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2004 MDX Online Reference Owner's Manual Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com. Contents Owner's Identification Form Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety .......................................................................................................................... ii Your Vehicle at a Glance ...............................................................................................................................2 Driver and Passenger Safety .......................................................................................................................5 Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System. Instruments and Controls...........................................................................................................................55 Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. Comfort and Convenience Features.......................................................................................................103 How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving .............................................................................................................................................157 What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving...........................................................................................................................................................169 The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance.................................................................................................................................................195 The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer. Taking Care of the Unexpected...............................................................................................................229 This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information...............................................................................................................................251 ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ......................................................................265 A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...............................................................................................................269 How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index ................................................................................................................................................................. I Service Information Summary A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. Main Menu Owner’s Identification This Owner’s Manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle, and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold. OWNER This Owner’s Manual covers all models of the MDX. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model. ADDRESS STREET CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE V. I. N. DELIVERY DATE The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatsoever. (Date sold to original retail purchaser) DEALER NAME DEALER NO. ADDRESS STREET CITY OWNER’S SIGNATURE DEALER’S SIGNATURE STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE POUR CLIENTS CANADIEN AVIS IMPORTANT: Si vous avez besoin d’un Manuel du Conducteur en français, veuillez demander à votre concessionnaire de commander le numéro de pièce 33S3V830 Main Menu Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2004 Acura MDX was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Acura is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so you can refer to it at any time. As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a NOTICE: symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your Acura, other property, or the environment. Several warranties protect your new Acura. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Maintaining your vehicle according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Acura dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Acura. Your Acura dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns. California Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. i 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. ii 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 170 of this manual and the Off-Highway Guidelines section on page 192 . Failure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an accident. iii Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.104) INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.57) GAUGES (P.66) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.110) POWER DOOR LOCK SWITCHES (P.80) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.92) GLOVE BOX (P.99) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.90) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.160) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE (P.159) 2 PARKING BRAKE PEDAL (P.92) REAR A/C CONTROL (P.109) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P.101) Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.74) VTM-4 LOCK (P.176) HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNALS (P.72) PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.30) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P.75) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P.184) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.74) CRUISE CONTROL (P.144) FOG LIGHTS (P.75) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P.128) HORN* STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT (P.76) CRUISE CONTROL (P.144) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P.69) *: To use the horn, press the pad around the ‘‘A’’ logo. 3 Main Menu 4 Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts properly. It explains how your airbag work, and it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your vehicle. Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 7 Seat Belts ........................................ 8 Airbags ............................................ 9 Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 11 1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 11 2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 11 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 12 4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 13 5. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts ...................................... 14 6. Adjust the Steering Wheel ..... 16 7. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position ................................. 16 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 17 Additional Safety Precautions .... 17 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts .................................. 19 Seat Belt System Components ... 19 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 19 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ........ 20 Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 21 Additional Information About Your Airbags ...................................... 22 Airbag System Components ....... 22 How Your Front Airbags Work......... 23 Advanced Airbag ......................... 25 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 27 How Your Side Curtain Airbag Work.......................................... 28 How the SRS Indicator Light Works ........................................ 28 How The Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ....................... 29 How the Passenger Airbag Off indicator Works ................ 30 Airbag Service .............................. 31 Additional Safety Precautions .... 32 Protecting Children − General Guidelines ................................. 33 All Children Must Be Restrained ................................ 33 All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat ............................................ 34 The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks to Children ................................ 34 If You Must Drive with Several Children .................................... 36 If a Child Requires Close Attention ................................... 36 Additional Safety Precautions .... 36 Protecting infants and Small Children.......................... 38 Protecting Infants ........................ 38 Protecting Small Children .......... 39 Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 40 Installing a Child Seat ..................... 41 Installing a Child Seat with LATCH...................................... 42 Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Belt ................ 44 Installing a Child Seat with a Tether .................................... 45 Protecting Larger Children ............ 47 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 51 Safety Labels .................................... 52 Driver and Passenger Safety 5 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 supplement seat belts, but airbags are designed to inflate only in a moderate to severe frontal impact, side impact, or rollover collision. So even though your vehicle is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly (see page 14 ). Restrain All Children Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat. Larger children should use a booster 6 Driver and Passenger Safety and a lap/shoulder belt until they can use the belt properly without a booster (see page 49 ). Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. Don’t Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either. Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted. Keep Your Vehicle in Safe Condition Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance (see page 197 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features (9) (3) (1) (4) Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Some safety features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones, a collapsible steering column, and seat belt tensioners that tighten the front seat belts in the event of a crash. (11) (10) (7) (5) (7) (8) (2) (10) (6) (2) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats and Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Front Seat Belt Tensioners (9) Door Locks (10) Side Airbags (11) Side Curtain Airbags Driver and Passenger Safety 7 Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these safety features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and always wear your seat belts properly. In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. The following pages explain how you can take an active role in protecting yourself and your passengers. Seat Belts Your vehicle is equipped with seat belts in all seating positions. Your seat belt system also includes an indicator on the instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts. Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 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. 8 When properly worn, seat belts: Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle and against other occupants. Keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury. Airbags What you should do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. 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. Your vehicle has a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision (see page 23 for more information on how your front airbags work). Your vehicle 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 27 for more information on how your side airbags work). CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 9 Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. Airbags offer no protection in rear impacts, rollovers, or minor frontal or side collisions. Your vehicle also 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 28 for more information on how your side curtain airbags work.) 10 Driver and Passenger Safety Airbags can pose hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force. So while airbags help save lives they can cause minor injuries, or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright, and as far back from the steering wheel while allowing full control of the vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible. The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety. Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in severe crashes, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver, adult passengers, and teenagers who are large enough and mature enough to ride in the front seat. See pages 33 − 37 for important guidelines on how to properly protect infants, small children, and larger children who ride in your vehicle. 1.Close and Lock the Doors After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure the doors and tailgate are closed and locked. 2.Adjust the Front Seats Your vehicle has a door and tailgate monitor indicator on the instrument panel to indicate when a specific door or the tailgate is not tightly closed. Locking the doors reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash, and it helps prevent passengers from accidentally opening a door and falling out. Locking the doors also helps prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. 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. See page 80 for how to lock the doors, and page 60 for how the monitor light works. Driver and Passenger Safety 11 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens 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. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest. If you cannot get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help. Once your seat is adjusted correctly, rock it back and forth to make sure the seat is locked into position. See page 84 for how to adjust the front seats. 3.Adjust the Seat-Backs Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible. Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a comfortable, upright position, leaving ample space between your chest and the airbag cover in the center of the steering wheel. Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright position. 12 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens 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. 4.Adjust the Head Restraints Improperly positioning head restraints reduces their effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash. Make sure head restraints are in place and positioned properly before driving. See page 84 for how to adjust seatbacks. Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well back in the seat. Adjust the driver’s head restraint so the back of your head rests against the center of the restraint. Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 86 for how to adjust the head restraints. Have passengers with adjustable restraints adjust their restraints properly as well. Taller persons should adjust their restraint as high as possible. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 13 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens If necessary, pull up on the shoulder 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. 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. In the second row center seat and the third row seats, be sure the detachable anchors are also latched. Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Position the lap part of the belt as low as possible across your hips, then pull up on the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries. 14 Driver and Passenger Safety Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. 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. RELEASE BUTTONS To adjust the height of a front seat belt anchor, squeeze the two release buttons and slide the anchor up or down as needed (it has four positions). Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. This could cause very serious injuries in a crash. If a seat belt does not seem to work as it should, it may not protect the occupant in a crash. No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt. Anyone using a seat belt that is not working properly can be seriously injured or killed. Have your Acura dealer check the belt as soon as possible. See page 19 for additional information about your seat belts and how to take care of them. Driver and Passenger Safety 15 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens 6.Adjust the Steering Wheel Adjust the steering wheel, if needed, so that the wheel points toward your chest, not toward your face. This provides optimal protection from the front airbag. See page 76 for how to adjust the steering wheel. 16 Driver and Passenger Safety 7.Maintain a Proper Sitting Position After all occupants have adjusted their seats and put on seat belts, it is very important that they continue to sit upright, well back in their seats, with their feet on the floor, until the vehicle is parked and the engine is off. Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash. For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased. In addition, an occupant who is out of position in the front seat can be seriously or fatally injured in a crash by striking interior parts of the vehicle or being struck by an inflating front airbag. Being struck by an inflating side airbag can result in possibly serious injuries. Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death. Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor. 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. 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 check-up, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to drive. 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. Additional Safety Precautions Never let passengers ride in the cargo area or on top of a foldeddown back seat. All passengers must sit in locked, upright seats and be properly restrained by seat belts. Passengers should not stand up or change seats while the vehicle is moving. A passenger who is not wearing a seat belt during a crash or emergency stop can be thrown against the inside of the vehicle, against other occupants, or out of the vehicle. Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 17 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your Do not attach hard objects on or near a door. If a side airbag or a occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. hands or arms are close to an airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbag inflates. 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. Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag. Carrying hard or sharp 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. objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp objects in your mouth, can result in injuries if your front airbag inflates. Do not place the rear floor mat under the front passenger’s seat. This could make the front passenger’s weight sensors ineffective. Make sure the rear floor mat is hooked over the floor mat anchor (see page 218 ). 18 Driver and Passenger Safety Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on Do not modify the front seats. This could make the driver’s seat position sensor or the front passenger’s seat weight sensors ineffective (see page 32 for more information). Do not place any items under the front seats. This could cause problems with the driver’s seat position sensor or the front passenger’s seat weight sensors. (See page 32 for more information.) 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. The seat belt system includes an indicator on the instrument panel and a beeper to remind you and your passengers to fasten your belts. If you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) before fastening your seat belt, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash. If you do not fasten your seat belt before the beeper stops, the indicator will stop flashing but remain on. If you continue driving without fastening your seat belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes again at regular intervals. Lap/Shoulder Belt The lap/shoulder belts in the center seat of the second row and both of the third row seats are equipped with a detachable anchor that has two parts: a small latch plate and a buckle. The detachable anchor should normally be latched whenever the seats-backs are in an upright position. The lap and 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 14 for how to properly position the belt). To unlock the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body so that it retracts completely. After exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the way and will not get closed in the door. All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body. Driver and Passenger Safety 19 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts The seat belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have an additional locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat (see page 44 ). Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners However, the tensioners can be activated during a collision in which there is no airbag deployment. In this case, the airbags would not be needed, but the additional restraint provided by the tensioners could be helpful. If the shoulder part of the belt is pulled all the way out, the locking mechanism will activate. The belt will retract, but it will not allow the passenger to move freely. To deactivate the locking mechanism, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the belt, pull it out only as far as needed. 20 Driver and Passenger Safety The tensioners are designed to activate in any collision severe enough to cause a front, side, or side curtain airbag to inflate. For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in place. When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled in the normal manner. 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. Pull each belt out fully and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check that the latches work smoothly and the belts retract easily. Any belt not in good condition or not working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible. Acura provides a lifetime warranty on seat belts for U.S. models. See your Acura Warranty Information booklet for details. Not checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed. Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible. If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by the dealer. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash. The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed. If the automatic seat belt tensioners activate during a crash, they must be replaced. For information on how to clean your seat belts, see page 218 . Driver and Passenger Safety 21 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Your Airbag System (SRS) includes: Airbag System Components (7) (6) (1) (9) (11) (2) (5) (9) (3) (4) (1) Driver’s Front Airbag (2) Passenger’s Front Airbag (3) Control Unit (4) Seat Belt Tensioners (5) Side Airbags (6) Side Curtain Airbags (7) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor (10) (8) Front Passenger’s Seat Weight Sensors (9) Front Impact Sensor (10) Side Impact Sensors (11) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator 22 Driver and Passenger Safety (8) (10) (8) (5) (4) Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ (see page 23 ). Two side airbags, one for the driver and one for a front passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the seatbacks. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG’’ (see page 27 ). Two side curtain airbags, one for each side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored in the front, and rear pillars and above the windows. The front and rear pillars on both sides are marked ‘‘SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG’’ (see page 28 ). Automatic seat belt tensioners (see page 20 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe frontal impact, side impact or rollover. A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, and driver and front passenger seat belt use when the ignition is in the ON (II) position. 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. Sensors that can detect whether a child’s head is in the deployment path of the passenger’s side airbag and automatically turn the airbag off (see page 27 ). Front passenger’s weight sensors that monitor the weight on the front passenger’s seat. These prevent the passenger’s front airbag from inflating if the weight is less than about 65 lbs (30 kg) (see page 26 ). How Your Front Airbags Work The SRS indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbags (see page 28 ). Emergency backup power in case your vehicle’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash. An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you that the front passenger’s side airbag has been turned off (see page 29 ). An indicator on the dashboard that alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been turned off (see page 30 ). If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the driver’s and front passenger’s front airbags, at the appropriate time and with the force needed. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 23 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags During a frontal crash, your seat belt help restrains your lower body and torso and the airbag helps protect your head and chest. 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. Although both airbags normally inflate within a split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy. This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal. 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 30 ). 24 Driver and Passenger Safety After inflating, the front airbags will immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Dual-Stage Airbags Dual-Threshold Airbags Your front airbags are dual-stage airbags. This means they have two inflation stages that can be ignited sequentially or simultaneously, depending on crash severity. Your front airbags are also dualthreshold airbags. Airbags with this feature have two deployment thresholds that depend on whether or not the occupant is wearing a seat belt. In a more severe crash, both stages will ignite simultaneously to provide the quickest and greatest protection. In a less severe crash, one stage will ignite first, then the second stage will ignite a split second later. This provides longer airbag inflation time with a little less force. If the occupant’s belt is not latched, the airbag will deploy at the same threshold as a conventional airbag, 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. Advanced Airbags Your front airbags are also advanced airbags. The main purpose of this feature is to prevent airbag-caused injuries to short drivers and children who ride in front. For the advanced airbags to work properly, occupants must sit upright and wear their seat belts properly. If a child seat is installed in the front, it must be properly secured. In addition, do not spill any liquids on or under the seats, cover the sensors, or put any cargo or metal objects under the front seats. Ask second row passengers to not put their feet under the front seats. Any of these actions could damage the sensors or prevent them from working properly. Failure to follow these instructions could damage the sensors or prevent them from working properly. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 25 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags DRIVER’S SEAT POSITION SENSOR The driver’s advanced front airbag system includes a seat position sensor under the seat. If the seat is positioned too far forward, the airbag will inflate sequentially, regardless of the severity of the impact. If there is a problem with the sensor, the SRS indicator will come on in the instrument panel and the airbag will inflate in the normal manner regardless of the driver’s seating 26 Driver and Passenger Safety PASSENGER’S SEAT WEIGHT SENSOR position. The passenger’s advanced front airbag system has weight sensors under the seat. If the sensors detect a total weight on the seat of about 65 lbs (30 kg) or less, the system will automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off. When the airbag is turned off, an indicator in the center of the dashboard will come on indicating ‘‘Passenger Airbag Off’’ (see page 30 ). If there is no passenger in the front seat, the airbag will be off but the 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’s seat. This includes: A rear passenger pushing or pulling on the back of the passenger’s seat. Moving the front seat forcibly back against cargo on the seat or floor behind it. Hanging heavy items on the front passenger seat, or placing heavy items in the seat-back pocket. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Airbags Work If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver’s or the passenger’s side airbag. Only one airbag will deploy during a side impact. If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side airbag will deploy even if there is no passenger. The passenger’s side airbag has a cutoff system designed to turn off the passenger’s side airbag if a child’s head is in the airbag’s deployment path (see page 29 ). There will be some delay between the moment the passenger moves into or out of airbag deployment path and when the indicator comes on or goes off. If a short adult leans sideways, or a larger adult slouches and leans sideways into the side airbag deployment path, the system may also shut off the side airbag. 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. If the side airbag off indicator comes on (see page 29 ), have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the deployment path of the side airbag, the system will turn the airbag back on and the indicator will go out. A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. When you turn the ignition to ON (II), the indicator should come on briefly and go out (see page 29 ). If it doesn’t come on, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked. Driver and Passenger Safety 27 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. Side curtain airbags are designed to help protect the heads of the driver, front passenger, and passengers in the outer seating positions of the second and third rows. In a Rollover If sensors detect your vehicle is about to tip over, the control unit will instantly deploy the side curtain airbag on the downward side of the rolling motion. In a Side Impact In a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate the side curtain airbag on the driver’s or the passenger’s side of the vehicle. 28 Driver and Passenger Safety If sensors detect the vehicle is continuing to roll over to the other side, the control unit will deploy the other side curtain airbag. In a rollover toward the passenger’s side of the vehicle, the side curtain airbag will inflate even if there are no occupants 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. How the SRS Indicator Works The SRS indicator light alerts you to a potential problem with your front airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags, or seat belt tensioners. When you turn the ignition to ON (II), this indicator will come on briefly then go out. This tells you the system is working properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags 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 to ON (II). If the indicator stays on after the engine starts. If the indicator comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. If you see any of these indications, the airbags and the 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 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. To reduce the risk of injury from an inflating side airbag, your vehicle has an automatic cutoff system for the passenger’s side airbag. Although Acura does not encourage children to ride in front, this system is designed to shut off the side airbag if a child leans sideways and the child’s head is in the side airbag deployment path. Objects placed on the front passenger seat can also cause the side airbag to shut off. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 29 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the indicator should come on briefly and go out (see page 58 ). If it doesn’t light, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked. To reduce the chance of airbagcaused injuries, the system shuts off the passenger’s front airbag when the total weight on the front passenger’s seat is about 65 lbs (30 kg) or less. If no one is riding in the front passenger’s seat, the airbag will be automatically shut off, but the indicator light will not come on. This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been shut off. It does not mean there is a problem with the airbag. However, if the light comes on with no passenger in the front, or with an adult in the seat, there may be a problem with the advanced airbag system. Have the vehicle checked by the dealer as soon as possible. The Passenger Airbag Off indicator may also come on and off repeatedly if total weight on the seat is near the airbag cutoff threshold (65 lbs or 30 kg). 30 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags If this happens, have the passenger ride properly restrained in a back seat. If the passenger must ride in front, move the seat as far to the rear as possible, have the passenger sit upright and wear the seat belt properly. This indicator may come on and off repeatedly if objects are placed on the front passenger’s seat, or if the interior temperature of the vehicle changes suddenly when a door is opened. See page 25 for more information about the passenger’s advanced front airbag. Airbag Service Your airbag systems are virtually maintenance-free, and there are no parts you can safely service. However, you must have your vehicle serviced if: An airbag ever inflates. Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit and other related parts. If a front airbag inflates, the seat belt tensioners must also be replaced. If your vehicle has a moderate to severe impact, and even if your airbags do not inflate, your dealer should inspect the driver’s seat position sensor and the front passenger’s weight sensors to make sure they are operating properly. Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by an Acura dealer or a knowledgeable body shop. The SRS indicator alerts you to a problem. Take your vehicle to an authorized Acura dealer as soon as possible. If you ignore this indication, your airbags may not operate properly. Driver and Passenger Safety 31 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, airbags and Do not place the second row floor mat under the front passenger’s seat. This could make the front Do not do anything that would increase or decrease weight on the front passenger’s seat. Pushing or seat belts provide the best protection. passenger’s weight sensors ineffective. Do not tamper with airbag components or wiring for any reason. Tampering could cause Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting an Acura dealer. Improperly the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury. replacing or covering front seatback covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a collision. pulling on the back of the seat, placing heavy items in the back seat pocket, pushing cargo against the seat, or hanging heavy items on the seat back can interfere with the proper operation of the passenger’s advanced front airbag. Do not expose the front seat-backs to liquid. If water or another liquid or spilled water soaks into a seatback, it can prevent the side airbag cutoff system from working properly. Do not place any items under the front seats. This could make the driver’s seat position sensor and the front passenger’s weight sensors ineffective. 32 Driver and Passenger Safety Do not modify the front seats. This could make the driver’s seat position sensor and the front passenger’s weight sensors ineffective. Do not remove or modify a front seat without consulting an Acura 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines 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 if necessary. 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 if you ever need to drive with a child in your vehicle, be sure to read this section. It begins with important general guidelines, then presents special information for infants, small children, and larger children. All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death of children ages 12 and under. To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state and Canadian province requires that infants and children be 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 38 − 47 ). Larger children must be restrained with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on a booster until the seat belt fits them properly (see pages 47 − 50 ). Driver and Passenger Safety 33 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 age 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. Children who ride in the second or third row 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 airbag when they ride in the back. 34 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. To help prevent airbag-caused injuries to children, this vehicle has an advanced airbag system. With this system, the front passenger’s airbag is turned off if sensors detect a total weight of less than about 65 lbs (30 kg) in the seat. (See page 25 for additional information about how the front passenger’s advanced airbag works.) Even if the passenger’s front airbag is turned off, we strongly recommend that children age 12 and under ride properly restrained in a back seat where they will be safer. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines U.S. Models Canadian Models To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in the back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard and on the driver’s and front passenger’s visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. To remind you of the front airbag hazards, your vehicle has warning labels on the driver’s and front passenger’s visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. Driver and Passenger Safety 35 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 48 ). Move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible (see page 11 ). Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat (see page 16 ). Make sure the seat belt is properly positioned and secured (see page 14 ). 36 Driver and Passenger Safety If a Child Requires Close Attention Many parents say they prefer to put an infant or small child in the front passenger seat so they can watch the child, or because the child requires attention. Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards in a frontal collision, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk. If a child requires 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. 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 crash the child against the dashboard or a seat-back. If you are wearing a seat belt the child can be torn from your arms and be seriously hurt or killed. Never put a seat belt over yourself or a child. During a crash, the belt could press deep into the child and cause serious or fatal injuries. Use childproof door locks to prevent children from opening the doors. This can prevent children from accidentally falling out (see page 80 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines Use the main power window switch to prevent children from opening the rear windows. This will prevent children from playing with the windows, which could expose them to hazards or distract the driver (see page 90 ). Lock all doors and 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 and remote transmitters out of the reach of children. Even very young children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition, and open the tailgate, which can lead to accidental injury or death. Do not leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving children without adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces, and can be very hazardous. For example, infants and small children left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke. A child left alone with the key in the ignition can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others. Driver and Passenger Safety 37 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Infants Child Seat Placement 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. Child Seat Type Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby’s head, neck, and back. 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. 38 Driver and Passenger Safety Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or 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. A rear-facing child seat should always be installed in a back seat, not in the front. Even with advanced airbags, which can automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off (see page 30 ), a back seat is the safest place for an infant. When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from moving the seat as far back as recommended, or from locking the seat-back in the desired position. In either of these situations, we strongly recommend that you install the child seat in a different back seating position or get a smaller rearfacing child seat. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Small Children Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown. We also recommend that a small child uses the child seat as long as possible, until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. Child Seat Type A child who 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. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbag inflates. Child Seat Placement We strongly recommend placing a forward-facing child seat in a back seat, not the front. Even with advanced airbags, which can automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off (see page 30 ), 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. If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, and properly restrain the child. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 39 Main Menu Table of Contents Selecting a Child Seat When buying a child seat, you need to choose between a conventional child seat, or one designed for use with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. Conventional child seats must be secured to a vehicle with a seat belt, whereas LATCH-compatible seats are secured by attaching the seat to hardware built into the two secondrow seat. Since LATCH-compatible child seats are easier to install and reduce the possibility of improper installation, we recommend selecting this style. We also recommend selecting a LATCH-compatible seat with a rigid, rather than a flexible, anchor (see page 42 ). Whatever type of seat you choose, to provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements: In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed using a seat belt. 1. The child seat should meet U.S. or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Look for FMVSS 213 or CMVSS 213 on the box. 2. The child seat should be of the proper type and size to fit the child. Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children. 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. 40 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 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. 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 back 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. Driver and Passenger Safety 41 Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat Using LATCH MARKS To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: 1. Move the seat belt buckle or tongue away from the lower anchors. 2. Make sure there are no objects near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and anchors. LOWER ANCHORS Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) at the outer second row seats. The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. The location of each lower anchor is marked with a small button above the point. 42 Driver and Passenger Safety RIGID TYPE 3. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat, and attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connection as shown above. Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat 6. Make sure the strap is not twisted, then tighten the strap according to the child seat maker’s instruction. 7. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure. FLEXIBLE TYPE Other LATCH-compatible seats have a flexible-type connection as shown above. 5. Route the tether strap through the legs of the head restraint, then attach the hook to the anchorage point on the back of the seat back. 4. Whatever type you have, follow the child seat maker’s instructions for adjusting or tightening the fit. Driver and Passenger Safety 43 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 the back seating positions, and in the front passenger seat, have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. 1. With the child seat in the desired seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker’s instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle. 2. To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor. 3. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps. 44 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat 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. Since a tether can provide additional security to the lap/shoulder belt installation, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. (Tethers are required in Canada.) 4. Confirm that the belt is locked, then grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat while pulling up on the belt. 5. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is firmly secured. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. To deactivate the locking mechanism and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 45 Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat Second Row Installation TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT Each second row seat has a tether anchorage point behind the seat back. 46 Driver and Passenger Safety 1. After securing the child seat in the desired position (see page 44 ), route the tether strap over the top of the seat-back and between the head restraint legs. 2. Attach the tether strap hook to the anchor as shown above, then tighten the strap according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Make sure the strap is not twisted. Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat, Protecting Larger Children Third Row Installation Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in a back seat on a booster and wear a lap/shoulder belt. The following pages provide guidelines to help you decide when a given child may ride in front, and how to properly protect the child. Allowing a larger child age 12 or under to sit in front can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates. If a larger child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, use a booster seat if needed, and have the child sit up properly and wear the seat belt properly. There are two anchorage points on the tailgate sill. 1. Select the anchor point you want to use. Raise the cargo area floor, and remove the cover with a small flat-tipped screwdriver or fingernail file. 2. Follow steps 1 and 2 of the second row seat installation. Driver and Passenger Safety 47 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children Checking Seat Belt Fit 3. Does the shoulder belt cross between the child’s neck and arm? Using a Booster Seat 4. Is the lap part of the belt as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs? 5. Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip? To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself: 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? 48 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children Some states also require children to use a booster until they reach a given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the state or states where you intend to drive. Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster meets federal safety standards (see page 33 ) and that you follow the booster seat maker’s instructions. If a child who uses a booster must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly. A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of their ears are even with the top of the vehicle’s or booster’s seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster. Even then, the child may still need to use a booster seat. Note that some states now require children to use boosters until they reach a certain age and/or weight. Be sure to check current laws in the state or states where you intend to drive. We strongly recommend that a child who used a booster ride in a back seat, not the front. Even if the passenger’s front airbag is off, a back seat is the safest place for the child. When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children ages 12 and under be properly restrained in the back seat. Even with advanced front airbag, the back seat is the safest place for a child of any age or size. If the passenger’s front airbag is on, and it 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. The 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. Driver and Passenger Safety 49 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children 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. If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Additional Safety Precautions Do not let a child wear a seat belt across the neck. This could result in Carefully read the owner’s manual, and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information. serious neck injuries during a crash. To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly, and wearing the seat belt properly throughout a ride. Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position. Physical Size Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor. very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured. Maturity Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit (see page 48 ). If the seat belt does not fit properly, with or without the child sitting on a booster, the child should not sit in the front. 50 Driver and Passenger Safety Check that the child’s seat belt is properly and securely positioned. Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back or under the arm. This could cause Two children should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. Do not put any accessories on a seat belt. Devices intended to improve a child’s comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can make the belt less effective, and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. Main Menu Table of Contents Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your vehicle’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. You should have no problem with carbon monoxide entering the vehicle in normal driving if you maintain your vehicle properly. Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever: The vehicle is raised for an oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The vehicle was in an accident that may have damaged the underside. Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and even kill you. Avoid any enclosed areas or activities that expose you to carbon monoxide. High levels of carbon monoxide can collect rapidly in enclosed areas, such as a garage. Do not run the engine with the garage door closed. Even with the door open, run the engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage. With the tailgate open, air flow can pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the tailgate open, open all the windows and set the heating and cooling system/climate control system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked vehicle, even in an unconfined area, with the engine running, adjust the heating and cooling system/climate control system as follows: 1. Select the Fresh Air mode. mode. 2. Select the 3. Turn the fan on high speed. 4. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting. Driver and Passenger Safety 51 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. Read these labels carefully. DASHBOARD U.S. models only If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S. dashboard label which is removed by the owner), contact your Acura dealer for a replacement. HOOD RADIATOR CAP BATTERY LABEL 52 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Safety Labels SUN VISOR DOORJAMBS U.S. models On vehicles with side curtain airbags U.S. models Canadian models Canadian models Driver and Passenger Safety 53 Main Menu 54 Main Menu Instruments and Controls This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your Acura. All the essential controls are within easy reach. Control Locations ............................ 56 Instrument Panel ............................. 57 Instrument Indicators ..................... 58 Gauges .............................................. 66 Controls Near the Steering Wheel ............................................ 68 Windshield Wipers and Washers .................................... 69 Rear Window Wiper and Washer ...................................... 71 Turn Signal and Headlights............ 72 Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 74 Hazard Warning Button .................. 74 Rear Window Defogger .................. 75 Fog Light .......................................... 75 Steering Wheel Adjustment ........... 76 Keys ................................................... 77 Immobilizer System......................... 78 Ignition Switch ................................. 79 Door Locks ....................................... 80 Remote Transmitter ........................ 81 Seats .................................................. 84 Seat Heaters ..................................... 89 Power Windows ............................... 90 Moonroof .......................................... 91 Parking Brake .................................. 92 Mirrors .............................................. 92 Driving Position Memory System ........................................... 94 Interior Lights .................................. 96 Interior Convenience Items ............ 98 Beverage Holders ........................ 99 Console Compartment ................ 99 Glove Box ..................................... 99 Rear Compartment .................... 100 Cargo Hooks .............................. 100 Sun Visor .................................... 100 Vanity Mirror ............................. 100 Accessory Power Sockets......... 101 Instruments and Controls 55 Main Menu Table of Contents Control Locations CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.104) INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.57) GAUGES (P.66) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.110) POWER DOOR LOCK SWITCHES (P.80) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.92) GLOVE BOX (P.99) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.90) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.160) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE (P.159) 56 Instruments and Controls PARKING BRAKE PEDAL (P.92) REAR A/C CONTROL (P.109) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET (P.101) Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.243) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.58) CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P.61) HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.61) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.58) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.59) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.59) WASHER LEVEL INDICATOR (P.61) LIGHTS ON INDICATOR (P.62) SIDE AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.58) SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR (P.58) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.58) MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR (P.65) DOOR AND TAILGATE OPEN MONITOR (P.60)/ TIRE PRESSURE MONITOR (P.60, 64) VTM-4 INDICATOR (P.62) LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.61) A/T TEMPERATURE INDICATOR (P.62) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM (VSA) INDICATOR (P.63) TPMS INDICATOR (P.64) LOW TIRE PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.64) BRAKE LAMP INDICATOR (P.60) VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR (P.63) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.59) The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 57 Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your vehicle. Malfunction Indicator Lamp See page 243 . Seat Belt Reminder Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). It is a reminder to you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. A beeper also sounds if you have not fastened your seat belt. Low Oil Pressure Indicator The engine can be severely damaged if this indicator flashes or stays on when the engine is running. For more information, see page 242 . If you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) before fastening your seat belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes. If you do not fasten your seat belt before the beeper stops, the indicator stops flashing but remains on. If you continue driving without fastening your seat belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes again at regular intervals. 58 Instruments and Controls Charging System Indicator If this indicator comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged. For more information, see page 242 . Supplemental Restraint System Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags or automatic seat belt tensioners. This indicator will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system, driver’s seat position sensor, front passenger’s weight sensors, or side curtain airbags. For complete information, see page 28 . Side Airbag Off Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that the passenger’s side airbag has automatically shut off. For more information, see page 29 . Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators U.S. Canada Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator This indicator has two functions: 1. This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). It is a reminder to check the parking brake. A beeper sounds if you try to drive with the parking brake not fully released. Driving with the parking brake not fully released can damage the brakes and tires. Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), and when the ignition switch is turned to START (III). If it comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the ABS. If this happens, have your vehicle checked by your Acura dealer. With this indicator on, your vehicle still has normal braking ability but no anti-lock. For more information, see page 181 . Immobilizer System Indicator This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). It will go off if you have inserted a properly-coded ignition key. If it is not a properlycoded key, the indicator will blink and the engine will not start (see page 78 ). This indicator also blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). 2. If it remains on after you fully release the parking brake while the engine is running, or if it comes on while driving, there could be a problem with the brake system. For more information, see page 244 . Instruments and Controls 59 Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If the indicator does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out. Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signaling (see page 215 ). When you push the hazard warning button, both turn signal lights blink. All turn signals on the outside of the vehicle should flash. 60 Instruments and Controls Brake Lamp Indicator Door and Tailgate Open Monitor If a brake light does not work, the BRAKE LAMP indicator comes on when you push the brake pedal with the ignition switch to ON (II). A burned out brake light is a hazard when drivers behind you cannot tell you are braking. Replace the bulb as soon as possible (see page 216 ). The appropriate indicator comes on in this display if the tailgate or any door is not closed tightly. All of the indicators in the monitor display come on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators ‘‘Daytime Running Lights’’ Indicator Canadian models only This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) with the headlight switch off and the parking brake set. It should go off if you turn on the headlights or release the parking brake. If it comes on at any other time, it means there is a problem with the DRL. There may also be a problem with the high beam headlights. Cruise Control Indicator High Beam Indicator This indicator comes on with the high beam headlights. See page 72 for information on the headlight controls. Washer Level Indicator This indicator comes on when the washer fluid level is low. Add washer fluid when you see this indicator comes on (see page 209 ). On Canadian models, this indicator comes on with reduced brightness when the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are on (see page 74 ). Low Fuel Indicator This indicator comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon. This indicator comes on when you set the cruise control. See page 144 for information on operating the cruise control. Instruments and Controls 61 Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Lights On Indicator U.S. models only On vehicles with automatic lighting (see page 73 ) 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 ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) without turning off the light switch, this indicator will remain on. A reminder chime will also sound when you open the driver’s door. 62 Instruments and Controls A/T Temperature Indicator This indicator monitors the temperature of the automatic transmission fluid. The indicator should come on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes on while driving, it indicates the transmission fluid temperature is too high. Pull to the side of the road when it is safe, shift to Park, and let the engine idle until the indicator goes out. Continuing to drive with the A/T Temperature indicator lit may cause serious damage to the transmission. VTM-4 Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If this indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the 4WD system. Take the vehicle to your dealer to have it checked. If the indicator blinks while driving, 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 VTM-4 indicator blinking may cause serious damage to the system. Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes on and stays on at any other time, or it does not come on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), there is a problem with the VSA system. Have your vehicle checked by your Acura dealer. Without VSA, your vehicle still has normal driving ability, but will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. See page 183 for more information on the VSA system. VSA Activation Indicator This indicator has three functions: 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 183 ). 3. It comes on along with the VSA system indicator if there is a problem with the VSA system. This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). See page 183 for more information on the VSA system. Instruments and Controls 63 Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Low Tire Pressure Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition to ON (II). If it comes on while driving, it indicates that one or more of your vehicle’s tires are extremely low on pressure. If this happens, pull to the side of the road when it is safe, check which tire has lost the pressure on the Tire Pressure Monitor, and determine the cause. If it is because of a flat tire, replace the flat tire with the compact spare (see page 231 ), and have the flat tire repaired as soon as possible. If two or more tires are underinflated, call a professional towing service (see page 244 ). Refer to page 178 for more information. 64 Instruments and Controls Tire Pressure Monitor The appropriate tire indicator will come on along with the Low Tire Pressure Indicator if a tire is extremely under inflated or has suddenly lost pressure. See Low Tire Pressure Indicator for what to do if this indicator comes on. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition to ON (II). If this indicator comes on and stays on at any other time, or it does not come on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), there is a problem with the TPMS. With this indicator on, the low tire pressure indicator and the tire pressure monitor will not come on when a tire loses pressure. Take the vehicle to your dealer to have the system checked. Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Maintenance Required Indicator This indicator reminds you that it is time to take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance. Refer to the Maintenance Schedules for Normal and Severe Driving Conditions on pages 199 and 200 . For the first 6,000 miles (9,600 km) after the Maintenance Required Indicator is reset, it will come on for 2 seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Between 6,000 miles (9,600 km) and 7,500 miles (12,000 km), it will light for 2 seconds when you first turn the ignition switch to ON (II), and then flash for 10 seconds. SELECT BUTTON If you exceed 7,500 miles (12,000 km) without having the scheduled maintenance performed, this indicator will remain on as a constant reminder. Your dealer will reset this indicator after completing the scheduled maintenance. If this maintenance is done by someone other than your Acura dealer, reset the indicator as follows. RESET BUTTON 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Press and hold the Select and Reset buttons on the instrument panel, then turn the ignition switch to ON (II). 3. Hold the buttons for approximately 10 seconds until the indicator goes off. Instruments and Controls 65 Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER FUEL GAUGE TEMPERATURE GAUGE TRIP METER SELECT BUTTON TRIP METER ODOMETER 66 Instruments and Controls TRIP METER RESET BUTTON Odometer This shows the total distance your vehicle has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in the Canadian models. It is illegal under U.S. federal law and Canadian provincial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or kilometers indicated. Fuel Gauge This shows how much fuel you have. It may show slightly more or less than the actual amount. The needle returns to the bottom after you turn off the ignition. NOTICE: 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Trip Meter SELECT BUTTON RESET BUTTON This meter shows the number of miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada) driven since you last reset it. There are two trip meters: Trip A and Trip B. Switch between these displays by pressing the Select button repeatedly. Each trip meter works independently, so you can keep track of two different distances. When you turn the ignition switch ON (II), what you last selected is displayed. To reset a trip meter, display it, and then press and hold the Reset button until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’. Both trip meters will reset if the vehicle’s battery goes dead or is disconnected. Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine’s coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, the pointer may rise to the upper white mark. If it reaches the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. Turn to page 240 for instructions and precautions on checking the engine’s cooling system. Instruments and Controls 67 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P.72) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.74) VTM-4 LOCK (P.176) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P.75) FOG LIGHTS (P.75) CRUISE CONTROL (P.144) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P.184) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P.128) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.74) HORN* CRUISE CONTROL (P.144) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT (P.76) * To use the horn, press the pad around the ‘‘A’’ logo. 68 Instruments and Controls PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.30) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P.69) Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers Turn the rotary switch at the end of the lever or push down or pull the lever to select a position. OFF: The wipers are not activated. INT: The length of the wiper interval is varied automatically according to the vehicle’s speed. 1. OFF 2. INT : Intermittent : Low speed 3. : High speed 4. 5. MIST 6. Windshield Washers MIST: The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. 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. Vary the delay by turning the INT TIME ring. If you turn it to the shortest delay, the wipers will change to low speed operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h). : The wipers run at low speed. : The wipers run at high speed. Instruments and Controls 69 Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers Automatic Wipers Touring Model When the system senses rainfall, it turns on the windshield wipers and varies their speed (intermittent, low speed, or high speed) depending on how hard it is raining. When the rotary switch is in the (low speed) or (high speed) position, the windshield wipers run at that speed. Automatic sensing is disabled. The automatic wiper system senses rainfall and automatically turns on the windshield wipers. To enable sensing, turn the rotary switch at the end of the wiper lever to AUTO. 70 Instruments and Controls You can adjust the sensitivity of the system by turning the AUTO SENS ring next to the rotary switch. Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers Rear Window Wiper and Washer RAINFALL SENSOR The rainfall sensor is located in the windshield near the rearview mirror. If the sensor is covered with mud, oil, dust, etc., the wipers may not operate properly or may operate unexpectedly. The rear window wiper switch is located next to the windshield wiper switch. 1. OFF 2. ON 3. Turn and hold to use the wiper and washer. Do not put the wiper switch in AUTO when driving through a car wash. Instruments and Controls 71 Main Menu Table of Contents Turn Signal, Headlights Turn Signal and Headlights 1. Turn signal 2. Off 3. Parking and indicator lights 4. AUTO 5. Headlights on 6. High beams 7. Flash high beams 72 Instruments and Controls Turn Signal − Push down on the left lever to signal a left turn and up to signal a right turn. To signal a lane change, push lightly on the lever and hold it. The lever will return to center when you release it or complete a turn. When the light switch is in either of these positions, the Lights On indicator comes on as a reminder. This light remains on if you leave the light switch on and turn the ignition switch to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). Headlights − Rotating the switch on the left lever to the ‘‘ ’’ position turns on the parking lights, taillights, instrument panel lights, side-marker lights, and rear license plate lights. High Beams − To turn on, pull the lever back until you hear a click. The blue high beam indicator will come on (see page 61 ). Pull it back again to return to low beams. 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. To flash the high beams, pull the lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams will stay on as long as you hold the lever back. Main Menu Table of Contents Headlights AUTO − The Automatic Lighting feature turns on the headlights, all other exterior lights, and the instrument panel lights when it senses low ambient light. 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 open the driver’s door. To turn them on again, either turn the ignition switch to ON (II) or turn the light switch to . 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 structures. 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 the engine off for a long time. LIGHT SENSOR 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. Instruments and Controls 73 Main Menu Table of Contents Headlights, Instrument Panel Brightness, Hazard Warning Button Daytime Running Lights Canadian Models With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights come on with reduced brightness when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) and release the parking brake. They remain on until you turn the ignition off, even if you set the parking brake. Instrument Panel Brightness Hazard Warning Button INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS CONTROL DIAL The headlights revert to normal operation when you turn them on with the switch. The dial on the instrument panel controls the brightness of the instrument panel lights. Turn the dial to adjust the brightness. 74 Instruments and Controls Push the red button to the right of the display to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your vehicle is disabled. Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Window Defogger, Fog Lights Rear Window Defogger Make sure the rear window is clear and you have good visibility before starting to drive. Fog Lights The defogger wires on the inside of the rear window can be accidentally damaged. When cleaning the glass, always wipe side to side. 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. Turn the fog lights on and off by pressing the button. The indicator in the button lights to show the fog lights are on. You can use the fog lights only when the headlights are on low beam. They will go off when you turn the headlights off or onto high beam. Instruments and Controls 75 Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Adjustment 3. Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in position. See page 16 for important safety information about how to properly position the steering wheel. 4. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down. Make any steering wheel adjustment before you start driving. Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the vehicle and be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the steering wheel only when the vehicle is stopped. 76 Instruments and Controls 1. Push the lever under the steering column all the way down. 2. Move the steering wheel so it points toward your chest, not toward your face. Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and indicators. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys KEY MASTER NUMBER KEYS TAG (BLACK) VALET KEY (GRAY) 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 an Acura-approved key blank. These keys contain electronic circuits that are activated by the Immobilizer System. They will not work to start the engine if the circuits are damaged. Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity. Do not drop the keys or set heavy objects on them. The master key fits all the locks on your vehicle. The valet key works only in the ignition and the door locks. You can keep the glove box locked when you leave your vehicle and the valet key at a parking facility. Keep the keys away from liquids. If they get wet, dry them immediately with a soft cloth. The keys do not contain batteries. Do not try to take them apart. Instruments and Controls 77 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. 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. When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the Immobilizer System indicator should come on for a few seconds, then go out. If the indicator starts to blink, it means the system does not recognize the coding of the key. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the switch to ON (II) again. If the system repeatedly does not recognize the coding of your key, contact your Acura dealer. As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Electrical problems could result that may make your vehicle undriveable. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. If you have lost your key and cannot start the engine, contact your Acura dealer. 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. 78 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Ignition Switch LOCK (0) − You can insert or remove the key only in this position. To turn the key, the shift lever must be in Park, and you must push the key in slightly. 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). ACCESSORY (I) − You can operate the audio system and the accessory power sockets in this position. START (III) − Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to ON (II) when you let go of the key. You will hear a reminder beeper if you leave the key in the ignition switch in the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I) position and open the driver’s door. Remove the key to turn off the beeper. 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 ACCESSORY (I) to ON (II). Instruments and Controls 79 Main Menu Table of Contents Door Locks MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH driver’s door from the outside, turn the key and release it. If you turn and hold it, all doors and the tailgate unlock. Childproof Door Locks Lockout Prevention LOCK TAB To lock all doors and the tailgate, press the master door lock switch on either front door, press the lock tab down on the driver’s door, or use the key on the outside lock on the driver’s door. Pressing up on either master door lock switch will unlock all of the doors and the tailgate. The lock tab on any door locks and unlocks that door. To unlock the 80 Instruments and Controls With the driver’s door open and the key in the ignition, both master door lock switches are disabled. They are not disabled if the driver’s door is closed. Pushing the switch down on the open passenger’s door will lock all doors and the tailgate. Tailgate To open the tailgate, pull 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 51 . LOCK LEVER The childproof door locks are designed to prevent children seated in the rear from accidentally opening the rear doors. Each rear door has a lock lever near the edge. With the lever in the LOCK position, the door cannot be opened from the inside regardless of the position of the lock tab. To open the door, pull the lock tab up and use the outside door handle. Main Menu Table of Contents Remote Transmitter LED LOCK BUTTON UNLOCK BUTTON PANIC BUTTON UNLOCK − Press this button once to unlock the driver’s door and the tailgate. Push it twice to unlock the other doors. Some exterior and interior 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. PANIC − Press this button for about 1 second to attract attention; the horn will sound and the exterior lights will flash for about 30 seconds. To cancel panic mode, press any other button on the remote transmitter or turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Remote Transmitter Care LOCK − Press this button once to lock all doors and the tailgate. Some exterior and interior 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. 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 96 ). 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. 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 an Acura dealer. Instruments and Controls 81 Main Menu Table of Contents Remote Transmitter Replacing the Transmitter Battery 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. 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: CR2025 82 Instruments and Controls To replace the battery, place a cloth on the edge of the transmitter and remove the upper half by carefully prying on the edge with a small flattip screwdriver. Remove the old battery and insert a new battery with the + side facing up. Snap the two halves of the transmitter case back together. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Remote Transmitter Recalling a Memorized Driving Position On Touring Model With Memory 1 With Memory 2 If the seat and mirrors are already in the proper positions, you will hear three beeps when you open the door. The driving position memory activated (Memory 1, Memory 2) is shown on the back of each transmitter. Make sure you store your desired driving position in the memory that is activated by the transmitter you normally carry. You can turn the driving position memory activation off and on. To turn it off, press and hold the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons at the same time for about one second. The LED in the remote transmitter will blink twice. Then release the buttons. To turn it back on, repeat this procedure. The LED will come on for one second to indicate the feature has been turned on. Each remote transmitter will also activate the Driving Position Memory System (see page 94 ). When you unlock the driver’s door with the remote transmitter, you will hear a beep. The driver’s seat and outside mirrors move to the positions stored in that memory location. You will hear two beeps when the movement is complete. Instruments and Controls 83 Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Front Seat Power Adjustments See pages 11 − 12 for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. 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. On the Touring Package, you can only adjust the passenger seat-back angle, lumbar support, and move the seat bottom forward and backward. Moves the seat forward and backward. Adjusts the seat-back angle forward or backward. Moves the front of the seat up or down and the rear of the seat up or down. Increases or decreases the lumbar support. (Driver’s touring seat only) Raises or lowers the seat. 84 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Passenger Manual Seat Adjustments Driver’s Manual Lumbar Support Without Touring Package See pages 11 − 12 for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. To adjust the seat forward and backward, pull up on the lever under the seat cushion’s front edge. Move the seat to the desired position and release the lever. Try to move the seat to make sure it is locked in position. Without Touring Package Vary the lumbar support by moving the lever on the right side of the seat-back. Move the lever forward or backward to adjust the lumbar support through its full range. To change the seat-back angle of the front seats, pull up on the lever on the outside of the seat bottom. Instruments and Controls 85 Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Head Restraints See page 13 for important safety information and a warning about how to properly position the head restraints. 