Official Software
Get notified when we add a new AcuraMDX Manual

We cover 60 Acura vehicles, were you looking for one of these?

Acura TSX 2003-2008 Service Repair Manual PDF
2006-2009 Acura CSX Service Repair Manual PDF
2001-2006--Acura--TL--6 Cylinders 3.2L MFI SOHC--32640001
Acura Rdx Workshop Manual (L4-2.3L Turbo (2008))
Acura - RDX - Workshop Manual - 2013 - 2013
Acura Rdx Awd Workshop Manual (L4-2.3L Turbo (2010))
2001-2006--Acura--TSX--4 Cylinders 2.4L MFI DOHC--32984001
Acura Tsx Workshop Manual (L4-2.4L (2005))
2001-2006--Acura--RL--6 Cylinders 3.5L FI SOHC--32983701
Acura Tl Fwd Workshop Manual (V6-3.5L (2009))
Acura Nsx Workshop Manual (V6-3.2L DOHC (VTEC) (1997))
Acura Tl Workshop Manual (V6-3206cc 3.2L SOHC MFI (1998))
Acura - TSX - Workshop Manual - 2004 - 2008
Acura - TSX - Workshop Manual - 2005 - 2007
Acura Rl Workshop Manual (V6-3.5L (2007))
Acura - TL - Workshop Manual - 2002 - 2008
Acura - TSX - Owners Manual - 2013 - 2014
Acura - TSX - Owners Manual - 2008 - 2014
Acura Rl Workshop Manual (V6-3.7L (2009))
Acura Nsx-t Workshop Manual (V6-3.0L DOHC (VTEC) (1998))
Acura Tsx Sedan Workshop Manual (V6-3.5L (2011))
Acura Tl Awd Workshop Manual (V6-3.7L (2010))
2001-2006--Acura--RL--6 Cylinders 3.5L MFI SOHC--32884201
Acura Tl Workshop Manual (L5-2451cc 2.5L SOHC G25A4 FI (1995))
Acura Nsx Workshop Manual (V6-3.0L DOHC (VTEC) (1998))
Acura Rl Workshop Manual (V6-3474cc 3.5L (1998))
Acura 3.2tl Type S Workshop Manual (V6-3.2L SOHC (2002))
Acura Tl Workshop Manual (V6-3.2L (2004))
Acura Nsx Workshop Manual (V6-3.0L DOHC (1991))
Acura Tl Workshop Manual (V6-3.5L (2007))
Acura Nsx Workshop Manual (V6-3.2L DOHC (2001))
Acura TL 2004 2006 UA6 Service Repair Manual PDF
1991 Honda Acura NSX Service Repair Manual PDF
Acura Tl Workshop Manual (L5-2451cc 2.5L SOHC MFI (1997))
Acura - Auto - acura-rdx-2015-guide-du-proprietaire-57506
1986-1993--Acura--Vigor--5 Cylinders 2.5L MFI SOHC--31890401
2001-2006--Acura--NSX--6 Cylinders 3.2L MFI DOHC VTEC--32659601
Acura 3.5rl Workshop Manual (V6-3474cc 3.5L (2001))
Acura - RLX - Wiring Diagram - 1998 - 1998
Acura Cl Workshop Manual (L4-2254cc 2.3L SOHC (VTEC) MFI (1998))
Acura - RDX - Sales Brochure - 2018 - 2018
Cars & Automotive Accessories - Acura - Acura TSX 2004
Acura - TSX - Owners Manual - 2011 - 2013
Acura - RDX - Parts catalogue - 2007 - 2009
Acura - RL - Owners Manual - 2009 - 2009
2001-2006--Acura--CL--6 Cylinders 3.2L MFI SOHC VTEC--32602001
1986-1993--Acura--NSX--6 Cylinders 3.0L MFI DOHC--31890301
Acura - TL - Workshop Manual - 2008 - 2008
2001-2006--Acura--NSX--6 Cylinders 3.2L MFI DOHC VTEC--32751601
Acura - TL - Owners Manual - 2009 - 2014
Acura - RDX - Other Document - 2015 - 2015
1994-2000--Acura--TL--5 Cylinders 2.5L MFI SOHC--32379601
1994-2000--Acura--TL--6 Cylinders 3.2L MFI SOHC--32538101
Acura - RDX - Sales Brochure - 2013 - 2013
Acura - TSX Factsheet - Other Document - 2014 - 2014
Acura - TSX - Workshop Manual - (2005)
1994-2000--Acura--RL--6 Cylinders 3.5L MFI SOHC--32360701
Acura - RL - Workshop Manual - (2001)
Cars & Automotive Accessories - Acura - Acura TSX 2014
Acura - TSX - Owners Manual - 2010 - 2010 (3)
Summary of Content
07/07/09 09:20:38 31STX610 0002  Main Menu Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2008 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 vehicle is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so you can refer to it at any time. As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your vehicle, other property, or the environment. Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Maintaining your vehicle according to the maintenance minder shown in the instrument panel helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your vehicle. Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns. i 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:20:42 31STX610 0003  Main Menu Introduction California Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with one or more devices commonly referred to as event data recorders. These devices record front seat belt use, front passenger seat occupancy, airbag deployment data, and the failure of any airbag system component. This data belongs to the vehicle owner and may not be accessed by anyone else except as legally required or with the permission of the vehicle owner. Service Diagnostic Recorders This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It may also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential. ii 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:20:52 31STX610 0004  Main Menu 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. iii 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:20:57 31STX610 0005  Main Menu 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 338 of this manual and the Off-Highway Driving Guidelines section on page 377 . Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result in loss of control or an accident. iv 2008 MDX 2008 MDX Online Reference Owner's Manual Contents Owner's Identification Form Introduction .......................................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety .............................................................................................................................. iii Important Handling Information .................................................................................................................... iv Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) .................................................................................................... 3 Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) .................................................... 5 Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, multi-information display, dashboard, and steering column) ..... 61 Features (climate control,audio,rear entertainment,steering wheel,security,cruise control,and other convenience items) ......... 169 Before Driving (fuel, vehicle break- in, and cargo loading) ..................................................................... 321 Driving (engine and transmission operation) ................................................................................................ 337 Maintenance (minder, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage)........................................... 381 Taking Care of the Unexpected (flat tire, dead battery, overheating, and fuses) ............................... 423 Technical Information (vehicle specifications, tires, and emissions controls) ....................................... 449 Warranty and Customer Relations (U. S. and Canada only) (warranty and contact information) ... 465 Authorized Manuals (U. S. only) (how to order) ......................................................................................... 469 Index ............................................................................................................................... ........................................ I Service Information Summary ( fluid capacities and tire pressures) 00X31-STX-6102 1 07/07/09 09:21:23 31STX610 0007  Main Menu Overview of Contents Contents A convenient reference to the sections in this manual. Your Vehicle at a Glance A quick reference to the main controls in your vehicle. Driver and Passenger Safety 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 Explains the purpose of each instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use the controls on the dashboard and steering column. Features How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, rear entertainment system, and other convenience features. Before Driving What gasoline to use, how to breakin your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving 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 The maintenance minder shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer for maintenance service. There is also a list of things to check and instructions on how to check them. Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and details how to handle them. 2 2008 MDX Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Client Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index Service Information Summary A summary of the information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. 07/07/09 09:21:32 31STX610 0008  Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P.63) GAUGES (P.72) HomeLink BUTTONS (P.276) MOONROOF SWITCH (P.152) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM (P.157) PASSENGER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P.9, 27) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P.130) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.170) PARKING BRAKE RELEASE HANDLE (P.153) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.180) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.149) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.341) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON (P.323) REAR CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.175) POWER TAILGATE BUTTON* (P.132) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.325) MIRROR CONTROL AUTO BUTTON* (P.154) Your Vehicle at a Glance DRIVER’S FRONT AIRBAG(P.9, 27) PARKING BRAKE PEDAL (P.153) AUXILIARY INPUT JACKS* (P.267) *: If equipped HEADPHONE CONNECTORS* (P.268) CONTINUED 3 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:21:41 31STX610 0009  Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance HEADLIGHT WASHER SWITCH*2 (P.117) HEADLIGHT/TURN SIGNAL/ FRONT FOG LIGHTS (P.118) STEERING WHEEL AUDIO CONTROLS (P.233) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P.116) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P.360) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.122) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.155) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P.122) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM (P.157) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKETS (P.166) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P.130) PARKING BRAKE RELEASE HANDLE (P.153) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.149) POWER TAILGATE FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON BUTTON*2 (P.132) (P.323) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.123) PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.34) SEAT HEATER SWITCHES (P.148) HORN*1 HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.325) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS (P.124) *1: To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. *2: If equipped 4 2008 MDX CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P.270) ACTIVE DAMPER SYSTEM SWITCH*2 (P.361) 07/07/09 09:21:46 31STX610 0010  Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 7 Seat Belts ........................................ 8 Airbags ............................................ 9 Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 11 1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 11 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. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position ................................. 17 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Additional Safety Precautions .... 19 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts ........................ 20 Seat Belt System Components ... 20 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 21 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 22 Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 23 Additional Information About Your Airbags ............................ 24 Airbag System Components ....... 24 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 27 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 30 How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work.......................................... 32 How the SRS Indicator Works ... 33 How The Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ....................... 33 How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works ................ 34 Airbag Service .............................. 35 Additional Safety Precautions .... 35 Protecting Children − General Guidelines ................................. 37 All Children Must Be Restrained ................................ 37 All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat .................................. 38 The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks .......... 38 If You Must Drive with Several Children .................................... 40 If a Child Requires Close Attention ................................... 40 Additional Safety Precautions .... 41 Protecting infants and Small Children.......................... 42 Protecting Infants ........................ 42 Protecting Small Children .......... 43 Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 45 Installing a Child Seat ..................... 46 With LATCH ................................ 47 With a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt .. 50 With a Tether ............................... 51 Protecting Larger Children ............ 54 Checking Seat Belt Fit ................ 54 Using a Booster Seat ................... 55 When Can a Child Sit in Front ... 56 Additional Safety Precautions .... 57 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 58 Safety Labels .................................... 59 5 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts. It explains how your airbags work. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your vehicle. 07/07/09 09:21:56 31STX610 0011  Main Menu Table Of Contents Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important. Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags are designed to supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly (see page 15 ). Restrain All Children Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat, not the front seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat. Larger children should use a booster seat and a lap/ shoulder belt until they can use the belt properly without a booster seat (see pages 37 − 57 ). Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. Don tDrink 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 6 2008 MDX every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either. Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted. Keep Your Vehicle in Safe Condition Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance (see page 415 ). 07/07/09 09:22:03 31STX610 0012  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle sSafety Features (3) (1) (4) Some features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment, front and rear crush zones, a collapsible steering column, and tensioners that tighten the front seat belts in a crash. (7) (6) (5) (11) (2) (8) (10) (2) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats and Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Side Airbags (9) Side Curtain Airbags (10) Front Seat Belt Tensioners (11) Door Locks However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and always wear your seat belts. In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. The following pages explain how you can take an active role in protecting yourself and your passengers. 7 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. (9) 07/07/09 09:22:15 31STX610 0013  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle sSafety Features Seat Belts Your vehicle is equipped with seat belts in all seating positions. Your seat belt system also includes an indicator on the instrument panel and a beeper to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. Why Wear Seat Belts Seat belts are the single most effective safety device for adults and larger children. (Infants and smaller children must be properly restrained in child seats.) Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags. In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts. Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags. Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear them properly. When properly worn, seat belts: Keep you connected to the vehicle so you can take advantage of the vehicle’s built-in safety features. Help protect you in almost every type of crash, including frontal, side, and rear impacts and rollovers. 8 2008 MDX Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle and against other occupants. Keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag. Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. 07/07/09 09:22:22 31STX610 0014  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle sSafety Features Airbags Your vehicle also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe side impact (see page 30 for more information on how your side airbags work). In addition, your vehicle has side curtain airbags to help protect the heads of the driver, front passenger, and passengers in the outer rear seating positions during a moderate to severe side impact or rollover (see page 32 for more information on how your side curtain airbags work). CONTINUED 9 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Your vehicle has a supplemental restraint system (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision (see page 27 for more information on how your front airbags work). 07/07/09 09:22:29 31STX610 0015  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle sSafety Features The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. Airbags offer no protection in rear impacts, or minor frontal or side collisions. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible. Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. 10 2008 MDX The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety. Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy. 07/07/09 09:22:37 31STX610 0016  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Your vehicle has a door and tailgate monitor on the multi-information display to indicate when a specific door or the tailgate is not tightly closed. You will see the appropriate indicator and the message for each condition. See pages 37 − 41 for important guidelines on how to properly protect infants, small children, and larger children who ride in your vehicle. Driver and Passenger Safety Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver, adult passengers, and teenage children who are large enough and mature enough to drive or ride in the front. When the tailgate is not tightly closed, the ‘‘TAILGATE OPEN’’ message will come on. 1. Close and Lock the Doors After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure the doors and the tailgate are closed and locked. When one or more doors are not tightly closed, the ‘‘DOOR OPEN’’ message will come on. CONTINUED 11 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:22:44 31STX610 0017  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Locking the doors reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash, and it helps prevent passengers from accidentally opening a door and falling out. 2.Adjust the Front Seats Locking the doors also helps prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. When both tailgate and one or more doors are not tightly closed, the ‘‘DOOR & TAILGATE OPEN’’ message will come on. Your vehicle has the auto door locking/unlocking feature. For more information, see page 130 . 12 2008 MDX Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the rear as possible while allowing you to maintain full control of the vehicle. Have a front passenger adjust their seat as far to the rear as possible. 07/07/09 09:22:52 31STX610 0018  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest. In addition to adjusting the seat, you can adjust the steering wheel up and down, and in and out (see page 124 ). 3.Adjust the Seat-Backs Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. Driver and Passenger Safety If you sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front airbag, or by striking the steering wheel or dashboard. Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible. See page 140 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 cannot get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help. Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright position. CONTINUED 13 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:23:00 31STX610 0019  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens 4.Adjust the Head Restraints Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Improperly positioning head restraints reduces their effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well back in the seat. Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury. See page 140 for how to adjust the seat-backs. Make sure head restraints are in place and positioned properly before driving. Adjust the driver’s head restraint so the center of the back of your head rests against the center of the restraint. Have passengers adjust their head restraints properly as well. Taller persons should adjust their restraint as high as possible. 14 2008 MDX Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 141 for how to adjust the head restraints and how the driver’s and front passenger’s active head restraints work. 07/07/09 09:23:07 31STX610 0020  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens The second row center seat, and both third row seats, have a detachable shoulder belt that can be unlatched and retracted, to allow the seats to be folded down. See page 146 for how to unlatch and relatch the seat belts. If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder. This spreads the forces of a crash over the strongest bones in your upper body. 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. Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. CONTINUED 15 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety 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. Check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash. 07/07/09 09:23:14 31STX610 0021  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens 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. The front seats have adjustable seat belt anchors. To adjust the height of an anchor, squeeze the release button and slide the anchor up or down as needed (it has four positions). Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. This could cause very serious injuries in a crash. If a seat belt does not seem to work properly, it may not protect the occupant in a crash. No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt. Using a seat belt that is not working properly can result in serious injury or death. Have your dealer check the belt as soon as possible. RELEASE BUTTON See page 20 for additional information about your seat belts and how to take care of them. 16 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:23:18 31STX610 0022  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens In addition, an occupant who is out of position in the front seat can be seriously or fatally injured in a crash by striking interior parts of the vehicle or being struck by an inflating front airbag. Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Driver and Passenger Safety 6.Maintain a Proper Sitting Position After all occupants have adjusted their seats and head restraints, and put on their 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. Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor. 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. 17 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:23:24 31STX610 0023  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Advice for Pregnant Women When driving, remember to sit upright and adjust the seat as far back as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. When riding as a front passenger, adjust the seat as far back as possible. If you are pregnant, the best way to protect yourself and your unborn child when driving or riding in a vehicle is to always wear a seat belt, and keep the lap part of the belt as low as possible across the hips. 18 2008 MDX This will reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating front airbag. Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to drive. 07/07/09 09:23:32 31STX610 0024  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Additional Safety Precautions could be very seriously injured in a crash. Passengers should not stand up or change seats while the vehicle is moving. A passenger who is not wearing a seat belt during a crash or emergency stop can be thrown against the inside of the vehicle, against other occupants, or out of the vehicle. Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability of the 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. Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your hands or arms are close to an airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbag inflates. Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate. Do not attach hard objects on or near a door. If a side airbag or a side curtain airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone. 19 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Never let passengers ride in the cargo area or on top of a foldeddown back seat. If they do, they 07/07/09 09:23:39 31STX610 0025  Main Menu Table Of Contents 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. This system uses the same sensors as the front airbags to monitor whether the front seat belts are latched or unlatched, and how much weight is on the front passenger’s seat (see pages 29 and 30 ). The seat belt system includes an indicator on the instrument panel and a beeper to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. If either the driver or a front passenger does not fasten their seat belt while driving, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash again at regular intervals. This system monitors the front seat belts. If you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position before your seat belt is fastened, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash. If your seat belt is not fastened before the beeper stops, the indicator will stop flashing but remain on. You will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ or ‘‘FASTEN PASSENGER SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 81 ). If a front passenger does not fasten their seat belt, the indicator will come on about 6 seconds after the ignition switch is turned to the ON (II) position. 20 2008 MDX When no one is sitting in the front passenger’s seat, or a child or small adult is riding there, the indicator should not come on and the beeper should not sound. 07/07/09 09:23:49 31STX610 0026  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Any items under the front passenger’s seat. Any object(s) hanging on the seat or in the seat-back pocket. Any object(s) touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer. Lap/Shoulder Belt The lap/shoulder belt goes over your shoulder, across your chest, and across your hips. To fasten the belt, insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is latched (see page 15 for how to properly position the belt). To unlock the belt, press the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body so that it retracts completely. After exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the way and will not get closed in the door. All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body. The seat belts in all positions except the driver’s have a lockable retractor that must be activated to secure a child seat (see page 50 ). If the shoulder part of the belt is pulled all the way out, the lockable retractor will activate. The belt will retract, but it will not allow the passenger to move freely. To deactivate the lockable retractor, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the seat belt, pull it out only as far as needed. CONTINUED 21 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety If the indicator comes on or the beeper sounds when the driver’s seat belt is latched and there is no front seat passenger and no items on the front seat, something may be interfering with the monitoring system. Look for and remove: 07/07/09 09:23:57 31STX610 0027  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners The tensioners are designed to activate in any collision severe enough to cause the front airbags to deploy, or if a sensor detects your vehicle is about to roll over (see page 32 ). If a side airbag or side curtain airbag deploys during a side impact, the tensioner on that side of the vehicle will also deploy. DETACHABLE ANCHOR 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 seat belt should normally be latched whenever the seat-backs are in an upright position. For more information about the detachable seat belt, see page 144 . For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in position. 22 2008 MDX The tensioners can also be activated during a collision in which the front airbags do not deploy. In this case, the airbags would not be needed, but the additional restraint could be helpful. When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled. 07/07/09 09:24:04 31STX610 0028  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt Maintenance For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts regularly. The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed. If the automatic seat belt tensioners activate during a crash, they must be replaced. Not checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed. Driver and Passenger Safety Pull each belt out fully, and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check that the latches work smoothly and the belts retract easily. If a belt does not retract easily, cleaning the belt may correct the problem (see page 409 ). Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible. If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by the dealer. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash. Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible. Acura provides a limited warranty on seat belts. See your Acura Warranty Information booklet for details. 23 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:24:09 31STX610 0029  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag System Components (1) (6) (11) (8) (5) (2) (4) (3) (1) Driver’s Front Airbag (2) Passenger’s Front Airbag (3) Control Unit (4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners (5) Side Airbags (6) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor (7) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors (8) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator (9) Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) Sensors (10) Front Passenger’s Weight Sensors/OPDS Sensors Control Unit (11) SRS Indicator (5) (10) 24 2008 MDX (9) (7) (4) 07/07/09 09:24:16 31STX610 0030  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Your Airbag System (SRS) includes: (17) (16) (13) Two side airbags, one for the driver and one for a front passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the seatbacks. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG’’ (see page 30 ). (15) (14) (12) Front Impact Sensors (13) Side Curtain Airbags (14) Side Impact Sensors (First) (15) Side Impact Sensors (Second) (16) Roll Rate Sensor (17) Safing Sensor Two side curtain airbags, one for each side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored in the roof above the side windows. The front and rear pillars are marked ‘‘SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG’’ (see page 32 ). CONTINUED 25 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety (12) Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ (see page 27 ). 07/07/09 09:24:26 31STX610 0031  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Automatic front seat belt tensioners (see page 22 ). Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe front impact, side impact, or if your vehicle is about to rollover. Sensors that can detect whether a child is in the passenger’s side airbag path and signal the control unit to turn the airbag off (see page 31 ). Sensors that can detect whether the driver’s seat belt and the front passenger’s seat belt are latched or unlatched (see page 20 ). A driver’s seat position sensor that monitors the distance of the seat from the front airbag. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force (see page 29 ). Weight sensors that monitor the weight on the front passenger’s seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant or small child), the passenger’s front airbag will be turned off (see page 29 ). A rollover sensor that can detect if your vehicle is about to roll over and signal the control unit to deploy both side curtain airbags and front seat belt tensioners (see page 32 ). A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, the seat belt tensioners, and driver and front passenger seat belt use when the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position. 26 2008 MDX An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbags, sensors, or seat belt tensioners (see page 33 ). An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been turned off (see page 33 ). An indicator on the dashboard that alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been turned off (see page 34 ). Emergency backup power in case your vehicle’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash. 07/07/09 09:24:35 31STX610 0032  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Front Airbags Work Although both airbags normally inflate within a split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy. If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, at the time and with the force needed. Only the driver’s airbag can deploy if there is no passenger in the front seat, or if the advanced airbag system has turned the passenger’s airbag off (see page 34 ). After inflating, the front airbags immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls. CONTINUED 27 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety During a frontal crash, your seat belt restrains your lower body and torso, and the front airbag helps protect your head and chest. 07/07/09 09:24:43 31STX610 0033  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags The total time for inflation and deflation is one-tenth of a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps. After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually powder from the airbag’s surface. Although the powder is not harmful, people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Dual-Stage Airbags Your front airbags are dual-stage airbags. This means they have two inflation stages that can be ignited sequentially or simultaneously, depending on crash severity. In a more severe crash, both stages will ignite simultaneously to provide the quickest and greatest protection. In a less severe crash, one stage will ignite first, then the second stage will ignite a split second later. This provides longer airbag inflation time with a little less force. 28 2008 MDX Dual-Threshold Airbags Your front airbags are also dualthreshold airbags. Airbags with this feature have two deployment thresholds that depend on whether sensors detect the occupant is wearing a seat belt or not. If the occupant’s belt is not latched, the airbag will deploy at a slightly lower threshold, because the occupant would need extra protection. If the occupant’s belt is latched, the airbag will inflate at a slightly higher threshold, when the airbag would be needed to supplement the protection provided by the seat belt. 07/07/09 09:24:53 31STX610 0034  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Advanced Airbags For both advanced airbags to work properly: DRIVER’S SEAT POSITION SENSOR Occupants must sit upright and wear their seat belts properly. Do not spill any liquids on or under the seats, cover the sensors, or put any objects or metal items under the front seats. Second-row passengers should not put their feet under the front seats. Failure to follow these instructions could damage the sensors or prevent them from working properly. The driver’s advanced front airbag system includes a seat position sensor under the seat. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force, regardless of the severity of the impact. If there is a problem with the sensor, the SRS indicator will come on, and the airbag will inflate in the normal manner regardless of the driver’s seating position. PASSENGER’S SEAT WEIGHT SENSOR The passenger’s advanced front airbag system has weight sensors under the seat. Although Acura does not encourage carrying an infant or small child in front, if the sensors detect the weight of an infant or small child (up to about 65 lbs or 29 kg), the system will automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off. CONTINUED 29 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Your front airbags are also advanced airbags. The main purpose of this feature is to help prevent airbagcaused injuries to short drivers and children who ride in front. 07/07/09 09:25:02 31STX610 0035  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Be aware that objects placed on the passenger’s seat can also cause the airbag to be turned off. Moving the front seat forcibly back against cargo on the seat or floor behind it. When the airbag is turned off, a ‘‘passenger airbag off’’ indicator in the center of the dashboard comes on (see page 34 ). Hanging heavy items on the front passenger seat, or placing heavy items in the seat-back pocket. If the weight sensors detect there is no passenger in the front seat, the airbag will be off. However, the passenger airbag off indicator will not come on. To ensure that the passenger’s advanced front airbag system will work properly, do not do anything that would increase or decrease the weight on the front passenger sseat. This includes: How Your Side Airbags Work Moving the front passenger’s seat or seat-back forcibly back against the folded right-side second-row seat. Also, make sure the floor mat behind the front passenger’s seat is hooked to the floor mat anchor (see page 410 ). If it is not, the mat may interfere with the proper operation of the sensors and operation of the seat. A second-row passenger pushing or pulling on the back of the front passenger’s seat. 30 2008 MDX If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid acceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver’s or the passenger’s side airbag and activate the seat belt tensioner on the affected side. 07/07/09 09:25:10 31STX610 0036  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags To get the best protection from the side airbags, front seat occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. Side Airbag Cutoff System Your vehicle has a side airbag cutoff system designed primarily to protect a child riding in the front passenger’s seat. Although Acura does not encourage children to ride in front, if the position sensors detect a child has leaned into the side airbag’s deployment path, the airbag will shut off. The side airbag may also shut off if a short adult leans sideways, or a larger adult slouches and leans sideways into the airbag’s deployment path. If the side airbag off indicator comes on (see page 33 ), have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the airbag’s deployment path, the system will turn the airbag back on, and the indicator will go out. There will be some delay between the moment the passenger moves into or out of the airbag deployment path and when the indicator comes on or goes off. A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. Objects placed on the front passenger seat can also cause the side airbag to be shut off. 31 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 07/07/09 09:25:18 31STX610 0037  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side curtain airbag will inflate even if there are no occupants on that side of the vehicle. In a Rollover If the rollover sensor detects your vehicle is about to roll over, it signals the control unit, which immediately deploys both side curtain airbags and activates both front seat belt tensioners. The airbag on the passenger’s side will deploy, and the seat belt tensioner will activate, even if there are no passengers on that side of the vehicle. To get the best protection from the side curtain airbags, occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. In a Side Impact In a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid acceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate the side curtain airbag and activate the seat belt tensioner on the driver’s or the passenger’s side of the vehicle. 32 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:25:30 31STX610 0038  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, this indicator comes on briefly then goes off. This tells you the system is working properly. If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example: If the SRS indicator does not come on after you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If the indicator stays on after the engine starts. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 81 ). If you see any of these indications, the airbags and seat belt tensioners may not work properly when you need them. Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in serious injury or death if the airbag systems or tensioners do not work properly. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts you to a possible problem. How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works U.S. Canada This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been automatically shut off. It does not mean there is a problem with your side airbags. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the indicator should come on briefly and then go out (see page 66 ). If it does not come on, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, you will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG OFF’’ message on the multi-information display. Have the system checked (see page 81 ). If the indicator comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. 33 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety How the SRS Indicator Works The SRS indicator alerts you to a potential problem with your airbags or seat belt tensioners. 07/07/09 09:25:39 31STX610 0039  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR U.S. Canada Be aware that objects placed on the front seat can cause the indicator to come on. If no weight is detected on the front seat, the airbag will be automatically shut off. However, the indicator will not come on. The passenger airbag off indicator may come on and off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is near the airbag cutoff threshold. This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been shut off because weight sensors detect about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant or small child) on the front passenger’s seat. It does not mean there is a problem with the airbag. If an adult or teenage passenger is riding in front, move the seat as far to the rear as possible, and have the passenger sit upright and wear the seat belt properly. 34 2008 MDX If the indicator comes on with no front seat passenger and no objects on the seat, or with an adult riding there, something may be interfering with the weight sensors. Look for and remove: Any items under the front passenger’s seat. Any object(s) hanging on the seat or in the seat-back pocket. Any object(s), such as a foldeddown back seat, that are touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible. 07/07/09 09:25:48 31STX610 0040  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags An airbag ever inflates. Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit and other related parts. Any seat belt tensioner that activates must also be replaced. If your vehicle has a moderate to severe impact. Even if your airbags do not inflate, your dealer should inspect the driver’s seat position sensor, the front passenger’s weight sensors, the front seat belt tensioners, and all seat belts worn during a crash to make sure they are operating properly. Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, airbags and seat belts provide the best protection. Do not tamper with airbag components or wiring for any reason. Tampering could cause the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury. Do not expose the front passenger s seat-back to liquid. If water or another liquid soaks into a seatback, it can prevent the side airbag cutoff system from working properly. Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by an authorized dealer or a knowledgeable body shop. The SRS indicator alerts you to a problem. Take your vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as possible. If you ignore this indication, your airbags may not operate properly. CONTINUED 35 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Airbag Service Your airbag systems are virtually maintenance free, and there are no parts you can safely service. However, you must have your vehicle serviced if: 07/07/09 09:25:52 31STX610 0041  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Do not remove or modify a front seat without consulting your dealer. This could make the driver’s seat position sensor or the front passenger’s weight sensors ineffective. If it is necessary to remove or modify a front seat to accommodate a person with disabilities, first contact Acura Client Services at 800-382-2238. Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting your dealer. Improperly replacing or covering front seat-back covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a side impact. 