Vehicle in Safe
Condition
Having a tire blowout or a
mechanical failure can be extremely
hazardous. To reduce the possibility
of such problems, check your tire
pressures and condition frequently,
and perform all regularly scheduled
maintenance. (See page 250 .)
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
(9)
(3)
(1)
Your vehicle is equipped with many
features that work together to
protect you and your passengers
during a crash.
Some safety features do not require
any action on your part. These
include a strong steel framework
that forms a safety cage around the
passenger compartment; front and
rear crush zones that are designed to
crumple and absorb energy during a
crash; a collapsible steering column;
and seat belt tensioners that
automatically tighten the front seat
belts in the event of a crash.
(4)
(10)
(7)
(5) (7) (8)
(2)
(10) (6)
(2)
(1) Safety Cage
(2) Crush Zones
(3) Seats & Seat-Backs
(4) Head Restraints
(5) Collapsible Steering Column
(6) Seat Belts
(7) Airbags
(8) Front Seat Belt Tensioners
(9) Door Locks
(10) Side Airbags
These safety features are designed
to reduce the severity of injuries in a
crash. However, you and your
passengers can’t take full advantage
of these safety features unless you
remain sitting in a proper position
and always wear your seat belts
properly. In fact, some safety
features can contribute to injuries if
they are not used properly.
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
Seat Belts
For your safety, and the safety of
your passengers, your vehicle is
equipped with seat belts in all seating
positions.
Your seat belt system also
includes a light on the
instrument panel to remind you and
your passengers to fasten your seat
belts.
Why Wear Seat Belts
Seat belts are the single most
effective safety device for adults and
larger children. (Infants and smaller
children must be properly restrained
in child seats.)
Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has airbags.
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In addition, most states and all
Canadian provinces require you to
wear seat belts.
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.
Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
if you have airbags.
Be sure you and your
passengers always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.
When properly worn, seat belts:
Keep you connected to the vehicle
so you can take advantage of the
vehicle’s built-in safety features.
Help protect you in almost every
type of crash, including frontal,
side, and rear impacts and
rollovers.
Help keep you in a good position
should the airbags ever deploy. A
good position reduces the risk of
injury from an inflating airbag, and
allows you to get the best
advantage from the airbag.
Of course, seat belts cannot
completely protect you in every
crash. But in most cases, seat belts
can reduce your risk of serious
injury.
What you should do: Always wear
your seat belt, and make sure you
wear it properly.
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
Airbags
Airbags do not replace seat belts.
They are designed to supplement
the seat belts.
Airbags offer no protection in rear
impacts, rollovers, or minor
frontal or side collisions.
Airbags can pose serious hazards.
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.
Your vehicle also has side airbags to
help protect the upper torso of the
driver or a front seat passenger
during a moderate to severe side
impact.
The most important things you need
to know about your airbags are:
To do their job, airbags must
inflate with tremendous force and
speed. 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 as possible
from the steering wheel or
dashboard.
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
Seats & Seat-Backs
Your vehicle’s seats are designed to
keep you in a comfortable, upright
position so you can take full
advantage of the protection offered
by seat belts and the energy
absorbing materials in the seats.
How you adjust your seats and seatbacks can also affect your safety. For
example, sitting too close to the
steering wheel or dashboard
increases the risk of you or your
passenger being injured by striking
the inside of the vehicle, or by an
inflating airbag.
Reclining a seat-back too far reduces
the seat belt’s effectiveness and
increases the chance that the seat’s
occupant will slide under the seat
belt in a crash and be seriously
injured.
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What you should do: Move the front
seats as far back as possible, and
keep adjustable seat-backs in an
upright position whenever the
vehicle is moving.
Head Restraints
Head restraints can help protect you
from whiplash and other injuries. For
maximum protection, the back of
your head should rest against the
center of the head restraint.
Door Locks
Keeping your doors locked reduces
the chance of being thrown out of
the vehicle during a crash. It also
helps prevent occupants from
accidentally opening a door and
falling out, and outsiders from
unexpectedly opening your doors.
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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features
Pre-Drive Safety Checklist
To make sure you and your
passengers get the maximum
protection from your vehicle’s safety
features, check the following each
time before you drive away:
All adults, and children who have
outgrown child safety seats, are
wearing their seat belts and
wearing them properly (see page
15 ).
Any infant or small child is
properly restrained in a child seat
in a back seat (see page 22 ).
Front seat occupants are sitting
upright and as far back as possible
from the steering wheel and
dashboard (see page 12 ).
Head restraints are properly
adjusted (see page 14 ).
All doors and the tailgate are
closed and locked (see page 12 ).
All cargo is properly stored or
secured (see page 203 ).
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 severe
crashes, even when seat belts are
properly worn and the airbags deploy.
Seat-backs are upright (see page
13 ).
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Protecting Adults
Introduction
The following pages provide
instructions on how to properly
protect the driver and other adult
occupants.
These instructions also apply to
children who have outgrown child
seats and are large enough to wear
lap/shoulder belts. (See page 38 for
important additional guidelines on
how to properly protect larger
children.)
1.Close and Lock the Doors
After everyone has entered the
vehicle, be sure the doors and
tailgate are closed and locked.
2.Adjust the Front Seats
Your vehicle has a door and tailgate
monitor light on the instrument
panel to indicate when a specific
door or the tailgate is not tightly
closed.
For safety, locking the doors reduces
the chance that a passenger,
especially a child, will open a door
while the vehicle is moving and
accidentally fall out. It also reduces
the chance of someone being thrown
out of the vehicle during a crash.
For security, locked doors can
prevent an outsider from
unexpectedly opening a door when
you come to a stop.
See page 83 for how to lock the
doors.
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Any driver who sits too close to the
steering wheel is at risk of being
seriously injured or killed by striking
the steering wheel, or from being
struck by an inflating airbag during a
crash.
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Protecting Adults
To reduce the chance of injury, wear
your seat belt properly, sit upright
with your back against the seat, and
move the seat as far back as possible
from the steering wheel while still
maintaining full control of the
vehicle. Also make sure your front
seat passenger moves the seat as far
to the rear as possible.
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.
Most shorter drivers can get far
enough away from the steering
wheel and still reach the pedals.
However, if you are concerned about
sitting too close, we recommend that
you investigate whether some type
of adaptive equipment may help.
3.Adjust the Seat-Backs
Once your seat is adjusted correctly,
rock it back and forth to make sure
the seat is locked in position.
See page 96 for how to adjust the
front seats.
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. If you
sit too close to the steering wheel,
you could be injured if the airbag
inflates.
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Protecting Adults
A front passenger should also adjust
the seat-back to an upright position,
but as far from the dashboard as
possible. A passenger who sits too
close to the dashboard could be
injured if the airbag inflates.
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.
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4.Adjust the Head Restraints
Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.
Adjust the seat-back to an
upright position and sit well
back in the seat.
See page 99 for how to adjust seatbacks.
Before driving, make sure everyone
with an adjustable head restraint has
properly positioned the head
restraint. The restraint should be
positioned so the back of the
occupant’s head rests against the
center of the restraint. A taller
person should adjust the restraint as
high as possible.
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Protecting Adults
Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.
Make sure head restraints are
in place and positioned properly
before driving.
Properly adjusted head restraints
will help protect occupants from
whiplash and other crash injuries.
See page 104 for how to adjust the
head restraints.
5.Fasten and Position the Seat
Belts
Insert the latch plate into the buckle,
then tug on the belt to make sure the
belt is securely latched. Also check
that the belt is not twisted, because a
twisted belt can cause serious
injuries in a crash.
In the second row center seat and
the third row seats, be sure the
detachable anchors are also latched
(see page 104 ).
Check that the seat 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
If necessary, pull up on the belt again
to remove any slack from the
shoulder part, 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.
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If the seat belt touches or crosses
your neck, or if it crosses your arm
instead of your shoulder, you need to
adjust the seat belt anchor height.
RELEASE
BUTTON
To adjust the height of a front seat
belt anchor, squeeze the two release
buttons and slide the anchor up or
down as needed (it has four
positions).
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Protecting Adults
Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
very serious injuries in a crash.
If a seat belt does not seem to work
as it should, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash. No one should
sit in a seat with an inoperative seat
belt. Anyone using a seat belt that is
not working properly can be
seriously injured or killed. Have your
Acura dealer check the belt as soon
as possible.
See page 44 for additional
information about your seat belt
system and how to take care of your
belts.
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Protecting Adults
6.Adjust the Steering Wheel
Adjust the steering wheel, if needed,
so that the wheel points toward your
chest, not toward your face.
Pointing the steering wheel toward
your chest provides optimal
protection from the airbag.
See page 76 for how to adjust the
steering wheel.
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7.Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position
After all occupants have adjusted
their seats and put on seat belts, it is
very important that they continue to
sit upright, well back in their seats,
with their feet on the floor, until the
vehicle is parked and the engine is
off.
Sitting improperly can increase the
chance of injury during a crash. For
example, if an occupant slouches,
lies down, turns sideways, sits
forward, leans forward or sideways,
or puts one or both feet up, the
chance of injury during a crash is
greatly increased.
In addition, an occupant who is out of
position in the front seat can be
seriously or fatally injured by
striking interior parts of the vehicle,
or by being struck by an inflating
front airbag. Being struck by an
inflating side airbag can result in
possibly serious injuries.
Sitting improperly or out of
position can result in serious
injury or death in a crash.
Always sit upright, well back in
the seat, with your feet on the
floor.
Remember, to get the best
protection from your vehicle’s
airbags and other safety features,
you must sit properly and wear your
seat belt properly.
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Advice for Pregnant Women
Pregnant women should also sit
upright and as far back as possible
from the steering wheel or
dashboard. This will reduce the risk
of injuries to both the mother and
her unborn child that can be caused
by a crash or an inflating airbag.
Each time you have a check-up, ask
your doctor if it’s okay for you to
drive.
Because protecting the mother is the
best way to protect her unborn child,
a pregnant woman should always
wear a seat belt whenever she drives
or rides in a vehicle.
Remember to keep the lap portion of
the belt as low as possible across
your hips.
Additional Safety Precautions
Never let passengers ride in the
cargo area or on top of a foldeddown back seat. All passengers
must sit in locked, upright seats
and be properly restrained by seat
belts.
Passengers should not stand up or
change seats while the vehicle is
moving. A passenger who is not
wearing a seat belt during a crash
or emergency stop can be thrown
against the inside of the vehicle,
against other occupants, or out of
the vehicle.
Two people should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
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Protecting Adults
Do not put any accessories on seat
belts. Devices intended to improve
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can
severely compromise the
protective capability of the seat
belt and increase the chance of
serious injury in a crash.
Do not place hard or sharp objects
between yourself and a front
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 front airbag covers. Any object
attached to or placed on the covers
marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ in the
center of the steering wheel and
on top of the dashboard could
interfere with the proper operation
of the airbags. Or, if the airbags
inflate, the objects could be
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propelled inside the car and hurt
someone.
Do not attach hard objects on or
near a front door. If a side airbag
inflates, a cup holder or other hard
object attached on or near the
door could be propelled inside the
car and hurt someone.
Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers. If your
hands or arms are close to the
airbag covers in the center of the
steering wheel and on top of the
dashboard, they could be injured if
the airbags inflate.
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Protecting Children
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.
Children depend on adults to protect
them. However, despite their best
intentions, many parents and other
adults may not know how to properly
protect young passengers.
All Children Must Be Restrained
Each year, many children are injured
or killed in vehicle crashes because
they are either unrestrained or not
properly restrained. In fact, vehicle
accidents are the number one cause
of death of children ages 12 and
under.
To reduce the number of child
deaths and injuries, every state and
Canadian province requires that
infants and children be restrained
whenever they ride in a vehicle.
Any child who is too small to wear a
seat belt should be properly
restrained in a child seat. (See page
25 .)
So if you have children, or if you ever
need to drive with a grandchild or
other children in your vehicle, be
sure to read this section.
A larger child should always be
restrained with a seat belt. (See page
38 .)
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Protecting Children
Children Should Sit in the Back
Seat
According to accident statistics,
children of all ages and sizes are
safer when they are restrained in the
back seat, not the front seat. The
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly
restrained in a back seat.
In a back seat, children are less
likely to be injured by striking hard
interior parts during a collision or
hard braking. Also, children cannot
be injured by an inflating airbag
when they ride in the back.
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The Passenger’s Front Airbag
Poses Serious Risks to Children
Front airbags have been designed to
help protect adults in a moderate to
severe frontal collision. To do this,
the passenger’s front airbag is quite
large, and it inflates with tremendous
speed.
Infants
Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s front airbag. If
the airbag inflates, it can hit the back
of the child seat with enough force
to kill or very seriously injure an
infant.
Small Children
Placing a forward-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s airbag can be
hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too
far forward, or the child’s head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating airbag can strike the child
with enough force to kill or very
seriously injure a small child.
Larger Children
Children who have outgrown child
seats are also at risk of being injured
or killed by an inflating passenger’s
airbag. Whenever possible, larger
children should sit in a back seat,
properly restrained with a seat belt.
(See page 38 for important
information about protecting larger
children.)
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Protecting Children
U.S. Models
Canadian Models
To remind you of the passenger’s
airbag hazards, and that children
must be properly restrained in a
back seat, your vehicle has warning
labels on the dashboard and on the
driver’s and front passenger’s visors.
Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.
To remind you of the airbag hazards,
your vehicle has warning labels on
the driver’s and front passenger’s
visors. Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.
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Protecting Children
If You Must Drive with Several
Children
Your vehicle has two rows of back
seats where children can be properly
restrained.
If you ever have to carry a group of
children (when carpooling for
example), and a child must ride in
front:
Place the largest child in the front
seat, provided the child is large
enough to wear a seat belt
properly (see page 38 ).
Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (see page 12 ).
Have the child sit upright and well
back in the seat (see page 18 ).
Make sure the seat belt is properly
positioned and secured (see page
15 ).
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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 from
the passenger’s front airbag, 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 a back
seat. The back seat is far safer for a
child than the front.
Additional Safety Precautions
Use childproof door locks to
prevent children from opening the
doors. Using this feature will
prevent children from opening the
doors and accidentally falling out
(see page 89 ).
Use the main power window
switch to prevent children from
opening the rear windows. Using
this feature will prevent children
from playing with the windows,
which could expose them to
hazards or distract the driver (see
page 107 ).
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Protecting Children
Do not leave children alone in your
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. And
children left alone with the key in
the ignition can accidentally set
the vehicle in motion, possibly
injuring themselves or others.
General Guidelines for Using
Child Seats
The following pages give general
guidelines for selecting and installing
child seats for infants and small
children.
Selecting a Child Seat
To provide proper protection, a child
seat should meet three
requirements:
1. The child seat should meet safety
standards. The child seat should
meet Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213)
or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 (CMVSS 213). Look
for the manufacturer’s statement
of compliance on the box and seat.
Infants: Children up to about one
year old should be restrained in a
rear-facing, reclining child seat. Only
a rear-facing seat provides the
proper support to protect an infant’s
head, neck, and back. See page
30 for additional information on
protecting infants.
2. The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to fit the child.
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3. The child seat should fit the
vehicle seating position (or
positions) where it will be used.
Due to variations in the design of
child seats, vehicle seats, and seat
belts, all child seats will not fit all
vehicle seating positions.
Small Children: A child who is too
large for a rear-facing child seat, and
who can sit up without support,
should be restrained in a forwardfacing child seat. See page 34 for
additional information on protecting
small children.
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However, Acura is confident that one
or more child seat models can fit and
be properly installed in all
recommended seating positions in
your vehicle.
Before purchasing a child seat, we
recommend that parents test the
child seat in the specific vehicle
seating position (or positions) where
they intend to use the seat. If a
previously purchased child seat does
not fit, you may need to buy a
different one that will fit.
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Placing a Child Seat
This page briefly summarizes Acura’s
recommendations on where to place
rear-facing and forward-facing child
seats in your vehicle.
Airbags Pose Serious
Risks to Children
The passenger’s front airbag
inflates with enough force to kill
or seriously injure an infant in a
rear-facing child seat.
A small child in a forward-facing
child seat is also at risk. If the
vehicle seat is too far forward,
or the child’s head is thrown
forward during a collision, an
inflating airbag can kill or
seriously injure the child.
Front Passenger’s Seat
Infants: Never in the front seat, due
to the passenger’s airbag hazard.
Small children: Not recommended,
due to the passenger’s airbag
hazard. If a small child must ride
in front, move the vehicle seat to
the rear-most position and secure
a front-facing child seat with the
seat belt (see page 35 ).
Back Seats
Infants: Recommended positions.
Properly secure a rear-facing child
seat (see page 30 ).
Small children: Recommended
If a small child must ride in the
front, follow the instructions
provided in this section.
positions. Properly secure a frontfacing child seat (see page 36 ).
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Installing a Child Seat
After selecting a proper child seat,
and a good position to install the seat,
there are three main steps in
installing the seat:
1. Secure the child seat to the vehicle
with a seat belt. All child seats
must be secured to the vehicle
with the lap part of a lap/shoulder
belt. A child whose seat is not
properly secured to the vehicle
can be endangered in a crash. See
pages 31 and 36 for instructions on
how to secure child seats in this
vehicle.
2. Make sure the child seat is firmly
secured. After installing a child
seat, push and pull the seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure.
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To provide security during normal
driving maneuvers as well as during
a collision, we recommend that
parents secure a child seat as firmly
as possible.
However, a child seat does not need
to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ In some vehicles
or seating positions, it may be
difficult to install a child seat so that
it does not move at all. Some side-toside or back-and-forth 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
in the desired seating position.
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 thrown out of the seat in a
crash and be seriously injured.
Storing a Child Seat
When you are not using a child seat,
either remove it and store it in a safe
place, or make sure it is properly
secured. An unsecured child seat can
be thrown around the vehicle during
a crash or sudden stop and injure
someone.
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Protecting Children
Protecting Infants
Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement
Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death if the
airbags inflate.
Always place a rear-facing child
seat in the back seat, not the
front.
Child Seat Type
Only a rear-facing child seat provides
proper support for a baby’s head,
neck, and back. Infants up to about
one year of age must be restrained in
a rear-facing child seat.
We recommend that an infant be
restrained in a rear-facing child seat
until the infant reaches the seat
maker’s weight or height limit and is
able to sit up without support.
In this vehicle, a rear-facing child
seat can be placed in any seating
position in a back seat, but not in the
front seat.
Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front seat. If the passenger’s
airbag inflates, it can hit the back of
the child seat with enough force to
kill or seriously injure an infant. If an
infant must be closely watched, we
recommend that another adult sit in
a back seat with the baby.
Do not put a rear-facing child seat in
a forward-facing position. If placed
facing forward, an infant could be
very seriously injured during a
frontal collision.
Two types of seats may be used: a
seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode.
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Installing a Rear-Facing Child Seat
with a Lap/Shoulder Belt
The lap/shoulder belts in the back
seats have a locking mechanism that
must be activated to secure a child
seat.
The following pages provide
instructions on how to secure a rearfacing child seat with this type of
seat belt.
1. Before installing a child seat in the
center seat of the second row or
either of the third row seats, make
sure the seat belt detachable
anchor is latched (see page 104 ).
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2. With the child seat in the desired
back seating position, route the
belt through the child seat
according to the seat maker’s
instructions, then insert the latch
plate into the buckle.
3. To activate the lockable retractor,
slowly pull the shoulder part of the
belt all the way out until it stops,
then let the belt feed back into the
retractor (you might hear a
clicking noise as the belt retracts).
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4. After the belt has retracted, tug on
it. If the belt is locked, you will not
be able to pull it out. If you can pull
the belt out, it is not locked and
you will need to repeat these steps.
5. After confirming that the belt is
locked, grab the shoulder part of
the belt near the buckle and pull
up to remove any slack from the
lap part of the belt. Remember, if
the lap part of the belt is not tight,
the child seat will not be secure.
To remove slack, it may help to
put weight on the child seat, or
push on the back of the seat, while
pulling up on the belt.
6. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure enough to
stay upright during normal driving
maneuvers. If the child seat is not
secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to
retract fully, then repeat these
steps.
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To deactivate the locking
mechanism and remove a child seat,
unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat
belt, and let the belt fully retract.
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Protecting Children
Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation
Tips
For proper protection, an infant must
ride in a reclined, or semi-reclined
position. To determine the proper
reclining angle, check with the baby’s
doctor or follow the seat maker’s
recommendations.
When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the
driver or a front-seat passenger from
moving the seat as far back as
recommended (see page 12 ). Or it
may prevent them from locking the
seat-back in the desired upright
position (see page 13 ).
In either case, we recommend that
you place the child seat in another
back seating position, or leave the
affected seat unoccupied. If the
problem cannot be solved, you may
wish to get a smaller rear-facing
child seat.
Additional Precautions for Infants
Never hold an infant on your lap.
If you are not wearing a seat belt
in a crash, you could be thrown
forward into the dashboard and
crush the infant.
If you are wearing a seat belt, the
infant can be torn from your arms
during a crash. For example, if
your vehicle crashes into a parked
vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a 20lb (9 kg) infant will become a 600lb (275 kg) force, and you will not
be able to hold on.
Never put a seat belt over yourself
and an infant. During a crash, the
belt could press deep into the
infant and cause very serious
injuries.
To achieve the desired reclining
angle, it may help to put a rolled up
towel under the toe of the child seat,
as shown.
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Protecting Small Children
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
We also recommend that a small
child stay in the child seat as long as
possible, until the child reaches the
weight or height limit for the seat.
Child Seat Type
A child who can sit up without
support, and who fits within the child
seat maker’s weight and height
limits, should be restrained in a
forward-facing, upright child seat.
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Child Seat Placement
In this vehicle, the best place to
install a forward-facing child seat is
in one of the seating positions in a
back seat.
Placing a forward-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger’s airbag can be
hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too
far forward, or the child’s head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating passenger’s airbag can
strike the child with enough force to
cause very serious or fatal injuries. If
a small child must be closely
watched, we recommend that
another adult sit in a back seat with
the child.
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Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/
Shoulder Belt
Improperly placing a forwardfacing child seat in the front
seat can result in serious injury
or death if the airbags inflate.
The lap/shoulder belts in the outer
back and front passenger seating
positions have a locking mechanism
that must be activated to secure a
child seat.
If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move
the vehicle seat as far back as
possible and properly restrain
the child.
The following pages provide
instructions on how to secure a
forward-facing child seat with this
type of seat belt.
If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move
the vehicle seat as far to the rear as
possible, be sure the child seat is
firmly secured to the vehicle, and the
child is properly strapped in the seat.
1. Before installing a child seat in the
center seat of the second row or
either of the third row seats, make
sure the seat belt detachable
anchor is latched (see page 104 ).
2. With the child seat in the desired
seating position, route the belt
through the child seat according
to the seat maker’s instructions,
then insert the latch plate into the
buckle.
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3. To activate the lockable retractor,
slowly pull the shoulder part of the
belt all the way out until it stops,
then let the belt feed back into the
retractor (you might hear a
clicking noise as the belt retracts).
4. After the belt has retracted, tug on
it. If the belt is locked, you will not
be able to pull it out. If you can pull
the belt out, it is not locked and
you will need to repeat these steps.
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5. After confirming that the belt is
locked, grab the shoulder part of
the belt near the buckle and pull
up to remove any slack from the
lap part of the belt. Remember, if
the lap part of the belt is not tight,
the child seat will not be secure. It
may help to put weight on the
child seat, or push on the back of
the seat, while pulling up on the
belt.
6. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side to side to
verify that it is secure enough to
stay upright during normal driving
maneuvers. If the child seat is not
secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to
retract fully, then repeat these
steps.
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To deactivate the locking
mechanism in order to remove a
child seat, unlatch the buckle,
unroute the seat belt, and let the belt
fully retract.
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Additional Precautions for Small
Children
Never hold a small child on your
lap. If you are not wearing a seat
belt in a crash, you could be
thrown forward into the
dashboard and crush the child.
If you are wearing a seat belt, the
child can be torn from your arms
during a crash. For example, if
your vehicle crashes into a parked
vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a
30-lb (14 kg) child will become a
900-lb (410 kg) force, and you will
not be able to hold on.
Never put a seat belt over yourself
and a child. During a crash, the
belt could press deep into the child
and cause very serious injuries.
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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 the back seat and
wear a lap/shoulder belt.
If a child is too short for the shoulder
part of the belt to properly fit, we
recommend that the child use a
booster seat until the child is tall
enough to use the seat belt without a
booster.
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 the front seat.
Allowing a larger child to sit
improperly in the front seat can
result in injury or death if the
passenger’s front airbag inflates.
If a larger child must sit in front,
make sure the child moves the
seat as far back as possible
and wears the seat belt properly.
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Checking Seat Belt Fit
If the shoulder part of the belt rests
over the child’s collarbone and
against the center of the chest, as
shown, the child is large enough to
wear the seat belt.
However, if the belt touches or
crosses the child’s neck, the child
needs to use a booster seat.
Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck. This could result in
serious neck injuries during a crash.
Do not let a child put the shoulder
part of a seat belt behind the back or
under the arm. This could cause
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.
Do not put any accessories on a seat
belt. Devices intended to improve
To determine if a lap/shoulder belt
properly fits a child, have the child
put on the seat belt. Follow the
instructions on page 15 . Then check
how the belt fits.
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt, severely
compromise the protective capability
of the seat belt and increase the
chance of serious injury in a crash.
Two children should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they could
be very seriously injured in a crash.
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Using a Booster Seat
A child may continue using a booster
seat until the tops of the ears are
even with the top of the seat-back. A
child of this height should be tall
enough to use the lap/shoulder belt
without a booster.
When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
ages 12 and under be properly
restrained in a back seat.
If a child needs a booster seat, we
recommend choosing a style that
allows the child to use the lap/
shoulder belt directly, without a
shield, as shown.
Whichever style you select, follow
the booster seat maker’s instructions.
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The back seat is the safest place for
a child of any age or size.
In addition, the passenger’s front
airbag poses serious risks to children.
If the seat is too far forward, or the
child’s head is thrown forward
during a collision, or the child is
unrestrained or out of position, an
inflating front airbag can kill or
seriously injure the child.
The side airbag also poses risks. If
any part of a larger child’s body is in
the path of a deploying airbag, the
child could receive possibly serious
injuries.
Of course, children vary widely. And
while age may be one indicator of
when a child can safely ride in the
front, there are other important
factors you should consider.
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Physical Size
Physically, a child must be large
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to
properly fit over the hips, chest, and
shoulder (see pages 15 and 39 ). If
the seat belt does not fit properly,
the child should not sit in the 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 rearmost position.
Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.
Check that the child’s seat belt is
properly positioned and secured.
Supervise the child. Even mature
children sometimes need to be
reminded to fasten the seat belts
or sit properly.
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Using Child Seats with Tethers
Your vehicle has attachment points
for a tether-style child seat to be
installed on the second or third row
as shown.
Second Seat Installation:
Third Seat Installation:
Since a tether can provide additional
security, we recommend using a
tether whenever one is required or
available.
TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT
Each second row seat has a tether
anchorage point behind the seat
back.
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There are two anchorage points on
the tailgate sill. Select the anchorage
point you want to use, and remove
the cover with a small flat-tipped
screwdriver or fingernail file.
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Lift the head restraint, then route
the tether strap over the seat-back
between the legs of the head
restraint.
Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether attachment point and tighten
the strap according to the child seat
maker’s instructions. Make sure the
strap is not twisted.
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all seven seating
positions. The front seat belts are
also equipped with automatic seat
belt tensioners.
The seat belt system also
includes a light on the
instrument panel to remind you and
your passengers to fasten your belts.
If the driver’s seat belt is not
fastened before the ignition is turned
ON (II), the light will come on and a
beeper will also sound. The beeper
will stop after a few seconds, but the
light will stay on until the driver’s
seat belt is fastened.
Lap/Shoulder Belt
The lap/shoulder belts in the center
seat of the second row and both of
the third row seats are equipped with
a detachable anchor that has two
parts: a small latch plate and a
buckle.
The detachable anchor should
normally be latched whenever the
seats-backs are in an upright position.
For more information about the
detachable anchors, see page 104 .
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The lap/shoulder belts goes over
your shoulder, across your chest,
and across your hips.
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
To fasten the belt, insert the latch
plate into the buckle, then tug on the
belt to make sure the buckle is
latched.
To unlock the belt, push the red
PRESS button on the buckle.
Guide the belt across your body so
that it retracts completely. After
exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt
is out of the way and will not get
closed in the door.
All seat belts have an emergency
locking retractor. In normal driving,
the retractor lets you move freely in
your seat while it keeps some
tension on the belt. During a collision
or sudden stop, the retractor
automatically locks the belt to help
restrain your body.
The seat belts in all seating positions
except the driver’s have an additional
locking mechanism that must be
activated to secure a child seat. (See
pages 30 and 35 for instructions on
how to secure child seats with this
type of seat belt.)
If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the locking
mechanism will activate. The belt
will retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.
To deactivate the locking
mechanism, unlatch the buckle and
let the seat belt fully retract. To
refasten the belt, pull it out only as
far as needed.
See page 15 for instructions on how
to wear the lap/shoulder belt
properly.
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners
If your airbags inflate, the tensioners
immediately tighten the front seat
belts to help hold the occupants in
place. The belts will remain tight
until you unbuckle them in the
normal way.
The SRS indicator light will
come on if there is a
problem with your automatic seat
belt tensioners (see page 51 ).
Your Acura has automatic seat belt
tensioners for added protection
during a moderate to severe frontal
collision.
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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
that the lap/shoulder belts retract
easily. Any belt not in good condition
or not working properly will not
provide good protection and should
be replaced as soon as possible.
U.S. Models
Acura provides a lifetime warranty
on seat belts. Acura will repair or
replace any seat belt component that
fails to function properly during
normal use. Please see your Acura
Warranty Information booklet for
details.
If a seat belt is worn during a crash,
you should have your dealer inspect
the belt, and replace it if necessary.
A belt that has been worn during a
crash may not provide the same level
of protection in a subsequent crash.
The dealer should also inspect the
anchors for damage and replace
them if needed.
For information on how to clean your
seat belts, see page 309 .
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.
Automatic seat belt tensioners that
deployed during a crash must be
replaced.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
SRS Components
Your Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS) includes:
Two 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.’’
An indicator light on the
instrument panel that alerts you to
a possible problem with the
system (see page 51 ).
How Your Front Airbags Work
Emergency backup power in case
your vehicle’s electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.
Automatic seat belt tensioners
(see page 46 ).
Sensors that can detect a
moderate to severe frontal
collision.
A sophisticated electronic system
that continually monitors and
records information about the
sensors, the control unit, the
airbag activators, and driver and
passenger seat belt use when the
ignition is ON (II).
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If you ever have a moderate to
severe frontal collision, the sensors
will detect the vehicle’s rapid
deceleration. If the rate of
deceleration is high enough, the
control unit will instantly inflate the
front airbags.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
After a crash, you may see what
looks like smoke. This is actually
powder from the airbag’s surface.
Although the powder is not harmful,
people with respiratory problems
may experience some temporary
discomfort. If this occurs, get out of
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do
so.
During a frontal crash, your seat
belts help restrain your lower body
and torso. Your airbag provides a
cushion to help restrain and protect
your head and chest.
Since both airbags use the same
sensors, both airbags normally
inflate at the same time. However, it
is possible for only one airbag to
inflate.
This can occur when 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.
U.S. Owners
After inflating, the airbags
immediately deflate, so they won’t
interfere with the driver’s visibility,
or the ability to steer or operate
other controls.
The total time for inflation and
deflation is approximately 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.
For additional information on how
your airbags work, see the booklet
titled SRS: What You Need to Know
About Airbags that came with your
owner’s manual.
Canadian Owners
For additional information on how
your airbags work, ask your dealer
for a copy of the booklet titled SRS:
What You Need to Know About Airbags.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How Your Side Airbags Work
If you ever have a moderate to
severe side impact, the sensors will
detect rapid deceleration and signal
the control unit to instantly inflate
either the driver’s or the passenger’s
side airbag.
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.
Your vehicle is equipped with side
airbags for the driver and a front
seat passenger. The airbags are
stored in the outer edges of the front
seat-backs, and both are marked
‘‘SIDE AIRBAG.’’
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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.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How the SRS Indicator Light
Works
The SRS indicator light
alerts you to a potential
problem with your front airbags and
automatic seat belt tensioners.
This light will also alert you to a
potential problem with your side
airbags or passenger’s side airbag
automatic cutoff system (see page
52 ).
When you turn the ignition ON (II),
this indicator will light briefly then
go out. This tells you that the system
is working properly.
If the light 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 light does not
come on after you turn the ignition
ON (II).
If the light stays on after the
engine starts.
Ignoring the SRS indicator light
can result in serious injury or
death if the airbags, cutoff
system, or tensioners do not
work properly.
Have your vehicle checked by a
dealer as soon as possible if
the SRS light alerts you to a
potential problem.
If the light comes on or flashes on
and off while you drive.
If you see any of these indications,
your front or side airbags may not
deploy, your passenger’s side airbag
automatic cutoff system may not
work properly, or your seat belt
tensioners may not work when you
need them. See your Acura dealer as
soon as possible.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How The Side Airbag Indicator
Light Works
This light alerts you that
the passenger’s side airbag
has been automatically shut off.
To reduce the risk of injury from an
inflating side airbag, your vehicle has
an automatic cutoff system for the
passenger’s side airbag.
Although Acura does not encourage
children to ride in the front, this
system is designed to shut off the
side airbag if a child leans sideways
and the child’s head is in the side
airbag deployment path.
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If a small-statured adult leans
sideways, or larger adult slouches
and leans sideways into the
deployment path of the side airbag,
the system may also shut off the side
airbag.
If the side airbag indicator light
comes on, you should have the
passenger sit upright. Once the
passenger is out of the deployment
path of the side airbag, the system
will turn the airbag back on and the
light will go out.
A front seat passenger should not
use a cushion or other object as a
backrest. It may prevent the cutoff
system from working properly.
When you turn the ignition ON (II),
the indicator should light briefly and
go out (see page 60 ). If it doesn’t
light, stays on, or comes on while
driving without a passenger in the
front seat, have the system checked.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Airbag Service
Your front and side airbag systems
are virtually maintenance-free, and
there are no parts you can safely
service. However, you must have
your vehicle serviced if:
Your airbags ever inflate. Any
airbag that has deployed must be
replaced along with the control
unit, automatic seat belt
tensioners and other related parts.
Do not try to remove or replace
any airbag by yourself. This must
be done by a Honda dealer or a
knowledgeable body shop.
Additional Safety Precautions
Do not attempt to deactivate your
airbags. Together, airbags and
seat belts provide the best
protection.
Do not tamper with airbag
components or wiring for any
reason. Tampering could cause
the airbags to deploy, possibly
causing very serious injury.
Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting an
Acura dealer. Improperly
replacing or covering front seatback covers can prevent your side
airbags from inflating during a
collision.
See page 202 for further information
and precautions relating to your
airbags.
Do not expose the front seat-backs
to water. If rain or spilled water
soaks into a seat-back, it can
prevent the side airbag system
from working properly.
The SRS indicator light alerts you
to a problem. Take your vehicle to
an authorized Acura dealer as
soon as possible. If you ignore this
indication, the airbags might not
inflate when you need them.
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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.
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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 tailgate open, air flow can
pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s
interior and create a hazardous
condition. If you must drive with the
tailgate open, open all the windows
and set the heating and cooling
system/climate control system as
shown below.
If you must sit in your parked vehicle,
even in an unconfined area, with the
engine running, adjust the heating
and cooling system/climate control
system as follows:
1. Select the Fresh Air mode.
mode.
2. Select the
3. Turn the fan on high speed.
4. Set the temperature control to a
comfortable setting.
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Safety Labels
These labels are in the locations
shown. They warn you of potential
hazards that could cause serious
injury. Read these labels carefully.
DASHBOARD
SUN VISOR
U.S. models only
U.S. models
If a label comes off or becomes hard
to read, contact your Acura dealer
for a replacement.