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. Using a seat belt with the detachable anchor unlatched increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash. RELEASE BUTTON Your vehicle is equipped with head restraints in all seating positions to help protect you and your passengers from whiplash and other injuries. They are most effective when you adjust them so the back of the occupant’s head rests against the center of the restraint. 86 Instruments and Controls Before using the seat belt, make sure the detachable anchor is correctly latched. Detachable Seat Belt Anchors SMALL LATCH PLATE TRIANGULAR MARKS To unlatch the detachable anchor, insert a key into the slot on the side of the small buckle. Line up the triangle marks on the plate and buckle when reattaching the belt and buckle. Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Adjusting the Second Seat Folding the Second Seat The left and right halves can be folded up separately. Third Row Access 1. If you are folding the left half of the seat, use the ignition key to release the center seat belt from the detachable anchor. Allow the seat belt to retract into the roof. Insert the latch plate into the roof holder. 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. 2. Lower the head restraint to its lowest position. 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. RELEASE LEVER 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 the seat will slide forward. After you return the seat-back to the upright position, push the whole seat backwards until it latches. Make sure the seat is fully latched before sitting in it. Instruments and Controls 87 Main Menu Table of Contents Seats NOTE: To fold the third row seat, the second row must be folded down or completely up right. Adjusting the Third Row Seat 4. Unlock the seat-back by pulling the handle. Push the seat-back forward. Make sure the outer shoulder belts are positioned on each hook whenever the third seat is folded. THIRD SEAT HANDLE Pull on the handle on the back of the seat-back, move the seat-back to the desired position, and release the handle. Let the seat-back latch in the new position. Folding the Third Row Seat 1. Remove the head restraints by pushing the release buttons and pulling the restraints out. 88 Instruments and Controls 2. Store the head restraints in the storage compartment. Make sure the head restraints are face up (storing them face down can damage the compartment or the headrests), then insert the shafts into the holes in the sides of the storage compartment. 3. Use the ignition key to release the seat belt from the detachable anchor. Reverse this procedure to return the seat to the upright position. Make sure the seat is locked securely before driving. Reinstall the head restraints. Reconnect the seat belts to the detachable anchors. Make sure all items in the cargo area are secured. Loose items can fly forward and cause injury if you have to brake hard. See Carrying Cargo on page 165 . Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Heaters SEAT HEATERS In HI, the heater turns off when the seat gets warm, and turns back on after the seat’s temperature drops. In LO, the heater does not cycle with temperature change. Because of the sensors for the side airbag system, there is no heater in the passenger’s seat-back. 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. Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters. The ignition switch must be in the ON (II) position to use them. Push the front of the switch, HI, to rapidly heat up the seat. After the seat reaches a comfortable temperature, select LO by pushing the back of the switch. This will keep the seat warm. Instruments and Controls 89 Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows DRIVER’S WINDOW SWITCH MAIN SWITCH Closing a power window on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Make sure your passengers are away from the windows before closing them. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) to raise or lower any window. To open the window, push the switch down and hold it. Release the switch when you want the window to stop. Pull back on the switch and hold it to close the window. The windows will operate for up to 10 minutes after you turn off the ignition switch. Opening either front door cancels this function. 90 Instruments and Controls AUTO − To open/close the driver’s window, push the window switch firmly down or up to the second detent, and release it. The window will automatically go up or down all the way. To stop the window, pull/ push on the window switch briefly. If the MAIN switch is OFF, the passenger windows cannot be raised or lowered. Keep the MAIN switch off when you have children in the vehicle so they do not injure themselves by operating the windows unintentionally. AUTO REVERSE − If the driver’s window runs into any obstacle while it is closing automatically, it will reverse direction and then stop. To close the window, remove the obstacle, then use the window switch again. If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, or the driver’s window fuse is removed, the AUTO function will be disabled. The power window system needs to be reset after reconnecting the battery or installing the fuse. 1. Start the engine. Push down and hold the driver’s window switch until the window is fully open. 2. Pull and hold the driver’s window switch to close the window completely, then hold the switch for a second or two more. If the power windows do not operate properly after resetting, have your vehicle checked by an Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Moonroof Open To tilt the moonroof up, press the button in. To closed it, push the button forward. Make sure everyone’s hands are away from the moonroof before opening or closing it. Close MOONROOF SWITCH To open the moonroof, pull back the moonroof switch firmly. Opening or closing the moonroof on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. You can still open and close the moonroof for up to 10 minutes after you turn off the ignition. Opening either front door cancels this function. NOTICE: If you try to open moonroof in below-f reezing temperatures, or when it is covered with snow or ice, you can damage the moonroof panel or its motor. Make sure all hands and fingers are clear of the moonroof before opening or closing it. To close the moonroof fully, push the switch forward. Instruments and Controls 91 Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Brake, Mirrors Parking Brake sound if the vehicle is put into gear with the parking brake on. Mirrors SENSOR INDICATOR PARKING BRAKE PEDAL To apply the parking brake, push the pedal down with your foot. To release it, push on the pedal again. The parking brake indicator on the instrument panel should go out when the parking brake is fully released with the engine running (see page 59 ). NOTICE: Driving the vehicle with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. A beeper will 92 Instruments and Controls AUTO SWITCH Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving. The inside mirror can automatically darken to reduce glare. To turn on this feature, press the button on the bottom of the mirror. The AUTO indicator comes on as a reminder. When it is on, the mirror darkens when it senses the headlights of a vehicle behind you, then returns to normal visibility when the lights are gone. Press the button again to turn off this sensing. Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors ADJUSTMENT SWITCH 4. When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns off the adjustment switch to keep your settings. HEATED MIRROR BUTTON Touring model only SELECTOR SWITCH 1. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II). 2. Move the selector switch to L (driver’s side) or R (passenger’s side). 3. Push the appropriate edge of the adjustment switch to move the mirror right, left, up, or down. With the selector switch in the center (off) position, the passenger’s side mirror will pivot downward slightly when you shift the transmission into Reverse. This gives you a better view of the side of the vehicle while parallel parking. The mirror returns to its original position when you take the transmission out of reverse. Turn this feature off by leaving the selector switch in the Left or Right position. 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. Instruments and Controls 93 Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System Touring Model Storing a Driving Position in Memory Your Acura has a memory feature for the driver’s seat and outside mirror positions. Store a driving position only when the vehicle is parked. Seat and outside mirror positions, can be stored in separate memories. You select a memorized position by pushing the appropriate button or using the appopriate remote transmitter (Memory 1 or Memory2). 1. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II). You cannot add a new driving position in the memory unless the ignition switch is 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 84 ). Adjust the outside mirrors for best visibility (see page 93 ). 94 Instruments and Controls MEMO BUTTON MEMORY BUTTONS 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 and outside mirrors are now stored. Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System Doing any of the following after pressing the MEMO button will cancel the storing procedure. Selecting a Memorized Position To select a memorized position, do this: Not pressing a memory button within 5 seconds. 1. Make sure the parking brake is set and the shift lever is in Park. Readjusting the seat position. 2. Press the desired memory button (1 or 2) until you hear a beep, then release the button. 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. The system will move the seat 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 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 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. Instruments and Controls 95 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Lights When the switch is in the Door Light Control Switch Activated position: DOOR ACTIVATED POSITION The individual map lights come on when any door or the tailgate is opened, or when the remote transmitter is used to unlock the doors. When the doors and the tailgate are closed, each light can be turned on and off by pushing the lens. OFF ON When this switch is in the OFF position: None of the lights come on when a door or the tailgate is opened. The individual map lights in the front can be turned on and off by pushing each lens. 96 Instruments and Controls The cargo area (3rd row) light comes on when any door or the tailgate is opened if the switch in the light is in the door activated position. When the doors and the tailgate are closed, the cargo area light can be turned on with the switch in the light. The lights go out about six seconds after all the doors and the tailgate are closed. With any door or the tailgate left open, the lights stay on about 3 minutes, then go out. When the light control switch is in the ON position: All the individual map lights come on and stay on as long as the switch remains in the ON position. The cargo (3rd row) area light comes on if the switch is in the door activated position. Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Lights Individual Map Lights Turn on the front and second row individual map lights by pushing the lens. Push the lens again to turn it off. You can also operate these lights with the light control switch (see page 96 ). Individual Interior Lights The courtesy lights in the front doors and around the ignition switch come on when you open any door. After you close the door, the ignition switch light stays on for several seconds. Cargo Area Light DOOR ACTIVATED Tailgate Light The light in the tailgate has an on-off switch to control if the light comes on when the tailgate is opened. The cargo area light has a threeposition switch. In the OFF position, the light does not come on. In the center position, it comes on when you open the tailgate or doors. In the ON position, it stays on continuously. This light also works with the light control switch (see page 96 ). Instruments and Controls 97 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items VANITY MIRROR CONSOLE COMPARTMENT BEVERAGE HOLDER REAR COMPARTMENT GLOVE BOX CARGO HOOKS COIN BOX BEVERAGE HOLDER 98 Instruments and Controls 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. Spilled liquids can also damage the upholstery, carpeting, and electrical components in the interior. Console Compartment Open the front beverage holder by pushing on the lid. LEVER Your vehicle is equipped with a flipover center console lid that provides a tray and a beverage holder for the second row passengers. To open the beverage holders, pull up the center lever on the center console and lift the lid. Glove Box Open the glove box by squeezing the handle. Close it with a firm push. Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key. 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. Instruments and Controls 99 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items Rear Compartment Storage compartments are located in the armrests for the third row seat. To open a compartment, pull the lever and lift the lid. Sun Visor Vanity Mirror EXTENSION Cargo Hooks 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. SUN VISOR When using the sun visor for the side window, remove the support rod from the clip and swing it out. Slide the extension out to get more coverage on the side window. Make sure you put the sun visor back in place when you are getting into or out of the vehicle. Do not use the sun visor extension over the rear view mirror. 100 Instruments and Controls Pull up the vanity mirror cover to use it. The light comes on only when the parking lights or headlights are on. Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items Accessory Power Sockets Your vehicle has three accessory power sockets. The front accessory power socket is located under the audio system. The second socket is located in the center console compartment. The rear socket is behind the third seat on the driver’s side. When both the front and console sockets are being used, the combined power rating of both accessories should be 120 watts or less (10 amps). None of the sockets will power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. To use the socket in the console compartment, pull the cover up. To use an accessory power socket, the ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). These sockets are intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps). Instruments and Controls 101 Main Menu 102 Main Menu Comfort and Convenience Features The climate control system in your Acura provides a comfortable driving environment in all weather conditions. The standard audio system has many features. This section describes those features and how to use them. (If you selected an optional audio system, refer to the operating instructions that came with it.) Your Acura has an anti-theft audio system that requires a code number to enable it. Vents, Heating, and A/C .............. 104 Airflow Buttons .............................. 105 Rear Climate Control .................... 109 Climate Control Sensors ............... 109 Playing the Radio ........................... 110 Radio Reception ............................. 113 Playing a CD ................................... 115 Protecting Your CDs ..................... 119 CD Player Error Messages .......... 120 CD Changer Error Messages ...... 122 Playing a Tape ................................ 125 Steering Wheel Controls .............. 128 Radio Theft Protection.................. 129 Setting the Clock ........................... 130 Rear Entertainment System ......... 131 Security System ............................. 143 Cruise Control ................................ 144 Trip Computer ............................... 146 Rear View Camera ......................... 152 HomeLink Universal Transceiver................................. 153 Comfort and Convenience Features 103 Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C RECIRCULATION BUTTON TEMPERATURE DISPLAY REAR A/C CONTROL AUTO BUTTON TEMPERATURE BUTTONS OFF BUTTON DEFROST BUTTON (Without Navigation System) MODE BUTTON 104 Comfort and Convenience Features A/C BUTTON (With Navigation System) FAN SPEED BUTTON MODE ICON A/C ICON FAN SPEED ICONS Main Menu Table of Contents Airflow Buttons Fan Control Button/Icon Push the ▲ button or icon to increase the fan speed and air flow. Push the ▼ button or icon to decrease it. Temperature Control Buttons Push the △ button to increase the temperature of air flow. Push the ▽ button to decrease it. 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. Air Conditioning (A/C) Button/ Icon This button or icon turns the air conditioning on and off. You will see A/C ON or A/C OFF in the display. Rear Window Defogger Button This button turns the rear window defogger on and off (see page 75 ). Recirculation Button When the indicator in the button is on, air from the vehicle’s interior is recirculated throughout the system. When the indicator is off, air is brought in from the outside of the vehicle (Fresh Air mode). The outside air intakes for the heating and cooling system are at the base of the windshield. Keep this area clear of leaves and other debris. Mode Control Button/Icon Use the mode control button or icon to select the vents the air flows from. Air flows from the center and corner vents in the dashboard. Airflow is divided between the vents in the dashboard and the floor vents. Air flows from the floor vents. 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. Airflow is divided between the floor vents and the defroster vents at the base of the windshield. Air flows from the defroster vents at the base of the windshield. When you select , the system automatically switches to Fresh Air mode and turns on the A/C. Comfort and Convenience Features 105 Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Ventilation The flow-through ventilation system draws in outside air, circulates it through the interior, then exhausts it through vents near the rear side panels. 1. Set the temperature to maximum. 2. Make sure the A/C is off. and Fresh Air mode. 3. Select 4. Set the fan to the desired speed. Using the Heater The heater uses engine coolant to warm the air. If the engine is cold, it will be several minutes before you feel warm air coming from the system. Vehicles without Navigation System and Fresh Air mode. 1. Select 2. Set the fan to the desired speed. 3. Adjust the warmth of the air with the temperature control buttons. Vehicles without Navigation System 1. Press the A/C button to show the A/C screen. 2. Select the desired mode by touching the MODE icon, and set the fan to the desired speed by touching the ▲ or ▼ icon. 3. Adjust the warmth with the temperature control buttons (△ or ▽). 106 Comfort and Convenience Features Using the A/C Air conditioning places an extra load on the engine. Watch the engine coolant temperature gauge (see page 67 ). If it moves near the red zone, turn off the A/C until the gauge reads normally. 1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the A/C button or touching the A/C icon on the models with navigation system. A/C ON will be displayed on the screen. 2. Make sure the temperature is set to maximum heat. . 3. Select 4. If the outside air is humid, select Recirculation mode. If the outside air is dry, select Fresh Air mode. 5. Set the fan to the desired speed. Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C If the interior is very warm, you can cool it down more rapidly by partially opening the windows, turning on the A/C, and setting the fan to maximum speed in Fresh Air mode. Dehumidify the Interior Air conditioning, as it cools, removes moisture from the air. When used in combination with the heater, it makes the interior warm and dry. NOTE: The vehicle has two A/C and heater units. These units are controled by the front panel controls, unless the RR A/C button is turned on. The rear passengers can also adjust the direction, and temperature and amount of the airflow. 