36 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:26:00 31STX610 0042  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines Children depend on adults to protect them. However, despite their best intentions, many adults do not know how to properly protect child passengers. If you have children, or ever need to drive with a child in your vehicle, be sure to read this section. It begins with important general guidelines, then presents special information for infants, small children, and larger children. To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state and Canadian province requires that infants and children be properly restrained when they ride in a vehicle. Infants and small children must be restrained in an approved child seat that is properly secured to the vehicle (see pages 42 − 53 ). Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash. Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. A larger child should be properly restrained with a seat belt and use a booster seat if necessary. Larger children must be restrained with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on a booster seat until the seat belt fits them properly (see pages 54 − 57 ). 37 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of the death of children ages 12 and under. 07/07/09 09:26:10 31STX610 0043  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat According to accident statistics, children of all ages and sizes are safer when they are restrained in a back seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children aged 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. Some states have laws restricting where children may ride. Children who ride in the back are less likely to be injured by striking interior vehicle parts during a collision or hard braking. Also, children cannot be injured by an inflating front airbag when they ride in the back. The Passenger s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks Front airbags have been designed to help protect adults in a moderate to severe frontal collision. To do this, the passenger’s front airbag is quite large, and it can inflate with enough force to cause very serious injuries. Even though your vehicle has an advanced front airbag system that automatically turns the passenger’s front airbag off (see page 34 ), please follow these guidelines: 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. 38 2008 MDX Small Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger s front airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can strike the child with enough force to kill or very seriously injure a small child. Larger Children Children who have outgrown child seats are also at risk of being injured or killed by an inflating passenger s front airbag. Whenever possible, larger children should sit in the back seat, on a booster seat if needed, and be properly restrained with a seat belt. (See page 54 for important information about protecting larger children.) 07/07/09 09:26:23 31STX610 0044  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines U.S. Models DASHBOARD SUN VISORS Driver and Passenger Safety To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in a back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard (U.S. models) and on the front visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. Canadian Models SUN VISORS 39 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:26:31 31STX610 0045  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines If You Must Drive with Several Children Your vehicle has two rows of back seats where children can be properly restrained. If you ever have to carry a group of children, and a child must ride in front: Place the largest child in the front seat, provided the child is large enough to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly (see page 54 ). Move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible (see page 12 ). If a Child Requires Close Attention Many parents say they prefer to put an infant or a small child in the front passenger seat so they can watch the child, or because the child requires attention. Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards in a frontal collision, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk. Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat (see page 17 ). Make sure the seat belt is properly positioned and secured (see page 15 ). 40 2008 MDX If a child requires close 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. 07/07/09 09:26:40 31STX610 0046  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines Additional Safety Precautions Never hold an infant or child on your lap. If you are not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you could be thrown forward and crush the child against the dashboard or a seat-back. If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms and be seriously hurt or killed. seat belt around their neck, they can be seriously or fatally injured. (See pages 50 and 51 for how to activate and deactivate the lockable retractor.) Never put a seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash, the Never let two children use the same seat belt. If they do, they belt could press deep into the child and cause serious or fatal injuries. could be very seriously injured in a crash. Use the childproof door locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. This can prevent Do not leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving children without children from accidentally falling out (see page 131 ). adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces, and can be very hazardous. For example, infants and small children left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke. A child left alone with the key in the ignition switch can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others. Lock all doors and the tailgate when your vehicle is not in use. Children who play in vehicles can accidentally get trapped inside. Teach your children not to play in or around vehicles. Keep vehicle keys/remote transmitters out of the reach of children. Even very young children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition switch, and open the tailgate, which can lead to accidental injury or death. 41 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Make sure any unused seat belt that a child can reach is buckled, the lockable retractor is activated, and the belt is fully retracted and locked. If a child wraps a loose 07/07/09 09:26:48 31STX610 0047  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Infants Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode. Do not put a rear-facing child seat in a forward-facing position. If placed facing forward, an infant could be very seriously injured during a frontal collision. Rear-facing Child Seat Placement A rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front. Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant. When properly installed in the second row, a rear-facing child seat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from moving their seat as far back as recommended, or from locking their seat-back in the desired position. Child Seat Type An infant must be properly restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat until the child reaches the seat maker’s weight or height limit for the seat, and the child is at least one year old. It can also interfere with proper operation of the passenger’s advanced front airbag system. Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby’s head, neck, and back. 42 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:26:56 31STX610 0048  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death during a collision. Always place a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, not the front. Protecting Small Children We also recommend that a small child use the child seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. Child Seat Type A child who is at least one year old, and who fits within the child seat maker’s weight and height limits, should be restrained in a forwardfacing, upright child seat. Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown. CONTINUED 43 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety In any of these situations, we strongly recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front passenger’s seat, move the seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or, you may wish to get a smaller rear-facing child seat. 07/07/09 09:27:02 31STX610 0049  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Child Seat Placement We strongly recommend placing a forward-facing child seat in a back seat, not the front. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger s airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating airbag can strike the child with enough force to cause very serious or fatal injuries. Even with advanced front airbags that automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off (see page 34 ), a back seat is the safest place for a small child. 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. 44 2008 MDX Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbag inflates. If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, and properly restrain the child. 07/07/09 09:27:09 31STX610 0050  Main Menu Table Of Contents Selecting a Child Seat In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed using a seat belt. Whatever type of seat you choose, to provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements: 1. The child seat should meet U.S. or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Look for FMVSS Conventional child seats must be secured to a vehicle with a seat belt, whereas LATCH-compatible seats are secured by attaching the seat to hardware built into the second-row seats. 213 or CMVSS 213 on the box. 2. The child seat should be of the proper type and size to fit the child. Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children. Since LATCH-compatible child seats are easier to install and reduce the possibility of improper installation, we recommend selecting this style. 3. The child seat should fit the vehicle seating position (or positions) where it will be used. Before purchasing a conventional child seat, or using a previously purchased one, we recommend that you test the seat in the specific vehicle seating position or positions where the seat will be used. 45 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety When buying a child seat, you need to choose either a conventional child seat, or one designed for use with the lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH) system. 07/07/09 09:27:16 31STX610 0051  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat and a good place to install the seat, there are three main steps in installing the seat: 1. Properly secure the child seat to the vehicle. All child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt or with the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the vehicle can be endangered in a crash. 2. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured. After installing a child seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. A child seat secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, it does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side-to-side movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat’s effectiveness. If the child seat is not secure, try installing it in a different seating position, or use a different style of child seat that can be firmly secured. 3. Secure the child in the child seat. Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child seat according to the child seat maker’s instructions. A child who is not properly secured in a child seat can be seriously injured in a crash. 46 2008 MDX The following pages provide guidelines on how to properly install a child seat. A forward-facing child seat is used in all examples, but the instructions are the same for a rearfacing child seat. 07/07/09 09:27:26 31STX610 0052  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. The location of each lower anchor is indicated by a small button above the anchor point. MARKS Using the Outer LATCH LOWER ANCHORS When you install a child seat in rear seating position, use the lower anchors as shown in the illustration. You can install up to three child seats at a time with LATCH. Do not attach two child seat connectors to a single lower anchor at a time. To install a LATCH-compatible child seat in either outer second row seat: 1. Move the seat belt buckle or tongue away from the lower anchors. 2. Make sure there are no objects near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and the CONTINUED anchors. 47 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Installing a Child Seat with LATCH Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) at each of the second row seats. 07/07/09 09:27:34 31STX610 0053  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat RIGID TYPE 3. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connector as shown above. FLEXIBLE TYPE Other LATCH-compatible seats have a flexible-type connector as shown above. 4. Whatever type you have, follow the child seat maker’s instructions for adjusting or tightening the fit. 48 2008 MDX TETHER STRAP 5. Lift the head restraint (see page 141 ), then route the tether strap through the legs of the head restraint and over the seat-back, making sure the strap is not twisted. 07/07/09 09:27:42 31STX610 0054  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Using the Center LATCH 2. Follow step 1 through 4 as described previously to secure the child seat. 6. Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the strap as instructed by the child seat maker. To install a LATCH-compatible child seat in the center seating position on the second row seat, use the center lower anchors as shown above. 7. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. 1. Pull up the cover below the armrest and find one of the anchors. The other anchor is located underneath the flap at the bottom of the outer seat’s inner bolster. 4. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. 49 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety 3. Lower the head restraint first. Route the tether strap over the head restraint and seat-back, then attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted. 07/07/09 09:27:50 31STX610 0055  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/ Shoulder Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt. In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have a lockable retractor that must be activated to secure a child seat. If you intend to install a child seat in the center seating position of second row seat, make sure the detachable seat belt is securely latched (see page146 ). 1. With the child seat in the desired seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker’s instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle. 50 2008 MDX 2. To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor. 3. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps. 07/07/09 09:27:58 31STX610 0056  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Since a tether can provide additional security to the lap/shoulder belt installation, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. 4. After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat while pulling up on the belt. 5. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. To deactivate the lockable retractor and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. CONTINUED 51 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Installing a Child Seat with a Tether A child seat with a tether can be installed in any seating position in the second or third row. 07/07/09 09:28:06 31STX610 0057  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Second Row Installation TETHER STRAP TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT Each second row seat has a tether anchorage point behind the seatback. Outer Seating Position 1. After properly securing the child seat (see page 50 ), lift the head restraint, then route the tether strap over the seat-back and through the head restraint legs. 52 2008 MDX For the center seat, lower the head restraint, then route the tether strap over the head restraint and seat-back. 07/07/09 09:28:15 31STX610 0058  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Third Row Installation 3. Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions. Each third row seat has a tether anchorage point on the tailgate sill. 1. Select the anchor point you want to use. Then open the anchor cover with a small flat-tip screwdriver. 2. Secure the child seat in the desired position (see page 50 ). Driver and Passenger Safety 2. Attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the tether strap is not twisted. 3. Route the tether strap over the head restraint, then attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted. 4. Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions. 53 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:28:22 31STX610 0059  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children Checking Seat Belt Fit When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in a back seat on a booster seat and wear a lap/shoulder belt. Allowing a child age 12 or under to sit in front can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates. The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who must sit in front. If a child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, use a booster seat if needed, have the child sit up properly and wear the seat belt properly. To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself: 1. Does the child sit all the way back against the seat? 2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat? 54 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:28:30 31STX610 0060  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children 3. Does the shoulder belt cross between the child’s neck and arm? Using a Booster Seat 5. Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip? If you answer yes to all these questions, the child is ready to wear the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If you answer no to any question, the child needs to ride on a booster seat. A child who has outgrown a forwardfacing child seat should ride in a back seat and use a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belt fits them properly without the booster. Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster seat meets federal safety standards (see page 45 ) and that you follow the booster seat maker’s instructions. CONTINUED 55 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety 4. Is the lap part of the belt as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs? Some states and Canadian provinces also require children to use a booster seat until they reach a given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the states or provinces where you intend to drive. 07/07/09 09:28:39 31STX610 0061  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children If a child who uses a booster seat must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible and be sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly. A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of their ears are even with the top of the vehicle’s or booster’s seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster seat. When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children age 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates in a moderate to severe frontal collision, the airbag can cause serious injuries to a child who is unrestrained, improperly restrained, sitting too close to the airbag, or out of position. A side airbag also poses risks. If any part of a larger child’s body is in the path of a deploying side airbag, the child could receive possibly serious injuries. 56 2008 MDX Of course, children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in front, there are other important factors you should consider. Physical Size Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit (see pages 15 and 54 ). If the seat belt does not fit properly, with or without the child sitting on a booster seat, the child should not sit in front. Maturity To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly, and wearing the seat belt properly throughout a ride. 07/07/09 09:28:48 31STX610 0062  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position. 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 Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor. 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. Check that the child’s seat belt is properly and securely positioned. Two children should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. Do not put any accessories on a seat belt. Devices intended to improve a child’s comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can make the belt less effective and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. could be very seriously injured in a crash. 57 2008 MDX Driver and Passenger Safety Carefully read the owner’s manual, and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information. Additional Safety Precautions 07/07/09 09:28:56 31STX610 0063  Main Menu Table Of Contents Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your vehicle’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide should not enter the vehicle in normal driving if you maintain your vehicle properly and follow the information on this page. Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever: The vehicle is raised for an oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The vehicle was in an accident that may have damaged the underside. Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and even kill you. Avoid any enclosed areas or activities that expose you to carbon monoxide. High levels of carbon monoxide can collect rapidly in enclosed areas, such as a garage. Do not run the engine with the garage door closed. Even with the door open, run the engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage. 58 2008 MDX With the tailgate open, airflow 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 climate control system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked vehicle with the engine running, even in an unconfined area, adjust the climate control system as follows: 1. Select the fresh air mode. mode. 2. Select the 3. Turn the fan on high speed. 4. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting. 07/07/09 09:29:07 31STX610 0064  Main Menu Table Of Contents Safety Labels These labels are in the locations shown. They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury or death. Read these labels carefully. DASHBOARD U.S. models only Driver and Passenger Safety If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S. dashboard label which may be removed by the owner), contact your dealer for a replacement. HOOD RADIATOR CAP BATTERY LABEL CONTINUED 59 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:29:24 31STX610 0065  Main Menu Table Of Contents Safety Labels SUN VISOR DOORJAMBS U.S. models U.S. models Canadian models U.S. models 60 2008 MDX Canadian models 07/07/09 09:29:28 31STX610 0066  Main Menu Instruments and Controls This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your vehicle. All the essential controls are within easy reach. Seat Heaters ................................... 148 Power Windows ............................. 149 Moonroof ........................................ 152 Parking Brake ................................ 153 Mirrors ............................................ 154 Driving Position Memory System......................................... 157 Interior Lights ................................ 159 Interior Convenience Items .......... 162 Beverage Holders ...................... 163 Console Compartment .............. 164 Storage Compartment ............... 164 Glove Box ................................... 164 Sunglasses Holder ..................... 165 Cargo Hooks .............................. 165 Sun Visor .................................... 166 Vanity Mirror ............................. 166 Accessory Power Sockets......... 166 AC Power Outlet ........................ 167 61 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Control Locations ............................ 62 Instrument Panel ............................. 63 Instrument Panel Indicators ........... 64 Gauges .............................................. 72 Multi-Information Display .............. 73 Controls Near the Steering Wheel .......................................... 115 Windshield Wipers and Washers .................................. 116 Rear Window Wiper and Washer .................................... 117 Turn Signal and Headlights.......... 118 Hazard Warning Button ................ 122 Rear Window Defogger ................ 122 Instrument Panel Brightness ....... 123 Steering Wheel Adjustments ....... 124 Keys and Locks.............................. 126 Immobilizer System....................... 128 Ignition Switch ............................... 129 Door Locks ..................................... 130 Childproof Door Locks ............. 131 Tailgate ........................................... 131 Power Tailgate ........................... 132 Remote Transmitter ...................... 135 Seats ................................................ 140 Detachable Anchor.................... 146 07/07/09 09:29:36 31STX610 0067  Main Menu Table Of Contents Control Locations DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM (P.157) INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P.63) GAUGES (P.72) HomeLink BUTTONS (P.276) MOONROOF SWITCH (P.152) MIRROR CONTROL AUTO BUTTON* (P.154) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P.130) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.170) PARKING BRAKE RELEASE HANDLE (P.153) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.180) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.149) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.341) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON (P.323) REAR CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.175) POWER TAILGATE BUTTON* (P.132) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.325) PARKING BRAKE PEDAL (P.153) AUXILIARY INPUT JACKS* (P.267) *: If equipped 62 2008 MDX HEADPHONE CONNECTORS* (P.268) 07/07/09 09:29:46 31STX610 0068  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel SIDE AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.66) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.66) MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.437) SH-AWD® (P.69) LOW TIRE PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.68) LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.71) CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P.70) INDICATOR IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.70) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.65) A/T TEMPERATURE INDICATOR (P.68) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.65) FOG LIGHT INDICATOR (P.70) CRUISE MAIN INDICATOR (P.70) SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.71) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.65) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.67) VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR (P.67) * : If equipped The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. 63 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls MESSAGE INDICATOR MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY (P.73) (P.69) SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR (P.64) HIGH BEAM INDICATOR LIGHTS ON INDICATOR (P.70) (P.70) ACTIVE DAMPER SYSTEM SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT INDICATOR* (P.71) SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.66) 07/07/09 09:29:52 31STX610 0069  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your vehicle. Seat Belt Reminder Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It reminds you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. A beeper also sounds if you have not fastened your seat belt. If either of you do not fasten your seat belt while driving, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash again at regular intervals, and you will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ or ‘‘FASTEN PASSENGER SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 81 ). If you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position before fastening your seat belts, the beeper sounds, and the indicator flashes. If you do not fasten your seat belts before the beeper stops, the indicator stops flashing but remains on. For more information, see page 20 . If your front passenger does not fasten their seat belt, the indicator comes on about 6 seconds after the ignition switch is turned to the ON (II) position. 64 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:30:02 31STX610 0070  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Charging System Indicator If this indicator comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged, and you will also see a ‘‘CHECK CHARGING SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display. For more information, see page 436 . Malfunction Indicator Lamp You will also see a ‘‘CHECK EMISSION SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 437 . Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator This indicator has two functions: U.S. Canada 1. It comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It is a reminder to check the parking brake. Driving with the parking brake not fully released can damage the rear brakes, axles, and tires. 2. If it stays on 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. You will also see a ‘‘LOW BRAKE FLUID’’ or ‘‘CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see pages 81 ). For more information, see page 438 . If you drive without releasing the parking brake, a beeper will sound, and you will also see a ‘‘RELEASE PARKING BRAKE’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 81 ). 65 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Low Oil Pressure Indicator The engine can be severely damaged if this indicator flashes or stays on when the engine is running, or if a ‘‘CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL’’ message is on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 436 . 07/07/09 09:30:10 31STX610 0071  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Supplemental Restraint System Indicator This indicator comes on briefly when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags. This indicator will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system, side curtain airbags, or automatic seat belt tensioners. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 81 ). For more information, see page 33 . U.S. Canada Side Airbag Off Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that the passenger’s side airbag has automatically shut off. You will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG OFF’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 81 ). For more information, see page 33 . 66 2008 MDX Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If this indicator 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 this indicator on, your vehicle still has normal braking ability but no anti-lock function. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK ABS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 81 ). For more information, see page 357 . 07/07/09 09:30:23 31STX610 0072  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators If it comes on and stays on at any other time, or it does not come on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, there is a problem with the VSA system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 81 ). Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. Without VSA, your vehicle still has normal driving ability, but will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. For more information, see page 359 . This indicator may also come on if there is a problem with the trailer stability assist function (see page 375 ). VSA Activation Indicator information display (see page 81 ). This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. For more information, see page 359 . This indicator has four functions. Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If an indicator does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see page 404 ). Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signaling. 1. It comes on as a reminder that you have turned off the vehicle stability assist (VSA) system. 2. It flashes when VSA is active (see page 359 ). 3. It flashes when trailer stability assist is activating (see page 375 ). 4. It comes on along with the VSA system indicator if there is a problem with the VSA system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA SYSTEM’’ message and a ‘‘CHECK TRAILER STABILITY ASSIST’’ message on the multi- When you press the hazard warning button, both turn signal indicators and all turn signals on the outside of the vehicle flash. 67 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 07/07/09 09:30:33 31STX610 0073  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Low Tire Pressure/ TPMS Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. This indicator has two functions: 1. If it comes on while driving, it indicates that one or more of your vehicle’s tires are significantly low on pressure. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TIRE PRESSURE’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 82 ). Check the tire pressure monitor on the multi-information display and determine the cause (see page 352 ). If this happens, pull to the side of the road when it is safe, check which tire has lost pressure on the multi-information display, and determine the cause. If it is because of a flat tire, have the flat tire repaired as soon as possible. If two or more tires are underinflated, call a professional towing service. For more information, see page 446 . 2. If this indicator begins to flash, there is a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TPMS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. The indicator continues to flash for a while (approximately 1 minute), then stays on. If this happens, have your dealer check the system as soon as possible. For more information, see page 354 . 68 2008 MDX A/T Temperature Indicator This indicator monitors the temperature of the automatic transmission fluid. It should come on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If it comes on while driving, it means 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. You will also see an ‘‘A/T TEMP HIGH’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 82 ). Continuing to drive with the A/T temperature indicator on may cause serious damage to the transmission. 07/07/09 09:30:42 31STX610 0074  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Message Indicator Most of the time, this indicator comes on along with other indicators in the instrument panel such as the seat belt reminder indicator, SRS indicator, VSA system indicator, etc. If the indicator blinks while driving, it indicates the differential temperature is too high. You will also see a ‘‘SH-AWD® DIFF TEMP. HIGH’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 82 ). 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 SH-AWD® indicator blinking may cause serious damage to the system. 69 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls This indicator comes on when there is a system message on the multiinformation display. Press the INFO button on the steering wheel (see page 73 ) to see the message (see page 81 ). Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD ®) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If this indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the SH-AWD® system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK SH-AWD® SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 82 ). Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. For more information, see page 348 . 07/07/09 09:30:52 31STX610 0075  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Immobilizer System Indicator This indicator comes on briefly when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 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’s fuel system will be disabled (see page128). Lights On Indicator This indicator reminds you that the exterior lights are on. It comes on when the light switch is in either the or position. This indicator will also come on when the light switch is in AUTO and the lights turn on automatically. If you turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position without turning off the light switch, this indicator will remain on. A reminder chime will also sound when you open the driver’s door. Fog Light Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn on the fog lights. For more information, see page 120 . 70 2008 MDX High Beam Indicator This indicator comes on with the high beam headlights. For more information, see page 118 . Cruise Main Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn on the cruise control system by pressing the CRUISE button (see page 270 ). Cruise Control Indicator This indicator comes on when you set the cruise control. See page 270 for information on operating the cruise control. 07/07/09 09:31:01 31STX610 0076  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Low Fuel Indicator LOW FUEL INDICATOR This indicator comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon. When the indicator comes on, there is about 1.8 US gal (7.0 ) of fuel remaining in the tank before the needle reaches E. There is a small reserve of fuel remaining in the tank when the needle reaches E. You will also see a ‘‘LOW FUEL’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 82 ). Security System Indicator Instruments and Controls Active Damper System Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If this indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the system. While this indicator is on, the comfort button will not work, and the system will remain in the sport mode. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK ADS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. Have the vehicle checked by your dealer as soon as possible. For more information, see page 361 . SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR This indicator comes on when the security system is set. See page 269 for more information on the security system. 71 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:31:08 31STX610 0077  Main Menu Table Of Contents Gauges TACHOMETER TEMPERATURE GAUGE SPEEDOMETER FUEL GAUGE Fuel Gauge This shows how much fuel you have. It may show slightly more or less than the actual amount. Avoid driving with an extremely low f uel level. Running out of f uel could cause the engine to misf ire, damaging the catalytic converter. U.S. model is shown. Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine’s coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, the pointer may rise to the upper zone. If it reaches the red (hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. For instructions and precautions on checking the engine’s cooling system, see page 434 . 72 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:31:16 31STX610 0078  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When you open the driver’s door, a ‘‘Welcome’’ message is shown on the multi-information display. When you turn the ignition switch from the ON (II) position to the ACCESSORY (I) position, a ‘‘Goodbye’’ message is shown on the display. With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, the multi-information display changes as shown in the next page each time you press the INFO (▲/▼) button or SEL/RESET button. INFO (▲/▼) BUTTON SEL/ RESET BUTTON To change the display, press the INFO (▲/▼) button on the steering wheel repeatedly until the main menu appears (see page 74 ). When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, what you last selected is displayed. In the multi-information display, the system message is also displayed (see page 80 ) and you can customize your vehicle control settings (see page 83 ). CONTINUED 73 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls The multi-information display in the instrument panel displays various information and messages when the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position. Some of the messages help you operate your vehicle more comfortably. Others help to keep you aware of the periodic maintenance your vehicle needs for continued trouble-free driving. 07/07/09 09:31:21 31STX610 0079  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Main Menu Go to Customize Menu (See page 83) INFO button SEL/RESET button Go to HandsFreeLink Menu (See page 280) (See page 75) Trip Computer (See page 78) (See page 75) (See page 75) Tire Pressure for each tire (See page 77) 74 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:31:31 31STX610 0080  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Odometer Trip Meter TRIP METER ODOMETER The odometer shows the total distance your vehicle has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian models. It is illegal under U.S. federal law and Canadian provincial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or kilometers indicated. 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. Each trip meter works independently, so you can keep track of two different distances. To reset a trip meter, display it, and then press and hold the SEL/RESET button until the number resets to CONTINUED ‘‘0.0.’’ 75 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls When the main menu is blank, SH-AWD® or TIRE PRESSURE, pressing the SEL/RESET button changes the display to ‘‘trip meter/ odometer’’ ‘‘outside temperature/ odometer’’ and ‘‘engine oil life/ odometer’’. 07/07/09 09:31:38 31STX610 0081  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When you reset Trip A, average fuel economy A is reset at the same time. When you reset Trip B, average fuel economy B is reset. In the customizing mode, you can set Trip A and average fuel economy A to reset at the same time when you refuel your vehicle (see page 92 ). Outside Temperature OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE U.S. CANADA This shows the outside Fahrenheit temperature in U.S. models, and Centigrade temperature in Canadian models. 76 2008 MDX The temperature sensor is in the front bumper. The temperature reading can be affected by heat reflection from the road surface, engine heat, and the exhaust from surrounding traffic. This can cause an incorrect temperature reading when your vehicle speed is under 19 mph (30 km/h). When you start your trip, the sensor is not fully acclimatized, therefore it may take several minutes until the proper temperature is displayed. In certain weather conditions, temperature readings near freezing (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is forming on the road surface. You can adjust the outside temperature display (see page 91 ). 07/07/09 09:31:46 31STX610 0082  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Engine Oil Life SH-AWD® Torque Distribution Monitor Tire Pressure Monitor ENGINE OIL LIFE Canada This shows the remaining life of the engine oil. It shows 100% after the engine oil is replaced and the display is reset. The engine oil life is calculated based on engine operating conditions and accumulated engine revolutions. For more information, see page 383 . This monitor shows how much torque is being delivered to each wheel. For more information, see page 348 . When the tire pressure monitor is shown on the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. The display changes as shown. You can see the pressure of each tire in this monitor. If one or more tires are low, inflate them to the correct pressure. For more information, see page 351 . 77 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls U.S. 07/07/09 09:31:53 31STX610 0083  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display HandsFreeLinkTM To use the system, your cell phone and the HFL system must be linked. Not all cell phones are compatible with this system. Refer to page 280 for instructions on how to link your cell phone to the HFL and how to receive or make phone calls, or visit the handsfreelink.com website. You can receive or make phone calls from your cell phone through your vehicle’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (HFL) system without touching your cell phone. Trip Computer When the main menu displays ‘‘TRIP COMPUTER’’, pressing the SEL/ RESET button changes the display to ‘‘AVERAGE FUEL A/RANGE’’ to ‘‘AVERAGE FUEL B/RANGE’’ and to ‘‘AVERAGE SPEED/ELAPSED TIME’’. 78 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:32:02 31STX610 0084  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display AVERAGE FUEL A/B You can customize the Trip A and AVERAGE FUEL A reset condition in the multi-information display (see page 92 ). RANGE This shows the estimated distance you can travel on the fuel remaining in the fuel tank. This distance is estimated from the fuel economy you received over the last several miles(U.S.) or kilometers (Canada), so it will vary with changes in speed, traffic, etc. AVERAGE SPEED This shows the average speed you are traveling in miles per hour (mph) for U.S. models or kilometers per hour (km/h) for Canadian models. ELAPSED TIME This shows the time passed traveled since you last reset it. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, ELAPSED TIME is reset. If you want to reset the ELAPSED TIME manually, go to the trip computer’s ELAPSED TIME display, and press and hold the SEL/RESET button until the number resets. You can customize the ELAPSED TIME reset condition on the multiinformation display (see page 94 ). To reset the AVERAGE SPEED you have traveled, press and hold the SEL/RESET button until the number resets. 79 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls This shows your vehicle’s average fuel economy in mpg (U.S. models) or liter/100 km (Canadian models) since you last reset the Trip A or Trip B. 07/07/09 09:32:10 31STX610 0085  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display System Messages SYSTEM MESSAGE INDICATOR The system message(s) triggers the appropriate indicator(s) on the instrument panel, including the system message indicator, to come on. The system message indicator does not go off until the problem(s) is corrected. You will also hear a beep when the system message comes on for the first time. If there is a problem with your vehicle, for example, the engine oil level is low or a door is not fully closed, the multi-information display will show you the problem. It does this by interrupting the current display with one or more messages. Most of the messages are displayed for about 5 seconds, and then the normal display returns. If there are several system messages to be shown, the display switches these messages every 5 seconds. 80 2008 MDX To cancel the message(s) before 5 seconds elapsed, press the INFO (▲/▼) button on the steering wheel. Even if you press the INFO (▲/▼) button, some messages stay on or come on again at regular intervals until the problem is corrected. You can see the message(s) again by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly if the system message indicator remains lit on the instrument panel. Here is a list of all messages: 07/07/09 09:32:25 31STX610 0086  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display See page 11 U.S. Canada See page 20 U.S. Canada See page 33 U.S. U.S. Canada See page 438 See page 33 Canada See page 438 See page 437 See page 436 See page 358 See page 359 See page 376 CONTINUED 81 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls See page 20 See page 153 See page 436 07/07/09 09:32:39 31STX610 0087  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display See page 349 See page 354 See page 349 See page 354 See page 341 See page 68 See page 362 See page 384 See page 398 See page 324 U.S. Canada See page 340 See page 353 See page 134 See page 71 82 2008 MDX See page 121 07/07/09 09:32:49 31STX610 0088  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Customize Settings If you turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position, or move the shift lever out of Park, the display will change to the normal screen. When the main menu displays ‘‘Keyless Memory SettingsTM,’’ you can customize some vehicle control settings. To enter the customizing mode, press the SEL/RESET button. To change the settings, the ignition switch must be in the ON (II) position, and the vehicle must be stopped with the transmission in Park. To have the driver’s ID detected, make sure your remote transmitter is linked to the system (see Keyless Memory SettingsTM on page 139). If you want the settings as they were when the vehicle left the factory, select DEFAULT ALL, as described on page 86 . If you want to change any vehicle control settings, select CHG SETTING, then press the SEL/ RESET button. Refer to the table on the following pages about the settings you want to CONTINUED customize. 83 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls You can customize some vehicle control settings for ‘‘DRIVER 1’’ and ‘‘DRIVER 2’’ separately. If ‘‘DRIVER 1’’ or ‘‘DRIVER 2’’ is not displayed, customizing is not possible. 07/07/09 09:32:56 31STX610 0089  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Group Setup METER SETUP (P.89) POSITION SETUP (P.97) Menu Item LANGUAGE SELECTION Description Changes the language used in the display. ADJUST OUTSIDE TEMP. DISPLAY Changes the outside temperature reading above or below its current reading. TRIP A & AVG. FUEL RESET with REFUEL ADJUST ALARM VOLUME Causes trip meter A and the average fuel economy to reset when you refuel. Changes the indicator alarm volumes into three levels. ELAPSED TIME RESET Resets the elapsed time of your current trip. AUTO INTERIOR ILLUMINATION Changes the interior light sensitivity to your liking. MEMORY POSITION LINK Changes the driver’s seat, the steering wheel, and the outside mirror positions to a stored setting. Moves the steering wheel fully in and up when the key is removed. AUTO TILT & TELESCOPE STEERING WHEEL * : Default setting 84 2008 MDX Setting Option ENGLISH* FRENCH SPANISH −5°F ∼ ±0°F* ∼ 5°F (U.S.) −3°C ∼ ±0°C* ∼ 3°C (Canada) ON OFF* HIGH MID* LOW MANUAL ONLY IGN OFF* TRIP B TRIP A MAX LOW HIGH MIN MID* OFF ON* OFF ON* OFF Page 90 91 92 93 94 95 98 99 07/07/09 09:33:02 31STX610 0090  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Group Setup LIGHTING SETUP (P.100) Menu Item Setting Option Page Changes how long (in seconds) the interior lights stay on after you close the doors and the tailgate. Changes how long (in seconds) the exterior lights stay on after you close the driver’s door. 101 AUTO LIGHT SENSITIVITY Changes the timing of when the headlights come on. The headlight switch needs to be in the AUTO position. Changes the setting of when to automatically lock the doors. 15 sec 60 sec 30 sec* 60 sec 0 sec 30 sec 15 sec* LOW MAX MIN HIGH MID* SHIFT FROM P WITH VEH SPD* OFF SHIFT TO P* DRIVER DOOR/ IGN OFF ALL DOORS OFF DRIVER DOOR * ALL DOORS ON* OFF AUTO DOOR LOCK AUTO DOOR UNLOCK KEY AND REMOTE UNLOCK MODE KEYLESS LOCK ACKNOWLEDGMENT SECURITY RELOCK TIMER WIPER SETUP (P.113) DEFAULT ALL (P.86) WIPER ACTION Changes the setting of when to automatically unlock the driver’s/all the doors. Changes which doors unlock with the remote transmitter in a first push. The exterior lights flash each time you press the LOCK or UNLOCK button. A beeper will also sound when you press the LOCK button twice. Changes how long it takes (in seconds) for the doors to relock and the security system to set after you unlock but do not open the door. Changes the wiper operation between two settings when the wiper switch is in the INT position. Set/Cancel all the customized settings as default. * : Default setting 90 sec 60 sec 30 sec* INTERMITTENT WITH VEH SPD* SET CANCEL 102 103 106 107 109 110 111 113 86 85 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls DOOR/WINDOW SETUP (P.105) Description INTERIOR LIGHT DIMMING TIME HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER 07/07/09 09:33:10 31STX610 0091  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display DEFAULT ALL If you want to set the default settings, press the INFO (▲/▼) button to select DEFAULT ALL, then press the SEL/RESET button. To set the default settings, press the INFO (▲/▼) button to select SET then press the SEL/RESET button. If you want to cancel DEFAULT ALL, select CANCEL, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to the previous display. 86 2008 MDX When DEFAULT ALL is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen returns to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. If the setting is not successfully completed, ‘‘FAILED’’ is shown for several seconds, and then the screen goes back to the normal message mode. Repeat the same procedure to select DEFAULT ALL. 07/07/09 09:33:18 31STX610 0092  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Customize Settings You can customize some of the vehicle control settings to your preference. Here are the settings you can customize: METER SETUP POSITION SETUP LIGHTING SETUP DOOR/WINDOW SETUP WIPER SETUP When you want to change the vehicle control settings, press the INFO (▲/▼) button to select CHG SETTING, then press the SEL/ RESET button. CONTINUED 87 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown on the next page. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button, until you see the setup you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 07/07/09 09:33:23 31STX610 0093  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display METER SETUP see page 89 POSITION SETUP see page 97 Select ‘‘EXIT’’ LIGHTING SETUP see page 100 Select ‘‘CANCEL’’ Select ‘‘DEFAULT ALL’’ DOOR/WINDOW SETUP see page 105 WIPER SETUP see page 113 SEL/RESET BUTTON INFO (▲/▼) BUTTON 88 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:33:32 31STX610 0094  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Meter Setup Here are the six custom settings for the meter setup: Instruments and Controls LANGUAGE SELECTION ADJUST OUTSIDE TEMP. DISPLAY TRIP A & AVG. FUEL RESET with REFUEL ADJUST ALARM VOLUME ELAPSED TIME RESET AUTO INTERIOR ILLUMINATION While METER SETUP is shown, press the SEL/RESET button to enter the customize mode. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. SEL/RESET BUTTON INFO (▲/▼) BUTTON CONTINUED 89 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:33:40 31STX610 0095  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Language Selection There are three language selections you can make: English, French, and Spanish. To choose the language you want, follow these instructions: You can choose this customize item from ‘‘METER SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired language by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. 90 2008 MDX When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘LANGUAGE SELECTION’’ and repeat the procedure again. 07/07/09 09:33:49 31STX610 0096  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Adjust Outside Temp. Display U.S. models Canadian models Canadian models Adjust the outside temperature value by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. Press the SEL/RESET button to set the desired value. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘ADJUST OUTSIDE TEMP. DISPLAY’’ and repeat the procedure again. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘METER SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. CONTINUED 91 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls If you sometimes find that the temperature reading is a few degrees above or below the actual temperature, you can adjust it by following these instructions: U.S. models 07/07/09 09:33:58 31STX610 0097  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Trip A & Avg. Fuel Reset With Refuel To cause Trip A and AVG. FUEL to reset every time you refuel your vehicle, follow these instructions: You can choose this customize item from ‘‘METER SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/ RESET button. 92 2008 MDX When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘TRIP A & AVG. FUEL RESET with REFUEL’’ and repeat the procedure again. 07/07/09 09:34:06 31STX610 0098  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Adjust Alarm Volume Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘METER SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. Select the desired level by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/ RESET button. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘ADJUST ALARM VOLUME’’ and repeat the procedure again. CONTINUED 93 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Select the warning alarm volume from three levels. 07/07/09 09:34:15 31STX610 0099  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Elapsed Time Reset There are four elapsed time reset choices you can make: MANUAL ONLY − You can reset the elapsed time, when Trip Computer’s Elapsed Time is displayed (see page 79 ). IGN OFF − The elapsed time is reset when you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. TRIP A − The elapsed time is reset when the Trip A is reset. TRIP B − The elapsed time is reset when the Trip B is reset. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘METER SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. 94 2008 MDX Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. 07/07/09 09:34:24 31STX610 0100  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Interior Illumination There are MAX, HIGH, MID, LOW and MIN levels and OFF for the auto interior illumination settings. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘ELAPSED TIME RESET’’ and repeat the procedure again. If you want the illuminations to start dimming as early as possible, select MAX. For illuminations to start dimming as late as possible, select MIN. Choose HIGH, MID, or LOW for levels in between. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘METER SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. To disable the auto interior illumination function, select OFF. CONTINUED 95 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls While the headlight switch is turned on, the interior lights gradually dim, as the outside light level gets low. You can customize at which outside light level the lights start to dim. 07/07/09 09:34:30 31STX610 0101  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘AUTO INTERIOR ILLUMINATION’’ and repeat the procedure again. 96 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:34:37 31STX610 0102  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Position Setup Here are the two custom settings for the position setup: Instruments and Controls MEMORY POSITION LINK AUTO TILT & TELESCOPE STEERING WHEEL While ‘‘POSITION SETUP’’ is shown, press the SEL/RESET button to enter the customize mode. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. SEL/RESET BUTTON INFO (▲ or ▼) BUTTON CONTINUED 97 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:34:46 31STX610 0103  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Memory Position Link If ‘‘MEMORY POSITION LINK’’ is set to ‘‘ON,’’ the driver’s seat, the steering wheel, and outside mirror positions move to the position stored in the memory when you open the driver’s door, using the remote transmitter. Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/ RESET button. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘POSITION SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. 98 2008 MDX When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘MEMORY POSITION LINK’’ and repeat the procedure again. 07/07/09 09:34:54 31STX610 0104  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Tilt & Telescope Steering Wheel You can choose this customize item from ‘‘POSITION SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/ RESET button. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘AUTO TILT & TELESCOPE STEERING WHEEL’’ and repeat the procedure again. CONTINUED 99 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls When ‘‘AUTO TILT & TELESCOPE STEERING WHEEL’’ is set to ‘‘ON,’’ the steering wheel automatically moves fully in and up when you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position and remove the key. 07/07/09 09:35:02 31STX610 0105  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Lighting Setup Here are the three custom settings for the lighting setup: INTERIOR LIGHT DIMMING TIME HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER AUTO LIGHT SENSITIVITY While ‘‘LIGHTING SETUP’’ is shown, press the SEL/RESET button to enter the customize mode. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. SEL/RESET BUTTON INFO (▲ or ▼) BUTTON 100 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:35:11 31STX610 0106  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Interior Light Dimming Time You can choose this customize item from ‘‘LIGHTING SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘INTERIOR LIGHT DIMMING TIME’’ and repeat the procedure again. CONTINUED 101 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls The interior lights fade out when you close all doors and tailgate. To change how long the lights stay on before they fade out, follow these instructions: 07/07/09 09:35:17 31STX610 0107  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Headlight Auto Off Timer The headlights, parking lights, side marker lights, taillights, and license plate lights go off after the selected time when you remove the key from the ignition switch and close the driver’s door. To change how long the lights stay on before they go off, follow these instructions: You can choose this customize item from ‘‘LIGHTING SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. 102 2008 MDX Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. 07/07/09 09:35:27 31STX610 0108  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Light Sensitivity When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER’’ and repeat the procedure again. HIGH − The headlights come on when it is somewhat bright. MID − The headlights come on when it is as bright as sunset or sunrise. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘LIGHTING SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. LOW − The headlights come on when it is somewhat dark. MIN − The headlights come on when it is dark. CONTINUED 103 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls The headlights automatically come on when the headlight switch is in the AUTO position and the ambient light reaches a changeable level. You can select the auto light sensitivity from the following five levels: MAX − The headlights come on when it is bright. 07/07/09 09:35:33 31STX610 0109  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘AUTO LIGHT SENSITIVITY’’ and repeat the procedure again. 104 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:35:43 31STX610 0110  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Door/Window Setup Here are the five custom settings for the door/window setup: Instruments and Controls AUTO DOOR LOCK AUTO DOOR UNLOCK KEY AND REMOTE UNLOCK MODE KEYLESS LOCK ACKNOWLEDGMENT SECURITY RELOCK TIMER While ‘‘DOOR/WINDOW SETUP’’ is shown, press the SEL/RESET button to enter the customize mode. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. SEL/RESET BUTTON INFO (▲ or ▼) BUTTON CONTINUED 105 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:35:51 31STX610 0111  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Door Lock There are three settings you can choose from: SHIFT FROM P − The doors lock whenever you move the shift lever out of Park. WITH VEH SPD − The doors lock when the vehicle speed reaches about 10 mph (about 15 km/h). OFF − The auto door lock is deactivated all the time. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘DOOR/WINDOW SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. 106 2008 MDX Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. 07/07/09 09:36:00 31STX610 0112  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Door Unlock There are three settings you can choose from: When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘AUTO DOOR LOCK’’ and repeat the procedure again. IGN OFF − The driver’s door or all the doors, depending on the door lock mode setting ( see page 106 ), unlock when you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. OFF − The auto door unlock is deactivated all the time. This is the factory default setting. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘DOOR/WINDOW SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. CONTINUED 107 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls SHIFT TO P − The driver’s door or all the doors, depending on the door lock mode setting ( see page 106 ), unlock when you move the shift lever to Park. 07/07/09 09:36:08 31STX610 0113  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. If you choose ‘‘SHIFT TO P’’ or ‘‘IGN OFF’’, you will see the above display. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button to switch the door lock mode setting between the driver’s door and all doors. Then, press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 108 2008 MDX When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘AUTO DOOR UNLOCK’’ and repeat the procedure again. 07/07/09 09:36:17 31STX610 0114  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Key and Remote Unlock Mode You can choose this customize item from ‘‘DOOR/WINDOW SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘KEY AND REMOTE UNLOCK MODE’’ and repeat the procedure again. CONTINUED 109 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls To select whether the driver’s door unlocks or all the doors unlock when you unlock the doors with the remote transmitter, follow these instructions. 07/07/09 09:36:23 31STX610 0115  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Keyless Lock Acknowledgment When you push the LOCK button on the remote transmitter, some exterior lights flash, and a beeper sounds when you push the LOCK button again within 5 seconds to verify that the doors and the tailgate are locked and the security system has set (see page 269 ). You can customize the exterior lights not to flash and the beeper not to sound. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘DOOR/WINDOW SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. 110 2008 MDX Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/ RESET button. 07/07/09 09:36:31 31STX610 0116  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Security Relock Timer You can change this relock time from 30 seconds to 60 or 90 seconds. You can choose this customize item from ‘‘DOOR/WINDOW SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘KEYLESS LOCK ACKNOWLEDGMENT’’ and repeat the procedure again. CONTINUED 111 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls If you unlock the doors and the tailgate with the remote transmitter, but do not open any of the doors or the tailgate within 30 seconds, the doors and the tailgate automatically relock and the security system sets. 07/07/09 09:36:37 31STX610 0117  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘SECURITY RELOCK TIMER’’ and repeat the procedure again. 112 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:36:46 31STX610 0118  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Wiper Setup Wiper Action You can select from these two settings when the wiper switch is in the INT (intermittent) position: Here is one custom setting for the wiper setup: WIPER ACTION While ‘‘WIPER SETUP’’ is shown, press the SEL/RESET button to enter the customize mode. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. WITH VEH SPD − The intermittent operation varies according to vehicle speed. CONTINUED 113 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls SEL/RESET BUTTON INFO (▲/▼) BUTTON INTERMITTENT − The intermittent operation varies according to the selection you make on the wiper lever’s intermittent control ring. 07/07/09 09:36:54 31STX610 0119  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display You can choose this customize item from ‘‘WIPER SETUP’’ by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button repeatedly. Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. 114 2008 MDX When your selection is successfully completed, the display changes as shown above, and then goes back to the customize item screen. If the ‘‘SETTING INCOMPLETE’’ message appears, go back to ‘‘WIPER ACTION’’ and repeat the procedure again. 07/07/09 09:37:02 31STX610 0120  Main Menu Table Of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel HEADLIGHT WASHER SWITCH*1 (P.117) HEADLIGHT/TURN SIGNAL/ FRONT FOG LIGHTS (P.118) STEERING WHEEL AUDIO CONTROLS (P.233) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P.116) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.122) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.155) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P.122) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM (P.157) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKETS (P.166) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P.130) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.149) SEAT HEATER SWITCHES (P.148) HORN*2 FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON (P.323) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.325) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS (P.124) CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P.270) ACTIVE DAMPER SYSTEM SWITCH*1 (P.361) *1: If equipped *2: To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. 115 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.34) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P.360) POWER TAILGATE BUTTON*1 (P.132) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.123) 07/07/09 09:37:11 31STX610 0121  Main Menu Table Of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers Push the right lever up or down to select a position. MIST − The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. OFF − The wipers are not activated. INT − The length of the wipe interval is varied automatically according to vehicle speed. 1. MIST 2. OFF 3. INT − Intermittent 4. LO − Low speed 5. HI − High speed 6. Windshield washers If you turn it to the shortest delay, the wipers change to low speed operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h). To change the ‘‘WIPER ACTION’’ setting, see page 113 . 116 2008 MDX LO − The wipers run at low speed. HI − The wipers run at high speed. Windshield Washer − Pull the wiper control lever toward you, and hold it. The washers spray until you release the lever. The wipers run at low speed, then complete one more sweep after you release the lever. 07/07/09 09:37:19 31STX610 0122  Main Menu Table Of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers Headlight Washers (On Canadian models) The headlight washers use the same fluid reservoir as the windshield washers. Rear Window Wiper and Washer 2. Hold past ON to turn the rear window wiper on and to spray the rear window washer. CONTINUED 117 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls 1. Rotate the switch clockwise to turn the rear window wiper ON. The headlight washers can be operated at any time by pressing the headlight washer button located next to the steering wheel column. The headlights must be turned on to use this button. In addition, the headlight washer operates without pressing the button, at the first time you turn on the windshield washers after you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 07/07/09 09:37:28 31STX610 0123  Main Menu Table Of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers, Turn Signal and Headlights 3. When you turn the wiper switch to the ‘‘OFF’’ position, the wiper will return to its parked position. Turn Signal and Headlights 4. Rotate the switch counterclockwise to spray the window washer. Headlights On − Turning the switch to the ‘‘ ’’ position turns on the parking lights, taillights, instrument panel lights, side-marker lights, and rear license plate lights. When you shift the transmission to the reverse position with the front windshield wipers activated, the rear window wiper operates automatically. When the wiper control lever position is INT, the rear wiper operates intermittently. When it is LO or HI, the rear wiper operates continuously. The rear window washer uses the same fluid reservoir as the windshield washer. Turn Signal − Push down on the lever to signal a left turn and up to signal a right turn. To signal a lane change, push lightly on the lever, and hold it. The lever will return to center when you release it or complete a turn. 1. Turn signal 2. Off 3. Parking and indicator lights 4. AUTO 5. Headlights on 6. High beams 7. Flash high beams 8. Fog lights off 9. Fog lights on 118 2008 MDX Turning the switch to the ‘‘ ’’ position turns on the headlights. If you leave the lights on with the key removed from the ignition switch, you will hear a reminder chime when you open the driver’s door. 07/07/09 09:37:36 31STX610 0124  Main Menu Table Of Contents Headlights When the light switch is in either of these positions, the lights on indicator comes on as a reminder. High Beams − To switch from low beams to high beams, push the left lever forward until you hear a click. The blue high beam indicator will come on (see page 70 ). Pull it back to return to low beams. To flash the high beams, pull the lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams stay on as long as you hold the lever back. To turn on automatic lighting, turn the light switch to AUTO at any time. The lights will come on automatically when the outside light level becomes low (at dusk, for example). The lights on indicator comes on as a reminder. The lights and indicator will turn off automatically when the system senses high ambient light. The lights will remain on when you turn off the ignition switch. They will turn off automatically when you remove the key and open the driver’s door. To turn them on again, either turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position or turn the light switch to the position. Even with the automatic lighting feature turned on, we recommend that you turn on the lights manually when driving at night or in a dense fog, or when you enter dark areas such as long tunnels or parking facilities. To change the ‘‘AUTO LIGHT SENSITIVITY’’ setting, see page 103 . Do not leave the light switch in AUTO if you will not be driving the vehicle for an extended period (a week or more). You should also turn off the lights if you plan to leave the engine idling or off for a long time. 119 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls This indicator stays on if you leave the lights on and turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) position. AUTO − The automatic lighting feature turns on the headlights and all other exterior lights, when it senses low ambient light. 07/07/09 09:37:44 31STX610 0125  Main Menu Table Of Contents Headlights LIGHT SENSOR Fog Lights Turn the fog lights on and off by turning the switch next to the headlight switch. You can use the fog lights only when the headlights are on low beam. With the light switch in the AUTO position, you can also use the fog lights when the headlights turn on automatically. They will go off when the headlights turn off. The automatic lighting feature is controlled by a sensor located on top of the dashboard. Do not cover this sensor or spill liquids on it. 120 2008 MDX Daytime Running Lights With the headlight switch off, the daytime running lights come on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position and release the parking brake. They remain on until you turn the ignition switch off, even if you set the parking brake. When the headlights are on, the daytime running lights are off. 07/07/09 09:37:52 31STX610 0126  Main Menu Table Of Contents Headlights Automatic Lighting Off Feature This feature turns off the headlights, all other exterior lights, and the instrument panel lights within 15 seconds after you remove the key and close the driver’s door. When the multi-information display shows a ‘‘DRL OFF’’ message, the daytime running lights are off. Follow the procedure in the left column to turn them on. To change the ‘‘HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER’’ setting, see page 102 . The automatic lighting off feature activates if you leave the headlight switch in the ‘‘ ’’ or ‘‘ ’’ position or if the lights are turned on by setting the switch in the ‘‘AUTO’’ position, and you remove the key, then open and close the driver’s door. If you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position with the headlight switch on, but do not open the door and get out, the lights turn off after 10 minutes (3 minutes, if the switch is in the ‘‘AUTO’’ position). The lights 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 go off. With the driver’s door open, you will hear a lights-on reminder chime. 121 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls If you see a ‘‘CHECK DRL SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display, there is a problem with the daytime running light system. Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. 07/07/09 09:37:59 31STX610 0127  Main Menu Table Of Contents Hazard Warning Button, Rear Window Defogger Hazard Warning Button 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. Pushing this button also turns the mirror heaters on or off. For more information, see page 156 . Push the button between the center vents to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your vehicle is disabled. The rear window defogger will clear fog, frost, and thin ice from the window. Push the defogger button to turn it on and off. The indicator in the button 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. 122 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:38:05 31STX610 0128  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Brightness Adjust the brightness of the instrument panel by pressing the + or − button. Press the + button to increase the brightness and the − button to decrease it. You can adjust the brightness with the headlight switch on or off. The level of brightness is shown on the multi-information display while you adjust it. It goes out 5 seconds after you finish adjusting. You can customize when the glare reduction function starts. To change ‘‘AUTO INTERIOR ILLUMINATION’’, see page 95 for more information. 123 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls To reduce glare at night, the instrument panel illumination dims when you turn the light switch to or . To cancel the glare reduction function, set the brightness to the highest level, then press the + button. You will hear a beep when it is canceled. 07/07/09 09:38:11 31STX610 0129  Main Menu Table Of Contents Steering Wheel Adjustments Make any steering wheel adjustment before you start driving. ADJUSTMENT SWITCH Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the vehicle and be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the steering wheel only when the vehicle is stopped. Move the steering wheel in, out, up, or down by pushing and holding the adjustment switch in that direction. 124 2008 MDX Release the switch when the steering wheel reaches the desired position. Make sure the steering wheel points towards your chest, not toward your face, and that you can see the instrument panel gauges and indicators. 07/07/09 09:38:17 31STX610 0130  Main Menu Table Of Contents Steering Wheel Adjustments When you remove the key from the ignition switch, the steering wheel automatically moves fully in and up. The steering wheel then returns to its original position when you insert the key back in the ignition switch. Steering wheel movement is also controlled by the driving position memory system (see page 157 ). Instruments and Controls To change the ‘‘AUTO TILT & TELESCOPE STEERING WHEEL’’ setting, see page 99 . If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, or the fuse for the power tilt and telescopic steering wheel is removed, the power tilt and telescopic steering wheel system needs to be reset when you reconnect the battery or install the fuse. Insert the key into the ignition switch, and remove it. The steering wheel automatically moves fully in and up to let you know the system is reset. 125 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:38:25 31STX610 0131  Main Menu Table Of Contents Keys and Locks KEY MASTER KEY VALET KEY NUMBER WITH REMOTE (Light Gray) TAG TRANSMITTER KEY MASTER KEY VALET KEY NUMBER WITH REMOTE (Light Gray) TAG TRANSMITTER 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. MDX, Technology, and Sport Packages models shown. The master key fits all the locks on your vehicle. The valet key works only in the ignition and the driver’s door lock. You can keep the glove box locked when you leave your vehicle and the valet key at a parking facility. U.S. Entertainment Packages and Canadian Elite Package models shown. 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. Use only Acura-approved key blanks. 126 2008 MDX 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 valet key does not contain a battery. Do not try to take it apart. 07/07/09 09:38:31 31STX610 0132  Main Menu Table Of Contents Keys and Locks Retractable Master Key RELEASE BUTTON Push The key may come in contact with your finger while being retracted or extended. Make sure your fingers do not touch the pivot of the key when retracting or extending the key. Instruments and Controls Always use the fully-extended key when you insert it to the ignition switch. If the key does not fully extend, the immobilizer system may not operate properly and prevents from starting the engine. U.S. Entertainment Packages and Canadian Elite Package models shown. The master key can be retracted into the remote transmitter. To use the key, push the release button to release the key from the transmitter. The key should be fully extended. To retract the key, push the release button and at the same time push the key into the remote transmitter until it is securely latched. 127 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:38:39 31STX610 0133  Main Menu Table Of Contents Immobilizer System The Immobilizer System protects your vehicle from theft. If an improperly-coded key (or other device) is used, the engine’s fuel system is disabled. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the immobilizer system indicator should come on briefly, then go off. If the indicator starts to blink, it means the system does not recognize the coding of the key. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position, remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position again. The system may not recognize your key’s coding if another immobilizer key or other metal object (i.e. key fob) is near the ignition switch when you insert the key. If the system repeatedly does not recognize the coding of your key, contact your dealer. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Electrical problems could result that may make your vehicle undrivable. If you have lost your key and you cannot start the engine, contact your dealer. Always take the ignition key with you whenever you leave the vehicle alone. 128 2008 MDX 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. 07/07/09 09:38:47 31STX610 0134  Main Menu Table Of Contents Ignition Switch If the front wheels are turned, the anti-theft lock may make it difficult to turn the key. Firmly turn the steering wheel to the left or right as you turn the key. The ignition switch has four positions: LOCK (0), ACCESSORY (I), ON (II), and START (III). LOCK (0) − You can insert or remove the key only in this position. To turn the key to the LOCK (0) position, the shift lever must be in Park, and you must push the key in slightly. The shift lever must be in Park before you can remove the key from the ignition switch. ON (II) − This is the normal key position when driving. Several of the indicators on the instrument panel come on as a test when you turn the ignition switch from the ACCESSORY (I) to the ON (II) position. START (III) − Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to the ON (II) position when you let go of the key. 129 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls ACCESSORY (I) − You can operate the audio system and the accessory power sockets in this position. You will hear a reminder beeper if you leave the key in the ignition switch in the LOCK (0) or the ACCESSORY (I) position and open the driver’s door. Remove the key to turn off the beeper. 07/07/09 09:38:57 31STX610 0135  Main Menu Table Of Contents Door Locks UNLOCK To change the ‘‘KEY AND REMOTE UNLOCK MODE’’ setting, see page 109 . LOCK When the vehicle speed reaches about 10 mph (about 15 km/h) or more, all the doors lock automatically. To change the ‘‘AUTO DOOR LOCK’’ setting, see page 106 . LOCK To lock all doors and the tailgate, press the bottom of the master door lock switch on either front door, pull the lock tab above the driver’s door handle, or use the key on the outside lock on the driver’s door. Pressing the top of either master door lock switch will unlock all doors and the tailgate. UNLOCK The lock tab on any passenger’s door locks and unlocks that door. All doors and the tailgate can be locked from the outside by using the key in the driver’s door lock. To unlock only the driver’s door, insert the key, turn the key, and release it. The remaining doors and the tailgate unlock when you turn the key a second time within a few seconds. 130 2008 MDX When you shift to P after driving, the driver’s door unlocks. To change the ‘‘AUTO DOOR UNLOCK’’ setting, see page 107 . 07/07/09 09:39:05 31STX610 0136  Main Menu Table Of Contents Door Locks, Tailgate Lockout Prevention Childproof Door Locks Tailgate LOCK 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 (lever is down), the door cannot be opened from the inside regardless of the position of the lock tab. To open the door, push the lock tab forward and use the outside door handle. To open the tailgate, push up inside the handle, then lift up. To close the tailgate, use the inner handle to pull it down, then press down on the back edge. Keep the tailgate closed at all times while driving to avoid damaging the tailgate and to prevent exhaust gas from getting into the interior. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 58 . 131 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls With any door and the tailgate open and the key in the ignition, both master door lock switches are disabled. They are not disabled if all the doors and the tailgate are closed. If you try to lock an open driver’s door by pulling the lock tab rearward the lock tab on the driver’s door pops out. 07/07/09 09:39:12 31STX610 0137  Main Menu Table Of Contents Tailgate Power Tailgate POWER TAILGATE SWITCH U.S. Entertainment Packages and Canadian Elite Package models Press and hold the tailgate button on the remote transmitter or the switch for about 1 second to open or close the tailgate. Each time you press the button on the remote transmitter or the switch, you will hear a beep, and some front and rear lights will flash. If you push the same button or switch again while the tailgate is opening or closing, you will hear three beeps, and the tailgate will stop moving, reverse direction, and stop at the fully opened or closed position. The tailgate can be opened and closed with the remote transmitter (see page 135 ) or the switch in the driver’s door pocket when both front doors are unlocked. 132 2008 MDX TAILGATE SWITCH The tailgate can also be closed by pressing the button on the tailgate. If you press the button again while the tailgate is closing, you will hear three beeps, and the tailgate will stop moving, reverse direction, and stop at the fully opened position. 07/07/09 09:39:22 31STX610 0138  Main Menu Table Of Contents Tailgate Auto-Reverse Closing a power tailgate while anyone is in the path of the tailgate can cause serious injury. Make sure everyone is clear before closing the power tailgate. Also check that passengers, especially children, do not have their hands on the edge of the tailgate or on the tailgate sill. The auto reverse feature stops working when the tailgate is about to latch so the motor can pull the tailgate shut. If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected, goes dead, or the fuse is removed while the tailgate is fully open, the power tailgate needs to be reset. After connecting the battery or installing the fuse, close the tailgate fully by hand. The power tailgate may not open or close under the these conditions: The vehicle is parked on a steep hill. When the tailgate or the roof is covered with snow or ice. Do not install any accessories on the tailgate. It may cause the tailgate not to function properly. If there is snow or ice on the tailgate, make sure to remove it before you operate the tailgate. If you push the tailgate release button inside the handle while the tailgate is opening or closing, it will stop moving. You need to open or close it the rest of the way manually. The tailgate has sensors on both sides. Be careful not to damage them. If the sensors are damaged, the power tailgate does not function properly. When the vehicle is swayed in a strong wind. CONTINUED 133 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls The power tailgate has an autoreverse feature. If it meets resistance while opening or closing, it will beep three times and reverse direction. However, the tailgate may not reverse immediately. Always make sure passengers and objects are clear of the tailgate before opening or closing it. 07/07/09 09:39:31 31STX610 0139  Main Menu Table Of Contents Tailgate If you try to drive off with the tailgate not closed completely, a beeper sounds and a ‘‘DOOR & TAILGATE OPEN’’ message is shown on the multi-information display. Unlocking the Tailgate 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 58 . If there is a problem in the power tailgate system, you will see a ‘‘CHECK POWER TAILGATE’’ message on the multi-information display. Have the system checked by your dealer. With this message shown on the multi-information display, you can still open or close the tailgate manually. U.S. Entertainment Packages and Canadian Elite Package models If the power door lock system cannot unlock the tailgate, unlock it manually. Use a small flat-tipped screwdriver to remove the cover on the back of the tailgate. 134 2008 MDX Push the release lever to the right as shown. If you need to unlock the tailgate manually, it means there is a problem with the tailgate. Have the vehicle checked by your dealer. 