HOOD
Canadian models
RADIATOR CAP
BATTERY LABEL
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Instruments and Controls
This section gives information about
the controls and displays that
contribute to the daily operation of
your Acura. All the essential controls
are within easy reach.
Control Locations ............................ 58
Indicator Lights................................ 59
Gauges .............................................. 65
Controls Near the Steering
Wheel ........................................ 69
Headlights .................................... 70
Automatic Lighting Off
Feature ...................................... 71
Daytime Running Lights............. 71
Instrument Panel Brightness ..... 71
Turn Signals ................................. 72
Windshield Wipers ...................... 72
Windshield Washers ................... 74
Rear Window Wiper and
Washer ...................................... 74
Hazard Warning........................... 74
Rear Window Defogger .............. 75
Fog Light ...................................... 75
Steering Wheel Adjustment ....... 76
Steering Wheel Controls ................ 77
Cruise Control .............................. 77
Remote Audio Controls .............. 80
Keys and Locks ................................ 80
Keys............................................... 80
Immobilizer System..................... 81
Ignition Switch ............................. 82
Power Door Locks ....................... 83
Remote Transmitter .................... 85
Childproof Door Locks ............... 89
Glove Box ..................................... 90
HomeLink Universal
Transmitter .................................. 91
Seats .................................................. 96
Power Seat Adjustments ............. 96
Driver’s Lumbar Support ............ 97
Manual Seat Adjustments........... 98
Second and Third Row seat
Adjustments ............................. 99
Head Restraints ......................... 100
Rear Seat Access ....................... 101
Folding the Second Seat ........... 101
Folding the Third Seat .............. 102
Detachable Anchors .................. 104
Seat Heaters ................................... 105
Power Windows ............................. 106
Moonroof ........................................ 109
Mirrors ............................................ 110
Parking Brake ................................ 112
Driving Position Memory
System......................................... 113
Beverage Holder ............................ 116
Console Compartment .................. 118
Rear Compartment ........................ 118
Cargo Hooks .................................. 118
Sunglasses Holder ......................... 119
Sun Visor......................................... 120
Vanity Mirror ................................. 120
Accessory Power Sockets............. 121
Coin Box ......................................... 122
Coat Hook ....................................... 122
Interior Lights ................................ 123
Trip Computer ............................... 127
(Without Navigation System) .. 127
(With Navigation System) ........ 137
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Control Locations
INDICATOR LIGHTS (P.59)
GAUGES (P.65)
SHIFT LEVER
(P.212)
CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.142)
AUDIO SYSTEM
(P.153, 171)
POWER DOOR LOCK
SWITCHES
(P.83)
MIRROR
CONTROLS
(P.111)
GLOVE BOX
(P.90)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P.106)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
(P.196)
FUEL FILL DOOR
RELEASE
(P.195)
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PARKING BRAKE
PEDAL
(P.112)
REAR A/C CONTROL
(P.153)
ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET
(P.121)
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Indicator Lights
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR
LAMP (P.60)
CRUISE CONTROL
INDICATOR (P.63)
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.60)
LOW OIL PRESSURE
INDICATOR (P.60)
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.63)
IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P.61)
CHARGING SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P.60)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR* (P.61)
WASHER LEVEL
INDICATOR (P.63)
PARKING BRAKE
AND BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR* (P.61)
SIDE AIRBAG
INDICATOR (P.60)
MAINTENANCE
REQUIRED
INDICATOR (P.67)
DOOR AND TAILGATE
OPEN MONITOR (P.62)
A/T TEMPERATURE
INDICATOR (P.64)
VTM-4 INDICATOR (P.64)
*
LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.63)
BRAKE LAMP INDICATOR (P.61)
SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT (P.60)
The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text.
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Indicator Lights
The instrument panel has many
indicators to give you important
information about your vehicle.
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
See page 329 .
Seat Belt Reminder Light
This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition switch ON (II). It is a
reminder to you and your passengers
to protect yourselves by fastening
the 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 light stays on until
you do. Both the light and the beeper
stay off if you fasten your seat belt
before turning on the ignition.
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Low Oil Pressure
Indicator
The engine can be severely damaged
if this light flashes or stays on when
the engine is running. For complete
information, see page 327 .
Charging System
Indicator
If this light comes on when the
engine is running, the battery is not
being charged. For complete
information, see page 328 .
Supplemental Restraint
System Indicator
This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition switch ON (II). If it
comes on at any other time, it
indicates a potential problem with
your front airbags. This light will
also alert you to a potential problem
with your side airbags, passenger’s
side airbag automatic cutoff system
or automatic seat belt tensioners.
For complete information, see page
51 .
Side Airbag Indicator
This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition switch ON (II). If it
comes on at any other time, it
indicates that the passenger’s side
airbag has automatically shut off.
For complete information, see page
52 .
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Indicator Lights
U.S.
Canada
Parking Brake
and Brake
System
Indicator
This light has two functions:
1. It comes on when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II). It is a
reminder to check the parking
brake. Driving with the parking
brake applied can damage the
brakes and tires.
2. If the indicator remains lit after
you have fully released the
parking brake while the engine is
running, or if it comes on while
driving, it can indicate a problem
in the brake system. For complete
information, see page 331 .
U.S.
Canada
Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS) Indicator
This light normally comes on for a
few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II), and when
the ignition switch is turned to
START (III). If this light comes on at
any other time, there is a problem in
the ABS. If this happens, take the
vehicle to your dealer to have it
checked. With the light on, your
vehicle still has normal braking
ability but no anti-lock. For complete
information, see page 221 .
Immobilizer System
Indicator
This indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch ON (II). It will then go off if
you have inserted a properly-coded
ignition key. If it is not a properlycoded key, the indicator will blink
and the engine will not start (see
page 81 ).
This indicator also blinks several
times when you turn the ignition
switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY
(I) or LOCK (0).
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Indicator Lights
Turn Signal and
Hazard Warning
Indicators
The left or right turn signal light
blinks when you signal a lane change
or turn. If the light does not blink or
blinks rapidly, it usually means one
of the turn signal bulbs is burned out
(see page 296 ). Replace the bulb as
soon as possible, since other drivers
cannot see that you are signalling.
When you turn on the Hazard
Warning switch, both turn signal
lights blink. All turn signals on the
outside of the vehicle should flash.
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Brake Lamp Indicator
Door and Tailgate Open Monitor
If a brake light does not work, the
BRAKE LAMP indicator comes on
when you push the brake pedal with
the ignition switch ON (II).
A burned out brake light is a hazard
when drivers behind you cannot tell
you are braking. Have your brake
lights repaired right away.
The appropriate light comes on in
this display if the tailgate or any door
is not closed tightly.
All the lights in the monitor display
come on for a few seconds when you
turn the ignition switch ON (II).
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Indicator Lights
‘‘Daytime Running
Lights’’ Indicator
Canadian models only
This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition switch to ON (II) with
the headlight switch off and the
parking brake set. It should go off if
you turn on the headlights or release
the parking brake. If it comes on at
any other time, it means there is a
problem with the DRL. There may
also be a problem with the high
beam headlights.
Cruise Control Indicator
High Beam Indicator
This light comes on with the high
beam headlights. See page 70 for
information on the headlight
controls.
Washer Level Indicator
This light comes on when the
washer fluid level is low. Add washer
fluid when you see this light come on
(see page 270 ).
On Canadian models, this indicator
comes on with reduced brightness
when the Daytime Running Lights
(DRL) are on (see page 71 ).
Low Fuel Indicator
This light comes on as a reminder
that you must refuel soon.
This lights when you set the cruise
control. See page 77 for information
on operating the cruise control.
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Indicator Lights
A/T Temperature Indicator
This indicator monitors the
temperature of the automatic
transmission fluid. The indicator
should come on for a few seconds
when you turn the ignition switch
ON (II). If it comes on while driving,
it indicates the transmission fluid
temperature is too high. Pull to the
side of the road when it is safe, shift
to Park, and let the engine idle until
the indicator goes out.
Continuing to drive with the A/T
Temperature indicator lit may cause
serious damage to the transmission.
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VTM-4 Indicator
This light normally comes on for a
few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II). If this light
comes on at any other time, there is
a problem in the 4WD system. Take
the vehicle to your dealer to have it
checked.
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Gauges
TACHOMETER
SPEEDOMETER
FUEL GAUGE
TRIP METER
SELECT BUTTON
TRIP METER
MAINTENANCE
VTM-4
REQUIRED INDICATOR
ODOMETER
Speedometer
U.S. Models
This shows your speed in miles per
hour (mph). The smaller inner
numbers are the speed in kilometers
per hour (km/h).
TEMPERATURE
GAUGE
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 RESET BUTTON
Tachometer
The tachometer shows the engine
speed in revolutions per minute
(rpm). To protect the engine from
damage, never drive with the
tachometer needle in the red zone.
Canadian Models
This shows your speed in kilometers
per hour (km/h). The smaller inner
numbers are the speed in miles per
hour (mph).
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Gauges
Trip Meter
SELECT BUTTON
RESET BUTTON
This meter shows the number of
miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada)
driven since you last reset it.
There are two trip meters: Trip A
and Trip B. Switch between these
displays by pressing the Select
button repeatedly. Each trip meter
works independently, so you can
keep track of two different distances.
When you turn the ignition switch
ON (II), what you last selected is
displayed.
To reset a trip meter, display it, and
then press and hold the Reset button
until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’.
Both trip meters will reset if the
vehicle’s battery goes dead or is
disconnected.
Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine’s coolant. During normal
operation, the pointer should rise
from the bottom blue 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 the
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upper white mark. If it reaches the
red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the
side of the road. Turn to page 325 for
instructions and precautions on
checking the engine’s cooling
system.
Fuel Gauge
This shows how much fuel you have.
It is most accurate when the vehicle
is on level ground. It may show
slightly more or less than the actual
amount when you are driving on
curvy or hilly roads.
The needle returns to the bottom
after you turn off the ignition. The
gauge shows the fuel level reading
immediately after you turn the
ignition switch back ON (II).
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Gauges
Maintenance Required Indicator
For the first 6,000 miles (9,600 km)
after the Maintenance Required
Indicator is reset, it will come on for
two seconds when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II).
Your dealer will reset this indicator
after completing the scheduled
maintenance. If this maintenance is
done by someone other than your
Acura dealer, reset the indicator as
follows.
Between 6,000 miles (9,600 km) and
7,500 miles (12,000 km) this
indicator will light for two seconds
when you first turn the ignition
switch ON (II), and then flash for
ten seconds.
MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR
This indicator reminds you that it is
time to take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance.
Refer to the Maintenance Schedules
for Normal and Severe Driving
Conditions on pages 252 .
If you exceed 7,500 miles (12,000
km) without having the scheduled
maintenance performed, this
indicator will remain on as a constant
reminder.
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Gauges
SELECT BUTTON
RESET BUTTON
1. Turn off the engine.
2. Press and hold the select and reset
buttons on the instrument panel,
then turn the ignition switch ON
(II).
3. Hold the buttons for
approximately ten seconds until
the indicator resets.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
The two levers on the steering
column contain controls for driving
features you use most often. The left
lever controls the turn signals,
headlights, and high beams. The
right lever controls the windshield
washers and wipers.
The switches for the hazard warning
lights and rear window defogger are
located to the right of the steering
column.
The controls under the left air vent
are for the cruise control, the
moonroof and the fog lights.
The tilt adjustment lever on the
underside of the steering column
allows you to tilt the steering wheel.
*
To use the horn, press the pad
around the ‘‘A’’ logo.
HEADLIGHTS/
TURN SIGNALS
(P.70/72)
INSTRUMENT PANEL
BRIGHTNESS
(P.71)
VTM-4 LOCK
(P.218)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER
(P.75)
FOG LIGHTS
(P.75)
CRUISE
CONTROL
(P.77)
MOONROOF
SWITCH (P.109)
REMOTE AUDIO
CONTROLS
(P.189)
STEERING WHEEL
ADJUSTMENT (P.76)
HORN*
CRUISE
CONTROL
(P.77)
LIGHT CONTROL
SWITCH
(P.123)
HAZARD
WARNING
LIGHTS
(P.74)
WINDSHIELD
WIPERS/WASHERS
(P.72/74)
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
Headlights
If you leave the lights on with the
ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I)
or LOCK (0), you will hear a
reminder chime when you open the
driver’s door.
To flash the high beams, pull the
turn signal lever back lightly, then
release it. The high beams will come
on and go off.
The high beams will stay on for as
long as you hold the lever back, no
matter what position the headlight
switch is in.
The rotating switch on the left lever
controls the lights. Turning this
switch to the ‘‘
’’ position turns
on the parking lights, taillights,
instrument panel lights, side-marker
lights, and rear license plate lights.
Turning the switch to the ‘‘
’’
position turns on the headlights.
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To change between low beams and
high beams, pull the turn signal lever
until you hear a click, then let go.
The blue high beam indicator will
light (see page 63 ).
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
Automatic Lighting Off Feature
The Automatic Lighting Off feature
turns off the headlights, fog lights,
parking lights, taillights, side marker
lights, license plate lights and
instrument panel lights within 15
seconds of removing the key from
the ignition switch and closing the
driver’s door.
This feature activates if you leave
the headlight switch in the
or
position, remove the key, open,
then close the driver’s door.
If you remove the key from the
ignition switch with the headlight
switch on, but do not open the door
and get out, the lights will turn off
after 10 minutes.
The lights will turn on again when
you unlock or open the driver’s door.
If you unlock the door, but do not
open it within 15 seconds, the lights
will go off. With the driver’s door
open, you will hear a lights-on
reminder chime.
Daytime Running Lights
(Canadian Models)
With the headlight switch off, the
high beam headlights come on with
reduced brightness when you turn
the ignition switch to ON (II) and
release the parking brake. They
remain on until you turn the ignition
off, even if you set the parking brake.
Instrument Panel Brightness
INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS
CONTROL DIAL
The dial on the instrument panel
controls the brightness of the
instrument panel lights. Turn the dial
to adjust the brightness.
The headlights revert to normal
operation when you turn them on
with the switch.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
Turn Signals
To signal a lane change, push lightly
on the turn signal lever in the proper
direction and hold it. The lever will
return to the center position as soon
as you release it.
Windshield Wipers
TURN SIGNAL LEVER
Signal a turn or lane change with this
lever. Push down on the lever to
signal a left turn, and up to signal a
right turn. If you push it up or down
all the way, the turn signal continues
to blink even when you release the
lever. It shuts off automatically as
you complete the turn.
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The right lever controls the windshield wipers and washers. The
rotary switch at the end of the lever
has three positions:
INT: intermittent
: low speed
: high speed
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
If you turn the INT TIME ring to the
shortest delay, the wipers will
change from intermittent to low
speed operation when vehicle speed
exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h).
In intermittent, the wipers operate
every few seconds. You can vary
how often the wipers sweep the
windshield by turning the INT TIME
ring next to the rotary switch. The
sweep interval will change slightly
with speed; getting shorter as you
drive faster. In low speed
intermittent and high speed driving,
the wipers run continuously.
To operate the wipers in mist mode,
push the control lever down. The
wipers run at high speed until you
release the lever. This gives you a
quick way to clear the windshield.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
Windshield Washers
Rear Window Wiper and Washer
Hazard Warning
To clean the windshield, pull back on
the wiper control lever. The washers
spray until you release the lever. The
wipers run at low speed while you’re
pulling the lever, then complete one
more sweep of the windshield after
you release it.
The rear window wiper switch is
located next to the windshield wiper
switch.
Push the red button to the right of
the display to turn on the hazard
warning lights (four-way flashers).
This causes all four outside turn
signals and both indicators in the
instrument panel to flash. Use the
hazard warning lights if you need to
park in a dangerous area near heavy
traffic, or if your vehicle is disabled.
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To activate the rear windshield wiper,
turn the switch ‘‘ON’’. If you wish to
use the wiper and washer, turn and
hold the switch one position up from
‘‘ON’’.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
Rear Window Defogger
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.
Fog Lights
Turn the fog lights on and off by
pressing the button. The indicator in
the button lights to show the fog
lights are on.
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 light above
the button lights to show the
defogger is on. If you do not turn it
off, the defogger will shut itself off
after about 15 minutes. It also shuts
off when you turn off the ignition.
You have to turn it on again when
you restart the vehicle.
You can use the fog lights only when
the headlights are on low beam.
They will go off when you turn the
headlights off or onto high beam.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
3. Push the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in that position.
Steering Wheel Adjustment
See page 18 for important safety
information about how to properly
position the steering wheel.
4. Make sure you have securely
locked the steering wheel in place
by trying to move it up and down.
Make any steering wheel adjustment
before you start driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel
position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
vehicle and be seriously injured
in a crash.
To adjust the steering wheel upward
or downward:
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 to the
desired position, making sure the
wheel points toward your chest,
not toward your face. Make sure
you can see the instrument panel
gauges and the indicator lights.
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Steering Wheel Controls
Cruise Control
Cruise control allows you to maintain
a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h)
without keeping your foot on the
accelerator pedal. It should be used
for cruising on straight, open
highways. It is not recommended for
conditions such as city driving,
winding roads, slippery roads, heavy
rain, or bad weather. You should
have full control of the vehicle under
those conditions.
Using the Cruise Control
CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH
RESUME/accel
CANCEL
SET/decel
Improper use of the cruise
control can lead to a crash.
1. Push in the Cruise Control Master
Switch to the left of the steering
column. The indicator in the
switch will light.
Use the cruise control only
when traveling on open
highways in good weather.
2. Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).
3. Press and release the SET/decel
button on the steering wheel. The
CRUISE CONTROL light on the
instrument panel comes on to
show the system is now activated.
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Steering Wheel Controls
The 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 to the desired speed. This
will cancel the cruise control. To
resume the set speed, press the
RESUME/accel button. The
CRUISE CONTROL light on the
instrument panel comes 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. The vehicle will
accelerate. 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 repeatedly. Each time
you do this, your vehicle will speed
up about 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
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You can decrease the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
Press and hold the SET/decel
button. The vehicle will decelerate.
Release the button when you
reach the desired speed.
To slow down in very small
amounts, tap the SET/decel
button repeatedly. Each time you
do this, your vehicle will slow
down about 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
Tap the brake pedal lightly with
your foot. The CRUISE
CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out. When the
vehicle slows to the desired speed,
press the SET/decel button. The
vehicle will then maintain the
desired speed.
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Steering Wheel Controls
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.
Cancelling the Cruise Control
Resting your foot on the brake pedal
will cause the cruise control to
cancel.
CANCEL
BUTTON
You can cancel the cruise control in
any of these ways:
Tap the brake pedal.
Push the CANCEL button on the
steering wheel.
When you push the CANCEL button,
or tap the brake pedal, the CRUISE
CONTROL light on the instrument
panel will go out and the vehicle will
begin to slow down. You can use the
accelerator pedal in the normal way.
The system remembers the
previously-set cruising speed. To
return to that speed, accelerate to
above 25 mph (40 km/h) and then
press and release the RESUME/
accel button. The CRUISE
CONTROL light comes on. The
vehicle will accelerate to the same
cruising speed as before.
Pressing the Cruise Control Master
Switch turns the system completely
off and erases the previous cruising
speed from memory. To use the
system again, refer to Using the
Cruise Control.
Press the Cruise Control Master
Switch.
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Steering Wheel Controls, Keys and Locks
Remote Audio Controls
Keys
KEY
NUMBER
PLATE
MASTER
KEYS
(BLACK)
VALET KEY
(GRAY)
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 valet key at a
parking facility.
You should have received a key
number tag with your keys. You will
need this key number if you ever
have to get a lost key replaced. Keep
the tag stored in a safe place. If you
need to replace a key, use only an
Acura-approved key blank.
These buttons let you control some
functions of the audio system without removing your hands from the
wheel. Refer to page 189 for a complete explanation.
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Your vehicle comes with two master
keys and a valet key.
The master key fits all the locks on
your vehicle:
• Ignition
• Driver’s Door
• Glove box
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Keys and Locks
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.
Remote Transmitter
Your vehicle also comes with two
remote transmitters; see page 85 for
an explanation of their operation.
Immobilizer System
The Immobilizer System protects
your vehicle from theft. A properlycoded master or valet key must be
used in the ignition switch for the
engine to start. If an improperlycoded key (or other device) is used,
the engine’s fuel system is disabled.
When you turn the ignition switch to
ON (II), the Immobilizer System
indicator should come on for a few
seconds, then go out. If the indicator
starts to blink, it means the system
does not recognize the coding of the
key. Turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert
it, and turn the switch to ON (II)
again.
The system may not recognize your
key’s coding if another immobilizer
key or other metal object is near the
ignition switch when you insert the
key. To make sure the system
recognizes the key code:
Do not keep other immobilizer
keys on the same key ring.
Use a plastic or leather key fob,
not metal.
Keep other keys away from your
vehicle’s key and the ignition
switch while trying to start the
engine.
If the system repeatedly does not
recognize the coding of your key,
contact your Acura dealer.
This indicator will also blink several
times when you turn the ignition
switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY
(I) or LOCK (0).
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it. Electrical
problems could result that may make
your vehicle undriveable.
If you have lost your key and you
cannot start the engine, contact your
Acura dealer.
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Keys and Locks
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.
Ignition Switch
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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The ignition switch is on the right
side of the steering column. It has
four positions:
• LOCK (0)
• ACCESSORY (I)
• ON (II)
• START (III)
LOCK (0) − You can insert or
remove the key only in this position.
To switch from ACCESSORY to
LOCK, you must push the key in
slightly as you turn it. The shift lever
must also be in Park. The anti-theft
lock will lock the steering column
when you remove the key.
If the front wheels are turned, the
anti-theft lock may sometimes make
it difficult to turn the key from
LOCK to ACCESSORY. Firmly turn
the steering wheel to the left or to
the right as you turn the key.
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ACCESSORY (I) − In this position,
you can operate the audio system
and the accessory power socket.
ON (II) − This is the normal key
position when driving. All features
and accessories on the vehicle are
usable. Several of the lights on the
instrument panel come on as a test
when you turn the ignition switch
from ACCESSORY to ON.
START (III) − Use this position
only to start the engine. The switch
returns to ON (II) when you let go of
the key.
Power Door Locks
MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH
The engine will not start if the
Immobilizer System does not
recognize the key’s coding (see page
81 ).
You will hear a reminder beeper if
you leave the key in the ignition
switch in the LOCK (0) or
ACCESSORY (I) position and open
the driver’s door. Remove the key to
turn off the beeper.
Each front door has a master door
lock switch. Either switch locks and
unlocks all doors and the tailgate.
Push the switch down to lock all
doors and the tailgate, and up to
unlock them.
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Keys and Locks
LOCK TAB
Each door has a lock tab on the top.
When you push down the lock tab on
the driver’s door, all the doors and
the tailgate lock. Pulling up the lock
tab on the driver’s door unlocks only
that door. The lock tabs on the other
doors lock and unlock only that door.
To lock the front passenger’s door
when getting out of the vehicle, push
the lock tab down and close the door.
To lock the driver’s door, along with
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the remaining doors and the tailgate,
push the lock tab down or push the
master switch down, then close the
door.
All doors and the tailgate can be
locked from the outside by using the
key in the driver’s door. To unlock
only the driver’s door from the
outside, turn the key and release it.
If you turn the key and hold it, all
doors and the tailgate will unlock. All
four doors and the tailgate will
unlock when you unlock the
passenger’s door with the key.
Lockout Prevention
If you forget and leave the key in the
ignition switch, Lockout Prevention
will not allow you to lock the driver’s
door. With the driver’s door open
and the key in the ignition, both
master door lock switches are
disabled. However, if the driver’s
door is not open, the master door
lock switches are not disabled.
Pushing the switch down on the
open passenger’s door will lock all
doors. If you try to lock an open
driver’s door by pushing down the
lock tab, the tabs on all doors pop out.
Pushing down the lock tab on the
passenger’s door only locks that door.
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security system has set.
Remote Transmitter
LED
UNLOCK
BUTTON
LOCK
BUTTON
PANIC
BUTTON
You can lock and unlock your vehicle
with the remote transmitter. When
you push the LOCK button, all doors
and the tailgate lock. The parking
lights, side marker lights, taillights
and instrument panel lights flash
once.
When you push the LOCK button a
second time within 5 seconds after
you have locked the doors, you will
hear a beep to verify that the
When you push the UNLOCK button
once, only the driver’s door unlocks.
The remaining doors and the tailgate
unlock when you push the button a
second time. The parking lights, side
marker lights, taillights and
instrument panel lights flash twice
when you push the button.
When you press the UNLOCK
button, the front and rear individual
map lights and the cargo area light,
depending on their switch positions,
will come on (see page 123 ). If you
do not open any door or the tailgate,
the lights stay on for about 10
seconds, then go out. If you relock
the doors and the tailgate with the
remote transmitter before 10
seconds have elapsed, the lights will
go off immediately.
If you unlock the doors and the
tailgate with the remote transmitter,
but do not open any door or the
tailgate within 30 seconds, all doors
and the tailgate automatically relock.
You cannot lock the doors and the
tailgate with the remote transmitter
if any door or the tailgate is not fully
closed. You cannot lock or unlock
the doors and the tailgate with the
key in the ignition switch.
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Keys and Locks
Panic Mode
Replacing the Battery
Panic mode allows you to remotely
activate your vehicle’s horn and
lights to attract attention. When
activated, the horn will sound, and
the headlights, parking lights, side
marker lights, taillights and
instrument panel lights will flash for
about 30 seconds. To activate panic
mode, press and hold the PANIC
button for about one second.
To cancel Panic mode before 30
seconds, press any button on the
remote transmitter. You can also
turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
Panic mode will not activate if the
key is in the ON (II) position.
When the remote transmitter’s
battery begins to get weak, it may
take several pushes on the button to
lock or unlock the doors and the
tailgate, and the LED will get dim.
Replace the battery as soon as
possible.
Battery type: CR2025
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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 flattip screwdriver.
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Remove the old battery and note the
polarity. Make sure the polarity of
the new battery is the same (+ side
facing up), then insert it in the
transmitter.
Snap the two halves of the
transmitter case back together.
Transmitter Care
Avoid severe shock to the transmitter, such as dropping or throwing
it. Also, protect it from extreme hot
or cold temperatures.
Clean the transmitter case with a
soft cloth. Do not use strong
cleaners or solvents that could harm
the case. Immersing the transmitter
in any liquid will harm the transmitter and cause it to not function
properly.
If you lose a transmitter, you will
need to have the replacement
programmed to your vehicle’s
system by your Acura dealer. Any
other transmitters you have will also
need to be reprogrammed.
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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Keys and Locks
Recalling a Memorized Driving
Position
On Touring Model
With Memory 1
With Memory 2
complete.
If the seat and mirrors are already in
the proper positions, you will hear
three beeps when you open the door.
The driving position memory
activated (Memory 1, Memory 2) is
shown on the back of each
transmitter. Make sure you store
your desired driving position in the
memory that is activated by the
transmitter you normally carry.
The remote transmitters will also
activate the Driving Position
Memory System (see page 113 ).
When you open the driver’s door
after unlocking it with the remote
transmitter, you will hear a beep.
The driver’s seat and outside mirrors
move to the positions stored in that
memory location. You will hear two
beeps when the movement is
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You can turn the driving position
memory activation off and on. To
turn it off, press and hold the LOCK
and UNLOCK buttons at the same
time for about one second. The LED
in the remote transmitter will blink
twice. Then release the buttons.
To turn it back on, repeat this
procedure. The LED will come on
for one second to indicate the
feature has been turned on.
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Childproof Door Locks
LOCK LEVER
The childproof door locks are
designed to prevent children seated
in the rear from accidentally opening
the rear doors. Each rear door has a
lock lever near the edge. With the
lever in the LOCK position, the door
cannot be opened from the inside
regardless of the position of the lock
tab. To open the door, pull the lock
tab up and use the outside door
handle.
HANDLE
To open the tailgate, pull the handle,
then lift up the tailgate.
To close the tailgate, use the inner
handle to pull the tailgate down, then
press down on the back edge.
See page 204 for information on
cargo loading. Keep the tailgate
closed at all times while driving to
avoid damaging the tailgate, and to
prevent exhaust gas from getting
into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard on page 54 .
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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.
GLOVE BOX
Open the glove box by squeezing the
handle. Close it with a firm push.
Lock or unlock the glove box with
the master key.
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HomeLink Universal Transmitter
The HomeLink Universal Transmitter built into your vehicle can be
programmed to operate remotelycontrolled devices around your home,
such as garage doors, lighting, or
home security systems. It can
replace up to three remote
transmitters.
Customer Assistance
If you have problems with training
the HomeLink Universal
Transmitter, or would like
information on home products that
can be operated by the transmitter,
call (800) 355-3515. On the Internet,
go to www.homelink.jci.com.
Important Safety Precautions
Always refer to the operating
instructions and safety information
that came with your garage door
opener or other equipment you
intend to operate with the HomeLink
Universal Transmitter. If you do not
have this information, you should
contact the manufacturer of the
equipment.
While training or using the
transmitter, make sure you have a
clear view of the garage door or gate,
and that no one will be injured by its
movement.
The HomeLink transmitter stores
the code in a permanent memory.
There should be no need to retrain
the transmitter if your vehicle’s
battery goes dead or is disconnected.
If your garage door opener was
manufactured before April 1982, you
may not be able to program the
HomeLink Universal Transmitter to
operate it. Garage door openers
manufactured before that date do
not have a safety feature that causes
them to stop and reverse if an
obstacle is detected during closing,
increasing the risk of injury. If you
have questions, call (800) 355-3515.
General Information
If you are training the transmitter to
operate a garage door or gate, it is
recommended that you unplug the
motor for that device during training.
Repeatedly pressing the remote
control button could burn out the
motor.
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HomeLink Universal Transmitter
Training the Transmitter
Before you can use the HomeLink
Universal Transmitter to operate
devices around your home, it must
‘‘learn’’ the proper codes. For
example, to train the transmitter to
open and close the garage door:
Before you begin − If you just took
delivery of your vehicle and have not
trained any of the buttons in the
HomeLink transmitter before, you
should erase any previously learned
codes before training the first button.
To do this, press and hold the two
outside buttons on the HomeLink
transmitter for about 20 seconds,
until the red light flashes. Release
the buttons, then proceed to Step 1.
If you are training the second or
third buttons, go directly to Step 1.
1. Unplug the garage door opener
motor from the house current.
2. Hold the end of the garage door
opener remote control 2 to 5
inches from the HomeLink
transmitter. Make sure you are
not blocking your view of the red
light in the transmitter.
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3. Select the transmitter button you
want to train.
4. Press the button on the remote
control and the button on the
transmitter at the same time. Hold
down both buttons.
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HomeLink Universal Transmitter
Canadian Owners:
The remote control you are training
from may stop transmitting after two
seconds. This is not long enough for
the HomeLink transmitter to learn
the code. Release and press the
button on the remote control every
two seconds until the transmitter has
learned the code.
5. The red light in the transmitter
should begin flashing. It will flash
slowly at first, then rapidly.
6. When the red light flashes rapidly,
release both buttons. The
transmitter should have learned
the code from the remote control.
still does not work, you may have a
variable or rolling code garage
door opener. Test this by pressing
and holding the HomeLink
transmitter button you just trained.
If the red light blinks for two
seconds, then stays on, you have a
rolling code garage door opener.
You may be able to verify this with
the manufacturer’s documentation.
Go to ‘‘Training With a Rolling
Code System.’’
8. Repeat these steps to train the
other two transmitter buttons to
operate any other remotelycontrolled devices around your
home (lighting, automatic gate,
security system, etc.).
Training With a Rolling Code
System
For security purposes, newer garage
door opening systems use a ‘‘rolling’’
or variable code. Information from
the remote control and the garage
door opener are needed before the
HomeLink transmitter can operate
the garage door opener.
The‘‘Training the Transmitter’’
procedure trains the HomeLink
transmitter to the proper garage
door opener code. The following
procedure synchronizes the
HomeLink transmitter to the garage
door opener so they send and
receive the correct codes.
7. Plug in the garage door opener
motor, then test the transmitter
button by pushing it. It should
operate the garage door.
If the button does not work, repeat
this procedure to train it again. If it
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HomeLink Universal Transmitter
It may be helpful to have someone
assist you with this procedure.
TRAINING BUTTON
1. Make sure you have properly
completed the ‘‘Training the
Transmitter’’ procedure.
5. Press and release the HomeLink
transmitter button again. This
should turn off the training light
on the garage door opener unit.
(Some systems may require you to
press and release the button up to
three times.)
2. Find the ‘‘Training’’ button on your
garage door opener unit. The
location will vary, depending on
the manufacturer. The
manufacturer’s documentation
may help.
3. Press the Training button on the
garage door opener unit until the
light next to the button comes on,
then release it. The light may blink,
or come on and stay on. You then
have approximately 30 seconds to
complete the following steps.
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4. Press and release the button on
the HomeLink transmitter. (The
same button you trained with the
‘‘Training the Transmitter’’
procedure.)
6. Press the transmitter button again.
It should operate the garage door.
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HomeLink Universal Transmitter
Retraining a Button
To train an already programmed
transmitter button to operate a new
device:
1. Select the transmitter button you
want to train.
2. Press and hold the transmitter
button until the red light begins to
flash slowly (approximately 20
seconds).
3. While continuing to hold the
transmitter button, place the
remote control for the device 1 to
3 inches from the HomeLink
transmitter.
4. Press and hold the button on the
remote control. Hold both buttons
until the red light begins to flash
rapidly.
5. Release both buttons. The
transmitter should now be trained
to operate the device.
Erasing Codes
To erase the codes stored in all three
buttons, press and hold the two
outside buttons until the red light
begins to flash, then release the
buttons.
You should erase all three codes
before selling the vehicle.
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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Seats
Power Seat Adjustments
See pages 12 − 13 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position seats and seat-backs.
Your Acura has power adjustments
for the driver’s seat. The two power
seat adjustment switches are on the
outside edge of the seat bottom.
The Touring model also has power
adjustments for the front passenger’s
seat.
The passenger’s seat on the Base
model, and the second and third row
seats in both models, have manual
adjustments.
You can adjust the seat with the
ignition switch in any position. Make
all seat adjustments before you start
driving.
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The long horizontal switch adjusts
the seat bottom in several directions.
The short vertical switch adjusts the
seat-back angle.
Push the horizontal switch forward
or backward to move the seat
forward or backward.
Pull up or push down on the front of
the switch to move the seat bottom’s
front edge up or down. Pull up or
push down on the rear of the switch
to move the rear of the seat bottom
up or down.
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Seats
Driver’s Lumbar Support
Pull the center of the horizontal
switch up to raise the seat. Push it
down to lower the seat.
Adjust the seat-back angle by
pushing the rear switch in the
direction you want to move.
Vary the lumbar support by moving
the lever on the right side of the
seat-back. Pivot the lever forward
until it stops, then let it return. Doing
this several times adjusts the lumbar
support through its full range.
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Seats
Manual Seat Adjustments
See pages 12 − 13 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position seats and seat-backs.
Make all seat adjustments before
you start driving.
To adjust the seat forward and
backward, pull up on the lever under
the seat cushion’s front edge. Move
the seat to the desired position and
release the lever. Try to move the
seat to make sure it is locked in
position.
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To change the seat-back angle of the
front seats, pull up on the lever on
the outside of the seat bottom.
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Seats
Second and Third Row Seat
Adjustments
SECOND
SEAT
To change the seat-back angle of the
seats in the second row, pull up on
the handle on the outside of the seatback.
THIRD
SEAT
HANDLE
To adjust the seat-back angle of the
third seat, pull on the handle on the
back of the seat-back, move the seatback to the desired position, and
release the handle. Let the seat-back
latch in the new position.
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Seats
To remove a head restraint for
cleaning or repair, pull it up as far as
it will go. Push the release button
and pull the restraint out of the seatback.
Head Restraints
See page 14 for important safety
information and a warning about how to
properly position the head restraints.
Your vehicle is equipped with head
restraints in all seating positions.