1. Switch the fan on. 2. Turn on the air conditioning. and Fresh Air mode. 3. Select 4. Adjust the temperature to your preference. This setting is suitable for all driving conditions whenever the outside temperature is above 32°F (0°C). To Defog and Defrost To remove fog from the inside of the windows: 1. Set the fan to the desired speed, or high for faster defrosting. . The system 2. Select automatically switches to Fresh Air mode and turns on the A/C. The A/C indicator will not come on in U.S. vehicles. 3. Adjust the temperature so the airflow feels warm. to help clear the 4. Select rear window. 5. To increase airflow to the windshield, close the corner vents. When you switch to another mode from , the A/C stays on. Press the A/C button to turn it off. Comfort and Convenience Features 107 Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice From the Windows . The system 1. Select automatically switches to Fresh Air mode and turns on the A/C. The A/C indicator will not come on in U.S. vehicles. . 2. Select 3. Set the fan and temperature controls to maximum level. To clear the windows faster, you can close the dashboard corner vents by rotating the wheel below each vent. This sends more warm air to the windshield defroster vents. Once the windshield is clear, select Fresh Air mode to avoid fogging the windows. For your safety, make sure you have a clear view through all the windows before driving. 108 Comfort and Convenience Features Using Automatic Climate Control The Automatic Climate Control system can adjust the fan speed and airflow levels to maintain the interior temperature you select. 1. Press the AUTO button. 2. Set the desired temperature with the temperature control buttons. You will see FULL AUTO in the system’s display. The system automatically selects the proper mix of conditioned and/or heated air that will, as quickly as possible, raise or lower the interior temperature from its current level to the set temperature. In FULL AUTO the rear A/C control panel cannot be used. If you set the temperature to its lower or its upper limit, the system runs at full cooling or heating only. It does not regulate the interior temperature. In cold weather, the fan will not come on automatically until the heater starts to develop warm air. Manual Operation You can manually select various functions of the Climate Control system when it is in FULL AUTO. All other features remain automatically controlled. Manually selecting a function causes the word FULL in the display to go out. To Turn Everything Off Press the OFF button. However, a lack of air flow can cause the windows to fog up. It is recommended that you keep the fan on at all times so stale air and moisture do not build up in the interior and cause fogging. Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Climate Control, Climate Control Sensors Using the Rear A/C Unit Sunlight and Temperature Sensors TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL TEMPERATURE SENSOR MODE BUTTONS FAN SPEED CONTROL DIAL Press the RR A/C MANUAL button to enable the rear A/C control panel. The light in the button will come on. A passenger in the second row can then use the temperature control dial, fan speed dial, and mode buttons to adjust the temperature and airflow to their preference. This is limited by the system’s minimum and maximum temperature. SUNLIGHT SENSOR The climate control system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is in the top of the dashboard, and a temperature sensor is next to the steering column. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them. Comfort and Convenience Features 109 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio (Touring Package) AM BUTTON FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR PWR/VOL KNOB TUNE KNOB SEEK BUTTONS (Premium Package) PWR/VOL KNOB SCAN BUTTON (Touring Package with RES) PRESET BUTTONS TUNE KNOB PRESET BUTTONS STEREO INDICATOR TUNE KNOB SCAN INDICATOR AM/FM BUTTON SCAN BUTTON SCAN BUTTON 110 AM BUTTON FM BUTTON SEEK BUTTONS Comfort and Convenience Features PWR/VOL SEEK BAR KNOB PRESET BUTTONS Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio To Play the Radio The ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position. Turn the system on by pushing the PWR/VOL knob. Adjust the volume by turning the same knob. SEEK − The SEEK function searches up and down from the current frequency to find a station with a strong signal. To activate it, press the + or − SEEK button, then release it. The band and frequency that the radio was last turned to is displayed. To change bands, press the AM or FM button. On the FM band, ST will be displayed if the station is broadcasting in stereo. Stereo reproduction in AM is not available. SCAN − The SCAN function samples all stations with strong signals on the selected band. To activate it, press the SCAN button, then release it. You will see SCAN in the display. The system will scan for a station with a strong signal. When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for about 5 seconds. To Select a Station You can use any of five methods to find radio stations on the selected band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, the preset buttons, and AUTO SELECT . TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to tune the radio to a desired frequency. Turn the knob right to tune to a higher frequency, or left to tune to a lower frequency. If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play it for 5 seconds. When it plays a station that you want to listen to, press the SCAN button again. Preset − Each preset button can store one frequency on AM, and two frequencies on FM. 1. Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each preset button. 2. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to tune the radio to a desired station. 3. Pick a preset button, and hold it until you hear a beep. 4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve stations on FM. The preset frequencies will be lost if your vehicle’s battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 111 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio AUTO SELECT − If you are traveling far from home and can no longer receive your preset stations, you can use the Auto Select feature to find stations in the local area. Press the A. SEL Button. ‘‘A.SEL’’ flashes in the display, and the system goes into scan mode for several seconds. It stores the frequencies of six AM, and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons. You will see a ‘‘0’’ displayed if Auto Select cannot find a strong station for every preset button. To turn off Auto Select, press the A. SEL button. This restores the presets you originally set. Adjusting the Sound BAL − Adjust the Balance, or sideto-side strength of the sound. FAD − Adjust the Fader, or the front-to-back strength of the sound. TRE − Adjust the Treble in the sound. BAS − Adjust the Bass in the sound. Without Touring Package If you do not like the stations Auto Select has stored, you can store other frequencies on the preset buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to find stations, then store them in the preset buttons as described previously. 112 Comfort and Convenience Features Push the control knob to get it to pop out. Turn the appropriate knob to adjust the Bass or Treble level. Pull the knob out farther to adjust the Fader or Balance. Push the knob back in when you are finished. With Touring Package Press the TUNE knob repeatedly to display Bass (BAS). Treble (TRE), Balance (BAL), and Fader (FAD), setting. Turn the TUNE knob to adjust the setting. The indicators on the display will show you the adjustable range. The system will return to the audio display in about 5 seconds. Main Menu Table of Contents Radio Reception Audio System Lighting You can use the instrument panel brightness control knob to adjust the illumination of the audio system (see page 74 ). The audio system illuminates when the parking lights are on, even if the radio is turned off. Stations must use these exact frequencies. It is fairly common for stations to round-off the frequency in their advertising, so your radio could display a frequency of 100.9 even though the announcer may identify the station as ‘‘FM101.’’ Radio Frequencies Your Acura’s radio can receive the complete AM and FM bands. Those bands cover these frequencies: Radio Reception How well your Acura’s radio receives stations is dependent on many factors, such as the distance from the station’s transmitter, nearby large objects, and atmospheric conditions. AM band: 530 to 1,710 kilohertz FM band: 87.7 to 107.9 megahertz Radio stations on the AM band are assigned frequencies at least ten kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550). Stations on the FM band are assigned frequencies at least 0.2 megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3). A radio station’s signal gets weaker as you get farther away from its transmitter. If you are listening to an AM station, you will notice the sound volume becoming weaker, and the station drifting in and out. If you are listening to an FM station, you will see the stereo indicator flickering off and on as the signal weakens. Eventually, the stereo indicator will go off and the sound will fade completely as you get out of range of the station’s signal. Driving very near the transmitter of a station that is broadcasting on a frequency close to the frequency of the station you are listening to can also affect your radio’s reception. You may temporarily hear both stations, or hear only the station you are close to. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 113 Main Menu Table of Contents Radio Reception As required by the FCC: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. Radio signals, especially on the FM band, are deflected by large objects such as buildings and hills. Your radio then receives both the direct signal from the station’s transmitter, and the deflected signal. This causes the sound to distort or flutter. This is a main cause of poor radio reception in city driving. 114 Comfort and Convenience Features Radio reception can be affected by atmospheric conditions such as thunderstorms, high humidity, and even sunspots. You may be able to receive a distant radio station one day and not receive it the next day because of a change in conditions. Electrical interference from passing vehicles and stationary sources can cause temporary reception problems. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD (Touring Package) CD LOAD BUTTON CD EJECT BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB REPEAT BUTTON RANDOM BUTTON (Premium Package) CD SLOT SKIP BUTTONS CD EJECT BUTTON CD BUTTON SKIP BUTTONS (Touring Package with RES) CD SLOT CD EJECT BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB PWR/VOL KNOB REPEAT BUTTON CD SLOT CD BUTTON RANDOM BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON RANDOM BUTTON CD BUTTON SKIP BAR Comfort and Convenience Features 115 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD, CD Changer To Play a CD With the ignition in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position, insert a CD into the CD slot. The drive will pull the CD in the rest of the way and begin to play it. You operate the CD player with the same controls used for the radio. The number of the track playing is shown in the display. The system will continuously play a CD until you change modes. SKIP − Each time you press and release the + skip button the player skips forward to the beginning of the next track. Press and release the − skip button to skip backward to the beginning of the current track. Press it again to skip to the beginning of the previous track. To move rapidly within a track, press and hold the + or − skip button. 116 Comfort and Convenience Features REPEAT − To continuously replay a track, press and release the RPT button. You will see RPT/REPEAT in the display. Press the RPT button again to turn it off. Insert a tape in the player to switch to the tape while a CD is playing. If a tape is in the player, press the TAPE button. Press the CD button again to switch back to CD player. RANDOM − This feature plays the tracks in random order. To activate Random Play, press and release the RDM button. You will see RDM in the display. Press the RDM button again to return to normal play. If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the disc will stay in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the CD will begin playing where it left off. To Stop Playing a CD Press the eject button to remove the CD. If you eject the CD, but do not remove it from the slot, the system will automatically reload the CD after 15 seconds and put it in pause mode. To begin playing, press the CD button. Operating the Optional CD Changer An optional six disc CD changer is available for your vehicle from your Acura dealer. This disc changer uses the same controls used for the in-dash CD player or the radio. Press the AM or FM button (AM/ FM button on the model with Rear Entertainment System) to switch to the radio while a CD is playing. Load the CDs in the magazine and load the magazine in the changer according to the instructions that came with the unit. Main Menu Table of Contents CD Changer To select the CD changer, press the CD button. The disc and track numbers will be displayed. To select a different disc, use the appropriate preset buttons (1−6). On the model with Rear Entertainment System, use the preset 5 (DISC −) button to select previous disc, or the preset 6 (DISC +) button to select the next disc in sequence. If you select an empty slot in the magazine, the changer will, after finding that slot empty, try to load the CD in the next slot. This continues until it finds a CD to load and play. Operating the In-Dash CD Changer On Touring Model The audio system on Touring model has an in-dash CD changer that holds up to six discs. To load CDs or operate CD changer, the ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position. You cannot load and play 3-inch (8cm) discs in this system. Loading CDs in the Changer 1. Press and hold the Load button until you hear a beep and see ‘‘- - - -’’ in the display, then release the button. To load only one CD, press and release the Load button. 3. When you see LOAd in the display, insert the disc into the CD slot. Insert it only abut halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way. You will again see the dashes in the display as the CD is loaded. 4. When LOAd appears again in the display, insert the next disc into the CD slot. Do not try to insert a disc until LOAd appears. You could damage the audio unit. 5. Repeat this until all six positions are loaded. The system will then begin playing the last CD loaded. If you are not loading CDs into all six positions, press the Load button again after the last CD has loaded. The system will begin playing the last CD loaded. 2. On the left side of the display, the CD Loaded indicator for an empty position will begin blinking. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 117 Main Menu Table of Contents CD Changer If you stop loading CDs before all six positions are filled, and you do not press the Load button, the system will wait for 10 seconds, then stop the load operation and begin playing the last CD loaded. If you press the LOAD button while a disc is playing, the system will stop playing that disc and start the loading sequence. It will then play the disc just loaded. You can also load a CD into an empty position while a CD is playing by pressing the appropriate preset button. Select an empty position (the CD Loaded indicator is off), and press the preset button for that position (1 to 6). The system will stop playing the current CD and start the loading sequence. It will then play the CD just loaded. 118 Comfort and Convenience Features Removing CDs from the Changer To remove the disc that is currently playing, press the eject button. You will see ‘‘EJECT’’ in the display. The system automatically begins the Load sequence so you can load another CD in that position. If you do not load another CD, after 10 seconds the system begins playing the next disc in the changer. If the changer is empty, the system selects the previous mode (AM, FM, or Tape). If you do not remove the disc from the slot, the system will reload the disc after 10 seconds and begin playing it. To remove a different CD from the changer, first select it with the appropriate preset button. When that CD begins playing, press the eject button. If you press the Eject button while listening to the radio or tape, or with the audio system turned off, the disc that was last selected is ejected. After that disc is ejected, pressing the Eject button again will eject the next disc in the numerical order. By doing this six times, you can remove all the CDs from the changer. In any mode, if you press the eject button and hold it until you hear a beep, the system will eject all of the discs in the changer. You can also eject discs when the ignition switch is off. The disc that was last selected is ejected first. You can eject up to six discs, one at a time. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Your CDs General Information When using CD-R discs, use only high quality CDs labeled for audio use. When recording a CD-R, the recording must be closed for it to be used by the CD players. CD-RW discs will not work in this unit. Play only standard round CDs. Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. Handle your CDs properly to prevent damage and skipping. Protecting CDs When a CD is not being played, store it in its case to protect it from dust and other contamination. To prevent warpage, keep CDs out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. To clean a CD, use a clean soft cloth. Wipe across the CD from the center to the outside edge. A new CD may be rough on the inner and outer edges. The small plastic pieces causing this roughness can flake off and fall on the recording surface of the CD, causing skipping or other problems. Remove these pieces by rubbing the inner and outer edges with the side of a pencil or pen. Handle a CD by its edges; never touch either surface. Do not place stabilizer rings or labels on the CD. These, along with contamination from fingerprints, liquids, and felt-tip pens, can cause the CD to not play properly, or possibly jam in the drive. Never try to insert foreign objects in the CD player or the magazine. Comfort and Convenience Features 119 Main Menu Table of Contents CD Player Error Messages If you see an error message in the display while playing a CD, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error message, take your vehicle to an Acura dealer. Without Touring Package Error Message Cause FOCUS/CLV Error Data Read Error Search Error Mechanical Error Control Error LSI Error 120 Comfort and Convenience Features Solution Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD. Check if it is inserted correctly in the CD player. Make sure the CD is not scratched or damaged. Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD. Check the CD for damage or deformation. If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error message does not disappear after the CD is ejected, see an Acura dealer. Consult your Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents CD Player Error Messages Models with Rear Entertainment System Error Message Cause FOCUS Error Mechanical Error or a DVD has been loaded in the CD player High Temperature Solution Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD. Check if it is inserted correctly in the CD player. Make sure the CD is not scratched or damaged. Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD. Check the CD for damage or deformation. If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error message does not disappear after the CD is ejected, see an Acura dealer. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Comfort and Convenience Features 121 Main Menu Table of Contents CD Changer Error Messages If you see an error message in the display while operating the CD changer, find the cause in the following charts. If you cannot clear the error message, take your vehicle to an Acura dealer. Without Touring Package Error Message Cause Disc changer malfunction. Disc is in changer mechanism. Disc changer malfunction. Disc changer malfunction. CD magazine ejection impossible. High temperature. Misconnection or disconnection of CD changer. No CD magazine in the CD changer. No CD in magazine. 122 Comfort and Convenience Features Solution See an Acura dealer. Press the magazine eject button, and insert an empty magazine. If the message disappears within a few seconds, unit is OK. If it does not, see an Acura dealer. Press the magazine eject button and pull it out the magazine, check for error message. Insert the magazine again. If the magazine can not be pulled out, see an Acura dealer. Press the magazine eject button. If the magazine does not eject, see an Acura dealer. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. See an Acura dealer. Insert CD magazine. Insert CD in magazine. Main Menu Table of Contents CD Changer Error Messages Touring Model Error Messages Cause Disc changer malfunction. High temperature. Disc changer malfunction. High temperature. Solution See an Acura dealer. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. See an Acura dealer. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Comfort and Convenience Features 123 Main Menu Table of Contents CD Changer Error Messages Models with Rear Entertainment System Error Messages Cause FOCUS Error No CD in the CD magazine Mechanical Error High Temperature No CD magazine in the CD changer 124 Comfort and Convenience Features Solution Press the magazine eject button and pull it out, check for error message, and insert the magazine again. If the message does not disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out, see an Acura dealer. Insert CD. Press the magazine eject button and pull it out, check for error message, and insert the magazine again. If the message does not disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out, see an Acura dealer. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Insert CD magazine. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR CASSETTE SLOT PWR/VOL KNOB TAPE EJECT BUTTON TAPE BUTTON PLAY BUTTON PROGRAM BUTTON PROGRAM BUTTON DOLBY CASSETTE BUTTON SLOT PWR/VOL KNOB DOLBY BUTTON CD BUTTON FAST FORWARD BUTTON REWIND BUTTON FAST FORWARD DOLBY BUTTON BUTTON TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR TAPE EJECT BUTTON DOLBY INDICATOR TAPE BUTTON PLAY BUTTON TAPE BUTTON TAPE EJECT BUTTON REWIND BUTTON FAST FORWARD BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB PROGRAM BUTTON CASSETTE SLOT Comfort and Convenience Features 125 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape To Play a Tape The ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position. Make sure the open side of the tape is facing right, then insert the tape most of the way into the slot. The system will pull the tape in the rest of the way, and begin to play it. Dolby* noise reduction turns on when you insert a tape. The indicator will come on in the display. If the tape was not recorded in Dolby, turn it off by pressing the button. Dolby remains off until you press the button again. * The tape direction indicator in the display comes on to show you which side of the tape is playing. The ▲ indicates the side you inserted upward is now playing. If you want to play the other side, press the PROG button. When the player reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side. 126 Comfort and Convenience Features Dolby noise reduction manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. To Stop Playing a Tape To remove the tape, press the tape EJECT button. If you want to turn the player off, press the PWR/VOL knob or turn off the ignition. The tape will remain in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the tape will begin playing where it left off. To switch to the radio while a tape is playing, press the AM or FM button. To change back to the tape player, press the TAPE button. Tape Search Function FF/REW − To rewind the tape, push the REW ( ) button. You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape, push the FF ( ) button. You will see FF displayed. Press the PLAY/PROG button to take the system out of rewind or fast forward. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape SKIP − Press the − SKIP button/ bar to find the beginning of the current song or passage. Press the + SKIP button/bar to find the beginning of the next song or passage. When the system reaches the beginning of a song or passage, it begins to play it. NOTE: The SKIP and REPEAT functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a song or passage. These features may not work if there is almost no gap between selection, a high noise level, or a silent period in the middle of a selection. REPEAT − Press the RPT button to continuously play a song or passage. You will see RPT/REPEAT displayed. The track will repeat until you press the RPT button again. Caring for the Player and Tapes The tape player picks up dirt and oxides from the tape. This contamination build up over time and causes the sound quality to degrade. To prevent this, you should clean the player after every 30 hours of use. If you do not clean the tape player regularly, it may eventually become impossible to remove the contamination with a normal cleaning kit. Your Acura dealer has a cleaning kit available. Use 100-minute or shorter tapes. Tapes longer than that may break or jam the drive. If the tape is loose, tighten it by turning the hub with a pencil or your finger. If the label is peeling off, remove it or it could cause the tape to jam in the player. Never try to insert a warped or damaged tape in the player. Store tapes in their cases to protect them from dust and moisture. Never place tapes where they will be exposed to direct sunlight, high heat, or high humidity. If a tape is exposed to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a moderate temperature before inserting it into the player. Never try to insert foreign object into the tape player. Comfort and Convenience Features 127 Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls CH BUTTON The middle button adjusts the volume up (▲) or down (▼). Press the top or bottom of the button and hold it until the desired volume is reached, then release it. The CH button has three functions, depending on whether you are listening to the radio, or playing a tape or CD. VOLUME BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON Three controls for the audio system are mounted in the steering wheel hub. These let you control basic functions without removing your hand from the wheel. The MODE button changes the audio mode between FM1, FM2, AM, CD, and DVD/AUX (if a disc is inserted). 128 Comfort and Convenience Features If you are listening to the radio, use the CH button to change stations. Each time you press this button, the system advances to the next preset station on the band you are listening to. You will see the number of the selected preset button in the display. To change bands, or to change from FM1 to FM2, press the AM/FM button. If you are playing a tape, use the CH button to advance to the next selection. You will see ‘‘FF’’ blinking in the display when you press the CH button. The system fast forwards until it senses a silent period, then resume playing. If you are playing a CD, the system skips to the beginning of the next track each time you push the CH button. You will see the disc and track number in the display. Main Menu Table of Contents Radio Theft Protection Your vehicle’s audio system will disable itself if it is disconnected from electrical power for any reason. To make it work again, you must enter a specific five-digit code with the Preset buttons. Because there are hundreds of number combinations possible from the five digits, making the system work without knowing the exact code is nearly impossible. If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, the audio system will disable itself. If this happens, you will see ‘‘Code’’ in the frequency display the next time you turn on the system. Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code. The code is located on the radio code card included in your Owner’s Manual kit. When it is entered correctly, the radio will start playing. You should have received a card that lists your audio system code number and serial number. It is best to store this card in a safe place at home. In addition, you should write the audio system’s serial number in this Owner’s Manual. If you make a mistake entering the code, do not start over; complete the five-digit sequence, then enter the correct code. You have ten tries to enter the correct code. If you are unsuccessful in ten attempts, you must then leave the system on for one hour before trying again. If the code card is lost, an Acura dealer can access your code with your radio’s serial number. To access the serial number, turn the radio on. It must display ‘‘COdE’’, then turn the radio off. Push the preset 1, preset 6, and power buttons at the same time, then quickly release. You will have to store your favorite stations in the Preset buttons after the system begins working. Your original settings were lost when the power was disconnected. If you should happen to lose the card, you must obtain the code number from an Acura dealer. To do this, you will need the system’s serial number. Comfort and Convenience Features 129 Main Menu Table of Contents Setting the Clock CLOCK BUTTON SET BUTTON H BUTTON R BUTTON M BUTTON If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, you will need to reset the clock. Touring model with Navigation System Press and hold the CLOCK button until the number flash. Change the hours by pressing the H button. Change the minute by pressing the M button. When you are finished, press the CLOCK button again. 130 Comfort and Convenience Features H BUTTON M BUTTON You can quickly set the time to the nearest hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing and holding the clock button, then pressing the R button sets the clock back to the previous hour. If the displayed time is after the half hour, the clock sets forward to the beginning of the next hour. The right display shows the time. Press and hold the SET button until the numbers flash. Change the hours by pressing the H button. Change the minutes by pressing M button. When you are finished, press the SET button again. For example: 1:06 will reset to 1:00 1:53 will reset to 2:00 To set the clock on the model without Navigation, see page 148 . Model with Rear Entertainment System and Navigation System Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System RR CTRL SELECTOR KNOB REAR CONTROL OFF ICON REAR PWR BUTTON REAR SPEAKERS OFF ICON REAR SYSTEM DISPLAY REPEAT BUTTON PLAY BUTTON RANDOM BUTTON PAUSE BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BAR CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 131 Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System If equipped With this system, the rear passengers can enjoy a different entertainment source (radio, tape player, CD player, or DVD player) than the front seat occupants. The audio is broadcast through the supplied wireless headphones. To Turn On the System Press the REAR PWR button. To turn on the rear controls (ceiling panel or remote), press the RR CTRL knob. The system’s icon shows in the right side display. Your passengers can then operate the rear system with the control panel in the ceiling or with the remote control. Press the RR CTRL knob again to turn the rear controls off. You will see the Rear Controls Off icon in the right display. The rear system selects the source it was last set to. If that source has been removed (the DVD has been ejected from the player, for example), you will see ‘‘_ _ _ _’’ in the display. You must select another source. 132 Comfort and Convenience Features Rear Speakers When you turn on the system, the rear speakers are automatically turned off. You will see the Rear Speakers Off icon in the display. The sound for the rear system is sent to the wireless headphones. If you want to turn the rear speakers on again, press and hold the REAR PWR button until the Rear Speakers Off icon goes off. NOTE: The rear speakers are connected to the front system, so they will always play the source that the front system is set to. Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System To Select Rear Entertainment from the Front Control Panel To operate the rear entertainment system from the front panel, turn the RR CTRL knob clockwise. The amber RR LED comes on to show that the control panel is enabled. Operating the DVD Player from the Front Control Panel The DVD player in your Rear Entertainment System can play DVD video discs and CDs. It features Dolby* noise reduction. REAR CONTROL PANEL * To play the radio or tape, the buttons for the front entertainment system have the same functions. If a CD is loaded in the main CD player or CD changer, select CD/ CHG. If the CD is loaded in the lower player, select DVD/AUX. Dolby noise reduction manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. BUTTON OVERHEAD SCREEN Open the overhead screen by pushing on the button. The screen will swing down part-way. Pivot the screen the rest of the way. If you pivot the screen too far forward, past the detent, the display will turn off. Pivot the screen back to the detent to turn the display back on. To close the screen, pivot it up until it latches. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 133 Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System DVD SLOT EJECT BUTTON PLAY − Press the PLAY button if the DVD does not start playing automatically. PAUSE − Press the PAUSE button to pause the DVD. Press the button again or press PLAY to resume. Pause works only with the DVD player. Turn the RR CTRL knob clockwise. The amber RR LED will come on to show that the control panel is now enabled. Insert a DVD or CD into the DVD player below the front panel. Push the disc in halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way. 134 Comfort and Convenience Features SEEK/SKIP − Press and hold the + side to move forward; you will see ‘‘CUE’’ in the display. Press and hold the − side to move backward; you will see ‘‘REV’’ in the display. Release the bar when the system reaches the point you want. Each time you press and release the + side of the SEEK/SKIP bar, the system skips forward to the beginning of the next track or chapter. Press and release the − side of the bar to skip backward to the beginning of the current track or chapter. Press it again to skip to the beginning of the previous track or chapter. EJECT − Press the eject button to remove the DVD from the drive. To Return to Front Audio Controls To return front panel control to the front audio system, turn the RR CTRL knob counterclockwise. Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Using the Rear Control Panel Use these buttons to select the entertainment source (radio, tape player, CD player/CD changer, or DVD player/Auxiliary device). The selected source will be shown in the display. Make sure the rear control operation has not been disabled with the RR CTRL knob on the front panel. To Play the Radio from the Rear Control Panel Use the and buttons to select from the stations on the radio preset buttons. Pressing the or button will cause the system to search up or down the band for a station with a strong signal. You will see SEEK in the display. SOURCE SELECTION BUTTONS MENU BUTTON REAR CONTROLS OFF BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BUTTON CH/DISK BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BUTTON CH/DISK BUTTON PLAY/PAUSE/PROG BUTTON ENTER BUTTON To Play a Tape from the Rear Control Panel On the rear control panel, use the PLAY/PAUSE/PROG button to reverse the tape direction. Press the button to skip forward to beginning of the next song or passage. You will see FF flashing in the display. Press the button to skip backward to the beginning of the current song or passage. You will see REV flashing in the display. Comfort and Convenience Features 135 Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System To Play a CD from the Rear Control Panel If a CD is loaded in the main CD player or CD changer, select it by pressing the CD/CHG button. If the CD is loaded in the DVD player, press the DVD/AUX button. Press the button to skip to the beginning of the next track. Press the button to return to the beginning of the current track. If the changer is selected, use the ▼ and ▲ buttons to change discs. REPEAT − Press the RPT button to continuously replay the current track. You will see RPT in the display. Press the button again to turn it off. RDM − To play the tracks within a CD in random order, press the RDM button. You will see RDM in the display. Press the button again to cancel RDM. 136 Comfort and Convenience Features To Play a DVD from the Rear Control Panel The video screen is for use by rear seat passengers only. The driver and front seat passenger should not try to view the screen while driving. PLAY/PAUSE/PROG − Press this button when you want to pause the DVD. Press this button again to go back to PLAY. SEEK/SKIP − Press the button to skip to the beginning of the next chapter. Press the button to skip back to the beginning of the current chapter. MENU/ENT − To select the menu on the DVD, press the MENU button. Use the , , ▲ , and ▼ buttons to move to the desired menu selection, then press the ENT button to enter your selection. Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Using the Remote Control You can use the remote control to select the entertainment source (radio, tape player, CD player, or DVD player/Auxiliary device). The selected source will be shown in the display. Make sure the rear control operation has not been disabled with the RR CTRL knob on the front panel. When using the remote control, point it at the rear control panel in the ceiling. To Play a Tape, CD, or Radio The PLAY/PROG, PAUSE, SKIP, and FWD/REW buttons work the same function as the front and rear control panel buttons. To Play a DVD The PLAY/PROG, PAUSE, SKIP, and FWD/REW buttons work the same function as the front and rear control panel buttons. SOURCE SELECTION BUTTONS REW/FWD BUTTONS SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS STOP BUTTON PAUSE BUTTON PLAY/PROG BUTTON MENU BUTTON SUBTITLE BUTTON AUDIO BUTTON ANGLE BUTTON DISP BUTTON RETURN (T/C) BUTTON TITLE BUTTON CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 137 Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System STOP Button − Press this button to stop playing a DVD. MENU and TITLE Buttons − Some DVDs have menus that allow you to select a dubbed language, subtitles, a chapter list, previews, etc. The menu contents will vary from DVD to DVD. Use the , , ▲ , and ▼ buttons to select the desired menu option. Then press ENT to enter your selection. Use the and buttons to change pages. You can also use the numbered buttons to enter the twodigit number of a menu option. You do not have to press ENT. Press the button again to close the window. 138 Comfort and Convenience Features SUBTITLES and AUDIO Buttons − Many DVDs are recorded with subtitles or dubbed in multiple languages. To select subtitles, press the SUBTITLE button. To select a different language than the one being heard, press the AUDIO button. Continue to press and release the SUBTITLE or AUDIO button to scan through all available languages. DISP Button − To change the color, contrast, aspect ratio, and brightness of the video screen, press the DISP button. The current setting of one will be displayed on the screen each time you press the button. Use the and buttons to change the setting as desired. The display will disappear from the screen several seconds after you stop adjusting the setting. ANGLE Button − On some DVDs, the scenes are recorded by more than one camera, giving different viewpoints of the same scene. By pressing the Angle button, you can select a different viewpoint. RETURN (T/C) Button − In the MENU selection mode, pressing the RETURN button for less than 2 seconds changes the MENU display to the previous page. Pressing the RETURN button for more than 2 seconds while a DVD is playing brings the system into the TITLE enter mode. When you enter your selection, the DVD player will start playing from the selected title. Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Replacing the Remote Control Batteries 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. The remote control uses two AA batteries. To replace the batteries, put a coin in the notch on the back. Turn it one-quarter, then slide the cover off. Remove the old batteries. Make sure the polarity of the new batteries is correct when you install them. Slide the cover on until it locks. 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. Storing the Remote Control HOLDER When you are not using the remote control, store it in holder in the front seat-back pocket. Comfort and Convenience Features 139 Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Playable DVDs DVD Player Error Messages If you see an error message in the display while operating the DVD player, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the message, take your vehicle to an Acura dealer. Error Message Cause FOCUS Error There are various types of DVDs available. Some of them are not compatible with your system. The DVD player in your Rear Entertainment System can play DVDs and CDs bearing the above marks on their packages or jackets. Those packages or jackets should also bear the designation of ‘‘1’’ or ‘‘ALL’’. DVD-ROMs cannot be played in this system. 