07/07/09 09:39:39 31STX610 0140  Main Menu Table Of Contents Tailgate, Remote Transmitter Remote Transmitter U.S. Entertainment Packages and Canadian Elite Package models UNLOCK BUTTON LOCK BUTTON TAILGATE BUTTON MDX, Technology, and U.S. Sport Packages models If you cannot open the tailgate, remove the cover on the back of the tailgate (see page 134 ). Push the release lever to the right as shown, then pull the outer handle to open the tailgate. PANIC BUTTON LOCK − Press this button once to lock all doors and the tailgate. Some exterior lights will flash. When you push LOCK twice within 5 seconds, you will hear a beep to verify that the doors and tailgate are locked and the security system has set. This button does not work if any door or tailgate is not fully closed. PANIC BUTTON To change the ‘‘KEYLESS LOCK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’’ setting, see page 110 . CONTINUED 135 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls MDX, Technology, and U.S. Sport Packages models LOCK UNLOCK BUTTON BUTTON 07/07/09 09:39:46 31STX610 0141  Main Menu Table Of Contents Remote Transmitter UNLOCK − Press this button once to unlock the driver’s door. Push it twice to unlock the other doors. Some exterior lights will flash twice when you push the button. If you do not open any door or the tailgate within 30 seconds, they will automatically relock. To change the ‘‘KEY AND REMOTE UNLOCK MODE’’ setting, see page 109 . To change the ‘‘SECURITY RELOCK TIMER’’ setting, see page 111 . 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 160 ). If you do not open any door or the tailgate, the lights stay on for about 30 seconds, then go out. If you relock the doors and the tailgate with the remote transmitter before 30 seconds have elapsed, the lights will go off immediately. U.S. Entertainment Packages and Canadian Elite Package models TAILGATE − Press and hold the TAILGATE button to open or close the power tailgate. When the tailgate begins to move, you will hear a beep, and some front and rear lights will flash. If you push the same button again while the tailgate is opening or closing, three beeps sound, the tailgate stops moving, reverses 136 2008 MDX direction and stops in the fully opened or fully closed position. PANIC − Press and hold this button for about 1 second to attract attention; the horn will sound, and the exterior lights will flash for about 30 seconds. To cancel panic mode, press any other button on the remote transmitter, or turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. Panic mode does not work when the key is in the ignition switch. 07/07/09 09:39:56 31STX610 0142  Main Menu Table Of Contents Remote Transmitter Remote Transmitter Care Replacing the Transmitter Battery If it takes several pushes on the button to lock or unlock the doors and the tailgate, replace the battery as soon as possible. Battery type: CR1616 SCREW KEYPAD To replace the battery: 1. Remove the screw at the base of the transmitter with a small Phillips-head screwdriver. 2. Separate the keypad from the transmitter by pushing any button from outside. CONTINUED 137 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Avoid dropping or throwing the transmitter. Protect the transmitter from extreme temperature. Do not immerse the transmitter in any liquid. If you lose a transmitter, the replacement needs to be reprogrammed by your dealer. 07/07/09 09:40:04 31STX610 0143  Main Menu Table Of Contents Remote Transmitter 4. 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 keypad. BATTERY 3. Place a cloth on the edge of the keypad, and remove the upper half by carefully prying on the edge with a small flat-tip screwdriver. An improperly disposed of battery can hurt the environment. Always confirm local regulations for battery disposal. 5. Snap the two halves of the keypad, then install the parts in reverse order. 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. 138 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:40:15 31STX610 0144  Main Menu Table Of Contents Remote Transmitter Keyless Memory SettingsTM Here are the settings activated with the remote; Customized settings (see page 83 ). Audio system settings (see page 200 ). When you unlock the driver’s door with your remote, each remote activates the keyless memory settings related to that remote. The driver’s ID (MEMORY 1 or MEMORY 2) is shown on the back of each remote. Climate control settings (see page 171 ). When you unlock and open the driver’s door with the remote transmitter, the driver’s seat (except the power lumbar feature) and outside mirrors start to move to the positions stored in memory. The indicator in the related memory button to the remote comes on. You will also see the ‘‘WELCOME DRIVER 1’’ or ‘‘WELCOME DRIVER 2’’ message on the multiinformation display, depending on which linked remote transmitter is used. To turn off this feature, press and hold the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons at the same time. The LED in the remote will blink twice. Then release the buttons. Doing this cancels the keyless memory settings for that remote and restores the default settings. To turn the keyless memory settings back on, repeat this procedure. The LED will blink once to indicate the feature has been turned on. 139 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Driving position memory (see page 157 ). The steering wheel will move to the stored position when you insert the key into the ignition switch. 07/07/09 09:40:26 31STX610 0145  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Front Seat Power Adjustments Moves the whole seat up and forward, or down and backward. The front of the seat also tilts up or down at the same time. See pages 12 − 14 for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position the seats and seatbacks. The controls for the power adjustable front seats are on the outside edge of each seat bottom. You can adjust the seats with the ignition switch in any position. Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. The passenger seat has the same adjustments as the driver’s seat but without any lumbar adjustment. Adjusts the seat-back angle forward or backward. Moves the seat forward and backward. Moves the front of the seat up or down. Raises or lowers the seat. 140 2008 MDX Increases or decreases the lumbar support. (Driver’s seat only) 07/07/09 09:40:34 31STX610 0146  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Head Restraints FRONT See page 14 for important safety information and a warning about improperly positioning head restraints. CUSHION SEATBACK LEGS They are most effective when you adjust them so the center of the back of the occupant’s head rests against the center of the restraint. RELEASE BUTTON Adjusting the Head Restraint 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. CONTINUED 141 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Your vehicle is equipped with head restraints in all seating positions to help protect you and your passengers from whiplash and other injuries. 07/07/09 09:40:40 31STX610 0147  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats SECOND CENTER AND THIRD ROW CUSHION When reinstalling a head restraint, put the legs back in place. Then adjust it to the appropriate height while pressing the release button. Make sure the head restraint locks in position when you reinstall it. LEGS RELEASE BUTTON Removing the Head Restraint To remove a head restraint for cleaning or repair, pull it up as far as it will go. Push the release button, then pull the restraint out of the seatback. 142 2008 MDX Failure to reinstall the head restraints can result in severe injury during a crash. Always replace the head restraints before driving. 07/07/09 09:40:49 31STX610 0148  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Active Head Restraints This reduces the distance between the restraint and the occupant’s head. It also helps protect the occupants against whiplash and injuries to the neck and upper spine. The driver’s and front passenger’s seats have active head restraints. If the vehicle is struck severely from the rear, the occupant properly secured with the seat belt will be pushed against the seat-back and the head restraint will automatically move forward. If the restraints do not return to their normal position, or in the event of a severe collision, have the vehicle inspected by an Acura dealer. Do not hang any items on the head restraints, or from the restraint legs. Do not place any object between an occupant and the seat-back. Install each restraint in its proper location. Only use genuine Acura replacement head restraints. CONTINUED 143 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls After a collision, the activated restraint should return to its normal position. For a head restraint system to work properly: 07/07/09 09:40:59 31STX610 0149  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Adjusting the Second Row Seats Folding the Second Row Seats The left and right halves can be folded separately. 1. To unlatch the detachable anchor before folding the seat-back, insert the latch plate into the slot on the side of the anchor buckle (see page 146 ) and allow the seat belt to retract. Store the detachable anchor and seat belt latch plates in the retractor housing. HANDLE To change the seat-back angle of the seats in the second row, pull up on the handle on the outside of the seatback, and push the seat-back. Overall, the seat-back has six different positions. 2. Lower the head restraints to their lowest positions. 3. Pull up the handle on the outside of the seat-back. 4. Fold the seat-back forward. Reverse this procedure to return the seat to the upright position. Make sure the seat is locked securely before driving. 144 2008 MDX Make sure that the folded seat-back does not press against the front passenger’s seat, as this could cause the weight sensors to work improperly. 07/07/09 09:41:08 31STX610 0150  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Third Row Access Folding the Third Row Seat 1. Use the latch plate to release the seat belt from the detachable anchor (see page 146 ). NOTE: To fold the third row seat, the second row seat-back must be folded down or in the full up right position. RELEASE LEVER THIRD SEAT HANDLE 3. Unlock the seat-back by pulling the handle. Push the seat-back forward. To get into the third row seats, pull up the lever on the side of the passenger’s side second row seatback. The seat-back will tilt forward, and then can be slid forward. Make sure the outer shoulder belts are positioned on each hook on the side panel whenever the third seat is folded. 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. CONTINUED 145 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls 2. Lower the head restraints to their lowest positions. 07/07/09 09:41:15 31STX610 0151  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Reverse this procedure to return the seat to the upright position. Make sure the seat is locked securely before driving. Reconnect the seat belts to the detachable anchors. Detachable Anchor 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 332 ). When the seats are returned to the upright position, these detachable anchors should be latched back properly. Using a seat belt with the detachable anchor unlatched increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash. LATCH PLATE The seat belts in the second row center seat and the third row seats are equipped with detachable anchors. To unlatch the detachable anchor, insert the latch plate into the slot on the side of the anchor buckle. Store the detachable anchor and seat belt latch plates in the retractor housing. 146 2008 MDX Before using the seat belt, make sure the detachable anchor is correctly latched. 07/07/09 09:41:23 31STX610 0152  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats SECOND ROW CENTER SEAT THIRD ROW SEATS SMALL LATCH PLATE LATCH PLATE HOOK SMALL LATCH PLATE Pull out the small latch plate and the latch plate from each holding slot in the ceiling, and pull out the seat belt to extend it. ANCHOR BUCKLE Pull out the outer shoulder belts from the hook. Both of the third-row hooks should only be used when the seat belt is detached. Line up the triangle marks on the small latch plate and anchor buckle when reattaching the belt and buckle. Tug on the seat belt to verify that the detachable anchor is securely latched. Make sure the seat belt is not twisted. 147 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls TRIANGLE MARKS 07/07/09 09:41:30 31STX610 0153  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seat Heaters Passenger’s Seat HI HEATERS Driver’s Seat Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters. Because of the sensors for the side airbag cutoff system, there is no heater in the passenger’s seat-back. The ignition switch must be in the ON (II) position to use the heaters. Front seat LOW 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. 148 2008 MDX Second row seat U.S. Entertainment Packages and Canadian models The outer second row seat cushions and seat-backs are equipped with seat heaters. Turning the switch on the driver side warms the outer seat behind the driver’s seat only. The passenger side switch warms the outer seat behind the front passenger seat. 07/07/09 09:41:40 31STX610 0154  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seat Heaters, Power Windows In the HI setting, the heater turns off when the seat gets warm, and turns back on after the seat’s temperature drops. Power Windows DRIVER’S WINDOW SWITCH MAIN SWITCH Closing a power window on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Follow these precautions when using the seat heaters: Use the HI setting only to heat the seats quickly, because it draws large amounts of current from the battery. If the engine is left idling for an extended period, do not use the seat heaters even on the LO setting. It can weaken the battery, causing hard starting. Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position to raise or lower any window. To open a window, push the switch down and hold it. Release the switch when you want the window to stop. Pull back on the switch and hold it to close the window. Make sure your passengers are away from the windows before closing them. AUTO − To open either front window fully, push the window switch firmly down to the second detent, then release it. The window automatically goes down all the way. To stop the window from going all the way down, pull back on the window switch briefly. CONTINUED 149 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls In the LO setting, the heater runs continuously. It does not cycle with temperature changes. The windows will operate for up to 10 minutes after you turn off the ignition switch. Opening either front door cancels this function. 07/07/09 09:41:47 31STX610 0155  Main Menu Table Of Contents Power Windows To close either front window fully, pull back the window switch firmly to the second detent, then release it. The window automatically goes all the way up. To stop the window from going all the way up, push down on the window switch briefly. AUTO REVERSE − If either front window senses any obstacle while it is closing automatically, it will reverse direction and then stop. To close the window, remove the obstacle, then use the window switch again. When you push the MAIN switch in, the switch is off, and the passengers’ windows cannot be raised or lowered. To cancel this feature, push on the switch again to get it to pop out. Keep the MAIN switch pushed in when you have children in the vehicle so they do not injure themselves by operating the windows unintentionally. Auto reverse stops sensing when the window is almost closed. You should always check that all passengers and objects are away from the window before closing it. If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, or the driver’s window fuse is removed, the AUTO function may be disabled. If the AUTO function is disabled, the power window system will need to be reset after reconnecting the battery or installing the fuse. 1. Start the engine. Push down and hold the driver’s window switch until the window is fully open. 2. Pull and hold the driver’s window switch to close the window completely, then hold the switch for about 2 seconds. If the power windows do not operate properly after resetting, have your vehicle checked by your dealer. 150 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:42:01 31STX610 0156  Main Menu Table Of Contents Power Windows 2. Press the UNLOCK button a second time, and hold it. All the doors unlock, and all four windows and moonroof start to open. To stop the windows and moonroof, release the button. 3. To open the windows and moonroof further, press the button again (within 10 seconds of step 1) and hold it. If the windows and the moonroof stop before the desired position, repeat steps 1 and 2. You cannot close the windows or the moonroof with the remote transmitter. Opening/Closing the Windows and Moonroof with the Key 3. Turn the key clockwise again, and hold it. All four windows and the moonroof start to open. To stop the windows and the moonroof, release the key. 4. To open the windows and the moonroof further, turn and hold the key again (within 10 seconds of step 2). To close: 1. Insert the key in the driver’s door lock. You can open and close the windows and moonroof with the key in the driver’s door lock. To open: 1. Insert the key in the driver’s door lock. 2. Turn the key clockwise, then release it. 2. Turn the key counterclockwise, then release it. 3. Turn the key counterclockwise again, and hold it. All four windows and the moonroof start to close. To stop the windows and the moonroof, release the key. CONTINUED 151 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Opening the Windows and Moonroof with the Remote Transmitter You can open all of the windows and the moonroof from outside with the remote transmitter. 1. Press the UNLOCK button once to unlock the driver’s door. 07/07/09 09:42:09 31STX610 0157  Main Menu Table Of Contents Power Windows, Moonroof 4. To close the windows and the moonroof further, turn and hold the key again (within 10 seconds of step 2). Moonroof To tilt up the moonroof, push on the center of the moonroof switch. To stop the moonroof from tilting up fully, push the switch briefly. Auto reverse does not work when closing the windows and moonroof with the key. To close the moonroof fully, firmly push the moonroof switch forward, then release it. The moonroof automatically closes all the way. To stop the moonroof from closing, push the switch briefly. NOTE: If the windows and the moonroof stop before the desired position, repeat steps 2 and 3. MOONROOF SWITCH To open the moonroof fully, pull back the moonroof switch firmly. The moonroof opens all the way. To stop the moonroof from opening fully, push the switch briefly. 152 2008 MDX To open or close the moonroof partially, pull back or push forward the moonroof switch lightly and hold it. The moonroof will stop when you release the switch. 07/07/09 09:42:18 31STX610 0158  Main Menu Table Of Contents Moonroof, Parking Brake You can open and close the moonroof for up to 10 minutes after you turn off the ignition switch. Opening either front door cancels this function. Auto reverse stops sensing when the moonroof is almost closed. You should always check that all passengers and objects are away from the moonroof before closing it. 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 its motor. Parking Brake RELEASE HANDLE PARKING BRAKE PEDAL To apply the parking brake, push the pedal down with your foot. To release it, pull the release handle fully. The parking brake indicator on the instrument panel should go out when the parking brake is fully released (see page 65 ). 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. You will also see a ‘‘RELEASE PARKING BRAKE’’ message on the multi-information display (see page CONTINUED 81 ). 153 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Auto Reverse If the moonroof runs into any obstacle while it is closing automatically, it will reverse direction, and then stop. To close the moonroof, remove the obstacle, then use the moonroof switch again. 07/07/09 09:42:24 31STX610 0159  Main Menu Table Of Contents Parking Brake, Mirrors Driving the vehicle with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. A beeper will sound if the vehicle is driven with the parking brake on. 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 BUTTON 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 feature. 154 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:42:31 31STX610 0160  Main Menu Table Of Contents Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors SELECTOR SWITCH 4. When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns the adjustment switch off to keep your settings. 1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 2. Move the selector switch to L (driver’s side) or R (passenger’s side). 155 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls There is also a sensor on the back of the mirror. Items hung on the mirror may block this sensor and af f ect its perf ormance. 3. Push the appropriate edge of the adjustment switch to move the mirror right, left, up, or down. 07/07/09 09:42:38 31STX610 0161  Main Menu Table Of Contents Mirrors Reverse Tilt Door Mirror Both outside door mirrors have a reverse tilt feature. When in reverse, the selected mirror will tilt down slightly to improve your view as you parallel park. Shifting out of reverse will return the mirrors to their original position. Heated Mirrors HEATED MIRROR BUTTON To tilt the driver’s mirror, place the selector switch in the left position. To tilt the passenger’s mirror, place the switch in the right position. To turn the feature off, place the switch in the center position. Outside mirror positions can be stored in the driving position memory system (see page 157 ). The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, turn on the heaters by pressing the button. The indicator in the button comes on as a reminder. Press the button again to turn the heaters off. Pressing this button also turns the rear window defogger on and off. 156 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:42:47 31STX610 0162  Main Menu Table Of Contents Driving Position Memory System Your vehicle has a memory feature for the steering wheel, driver’s seat, and outside mirror positions. 1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. You cannot add a new driving position to the memory unless the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position. You can recall a memorized position with the ignition switch in any position. 