The head restraints help protect you
and your passengers from whiplash
and other injuries. They are most
effective when you adjust them so
the back of the occupant’s head rests
against the center of the restraint. A
taller person should adjust the
restraint as high as possible.
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RELEASE BUTTON
The head restraints adjust for height.
You need both hands to adjust the
restraint. Do not attempt to adjust it
while driving. To raise it, pull upward.
To lower the restraint, push the
release button sideways and push
the restraint down.
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Seats
Rear Seat Access
Folding the Second Seat
The left and right halves of the
second seat can be folded up
separately to create more cargo
space.
1. If you are folding the left half of
the seat, use the ignition key to
release the seat belt from the
detachable anchor. Allow the seat
belt to retract into the roof. Insert
the latch plate into the roof holder.
RELEASE LEVER
To get into the third row seats, pull
up on the lever on the side of the
passenger’s side second row seatback. The seat-back will tilt forward,
and the seat will slide forward.
After you return the seat-back to the
upright position, push the whole seat
backwards until it latches. Make
sure the seat is fully latched before
sitting in it.
2. Lower the head restraint to its
lowest position.
3. Pull up on the handle on the
outside of the seat-back.
HANDLE
4. Fold the seat-back forward.
Reverse this procedure to return the
seat to the upright position. Make
sure that the seat is locked securely
before driving.
(Left half) Remove the seat belt
from its holder in the roof, and
connect it to the detachable anchor
(see page 104 ).
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Seats
Folding the Third Seat
RELEASE BUTTON
To create more cargo space, you can
fold the third seat forward.
To fold the third seat:
1. Remove the head restraints by
pushing the release buttons and
pulling the restraints out.
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2. Store the head restraints in the
storage compartment under the
cargo area floor. Insert the shafts
of the head restraints into the
holes in the sides of the storage
compartment.
3. Use the ignition key to release the
seat belt from the detachable
anchor.
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Seats
Make sure the center lap/shoulder
belt is stored in the holder and the
outer shoulder belts are positioned
on each hook whenever the third
seat is folded.
Reverse this procedure to return the
seat to the upright position. Make
sure that the seat is locked securely
before driving.
HANDLE
4. Unlock the seat-back by pulling
the handle. Push the seat-back
forward.
Reinstall the head restraints.
Reconnect the seat belts to the
detachable anchors.
Make sure all items in the cargo area
are secured. Loose items can fly
forward and cause injury if you have
to brake hard. See Carrying Cargo
on page 203 .
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Seats
Detachable Anchors
The seat belts in the center seat of
the second row and in both of the
third row seats are equipped with a
detachable seat belt anchor which
allows the seat belt to be unlatched
when the seats are folded down.
Using a seat belt with the
detachable anchor unlatched
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash.
Before using the seat belt,
make sure the detachable
anchor is correctly latched.
METAL PLATE
TRIANGULAR MARK
To unlatch the detachable anchor
before folding down a seat-back,
insert a key into the slot on the side
of the small buckle and allow the
seat belt to retract.
Once the seat belt has completely
retracted, secure the latch plates. In
the second row, the latch plates
should be placed into their holding
slots in the ceiling. In the third row,
the small latch plate should be
clipped to the seat belt webbing.
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When the seat-back is returned to its
upright position, be sure to latch the
detachable anchor by lining up the
triangle marks on the small latch
plate and buckle and inserting the
plate into the buckle. Tug on the seat
belt to make sure the detachable
anchor is securely attached.
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Seat Heaters
Seat Heaters
SEAT HEATERS
The HI or LO indicator lights and
remains lit until you turn it off by
pushing the opposite side of the
switch lightly. The indicator will turn
off.
In HI, the heater turns off when the
seat gets warm, and turns back on
after the seat’s temperature drops. It
continues to cycle as long as you
leave it set on HI. The HI indicator
remains lit as a reminder that you
have the heater on.
Both front seats are equipped with
seat heaters. The ignition switch
must be ON (II) to use them. Push
the front of the switch, HI, to rapidly
heat up the seat. After the seat
reaches a comfortable temperature,
select LO by pushing the back of the
switch. This will keep the seat warm.
In LO, the heater runs continuously.
It does not cycle with temperature
changes.
Follow these precautions whenever
you use the seat heaters:
Use the HI setting only to heat the
seats quickly. Select the LO
setting when the seats feel warm.
The HI setting draws large
amounts of current from the
battery.
Do not use the seat heaters, even
on the LO setting, if the engine is
left idling for an extended period.
They can weaken the battery,
causing hard starting.
Because of the sensors for the side
airbag system, there is no heater in
the passenger’s seat-back.
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Power Windows
Your vehicle’s windows are
electrically-powered. Turn the
ignition switch to ON (II) to raise or
lower any window.
DRIVER’S WINDOW
SWITCH
MAIN SWITCH
Each door has a switch that controls
its window. To open the window,
push the switch down and hold it.
Release the switch when you want
the window to stop. Close the
window by pulling back on the
switch and holding it.
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The driver’s door armrest has a
master power window control panel.
To open any of the passenger’s
windows, push down on the switch
and hold it down until the window
reaches the desired position. To
close the window, pull back on the
window switch. Release the switch
when the window gets to the position
you want.
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Power Windows
The master control panel also contains these extra features:
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 the driver’s
window fully, push the window
switch firmly down and release it.
The window automatically goes all
the way down. To stop the window
from going all the way down, pull
back on the window switch briefly.
The MAIN switch controls power to
the front passenger’s window and
the rear power windows. With this
switch off, the passenger’s windows
cannot be raised or lowered. The
MAIN switch does not affect the
driver’s window. Keep the MAIN
switch off when you have children in
the vehicle so they do not injure
themselves by operating the
windows unintentionally.
To open the driver’s window only
partially, push the window switch
down lightly and hold it. The window
will stop as soon as you release the
switch.
The AUTO function only works to
lower the driver’s window. To raise
the window, you must pull back on
the window switch and hold it until
the window reaches the desired
position.
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Power Windows
The power window system has a keyoff delay function. The windows will
still operate for up to ten minutes
after you turn off the ignition.
Opening either front door cancels
the delay function. You must turn
the ignition switch ON (II) again
before you can operate the windows.
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Moonroof
MOONROOF SWITCH
The moonroof has two positions: it
can be tilted up in the back for
ventilation, or it can be slid back into
the roof. Use the switch under the
left dashboard vent to operate the
moonroof. The ignition switch must
be ON (II).
To tilt up the back of the moonroof,
press and hold the center button
(
). To close the moonroof,
press and hold the top of the switch
(
). To open the moonroof,
press and hold the bottom of the
switch (
). Release the switch
when the moonroof gets to the
desired position. Make sure
everyone’s hands are away from the
moonroof before opening or closing
it.
The moonroof has a key-off delay.
You can still open and close the
moonroof for up to ten minutes after
you turn off the ignition. The key-off
delay cancels as soon as you open
either front door. You must then
turn the ignition ON (II) for the
moonroof to operate.
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.
Opening or closing the
moonroof on someone’s hands
or fingers can cause serious
injury.
Make sure all hands and fingers
are clear of the moonroof
before opening or closing it.
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Mirrors
Mirrors
Keep the inside and outside mirrors
clean and adjusted for best visibility.
Be sure to adjust the mirrors before
you start driving.
SENSOR
INDICATOR
AUTO SWITCH
The inside mirror can automatically
darken to reduce glare. To turn on
this feature, press the button on the
bottom of the mirror. The AUTO
indicator comes on as a reminder.
When it is on, the mirror darkens
when it senses the headlights of a
vehicle behind you, then returns to
normal visibility when the lights are
gone. Press the button again to turn
off this sensing.
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Mirrors
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
SELECTOR SWITCH
Touring Model
ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Adjust the outside mirrors with the
adjustment switch on the left side of
the dashboard:
3. Push the appropriate edge of the
adjustment switch to move the
mirror right, left, up, or down.
1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
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.
2. Move the selector switch to L
(driver’s side) or R (passenger’s
side).
With the selector switch in the
center (off) position, the passenger’s
side mirror will pivot downward
slightly when you shift the
transmission into reverse. This will
give you a better view of the side of
the vehicle while parallel parking.
The mirror returns to its original
position when you take the
transmission out of reverse.
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Mirrors, Parking Brake
Parking Brake
Driving the vehicle with the parking
brake applied can damage the rear
brakes and axles.
HEATED MIRROR BUTTON
The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the ignition
switch ON (II), turn on the heaters
by pressing the button. The light in
the button comes on as a reminder.
Press the button again to turn the
heaters off.
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PARKING BRAKE PEDAL
To apply the parking brake, push the
parking brake pedal down with your
foot. To release the parking brake,
push on the pedal again. The parking
brake light on the instrument panel
should go out when the parking
brake is fully released with the
engine running. (see page 58 .)
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Driving Position Memory System
Touring Model
Storing a Driving Position in Memory
Your Acura has a memory feature
for the driver’s seat and outside
mirror positions.
Store a driving position as explained
in this section only when the vehicle
is parked.
Seat and outside mirror positions, for
two different drivers or driving
conditions, can be stored in separate
memories. You select a memorized
position by pushing the appropriate
button or using the appropriate
remote transmitter (Memory 1 or
Memory 2).
1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
You cannot add a new driving
position in the memory unless the
ignition switch is ON (II). You can
recall a memorized position with
the ignition switch in any position.
2. Adjust the seat to a comfortable
position (see page 93 ).
Adjust the outside mirrors for best
visibility (see page 98 ).
MEMO BUTTON
3. Press and release the MEMO
button on the control panel. You
will hear a beep. Immediately
press and hold one of the memory
buttons (1 or 2) until you hear two
beeps. The indicator light in the
memory button will come on. The
current positions of the driver’s
seat and outside mirrors are now
stored.
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Driving Position Memory System
Doing any of the following after
pressing the MEMO button will
cancel the storing procedure.
Selecting a Memorized Position
MEMORY BUTTONS
Not pressing a memory button
within 5 seconds.
Readjusting the seat position.
Readjusting the outside mirror
position.
Each memory button stores only one
driving position. Storing a new
position erases the previous setting
stored in that button’s memory. If
you want to add a new position while
retaining the current one, use the
other memory button.
1. Make sure the parking brake is set
and the shift lever is in Park.
All stored driving positions will be
lost if your vehicle’s battery goes
dead or is disconnected.
2. Press the desired memory button
(1 or 2) until you hear a beep, then
release the button.
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You can select memorized positions
as follows.
The system will move the seat and
outside mirrors to the memorized
positions. The indicator light in the
selected memory button will flash
during movement. When the
adjustments are complete, you will
hear two beeps and the indicator
light will remain on.
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Driving Position Memory System
To stop the system’s automatic adjustment;
Press any button on the control
panel: MEMO, 1 or 2.
Push any of the adjustment
switches for the seat.
Shift out of Park.
Adjust the outside mirrors.
If desired, you can use the
adjustment switches to change the
positions of the seat or outside
mirrors after they are in their
memorized position. If you change
the memorized position, the
indicator light in the memory button
will go out. To keep this driving
position for later use, you must store
it in the driving position memory.
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Beverage Holders
To open the beverage holder, push
on the lid.
Be careful when you are using the
beverage holder. A spilled liquid that
is very hot can scald you or your
passengers. Liquid can also spill
from the rear door pocket beverage
holders when you close the rear
doors. Use only resealable
containers in the door pockets.
Spilled liquids can also damage the
upholstery, carpeting, and electrical
components in the interior.
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Your vehicle is equipped with a flipover center console lid that provides
a tray and beverage holders for the
second seat passengers.
To open the beverage holder for the
second row passengers, pull up the
center lever on the center console
and lift the lid.
To close, pivot the lid forward and
push it down until it latches.
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Beverage Holder
Second Seat Center Armrest
Third Row Seat Arm Rest
The second row seat also has a
beverage holder in the center
armrest. To use it, pivot the armrest
down.
Rear Door Pocket
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Console Compartment, Rear Compartment, Cargo Hooks
Console Compartment
Rear Compartment
Cargo Hooks
To open the console compartment,
pull up on the lever and lift the lid.
To close, lower the lid and push it
down until it latches.
Storage compartments are located in
the armrests for the third row seat.
To open a compartment, pull the
lever and lift the lid. To close, lower
the lid and push it down until it
laches.
The hooks on the floor of the cargo
area enable you to tie down items
stored in the back. Make sure all
stored items are secured before
driving.
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Sunglasses Holder
To open the sunglasses holder, push
on the front edge. It will unlatch and
swing down. To close it, push it until
it latches. Make sure the holder is
closed while you are driving.
Some larger styles of sunglasses
may not fit in the holder.
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Sun Visor, Vanity Mirror
Sun Visor
EXTENSION
Make sure you put the sun visor
back in place when you are getting
into or out of the vehicle. Do not use
the sun visor extension over the rear
view mirror.
Vanity Mirror
SUN VISOR
To use the sun visor, pull it down.
You can also use the sun visor at the
side window. Remove the support
rod from the clip and swing the sun
visor toward the side window. In this
position, the sun visor can be
extended by sliding out the
extension.
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To use a vanity mirror on the back of
the sun visor, pull up the cover.
The light beside the mirror comes
on only when the parking lights or
headlights are on.
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Accessory Power Sockets
FRONT
Your vehicle has three accessory
power sockets. The front accessory
power socket is located under the
audio system. The second socket is
located in the center console
compartment. The rear socket is
behind the third seat on the driver’s
side.
To use the socket in the console
compartment, pull the cover up.
To use an accessory power socket,
the ignition switch must be in
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II).
These sockets are intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps).
When both the front and console
sockets are being used, the
combined power rating of both
accessories should be 120 watts or
less (10 amps).
The rear socket has a maximum
power rating of 120 watts (10 amps.)
All three positions will not power an
automotive type cigarette lighter
element.
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Coin Box, Coat Hook
Coin Box
Coat Hook
CARGO AREA
The coin box is located under the
audio system. To open the coin box,
pull the bottom edge. Close it with a
firm push.
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To use a coat hook, push on the lid.
Close it with a firm push.
Make sure the coat hook is closed
when you are not using it. This hook
is not designed for large or heavy
items.
SECOND ROW
To use this coat hook, rotate the
hook down. Close it with a firm.
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Interior Lights
Light Control Switch
When this switch is in the OFF
position:
None of the lights come on when a
door or the tailgate is opened.
The individual map lights in the
front can be turned on and off with
the switches next to the lights.
ON
DOOR
ACTIVATED
POSITION
The individual map lights in the
second row cannot be turned on.
OFF
The light control switch controls the
interior lights: the individual map
lights by the sun visors, the
individual map lights above the
second row passengers, and the
cargo area light. This switch has
three positions: OFF, Door Activated,
and ON.
The cargo area light (3rd row)
cannot be turned on.
When the switch is in the Door
Activated position:
The individual map lights in the
front come on when any door or
the tailgate is opened. When the
doors and the tailgate are closed,
each light can be turned on and off
with the switch next to the light.
The individual map lights in the
second row come on when any
door or the tailgate is opened.
When the doors and the tailgate
are closed, each light can be
turned on and off with the switch
next to the light.
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Interior Lights
The cargo area (3rd row) light
comes on when any door or the
tailgate is opened if the switch in
the light is in the door activated
(center) position. When the doors
and the tailgate are closed, it can
be turned on with the switch in the
light.
When the switch is in the ON
position:
All the individual map lights come
on and stay on as long as the
switch remains in the ON position.
The cargo (3rd row) area light
comes on and stays on if the
switch in the light is in the door
activated (center) position.
The lights go out about six seconds
after all the doors and the tailgate
are closed.
With the light control switch in the
Door Activated position, all the
individual map lights and the cargo
area light (with the switch in the
center position) come on when you
unlock the door with the remote
transmitter (see page 123 ).
With any door or the tailgate left
open, the lights stay on about three
minutes, then go out.
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Interior Lights
Individual Map Lights
FRONT
Turn on the front and second row
individual map lights by pushing the
button next to each light. Push the
button again to turn it off. You can
also operate these lights with the
light control switch (see page 123 ).
Cargo Area Light
SECOND ROW
The cargo area light has a threeposition switch. In the OFF position,
the light does not come on. In the
center position, it comes on when
you open the tailgate or doors. In the
ON position, it stays on continuously.
This light also works with the light
control switch (see page 123 ).
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Interior Lights
Tailgate Light
The light in the tailgate has an on-off
switch to control if the light comes
on when the tailgate is opened.
Ignition Switch Light
The ignition switch light comes on
when you open the driver’s door, and
stays on several seconds after you
close the door.
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Trip Computer
(Without Navigation System)
The Trip Computer displays the
following information. The ignition
switch must be in Accessory or ON.
INSTANTANEOUS
FUEL MILEAGE
OUTSIDE
TEMPERATURE
COMPASS
Clock
Direction of travel
Outside temperature
Instantaneous fuel mileage
The Range, or estimated distance
you can travel on the fuel
remaining in the tank. This
distance is estimated from the fuel
economy you have gotten over the
last several miles, so it will vary
with changes in speed, traffic, etc.
CLOCK
BUTTON
TRIP
BUTTON
RESET
BUTTON
−/CALIBRATE BUTTON
+/ZONE BUTTON
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
CONTROL
RESET, SET BUTTON
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Trip Computer
The Avg display shows you the
average fuel economy since you
last reset the display.
The E/T is the elapsed time that
the ignition has been on. It
automatically resets to 0.0 when it
reaches twelve hours. This display
can be reset at any time.
ELAPSED TIME
INSTANTANEOUS FUEL MILEAGE
RANGE
COMPASS
CLOCK
The Trip display shows you the
total distance you have driven
since it was last reset. When it
passes 999.9, it stops displaying
tenths and goes to 1000. When it
passes 9999, it clears to 0.0.
The display also has manual
functions for the Climate Control
System. Refer to page 145 .
AVERAGE FUEL
ECONOMY
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TRIP METER
OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE
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Trip Computer
Changing and Resetting the
Display
The display shows either the range
and Avg fuel economy, or the E/T
and Trip odometer. To change
between these, press and release the
TRIP button.
Changing Units of Measurement
The outside temperature, fuel
economy, range, and trip odometer
can be displayed in either English or
Metric units. To change between
units, press the TRIP button and
hold it for five seconds.
To reset the Avg fuel economy, E/T,
and Trip odometer, press and hold
the RESET button until you hear a
beep.
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Trip Computer
Setting the Clock
To set the clock:
1. Push the CLOCK button. The
hours digits will start blinking. If
you want to only set the minutes,
go to step 4.
2. To change the hours to a lower
number, press and hold the
MODE button. To change the
hours to a higher number, press
and hold the A/C button.
3. When the hours reach the desired
number, release the button.
4. To set the minutes, press the
CLOCK button again. The
minutes digits will start blinking.
5. Use the MODE or A/C button to
set the minutes to the desired
number.
6. Press the CLOCK button again.
The clock will return to its normal
display.
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Trip Computer
You can also quickly set the time to
the nearest hour. Press the CLOCK
button, then press the RESET button.
If the displayed time is before the
half hour, it will reset back to the
previous hour. If the displayed time
is after the half hour, it will reset
forward to the next hour.
For example:
1:06 will reset to 1:00
1:52 will reset to 2:00
Compass Operation
The compass shows your direction
of travel. It indicates eight directions.
Compass operation can be affected
by driving near power lines or
stations, across bridges, through
tunnels, over railroad crossings, past
large vehicles, or driving near large
objects that can cause a magnetic
disturbance.
The compass may need to be
manually calibrated after exposure to
a strong magnetic field. If the
compass seems to be continually
showing the wrong direction and is
not self-calibrating, do the following.
NOTE: You should do this procedure
in an open area, away from buildings,
power lines, and other vehicles.
It can also be affected by accessories
such as antennas and roof racks that
are mounted by magnets.
Compass Calibration
The compass is self-calibrating. If
you see ‘‘−− ’’ in the direction
display and ‘‘Calibrate’’ is blinking,
the compass is self-calibrating.
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Trip Computer
1. Press and hold the CLOCK and
TRIP buttons until the display
changes (about 1 second).
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2. Press the Calibrate (MODE)
button.
Press the Set (
) button.
‘‘Calibrate’’ will start blinking, and
the direction display will change to
‘‘−− ’’.
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Trip Computer
Compass Zone Selection
In most areas, there is a variation
between magnetic north and true
north. Zone selection is required so
the compass can compensate for this
variation. To check and select the
zone set into the compass, do the
following.
Drive the vehicle slowly in two
complete circles.
1. Press and hold the CLOCK and
TRIP buttons until the display
changes (about 1 second).
When the display goes from
‘‘−− ’’ to an actual heading, the
unit is calibrated.
Press the CLOCK, TRIP, or
RESET button to complete the
calibration and return the display
to normal.
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Trip Computer
4. If the zone is incorrect, press and
hold the MODE button to get the
number to count down, or the A/C
button to get the number to count
up. If the zone is correct, continue
to step 5.
button to set the
5. Press the
zone selection.
2. Press the Zone (A/C) button. The
zone the compass is currently set
to is displayed.
3. Find the zone for your area on the
map.
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6. Press the CLOCK, TRIP or
RESET button to exit the zone
selection and return display to
normal.
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Trip Computer
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Trip Computer
BRIGHTNESS control
The Brightness control has seven
positions. In the middle five positions
the display will dim when you turn
on the parking lights or headlights.
Cleaning the Display
Always use a soft cloth and mild
glass/plastic cleaner (such as
cleaners for computer monitor
screens) to clean the display.
Moving the control to the far left
position turns off the display. It will
come back on for several seconds if
you press any of the buttons.
When you wipe the screen, some
black lines may appear because of
static electricity build-up. This is
normal. They will disappear in five to
ten minutes.
In the far right (maximum
brightness) position, the display will
not dim when you turn on the
parking lights.
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Trip Computer
(With Navigation System)
The Trip Computer displays the
following information. To switch to
this display, press the A/C-Trip
button.
INSTANTANEOUS FUEL MILEAGE
RANGE
TRIP HISTORY ICON
AVERAGE FUEL
ECONOMY
Clock
TRIP
METER
Outside Temperature.
Instantaneous fuel mileage.
A/C-TRIP
BUTTON
The Range, or estimated distance
you can travel on the fuel
remaining in the tank. This
distance is estimated from the fuel
economy you have gotten over the
last several miles, so it will vary
with changes in speed, traffic, etc.
CANCEL
BUTTON
ELAPSED
TIME
RESET
ICON
On/Off
ICON
JOY STICK
The Avg display shows you the
average fuel economy since you
last reset the display.
CLOCK
OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE
SETUP ICON
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Trip Computer
The E/T is the elapsed time that
the ignition has been on. This
display can be reset at any time.
Resetting the Display
The Trip, Avg and E/T displays can
be reset in either of two ways.
The Trip display shows you the
total distance you have driven
since it was last reset. When it
passes 999.9, it stops displaying
tenths and goes to 1000. When it
passes 9999, it clears to 0.0.
To reset the displays manually,
either touch the ‘‘Reset’’ box or move
the highlighting to the ‘‘Reset’’ box
with the joystick, then push in on the
joystick.
The display also has manual
functions for the Climate Control
System. Refer to page 145 .
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You can also have the system reset
the displays automatically when you
refuel the vehicle. Turn this feature
on by touching the box, or by
selecting it with the joystick.
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Trip Computer
Trip History
Every time the displays are reset by
either of the above methods, the
screen information is stored by the
system. To see the history of the last
five trips, select the History box with
the joystick or by touch.
If the fuel pump icon is displayed, it
means the displays were recorded
and reset automatically when the
vehicle was refueled.
To see more detailed information
about a trip, select the desired trip by
touching it with your finger, or by
highlighting it with the joystick, then
pushing in on the joystick.
To remove the displayed trip history
from the list, select the ‘‘Delete’’ box.
To see details of the next trip in the
list, select the ‘‘Next’’ box.
To return to the Trip History list,
select the ‘‘Return’’ box. To return to
the Trip Computer display, select
‘‘Return’’ again.
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Comfort and Convenience Features
The heating and air conditioning
systems in your Acura provide a comfortable driving environment in all
weather conditions.
The standard audio system has
many features. This section describes those features and how to
use them. (If you selected an
optional audio system, refer to the
operating instructions that came
with it.)
Your Acura has an anti-theft audio
system that requires a code number
to enable it.
Climate Control System ................ 142
Fully-automatic Operation ........ 144
Semi-automatic Operation ........ 145
Mode Button/Mode Icons........ 147
Sunlight Sensor/
Temperature Sensor ............. 149
Rear A/C Unit ............................ 150
Audio System ................................. 153
AM/FM/Cassette/CD changer
Audio System ......................... 153
Operating the Radio .................. 154
Adjusting the Sound .................. 157
Audio System Lighting ............. 158
Operating the Cassette
Player ...................................... 159
Tape Search Functions ............. 160
Operating the CD Changer ...... 163
CD Changer Error
Indications .............................. 170
Audio System ................................. 171
AM/FM/Cassette/CD Stereo
Audio System ......................... 171
Operating the Radio .................. 172
Adjusting the Sound .................. 176
Audio System Lighting ............. 177
Radio Frequencies ..................... 177
Radio Reception ......................... 177
Operating the CD Player .......... 179
Operating the CD Changer ...... 181
Protecting Compact Discs ........ 182
CD Player Error Indications..... 183
CD Changer Error
Indications .............................. 184
Operating the Cassette
Player ...................................... 185
Tape Search Functions ............. 186
Caring for the Cassette
Player ...................................... 188
Remote Audio Controls ............ 189
Theft Protection ........................ 190
Security System ............................. 191
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Climate Control System
The automatic climate control
system in your Acura picks the
proper combination of air conditioning, heating, and ventilation to
maintain the interior temperature
you select. The system also adjusts
the fan speed and air flow levels.
CENTER VENTS
CORNER VENT
Your vehicle also has a rear A/C unit
that allows the rear passengers to
adjust the heating, cooling, and air
flow (see page 150 ).
The direction of air flow from the
vents in the center and each corner
of the dashboard is adjustable.
Move the tab in the center of each
vent up-and-down and side-to-side.
The vents in the corners of the
dashboard can be opened and closed
with the dials underneath them.
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The climate control system draws air
through the exterior vents at the
bottom of the windshield. Keep
these vents clear of leaves and other
debris.
For the climate control system to
provide heating and cooling, the
engine must be running.
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Climate Control System
REAR CENTER VENT
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Climate Control System
Fully-automatic Operation
To put the Automatic Climate
Control in fully-automatic mode,
press the AUTO button. Then set
the desired temperature by pressing
either side of the TEMP button: ▲
to raise the temperature above the
displayed value, or ▼ to lower the
temperature.
The system automatically selects the
proper mix of conditioned and/or
heated air that will, as quickly as
possible, raise or lower the interior
temperature from its current level to
the set temperature.
When you set the temperature to its
lower limit (60°F/18°C) or its upper
limit (90°F/32°C), the system runs
at 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.
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TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
AUTO BUTTON
OFF BUTTON
In cold weather, the fan will not
come on automatically until the
vehicle has been driven for a short
time and the heater starts to develop
warm air.
REAR A/C CONTROL BUTTON
TEMPERATURE BUTTON
Pressing the OFF button shuts the
climate control 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.
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Climate Control System
Semi-automatic Operation
You can manually select various
functions of the Climate Control
system when it is in FULL AUTO.
All other features remain automatically controlled. Some of these
functions appear in the Trip
Computer/Navigation System
display with the Navigation System.
Press the A/C-Trip button next to
the display to show these functions.
Air Conditioning (A/C) Buttons
Pressing the A/C button or touching
the A/C icon turns the air
conditioning on and off. You will see
A/C ON or A/C OFF displayed.
When you turn the A/C off, the
system cannot regulate the inside
temperature if you set it below the
outside temperature. With the A/C
on, use the temperature buttons to
adjust the temperature of the air
flow to a comfortable setting.
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
TEMPERATURE BUTTONS
(without Navigation System)
(with Navigation System)
AIR CONDITIONING (A/C) BUTTONS
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Climate Control System
Recirculation Button
This button controls the source of
the air going into the system. When
the indicator above this button is lit,
air from the vehicle’s interior is sent
through the system again (Recirculation mode). When the indicator is off,
air is brought in from outside the
vehicle (Fresh Air mode).
You can, for example, manually put
the system in recirculation mode
when driving through an area of
smoke or fumes.
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
TEMPERATURE BUTTONS
Fan Speed Icon/Fan Speed Button
You can manually select the fan
speed with the fan speed button/fan
speed icon. Pressing the button or
touching the icon repeatedly makes
the fan run faster. The fan speed is
shown by bars in the display. If the
fan is at its highest speed, pressing
the button or touching the icon again
takes it to its lowest speed.
MODE BUTTON
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FAN SPEED BUTTON
MODE ICONS
FAN SPEED ICON
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Climate Control System
Mode Button/Mode Icons
Use the MODE Button or MODE
icon to select the vents the air flows
from. Some air will flow from the
dashboard corner vents in all modes.
Each time you press the MODE
button or touch the icon, the display
shows the mode selected. Press
(touch) four times to see all the
modes.
The main air flow is divided
between the floor vents and defroster vents at the base of the windshield.
The main air flow comes
from the floor vents.
The main air flow is divided
between the dashboard vents and
the floor vents.
The main air flow comes
from the dashboard vents.
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Climate Control System
The
button directs the main
air flow to the windshield for faster
defrosting. It also overrides any
MODE selection you may have made.
When you select
, the A/C
turns on automatically and the
system selects Fresh Air mode. For
faster defrosting, manually set the
fan speed to high. You can also
increase air flow to the windshield by
closing the side vents in the
dashboard.
When you turn off
by
pressing the button again, the
system returns to its former settings.
DEFROST BUTTON
Rear Window Defogger Button
This button turns the rear window
defogger on and off (see page 75 ).
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON
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Climate Control System
Sunlight Sensor/Temperature
Sensor
TEMPERATURE SENSOR
SUNLIGHT SENSOR
The climate control system has two
sensors. A sunlight sensor is located
in the top of the dashboard and a
temperature sensor is next to the
steering column. Do not cover the
sensors or spill any liquid on them.
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Climate Control System
Rear A/C Unit
Your vehicle has two controls for the
rear A/C unit. The rear A/C control
button is located on the climate
control panel, and the rear A/C
passenger control panel is on the
back of the center console.
You can adjust the heating, cooling,
and air flow of the rear A/C unit with
these control dials.
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REAR A/C
CONTROL BUTTON
REAR CENTER VENT
REAR A/C PASSENGER
CONTROL PANEL
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Climate Control System
Rear A/C Control Button
AUTO BUTTON
REAR A/C CONTROL BUTTON
When the system is in FULL AUTO,
the rear A/C passenger control
panel cannot be used. The system
will cycle on and off automatically to
bring the interior to the set
temperature.
To enable the rear A/C passenger
control panel, press the RR A/C
Manual button on the control panel.
The light in the button will come on.
Rear A/C Passenger Control Panel
TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL
MODE BUTTON
FAN SPEED
CONTROL DIAL
When the rear A/C passenger
control panel is enabled, the
passenger in the second row can use
the rear A/C passenger control
panel to adjust the fan speed and air
flow.
Fan Speed Control Dial
The fan speed control dial changes
the speed of the rear fan; turn it
clockwise to increase fan speed and
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Climate Control System
Temperature Control Dial
Turning this dial clockwise increases
the temperature of the air flow.
Mode Button
Use the MODE buttons to select the
vents the air flows from.
With the
button selected,
heated air flows from the rear lower
vents.
With the
button selected
cooled air flows from the rear upper
vents.
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Audio System
AM/FM/Cassette/CD Changer
Audio System
Touring Model
Your Acura’s audio system provides
clear reception on both AM and FM
bands, while the preset buttons allow
you to easily select your favorite
stations.
The cassette system features Dolby
B* noise reduction, automatic
sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO2)
tape, and autoreverse for continuous
play.
*
Dolby noise reduction manufactured under
license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol
are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation.
The in-dash CD changer holds up to
six discs. You operate the CD
changer with the same controls used
for the radio. See page 163 for CD
changer operation.
The anti-theft feature will disable the
system if it is disconnected from the
car’s battery. To get the system
working again, you must enter a
code number (see page 190 ).
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Audio System
Operating the Radio
The ignition switch must be in
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to
operate the audio system. 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 broadcasting in stereo. Stereo
reproduction on AM is not available.
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You can use any of four methods to
find radio stations on the selected
band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN or the
Preset buttons.
TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to
tune the radio to a desired frequency.
Turn the TUNE knob to the right to
tune to a higher frequency, or to the
left to tune to a lower frequency.
Turn the knob right or left until the
display reaches the desired
frequency.
SEEK − The SEEK function
searches the band for a station with
a strong signal. To activate it, press
− or ○
+ ), then
either SEEK button (○
release it. Depending on which
SEEK button you press, the system
scans upward or downward from the
current frequency. It stops when it
finds a station with a strong signal.
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. When the system is
in the SCAN mode, SCAN shows in
the display. The system will scan up
the band for a station with a strong
signal. When it finds one, it will stop
and play that station for
approximately five seconds. If you do
nothing, the system will then scan
for the next strong station and play
that for five seconds. When it plays a
station that you want to continue
listening to, press the SCAN button
again.
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Audio System
Preset − You can store the
frequencies of your favorite radio
stations in the six preset buttons.
Each button will store one frequency
on the AM band, and two
frequencies on the FM band.
PWR/VOL
KNOB
AM
BUTTON
FM
BUTTON
STEREO
INDICATOR
TUNE KNOB
To store a frequency:
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two frequencies with each Preset
button.
2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function
to tune the radio to a desired
station.
3. Pick the Preset button you want
for that station. Press the button
and hold it until you hear a beep.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total
of six stations on AM and twelve
on FM.
SCAN BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
Once a station’s frequency is stored,
simply press and release the proper
Preset button to tune to it.
SEEK BUTTONS
The preset frequencies will be lost if
your car’s battery goes dead, is
disconnected, or the radio fuse is
removed.
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Audio System
AUTO SELECT − If you are
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.
To activate Auto Select, press the
A. SEL button. A. SEL will flash in
the display, and the system will go
into scan mode for several seconds.
It automatically scans both bands,
looking for stations with strong
signals. It stores the frequencies of
six AM stations and twelve FM
stations in the preset buttons. You
can then use the preset buttons to
select those stations.
If you are in a remote area, Auto
Select may not find six strong AM
stations or twelve strong FM stations.
If this happens, you will see a ‘‘0’’
displayed when you press any preset
button that does not have a station
stored.
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A.SEL INDICATOR
SCAN BUTTON
A.SEL
BUTTON
PRESET
BUTTONS
If you do not like the stations Auto
Select has stored, you can store
other frequencies in the preset
buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or
SCAN function to find the desired
frequencies, then store them in the
selected preset buttons as described
previously.
TUNE KNOB
SEEK BUTTONS
Auto Select does not erase the
frequencies that you preset previously. When you return home, turn
off Auto Select by pressing the
A. SEL button. The preset buttons
will then select the frequencies you
originally set.
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Audio System
Adjusting the Sound
Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are
each adjustable. You select which of
these you want to adjust by pressing
the TUNE knob. The mode changes
from BAS to TRE to FAD to BAL,
and then back to the selected audio
mode, each time you press the
TUNE knob.
LEVEL INDICATORS
TUNE KNOB
Treble/Bass − Use these modes to
adjust the tone to your liking. Select
TRE or BAS by pressing the TUNE
knob. Adjust the desired mode by
turning the TUNE knob. The level
indicators on the display show you
the range.
Balance/Fader − These two
modes adjust the strength of the
sound coming from each speaker.
BAL adjusts the side-to-side strength,
while FAD adjusts the front-to-back
strength.
Select BAL or FAD by pressing the
TUNE knob. Adjust the Balance or
Fader to your liking by turning the
TUNE knob. The level indicators on
the display show you the range.
The system will automatically return
the display to the selected audio
mode about five seconds after you
stop adjusting a mode with the
TUNE knob.
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Audio System
Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel
brightness control dial to adjust the illumination of the audio system (see
page 71 ). The audio system
illuminates when the parking lights
are on, even if the radio is turned off.
Radio Frequencies and Reception
For information, see page 177 .
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Audio System
Operating the Cassette Player
The ignition switch must be in
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II).
Make sure the tape opening on the
cassette is facing to the right, then
insert the cassette most of the way
into the slot. The system will pull it
in the rest of the way, and begin to
play.
The tape direction indicator will light
to show you which side of the
cassette is playing. The ▲ indicates
the side you inserted facing upward
is now playing. If you want to play
the other side, press the PROG
button.
Dolby noise reduction turns on when
you insert a cassette. If the tape was
not recorded with Dolby noise reduction, turn it off by pressing the
button.
Dolby remains off until you turn it on
by pressing the button again.
When the system reaches the end of
the tape, it will automatically reverse
direction and play the other side. If
you want to remove the cassette
from the drive, press the EJECT
button.
If you turn the system off while a
tape is playing, either with the PWR/
VOL knob or by turning off the
ignition, the cassette 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 cassette player,
press the TAPE button.
You can remove the cassette with
the ignition switch in any position,
even if the audio system is turned off.
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Audio System
Tape Search Functions
With a cassette playing, you can use
the FF, REW, SKIP, or REPEAT
function to find a desired program.
FF/REW − Fast Forward and
Rewind move the tape rapidly. 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 button to take the system out
of rewind or fast forward. When the
system reaches the end of the tape,
it reverses direction and begins to
play.
PWR/VOL KNOB
TAPE DIRECTION
INDICATOR
CASSETTE SLOT
TAPE EJECT
BUTTON
TAPE
BUTTON
AM BUTTON
PLAY
BUTTON
DOLBY BUTTON
CD BUTTON
PROG
BUTTON
FM BUTTON
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FF BUTTON
REW BUTTON
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Audio System
SKIP − The SKIP function allows
you to find the beginning of a song
or passage. To skip to the beginning
of a song or passage currently
− button. You will
playing, push the ○
see REW flashing in the display as
the tape rewinds. To skip to the
beginning of the next song, push the
+ button. You will see FF flashing in
○
the display as the tape fast forwards.
When the system finds the beginning of a song or passage, it goes
back to PLAY.
REPEAT INDICATOR
To stop the SKIP function before it
finds the beginning of a song or
passage, press either of the SKIP
− or ○
+ ).
buttons (○
RPT BUTTON
FF BUTTON
SKIP BUTTONS
REW BUTTON
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Audio System
REPEAT − The Repeat function
continuously replays the current
song or passage. Press the RPT
button to activate it; you will see RPT
displayed as a reminder. When the
system reaches the end of the song
or passage currently playing, it will
automatically go into rewind. When
it senses the beginning of the same
song or passage, the system returns
to PLAY mode. It will continue to
repeat this same program until you
deactivate REPEAT by pressing the
button again.
Pressing the REW or FF button, or
either of the SKIP buttons, also turns
off REPEAT.
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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 to your
satisfaction if there is almost no gap
between selections, a high noise
level between selections, or a silent
period in the middle of a selection.
Caring for the Cassette Player
Damaged cassettes can jam inside
the drive or cause other problems.
See page 188 for information on
cassette care and protection.
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Audio System
Operating the CD Changer
Your Acura’s audio system has an indash CD changer that holds up to six
discs, providing several hours of
continuous entertainment. You
operate this CD changer with the
same controls used for the radio and
cassette player.
LOAD BUTTON
CD SLOT
CD EJECT BUTTON
To load the CDs or operate the CD
changer, the ignition switch must be
in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II).
Load and play only standard round
discs. Odd-shaped CDs may jam in
the drive or cause other problems.
You cannot load and play 3-inch
(8-cm) discs in this system.
PWR/VOL
KNOB
RDM BUTTON
CD BUTTON
SKIP BUTTONS
REPEAT BUTTON
CONTINUED
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Audio System
Loading CDs in the Changer
To load multiple CDs in one
operation:
1. Press and hold the Load button
until you hear a beep and see
‘‘_ _ _ _’’ in the display, then
release the button.
2. On the left side of the display, the
CD Loaded indicator for an empty
position will begin blinking.
3. When you see LOAd in the display,
insert the disc into the CD slot.
Insert it only about halfway, the
drive will pull it in the rest of the
way. You will again see the dashes
in the display as the CD is loaded.
4. When LOAd appears again in the
display, insert the next disc into
the CD slot. Do no try to insert a
disc until LOAd appears. You
could damage the audio unit.
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5. Repeat this until all six positions
are loaded. The system will then
begin playing the 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 ten seconds, then stop
the load operation and begin playing
the last CD loaded.
To load a single CD:
1. Press and release the Load button.
2. When the CD Loaded indicator for
an empty position starts to blink,
and you see LOAd in the display,
insert the disc 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.
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Audio System
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.
LOAD BUTTON
CD LOADED
INDICATOR
FM
BUTTON
CD SLOT
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.
AM BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
TAPE BUTTON
CONTINUED
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Audio System
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 disc in the
CD changer. You will see the disc
and track numbers displayed.
When that disc ends, the next disc in
the CD changer is loaded and played.
After the last disc finishes, the
system returns to disc 1.
To select a different disc, press the
appropriate Preset button (1 − 6). If
you select an empty position in the
CD changer, the system will go into
the loading sequence (see page 164 ).
You can use the SKIP buttons while
a disc 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
+ button to move forward, or
the ○
− button to move backward.
the ○
Release the button when the system
reaches the point you want.
+ button
Each time you press the ○
and release it, the system skips
forward to the beginning of the next
−
track. Press and release the ○
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.
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Audio System
To take the system out of CD mode,
press the AM or FM button, or insert
a cassette in the player. If a tape is
already in the cassette 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.
PWR/VOL
KNOB
AM BUTTON
FM BUTTON
RPT
INDICATOR
RDM
INDICATOR
CD
BUTTON
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.
TAPE
BUTTON
RPT BUTTON
RDM
BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
SKIP BUTTONS
CONTINUED
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Audio System
Removing CDs from the Changer
To remove the disc that is currently
playing, press the Eject button. You
will see ‘‘EJEC’’ in the display. When
you remove the disc 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 ten
seconds the system begins playing
the next disc in the changer. If the
changer is empty, the system selects
the previous mode (AM, FM, or
Tape).
CD EJECT BUTTON
CD SLOT
If you do not remove the disc from
the slot, the system will reload the
disc after ten seconds and begin
playing it.
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.
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CD BUTTON
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Audio System
If you press the Eject button while
listening to the radio or tape, or with
the audio system turned off, the disc
that was last selected is ejected.
After that disc is ejected, pressing
the Eject button again will eject the
next disc in the numerical order. By
doing this six times, you can remove
all the CDs from the changer.
Protecting Compact Discs
For information on how to handle
and protect compact discs, see page
182 .
In any mode, if you press the Eject
button and hold it until you hear a
beep, the system will eject all of the
discs in the changer.
You can also eject discs when the
ignition switch is off. The disc that
was last selected is ejected first. You
can eject up to six discs, one at a
time.
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Audio System
CD Changer Error Indications
If you see an error indication in the
display while operating the CD
changer, find the cause in the chart
to the right. If you cannot clear the
error indication, take the vehicle to
your Acura dealer.
Indication
Cause
Disc-changer
malfunction.
High temperature.
Disc-changer
malfunction.
High temperature.
Misconnection or
disconnection of optional
under front seat CD
changer.
No CD magazine in the
optional under front seat
CD changer.
No CD in magazine.
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Solution
Consult your Acura dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Consult your Acura dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
See your Acura dealer.
Insert a CD magazine.
Insert a CD in magazine.
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Audio System
AM/FM/Cassette/CD Stereo
Audio System
On Standard Model
Your Acura’s audio system provides
clear reception on both AM and FM
bands, while the preset buttons allow
you to easily select your favorite
stations.
The anti-theft feature will disable the
system if it is disconnected from the
vehicle’s battery. To get the system
working again, you must enter a
code number (see page 190 ).
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Audio System
Operating the Radio
The ignition switch must be in
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to
operate the audio system. Turn the
system on by pushing the PWR/
VOL knob. Adjust the volume by
turning the same knob.
PWR/VOL KNOB
PRESET BUTTONS
TUNE 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 broadcasting in stereo. Stereo
reproduction on AM is not available.
SCAN BUTTON
FM BUTTON
AM BUTTON
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SEEK BUTTONS
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Audio System
You can use any of four methods to
find radio stations on the selected
band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN or the
Preset buttons.
TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to
tune the radio to a desired frequency.
Turn the knob clockwise to tune to a
higher frequency, or
counterclockwise to tune to a lower
frequency.
SEEK − The SEEK function
searches the band for a station with
a strong signal. To activate it, press
− or ○
+ ), then
either SEEK button (○
release it. Depending on which
SEEK button you press, the system
scans upward or downward from the
current frequency. It stops when it
finds a station with a strong signal.
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. The system will scan
up the band for a station with a
strong signal. When it finds one, it
will stop and play that station for
approximately five seconds. If you do
nothing, the system will then scan
for the next strong station and play
that for five seconds. When it plays a
station that you want to continue
listening to, press the SCAN button
again.
To store a frequency:
Preset − You can store the
frequencies of your favorite radio
stations in the six preset buttons.
Each button will store one frequency
on the AM band, and two
frequencies on the FM band.
Once a station’s frequency is stored,
simply press and release the proper
preset button to tune to it.
The preset frequencies will be lost if
your vehicle’s battery goes dead, is
disconnected, or the radio fuse is
removed.
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two frequencies with each Preset
button.
2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function
to tune the radio to a desired
station.
3. Pick the Preset button you want
for that station. Press the button
and hold it until you hear a beep.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total
of six stations on AM and twelve
on FM.
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Audio System
AUTO SELECT − If you are
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.
A. SEL INDICATOR
To activate Auto Select, press the
A. SEL button. A. SEL will flash in
the display, and the system will go
into scan mode for several seconds.
It automatically scans both bands,
looking for stations with strong
signals. It stores the frequencies of
six AM stations and twelve FM
stations in the preset buttons. You
can then use the preset buttons to
select those stations.
If you are in a remote area, Auto
Select may not find six strong AM
stations or twelve strong FM stations.
If this happens, you will see a ‘‘0’’
displayed when you press any preset
button that does not have a station
stored.
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A. SEL BUTTON
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Audio System
If you do not like the stations Auto
Select has stored, you can store
other frequencies in the preset
buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or
SCAN function to find the desired
frequencies, then store them in the
selected preset buttons as described
previously.
TUNE KNOB
Auto Select does not erase the
frequencies that you preset previously. When you return home, turn
off Auto Select by pressing the
A. SEL button. The preset buttons
will then select the frequencies you
originally set.
SCAN BUTTON
PRESET BUTTONS
SEEK BUTTONS
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Audio System
Adjusting the Sound
Balance/Fader − These two
controls adjust the strength of the
sound coming from each speaker.
The Balance control adjusts the sideto-side strength, while the Fader
control adjusts the front-to-back
strength.
BASS/FADER
CONTROL
To adjust the fader, push on the
BASS/FADER control knob to get it
to pop out. Pull it out slightly farther,
and adjust the front-to-back sound to
your liking. Push the knob back in
when you are done so you cannot
change the setting by accidentally
bumping it.
Treble/Bass − Use these controls
to adjust the tone to your liking.
To adjust the balance, push on the
TREBLE/BALANCE control knob
to get it to pop out. Pull it out slightly
farther, and adjust the side-to-side
sound to your liking. Push the knob
back in when you are done so you
cannot change the setting by
accidentally bumping it.
To adjust the Treble level, push on
the TREBLE/BALANCE control
knob to get it to pop out. Without
pulling it out farther, turn the knob
to adjust the treble level. Push the
knob back in when you are done so
you cannot change the setting by
accidentally bumping it.
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TREBLE/BALANCE
CONTROL
To adjust the Bass level, push on the
BASS/FADER control knob to get it
to pop out. Without pulling it out
farther, turn the knob to adjust the
bass level. Push the knob back in
when you are done so you cannot
change the setting by accidentally
bumping it.
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Audio System
Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel
brightness control knob to adjust the
illumination of the audio system (see
page 64 ). The audio system
illuminates when the parking lights
are on, even if the radio is turned off.
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 Frequencies
Your Acura’s radio can receive the
complete AM and FM bands.
Those bands cover these frequencies:
Radio Reception
How well your Acura’s radio receives
stations is dependent on many
factors, such as the distance from
the station’s transmitter, nearby
large objects, and atmospheric
conditions.
AM band:
530 to 1,710 kilohertz
FM band:
87.7 to 107.9 megahertz
Radio stations on the AM band are
assigned frequencies at least ten
kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550).
Stations on the FM band are
assigned frequencies at least 0.2
megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3).
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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Audio System
As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Radio signals, especially on the FM
band, are deflected by large objects
such as buildings and hills. Your
radio then receives both the direct
signal from the station’s transmitter,
and the deflected signal. This causes
the sound to distort or flutter. This is
a main cause of poor radio reception
in city driving.
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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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Audio System
Operating the CD Player
You operate the CD player with the
same controls used for the radio.
CD SLOT
SKIP BUTTONS
With the system on, insert the disc
into the CD slot. Push the disc in
halfway, the drive will pull it in the
rest of the way and begin to play.
The number of the track that is
playing is shown in the display.
You can also play 3-inch (8-cm) discs
without using an adapter ring. In all
cases, play only standard round discs.
Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the
drive or cause other problems.
When the system reaches the end of
the disc, it will return to the beginning and play that disc again.
You can switch to the radio while a
CD is playing by pressing the AM or
FM button. Press the CD button to
return to playing the CD. The CD
will begin playing where it left off.
REPEAT BUTTON
CD BUTTON
RDM BUTTON
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Audio System
If you turn the system off while a CD
is playing, either with the PWR/VOL
knob or by turning off the ignition,
the disc will stay in the drive. When
you turn the system back on, the CD
will begin playing where it left off.
Press the eject button to remove the
disc from the drive.
If you eject the disc, but do not
remove it from the slot, the system
will automatically reload the disc
after 15 seconds and put the CD
player in pause mode. To begin
playing the disc, press the CD button.
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You can use the SKIP buttons while
a disc is playing to select passages
and change tracks.
To move rapidly within a track, press
and hold an appropriate SKIP button.
+ button to move forward,
Press the ○
− button to move backward.
or the ○
Release the button when the system
reaches the point you want.
+ button
Each time you press the ○
and release it, the system skips
forward to the beginning of the next
−
track. Press and release the ○
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 Repeat
button. You will see REPEAT in the
display. The system continuously
replays the current track. Press the
Repeat button again to turn it off.
RANDOM PLAY − This feature,
when activated, plays the tracks on
the 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.
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Audio System
Operating the CD Changer
(Optional)
A Compact Disc changer is available
for your vehicle. It holds up to six
discs, providing several hours of
continuous entertainment. You
operate this CD changer with the
same controls used for the in-dash
CD player.
Load the desired CDs in the
magazine and load the magazine in
the changer according to the
instructions that came with the unit.
Play only standard round discs. Oddshaped CDs may jam in the drive or
cause other problems.
To select the CD changer, press the
CD button. The disc and track
numbers will be displayed.
To select a different disc, press the
appropriate preset button (1−6). 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. This
continues until it finds a CD to load
and play.
When you switch back to CD mode,
the system selects the same unit (indash or changer) that was playing
when you switched out of CD mode.
To use the SKIP, REPEAT, and
RANDOM functions, refer to the indash player operating instructions.
If you load a CD in the in-dash player
while the changer is playing a CD,
the system will stop the changer and
begin playing the in-dash CD. To
select the changer again, press the
CD button. Play will begin where it
left off. Use the CD button to switch
between the player and the changer.
If you eject the in-dash CD while it is
playing, the system will automatically
switch to the CD changer and begin
play where it left off. If there are no
CDs in the changer, the display will
flash. You will have to select another
mode (AM or FM) with the FM or
AM button.
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Audio System
Protecting Compact Discs
Handle a CD by its edges; never
touch either surface. Contamination
from fingerprints, liquids, felt-tip
pens, and labels can cause the CD to
not play properly, or possibly jam in
the drive.
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.
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To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth.
Wipe across the disc from the center
to the outside edge.
A new CD may be rough on the
inner and outer edges. The small
plastic pieces causing this roughness
can flake off and fall on the recording surface of the disc, causing
skipping or other problems. Remove
these pieces by rubbing the inner
and outer edges with the side of a
pencil or pen.
Never try to insert foreign objects in
the CD player or the magazine.
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Audio System
CD Player Error Indications
If you see an error indication in the
display while operating the CD
player, find the cause in the chart to
the right. If you cannot clear the
error indication, take the vehicle to
your Acura dealer.
Indication
Cause
FOCUS/CLV Error
Data Read Error
Search Error
Mechanical Error
Control Error
LSI Error
Solution
Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc.
Check if the disc is inserted correctly in the CD
player.
Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged.
Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation.
If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error
indication does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your Acura dealer.
Do not try to force the disc out of the player.
Consult your Acura dealer.
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Audio System
CD Changer Error Indications
If you see an error indication in the
display while in CD mode, find the
cause in the chart to the right. If you
cannot clear the error indication,
take the vehicle to your Acura dealer.
Indication
Cause
Disc-changer
malfunction.
Disc is in changer
mechanism.
Disc-changer
malfunction.
Disc-changer
malfunction.
CD magazine ejection
impossible.
High temperature.
Misconnection or
disconnection of CD
changer.
No CD magazine in the
CD changer.
No CD in magazine.
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Solution
Consult your Acura dealer.
Press the magazine eject button, and insert an
empty magazine.
If the code disappears within a few seconds,
unit is OK. If it does not, consult your Acura
dealer.
Press the magazine eject button and pull out
the magazine, check for error indication. Insert
the magazine again. If the magazine can not be
pulled out, consult your Acura dealer.
Press the magazine eject button. If the magazine does not eject, consult your Acura dealer.
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
See your Acura dealer.
Insert CD magazine.
Insert CD in magazine.
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Audio System
Operating the Cassette Player
The cassette system features Dolby
B* noise reduction, automatic
sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO2)
tape, and autoreverse for continuous
play.
FF BUTTON
PLAY
BUTTON
REW
BUTTON
DOLBY BUTTON
Make sure the tape opening on the
cassette is facing to the right, then
insert the cassette most of the way
into the slot. The system will pull it
in the rest of the way, and begin to
play.
*
Dolby noise reduction manufactured under
license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol
are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation.
PROG BUTTON
REPEAT BUTTON
CD BUTTON
SKIP BUTTONS
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Audio System
The tape direction indicator will light
to show you which side of the
cassette is playing. The ▲ indicates
the side you inserted facing upward
is now playing. If you want to play
the other side, press the PROG
button.
If you turn the system off while a
tape is playing, either with the PWR/
VOL knob or by turning off the
ignition, the cassette will remain in
the drive. When you turn the system
back on, the tape will begin playing
where it left off.
Dolby noise reduction turns on when
you insert a cassette. If the tape was
not recorded with Dolby noise
reduction, turn it off by pressing the
NR button.
To switch to the radio or CD player
while a tape is playing, press the AM,
FM or CD button. To change back to
the cassette player, push the TAPE
button.
When the system reaches the end of
the tape, it will automatically reverse
direction and play the other side. If
you want to remove the cassette
from the drive, press the EJECT
button.
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Tape Search Functions
With a cassette playing, you can use
the FF, REW, SKIP, or REPEAT
function to find a desired program.
FF/REW − Fast Forward and Rewind move the tape rapidly. 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 PLAY button to take the
system out of rewind or fast forward.
If the system reaches the end of the
tape while in fast forward or rewind,
it automatically stops that function,
reverses direction, and begins to play.
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Audio System
SKIP − The SKIP function allows
you to find the beginning of a song
or passage. To skip to the beginning
of a song or passage currently
− button. You will
playing, push the ○
see REW flashing in the display as
the tape rewinds. To skip to the
beginning of the next song, push the
+ button. You will see FF flashing in
○
the display as the tape fast forwards.
When the system finds the beginning of a song or passage, it goes
back to PLAY.
REPEAT − The Repeat function
continuously replays the current
song or passage. Press the REPEAT
button to activate it; you will see
REPEAT displayed as a reminder.
When the system reaches the end of
the song or passage currently
playing, it will automatically go into
rewind. When it senses the
beginning of the same song or
passage, the system returns to PLAY
mode. It will continue to repeat this
same program until you deactivate
REPEAT by pressing the button
again.
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 to your
satisfaction if there is almost no gap
between selections, a high noise
level between selections, or a silent
period in the middle of a selection.
Comfort and Convenience Features
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Audio System
Caring for the Cassette Player
The cassette player picks up dirt and
oxides from the tape. This contamination builds up over time and
causes the sound quality to degrade.
To prevent this, you should clean the
player after every 30 hours of use.
Your dealer has a cleaning kit
available.
Use 100-minute or shorter cassettes.
Cassettes longer than that use
thinner tape that may break or jam
the drive.
If you do not clean the cassette
player regularly, it may eventually
become impossible to remove the
contamination with a normal
cleaning kit.
If the label is peeling off, remove it
from the cassette or it could cause
the cassette to jam in the player.
Never try to insert a warped or
damaged cassette in the player.
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Look at the cassette before you
insert it. If the tape is loose, tighten
it by turning a hub with a pencil or
your finger.
When they are not in use, store
cassettes in their cases to protect
them from dust and moisture. Never
place cassettes where they will be
exposed to direct sunlight, high heat,
or high humidity. If a cassette is
exposed to extreme heat or cold, let
it reach a moderate temperature
before inserting it in the player.
Never try to insert foreign objects
into the cassette player.
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Audio System
Remote Audio Controls
AUDIO/CH
BUTTON
The top and bottom buttons adjust
the volume up (▲) or down (▼).
Press the proper button and hold it
until the desired volume is reached,
then release it.
The AUDIO/CH button has three
functions, depending on whether you
are listening to the radio, or playing a
cassette or CD.
Two controls for the audio system
are mounted in the steering wheel
hub. These let you control basic
functions without removing your
hand from the wheel.
If you are listening to the radio, use
the AUDIO/CH button to change
stations. Each time you press this
button, the system advances to the
next preset station on the band you
are listening to. You will see the
number of the selected Preset button
in the display. To change bands,
press the AM or FM button on the
audio system’s front panel.
If you are playing a cassette, use the
AUDIO/CH button to advance to the
next selection. You will see ‘‘FF’’
blinking in the display when you
press the AUDIO/CH button. The
system fast forwards until it senses a
silent period, then goes back to
PLAY.
If you are playing a CD, the system
skips to the beginning of the next
track each time you push the
AUDIO/CH button. You will see the
disc and track number in the display.
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Audio System
Theft Protection
Your vehicle’s audio system will
disable itself if it is disconnected
from electrical power for any reason.
To make it work again, the user
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 should
happen to lose the card, you must
obtain the code number from your
Acura dealer. To do this, you will
need the system’s serial number.
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If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, the audio
system will disable itself. If this
happens, you will see ‘‘Code’’ in the
frequency display the next time you
turn on the system. Use the Preset
buttons to enter the five-digit code. If
it is entered correctly, the radio will
start playing.
If you make a mistake entering the
code, do not start over or try to
correct your mistake. Complete the
five-digit sequence, then enter the
correct code. You have ten tries to
enter the correct code. If you are
unsuccessful in ten attempts, you
must then leave the system on for
one hour before trying again.
You will have to store your favorite
stations in the Preset buttons after
the system begins working. Your
original settings were lost when
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 flashes if
someone attempts to break into your
vehicle or remove the radio. This
alarm continues for two minutes,
then the system resets. To reset an
alarming system before the two
minutes have elapsed, unlock the
driver’s front door with the key or
the remote transmitter.
The security system sets automatically fifteen seconds after you
lock the doors, hood, and trunk. For
the system to activate, you must lock
the doors from the outside with the
key, lock tab, door lock switch, or
remote transmitter. The security
system light next to the driver’s door
lock starts blinking immediately to
show you the system is setting itself.
SECURITY SYSTEM LIGHT
The security system will not set if
the hood, tailgate, or any door is not
fully closed. If the system will not set,
check the Door Lamp Monitor on
the instrument panel (see page 56 ),
to see if the doors and tailgate are
fully closed. Since it is not part of the
monitor display, manually check the
hood.
Do not attempt to alter this system
or add other devices to it.
Once the security system is set,
opening any door (without using the
key or the remote transmitter), or
the hood, will cause it to alarm. It
also alarms if the radio is removed
from the dashboard or the wiring is
cut.
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Before Driving
Before you begin driving your Acura,
you should know what gasoline to
use, and how to check the levels of
important fluids. You also need to
know how to properly store luggage
or packages. The information in this
section will help you. If you plan to
add any accessories to your vehicle,
please read the information in this
section first.
Break-in Period .............................. 194
Gasoline .......................................... 194
Service Station Procedures .......... 195
Filling the Fuel Tank ................. 195
Opening the Hood ..................... 196
Oil Check ................................ 198
Engine Coolant Check .......... 199
Fuel Economy ................................ 200
Vehicle Condition ...................... 200
Driving Habits ............................ 200
Accessories and Modifications .... 201
Carrying Cargo .............................. 203
Load Limit .................................. 204
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Break-in Period, Gasoline
Break-in Period
Help assure your vehicle’s future
reliability and performance by paying
extra attention to how you drive
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).
During this period:
Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid
acceleration.
Do not change the oil until the
recommended time or mileage
interval shown in the maintenance
schedule.
Avoid hard braking. New brakes
need to be broken-in by moderate
use for the first 200 miles (300
km).
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You should follow these same recommendations with an overhauled
or exchanged engine, or when the
brakes are replaced.
Gasoline
Your Acura is designed to operate on
premium unleaded gasoline with a
pump octane number of 91 or higher.
We also recommend that you do not
tow a trailer during the first 500
miles (800 km).
Use of a lower octane gasoline can
cause occasional, metallic knocking
noises in the engine and will result in
decreased engine performance.
We recommend gasolines containing
detergent additives that help prevent
fuel system and engine deposits.
Using gasoline containing lead will
damage your vehicle’s emissions
controls. This contributes to air
pollution.
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Gasoline, Service Station Procedures
In Canada, some gasolines contain
an octane-enhancing additive called
MMT. If you use such gasolines,
your emissions control system
performance may deteriorate and
the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
your instrument panel may turn on.
If this happens, contact your
authorized Acura dealer for service.
Filling the Fuel Tank
Pull
Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.
Stop the engine and keep
heat, sparks, and flame away.
Handle fuel only outdoors.
Wipe up spills immediately.
1. Because the fuel fill cap is on the
driver’s side of the vehicle, park
with that side closest to the
service station pumps.
2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling
on the handle to the left of the
driver’s seat.
FUEL FILL CAP
CONTINUED
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Service Station Procedures
3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank escapes.
Place the cap in the holder on the
fuel fill door.
Opening the Hood
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
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.
5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on,
tighten it until it clicks several
times. If you do not properly
tighten the cap, the Malfunction
Indicator Lamp may come on (see
page 329 ).
6. Push the fuel fill door closed until
it latches.
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LATCH
1. Shift to Park or Neutral 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. Standing in front of the vehicle,
put your fingers under the front
edge of the hood to the left of
center. Slide your hand to the left
until you feel the hood latch
handle. Push this handle up until it
releases the hood. Lift the hood.
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Service Station Procedures
If you can open the hood without
lifting the hood latch handle, or the
hood latch handle moves stiffly or
does not spring back as before, the
mechanism should be cleaned and
lubricated (see page 277 ).
3. Lift the hood up most of the way.
The hydraulic supports will lift it
up the rest of the way and hold it
up.
To close the hood, lower it to about a
foot (30 cm) above the fender, then
press down firmly with your hands.
After closing the hood, make sure it
is securely latched.
CONTINUED
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Service Station Procedures
Oil Check
DIPSTICK
Check the engine oil level every time
you fill the vehicle with fuel. Wait a
few minutes after turning the engine
off before you check the oil.
1. Remove the dipstick (orange
handle).
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2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean
cloth or paper towel.
3. Insert it all the way back in its tube.
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Service Station Procedures
Engine Coolant Check
RESERVE TANK
Refer to Owner Maintenance
Checks on page 259 for information
on checking other items in your
Acura.
MAX
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
4. Remove the dipstick again and
check the level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
If it is near or below the lower mark,
see Adding Oil on page 261 .
MIN
Look at the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is
between the MAX and MIN lines. If
it is below the MIN line, see Adding
Engine Coolant on page 265 for
information on adding the proper
coolant.
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Fuel Economy
The condition of your vehicle and
your driving habits are the two most
important things that affect the fuel
mileage you get.
Vehicle Condition
Always maintain your vehicle according to the maintenance schedule.
This will keep it in top operating
condition.
An important part of that maintenance is the Owner Maintenance
Checks (see page 259 ). For
example, an underinflated tire
causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’
which uses fuel. It also wears out
faster, so check the tire pressure at
least monthly.
In winter, the build-up of snow on
your vehicle’s underside adds weight
and rolling resistance. Frequent
cleaning helps your fuel mileage and
reduces the chance of corrosion.
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Driving Habits
You can improve fuel economy by
driving moderately. Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering, and hard
braking use more fuel.
Always drive in the highest gear that
allows the engine to run and accelerate smoothly.
Depending on traffic conditions, try
to maintain a constant speed. Every
time you slow down and speed up,
your vehicle uses extra fuel. Use the
cruise control, when appropriate, to
increase fuel economy.
A cold engine uses more fuel than a
warm engine. It is not necessary to
‘‘warm-up’’ a cold engine by letting it
idle for a long time. You can drive
away in about a minute, no matter
how cold it is outside. The engine
will warm up faster, and you get
better fuel economy. To cut down on
the number of ‘‘cold starts,’’ try to
combine several short trips into one.
The air conditioning puts an extra
load on the engine which makes it
use more fuel. Turn off the A/C to
cut down on air conditioning use.
Use the flow-through ventilation
when the outside air temperature is
moderate.
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifying your vehicle, or installing
some non-Acura accessories, can
make your vehicle unsafe. Before
you make any modifications or add
any accessories, be sure to read the
following information.
Accessories
Your dealer has Genuine Acura
accessories that allow you to
personalize your vehicle. These
accessories have been designed and
approved for your vehicle, and are
covered by warranty.
Non-Acura accessories are usually
designed for universal applications.
Although aftermarket accessories
may fit on your vehicle, they may not
meet factory specifications, and
could adversely affect your vehicle’s
handling and stability. (See
‘‘Modifications’’ on the page 202 for
additional information.)
operation of your vehicle, or even
cause the airbags to deploy.
Improper accessories or
modifications can affect your
vehicle’s handling, stability and
performance, and cause a
crash in which you can be hurt
or killed.
Follow all instructions in this
owner’s manual regarding
accessories and modifications.
When properly installed, cellular
phones, alarms, two-way radios, and
low-powered audio systems should
not interfere with your vehicle’s
computer-controlled systems, such
as the SRS and anti-lock brake
system.
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 336 ).
Have the installer contact your
Acura dealer for assistance before
installing any electronic accessory.
If possible, have your dealer inspect
the final installation.
However, if electronic accessories
are improperly installed, or exceed
your vehicle’s electrical system
capacity, they can interfere with the
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifications
Do not remove any original
equipment or modify your vehicle in
any way that would alter its design or
operation. This could make your
vehicle unsafe and illegal to drive.
In addition, any modifications that
decrease ground clearance increase
the chance of undercarriage parts
striking a curb, speed bump, or other
raised object, which could cause
your airbags to deploy.
For example, do not make any
modifications that would change the
ride height of your vehicle, or install
wheels and tires with a different
overall diameter.
Do not modify your steering wheel
or any other part of your
Supplemental Restraint System.
Modifications could make the
system ineffective.
Such modifications can adversely
affect handling, and interfere with
the operation of the vehicle’s antilock brakes and other systems.
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Additional Safety Precaution
Do not attach or place objects on the
airbag covers. Any object attached to
or placed on the covers marked ‘‘SRS
AIRBAG,’’ in the center of the
steering wheel and on top of the
dashboard, could interfere with the
proper operation of the airbags. Or,
if the airbags inflate, the objects
could be propelled inside the vehicle
and hurt someone.
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Carrying Cargo
GLOVE BOX
Your vehicle has several convenient
storage areas so you can stow cargo
safely.
DOOR POCKET
REAR COMPARTMENT
The glove box, and the pockets in
the front doors and seat-backs, are
designed for small, lightweight items.
The cargo area is intended for larger,
heavier items. The second and third
row seats can be folded flat to allow
you to carry more cargo or longer
items.
However, carrying too much cargo,
or improperly storing it, can affect
your vehicle’s handling, stability and
operation and make it unsafe. Before
carrying any type of cargo, be sure to
read the following pages.
SEAT-BACK POCKET
CARGO AREA
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Carrying Cargo
Load Limit
The maximum load for your vehicle
is 1,267 lbs (575 kg).
This figure includes the total weight
of all occupants, cargo, accessories,
and the tongue weight if you are
towing a trailer.
To figure out how much cargo you
can carry:
When you load luggage, the total
weight of the vehicle, all passengers,
cargo, and trailer tongue load must
not exceed the Gross Vehicle
Weight Rating (GVWR). The load
for the front and rear axles also must
not exceed the Gross Axle Weight
Rating (GAWR). The GVWR and
GAWR are printed on the tire
information label attached to the
driver’s doorjamb (see page 322 ).
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 with the proper
operation of the seats.
Add up the weight of all occupants.
If you are towing a trailer, add the
tongue weight to the number
above.
Subtract the total from 1,267 lbs
(575 kg).
The final number is the total weight
of cargo you can carry.
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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.
Keep the glove box closed while
driving. If the lid is open, a
passenger could injure their knees
during a crash or sudden stop.
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Carrying Cargo
Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area
or on a Roof Rack
Distribute cargo evenly on the
floor of the cargo area, placing the
heaviest items on the bottom and
as far forward as possible. Tie
down items that could be thrown
about the vehicle during a crash or
sudden stop.
If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the
tailgate, exhaust gas can enter the
passenger area. To avoid the
possibility of carbon monoxide
poisoning, follow the instructions
on page 54 .
If you can carry any items on a
roof rack, be sure the total weight
of the rack and the items on it
does not exceed 165 lb.
If you use an accessory roof rack,
the roof rack weight limit may be
lower. Refer to the information that
came with your roof rack.
Optional Separation Net
The separation net can be used to
hold back soft, lightweight items
stored in the cargo area. Heavy
items should be properly secured on
the floor of the cargo area. The net
may not prevent heavy items from
being thrown forward in a crash or a
sudden stop.
Optional Cargo Cover
The cargo cover can be used to
cover the cargo area behind the third
row seats. When the third row seats
are folded down, the cargo cover can
be installed in a forward position and
extended over the larger cargo area.
Do not install the cargo cover in the
forward position if the third row
seats are not folded down.
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Driving
This section gives you tips on
starting the engine under various
conditions, and how to operate the
automatic transmission. It also
includes important information on
parking your vehicle, the braking
system, the Traction Control System,
and facts you need if you are
planning to tow a trailer.
Driving Guidelines ......................... 208
Preparing to Drive ......................... 209
Starting the Engine........................ 210
Starting in Cold Weather
at High Altitude ..................... 210
Automatic Transmission............... 211
Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 211
Shift Lever Positions ................. 212
Engine Speed Limiter ............... 215
Shift Lock Release ..................... 215
Variable Torque Management
4WD System............................... 217
VTM-4 Lock ............................... 218
Parking ............................................ 219
The Braking System...................... 220
Brake Wear Indicators .............. 220
Brake System Design................ 221
Anti-lock Brakes ........................ 221
Important Safety
Reminders .......................... 222
ABS Indicator ......................... 222
Driving in Bad Weather ................ 224
Towing a Trailer ............................ 226
Towing Your Vehicle Behind a
Motorhome................................. 238
Off-Highway Guidelines ............... 240
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Driving Guidelines
Your MDX has higher ground
clearance than a passenger vehicle
designed for use only on pavement.
Higher ground clearance has many
advantages for off-highway driving.