2. Adjust the seat to a comfortable position (see page 140 ). Adjust the steering wheel to a comfortable position (see page 124). Adjust the outside mirrors for best visibility (see page 155 ). MEMORY BUTTONS 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 in the memory button will come on. The current positions of the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors are now stored. CONTINUED 157 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Seat, except for power lumbar, steering wheel and outside mirror positions can be stored in separate memories. You select a memorized position by pushing the appropriate button or using the appropriate remote transmitter (Driver 1 or Driver 2). For more information see page 139 . Storing a Driving Position in Memory Store a driving position only when the vehicle is parked. 07/07/09 09:42:58 31STX610 0163  Main Menu Table Of Contents Driving Position Memory System Doing any of the following after pressing the MEMO button will cancel the storing procedure. 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. Selecting a Memorized Position To select a memorized position, do this: 1. Make sure the vehicle is parked. 2. Press the desired memory button (1 or 2) until you hear a beep, then release the button. The system will move the seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors to the memorized positions. The indicator in the selected memory button will flash during movement. When the adjustments are complete, you will hear two beeps, and the indicator will remain on. To change the ‘‘MEMORY POSITION LINK’’ setting, see page 98 . 158 2008 MDX To stop the system’s automatic adjustment, do any of these actions: 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, steering wheel or outside mirrors after they are in their memorized position. If you change the memorized position, the indicator in the memory button will go out. To keep this driving position for later use, you must store it in the driving position memory. 07/07/09 09:43:10 31STX610 0164  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Lights Light Control Switch DOOR ACTIVATED POSITION The individual map lights in the second row and the cargo area light in the third row cannot be turned on. To change the ‘‘INTERIOR LIGHT DIMMING TIME’’ setting, see page 101 . ON The light control switch has three positions: OFF, Door Activated, and ON. When the switch is in the OFF position: The individual door lights or the tailgate lights will operate when a door or the tailgate is opened. The individual map lights in the front can be turned on and off by pressing the lenses. The individual map lights in the front and second rows come on when any door or the tailgate is opened, or when the remote transmitter is used to unlock the doors (see page 136 ). When the doors and the tailgate are closed, each light can be turned on and off by pushing the lens. The cargo area light comes on when any door or the tailgate is opened if the light control switch is in the door activated (center) position. When the doors and the tailgate are closed, the cargo area light can be turned on with the switch in the light. With any door or the tailgate left open, the lights stay on about 3 minutes, then go out. The lights also come on when the key is removed from the ignition switch. CONTINUED 159 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls When the switch is in the door activated position: OFF After all doors are closed tightly, the lights dim slightly, then fade out in about 30 seconds. 07/07/09 09:43:17 31STX610 0165  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Lights When the light control switch is in the ON position: Individual Map Lights FRONT 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 if the switch is in the door activated position. COURTESY LIGHT Turn on the front row individual map lights by pushing the lens. Push the lens again to turn it off. With the light control switch in the door activated position, the second row map lights can be turned on by pushing the lens. Push the lens again to turn it off. 160 2008 MDX The courtesy light between the map lights comes on when you turn the parking lights on. To adjust its brightness, press either of the instrument panel brightness control buttons (+ or −). 07/07/09 09:43:24 31STX610 0166  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Lights Cargo Area Light OFF Individual Interior Lights The courtesy lights in all four doors come on when you open any door. The light around the ignition switch comes on when any door is opened. After you close the door, the ignition switch light stays on for about 30 seconds regardless of the interior light dimming time setting (see page 101 ). 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. In the ON position, it stays on continuously. 161 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls ON Tailgate Lights The lights in the tailgate have an onoff switch to control if the lights come on when the tailgate is opened. The tailgate lights do not come on when any other doors are opened. 07/07/09 18:13:22 31STX610 0167  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items SUNGLASSES HOLDER SUN VISOR COAT HOOK VANITY MIRROR STORAGE COMPARTMENTS GROCERY HOOK GLOVE BOX CENTER POCKET ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET CONSOLE COMPARTMENT BEVERAGE HOLDER ARMREST/BEVERAGE HOLDER 162 2008 MDX ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET 07/07/09 09:43:36 31STX610 0168  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Beverage Holders Be careful when you are using the beverage holders. A spilled liquid that is very hot can scald you or your passengers. Liquid can also spill from the door pocket beverage holders when you open or close the doors. Use only resealable containers in the door pockets. Open the front beverage holder by sliding the lid. ARMREST The center seat-back in the second is equipped with an armrest that provides the beverage holder. Pivot down the seat-back to use them. BEVERAGE HOLDER To open the beverage holder, press and release the front lid. To close, press the lid again until it latches. When you put back the armrest in the center seat-back, make sure the lid is closed properly. 163 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls Spilled liquids can damage the upholstery, carpeting, and electrical components in the interior. FRONT LID 07/07/09 09:43:45 31STX610 0169  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Console Compartment Storage Compartment Glove Box Open the glove box by pulling the handle to the left. Close it with a firm push. Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key. LIDS BUTTONS LID Your vehicle is equipped with a front seat armrest pad that is also a console compartment. To open the console compartment fully, push both buttons at the front of the compartment. The storage compartment with a sliding lid is at the left-side foot of the front passenger seat. For the third row, a storage compartment is located in the passenger side armrest. To open the compartment, push the button and lift the lid. 164 2008 MDX 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. 07/07/09 09:43:52 31STX610 0170  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Sunglasses Holder Cargo Hooks SUNGLASSES HOLDER To open the sunglasses holder, push then release the raised detent. 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. You may also store small items in this holder. Make sure they are small enough to let the holder close and latch, and that they are not heavy enough to cause the holder to pop open while driving. 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. 165 2008 MDX Instruments and Controls HOOK PUSH 07/07/09 09:44:01 31STX610 0171  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Sun Visor Vanity Mirror Slide SUN VISOR To use the sun visor, pull it down. When using the sun visor for the side window, remove the support rod from the clip, and swing it out. In this position, the sun visor can be adjusted by moving it on its slider. Do not use the extended sun visor over the inside mirror. To use the vanity mirror on the back of the sun visor, pull up the cover. The vanity mirror light will not come on if the sun visor is slid outward. Make sure you put the sun visor back in place when you are getting into or out of the vehicle. 166 2008 MDX Accessory Power Sockets Your vehicle has two or three accessory power sockets, depending on the model. All models have the front accessory power socket under the audio system and rear socket behind the third row seat on the driver’s side. 07/07/09 09:44:09 31STX610 0172  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Each socket is intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps). AC Power Outlet MDX, Technology, and U.S. Sport Packages models Instruments and Controls None of the sockets will power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. U.S. Entertainment Packages and Canadian Elite Package models The accessory power socket is located at the back of the front console compartment. There is a 115 volt AC power outlet inside the front console compartment. To use the AC power outlet, open the lids and open the outlet cover. Insert the plug into the receptacle slightly, turn it 90° clockwise, then push in the plug all the way. To use an accessory power socket, the ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position. CONTINUED 167 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:44:13 31STX610 0173  Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Always run the engine when you use the AC power outlet. The maximum capacity for this power outlet is 115 volt AC at 100 watts or less. If you use an appliance which requires more than 100 watts, it automatically stops supplying the power. If this happens, turn the ignition switch off and turn it on again. NOTE: The AC power outlet is not designed for electric appliances which require high initial peak wattage such as cathode-ray tube type televisions, refrigerators, electric pumps, etc. It is also not suitable for devices that process precise data such as medical equipment or measuring instruments. Any appliances that require an extremely stable power supply such as microcomputer-controlled electric blankets, touch sensor lamps, etc., should not be connected to this outlet. 168 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:44:19 31STX610 0174  Main Menu Features The climate control system in your vehicle provides a comfortable driving environment in all weather conditions. Your vehicle has an anti-theft audio system that requires a code number to enable it. HomeLink Universal Transceiver................................. 276 Bluetooth HandsFreeLink ........ 280 AcuraLink ....................................... 308 Rearview Camera and Monitor .... 320 Features The standard audio system has many features. This section describes those features and how to use them. Climate Control System ................ 170 Rear Climate Controls............... 175 Audio System ................................. 180 Playing the AM/FM Radio (Models without navigation system) ................................... 181 Playing the XM Satellite Radio .. 185 Playing Discs .................................. 190 Disc Changer Error Messages .... 199 Audio System (Models with navigation system) .................... 200 Playing the AM/FM Radio ........... 201 AM/FM Radio Reception ............. 205 Playing the XM Satellite Radio .. 210 Playing Discs .................................. 218 Disc Changer Error Messages .... 228 Protecting Your Discs ................... 229 Auxiliary Input Jack ....................... 232 Remote Audio Controls................. 233 Radio Theft Protection.................. 235 Setting the Clock and Calendar ... 236 Rear Entertainment System ......... 237 Security System ............................. 269 Cruise Control ................................ 270 Compass.......................................... 273 169 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:44:27 31STX610 0175  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System FRONT CONTROL PANEL OFF BUTTON AUTO BUTTON DRIVER’S SIDE TEMPERATURE AUTO INDICATOR FRONT PASSENGER’S SIDE TEMPERATURE FAN CONTROL BUTTONS DRIVER’S SIDE TEMPERATURE CONTROL BUTTONS FRONT PASSENGER’S SIDE TEMPERATURE CONTROL BUTTONS DUAL BUTTON REAR BUTTON WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER BUTTON REAR CONTROL PANEL RECIRCULATION BUTTON REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER/HEATED MIRROR BUTTON REAR PASSENGER COMPARTMENT TEMPERATURE MODE BUTTON AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON AUTO SYNC INDICATOR REAR PASSENGER COMPARTMENT TEMPERATURE CONTROL BUTTONS FAN CONTROL BUTTONS AUTO BUTTON MODE BUTTON OFF BUTTON 170 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:44:37 31STX610 0176  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System Using Automatic Climate Control The automatic climate control system in your vehicle 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 airflow levels. Voice Control System 1. Press the Auto button on the front control panel. On vehicles with navigation system The climate control system can also be operated by voice control. See the Navi section in your quick start guide for an overview of this system, and the navigation system manual for complete details. 2. Set the desired temperature with the temperature control buttons. You will see AUTO in the system’s display. 3. You can set the driver’s side temperature, the passenger’s side temperature, and the temperature of the rear passenger compartment separately. The system automatically selects the proper mix of conditioned and/or heated air that will, as quickly as possible, raise or lower the interior temperature to your preference. Temperature Control The driver’s side temperature, the passenger’s side temperature and the rear passenger compartment temperature can be set separately. Press the ▲ button of the appropriate temperature control to increase the temperature of airflow. Press the ▼ button to decrease it. Each set temperature is shown in the display. The rear temperature is shown in the display on the back of the center console. CONTINUED 171 2008 MDX Features Personalization Setting When you unlock the doors with your remote, the driver’s ID (Driver 1 or Driver 2) is detected, and the climate control settings are turned to the respective mode automatically when the ignition is turned to the ON (II) position. 07/07/09 09:44:46 31STX610 0177  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System When you set the temperature to its lower limit ( ) or its upper limit ( ), the system runs at full cooling or heating only. It does not regulate the interior temperature. When you press a fan control button, the fan is taken out of AUTO mode. When the indicator in the dual button is on, the driver’s side and passenger’s side temperature can be controlled independently (see page 177 ). When the indicator in the rear button is on, the temperature of the rear passenger compartment can be controlled independently (see page 177 ). On vehicles with navigation system In the Auto mode, the vehicle’s interior temperature is independently regulated for the driver, front passenger, and rear passengers according to each adjusted temperature. The system also regulates each temperature based on the information of the sun light sensor and the sun position which is updated automatically by the navigation’s global positioning system (GPS). For example, if the driver’s side of the vehicle getting too much sun, the system will adjust to a lower temperature. Dual Button You can set the temperatures for the driver’s side and the passenger’s side separately when this button is pressed (indicator is on). When the indicator in the DUAL button is off, the temperatures for both sides are synchronized to the driver’s side set temperature. When defrost mode is selected, dual mode operation is canceled. 172 2008 MDX Rear Button When you press this button, the indicator in the button comes on, and the temperature of the rear passenger compartment can be adjusted separately with the temperature control buttons on the back of the center console. With the indicator off, the temperature of the rear passenger compartment is synchronized to the driver’s side set temperature. You will see the AUTO SYNC on the system display of the rear control panel. Changing the temperature of the rear passenger compartment also makes the indicator to turn on, and takes the system out of synchronized mode. This causes the word SYNC in the display to go out. 07/07/09 09:44:58 31STX610 0178  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System To Turn Everything Off If you press the OFF button, the climate control system shuts off completely. Keep the system completely off for short periods only. Fan Control Press the ▲ button to increase the fan speed and airflow. Press the ▼ button to decrease it. Air Conditioning (A/C) Button This button turns the air conditioning on and off. You will see A/C ON or A/C OFF in the display. When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set the temperature control below the outside temperature. Recirculation Button When the indicator in the button is on, air from the vehicle’s interior is sent throughout the system again. When the indicator is off, air is brought in from the outside of the vehicle (fresh air mode). The outside air intakes for the climate control system are at the base of the windshield. Keep this area clear of leaves and other debris. The system should be left in fresh air mode under almost all conditions. Keeping the system in recirculation mode, particularly with the A/C off, can cause the windows to fog up. Switch to recirculation mode when driving through dusty or smoky conditions, then return to fresh air mode. 173 2008 MDX Features To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. Semi-automatic Operation You can manually select various functions of the climate control system when it is in fully automatic mode. All other features remain automatically controlled. Making any manual selection causes the word AUTO in the display to go out. 07/07/09 09:45:11 31STX610 0179  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System Rear Window Defogger Button This button turns the rear window defogger off and on (see page 122 ). Pushing this button also turns the power mirror heaters on and off. Mode Control Use the mode control button to select the vents the air flows from. Some air will flow from the dashboard vents in all modes. Air flows from the center and corner vents in the dashboard. Airflow is divided between the vents in the dashboard and the floor vents. vents. Air flows from the floor Airflow is divided between the floor and corner vents and the defroster vents at the base of the windshield. Windshield Defroster Button This button directs the main airflow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any mode selection you may have made. When you select , the system automatically switches to fresh air mode and turns on the A/C. For faster defrosting, manually set the fan speed to high. You can also increase airflow to the windshield by closing the corner vents on the dashboard. To close the vents, rotate the wheel under each corner vent. When you turn off by pressing the button again, the system returns to its former settings. 174 2008 MDX For your safety, make sure you have a clear view through all the windows before driving. When the indicator in the button is on, the front passenger’s and rear passenger compartment temperatures cannot be set separately from the driver’s. 07/07/09 09:45:18 31STX610 0180  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System Rear Climate Controls REAR CONTROL PANEL REAR PASSENGER COMPARTMENT TEMPERATURE FAN CONTROL BUTTONS AUTO BUTTON REAR BUTTON Rear Button When the indicator in this button is off, the temperature of the rear passenger compartment is synchronized to the driver’s side set temperature. If the AUTO mode is selected on the front control panel, you will see the AUTO SYNC on the rear system display. When the indicator in this button is on, the temperature of the rear passenger compartment can be adjusted with the rear temperature control buttons. A passenger can also adjust the fan speed and airflow. MODE BUTTON OFF BUTTON You can use the rear control panel when the indicator in the REAR button on the front control panel is on. Pressing any control button on the rear control panel turns on the rear button indicator on the front control panel. CONTINUED 175 2008 MDX Features REAR PASSENGER COMPARTMENT TEMPERATURE CONTROL BUTTONS 07/07/09 09:45:29 31STX610 0181  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System Temperature Control Press the ▲ temperature control button to increase the temperature of airflow, and the ▼ button to decrease it. The temperature you adjust is shown in the system display. Fan Control Press the ▲ fan control button to increase the fan speed and airflow. Press the ▼ button to decrease it. The level of the fan speed is shown in the display. Mode Control Each time you press the mode button, the mode display changes from to . When is selected, air flows from the upper vents on the back of the center console. When is selected, air flows from the lower vents. 176 2008 MDX Automatic Operation Pressing the AUTO button puts the system in automatic operation mode. The rear system automatically adjusts the fan speed and airflow levels to maintain the selected temperature of the rear passenger compartment. You will see AUTO in the display. Pressing the OFF button shuts off the rear climate control system. 07/07/09 09:45:36 31STX610 0182  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System Triple Zone Temperature Control The temperatures of the driver’s side and the front passenger’s side can be controlled independently when the indicator in the DUAL button is on. Driver’s Side Passenger’s Side Features When the indicator in the REAR button is on, the temperature of the rear passenger compartment can be controlled independently. To adjust each temperature, press either of the temperature control buttons (▲or▼) on the climate control panel. Rear Passenger Compartment CONTINUED 177 2008 MDX 07/07/09 09:45:42 31STX610 0183  Main Menu Table Of Contents Climate Control System Push AUTO or . The selected temperatures appear in the display. When the indicator in the DUAL button is off, you can adjust both sides to the same temperature by adjusting the driver’s temperature control buttons. When the indicator in the REAR button is off, the temperature of the rear passenger compartment is synchronized to the driver’s side set temperature. You will see the AUTO SYNC on the system display of the rear control panel. To set the driver’s side temperature to a different value than the passenger’s side, press the DUAL button, then press either of the driver’s temperature control button (▲or▼). To set the passenger’s side to a different value than the driver’s side, press either of the front passenger’s temperature control button (▲or▼). You can adjust the passenger’s side without pressing the DUAL button first. To set the temperature o