It allows you to travel over bumps,
obstacles, and rough terrain. It also
provides good visibility so you can
anticipate problems earlier.
These advantages come at some cost.
Because your vehicle is taller and
rides higher off the ground, it has a
high center of gravity. This means
that your vehicle can tip or roll over
if you make abrupt turns. Utility
vehicles have a significantly higher
rollover rate than other types of
vehicles.
To prevent the risk of rollover or
loss of control:
Take corners at slower speeds
than you would with a passenger
vehicle.
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Avoid sharp turns and abrupt
maneuvers whenever possible.
Do not modify your vehicle in any
way that would raise the center of
gravity.
Do not carry heavy cargo on the
roof.
See page 240 for additional guidelines
for driving off-highway.
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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 and tailgate
are fully closed.
3. Visually check the tires. If a tire
looks low, use a gauge to check its
pressure.
5. Check the adjustment of the seat
(see page 98 ).
6. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 110 ).
7. Check the adjustment of the
steering wheel (see page 76 ).
10.Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
Check the indicator lights in the
instrument panel.
11. Start the engine (see page 210 ).
12. Check the gauges and indicator
lights in the instrument panel (see
page 57 ).
8. Make sure the doors and tailgate
are securely closed and locked.
9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 15 ).
4. Check that any items you may be
carrying with you inside are stored
properly or fastened down
securely.
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Starting the Engine
1. Apply the parking brake.
2. In cold weather, turn off all
electrical accessories to reduce
the drain on the battery.
3. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park. Press on the brake pedal.
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition key to the
START (III) position. If the engine
does not start right away, do not
hold the key in START (III) for
more than 15 seconds at a time.
Pause for at least 10 seconds
before trying again.
5. If the engine does not start within
15 seconds, or starts but stalls
right away, repeat step 4 with the
accelerator pedal pressed half-way
down. If the engine starts, release
pressure on the accelerator pedal
so the engine does not race.
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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.
As before, keep the ignition key in
the START (III) position for no
more than 15 seconds. Return to
step 5 if the engine does not start.
If it starts, lift your foot off the
accelerator pedal so the engine
does not race.
Starting in Cold Weather at High
Altitude (Above 8,000 feet/
2,400 meters)
An engine is harder to start in cold
weather. The thinner air found at
high altitude above 8,000 feet (2,400
meters) adds to the problem.
Use the following procedure:
1. Turn off all electrical accessories
to reduce the drain on the battery.
2. Push the accelerator pedal halfway to the floor and hold it there
while starting the engine. Do not
hold the ignition key in START
(III) for more than 15 seconds.
When the engine starts, release
the accelerator pedal gradually as
the engine speeds up and smooths
out.
3. If the engine fails to start in step 2,
push the accelerator pedal to the
floor and hold it there while you
try to start the engine for no more
than 15 seconds. If the engine
does not start, return to step 2.
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Automatic Transmission
Your Acura’s transmission has five
forward speeds, and is electronically
controlled for smoother shifting. It
also has a ‘‘lock-up’’ torque converter
for better fuel economy. You may
feel what seems like another shift
when the converter locks.
Shift Lever Position Indicator
This indicator on the instrument
panel shows which position the shift
lever is in.
The ‘‘D5 ’’ indicator comes on for a
few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch ON (II). If it flashes
while driving (in any shift position),
it indicates a possible problem in the
transmission. Avoid rapid
acceleration and have the
transmission checked by an
authorized Acura dealer as soon as
possible.
The malfunction indicator lamp may
come on along with the ‘‘D5 ’’
indicator if there is a problem in the
automatic transmission control
system.
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Automatic Transmission
Shift Lever Positions
SHIFT LEVER
The shift lever has eight positions. It
must be in Park or Neutral to start
the engine. When you are stopped in
D5, D4, D3, 2, 1, N or R, press firmly
on the brake pedal, and keep your
foot off the accelerator pedal.
To shift from:
P to R
R to N
N to D5
D5 to D4
D4 to D3
D3 to 2
2 to 1
1 to 2
2 to D3
D3 to D4
D4 to D5
D5 to N
N to R
R to P
Do this:
Press the brake pedal, then
move the shift lever.
Move the lever.
You cannot shift out of Park with the
brake pedal depressed when the
ignition switch is in LOCK (0) or
ACCESSORY (I).
Park (P) − This position mechanically locks the transmission. Use
Park whenever you are turning off or
starting the engine. To shift out of
Park, you must press on the brake
pedal and have your foot off the
accelerator pedal.
If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on page
215 .
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.
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Automatic Transmission
Your car has a reverse lockout so
you cannot accidentally shift to
Reverse from Neutral or any other
driving position when the vehicle
speed exceeds 7 − 9 mph (12 − 14
km/h).
If you cannot shift to Reverse when
the car is stopped, press the brake
pedal and slowly shift to Neutral, and
then to Reverse.
Reverse (R) − To shift to Reverse
from Park, see the explanation under
Park. To shift to Reverse from
Neutral, come to a complete stop and
then shift.
If there is a problem in the reverse
lockout system, or your vehicle’s
battery is disconnected or goes dead,
you cannot shift to Reverse. (Refer
to Shift Lock Release on page 215 ).
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 Park position if you need to leave the vehicle
for any reason. Press on the brake pedal when you are moving the shift
lever from Neutral to another gear.
Drive (D5) − Use this position for
your normal driving. The
transmission automatically selects a
suitable gear for your speed and
acceleration. You may notice the
transmission shifting up at higher
speeds when the engine is cold. This
helps the engine warm up faster.
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Automatic Transmission
Drive (D4, D3) − These positions
are similar to D5, except when you
select the D4 position, only the first
four gears are selected. When you
select D3, only the first three gears
are selected. D4 can also keep the
transmission from cycling between
fourth and fifth gears in stop-and-go
driving, and D3 can keep the
transmission from cycling between
third and fourth gears.
Use D4 when you are towing a
trailer. Use D3 to provide engine
braking when going down a
steep hill. D3 gives you more power
and increased engine braking.
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For faster acceleration when in D3,
D4 or D5, you can get the
transmission to automatically
downshift by pushing the accelerator
pedal to the floor. The transmission
will shift down one or two gears,
depending on your speed.
Second (2) − This position locks
the transmission in second gear. It
does not downshift to first gear
when you come to a stop. Second
gives you more power when climbing,
and increased engine braking when
going down steep hills. Use second
gear when starting out on a slippery
surface or in deep snow. It will help
reduce wheelspin.
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Automatic Transmission
First (1) − With the lever in this
position, the transmission locks in
First gear.
If you shift into First position when
the vehicle speed is above 31 mph
(50 km/h), the transmission shifts
into Second gear first to avoid
sudden engine braking.
Engine Speed Limiter
If you exceed the maximum speed
for the gear you are in, the engine
speed will enter into the tachometer’s
red zone. If this occurs, you may feel
the engine cut in and out. This is
caused by a limiter in the engine’s
computer controls. The engine will
run normally when you reduce the
RPM below the red zone.
Shift Lock Release
This allows you to move the shift
lever out of Park if the normal
method of pushing on the brake
pedal does not work. This procedure
also releases the Reverse Lockout.
1. Set the Parking brake.
2. Make sure the key is in the
ignition switch LOCK (0) position.
To release the Reverse Lockout,
make sure the key is in the
ACCESSORY (I) position.
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Automatic Transmission
6. Remove the screwdriver from the
shift lock release slot, then install
a new cover.
Depress the brake pedal and
restart the engine.
If you need to use the Shift Lock
Release, it means your vehicle is
developing a problem. Have the
vehicle checked by your Acura
dealer.
COVER
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift
Lock Release slot cover next to
the shift lever.
Use a small flat-tipped screwdriver
or small metal plate (neither are
included in the tool kit) to remove
the cover. Carefully pry off the
edge of the cover.
SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT
4. Insert a screwdriver in the Shift
Lock Release slot.
5. Push down on the screwdriver
while you press the release button
and move the shift lever out of
Park to Neutral.
To release the Reverse Lockout,
move the shift lever from Neutral
to Reverse, then Park.
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Variable Torque Management 4WD System
The Variable Torque Management
4WD System (VTM-4) automatically
transfers varying amounts of engine
torque to the rear wheels under low
traction conditions.
VTM-4 Lock
Do not use the VTM-4 Lock button on
dry, paved roads. Driving on dry,
paved roads with VTM-4 Lock ON may
damage the rear dif f erential when
making a turn. Strange noises and
vibration can also result.
If more traction is needed when your
MDX is stuck or is likely to become
stuck, you can use the VTM-4 Lock
button to increase torque to the rear
wheels. As soon as this feature is no
longer needed, press the VTM-4
Lock button again to disengage the
VTM-4 Lock.
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Variable Torque Management 4WD System
To engage the VTM-4 Lock:
1. The vehicle speed must be
stopped.
2. Move the shift lever to first (1),
second (2) or reverse (R) gear.
3. Press the VTM-4 Lock button.
The light in the button will come
on.
To get unstuck, apply light pressure
to the accelerator pedal. Do not spin
the front tires for more than a few
seconds. Because of the amount of
torque applied to the rear tires, they
should not spin. This is normal. If
you are not able to get the vehicle to
move, apply the brakes to stop the
wheels, then reverse direction.
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The VTM-4 Lock will temporarily
disengage when the vehicle speed
exceeds 18 mph (30 km/h). It will
automatically engage again as the
speed slows below 18 mph (30 km/
h). The light in the VTM-4 Lock
button will remain on the whole time.
To disengage the VTM-4 Lock, do
one of the following:
Press the VTM-4 Lock button.
Move the shift lever to D3, D4 or
D5.
Turn the ignition to OFF (0).
When you restart your MDX, the
VTM-4 Lock feature will be off.
Do not continuously spin the f ront tires
of your MDX. Continuously spinning
the f ront tires can cause transmission
or rear dif f erential damage.
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Parking
Always use the parking brake when
you park your vehicle. The indicator
on the instrument panel shows that
the parking brake is not fully
released; it does not indicate that the
parking brake is firmly set. Make
sure the parking brake is set firmly
or your vehicle may roll if it is
parked on an incline.
Set the parking brake before you put
the transmission in Park. This keeps
the vehicle from moving and putting
pressure on the parking mechanism
in the transmission − making it
easier to move the shift lever out of
Park when you want to drive away.
If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn
the front wheels away from the curb.
If the vehicle is facing downhill, turn
the front wheels toward the curb.
Make sure the parking brake is fully
released before driving away.
Driving with the parking brake
partially set can overheat or damage
the rear brakes.
Parking Tips
Make sure the moonroof 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 with the key or the
remote transmitter.
Never park over dry leaves, tall
grass, or other flammable
materials. The three way catalytic
converter gets very hot, and could
cause these materials to catch on
fire.
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The Braking System
Your Acura is equipped with disc
brakes at all four wheels. A power
assist helps reduce the effort needed
on the brake pedal. The ABS helps
you retain steering control when
braking very hard.
Put your foot on the brake pedal only
when you intend to brake. Resting
your foot on the pedal keeps the
brakes applied lightly, causing them
to build up heat. Heat build-up can
reduce how well your brakes work. It
also keeps your brake lights on all
the time, confusing drivers behind
you.
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Constant application of the brakes
when going down a long hill builds
up heat and reduces their effectiveness. Use the engine to assist the
brakes by downshifting to a lower
gear and taking your foot off the
accelerator pedal.
Check your 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. Since a
longer distance is needed to stop
with wet brakes, be extra cautious
and alert in your driving.
Brake Wear Indicators
All four brakes have audible brake
wear indicators.
When the brake pads need replacing,
you will hear a distinctive metallic
‘‘screeching’’ sound when you apply
the brakes. If you do not have the
brake pads replaced, they will begin
screeching all the time.
Your brakes may sometimes squeal
or squeak when you apply them
lightly. Do not confuse this with the
brake wear indicators. They make a
very audible ‘‘screeching.’’
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The Braking System
Brake 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.
Front
Anti-lock Brakes
Your vehicle has an Anti-lock Brake
System (ABS) as standard
equipment. ABS helps to prevent the
wheels from locking up and skidding
during hard braking, allowing you to
retain steering control.
You should never pump the
brake pedal, this defeats the
purpose of the ABS. Let the ABS
work for you by always keeping firm,
steady pressure on the brake pedal
as you steer away from the hazard.
This is sometimes referred to as
‘‘stomp and steer.’’
When the front tires skid, you lose
steering control; the vehicle
continues straight ahead even
though you turn the steering wheel.
The ABS helps to prevent lock-up
and helps you retain steering control
by pumping the brakes rapidly; much
faster than a person can do it.
The ABS also balances the front-to
rear braking distribution according
to vehicle loading.
You will feel a pulsation in the brake
pedal when the ABS activates, and
you may hear some noise. This is
normal, it is the ABS rapidly
pumping the brakes.
Activation varies with the amount of
traction your tires have. On dry
pavement, you will need to press on
the brake pedal very hard before you
activate the ABS. However, you may
feel the ABS activate immediately if
you are trying to stop on snow or ice.
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The Braking System
Important Safety Reminders
ABS does not reduce the time or
distance it takes to stop the
vehicle, it only helps with steering
control during braking. You should
always maintain a safe following
distance from other vehicles.
ABS will not prevent a skid that
results from changing direction
abruptly, such as trying to take a
corner too fast or making a sudden
lane change. Always drive at a safe,
prudent speed for the road and
weather conditions.
ABS cannot prevent a loss of
stability. Always steer moderately
when you are braking hard. Severe
or sharp steering wheel movement
can still cause your vehicle to veer
into oncoming traffic or off the road.
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A vehicle with ABS may require a
longer distance to stop on loose or
uneven surfaces, such as gravel or
snow, than a vehicle without antilock. Slow down and allow a greater
distance between vehicles under
those conditions.
ABS Indicator
ABS INDICATOR*
*
U.S. indicator shown
The ABS is self-checking. If anything
goes wrong, the ABS indicator on
the instrument panel comes on (see
page 59 ). This means the anti-lock
function of the braking system has
shut down. The brakes still work like
a conventional system without antilock, providing normal stopping
ability. You should have the dealer
inspect your vehicle as soon as
possible.
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The Braking System
If the ABS indicator and the brake
system indicator come on together,
and the parking brake is fully
released, the front-to-rear braking
distribution system may also shut
down.
Test your brakes as instructed on
page 331 . If the brakes feel normal,
drive slowly and have your vehicle
repaired by your dealer as soon as
possible. Avoid sudden hard braking
which could cause the rear wheels to
lock up and possibly lead to a loss of
control.
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Driving in Bad Weather
Rain, fog, and snow conditions require a different driving technique
because of reduced traction and
visibility. Keep your vehicle wellmaintained and exercise greater
caution when you need to drive in
bad weather. The cruise control
should not be used in these conditions.
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Driving Technique − Always drive
slower than you would in dry
weather. It takes your vehicle longer
to react, even in conditions that may
seem just barely damp. Apply
smooth, even pressure to all the
controls. Abrupt steering wheel
movements or sudden, hard application of the brakes can cause loss of
control in wet weather. Be extra
cautious for the first few miles
(kilometers) of driving while you
adjust to the change in driving
conditions. This is especially true in
snow. A person can forget some
snow-driving techniques during the
summer months. Practice is needed
to relearn those skills.
Exercise extra caution when driving
in rain after a long dry spell. After
months of dry weather, the first
rains bring oil to the surface of the
roadway, making it slippery.
Visibility − Being able to see
clearly in all directions and being
visible to other drivers are important
in all weather conditions. This is
more difficult in bad weather. To be
seen more clearly during daylight
hours, turn on your headlights.
Inspect your windshield wipers and
washers frequently. Keep the windshield washer reservoir full of the
proper fluid. Have the windshield
wiper blades replaced if they start to
streak the windshield or leave parts
unwiped. Use the defrosters and air
conditioning to keep the windows
from fogging up on the inside (see
page 148 ).
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Driving in Bad Weather
Traction − Check your tires
frequently for wear and proper
pressure. Both are important in
preventing ‘‘hydroplaning’’ (loss of
traction on a wet surface). In the
winter, mount snow tires on all four
wheels for the best handling.
Watch road conditions carefully,
they can change from moment to
moment. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. ‘‘Clear’’ roads can have
patches of ice. Driving conditions
can be very hazardous when the
outside temperature is near freezing.
The road surface can become
covered with areas of water puddles
mixed with areas of ice, so your
traction can change without warning.
Be very cautious when passing, or
being passed by other vehicles. The
spray from large vehicles reduces
your visibility, and the wind buffeting
can cause you to lose control.
Be careful when downshifting. If
traction is low, you can lock up the
drive wheels for a moment and cause
a skid.
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Towing a Trailer
Your MDX has been designed to tow
a trailer, as well as for carrying
passengers and their cargo.
Load Limits
To safely tow a trailer, you should
observe the load limits, use the
proper equipment, and follow the
guidelines in this section.
Be sure to read the Off-Highway
Guidelines section on page 240 if you
plan to tow off paved surfaces.
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.
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Total Trailer Weight: The
maximum weight you can tow
depends on several factors. See
page 228 for limits for your towing
situation. Towing a load that is too
heavy can seriously affect your
vehicle’s handling and
performance.
Tongue Load: The weight that
the tongue of a fully loaded trailer
puts on the hitch should be 5 to 10
percent of total trailer weight for
boat trailers, and 8 to 15 percent of
total trailer weight for all other
trailers. See page 228 for limits for
your towing situation.
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Towing a Trailer
Too much tongue load reduces fronttire traction and steering control.
Too little tongue load can make the
trailer unstable and cause it to sway.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR):
The maximum allowable weight of
the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo
and the tongue load is 5690 lbs (2580
kg).
Gross Combined Weight Rating
(GCWR):
The maximum allowable weight of
the fully loaded vehicle and trailer is
9700 lbs (4410 kg) with the proper
hitch and fluid coolers. (See page
232 for information about fluid
coolers.)
The GCWR must be reduced 2
percent for every 1,000 feet (305
meters) of elevation.
Gross Axle Weight Rating
(GAWR):
The maximum allowable weights on
the vehicle axles are 2865 lbs (1300
kg) on the front axle, and 2920 lbs
(1325 kg) on the rear axle.
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Towing a Trailer
Total Trailer Weight and Tongue Load Limits: BOAT TRAILERS
Number of
Occupants*
2
3
4
5
6
7
Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler
Max. Trailer Weight
Max. Tongue Load
4500 lbs (2045 kg)
450 lbs (205 kg)
4500 lbs (2045 kg)
410 lbs (185 kg)
4500 lbs (2045 kg)
310 lbs (140 kg)
4000 lbs (1820 kg)
215 lbs (100 kg)
1700 lbs (770 kg)
90 lbs (40 kg)
Towing is Not Recommended
Total Trailer Weight and Tongue Load Limits: OTHER TYPES OF TRAILERS
Number of
Occupants*
2
3
4
5
6
7
*
The corresponding weight limits assume occupants fill seats from the front of the vehicle to the back, each occupant weighs 150 lbs (70 kg) and each has 15 lbs (7
kg) of luggage in the cargo area.
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Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler
Max. Trailer Weight
Max. Tongue Load
3500 lbs (1590 kg)
450 lbs (205 kg)
3500 lbs (1590 kg)
410 lbs (185 kg)
3000 lbs (1365 kg)
310 lbs (140 kg)
2000 lbs (910 kg)
215 lbs (100 kg)
1000 lbs (455 kg)
90 lbs (40 kg)
Towing is Not Recommended
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Towing a Trailer
Estimating Loads
The best way to confirm that all
loads are within limits is to check
them at a public scale.
Tongue Load
If the difference is:
1½’’= 150 lbs (68 kg)
2¼’’= 250 lbs (114 kg)
3’’= 350 lbs (159 kg)
3¾’’= 450 lbs (204 kg)
4’’= over 450 lbs
If the difference is more than 4’’,
you have too much tongue load
at the rear. Move or remove
cargo from the trailer and the
vehicle, and measure again.
To help ensure a safe drive to a scale,
or if you cannot get to a public scale
to check the weights of your rig, we
recommended that you estimate
your total trailer weight and tongue
load as described below.
Total Trailer Weight
To estimate your total trailer weight,
add the weight of the trailer (as
quoted by the trailer manufacturer)
together with everything in or on the
trailer. Then refer to the tables on
page 228 to confirm that you do not
exceed the limit for your conditions.
Fig. 1
To estimate tongue load:
1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
2. Measure from the ground to the
bottom of the trailer hitch. Write
this number down.
3. Connect the fully loaded trailer to
the hitch.
4. Measure again from the ground to
the same spot on the bottom of the
hitch.
5. Subtract the result from Step 4
from the result in Step 2 and refer
to the chart (Fig. 1).
If the estimated total trailer weight
and tongue load do not exceed the
limits for your towing situation (see
page 230 ), carefully drive your
trailer to a public scale. Be sure your
vehicle and trailer are fully loaded,
with all occupants and cargo you
plan to take on the road.
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Checking Loads
The best way to confirm that your
vehicle and trailer loads are within
limits is to have them checked at a
public scale. The vehicle and trailer
should be fully loaded, and all
occupants should stay in the vehicle.
1. Check the front gross axle weight.
Limit: 2865 lbs (1300 kg)
2. Check the gross vehicle weight.
Limit: 5690 lbs (2580 kg)
3. If you cannot weigh the rear axle
directly, calculate the rear gross
axle weight. Subtract the weight in
Step 1 from the weight in Step 2.
Limit: 2920 lbs (1325 kg)
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4. Check the gross combined weight.
Limit: 9700 lbs (4410 kg)
Gross combined weight should be
decreased 2% for every 1000 feet
of elevation.
5. Check the weight of the hitched
trailer. Write this number down.
6. Check the weight of the unhitched
trailer. Limit: See page 228 .
7. Calculate the tongue load.
Subtract the weight in Step 5 from
the weight in step 6.
Limit: See page 228 .
Range: 5-10% for boat trailers
8-15% for other trailers
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Towing Equipment and
Accessories
Towing generally requires a variety
of supplemental equipment. To
ensure the best quality, we
recommend that you purchase Acura
equipment whenever possible. Your
dealer offers a trailer package that
includes a hitch, a ball mount, a
wiring harness, a transmission fluid
cooler and a heavy-duty power
steering fluid cooler.
Discuss any additional needs with
your trailer sales or rental agency,
and make sure all equipment is
properly installed and maintained.
Since local requirements may vary,
check with appropriate state
authorities to be sure that your
equipment will meet all regulations
in the areas where you plan to tow.
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Hitch
Sway Control
We strongly recommend that you
have your Acura dealer install a
genuine Acura hitch and the
required fluid coolers. Using nonAcura equipment may result in
serious damage to your vehicle.
This device is recommended if your
trailer tends to sway. Your trailer
maker can tell you what kind of sway
control you need and how to install it.
Weight Distributing Hitch
To help prevent overheating, a
heavy-duty transmission fluid cooler
and a heavy-duty power steering
fluid cooler are required for trailer
towing. These coolers are
available only from your Acura
dealer.
A weight distributing hitch is not
recommended for use with your
MDX as an improperly adjusted
weight distributing hitch
may reduce handling stability
and braking performance.
Safety Chains
Always use safety chains when you
tow a trailer. Make sure the chains
are secured to the trailer and hitch,
and that they cross under the tongue
so they 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.
Transmission Fluid Cooler and
Power Steering Fluid Cooler
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Trailer Brakes
Acura requires that any trailer with a
total trailer weight of 1000 lbs (455
kg) or more have its own brakes.
There are two common types of
trailer brakes: surge and electric.
Surge brakes are common for boat
trailers, since the brakes will get wet.
Electric brakes must be
electronically actuated. Do not
attempt to tap into your vehicle’s
hydraulic system. Any attempt to
attach trailer brakes to your vehicle’s
hydraulic system will lower braking
effectiveness and create a potential
hazard.
See your Acura dealer for more
information about powering the
electric brake activation system.
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Trailer Lights
All states and Canadian provinces
require some type of trailer lights.
Check requirements for the areas
where you plan to tow.
To get to your vehicle’s trailer
lighting connector, open the tailgate,
remove the cargo cover, then
remove the rear panel trim. The
connector is on the left side. We
recommend that you have your
Acura dealer install an Acura wiring
harness and converter. This harness
has been designed and tested for
your vehicle.
GROUND
(BLACK)
RIGHT TURN SIGNAL
(GREEN/YELLOW)
BACK-UP LIGHT
(GREEN/BLACK)
BRAKE LIGHT
(WHITE/BLACK)
If you use a non-Acura trailer
lighting harness and converter, you
can get the mating connector and
pins that mate with the connector in
your vehicle from your Acura dealer.
Since lighting and wiring vary in
trailer type and brand, you should
also have a qualified mechanic install
a suitable connector between the
vehicle and the trailer.
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LEFT TURN SIGNAL
(GREEN/BLUE)
TAILLIGHT
(RED/BLACK)
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Trailer Mirrors
Many states and provinces require
special exterior mirrors when towing
a trailer. Even if they don’t, you
should install special mirrors if you
cannot clearly see behind you, or if
the trailer creates a blind spot.
Spare Tires
When towing a trailer, we
recommend that you carry a full-size
spare wheel and tire for your vehicle.
Using the compact spare that came
with the MDX may adversely affect
vehicle handling.
See page 343 for proper tire size,
page 320 for how to store a full-sized
wheel and tire, and page 315 for
information on changing a flat tire.
Remember to unhitch the trailer
before changing a flat.
We also recommend that you carry a
full-size spare wheel and tire for your
trailer. Ask your trailer sales or
rental agency where and how to
store the spare.
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 brakes,
suspension and cooling system are
in good operating condition. If you
tow frequently, follow the Severe
Conditions maintenance schedule.
The lights and brakes on your
vehicle and the trailer are working
properly.
Your vehicle tires and spare are in
good condition and properly
inflated (see page 287 ).
The trailer tires and spare are in
good condition and inflated as
recommended by the trailer
maker.
The trailer has been properly
serviced and is in good condition.
All weights and loads are within
limits (see pages 226 and 228 ).
The hitch, safety chains, and any
other attachments are secure.
All items on and in the trailer are
properly secured and cannot shift
while you drive.
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Driving Safely With a Trailer
The added weight, length, and
height of a trailer will affect your
vehicle’s handling and performance,
so driving with a trailer requires
some special driving skills and
techniques.
For your safety and the safety of
others, take time to practice driving
maneuvers before heading for the
open road, and follow the guidelines
discussed below.
Towing Speed
Drive slower than normal in all
driving situations. Obey all local
speed limits for vehicles with trailers.
To keep the transmission from
frequently upshifting and
downshifting, drive in D4. When
driving with a fix-sided (e.g, camper,
utility) trailer, do not exceed 55 mph
(88 km/h). At higher speeds, the
trailer may sway or affect vehicle
handling.
Making Turns and Braking
Break-In Period
Avoid towing a trailer during your
vehicle’s first 500 miles (see page
194 ).
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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. When you need
to slow down, slowly lift your foot off
the throttle and gradually apply the
brakes. Do not brake or turn
suddenly as this could cause the
trailer to jackknife or turn over.
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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 transmission shifts frequently
while going up a hill, shift down one
gear.
Handling Crosswinds and
Turbulence
Crosswinds and air turbulence
caused by passing trucks can disrupt
your steering and cause your trailer
to sway. When being passed by a
truck or other large vehicle, keep a
constant speed and steer straight
ahead. Do not try to make quick
steering or braking corrections.
Backing Up
If you must stop when facing uphill,
use the foot brake or parking brake.
Do not try to hold the vehicle in
place by pressing on the accelerator,
as this can cause the automatic
transmission to overheat.
When driving down hills, reduce
your speed and shift down to D3. Do
not ‘‘ride’’ the brakes, and remember
it will take longer to slow down and
stop when towing a trailer.
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 putting the
transmission in PARK and firmly
setting the parking brake when you
have finished parking.
Do not park on an incline unless it is
unavoidable. If you must park on an
incline, turn the vehicle wheels
toward the curb on a downhill and
away from the curb on an uphill.
After parking, place wheel chocks at
each trailer tire, on the downhill side.
Retrieving a Boat
If the vehicle wheels slip when
retrieving a boat from the water,
shift to first gear and turn on VTM-4
Lock (see page 218 ).
Disengage VTM-4 Lock as soon as
the boat is out of the water to
prevent damage to the VTM-4
system.
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Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome
Your MDX can be towed behind a
motorhome at legal highway speeds
up to 65 mph (100 km/h). Do not
exceed 65 mph (100 km/h).
Otherwise, severe transmission
damage will occur. To avoid damage
to the 4WD system, it must be towed
with all four wheels on the ground
(flat towing).
When purchasing a tow bar, make
sure you select a reputable
manufacturer and installer. Follow
the manufacturer’s attachment
instructions carefully.
After attaching the tow bar to your
motorhome, do the following to
prepare your MDX for ‘‘flat towing’’:
When preparing to tow your MDX,
check the transmission fluid level
(see page 271 ). Maintaining the
correct level is very important. Do
not overfill. Do the following every
day immediately before you begin
towing. Follow the procedure exactly.
Otherwise, severe automatic
transmission damage will occur.
Start the engine.
Press on the brake pedal. Shift the
lever through all the positions (P,
R, N, D, 2, 1)
Shift to D, then to N. Let the
engine run for three minutes, then
turn off the engine.
Release the parking brake.
Leave the ignition switch in
ACCESSORY (I) so the steering
wheel does not lock. Make sure
the radio and any items plugged
into the accessory power sockets
are turned off so you do not run
down the battery.
Extended Towing
If you tow more than 8 hours in one
day, you should repeat the above
procedure at least every 8 hours.
(when you stop for fuel, etc.)
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The steering system can be damaged if
the steering wheel is locked. Leave the
ignition switch in Accessory (I), and
make sure the steering wheel turns
f reely bef ore you begin towing.
Replace the transmission fluid every
two years or 30,000 miles (48,000
km), whichever comes first.
Improper towing preparation will
damage the transmission. Follow the
above procedure exactly. If you cannot
shif t the transmission or start the
engine, your vehicle must be
transported on a f lat-bed or trailer.
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Off-Highway Guidelines
General Information
Your MDX has been designed
primarily for use on pavement. But
its higher ground clearance and new
four-wheel drive VTM-4 system
allow you to occasionally travel on
unpaved roads, to campgrounds,
picnic sites, and similar locations. It
is not designed for trailblazing,
mountain climbing, or other
challenging off-road activities.
If you decide to drive on unpaved
roads, you will find that it requires
somewhat different driving skills.
Your MDX will also handle
somewhat differently than it does on
pavement. So be sure to read this
owner’s manual, pay special attention
to the precautions and tips in this
section, and get acquainted with
your vehicle before you leave the
pavement.
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Important Safety Precautions
Remember that your MDX has
higher ground clearance and a
higher center of gravity than
passenger vehicles designed for use
only on pavement. This means your
vehicle can more easily tip or roll
over if you make abrupt turns or
drive on slopes.
Utility vehicles have a significantly
higher rollover rate than other types
of vehicles. To avoid loss of control
or rollover, be sure to follow all
recommendations and precautions
on page 208 and in this section.
Seat belts are just as important offroad as on paved roads. Wherever
you drive, make sure you and your
passengers always wear seat belts. If
children or infants are along for the
ride, see that they are properly
secured. In a rollover crash, an
unbelted person is more likely to die
than a person wearing a seat belt.
Improperly operating this
vehicle on or off-pavement can
cause an accident or rollover in
which you and your passengers
could be seriously injured or
killed.
Follow all instructions and
guidelines in the owner’s
manual.
Keep your speed low and
don’t drive faster than
conditions permit.
On many unpaved roads, you won’t
find lane markers, traffic signals, or
signs to warn you of possible trouble
ahead. It’s up to you to continually
assess the situation and drive within
limits.
The route presents limits (some
roads are too steep and bumpy for
example). You have limits (in driving
skills and comfort). And your vehicle
also has limits (traction, stability, and
power, for instance).
Driving off-highway can be
hazardous if you fail to recognize
limits and take proper precautions.
For example, you can have an
accident or rollover during
maneuvers such as turning, driving
on hills, or over large obstacles.
Be sure to store cargo properly, and
do not exceed your MDX’s cargo
load limits (see pages 204 and 226 ).
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Driving Tips
The following pages contain practical
tips on basic off-highway operation.
Check Out Your Vehicle
Driving off-highway can be hard on a
vehicle. Before you leave the
pavement, be sure all scheduled
maintenance and service has been
done, and that you have inspected
your vehicle. Pay special attention to
the condition of the tires, and use a
gauge to check the tire pressures.
Controlling Speed
Off-highway, the general rule is to
keep your speed low. Of course,
you’ll need enough speed to keep
moving forward. But at higher
speeds, you have less time to assess
conditions and make good decisions.
There’s also a greater chance of
sliding if you brake or turn too
quickly on wet soil, gravel, or ice. In
any situation, never go faster than
conditions allow.
Accelerating and Braking
After you return to the pavement,
carefully inspect your vehicle to
make sure there is no damage that
could make driving it unsafe. Check
the tires for damage and for proper
pressure.
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For better traction on all surfaces,
accelerate slowly and gradually build
up speed. If you try to start too fast
on wet soil, mud, snow, or ice, you
might not have enough traction to
get underway. You may even dig
yourself into a hole. Starting with the
shift lever in second gear (2) will
help get you to a smooth start on
snow and ice.
Generally, the best off-pavement
braking technique is to gently
depress the brake pedal, then
increase pressure as more braking is
needed. Avoid hard braking. Keep in
mind that you will usually need more
time and distance to brake to a stop
on unpaved surfaces.
If you need to brake hard because of
an emergency, apply steady, even
pressure to the brake pedal. Do not
pump the brakes; let the anti-lock
braking system pump them for you.
If you pump the brakes, the anti-lock
cannot work as efficiently, and your
stopping distance may be increased.
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Test your brakes from time to time
to make sure they are operating
properly. This will also give you a
feel for how much traction you have
on a given surface.
Turning
Off-highway, the basic turning
technique is to drive at low speed
and gradually adjust the amount of
steering to suit the surface.
You should have no problem making
sharp turns at low speed on level
ground. But never make an abrupt
turn at higher speeds, on or off
pavement. With a higher center of
gravity, your vehicle can more easily
tip or roll over.
Driving on Slopes
Before driving up or down a hill, stop
and assess the situation. If you can’t
clearly see all road conditions (good
traction, no bumps, holes or other
obstacles, a safe way out, etc.) walk
the slope before you drive on it. If
you have any doubt about whether
you can safely drive on the slope,
don’t do it. Find another route.
If you are driving up a hill and find
that you cannot continue (because of
the steepness, a large obstacle, etc.),
do not try to turn around. Your vehicle
could roll over. Slowly back down the
hill, following the same route you
took up the hill.
Avoiding Obstacles
Bumps, holes, rocks, and other
obstacles can be hazardous. Debris
in the road can damage your
suspension or other components.
Even small rocks can cut your tires.
More important, because your
vehicle has a high center of gravity,
driving over a large obstacle, or
allowing a wheel to drop into a deep
hole, can cause your vehicle to tip or
roll over.
Drive slow enough to observe
obstacles ahead and maneuver
around them. If you can’t avoid a
serious obstacle, turn around and
look for a better route.
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The banks are sloped so you can
drive out.
Crossing a Stream
The banks and surface under the
water provide good traction. The
water may hide hazards such as
rocks, holes, or mud.
Before driving through water, stop
and make sure that:
The water is never deep enough to
cover your wheel hubs, axles or
exhaust pipe. You could stall, and
not be able to restart the engine.
The water could also damage
important vehicle components.
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The water is not flowing too fast.
Deep rushing water can sweep you
downstream. Even very shallow
rushing water can wash the
ground from under your tires and
cause you to lose traction and
possibly roll over.
If you decide it’s safe to drive
through water, choose a suitable
speed and engage VTM-4 Lock (see
page 217 ), then proceed without
shifting or changing speed. Do not
stop the vehicle or shut off the
engine while trying to cross a stream.
After driving through water, test
your brakes. If the brakes got wet,
drive slowly while gently pumping
the brakes until they operate
normally.
If the water is deeper than the wheel
hubs, some additional service to the
engine, transmission and differential
may be required. This service is not
covered by your warranties.
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If You Get Stuck
If you get stuck, engage the VTM-4
Lock mode (see page 218 ).
Carefully try to go in the direction
(forward or reverse) that you think
will give you the best chance of
getting unstuck.
Do not spin the tires at high speeds.
It will not help you get out and may
cause damage to the transmission or
the VTM-4 system.
If you are unable to free yourself,
you will need to be pulled out by
another vehicle. Your MDX is
equipped with front and rear tow
hooks designed for this purpose.
Use a nylon strap to attach the MDX
to the recovery vehicle and carefully
take out the slack in the strap. Once
the strap is tight, the recovery
vehicle should apply force.
Remember that the recovery vehicle
needs good traction to avoid
becoming stuck, too.
Towing a Trailer
You should never use a jack to try
getting unstuck. A jack only works
on firm, level ground. Also, your
vehicle could easily slip off the jack
and hurt you or someone else.
You may be able to safely tow a light
weight trailer (such as a motorcycle
trailer or small tent trailer) off-road if
you follow these guidelines:
Do not exceed a trailer weight of
1,000 pounds (including cargo) or
a tongue weight of 100 pounds.
(Tongue weight should be about
10% of the trailer weight.)
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Try to stay on smooth, level dirt
roads, and avoid driving in hilly
terrain.
Allow extra room for starting,
stopping, and turning.
Slow down if you encounter bumps
or other obstacles.
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Maintenance
This section explains why it is
important to keep your vehicle well
maintained and to follow basic
maintenance safety precautions.
This section also includes
Maintenance Schedules for normal
driving and severe driving conditions,
a Maintenance Record, and instructions for simple maintenance tasks
you may want to take care of
yourself.
If you have the skills and tools to perform more complex maintenance
tasks on your Acura, you may want
to purchase the Service Manual. See
page 358 for information on how to
obtain a copy, or see your Acura
dealer.
Maintenance Safety ....................... 248
Important Safety Precautions .. 249
Maintenance Schedule .................. 250
Required Maintenance Record .... 258
Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 259
Fluid Locations............................... 260
Engine Oil ....................................... 261
Adding Oil................................... 261
Recommended Oil ..................... 261
Synthetic Oil ............................... 262
Additives ..................................... 263
Changing the Oil and Filter ...... 263
Cooling System .............................. 265
Adding Engine Coolant ............. 265
Replacing Engine Coolant ........ 267
Windshield Washers ..................... 270
Automatic Transmission Fluid..... 271
Differential Fluid ........................... 272
Brake Fluid ..................................... 273
Brake System ............................. 273
Power Steering ............................... 275
Air Cleaner Element ...................... 275
Hood Latch ..................................... 277
Spark Plugs ..................................... 277
Replacement ............................... 277
Specifications ............................. 279
Battery ............................................ 280
Wiper Blades .................................. 282
Air Conditioning System ............... 284
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 285
Drive Belts ...................................... 285
Timing Belt ..................................... 286
Tires ................................................ 286
Inflation ....................................... 286
Inspection ................................... 288
Maintenance ............................... 289
Tire Rotation .............................. 289
Replacing Tires and Wheels .... 290
Wheels and Tires ....................... 291
Winter Driving ........................... 291
Snow Tires .............................. 292
Tire Chains ............................. 292
Lights .............................................. 293
Headlight Aiming ...................... 295
Replacing Bulbs ......................... 295
Storing Your Vehicle ..................... 303
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Maintenance Safety
Regularly maintaining your vehicle is
the best way to protect your
investment. Proper maintenance is
essential to your safety and the
safety of your passengers. It will also
reward you with more economical,
trouble-free driving and help reduce
air pollution.
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.
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This section includes instructions for
simple maintenance tasks, such as
checking and adding oil. Any service
items not detailed in this section
should be performed by an Acura
technician or other qualified
mechanic.
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.
Failure to properly follow
maintenance instructions and
precautions can cause you to
be seriously hurt or killed.
Always follow the procedures
and precautions in this owner’s
manual.
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Maintenance Safety
Important Safety Precautions
Before you begin any maintenance,
make sure your vehicle is parked on
level ground and that the parking
brake is set. Also, be sure the engine
is off. This will help to eliminate
several potential hazards:
Carbon monoxide poisoning
from engine exhaust. Be sure
there is adequate ventilation
whenever you operate the engine.
Burns from hot parts. Let the
engine and exhaust system cool
before touching any parts.
Read the instructions before you
begin, and make sure you have the
tools and skills required.
To reduce the possibility of fire or
explosion, be careful when working
around gasoline or batteries. Use a
commercially available degreaser or
parts cleaner, not gasoline, to clean
parts. Keep cigarettes, sparks, and
flames away from the battery and all
fuel-related parts.
You should wear eye protection and
protective clothing when working
near the battery or when using
compressed air.
Injury from moving parts. Do
not run the engine unless instructed to do so.
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Maintenance Schedule
The Maintenance Schedule specifies
how often you should have your
vehicle serviced and what things
need attention. It is essential that
you have your vehicle serviced as
scheduled to retain its high level of
safety, dependability, and emissions
control performance.
The services and time or distance
intervals shown in the maintenance
schedule assume 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 parts of your vehicle. The
load limit is shown on the tire
information label on the driver’s
doorjamb.
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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
194 ).
Which Schedule to Follow:
Service your vehicle according to the
time and mileage periods on one of
the Maintenance Schedules on the
following pages. Select the schedule
for ‘‘Severe Conditions’’ if most of
your driving is done under one or
more of the conditions listed on that
page. Otherwise, follow the schedule
for ‘‘Normal Conditions.’’
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Maintenance Schedule
Your authorized Acura 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
person who is skilled in this type of
automotive service. 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. These are
manufactured to the same highquality standards as the original
components, so you can be confident
of their performance and durability.
U.S. Vehicles:
Maintenance, replacement or
repair of emissions control
devices and systems may be done
by any automotive repair
establishment or individual using
parts that are ‘‘certified’’ to EPA
standards.
According to state and federal
regulations, failure to perform
maintenance on the items marked
with # will not void your emissions
warranties. However, Acura
recommends that all maintenance
services be performed at the
recommended time or mileage
period to ensure long-term reliability.
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Service at the indicated
miles x 1,000
km x 1,000
distance or time − whichever
months
comes first.
Replace engine oil
Replace engine oil filter
Check engine oil and coolant
Replace air cleaner element
Inspect valve clearance
Replace spark plugs
Replace timing belt#, and inspect water pump
Inspect and adjust drive belts
Inspect idle speed#
Replace engine coolant
Replace transmission fluid
Replace VTM-4 rear differential fluid
7.5
12
6
15
30
45
60
75
90
105
48
72
96
168
24
120
144
12
24
36
48
60
72
84
Replace every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 12 months
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Adjust only if noisy
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 120 months,
then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 60 months
Q1
Inspect front and rear brakes
Every 3 years
Replace brake fluid
Check parking brake adjustment
Replace dust and pollen filter
Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition
Rotate tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
at least once per month)
Visually inspect the following items:
Tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots
Suspension components
Driveshaft boots
Brake hoses and lines (including ABS)
All fluid levels and condition of fluids
Cooling system hoses and connections
Exhaust system#
Fuel lines and connections#
#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 251.
Q 1:
Necessary for proper break-in of the VTM-4 rear differential.
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Maintenance
120
192
96
U.S. Owners
Follow the Normal Conditions
Maintenance Schedule if the
severe driving conditions
specified in the Severe
Conditions Maintenance
Schedule do not apply.
NOTE: If you only
OCCASIONALLY drive under a
‘‘severe’’ condition, you should
follow the Normal Conditions
Maintenance Schedule.
Canadian Owners
Follow the Maintenance
Schedule for Severe Conditions.
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7,500 mi/12,000 km
Do items in A, E. Q 1
15,000 mi/24,000 km/1 yr
22,500 mi/36,000 km
30,000 mi/48,000 km/2 yrs
37,500 mi/60,000 km
45,000 mi/72,000 km/3 yrs
52,500 mi/84,000 km
60,000 mi/96,000 km/4 yrs
67,500 mi/108,000 km
75,000 mi/120,000 km/5 yrs
82,500 mi/132,000 km
90,000 mi/144,000 km/6 yrs
97,500 mi/156,000 km
105,000 mi/168,000 km/7 yrs
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, E.
Do items in A.
□Replace transmission fluid. Do items in A, B, D.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, E.
Do items in A.
□Replace transmission fluid. Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, D, E.
Do items in A.
□Replace timing belt#, and inspect water pump.
□Replace transmission fluid.
□Inspect idle speed#. □Inspect valve clearance.
□Replace spark plugs. Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, E.
□Replace engine coolant.
112,500 mi/180,000 km
120,000 mi/192,000 km/8 yrs
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or
120 months, then every
60,000 miles (96,000 km) or
60 months
A □Replace engine oil.
□Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 289 ).
B □Replace engine oil filter.
□Inspect front and rear brakes.
□Check parking brake adjustment.
□Inspect tie rod ends, steering gearbox and boots.
□Inspect suspension components.
□Inspect driveshaft boots.
□Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS).
□Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check
for leaks.
□Inspect cooling system hoses and connections.
□Inspect exhaust system#.
□Inspect fuel lines and connections#.
C □Replace air cleaner element.
□Inspect and adjust drive belts.
□Replace dust and pollen filter.
D □Replace brake fluid every 3 years (independent of
mileage).
Replace rear differential fluid.
E
# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last
column, page 251.
Q 1: Necessary for proper break-in of the VTM-4 rear differential.
NOTE:
• Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop.
• Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy.
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Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions (listed by distance/time)
Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C as required for each distance/time interval. Follow this
schedule if the severe driving conditions described in the Severe Conditions Schedule on the next page do not apply.
Canadian owners: Follow the schedule for Severe Conditions.
Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions
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miles x 1,000
Service at the indicated
distance or time − whichever km x 1,000
comes first.
months
Replace engine oil and oil filter
Check engine oil and coolant
Replace air cleaner element
− Use normal schedule except in dusty conditions
Inspect valve clearance
Replace spark plugs
Replace timing belt#, *1 and inspect water pump
Inspect and adjust drive belts
Inspect idle speed#
Replace engine coolant
Replace transmission fluid
Replace VTM-4 rear differential fluid Q 3
7.5
12
6
15
30
45
60
75
90
105
48
72
96
168
24
120
144
12
24
36
48
60
72
84
Replace every 3,750 miles (6,000 km) or 6 months
Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop
Adjust only if noisy
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 120 months,
then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 60 months
Q4
Inspect front and rear brakes
Inspect every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 6 months
Every 3 years
Replace brake fluid
Check parking brake adjustment
Replace dust and pollen filter *2
Lubricate all hinges, locks and latches, include
the hood
Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition
Rotate tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
at least once per month)
Visually inspect the following items:
Tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots
Suspension components
Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 6 months
Driveshaft boots
Brake hoses and lines (including ABS)
All fluid levels and conditions of fluids
Cooling system hoses and connections
Exhaust system#
Fuel lines and connections#
Lights and controls
Vehicle underbody
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Maintenance
120
192
96
U.S. Owners
Follow the Severe Conditions
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.
• Trailer towing, driving with a
roof top carrier, or driving in
mountainous conditions.
• Driving on muddy, dusty, or
de-iced roads.
Q 1:
Q 2:
Q 3:
Q 4:
#:
Refer to page 286 for replacement information
under special driving conditions.
Refer to page 285 for replacement information
under special driving conditions.
Follow this schedule for rear differential fluid
replacement if you use your vehicle for
off-highway driving, trailer towing, or mainly
in stop-and-go driving. Otherwise, use the fluid
replacement schedule in the Maintenance
Schedule for Normal Conditions.
Necessary for proper break-in of the VTM-4
rear differential.
See page 251.
Canadian Owners
Follow the Maintenance
Schedule for Severe Conditions.
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3,750 mi/6,000 km
Do items in A.
7,500 mi/12,000 km/6 mos
11,250 mi/18,000 km
15,000 mi/24,000 km/1 yr
18,750 mi/30,000 km
22,500 mi/36,000 km/1½ yrs
26,250 mi/42,000 km
30,000 mi/48,000 km
33,750 mi/54,000 km
37,500 mi/60,000 km
41,250 mi/66,000 km
45,000 mi/72,000 km/3 yrs
48,750 mi/78,000 km
52,500 mi/84,000 km
Do items in A, B, F.Q 4
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, F.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, D, F.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, E, F.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
A □Replace engine oil and filter.
B □Inspect front and rear brakes.
□Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 289 ).
□Inspect tie rod ends, steering gearbox and boots.
□Inspect suspension components.
□Inspect driveshaft boots.
C □Replace air cleaner element
□Check parking brake adjustment.
□Lubricate all hinges, locks and latches, with
multipurpose grease.
□Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS).
□Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check
for leaks.
□Inspect cooling system hoses and connections.
□Inspect exhaust system#.
□Inspect fuel lines and connections#.
□Check all lights.
□Inspect the underbody.
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Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time)
Use this schedule if your vehicle is MAINLY driven in any of the following Severe Conditions, or normally driven in Canada; otherwise use the Normal
Schedule. Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D as required for each distance/time.
Severe 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.
· Trailer towing, driving with a roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions.
· Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads.
Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time)
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56,250 mi/90,000 km
60,000 mi/96,000 km/4 yrs
63,750 mi/102,000 km
67,500 mi/108,000 km
71,250 mi/114,000 km
75,000 mi/120,000 km/5 yrs
78,750 mi/126,000 km
82,500 mi/132,000 km
86,250 mi/138,000 km
90,000 mi/144,000 km/6 yrs
93,750 mi/150,000 km
97,500 mi/156,000 km
101,250 mi/162,000 km
105,000 mi/168,000 km/7 yrs
108,750 mi/174,000 km
112,500 mi/180,000 km
116,250 mi/186,000 km
120,000 mi/192,000 km/8 yrs
At 120,000 miles (192,000 km)
or 120 months, then every
60,000 miles (96,000 km) or
60 months
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Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, D, F.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, F.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, D, E, F.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
□Replace timing belt*1, #, and inspect water
pump.
□Inspect valve clearance. □Replace spark plugs.
□Inspect idle speed#. Do items in A, B, C, F.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B.
Do items in A.
Do items in A, B, C, D, F.
□Replace engine coolant.
D □Inspect and adjust drive belts.
□Replace transmission fluid.
□Replace dust and pollen filter*2
E □Replace brake fluid every 3 years (independent of
mileage).
Replace rear differential fluid. Q 3
F
# : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last
column, page 251.
Q 1: See timing belt on page 286 to determine need for replacement.
Q 2: See Dust and Pollen Filter on page 286 for replacement
information under special driving conditions.
Q 3: Follow this schedule for rear differential fluid replacement if you
use your vehicle for off-highway driving, trailer towing, or mainly
in stop-and-go driving. Otherwise, use the fluid replacement
schedule in the Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions.
Q 4: Necessary for proper break-in of the VTM-4 rear differential.
NOTE:
• Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop.
• Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy.
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Required 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 252 ) or severe
conditions (page 254 ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle.
3,750 mi
6,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
33,750 mi
54,000 km
Date
7,500 mi
12,000 km
(or 6 mo)
mi/km
11,250 mi
18,000 km
mi/km
Date
mi/km
18,750 mi
30,000 km
mi/km
Date
37,500 mi
60,000 km
(or 2½ years)
mi/km
41,250 mi
66,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
26,250 mi
42,000 km
mi/km
Date
45,000 mi
72,000 km
(or 3 years)
mi/km
48,750 mi
78,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
Date
Date
Date
52,500 mi
84,000 km
(or 3½ years)
mi/km
56,250 mi
90,000 km
mi/km
Date
30,000 mi
48,000 km
(or 2 years)
Date
Date
Date
22,500 mi
36,000 km
(or 1½ years)
mi/km
Date
Date
15,000 mi
24,000 km
(or 1 year)
Signature or dealer stamp
Date
Date
60,000 mi
96,000 km
(or 4 years)
mi/km
Date
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Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules)
63,750 mi
102,000 km
Signature or dealer stamp
mi/km
93,750 mi
150,000 km
Date
67,500 mi
108,000 km
(or 4½ years)
mi/km
71,250 mi
114,000 km
mi/km
Date
mi/km
78,750 mi
126,000 km
mi/km
Date
97,500 mi
156,000 km
(or 6½ years)
mi/km
101,250 mi
162,000 km
mi/km
mi/km
86,250 mi
138,000 km
mi/km
Date
105,000 mi
168,000 km
(or 7 years)
mi/km
108,750 mi
174,000 km
mi/km
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mi/km
Date
Date
Date
112,500 mi
180,000 km
(or 7½ years)
mi/km
116,250 mi
186,000 km
mi/km
Date
90,000 mi
144,000 km
(or 6 years)
Date
Date
Date
82,500 mi
132,000 km
(or 5½ years)
mi/km
Date
Date
75,000 mi
120,000 km
(or 5 years)
Signature or dealer stamp
Date
Date
120,000 mi
192,000 km
(or 8 years)
mi/km
Date
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Owner 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 page given.
Engine oil level − Check every
time you fill the fuel tank. See
page 198 .
Engine coolant level − Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 199 .
Automatic transmission − Check
the fluid level monthly. See page
271 .
Tires − Check the tire pressure
monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page
286 .
Lights − Check the operation of
the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
turn signals, brake lights, and
license plate light monthly. See
page 293 .
Brakes − Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 273 .
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Fluid Locations
ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK
(Orange loop)
BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
COOLANT
RESERVOIR
POWER STEERING
FLUID (Red cap)
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AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(Yellow loop)
RADIATOR CAP
ENGINE OIL FILL CAP
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Engine Oil
Adding Oil
ENGINE OIL FILL CAP
Recommended Oil
Oil is major contributor to your
engine’s performance and longevity.
Always use a premium-grade
detergent oil displaying the API
Certification Seal. This seal indicates
the oil is energy conserving, and that
it meets the American Petroleum
Institute’s latest requirements. It is
highly recommended that you use
Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for
as long as you own it.
Make sure the API Certification Seal
says ‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’
API CERTIFICATION SEAL
To add oil, unscrew and remove the
engine oil fill cap on top of the valve
cover. Pour in the oil, and install the
engine oil fill cap. Tighten it securely.
Wait a few minutes and recheck the
oil level. Do not fill above the upper
mark; you could damage the engine.
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Engine Oil
The numbers on the container’s label
tell you the oil’s viscosity or weight.
Select the oil for your vehicle
according to this chart.
Ambient Temperature
An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is
preferred for improved fuel economy
and year-round protection in your
Acura. You may use a 10W-30 oil if
the temperature in your area never
goes below 20°F ( −7°C).
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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 as shown
on the chart. When using synthetic
oil, you must follow the oil and filter
change intervals given in the
maintenance schedule.
Additives
Your Acura does not need any oil
additives. Purchasing additives for
the engine or transmission will not
increase your vehicle’s performance
or longevity. It only increases the
cost of operating your vehicle.
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Engine Oil
Changing the Oil and Filter
Always change the oil and filter
according to the time and distance
(miles/kilometers) recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
The oil and filter collect contaminants that can damage your engine if
they are not removed regularly.
Changing the oil and filter requires
special tools and access from
underneath the vehicle. The vehicle
should be raised on a service stationtype hydraulic lift for this service.
Unless you have the knowledge and
proper equipment, you should have
this maintenance done by a skilled
mechanic.
1. Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.
WASHER
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.
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Engine Oil
OIL FILTER
6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
5.0 US qt (4.7 , 4.1 Imp qt)
7. Replace the engine oil fill cap.
Start the engine. The oil pressure
indicator light should go out within
five seconds. If it does not, turn off
the engine and reinspect your
work.
3. Remove the oil filter and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
Honda dealer) is required to
remove the filter.
4. Install a new oil filter according to
instructions that come with it.
5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt,
then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten it to:
29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m)
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8. Let the engine run for several
minutes and check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.
9. Turn off the engine, let it sit for
several minutes, then check the oil
level. If necessary, add oil to bring
the level to the upper mark on the
dipstick.
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.
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Cooling System
Adding Engine Coolant
RESERVE TANK
If the coolant level in the reserve
tank is at or below the MIN line, add
coolant to bring it up to the MAX line.
Inspect the cooling system for leaks.
This coolant should always be a
mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and
50 percent water. Never add straight
antifreeze or plain water.
Always use Honda All Season
Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This
coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent
antifreeze and 50 percent water. It
does not require any additional
mixing.
It is not recommended to use nonHonda coolant or water only. This
may cause deposits or corrosion in
the cooling system.
If it 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.
However, continued use of any nonHonda coolant can result in
corrosion, causing the cooling
system to malfunction or fail. Have
the cooling system flushed and
refilled with Honda antifreeze/
coolant as soon as possible.
If the reserve tank is completely
empty, you should also check the
coolant level in the radiator.
Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.
Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.
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Cooling System
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.
RESERVE TANK
1. Make sure the engine and radiator
are cool.
2. Turn the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pressing down
on it, until it stops. This relieves
any pressure remaining in the
cooling system.
3. Remove the radiator cap by
pushing down and turning
counterclockwise.
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4. The coolant level should be up to
the base of the filler neck. Add
coolant if it is low.
5. Put the radiator cap back on.
Tighten it fully.
6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank.
Fill it to halfway between the MAX
and MIN marks. Put the cap back
on the reserve tank.
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Cooling System
Replacing Engine Coolant
The cooling system should be
completely drained and refilled with
new coolant according to the time
and distance recommendations in
the maintenance schedule. Only use
Honda All Season Antifreeze/
Coolant Type 2.
Draining the coolant requires access
to the underside of the vehicle.
Unless you have the tools and
knowledge, you should have this
maintenance done by a skilled
mechanic.
DRAIN PLUG
1. Turn the ignition ON (II). Set the
Climate control system to 90°F(32
°C). Turn the ignition off.
Open the hood. Make sure the
engine and radiator are cool to the
touch.
3. Loosen the drain plug on the
bottom of the radiator. The
coolant will drain through the
splash guard.
2. Remove the radiator cap.
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Cooling System
DRAIN BOLT
RESERVE TANK
RESERVE
TANK CAP
6. When the coolant stops draining,
tighten the drain plug at the
bottom of the radiator.
7. Tighten the drain bolt at the rear
of the engine cylinder block
securely.
Tightening torque:
7 lbf·ft (10 N·m , 1.0 kgf·m)
HOLDER
4. Install a rubber hose on the drain
bolt in the back of the engine
block. Loosen the drain bolt.
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5. Remove the reserve tank from its
holder by pulling it straight up.
Drain the coolant, then put the
tank back in its holder.
8. Mix the recommended antifreeze
with an equal amount of purified
or distilled water in a clean
container. The cooling system
capacity is:
2.01 US gal (7.6 , 1.67 Imp gal)
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Cooling System
FILLER NECK
10.Fill the reserve tank to the MAX
mark. Install the reserve tank cap.
11.Install the radiator cap, and
tighten it to the first stop.
12.Start the engine and let it run until
the radiator cooling fan comes on
at least twice. Then stop the
engine.
Fill up to here
9. Pour coolant into the radiator up
to the base of the filler neck.
13.Remove the radiator cap. Fill the
radiator with coolant up to the
base of the filler neck.
14.Install the radiator cap, and
tighten it fully.
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Windshield Washers
The low washer level indicator will
light when the level is low (see page
63 ).
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 the blade edges.
Do not use engine antif reeze or a
vinegar/water solution in the
windshield washer reservoir.
Antif reeze can damage your vehicle’s
paint, while a vinegar/water solution
can damage the windshield washer
pump.
Use only commercially-available
windshield washer f luid.
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Automatic Transmission Fluid
use can affect shift quality. Have
the transmission drained and
refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as
soon as it is convenient.
DIPSTICK
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
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.
3. Insert the dipstick all the way into
the transmission.
4. Remove the dipstick and check
the fluid level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
5. If the level is below the lower
mark, remove the fill plug and add
fluid to bring it to the upper mark.
Always use Honda ATF-Z1
(Automatic Transmission Fluid). If
it is not available, you may use a
DEXRON III automatic
transmission fluid as a temporary
replacement. However, continued
To thoroughly flush the
transmission, the technician
should drain and refill it with
Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the
vehicle a short distance. Do this
three times. Then drain and refill
the transmission a final time.
6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
in the transmission.
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
If you are not sure how to add fluid,
contact your Acura dealer.
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Differential Fluid
FILLER BOLT
Put a new washer on the filler bolt,
then reinstall the filler bolt. Tighten
it securely. Tightening torque:
33 lbf·ft (45 N·m , 4.6 kgf·m)
The differential should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance
recommendations in the
maintenance schedule.
CORRECT LEVEL
Check the fluid level with the
differential at normal operating
temperature and the vehicle sitting
on level ground. Remove the
differential fluid filler bolt and
washer and carefully feel inside the
bolt hole with your finger. The fluid
level should be up to the edge of the
bolt hole. If it is not, slowly add
VTM-4 Differential Fluid until it
starts to run out of the hole.
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Brake Fluid
Check the fluid level in the brake
fluid reservoir monthly.
The brake fluid should be replaced
according to the time and distance
recommendations in the maintenance schedule.
Always use Honda Heavy Duty
Brake Fluid DOT 3. If it is not
available, you should use only DOT 3
or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed
container, as a temporary
replacement. However, the use of
any non-Honda brake fluid can cause
corrosion and decrease the life of the
system. Have the brake system
flushed and refilled with Honda
Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 as
soon as possible.
Brake System
MAX
MIN
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not
compatible with your vehicle’s
braking system and can cause
extensive damage.
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
of the reservoir. If the level is at or
below the MIN mark, your brake
system needs attention. Have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
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Power Steering
UPPER LEVEL
LOWER LEVEL
Check the level when the engine is
cold. Look at the side of the
reservoir. The fluid should be
between the UPPER LEVEL and
LOWER LEVEL. If it is below the
LOWER LEVEL, add power steering
fluid to the UPPER LEVEL.
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Always use Honda Power Steering
Fluid. If it is not available, you may
use another power steering fluid as
an emergency replacement.
However, continued use can cause
increased wear and poor steering in
cold weather. Have the power
steering system flushed and refilled
with Honda PSF as soon as possible.
A low power steering fluid level can
indicate a leak in the system. Check
the fluid level frequently and have
the system inspected as soon as
possible.
Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t
or right lock and holding it there can
damage the power steering pump.
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Air Cleaner Element
The air cleaner element should be
replaced according to the time and
distance recommendations in the
maintenance schedule.
Replacement
CLIP
BOLTS
CONNECTOR
The air cleaner element is inside the
air cleaner housing on the driver’s
side of the engine compartment.
To replace it:
2. Loosen the four bolts with a
Phillips-head screwdriver.
1. Disconnect the cable from the air
cleaner housing cover by pushing
the plastic clip and pulling on it.
Remove the cable from connector.
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Air Cleaner Element
5. Place the new air cleaner element
in the air cleaner housing.
AIR CLEANER ELEMENT
6. Reinstall the air cleaner housing
cover. Tighten the four bolts.
Reinstall the clip on the cover.
Clamp the cable with the
connector.
3. Remove the old air cleaner
element.
4. Carefully clean the inside of the
air cleaner housing with a damp
rag.
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Hood Latch, Spark Plugs
Hood Latch
LATCH ASSEMBLY
Spark Plugs
The spark plugs in your vehicle are a
special platinum-tipped design for
longer life. The spark plugs should
be replaced according to the time
and distance recommendations in
the maintenance schedule.
Replacement
HOLDING CLIP
Clean the hood latch assembly with a
mild cleaner, then lubricate it with a
multipurpose grease. Lubricate all
the moving parts (as shown),
including the pivot. Follow the time
and distance recommendations in
the Maintenance Schedule. If you
are not sure how to clean and grease
the latch, contact your Acura dealer.
1. Loosen the two holding clips by
turning the heads one-quarter turn
counterclockwise with a flat-tipped
screwdriver. Remove the cover on
the front cylinder bank by pulling
it straight up.
2. Clean up any dirt and oil that have
collected around the ignition coils.
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Spark Plugs
HEXAGON SOCKET HEAD CAP BOLT
3. Disconnect the wire connector
from the ignition coil by pushing
on the lock tab and pulling on the
connector. Pull on the plastic
connector, not the wires.
4. Use a wrench to remove the
hexagon socket head cap bolt
holding the ignition coil. Remove
the ignition coil by pulling it
straight out.
5. Remove the spark plug with
a five-eighths inch (16 mm) spark
plug socket.
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6. Put the new spark plug into the
socket; then screw it into the hole.
Screw it in by hand so you do not
crossthread it.
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Spark Plugs
Specifications:
Tighten the spark plugs caref ully. A
spark plug that is too loose can
overheat and damage the engine.
Overtightening can cause damage to
the threads in the cylinder head.
NGK:
DENSO:
PZFR5F-11
PKJ16CR-L11
Spark Plug Gap:
0.04 in (1.1 mm) +−00.1 mm
8. Install the ignition coil. Reinstall
the hexagon socket head cap bolt.
9. Push the wire connector onto the
ignition coil. Make sure it locks in
place.
7. Torque the spark plug. (If you do
not have a torque wrench, tighten
the spark plug two-thirds of a turn
after it contacts the cylinder head.)
Tightening torque:
13 lbf·ft (18 N·m , 1.8 kgf·m)
10.Repeat this procedure for the
other five spark plugs.
11.Reinstall the cover on the front
cylinder bank while putting its
mounting clip in the hole on the
passenger’s side. Secure the cover
by turning the heads of the two
holding clips one-quarter turn
clockwise with a flat-tipped
screwdriver.
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Battery
Check the condition of your vehicle’s
battery monthly. You should check
the color of the test indicator window,
and for corrosion on the terminals.
TEST INDICATOR WINDOW
Check the battery terminals for
corrosion (a white or yellowish
powder). To remove it, cover the
terminals with a solution of baking
soda and water. It will bubble up and
turn brown. When this stops, wash it
off with plain water. Dry off the
battery with a cloth or paper towel.
Coat the terminals with grease to
help prevent future corrosion.
WARNING: Battery posts,
terminals and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds.
Wash hands after handling.
Check the battery condition by
looking at the test indicator window
on the battery.
The label on the battery explains the
test indicator’s colors.
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If the terminals are severely corroded, clean them with baking soda
and water. Then use a wrench to
loosen and remove the cables from
the terminals. Always disconnect the
negative (−) cable first and reconnect it last. Clean the battery terminals with a terminal cleaning tool or
wire brush. Reconnect and tighten
the cables, then coat the terminals
with grease.
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Battery
If you need to connect the battery to
a charger, disconnect both cables to
prevent damage to the vehicle’s
electrical system.
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.
If your vehicle’s battery is
disconnected or goes dead, the audio
system will disable itself. The next
time you turn on the radio you will
see ‘‘
’’ in the frequency
display. Use the Preset buttons to
enter the five-digit code (see page
186 ).
Charging the battery with the cables
connected can seriously damage your
vehicle’s electronic controls. Detach
the battery cables bef ore connecting
the battery to a charger.
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Wiper Blades
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 they leave streaks
and unwiped areas when used.
WIPER ARMS
LOCK TAB
To replace a wiper blade:
1. Raise the wiper arm off the
window.
Windshield: Raise the driver’s side
first, then the passenger’s side.
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2. Front only:
Disconnect the blade assembly
from the wiper arm by pushing in
the lock tab. Hold it in while you
push the blade assembly toward
the base of the arm.
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Wiper Blades
BLADE
BLADE
5. Slide the new wiper blade into the
holder until the tabs lock.
6. Front only:
Slide the wiper blade assembly
onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.
REINFORCEMENT
3. Remove the blade from its holder
by grasping the tabbed end of the
blade. Pull firmly until the tabs
come out of the holder.
7. Lower the wiper arm down against
the window.
Windshield: Lower the passenger’s
side first, then the driver’s side.
4. Examine the new wiper blades. If
they have no plastic or metal reinforcement along the back edge,
remove the metal reinforcement
strips from the old wiper blade and
install them in the slots along the
edge of the new blade.
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Air Conditioning System
Your vehicle’s air conditioning is a
sealed system. Any major maintenance, such as recharging, should be
done by a qualified mechanic. You
can do a couple of things to make
sure the air conditioning works
efficiently.
Periodically check the engine’s
radiator and air conditioning
condenser for leaves, insects, and
dirt stuck to the front surface. These
block the air flow and reduce cooling
efficiency. Use a light spray from a
hose or a soft brush to remove them.
The condenser and radiator f ins bend
easily. Only use a low-pressure spray
or sof t-bristle brush to clean them.
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AIR CONDITIONING
CONDENSER
Run the air conditioning at least once
a week during the cold weather
months. Run it for at least ten
minutes while you are driving at a
steady speed with the engine at
normal operating temperature. This
circulates the lubricating oil contained in the refrigerant.
If the air conditioning does not get as
cold as before, have your dealer
check the system. Recharge the
system with Refrigerant HFC-134a
(R-134a). (See Specifications on page
322 .)
Whenever you have the air conditioning
system serviced, make sure the service
f acility uses a ref rigerant recycling
system. This system captures the
ref rigerant f or reuse. Releasing
ref rigerant into the atmosphere can
damage the environment.
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Dust and Pollen Filter, Drive Belts
Dust and Pollen Filter
The Dust and Pollen filter removes
pollen and dust that is brought in
from the outside through the heating
and cooling system/climate control
system.
This filter should be replaced every
30,000 miles (48,000 km) under normal conditions. It should be replaced
every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) if you
drive primarily in urban areas that
have high concentrations of soot in
the air from industry and diesel-powered vehicles. Replace it more often
if air flow from the climate control
system becomes less than usual.
Have the air conditioning filter replaced by your Acura dealer.
Drive Belts
POWER STEERING BELT
The belt should have the following
‘‘play’’ or deflection.
Power steering belt:
0.51−0.65 in (13.0−16.5 mm)
If you see signs of wear or looseness,
have your dealer adjust or replace
the belts.
ALTERNATOR BELT
Check the condition of the two drive
belts (power steering belt and
alternator belt). Examine the edges
of each belt for cracks or fraying.
Check the tension of the power
steering belt by pushing on it with
your thumb midway between the
pulleys.
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Timing Belt, Tires
Timing Belt
The timing belt should normally be
replaced at the intervals shown in
the maintenance schedule.
Replace the belt at 60,000 miles (U.S.)
or 100,000 km (Canada) if you regularly drive your vehicle in one or
more of these conditions:
In very high temperatures
(over 110°F, 43°C).
In very low temperatures
(under −20°F, −29°C).
Frequently tow a trailer.
Tires
To safely operate your vehicle, your
tires must be the proper type and
size, in good condition with adequate
tread, and correctly inflated. The
following pages give more detailed
information on how and when to
check air pressure, how to inspect
your tires for damage and wear, and
what to do when your tires 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.
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Inflation
Keeping the tires properly inflated
provides the best combination of
handling, tread life and riding
comfort. Underinflated tires wear
unevenly, adversely affect handling
and fuel economy, and are more
likely to fail from being overheated.
Overinflated tires can make your
vehicle ride more harshly, are more
prone to damage from road hazards,
and wear unevenly.
We recommend that you visually
check your tires every day. If you
think a tire might be low, check it
immediately with a tire gauge.
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Tires
Use a gauge to measure the air
pressure at least once a month. Even
tires that are in good condition may
lose one to two psi (10 to 20 kPa, 0.1
to 0.2 kgf/cm ) per month.
Remember to check the spare tire at
the same time you check all the
other tires.
Check the pressure in the tires when
they are cold. This means the vehicle
has been parked for at least three
hours. If you have to drive the
vehicle before checking the tire
pressure, the tires can still be
considered ‘‘cold’’ if you drive less
than 1 mile (1.6 km).
If you check the pressure when the
tires are hot (the vehicle has been
driven several miles), you will see
readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3
to 0.4 kgf/cm ) higher than the cold
reading. This is normal. Do not let
air out to match the specified cold
pressure. The tire will be
underinflated.
Recommended Tire Pressures for
Normal Driving
The following chart shows the
recommended cold tire pressures for
most normal driving conditions and
speeds. Tire pressures for high
speed driving are the same as for
normal driving.
Tire Size
You should get your own tire
pressure gauge and use it whenever
you check your tire pressures. This
will make it easier for you to tell if a
pressure loss is due to a tire problem
and not due to a variation between
gauges.
P235/65R17 103T
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2
kgf/cm )
The compact spare tire pressure is:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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Tires
These pressures are also given on
the tire information label on the
driver’s doorjamb.
Tubeless tires have some ability to
self-seal if they are punctured.
However, because leakage is often
very slow, you should look closely
for punctures if a tire starts losing
pressure.
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 vehicle’s tires have wear indicators molded into the tread. When the
tread wears down to that point, you
will see a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide
band running across the tread. This
shows there is less than 1/16 inch
(1.6 mm) of tread left on the tire. A
tire that is this worn gives very little
traction on wet roads. You should
replace the tire if you can see the
tread wear indicator in three or more
places around the tire.
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Tires
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.
The tires were properly balanced by
the factory. They may need to be
rebalanced at some time before they
are worn out. 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 for repair.
Make sure the installer balances the
wheels when you have new tires
installed. This increases riding
comfort and tire life. Your vehicle’s
original tires were dynamic or ‘‘spin’’
balanced at the factory. For best
results, have the installer perform a
dynamic balance.
Improper wheel weights can damage
your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use
only Genuine Acura wheel weights f or
balancing.
Tire Rotation
Front
Front
(For Non-directional (For Directional
Tires and Wheels) Tires and Wheels)
To help increase tire life and
distribute wear more evenly, you
should have the tires rotated every
7,500 miles (12,000 km). Move the
tires to the positions shown in the
chart each time they are rotated.
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Tires
When shopping for replacement
tires, you may find that some tires
are ‘‘directional.’’ This means they
are designed to rotate only in one
direction. If you use directional tires,
they should be rotated only front-toback.
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Replacing Tires and Wheels
The tires that came with your
vehicle were selected to match the
performance capabilities of the
vehicle while providing the best
combination of handling, ride
comfort, and long life. You should
replace them 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 its
braking ability, traction, and steering
accuracy.
Installing improper tires on your
vehicle can affect handling and
stability. This can cause a crash
in which you can be seriously
hurt or killed.
Always use the size and type of
tires recommended in this
owner’s manual.
It is best to replace all four tires at
the same time. If that is not possible
or necessary, then replace the two
front tires or the two rear tires as a
pair. Replacing just one tire can
seriously affect your vehicle’s handling.
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Tires
The ABS works by comparing the
speed of the wheels. When replacing
tires, use the same size originally
supplied with the vehicle. Tire size
and construction can affect wheel
speed and may cause the system to
work inconsistently.
If you ever need to replace a wheel,
make sure the wheel’s specifications
match those of the original wheel
that came on your vehicle. Replacement wheels are available at
your Acura dealer.
Wheels and Tires
Wheel:
17 x 6 1/2 JJ
Tire:
P235/65R17 103T
See page 344 for information about
DOT Tire Quality Grading.
Winter Driving
Tires that are marked ‘‘M+ S’’ or
‘‘All Season’’ on the sidewall have an
all-weather tread design. They
should be suitable for most winter
driving conditions. Tires without
these markings are designed for
optimum traction in dry conditions.
They may not provide adequate
performance in winter driving.
For the best performance in snowy
or icy conditions, you should install
snow tires or tire chains. They may
be required by local laws under
certain conditions.
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Tires
Snow Tires
Tire Chains
If you mount snow tires on your
Acura, make sure they are radial
tires of the same size and load range
as the original tires. Mount snow
tires on all four wheels to balance
your vehicle’s handling in all weather
conditions. Keep in mind the traction
provided by snow tires on dry roads
may not be as high as your vehicle’s
original-equipment tires. You should
drive cautiously even when the roads
are clear. Check with the tire dealer
for maximum speed recommendations.
Because your Acura 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. No matter how tight they
seem to be installed, they can come
into contact with the body and
suspension, causing serious damage.
When installing cables, follow the
manufacturer’s instructions and
mount them as tightly as you can.
Drive slowly with them installed. If
you hear them coming in contact
with the body or chassis, stop and
investigate. Make sure the cables are
installed tightly, and that they are
not contacting the brake lines or
suspension.
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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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Lights
Check the operation of your vehicle’s
exterior lights at least once a month.
A burned out bulb can create an
unsafe condition by reducing your
vehicle’s visibility and the ability to
signal your intentions to other
drivers.
LOW BEAM HEADLIGHT
TURN SIGNAL
HIGH BEAM HEADLIGHT
FOG LIGHT
PARKING LIGHT/
SIDE MARKER
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Lights
Check the following:
STOP/TAILLIGHTS
HIGH-MOUNT BRAKE LIGHT
Headlights (low and high beam)
Parking lights
Taillights
Brake lights
High-mount brake light
Turn signals
Back-up lights
Hazard light function
License plate light
Side marker lights
Daytime running lights
(Canadian models)
TURN SIGNAL/
HAZARD LIGHT
If you find any bulbs are burned out,
replace them as soon as possible.
Refer to the chart on page 343 to
determine what type of replacement
bulb is needed.
TAIL LIGHTS/
SIDE MARKER LIGHT
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BACK-UP LIGHT
LICENSE PLATE LIGHTS
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Lights
Headlight Aiming
The headlights were properly aimed
when your vehicle was new. If you
regularly carry heavy items in the
cargo area or pull a trailer,
readjustment may be required.
Adjustment of the headlights should
be performed by a Acura technician
or other qualified mechanic.
Replacing a Headlight Bulb
Your vehicle has halogen headlight
bulbs, two on each side. When
replacing a bulb, handle it by its steel
base and protect the glass from
contact with your skin or hard
objects. If you touch the glass, clean
it with denatured alcohol and a clean
cloth.
BULB
Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot
when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch
on the glass can cause the bulb to
overheat and shatter.
CONNECTOR
2. Remove the bulb by turning it
approximately one-quarter turn
counterclockwise.
1. Open the hood.
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Lights
Replacing Front Turn Signal/
Parking and Side Marker Light
Bulbs
TAB
3. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by squeezing the
connector to unlock the tab, then
slide the connector off the bulb.
4. Push the electrical connector onto
the new bulb.
5. Insert the new bulb into the hole
and turn it one-quarter turn clockwise to lock it in place.
6. Turn on the headlights to test the
new bulb.
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1. Remove the socket from the
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
2. To remove the front turn signal
bulb, push it in slightly and turn it
counterclockwise. To remove the
side marker bulb, pull it straight
out of its socket.
3. Install the new bulb into the
socket.
4. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
5. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
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Lights
Replacing a Fog Light Bulb
Your car uses halogen fog light
bulbs. See page 295 for information
on replacing a halogen bulb.
BOLT
CONNECTOR
1. Use a wrench to loosen the light
assembly’s mounting bolt.
2. Remove the light assembly from
the bumper.
3. Remove the bulb by turning it
approximately one-quarter turn
counterclockwise.
4. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by squeezing the
connector to unlock the tab, then
slide the connector off the bulb.
5. Push the electrical connector onto
the new bulb.
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Lights
6. Insert the new bulb into the hole
and turn it one-quarter turn clockwise to lock it in place.
Replacing Rear Bulbs
7. Turn on the headlights to test the
new bulb.
8. Put the light assembly into the
bumper. Tighten the mounting
bolt.
1. Open the tailgate. Use a
screwdriver protected with a cloth
to pry open the two covers.
2. Remove the two screws and
remove the rear light assembly
from the rear pillar.
3. Determine which of the four bulbs
is burned out: stop/taillight, turn
signal/hazard lights, side marker
light, or back-up light.
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4. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
5. Remove the burned out bulb. To
remove the stop/taillight, back-up
or side marker light bulb, pull the
bulb straight out of its socket. To
remove the turn signal/hazard
light bulb, push it in and turn it
counterclockwise until it unlocks.
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Lights
6. Install the new bulb into the
socket.
Replacing a High-mount Brake
Light Bulb
7. Push the socket into the light
assembly and turn it clockwise
until it locks.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
4. Test the light to make sure the
new bulb is working.
8. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
5. Put the socket back into the light
assembly and turn it clockwise to
lock it in place.
9. Install the rear light assembly in
the body.Tighten the two screws.
Snap the covers back into position.
6. Place the cover back into the light
assembly. Push it up until it locks
in place.
1. Remove the light assembly cover
by prying carefully with a clothcovered screwdriver in the
notches along the top edge.Then
pivot the cover out and down.
2. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
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Lights
Replacing a Rear License Plate
Bulb
1. Use a small phillips screwdriver to
remove the lens from the license
plate light assembly.
2. Remove the bulb by pulling it
straight out. Push the new bulb
into the socket.
3. Reinstall the lens.
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Replacing Bulbs in the Interior
Lights
The individual map lights, cargo area
light, tailgate light, and the vanity
mirror lights come apart the same
way. They do not all use the same
bulb.
FRONT INDIVIDUAL MAP LIGHT
1. Remove the lens by carefully
prying on the edge of the lens with
a fingernail file or a small flat-tip
screwdriver. Do not pry on the
edge of the housing around the
lens.
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Lights
Front individual map light:
Pry on the front edge in front of both
map lights.
REAR INDIVIDUAL MAP LIGHT
CARGO AREA LIGHT
Rear individual map light:
Pry on the rear edge of the lens in
the middle.
Cargo area light:
Pry on the rear edge to the left and
right of center.
Tailgate light:
Pry on the upper edge to the left and
right of center.
2. Remove the bulb by pulling it
straight out of its metal tabs.
3. Push the new bulb into the metal
tabs. Snap the lens back in place.
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Lights
SUN VISOR
TAILGATE LIGHT
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DOOR LIGHT
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Storing Your Vehicle
If you need to park your vehicle for
an extended period (more than one
month), there are several things you
should do to prepare it for storage.
Proper preparation helps prevent
deterioration and makes it easier to
get your vehicle back on the road. If
possible, store your vehicle indoors.
Fill the fuel tank.
Change the engine oil and filter
(see page 263 ).
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 Park.
Block the rear wheels.
If the vehicle is to be stored for a
longer period, it should be
supported on jackstands so the
tires are off the ground.
Cover the vehicle with a
‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made
from a porous material such as
cotton. Nonporous materials, such
as plastic sheeting, trap moisture,
which can damage the paint.
Leave one window open slightly (if
the vehicle is being stored
indoors).
If possible, run the engine for a
while periodically (preferably once
a month).
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 tailgate seals. Also, apply a
vehicle body wax to the painted
surfaces that mate with the door
and tailgate seals.
If you store your vehicle for 12
months or longer, have your Acura
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 253 ).
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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Appearance Care
Regular cleaning and polishing of
your Acura helps to keep it ‘‘new’’
looking. This section gives you hints
on how to clean your vehicle and
preserve its appearance: the paint,
brightwork, wheels and interior. Also
included are several things you can
do to help prevent corrosion.
Exterior Care.................................. 306
Washing ...................................... 306
Waxing ........................................ 307
Aluminum Wheels ..................... 307
Paint Touch-up ........................... 307
Interior Care ................................... 308
Carpeting .................................... 308
Floor Mats .................................. 308
Fabric .......................................... 309
Vinyl ............................................ 309
Seat Belts .................................... 309
Windows ..................................... 310
Air Fresheners ........................... 310
Corrosion Protection ..................... 311
Body Repairs .................................. 312
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Exterior Care
Washing
Frequent washing helps preserve
your vehicle’s beauty. Dirt and grit
can scratch the paint, while tree sap
and bird droppings can permanently
ruin the finish.
Wash your vehicle in a shady area,
not in direct sunlight. If the vehicle is
parked in the sun, move it into the
shade and let the exterior cool down
before you start.
Only use the solvents and cleaners
recommended in this Owner’s
Manual.
Chemical solvents and strong cleaners
can damage the paint, metal, and
plastic on your vehicle.
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Rinse the vehicle thoroughly with
cool water to remove loose dirt.
Fill a bucket with cool water. Mix
in a mild detergent, such as
dishwashing liquid or a product
made especially for car washing.
Wash the vehicle using the water
and detergent solution and a softbristle brush, sponge, or soft cloth.
Start at the top and work your way
down. Rinse frequently.
Check the body for road tar, tree
sap, etc. Remove these stains with
tar remover or turpentine. Rinse it
off immediately so it does not
harm the finish. Remember to rewax these areas, even if the rest of
the vehicle does not need waxing.
When you have washed and rinsed
the whole exterior, dry it with a
chamois or soft towel. Letting it
air-dry will cause dulling and water
spots.
As you dry the vehicle, inspect it for
chips and scratches that could allow
corrosion to start. Repair them with
touch-up paint (see page 307 ).
The radio antenna on your vehicle does
not need to be removed when you use a
‘‘drive-through’’ car wash. However, if
you remove the antenna, make sure to
reinstall it and tighten it securely using
an appropriate tool.
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Waxing
Always wash and dry the whole
vehicle before waxing it. You should
wax your vehicle, including the metal
trim, whenever water sits on the
surface in large patches. It should
form into beads or droplets after
waxing.
You should use a quality liquid or
paste wax. Apply it according to the
instructions on the container. In
general, there are two types of
products:
Waxes − A wax coats the finish and
protects it from damage by exposure
to sunlight, air pollution, etc. You
should use a wax on your Acura
when it is new.
Polishes − Polishes and cleaner/
waxes can restore the shine to paint
that has oxidized and lost some of its
shine. They normally contain mild
abrasives and solvents that remove
the top layer of the finish. You
should use a polish on your Acura if
the finish does not have its original
shine after using a wax.
Cleaning tar, insects, etc. with
removers also takes off the wax.
Remember to re-wax those areas,
even if the rest of the vehicle does
not need waxing.
Aluminum Wheels
Clean your Acura’s aluminum alloy
wheels as you do the rest of the
exterior. Wash them with the same
solution, and rinse them thoroughly.
Paint Touch-up
Your dealer has touch-up paint to
match your vehicle’s color. The color
code is printed on a sticker on the
driver’s doorjamb. Take this code to
your dealer so you are sure to get
the correct color.
Inspect your vehicle frequently for
chips or scratches in the paint.
Repair them right away to prevent
corrosion of the metal underneath.
Use the touch-up paint only on small
chips and scratches. More extensive
paint damage should be repaired by
a professional.
The wheels have a protective clearcoat that keeps the aluminum from
corroding and tarnishing. Using
harsh chemicals, including some
commercial wheel cleaners, or stiff
brushes can damage this clear-coat.
Only use a mild detergent and soft
brush or sponge to clean the wheels.
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Interior Care
Carpeting
Vacuum the carpeting frequently to
remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make
the carpet wear out faster.
Periodically shampoo the carpet to
keep it looking new. Use one of the
foam-type carpet cleaners on the
market. Follow the instructions that
come with the cleaner, applying it
with a sponge or soft brush. Keep
the carpeting as dry as possible by
not adding water to the foam.
Floor Mats
If you replace it, use a genuine Acura
floor mat that is designed to be used
with the floor mat anchor in your
vehicle.
If you use a non-Acura floor mat in
the driver’s footwell, make sure it
fits properly and that it can be used
with the floor mat anchor.
The Genuine Acura driver’s floor
mat that came with your vehicle was
designed to be hooked over the floor
mat anchor. This keeps the floor mat
from sliding forward and possibly
interfering with the pedals.
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If you remove the floor mat, make
sure to re-anchor it when you put it
back in your vehicle.
Do not put additional floor mats on
top of the anchored mat, otherwise
the additional mats may slide
forward and interfere with the pedals.
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Interior Care
Fabric
Vacuum dirt and dust out of the
material frequently. For general
cleaning, use a solution of mild soap
and lukewarm water, letting it air dry.
To clean off stubborn spots, use a
commercially-available fabric cleaner.
Test it on a hidden area of the fabric
first, to make sure it does not bleach
or stain the fabric. Follow the
instructions that come with the
cleaner.
Vinyl
Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum
cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft
cloth dampened in a solution of mild
soap and water. Use the same
solution with a soft-bristle brush on
more difficult spots. You can also use
commercially-available spray or
foam-type vinyl cleaners.
Leather
Vacuum dirt and dust from the
leather frequently. Pay particular
attention to the pleats and seams.
Clean the leather with a soft cloth
dampened with clear water, then
buff it with a clean, dry cloth. If
further cleaning is needed, use a
soap specifically for leather, such as
saddle soap. Apply this soap with a
damp, soft cloth. Wipe down and
buff as described above.
Seat Belts
LOOP
If your seat belts get dirty, you can
use a soft brush with a mixture of
mild soap and warm water to clean
them. Do not use bleach, dye, or
cleaning solvents. They can weaken
the belt material. Let the belts airdry before you use the vehicle.
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Interior Care
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.
Windows
Clean the windows, inside and out,
with a commercially-available glass
cleaner. You can also use a mixture
of one part white vinegar to ten parts
water. This will remove the haze that
builds up on the inside of the
windows. Use a soft cloth or paper
towels to clean all glass and clear
plastic surfaces.
The rear window def ogger wires are
bonded to the inside of the glass.
Wiping vigorously up-and-down can
dislodge and break the def ogger wires.
When cleaning the rear window, use
gentle pressure and wipe side-to-side.
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Air Fresheners
If you want to use an air freshener/
deodorizer in the interior of your
vehicle, it is best to use a solid type.
Some liquid air fresheners contain
chemicals that may cause parts of
the interior trim and fabric to crack
or discolor.
If you use a liquid air freshener,
make sure you fasten it securely so it
does not spill as you drive.
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Corrosion Protection
Two factors normally contribute to
causing corrosion in your vehicle:
1. Moisture trapped in body cavities.
Dirt and road salt that collects in
hollows on the underside of the
vehicle stays damp, promoting
corrosion in that area.
2. Removal of paint and protective
coatings from the exterior and
underside of the vehicle.
Many corrosion-preventive measures
are built into your Acura. You can
help keep your vehicle from
corroding by performing some
simple periodic maintenance:
Repair chips and scratches in the
paint as soon as you discover them.
Inspect and clean out the drain
holes in the bottom of the doors
and body.
Use a high-pressure spray to clean
the underside of your vehicle. This
is especially important in areas
that use road salt in winter. It is
also a good idea in humid climates
and areas subject to salt air. Be
careful of the ABS wheel sensors
and wiring at each wheel.
Have the corrosion-preventive
coatings on the underside of your
vehicle inspected and repaired
periodically.
Check the floor coverings for
dampness. Carpeting and floor
mats may remain damp for a long
time, especially in winter. This
dampness can eventually cause
the floor panels to corrode.
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Body Repairs
Body repairs can affect your vehicle’s
resistance to corrosion. If your
vehicle needs repairs after a collision,
pay close attention to the parts used
in the repair and the quality of the
work.
Make sure the repair facility uses
Genuine Acura replacement body
parts. Some companies make sheet
metal pieces that seem to duplicate
the original Acura body parts, but
are actually inferior in fit, finish, and
corrosion resistance. Once installed,
they do not give the same highquality appearance.
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When reporting your collision to the
insurance company, tell them you
want Genuine Acura parts used in
the repair. Although most insurers
recognize the quality of original
parts, some may try to specify that
the repairs be done with other
available parts. You should investigate this before any repairs have
begun.
Take your vehicle to your authorized
Acura dealer for inspection after the
repairs are completed. Your dealer
can make sure that quality materials
were used, and that corrosionpreventive coatings were applied to
all repaired and replaced parts.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
This section covers the morecommon 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....................... 314
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 315
If Your Engine Won’t Start ........... 322
Nothing Happens or the
Starter Motor Operates
Very Slowly......................... 322
The Starter Operates
Normally ................................. 322
Jump Starting ................................. 323
If Your Engine Overheats............. 325
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 327
Charging System Indicator........... 328
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 329
Brake System Indicator ................ 331
Fuses ............................................... 322
Checking and Replacing ........... 333
Emergency Towing ....................... 338
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Compact Spare Tire
Your vehicle has a compact spare
tire that takes up less space. Use this
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 whenever
you are using the compact spare tire:
Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h)
under any circumstances.
This tire gives a harsher ride and
less traction on some road surfaces than the regular tire. Use
greater caution while driving on
this tire.
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Do not mount snow chains on the
compact spare.
INDICATOR LOCATION MARK
Do not use the compact spare tire
if you are towing a trailer.
The wheel of the compact spare
tire is designed especially to fit
your vehicle. Do not use your
spare tire on another vehicle
unless it is the same make and
model.
TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR
The compact spare tire has a shorter
tread life than a regular tire. Replace
it when you can see the tread wear
indicator bars. The replacement
should be the same size and design
tire, mounted on the same wheel.
The compact spare tire is not
designed to be mounted on a regular
wheel, and the compact 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.
Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder
of a busy road is dangerous. Drive
slowly along the shoulder until you
get to an exit or an area to stop that
is far away from the traffic lanes.
JACK
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.
TOOLS
1. Park the vehicle on firm, level and
non-slippery ground away from
traffic. Put the transmission in
Park. Apply the parking brake.
SPARE TIRE
2. Turn on the hazard warning lights
and turn the ignition switch to
LOCK (0). Have all the
passengers get out of the vehicle
while you change the tire.
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COVER
COVER
3. Open the tailgate.
4. The tools and jack are behind a
cover in the cargo area on the
driver’s side. Remove the cover by
pushing the top of the cover.
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5. Take the tools out of the storage
compartment.
6. Turn the jack’s end bracket
counterclockwise to loosen it, then
remove the jack.
7. The spare tire is stored
underneath the rear cargo area.
Remove the plastic cover on the
cargo area lining to access the
shaft for the spare tire hoist.
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SPARE TIRE WRENCH
8. Put the wheel nut wrench on the
hoist shaft.Turn the wrench
counterclockwise to lower the
spare tire on the ground.
BRACKET
9. Keep turning the wheel wrench to
create slack in the cable.
11.Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2
turn with the wheel wrench.
10.Remove the bracket from the
spare tire.
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Changing a Flat Tire
EXTENSION
JACKING POINT
12. Locate the jacking point nearest
the tire you need to change. It is
pointed to by a △ mark molded
into the underside of the body.
Place the jack under the jacking
point. Turn the end bracket
clockwise until the top of the jack
contacts the jacking point. Make
sure the jacking point tab is
resting in the jack notch.
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WHEEL WRENCH
13. Use the extension and wheel
wrench as shown to raise the
vehicle until the flat tire is off the
ground.
14.Remove the wheel nuts and flat
tire. Temporarily place the flat tire
on the ground with the outside
surface of the wheel facing up.
You could scratch the wheel if you
put it face down.
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Changing a Flat Tire
BRAKE HUB
15.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.
16.Put on the spare tire. Put the
wheel nuts back on finger-tight,
then tighten them in a crisscross
pattern with the wheel wrench
until the wheel is firmly against
the hub. Do not try to tighten
them fully.
17.Lower the vehicle to the ground
and remove the jack.
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Changing a Flat Tire
20. Place the flat tire face up under
the hoist.
21.Insert the hoist bracket into the
center hole of the flat tire.
18.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)
19.Remove the center cap from the
flat tire.
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22.Slowly turn the wheel wrench
clockwise to take up the slack of
the hoist cable. Make sure the
bracket is seated in the center
hole of the spare tire.
23. Turn the wheel wrench clockwise
until the flat tire rests against the
underbody of the vehicle and you
hear the hoist click.
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Changing a Flat Tire
Always raise the spare tire hoist, even
if you are not stowing a tire. If the
hoist is lef t down, it will be damaged
during driving and need to be replaced.
25.Store the jack in its holder. Turn
the jack’s end bracket to lock it in
place. Store the tools, and install
the cover.
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If Your Engine Won’t Start
Diagnosing why your engine won’t
start falls into two areas, depending
on what you hear when you turn the
key to START (III):
You hear nothing, or almost
nothing. The engine’s starter
motor does not operate at all, or
operates very slowly.
You can hear the starter motor
operating normally, or the starter
motor sounds like it is spinning
faster than normal, but the engine
does not start up and run.
Nothing Happens or the Starter
Motor Operates Very Slowly
When you turn the ignition switch to
START (III), you do not hear the
normal noise of the engine trying to
start. You may hear a clicking sound
or series of clicks, or nothing at all.
Check these things:
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Check the transmission interlock.
The transmission must be in Park
or Neutral or the starter will not
operate.
Turn the ignition switch to ON (II).
Turn on the headlights and check
their brightness. If the headlights
are very dim or don’t light at all,
the battery is discharged. See
Jump Starting on page 323 .
Turn the ignition switch to START
(III). If the headlights do not dim,
check the condition of the fuses. If
the fuses are OK, there is probably something wrong with the
electrical circuit for the ignition
switch or starter motor. You will
need a qualified technician to
determine the problem. (See
Emergency Towing on page 338 .)
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 280 ). You can
then try jump starting the vehicle
from a booster battery (see page
323 ).
The Starter Operates Normally
In this case, the starter motor’s
speed sounds normal, or even faster
than normal, when you turn the
ignition switch to START (III), but
the engine does not run.
Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to Starting the
Engine on page 210 .
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If Your Engine Won’t Start, Jump Starting
Your vehicle has the Immobilizer
System. You should use a
properly-coded master or valet key
to start the engine (see page 81 ).
A key that is not properly coded
will cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the dash panel to blink
rapidly.
Do you have fuel? Turn the
ignition switch to ON (II) for a
minute and watch the fuel gauge.
The low fuel level warning light
may not be working, so you were
not reminded to fill the tank.
There may be an electrical
problem, such as no power to the
fuel pump. Check all the fuses
(see page 336 ).
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See Emergency
Towing on page 338 .
Jump Starting
If your vehicle’s battery has run
down, you may be able to start the
engine by using a booster battery.
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 Acura by
pushing or pulling it.
To jump start your vehicle, follow
these directions closely:
1. Open the hood and check the
physical condition of the battery
(see page 280 ). In very cold
weather, check the condition of
the electrolyte. If it seems slushy
or like ice, do not try jump starting
until it thaws.
If a battery sits in extreme cold, the
electrolyte inside can f reeze.
Attempting to jump start with a f rozen
battery can cause it to rupture.
2. Turn off all the electrical accessories: heater, A/C, climate
control, stereo system, lights, etc.
Put the transmission in Neutral or
Park and set the parking brake.
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Jump Starting
BOOSTER BATTERY
3. Connect one jumper cable to the
positive (+) terminal on your
Acura’s battery. Connect the other
end to the positive (+) terminal
on the booster battery.
4. Connect the second jumper cable
to the negative (−) terminal on
the booster battery. Connect the
other end to the grounding strap
as shown. Do not connect this
jumper cable to any other part of
the engine.
5. If the booster battery is in another
vehicle, have an assistant start
that vehicle and run it at a fast idle.
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6. Start your vehicle. If the starter
motor still operates slowly, check
the jumper cable connections to
make sure they have good metalto-metal contact.
7. Once your vehicle is running,
disconnect the negative cable from
your vehicle, then from the
booster battery. Disconnect the
positive cable from your vehicle,
then the booster battery.
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Jump Starting, If Your Engine Overheats
Keep the ends of the jumper cables
away from each other and any metal
on the vehicle until all are
disconnected. Otherwise, you may
cause an electrical short.
If Your Engine Overheats
The pointer of your vehicle’s
temperature gauge should stay in
the midrange under most conditions.
It may go higher if you are driving up
a long steep hill on a very hot day. If
it climbs to the red mark, you should
determine the reason.
Driving with the temperature gauge
pointer at the red mark can cause
serious damage to your engine.
Your vehicle can overheat for several
reasons, such as lack of coolant or a
mechanical problem. 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.
In either case, you should take
immediate action.
Steam and spray from an
overheated engine can
seriously scald you.
Do not open the hood if steam
is coming out.
1. Safely pull to the side of the road.
Put the transmission in Neutral or
Park and set the parking brake.
Turn off the heating and cooling/
climate control system and all
other accessories. Turn on the
hazard warning indicators.
2. If you see steam and/or spray
coming from under the hood, turn
off the engine.
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
(climbing a long, steep hill on a
hot day with the A/C running, for
example), the engine should start
to cool down almost immediately.
If it does, wait until the temperature gauge comes down to the midpoint then continue driving.
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If Your Engine Overheats
4. If the temperature gauge stays at
the red mark, turn off the engine.
reaches the middle of the temperature gauge, or lower, before checking the radiator.
5. Wait until you see no more signs
of steam or spray, then open the
hood.
6. Look for any obvious coolant leaks,
such as a split radiator hose.
Everything is still extremely hot,
so use caution. If you find a leak, it
must be repaired before you
continue driving (see Emergency
Towing on page 338 ).
7. If you don’t find an obvious leak,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank (see page
193 ). If the level is below the
MIN mark, add coolant to halfway
between the MIN and MAX marks.
8. If there was no coolant in the
reserve tank, you may also have to
add coolant to the radiator. Let the
engine cool down until the pointer
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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.
9. Using gloves or a large heavy
cloth, turn the radiator cap
counterclockwise, without pushing
down, to the first stop. This
releases any remaining pressure in
the cooling system. After the
pressure releases, push down on
the cap and turn it until it comes
off.
10.Start the engine and set the
temperature control dial to
maximum (climate control to
FULL AUTO at 90°F/32°C). Add
coolant to the radiator up to the
base of the filler neck. If you do
not have the proper coolant
mixture available, you can add
plain water. Remember to have
the cooling system drained and
refilled with the proper mixture as
soon as you can.
11.Put the radiator cap back on
tightly. Run the engine and watch
the temperature gauge. If it goes
back to the red mark, the engine
needs repair. (See Emergency
Towing on page 338 .)
12.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
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.
4. Start the engine and watch the oil
pressure indicator. If the light
does not go out within ten seconds,
turn off the engine. There is a
mechanical problem that needs to
be repaired before you can
continue driving. (See Emergency
Towing on page 338 .)
1. Safely pull off the road and shut
off the engine. Turn on the hazard
warning indicators.
LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR
This indicator should light when the
ignition switch is ON (II), and go out
after the engine starts. It should
never come on when the engine is
running. If it starts flashing, it
indicates that the oil pressure
dropped very low for a moment, then
recovered. If the indicator stays on
with the engine running, it shows
that the engine has lost oil pressure
and serious engine damage is
possible. In either case, you should
take immediate action.
2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute.
Open the hood and check the oil
level (see page 192 ). Although oil
level and oil pressure are not
directly connected, an engine that
is very low on oil can lose pressure
during cornering and other driving
maneuvers.
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick (see page 198 ).
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Charging System Indicator
Immediately turn off all electrical
accessories: radio, heater, A/C,
climate control, rear defogger, cruise
control, etc. Try not to use other
electrically-operated controls such as
the power windows. Keep the engine
running and take extra care not to
stall it. Starting the engine will
discharge the battery rapidly.
CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR
This indicator should come on when
the ignition switch is ON (II), and go
out after the engine starts. If it
comes on brightly when the engine
is running, it indicates that the
charging system has stopped
charging the battery.
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By eliminating as much of the
electrical load as possible, you can
drive several miles (kilometers)
before the battery is too discharged
to keep the engine running. Drive to
a service station or garage where
you can get technical assistance.
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Malfunction Indicator Lamp
If you have recently refueled your
vehicle, the cause of this indicator
coming on could be a loose or
missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap
and tighten it until it clicks several
times. Replace the fuel fill cap if it is
missing. Tightening the cap will not
make the indicator turn off
immediately; it takes at least three
driving trips.
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP
This indicator comes on when you
turn the ignition switch ON (II) and
goes off after the engine starts. If it
comes on at any other time, it
indicates 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 your vehicle to
put out excessive emissions.
Continued operation may cause
serious damage.
If the indicator remains on past three
driving trips, or the fuel cap was not
loose or missing, have the vehicle
checked by the dealer as soon as
possible. Drive moderately until the
dealer has inspected the problem.
Avoid full-throttle acceleration and
driving at high speed.
You should also have the dealer
inspect your vehicle if this indicator
comes on repeatedly, even though it
may turn off as you continue driving.
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.
This indicator may also come on
along with the ‘‘D5 ’’ indicator.
Readiness Codes
Your vehicle has certain ‘‘readiness
codes’’ that are part of the on-board
diagnostics for the emissions
systems. In some states, part of the
emissions testing is to make sure
these codes are set. If they are not
set, the test cannot be completed.
If your vehicle’s battery has been
disconnected or gone dead, these
codes are erased. It takes several
days of driving under various
conditions to set the codes again.
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Malfunction Indicator Lamp
If possible, do not take your vehicle
for a state emissions test until the
readiness codes are set. To check if
they are set, turn the ignition ON (II),
but do not start the engine. The
Malfunction Indicator Lamp will
come on for 20 seconds. If it then
goes off, the readiness codes are set.
If it blinks 5 times, the readiness
codes are not set. Refer to State
Emissions Testing for more
information.(See page 349 .)
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Brake System Indicator
BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR*
The Brake System Indicator comes
on when you turn the ignition ON
(II). If the parking brake is not set, it
goes off after you start the engine. If
the parking brake is set, it goes off
when you fully release the parking
brake with the engine running.
If it comes on at any other time, it
indicates a problem with the vehicle’s
brake system. In most cases, the
problem is a low fluid level in the
brake fluid 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 250 ). If the
fluid level is low, take the vehicle to
your dealer and have the brake
system inspected for leaks or worn
brake pads.
Slow down by shifting to a lower
gear, and pull to the side of the road
when it is safe. Because of the
longer distance needed to stop, it is
hazardous to drive the vehicle. You
should have it towed, and repaired as
soon as possible. (See Emergency
Towing on page 338 .)
If you must drive the vehicle a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and cautiously.
However, if the brake pedal does not
feel normal, you should take
immediate action. Because of the
brake system’s dual-circuit design, a
problem in one part of the system
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. The distance needed to stop
will be much longer.
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Fuses
All the electrical circuits in your
vehicle have fuses to protect them
from a short circuit or overload.
These fuses are located in three fuse
boxes.
DRIVER’S SIDE INTERIOR
The interior fuse boxes are located
underneath the dashboard on each
side.
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PASSENGER’S SIDE INTERIOR
To open the fuse box on the
passenger’s side, pull the right edge
of the cover.
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Fuses
UNDER-HOOD
The primary under-hood fuse box is
located in the back of the engine
compartment on the passenger’s side.
To open it, push the tabs as shown.
UNDER-HOOD
The secondary 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
336 and 337 , or the diagram on the
fuse box lid (the diagram for the
driver’s side interior fuse box is on
the kick panel below the fuse box),
which fuse or fuses control that
component. Check those fuses first,
but check all the fuses before
deciding that a blown fuse is not the
cause. Replace any blown fuses and
check the component’s operation.
1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK
(0). Make sure the headlights and
all other accessories are off.
2. Remove the cover from the fuse
box.
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Fuses
BLOWN
BLOWN
3. Check each of the large fuses in
the primary under-hood fuse box
by looking through the top at the
wire inside. Removing these fuses
requires a Phillips-head screwdriver.
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FUSE PULLER
4. Check the smaller fuses in the
under-hood fuse box and all the
fuses in the interior fuse boxes by
pulling out each fuse with the fuse
puller provided in the primary
under-hood fuse box.
5. Look for a burned wire inside the
fuse. If it is burned, replace it with
one of the spare fuses of the same
rating or lower.
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Fuses
If you cannot drive the vehicle
without fixing the problem, and you
do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse
of the same rating or a lower rating
from one of the other circuits. Make
sure you can do without that circuit
temporarily (such as the accessory
power socket or radio).
If you replace the blown fuse with a
spare fuse that has a lower rating, it
might blow out again. This does not
indicate anything wrong. Replace the
fuse with one of the correct rating as
soon as you can.
Replacing a f use with one that has a
higher rating greatly increases the
chances of damaging the electrical
system. If you do not have a replacement f use with the proper rating f or the
circuit, install one with a lower rating.
If the radio fuse is removed, the
audio system will disable itself. The
next time you turn on the radio you
will see ‘‘
’’ in the frequency
display. Use the Preset buttons to
enter the five-digit code (see page
190 ).
6. If the replacement fuse of the
same rating blows in a short time,
there is probably a serious
electrical problem in your vehicle.
Leave the blown fuse in that
circuit and have your vehicle
checked by a qualified mechanic.
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Fuses
PRIMARY UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
20 A
30 A
20 A
20 A
15 A
−
20 A
20 A
20 A
40 A
30 A
30 A
40 A
Circuits Protected
Spare Fuse
Spare Fuse
Right Headlight
ACG S
Hazard
Not used
Stop
Left Headlight
Radio
Power Window Motor
Rear A/C
Rear Defroster
Back Up, ACC
SECONDARY UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX
No. Amps.
1
2
3
4
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40 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
Circuits Protected
ABS Motor
ABS F/S
Rear ACC Socket
4WD
No. Amps.
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
40 A
40 A
30 A
7.5 A
10 A
15 A
120 A
30 A
7.5 A
50 A
20 A
Circuits Protected
Power Seat
Heater Motor
Cooling Fan
Spare Fuse
Spare Fuse
Spare Fuse
Battery
Condenser Fan
MG Clutch
IGI Main
Fog Lights
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Fuses
INTERIOR FUSE BOX
Driver’s Side
Passenger’s Side
No. Amps.
Circuits Protected
Front
1
2
3
15 A
10 A
7.5 A
4
5
7.5 A
10 A
6
7
8
9
15 A
7.5 A
7.5 A
10 A
10
11
12
13
7.5 A
15 A
30 A
7.5 A
Fuel Pump
SRS
Heater Control, A/C Clutch
Relay, Cooling Fan Relay
Power Mirror
Daytime Running Light*/Rear
Wiper
ECU (PCM), Cruise Control
OPDS
ACC Relay
Back-up Lights, Instrument
Lights
Turn Signals
IG Coil
Front Wiper
Starter Signal
* : On Canadian models
No. Amps.
Front
1
2
3
4
5
30 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
6
7
10 A
20 A
8
20 A
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
15 A
15 A
10 A
20 A
7.5 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
Circuits Protected
Sun Roof
Driver’s Power Seat Reclining
Passenger’s Power Seat Sliding
Driver’s Power Seat Sliding
Passenger’s Power Seat
Reclining
Daytime Running Light*
Driver’s side Rear Power
Window
Front Passenger’s Power
Window
Front Accessory Socket
Small Light
Interior Light, Radio
Power Door Lock
Back Up
Heated Seat
Driver’s Power Window
Passenger’s Side Rear Power
Window
*1 : Canadian models
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Emergency Towing
If your vehicle needs to be towed,
call a professional towing service or,
if you belong to one, an organization
that provides roadside assistance.
Never tow your vehicle behind
another vehicle with just a rope or
chain. It is very dangerous.
There are three popular types of
professional towing equipment.
Flat-bed Equipment − The operator
loads your vehicle on the back of a
truck. This is the only way to
transport your vehicle. Any other
method of towing will damage the
drive system. When you contact the
towing agency, inform them that a
flat-bed is required.
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Towing a MDX with only two tires on
the ground will damage parts of the
4WD system. It should be transported
on a f lat-bed truck or trailer.
Wheel Lift Equipment − The tow
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.
Never tow your vehicle with
wheel lift equipment.
Sling-type Equipment − The tow
truck uses metal cables with hooks
on the ends. These hooks go around
parts of the frame or suspension and
cables lift that end of the vehicle off
the ground. Your vehicle’s
suspension and body can be
seriously damaged. This method of
towing your MDX is unacceptable.
Refer to Towing Your Vehicle
Behind a Motorhome on page
238 for non-emergency towing
information.
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Technical Information
The diagrams in this section give
you the dimensions and capacities of
your Acura, 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 ................. 340
Specifications ................................. 342
DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 344
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading ................................... 344
Treadwear .................................. 344
Traction....................................... 344
Temperature .............................. 345
Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 346
Driving in Foreign Countries ....... 347
Emissions Controls........................ 348
The Clean Air Act ...................... 348
Crankcase Emissions Control
System..................................... 348
Evaporative Emissions Control
System..................................... 348
Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 349
PGM-FI System ..................... 349
Ignition Timing Control
System................................. 349
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
(EGR) System .................... 349
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................ 349
Replacement Parts..................... 349
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 350
State Emissions Testing ............... 351
Testing of Readiness Codes ..... 351
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Identification Numbers
Your vehicle has several identifying
numbers located in various places.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The Vehicle Identification Number
(VIN) is the 17-digit number your
Acura dealer uses to register your
vehicle for warranty purposes. It is
also necessary for licensing and
insuring your vehicle. The easiest
place to find the VIN is on a plate
fastened to the top of the dashboard.
You can see it by looking through
the windshield on the driver’s side. It
is also on the Certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb, and
is stamped on the engine compartment bulkhead. The VIN is also
provided in bar code on the
Certification label.
CERTIFICATION LABEL
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Identification Numbers
The Engine Number is stamped into
the engine block. It is on the front.
ENGINE NUMBER
The Transmission Number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER
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Specifications
Dimensions
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Track
Standard
Premium
Front
Rear
Weights
Gross vehicle weight rating
Gross combined weight*2
rating (GCWR)
188.5 in (4,789 mm)
76.3 in (1,938 mm)
68.7 in (1,744 mm)
71.3 in (1,811 mm)
106.3 in (2,700 mm)
66.3 in (1,685 mm)
66.5 in (1,690 mm)
See the tire information label attached to the driver’s doorjamb.
9,700 lbs (4,400 kg) *1
*1 : Equipped with transmission fluid cooler and power steering fluid
cooler.
*2 : The GCWR must be reduced 2 percent for every 1,000 feet (305
meters) of elevation.
Air Conditioning
Refrigerant type
Charge quantity
Lubricant type
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HFC-134a (R-134a)
24.7−26.5 oz (700−750 g)
ND-OIL8
Capacities
Fuel tank
Change*1
Total
Change*2
Including
filter
Without
filter
Total
Automatic
Change
transmission Total
fluid
Rear
Change
differential
fluid
Windshield
washer
reservoir
Engine
coolant
Engine oil
Approx.
19.3 US gal (73 , 16.1 Imp gal)
2.01 US gal (7.6 , 1.67 Imp gal)
2.30 US gal (8.7 , 1.91 Imp gal)
5.0 US qt (4.7 , 4.1 Imp qt)
4.5 US qt (4.3 , 3.8 Imp qt)
5.8 US qt (5.5 , 4.8 Imp qt)
4.0 US qt (3.8 , 3.3 Imp qt)
9.0 US qt (8.5 , 7.5 Imp qt)
3.0 US qt (2.8 , 2.5 Imp qt)
4.8 US qt (4.5 , 4.0 Imp qt)
*1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine.
Reserve tank capacity:
0.16 US gal (0.6 , 0.13 Imp gal)
*2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.
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Specifications
Lights
Headlights
High
Low
Front side marker lights
Front turn signal lights/
Parking lights
Fog light
Rear side marker lights
Rear turn signal/hazard lights
Stop/Taillights
Backup lights
License plate lights
High-mount brake light
Individual map lights
Front
Rear
Cargo area light
Tailgate light
Vanity mirror light
Door light
Battery
Capacity
12 V
12 V
12 V
12 V
−
−
−
−
60 W (HB3)
51 W (HB4)
3 CP
50 CP
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
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
−
51 W (HB4)
2 CP (3.8 W)
24 CP (27 W)
21 W/5 W
21 CP (18 W)
3 CP
21 W
5W
7W
8W
5W
1.1 W
3.8 W
12 V − 65 AH/20 HR
Fuses
Interior
Driver’s side
Passenger’s side
Under-hood
Engine
Type
Bore x Stroke
Displacement
Compression ratio
Spark plugs
Alignment
Toe-in
Camber
Caster
Tires
Size
Pressure
Front
Rear
Front
Rear
Front
Front/Rear
Spare
Front/Rear
Spare
See page 337 or the fuse label
attached to the dashboard.
See page 337 or the fuse label
attached to the inside of the fuse
box door under the dashboard.
See page 336 or the fuse box
cover.
Water cooled 4-stroke SOHC,
6-cylinder V6 gasoline engine
3.50 x 3.66 in (89.0 x 93.0 mm)
211.8 cu-in (3,471 cm )
10.0 : 1
See spark plug maintenance section page 279 .
0.00 in (0.0 mm)
0.00 in (0.0 mm)
−0°50’
−0°50’
1°88’
P235/65R17 103T
T155/90D16 110M
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
The tires on your vehicle meet all
U.S. Federal Safety Requirements.
All tires are also graded for
treadwear, traction, and temperature
performance according to
Department of Transportation
(DOT) standards. The following
explains these gradings.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall
between the tread shoulder and the
maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
All passenger car tires must conform
to Federal Safety Requirements in
addition to these grades.
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Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of
the tire when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified government
test course. For example, a tire
graded 150 would wear one and onehalf (1 1/2) times as well on the
government course as a tire graded
100. The relative performance of
tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may
depart significantly from the norm
due to variations in driving habits,
service practices and differences in
road characteristics and climate.
Traction − AA, A, B, C
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those
grades represent the tire’s ability to
stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces
of asphalt and concrete. A tire
marked C may have poor traction
performance.
Warning: The traction grade
assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests,
and does not include acceleration,
cornering, hydroplaning, or peak
traction characteristics.
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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. The
grade C corresponds to a level of
performance which all passenger car
tires must meet under the Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No.
109. Grades B and A represent
higher levels of performance on the
laboratory test wheel than the
minimum required by law.
Warning: The temperature grade for
this tire is established for a tire that
is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either
separately or in combination, can
cause heat buildup and possible tire
failure.
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Oxygenated Fuels
Some conventional gasolines are
being blended with alcohol or an
ether compound. These gasolines
are collectively referred to as
oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air
standards, some areas of the United
States and Canada use oxygenated
fuels to help reduce emissions.
If you use an oxygenated fuel, be
sure it is unleaded and meets the
minimum octane rating requirement.
Before using an oxygenated fuel, try
to confirm the fuel’s contents. Some
states/provinces require this
information to be posted on the
pump.
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The following are the U.S. EPA and
Canadian CGSB approved
percentages of oxygenates:
ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol)
You may use gasoline containing up
to 10 percent ethanol by volume.
Gasoline containing ethanol may be
marketed under the name ‘‘Gasohol.’’
MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl
Ether)
You may use gasoline containing up
to 15 percent MTBE by volume.
METHANOL (methyl or wood
alcohol)
Your vehicle was not designed to use
fuel that contains methanol.
Methanol can corrode metal parts in
the fuel system, and also damage
plastic and rubber components. This
damage would not be covered by
your warranties.
If you notice any undesirable
operating symptoms, try another
service station or switch to another
brand of gasoline.
Fuel system damage or performance
problems resulting from the use of
an oxygenated fuel containing more
than the percentages of oxygenates
given above are not covered under
warranty.
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Driving in Foreign Countries
If you are planning to take your
Acura outside the U.S., contact the
tourist bureaus in the areas you will
be traveling in to find out about the
availability of unleaded gasoline with
the proper octane rating.
If unleaded gasoline is not available,
be aware that using leaded gasoline
in your Acura will affect performance and fuel mileage, and damage
its emissions controls. It will no
longer comply with U.S. and
Canadian emissions regulations, and
will be illegal to operate in North
America. To bring your vehicle back
into compliance will require the replacement of several components,
such as the oxygen sensors and the
three way catalytic converter. These
replacements are not covered under
warranty.
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Emissions Controls
The burning of gasoline in your
vehicle’s engine produces several byproducts. Some of these are carbon
monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen
(NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC).
Gasoline evaporating from the tank
also produces hydrocarbons. Controlling the production of NOx, CO,
and HC is important to the environment. Under certain conditions of
sunlight and climate, NOx and HC
react to form photochemical ‘‘smog.’’
Carbon monoxide does not contribute to smog creation, but it is a
poisonous gas.
The Clean Air Act
The United States Clean Air Act*
sets standards for automobile
emissions. It also requires that
automobile manufacturers explain to
owners how their emissions controls
work and what to do to maintain
them. This section summarizes how
the emissions controls work.
Scheduled maintenance is on page
230 .
*
In Canada, Acura vehicles comply
with the Canadian Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards (CMVSS) for
Emissions valid 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
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from the crankcase back to the
intake manifold. They are then
drawn into the engine and burned.
Evaporative Emissions Control
System
As gasoline evaporates in the fuel
tank, an evaporative emissions
control canister filled with charcoal
adsorbs the vapor. It is stored in this
canister while the engine is off. After
the engine is started and warmed up,
the vapor is drawn into the engine
and burned during driving.
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery
The Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery (ORVR) system captures
the fuel vapors during refueling. The
vapors are adsorbed in a canister
filled with activated carbon. While
driving, the fuel vapors are drawn
into the engine and burned off.
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Emissions Controls
Exhaust Emissions Controls
The exhaust emissions controls
include four systems: PGM-FI,
Ignition Timing Control, Exhaust
Gas Recirculation and Three Way
Catalytic Converter. These four
systems work together to control the
engine’s combustion and minimize
the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that
comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust
emissions control systems are
separate from the crankcase and
evaporative emissions control
systems.
Ignition Timing Control System
This system constantly adjusts the
ignition timing, reducing the amount
of HC, CO and NOx produced.
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)
System
The Exhaust Gas Recirculation
(EGR) system takes some of the
exhaust gas and routes it back into
the intake manifold. Adding exhaust
gas to the air/fuel mixture reduces
the amount of NOx produced when
the fuel is burned.
PGM-FI System
Three Way Catalytic Converter
The PGM-FI System uses sequential
multiport fuel injection.
It has three subsystems: Air Intake,
Engine Control, and Fuel Control.
The Powertrain Control Module
(PCM) uses various sensors to
determine how much air is going
into the engine. It then controls how
much fuel to inject under all operating conditions.
The three way catalytic converter is
in the exhaust system. Through
chemical reactions, it converts HC,
CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust
to carbon dioxide (CO2), dinitrogen
(N2), and water vapor.
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
Genuine 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 information.
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Three Way Catalytic Converter
Keep the engine tuned-up.
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.
Have your vehicle diagnosed and
repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling, or otherwise not
running properly.
THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER
A defective three way catalytic
converter contributes to air pollution,
and can impair your engine’s performance. Follow these guidelines to
protect your vehicle’s three way
catalytic converter.
Always use unleaded gasoline.
Even a small amount of leaded
gasoline can contaminate the
catalyst metals, making the three
way catalytic converter ineffective.
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State Emissions Testing
Testing of Readiness Codes
If you take your vehicle for a state
emissions test shortly after the
battery has been disconnected or
gone dead, it may not complete 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 re-tested within the
next two or three days, you can
condition the vehicle for re-testing
by doing the following.
Make sure the gas tank is nearly,
but not completely, full (around
3/4).
Make sure the vehicle has been
parked with the engine off for 8
hours or more.
Make sure the ambient
temperature is between 20° and
95°F.
Without touching the accelerator
pedal, start the engine and let it
idle for 20 seconds.
Keep the vehicle in Park .
Increase the engine speed to 2,000
rpm and hold it there until the
temperature gauge rises to at least
1/4 of the scale (approximately 3
minutes).
Select a nearby lightly traveled
major highway where you can
maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph
for at least 20 minutes. Drive on
the highway in D5. Do not use the
cruise control. When traffic allows,
drive for 90 seconds without
moving the accelerator pedal.
(Vehicle speed may vary slightly;
this is okay.) If you cannot do this
for a continuous 90 seconds
because of traffic conditions, drive
for at least 30 seconds, then repeat
it two more times (for a total of 90
seconds).
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State Emissions Testing
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 Acura dealer.
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Warranty and Customer Relations
Customer Relations
Information ................................. 354
Canada Zone Office Map .............. 355
Warranty Coverages ..................... 356
Reporting Safety Defects
(U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 357
Authorized Manuals ...................... 358
Warranty and Customer Relations
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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:
Acura Automobile Division
Client Services Office
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
or telephone: (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
(787) 250-4327
Canadian Owners:
Refer to the Map on the next page.
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When you call or write, please give
us this information:
Vehicle Identification Number
(see page 340 )
Name and address of the dealer
who services your vehicle
Date of purchase
Mileage on your vehicle
Your name, address, and telephone number
A detailed description of the
problem
Name of the dealer who sold the
vehicle to you
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Canada Zone Office Map
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
Honda Canada Inc.
National Office
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Warranty Coverages
U.S. Owners
Your new Acura is covered by these
warranties:
New Car Limited Warranty − covers
your new vehicle, except for the
battery, emissions control systems
and accessories, against defects in
materials and workmanship.
Emissions Control Systems Defects
Warranty and Emissions
Performance Warranty − these two
Seat Belt Limited Warranty − a seat
belt that fails to function properly is
covered for the useful life of the
vehicle.
Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
− all exterior body panels are
covered for rust-through from the
inside for the specified time period
with no mileage limit.
warranties cover your vehicle’s emissions control systems. Time, mileage,
and coverage are conditional. Please
read the warranty manual for exact
information.
Accessory Limited Warranty −
Genuine 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.
Original Equipment Battery Limited
Warranty − this warranty gives up
Replacement Parts Limited
Warranty − covers all Genuine
to 100 percent credit toward a
replacement battery.
Acura replacement parts against
defects in materials and workmanship.
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Replacement Battery Limited
Warranty − provides prorated
coverage for a replacement battery
purchased from an Acura dealer.
Replacement Muffler Lifetime
Limited Warranty − provides
coverage for as long as the purchaser of the muffler owns the
vehicle.
Restrictions and exclusions apply to
all these warranties. Please read the
2001 Acura Warranty Information
booklet that came with your car for
precise information on warranty
coverages. Your Acura’s original
tires are covered by their
manufacturer. Tire warranty
information is in a separate booklet.
Canadian Owners
Please refer to the 2001 Warranty
Manual that came with your car.
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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 either
call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free
at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in
Washington D.C. area) or write to:
NHTSA, U.S. Department of
Transportation, Washington,
D.C. 20590. You can also obtain
other information about motor
vehicle safety from the Hotline.
Warranty and Customer Relations
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Authorized Manuals
Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals
(U.S. only)
The following publications covering the operation and
servicing of your vehicle can be obtained from Helm
Incorporated, either by filling out the attached form or,
for credit card holders, calling the toll-free phone number
on the form. For manuals prior to the year shown below,
contact Helm Incorporated, P.O. Box 07280, Detroit,
Michigan 48207, or call 1-800-782-4356.
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2001 Acura MDX
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$40.00
Body Repair Manual
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Owner’s Manual
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Index
A
Accessories and Modifications .... 201
Accessories................................. 201
Additional Safety Precaution.... 202
Modifications ............................. 202
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ........................................ 83
Accessory Power Sockets............. 121
Additives, Engine Oil..................... 263
Airbag (SRS) ................................ 9, 49
Air Cleaner Element ...................... 275
Air Conditioning System ............... 142
Maintenance ............................... 284
Rear A/C Control ...................... 150
Usage .......................................... 144
Air Outlets (Vents) ........................ 142
Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 286
Alcohol in Gasoline ........................ 346
Aluminum Wheels, Cleaning........ 307
Antifreeze ....................................... 265
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Indicator Light ..................... 61, 222
Operation .................................... 221
Anti-theft, Audio System............... 190
Anti-theft Steering Column Lock .. 82
Appearance Care ........................... 305
Audio System ......................... 153, 171
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners .... 46
Automatic Lighting Off Feature .... 71
Automatic Speed Control................ 77
Automatic Transmission............... 211
Capacity, Fluid ........................... 342
Checking Fluid Level ................ 271
Shifting ........................................ 212
Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 211
Shift Lever Positions ................. 212
Shift Lock Release ..................... 215
B
Battery
Charging System
Indicator............................ 60, 328
Jump Starting ............................. 323
Maintenance ............................... 280
Specifications ............................. 343
Before Driving ............................... 193
Belts, Seat ..................................... 8, 44
Beverage Holders .......................... 116
Body Repair .................................... 312
Brakes
Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 222
Break-in, New Linings .............. 194
Fluid ............................................ 273
Bulb Replacement ..................... 298
Parking ........................................ 112
System Indicator .................. 61, 331
Wear Indicators ......................... 220
Braking System.............................. 220
Break-in, New Vehicle .................. 194
Brightness Control, Instruments ... 71
Brights, Headlights ......................... 70
Bulb Replacement
Back-up Lights ........................... 298
Brake Lights............................... 298
Cargo Area Light ....................... 301
Front Parking Lights ................. 296
Front Side Marker Lights......... 296
Headlights .................................. 295
High-mount Brake Light .......... 299
Individual Map Lights ............... 300
License Plate Light .................... 300
Rear Bulbs .................................. 298
Specifications ............................. 343
Turn Signal Lights............. 296, 298
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Index
Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 295
C
Cancel Button................................... 79
Capacities Chart............................. 342
Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 54
Cargo Area Light ........................... 301
Carrying Cargo .............................. 203
Cassette Player
Care ............................................. 188
Operation ............................ 159, 188
CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii
CD Changer.................................... 163
CD Player........................................ 179
Certification Label ......................... 340
Chains ............................................. 292
Change Oil
How to ......................................... 263
When to....................................... 252
Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 315
Changing Engine Coolant ............. 267
Charging System Indicator .... 60, 328
Checklist, Before Driving ............. 193
Childproof Door Locks ................... 89
Child Safety ...................................... 21
II
Child Seats ........................................ 21
Tether Anchorage Points ........... 42
Cleaner Element, Air ..................... 275
Cleaning
Aluminum Wheels ..................... 307
Carpeting .................................... 308
Exterior ....................................... 306
Fabric .......................................... 309
Interior ........................................ 308
Seat Belts .................................... 309
Vinyl ............................................ 309
Windows ..................................... 310
Climate Control System ................ 142
Coat Hook ....................................... 122
Code, Audio System ...................... 190
CO in the Exhaust ......................... 348
Coin Box ......................................... 122
Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 210
Compact Spare ............................... 314
Consumer Information*................ 354
Controls, Instruments and .............. 57
Coolant
Adding ......................................... 265
Checking ..................................... 199
Proper Solution .......................... 265
Replacing .................................... 267
Temperature Gauge .................... 66
Corrosion Protection ..................... 311
Crankcase Emissions Control
System......................................... 349
Cruise Control Operation ............... 77
Customer Relations Office ........... 354
D
DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii
Dashboard .................................... 2, 58
Daytime Running Lights................. 71
Defects, Reporting Safety............. 357
Defogger, Rear Window ................. 75
Defrosting the Windows ............... 148
Dimensions ..................................... 342
Dimming the Headlights ................ 70
Dipstick
Automatic Transmission........... 271
Engine Oil ................................... 198
Directional Signals ........................... 72
Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 220
Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 264
Doors
Locking and Unlocking ............... 83
Lockout Prevention ..................... 84
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Index
Power Door Locks ....................... 83
DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 344
Drive Belts ...................................... 285
Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 5
Driving ............................................ 207
Economy ..................................... 200
In Bad Weather .......................... 224
In Foreign Countries ................. 347
Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 285
E
Economy, Fuel ............................... 200
Emergencies on the Road............. 313
Battery, Jump Starting .............. 323
Emergencies on the Road
Brake System Indicator ............ 331
Changing a Flat Tire ................. 315
Charging System Indicator ...... 328
Checking the Fuses................... 322
Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 327
Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 329
Overheated Engine ................... 325
Emergency Brake .......................... 219
Emergency Flashers ....................... 74
Emergency Towing ....................... 338
Emissions Controls........................ 348
Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 66
Drive Belts .................................. 285
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ................................. 60, 329
Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 60, 327
Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 261
Overheating................................ 325
Specifications ............................. 343
Speed Limiter ............................. 215
Starting........................................ 210
Ethanol in Gasoline ....................... 346
Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 348
Exhaust Fumes ................................ 54
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
System......................................... 349
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by ......................................... 19
Exterior, Cleaning the ................... 306
Features, Comfort and
Convenience ............................... 141
Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 195
Filters
Air ................................................ 275
Air Conditioning ........................ 285
Oil ................................................ 263
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 74
Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 315
Fluids
Automatic Transmission........... 271
Brake ........................................... 273
Power Steering........................... 275
Windshield Washer ................... 270
FM Stereo Radio
Reception .................................... 177
Fog Lights......................................... 75
Folding the Third Seat .................. 102
Foreign Countries, Driving in ...... 347
Four-way Flashers ........................... 74
F
Fabric, Cleaning ............................. 309
Fan, Interior.................................... 146
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Index
Fuel .................................................. 195
Fill Door and Cap....................... 195
Gauge ............................................ 66
Octane Requirement ................. 194
Oxygenated ................................ 346
Reserve Indicator......................... 63
Tank, Filling the......................... 195
Fuses, Checking the ...................... 333
GCWR (Gross Combined Weight
Rating) ........................................ 227
Gearshift Lever Positions ............. 211
Glass Cleaning ............................... 310
Glove Box ......................................... 90
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating) ........................................ 227
H
High-Low Beam Switch .................. 70
HomeLink Universal
Transmitter .................................. 91
Hood Latch ..................................... 277
Hood, Opening the ........................ 196
Horn................................................... 69
Hydroplaning.................................. 224
I
G
Gas Mileage, Improving................ 200
Gasohol ........................................... 324
Gasoline .......................................... 194
Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 63
Gauge ............................................ 66
Octane Requirement ................. 194
Tank, Filling the......................... 195
Gas Station Procedures................. 195
Gauges
Engine Coolant Temperature .... 66
Fuel ................................................ 66
Speedometer ................................ 65
Tachometer .................................. 65
GAWR (Gross Axle Weight
Rating) ........................................ 227
IV
Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 295
Hazard Warning Flashers............... 74
Headlights......................................... 70
Aiming ......................................... 295
Automatic Lighting Off ............... 71
Daytime Running Lights............. 71
High Beam Indicator ................... 63
High Beams, Turning on ............ 70
Low Beams, Turning on ............. 70
Reminder Chime .......................... 70
Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 295
Turning on .................................... 70
Head Restraints ............................. 100
Heated Mirror ................................ 112
Heating and Cooling ...................... 142
High Altitude, Starting at .............. 210
Identification Number, Vehicle.... 340
Ignition
Keys............................................... 80
Switch ............................................ 82
Timing Control System ............. 349
Immobilizer System......................... 81
Important Safety Precautions .......... 6
Indicators, Instrument Panel .......... 59
Individual Map Lights ................... 125
Infant Restraint ................................ 29
Infant Seats ....................................... 29
Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 286
Inside Mirror .................................. 110
Inspection, Tire .............................. 288
Instrument Panel ......................... 2, 58
Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 71
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Index
Interior Cleaning ............................ 308
Interior Lights ................................ 123
Introduction ......................................... i
J
Jacking up the Vehicle .................. 318
Jack, Tire ........................................ 315
Jump Starting ................................. 323
K
Keys ................................................... 80
L
Label, Certification ........................ 340
Lane Change, Signaling .................. 72
Lap/Shoulder Belts ................... 15, 44
Light Control Switch ..................... 123
Lights
Bulb Replacement ..................... 293
Indicator ........................................ 59
Interior ........................................ 123
Parking .......................................... 70
Turn Signal ................................... 72
Load Limits..................................... 204
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 82
Locks
Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 82
Fuel Fill Door ............................. 195
Glove Box ..................................... 90
Lockout Prevention ..................... 84
Power Door .................................. 83
Low Coolant Level ......................... 199
Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 63
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 60, 327
Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 342
Luggage .......................................... 203
M
Maintenance ................................... 247
Owner Maintenance Checks.... 259
Record .................................. 257-258
Required Indicator ....................... 67
Safety........................................... 248
Schedule .............................. 252-256
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 329
Manual Seat Adjustments............... 98
Meters, Gauges ................................ 59
Methanol in Gasoline .................... 346
Mirrors, Adjusting ......................... 110
N
Neutral Gear Position.................... 213
New Vehicle Break-in ................... 194
NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i
Numbers, Identification ................ 340
O
Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 194
Odometer .......................................... 65
Odometer, Trip ................................ 65
Oil
Change, How to ......................... 263
Change, When to ....................... 252
Checking Engine ....................... 198
Pressure Indicator ............... 60, 327
Selecting Proper Viscosity
Chart ....................................... 262
ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 83
Operation in Foreign Countries ... 347
Outside Mirrors ............................. 110
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Index
Overheating, Engine ..................... 325
Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 259
Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 346
Using Child Seats with
Tethers...................................... 42
R
P
Paint Touch-up ............................... 307
Panel Brightness Control ............... 71
Park Gear Position......................... 212
Parking ............................................ 219
Parking Brake ................................ 112
Parking Lights.................................. 70
Parking Over Things that Burn ... 219
PGM-FI System.............................. 349
Polishing and Waxing ................... 307
Power Seat Adjustments ................. 96
Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ............. 11
Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 19
Protecting Adults ............................. 12
Additional Safety Precautions .... 19
Advice for Pregnant Women...... 19
Protecting Children ......................... 21
Protecting Infants ........................ 29
Protecting Larger Children ........ 38
Protecting Small Children .......... 34
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Radiator Overheating .................... 325
Radio/CD Sound System...... 153, 171
Rear A/C Unit ................................ 150
Rear Compartment ........................ 118
Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement ... 298
Rear View Mirror........................... 110
Rear Window Defogger .................. 75
Rear Window Wiper and Washer .. 74
Reclining the Seat Backs .......... 98, 99
Reclining the Second Seats ............ 97
Reclining the Third Seat ................. 97
Reminder Lights .............................. 60
Remote Audio Controls................. 189
Remote Transmitter ........................ 85
Removing the Second Seats ........... 60
Replacement Information
Air Cleaner Element .................. 275
Coolant ........................................ 267
Engine Oil and Filter ................. 263
Fuses ........................................... 322
Light Bulbs ................................. 295
Schedule ..................................... 252
Spark Plugs................................. 277
Timing Belt ................................. 286
Tires ............................................ 290
Wiper Blades .............................. 282
Replacing Seat Belts After a
Crash ............................................. 47
Reserve Tank, Engine Coolant .... 199
Reverse Gear Position................... 213
Rotation, Tire ................................. 289
S
Safety Belts................................... 8, 44
Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 357
Safety Features .................................. 7
Air bags ........................................... 9
Door Locks ................................... 10
Head Restraints ........................... 10
Seat Belts ........................................ 8
Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 10
Safety Labels, Location of .............. 55
Safety Messages ................................ ii
Seat Belts ...................................... 8, 44
Additional Information ................ 44
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Index
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ................................ 46
Cleaning ...................................... 309
Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 44
Maintenance ................................. 47
Reminder Light and
Beeper ................................. 44, 60
System Components.................... 44
Use During Pregnancy................ 19
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 15
Seats .................................................. 96
Folding the Third Seat .............. 102
Head Restraints ......................... 100
Reclining the Second Seat .......... 97
Reclining the Third Seat ............. 97
Rear Seat Access ....................... 101
Serial Number ................................ 340
Service Intervals ............................ 250
Service Manual* ............................ 358
Service Station Procedures .......... 195
Shifting the Automatic
Transmission .............................. 212
Shift Lever Position Indicator ...... 211
Shift Lock Release ......................... 215
Side Marker Lights, Bulb
Replacement in .......................... 296
Signaling Turns ................................ 72
Snow Tires ...................................... 292
Solvent-type Cleaners .................... 306
Sound System......................... 153, 171
Spare Tire
Inflating ....................................... 314
Specifications ............................. 342
Spark Plugs ..................................... 277
Specifications Charts..................... 342
Speed Control ................................... 77
Speedometer .................................... 65
SRS, Additional Information........... 48
Additional Safety Precautions .... 53
How the Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners Work ..................... 46
How the SRS Indicator Works ... 52
How Your Front Airbags
Work.......................................... 48
SRS Components ......................... 48
SRS Service................................... 53
SRS Indicator.............................. 46, 51
START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 83
Starting the Engine........................ 210
In Cold Weather at High
Altitude ................................... 210
With a Dead Battery ................. 323
State Emissions Testing ............... 351
Steam Coming from Engine ......... 325
Steering Wheel
Adjustment ................................... 76
Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 82
Stereo Sound System ............ 153, 171
Storing Your Vehicle ..................... 303
Sunglasses Holder ......................... 119
Sun Visor......................................... 120
Supplemental Restraint System
Servicing ....................................... 53
SRS Indicator.......................... 46, 51
System Components.................... 48
Synthetic Oil ................................... 262
T
Tachometer ...................................... 65
Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ....... 298
Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 313
Tape Player..................................... 159
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Index
Technical Descriptions
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 344
Emissions Control Systems ...... 348
Oxygenated Fuels...................... 346
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ................................ 350
Temperature Gauge ........................ 65
Tensioners, Seat Belts .................... 46
Testing of Readiness Codes ......... 351
Theft Protection............................. 190
Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 350
Timing Belt ..................................... 285
Tire Chains ..................................... 292
Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 315
Tires ................................................ 286
Air Pressure ............................... 286
Balancing .................................... 289
Checking Wear .......................... 288
Compact Spare ........................... 314
DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 344
Inflation ....................................... 286
Inspection ................................... 288
Replacing .................................... 290
Rotating....................................... 289
Snow ............................................ 292
Specifications ............................. 343
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Tire Chains ................................. 292
Towing
A Trailer ...................................... 226
Emergency Wrecker ................. 338
Your Vehicle Behind a
Motorhome............................. 238
Transmission
Checking Fluid Level ................ 271
Fluid Selection............................ 271
Identification Number ............... 340
Shifting the Automatic .............. 211
Treadwear ...................................... 344
Trip Meter ........................................ 66
Turn Signals ..................................... 72
Tools, Tire Changing .................... 315
U
Underside, Cleaning ...................... 311
Unexpected, Taking Care
of the ........................................... 313
Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 344
Unleaded Gasoline......................... 194
Upholstery Cleaning...................... 309
Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 264
V
Vanity Mirror ................................. 120
Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 204
Vehicle Dimensions....................... 342
Vehicle Identification Number..... 341
Vehicle Storage .............................. 303
Ventilation ...................................... 142
VIN .................................................. 340
Vinyl Cleaning ................................ 309
Viscosity, Oil................................... 262
VTM-4 Lock ................................... 218
W
WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii
Warning Labels, Location of .......... 65
Warranty Coverages* ................... 356
Washer, Windshield
Checking the Fluid Level ......... 270
Level Indicator ............................. 63
Operation ...................................... 74
Washing .......................................... 306
Waxing and Polishing ................... 307
Wheels
Adjusting the Steering ................ 76
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Index
Alignment and Balance ............. 289
Compact Spare ........................... 314
Wrench ....................................... 315
Windows
Cleaning ...................................... 310
Operating the Power ................. 106
Rear, Defogger ............................ 75
Windshield
Cleaning ...................................... 310
Defroster .................................... 148
Washers ........................................ 74
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades ........................ 282
Operation ...................................... 72
Rear Windshield Wiper and
Washer ...................................... 74
Worn Tires ..................................... 288
Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 338
*
: U.S. and Canada only
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Service Information Summary
Gasoline:
Premium unleaded gasoline,
pump octane number of 91 or
higher.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
19.3 US gal (73 , 16.1 Imp gal)
Power Steering Fluid:
Honda Power Steering Fluid
preferred, or another brand of
power steering fluid as a
temporary replacement. Do not
use ATF (see page 274 ).
Recommended Engine Oil:
API Service SJ ‘‘Energy
Conserving’’ oil, SAE 5W-30
viscosity (see page 261 ).
Brake Fluid:
Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or
DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary
replacement (see page 273 ).
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
5.0 US qt (4.7 , 4.1 Imp qt)
Rear Differential Fluid:
VTM-4 Differential Fluid (see
page 272 ).
Automatic Transmission Fluid:
Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic
Transmission Fluid) preferred, or
a DEXRON III ATF as a
temporary replacement (see page
271 ).
Tire Pressure (measured cold):
Front/Rear:
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )
Compact Spare Tire:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )
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