140 Comfort and Convenience Features Mechanical Error, or a DVD has been loaded in the CD player High Temperature Low Vehicle Battery Voltage Solution Press the EJECT button and pull out the DVD. Check if it is inserted correctly in the DVD Player. Make sure the DVD is not scratched or damaged. Press the EJECT button and pull out the DVD. Check it for damage or deformation. If the DVD cannot be pulled out, or the error message does not disappear after the DVD is ejected, see an Acura dealer. Do not try to force the DVD out of the player. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Run the engine to recharge the battery. Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System The audio for the rear entertainment system is sent to the wireless headphones that come with the system. To turn on the headphones, press the red button on the earpiece. Adjust the volume level with the dial at the bottom of the same earpiece. Wireless Headphones Replacing Batteries COVER To adjust the comfort of the headphones, slide the earpieces up or down the headband. ON/OFF BUTTON VOLUME DIAL Some state and local goverment agencies prohibit the use of headphones by the driver of a motor vehicle. Always obey applicable laws and regulations. For greater battery life, turn off the headphones when they are not in use by pressing the red button again. They will turn off automatically if they do not receive an audio signal from the system for several minutes. When not in use, store the headphones in the pocket on the back of either front seat. The batteries are under the domed covers on the back of each earpiece. To remove a cover, press down on it with your thumb, slide it backward (away from the headband), then lift it up. Remove the batteries and note their polarity. Install the new batteries in the earpiece with the same polarity. Set the cover in place, then slide it up until it locks. Each headphone uses two AAA batteries. Comfort and Convenience Features 141 Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Auxiliary Input Jacks ARMREST VOLUME DIALS LEVER AUXILIARY INPUT JACKS Auxiliary input jacks and headphone connectors for the rear entertainment system are under the third seat armrest on the passenger’s side. To access these connectors, open the cover by pulling up on the lever. The system will accept auxiliary inputs from standard video games and video equipment. Some video game power supplies may cause poor picture quality. V = Video jack L = Left audio jack R = Right audio jack 142 Comfort and Convenience Features HEADPHONE CONNECTORS There are three headphone connectors for the third seat passengers. Each connector has its own volume control. These handphones are not supplied with the vehicle. Main Menu Table of Contents Security System The security system helps to protect your vehicle and valuables from theft. The horn sounds and a combination of headlights, parking lights, side marker lights and taillights flashes if someone attempts to break into your vehicle or remove the radio. This alarm continues for two minutes, then the system resets. To reset an alarming system before the two minutes have elapsed, unlock the driver’s door with the key or the remote transmitter. The security system automatically sets 15 seconds after you lock the doors, hood, and the tailgate. For the system to activate, you must lock the doors from the outside with the key, lock tab, door lock switch, or remote transmitter. The security system indicator next to the driver’s door lock starts blinking immediately to show you the system is setting itself. SECURITY SYSTEM LIGHT The security system will not set if the hood, tailgate, or any door is not fully closed. If the system will not set, check the Door and Tailgate Open Monitor on the instrument panel (see page 60 ) to see if the doors and tailgate are fully closed. Since it is not part of the monitor display, manually check the hood. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Once the security system is set, opening any door or the tailgate without using the key or the remote transmitter, or the hood, will cause it to alarm. It also alarms if the radio, navigation and DVD components are removed from the dashboard or the wiring is cut. Comfort and Convenience Features 143 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Cruise control allows you to maintain a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. It should be used for cruising on straight, open highways. It is not recommended for city driving, winding roads, slippery roads, heavy rain, or bad weather. Using the Cruise Control CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH CANCEL Improper use of the cruise control can lead to a crash. Use the cruise control only when traveling on open highways in good weather. SET/DECEL 1. Push in the Cruise Control Master Switch. The indicator in the switch will come on. 2. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed above 25 mph (40 km/h). 3. Press and release the SET/ DECEL button on the steering wheel. Indicator on the instrument panel comes on to show the system is now activated. 144 Comfort and Convenience Features RESUME/ACCEL The cruise control may not hold the set speed when you are going up and down hills. If your speed increases going down a hill, use the brakes to slow down. This will cancel the cruise control. To resume the set speed, press the RESUME/ACCEL button. The indicator on the instrument panel will come back on. Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Changing the Set Speed You can increase the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the RESUME/ ACCEL button. When you reach the desired cruising speed, release the button. Push on the accelerator pedal. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed and press the SET/DECEL button. To increase your speed in very small amounts, tap the RESUME/ ACCEL button. Each time you do this, the vehicle will speed up about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). You can decrease the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the SET/DECEL button. Release the button when you reach the desired speed. To slow down in very small amounts, tap the SET/DECEL button. Each time you do this, your vehicle will slow down about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). Tap the brake pedal lightly with your foot. The CRUISE CONTROL indicator on the instrument panel will go out. When the vehicle slows to the desired speed, press the SET/ DECEL button. Even with the cruise control turned on, you can still use the accelerator pedal to speed up for passing. After completing the pass, take your foot off the accelerator pedal. The vehicle will return to the set cruising speed. Resting your foot on the brake pedal will cause the cruise control to cancel. Cancelling the Cruise Control You can cancel the cruise control in any of these ways: Tap the brake pedal. Push the CANCEL button on the steering wheel. Press the Cruise Control Master Switch. Resuming the Set Speed When you push the CANCEL button, or tap the brake pedal, the system will remembers the previously set cruising speed. To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h) and then press and release the RESUME/ACCEL button. The CRUISE CONTROL indicator comes on. The vehicle will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before. Pressing the Cruise Control Master Switch turns the system completely off and erases the previous cruising speed. Comfort and Convenience Features 145 Main Menu Table of Contents Trip Computer INSTANTANEOUS FUEL MILEAGE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE CLOCK COMPASS CLOCK BUTTON TRIP BUTTON RESET BUTTON −/CALIBRATE BUTTON DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS CONTROL 146 Comfort and Convenience Features +/ZONE BUTTON RESET, SET BUTTON Main Menu Table of Contents Trip Computer All models of MDX have a trip computer. To operate the trip computer on models with the navigation system, refer to the navigation manual. (Without Navigation System) The Trip Computer displays the following information. The Range, or estimated distance you can travel on the fuel remaining in the tank estimated from the fuel economy you have gotten over the last several miles (kilometers). The Avg display shows you the average fuel economy since you last reset the display. Changing and Resetting the Display Press the TRIP button to show either the range and Avg fuel economy, or the E/T and Trip odometer. To reset the Avg fuel economy, E/T, and Trip odometer, press and hold the RESET button until you hear a beep. Clock Direction of travel Outside temperature The temperature sensor is located in the front bumper, and can be affected by heat from the road surface, engine heat, and the exhaust from the surrounding traffic. Because of these conditions, it may take a while for the temperature to read correctly. The E/T is the elapsed time that the ignition has been on. It automatically resets to 0.0 when it reaches twelve hours. This display can be reset at any time. The Trip display shows you the total distance you have driven since it was last reset. Changing Units of Measurement The outside temperature, fuel economy, range, and trip odometer can be displayed in either English or Metric units. To change between units, press the TRIP button and hold it for five seconds. The display also has manual functions for the Climate Control System. Refer to page 104 . Instantaneous fuel mileage Comfort and Convenience Features 147 Main Menu Table of Contents Trip Computer Setting the Clock To set the clock: 1. Push the CLOCK button. The hours digits will start blinking. If you want to only set the minutes, go to step 4. 148 Comfort and Convenience Features 2. To change the hours to a lower number, press and hold the MODE button. To change the hours to a higher number, press and hold the A/C button. 3. When the hours reach the desired number, release the button. You can quickly set the time to the nearest hour. Press the CLOCK button, then press the RESET button. If the displayed time is before the half hour, it will reset back to the previous hour. If the displayed time is after the half hour, it will reset forward to the next hour. 4. To set the minutes, press the CLOCK button again. The minutes digits will start blinking. For example: 1:06 will reset to 1:00 1:52 will reset to 2:00 5. Use the MODE or A/C button to set the minutes to the desired number. 6. Press the CLOCK button again. The clock will return to its normal display. Main Menu Table of Contents Trip Computer Compass Operation Compass operation can be affected by driving near power lines or stations, across bridges, through tunnels, over railroad crossings, past large vehicles, or driving near large objects that can cause a magnetic disturbance. It can also be affected by accessories such as antennas and roof racks that are mounted by magnets. Compass Calibration If you see ‘‘−−’’ in the direction display and ‘‘Calibrate’’ is blinking, the compass is self-calibrating. The compass may need to be manually calibrated after exposure to a strong magnetic field. If the compass seems to be continually showing the wrong direction and is not self-calibrating, do the following. NOTE: You should do this procedure in an open area, away from buildings, power lines, and other vehicles. 1. Press and hold the CLOCK and TRIP buttons until the display changes (about 1 second). 4. Drive the vehicle slowly in two complete circles. 2. Press the Calibrate (MODE) button. 5. When the display goes from ‘‘−−’’ to an actual heading, the unit is calibrated. 3. Press the Set (FAN) button. ‘‘Calibrate’’ will start blinking, and the direction display will change to ‘‘−−’’. 6. Press the CLOCK, TRIP, or RESET button to complete the calibration and return the display to normal. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 149 Main Menu Table of Contents Trip Computer 4. If the zone is incorrect, press and hold the MODE button to get the number to count down, or the A/C button to get the number to count up. If the zone is correct, continue to step 5. Compass Zone Selection In most areas, there is a variation between magnetic north and true north. Zone selection is required so the compass can compensate for this variation. To check and select the zone set into the compass, do the following. 5. Press the Set (FAN) button to set the zone selection. 2. Press the Zone (A/C) button. The zone the compass is currently set to is displayed. 3. Find the zone for your area on the map. 1. Press and hold the CLOCK and TRIP buttons until the display changes (about 1 second). 150 Comfort and Convenience Features 6. Press the CLOCK, TRIP or RESET button to exit the zone selection and return display to normal. Main Menu Table of Contents Trip Computer Comfort and Convenience Features 151 Main Menu Table of Contents Trip Computer, Rear View Camera and Monitor BRIGHTNESS control The Brightness control has seven positions. In the middle five positions the display will dim when you turn on the parking lights or headlights. Rear View Camera and Monitor If equipped REAR VIEW CAMERA Moving the control to the far left position turns off the display. It will come back on for several seconds if you press any of the buttons. In the far right (maximum brightness) position, the display will not dim when you turn on the parking lights. Cleaning the Display Always use a soft cloth and mild glass/plastic cleaner (such as cleaners for computer monitor screens) to clean the display. When you wipe the screen, some black lines may appear because of static electricity build-up. This is normal. They will disappear in 5 to 10 minutes. 152 Comfort and Convenience Features When in reverse, the touch screen, and Navi ‘‘hard’’ buttons are locked out, except the A/C-INFO button. Touching the A/C-INFO button allows you to adjust the brightness of the rear view camera image. Touch the A/C-INFO button again to leave the brightness adjust mode. NOTE: The camera brightness cannot be adjusted by voice control. Whenever you shift to R (Reverse) with the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, the rear view is shown in the navigation system display. For the best picture, always keep the rear view camera clean, and do not cover the camera lens. Since the rear view camera display area is limited, you should always back up slowly and carefully, and look behind you for obstacles. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver The HomeLink Universal Transceiver built into your vehicle can be programmed to operate up to three remotely controlled devices around your home, such as garage doors, lighting, or home security systems. General Information If you are training HomeLink to operate a garage door or gate, you should unplug the motor for that device during training. Repeatedly pressing the remote control button could burn out the motor. The HomeLink transceiver stores the code in a permanent memory. There should be no need to retrain HomeLink if your vehicle’s battery goes dead or is disconnected. If your garage door opener was manufactured before April 1982, you may not be able to program HomeLink to operate it. They do not have the safety feature that causes the motor to stop and reverse if an obstacle is detected during closing, increasing the risk of injury. Important Safety Precautions Always refer to the opening instructions and safety information that came with your garage door opener or other equipment you intend to operate with the HomeLink Universal Transceiver. If you do not have this information, contact the manufacturer of the equipment. Training HomeLink Before you begin − If you just received your vehicle and have not trained any of the buttons in HomeLink before, you should erase any previously learned codes before training the first button. To do this, press and hold the two outside buttons on the HomeLink transceiver for about 20 seconds, until the red light flashes. Release the buttons, then proceed to Step 1. If you are training the second or third buttons, go directly to Step 1. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 153 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver 3. Press and hold the remote control button and one of the HomeLink buttons at the same time. Canadian Owners: The remote control you are training from may stop transmitting after two seconds. This is not long enough for HomeLink to learn the code. Release and press the button on the remote control every two seconds until HomeLink has learned the code. 1. Unplug the garage door opener motor from the house current. 2. Hold the end of the garage door opener remote control 2 to 5 inches from HomeLink. Make sure you are not blocking your view of the red light in HomeLink. 154 Comfort and Convenience Features 4. The red light in HomeLink should begin flashing. It will flash slowly at first, then rapidly. 5. When the red light flashes rapidly, release both buttons. HomeLink should have learned the code from the remote control. 6. Plug in the garage door opener motor, then test the HomeLink transceiver button by pushing it. If the button does not work, repeat the procedure to train it again. If it still does not work, you may have a variable or rolling code garage door opener. See if you do by pressing and holding the HomeLink transceiver button you just trained. If the red light blinks for 2 seconds then stays on, you have a rolling code garage door opener. Go to ‘‘Training with a Rolling Code System’’ (see page 155 ). 7. Repeat these steps to train the other two HomeLink buttons to operate any other remotely controlled devices around your home (lighting, automatic gate, security system, etc.). Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Training With a Rolling Code System For security purposes, newer garage door opening systems use a ‘‘rolling’’ or variable code. Information from the remote control and the garage door opener are needed before HomeLink can operate the garage door opener. The ‘‘Training HomeLink’’ procedure trains HomeLink to the proper garage door opener code. The following procedure synchronizes HomeLink to the garage door opener so they send and receive the correct codes. 1. Make sure you have properly completed the ‘‘Training HomeLink’’ procedure. TRAINING BUTTON 4. Press and hold the button on HomeLink for 3 − 4 seconds. 5. Press and hold the HomeLink button again for 3 − 4 seconds. This should turn off the training light on the garage door opener unit. (Some systems may require you to press the button up to three times.) 6. Press the HomeLink button again. It should operate the garage door. 3. Press the Training button on the garage door opener unit until the light next to the button comes on, then release it. The light may blink, or come on and stay on. You then have approximately 30 seconds to complete the following steps. 2. Find the ‘‘Training’’ button on your garage door opener unit. The location will vary, depending on the manufacturer. Comfort and Convenience Features 155 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Erasing Codes To erase the codes stored in all three buttons, press and hold the two outside buttons until the red light begins to flash, then release the buttons. You should erase all three codes before selling the vehicle. Retraining a Button To train an already programmed transceiver button with a new device, you do not have to erase all the memory. Train the selected button over the existing memory code following the steps under Training HomeLink. 156 Comfort and Convenience Features Customer Assistance If you have problems with training the HomeLink Universal Transceiver, or would like information on home products that can be operated by the transmitter, call (800) 355-3515. On the Internet, go to www.homelink. com. 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. Main Menu Before Driving Before you begin driving your Acura, you should know what gasoline to use, and how to check the levels of important fluids. You also need to know how to properly store luggage or packages. The information in this section will help you. If you plan to add any accessories to your vehicle, please read the information in this section first. Break-in Period .............................. 158 Gasoline Type ................................ 158 Service Station Procedures .......... 159 Fuel Economy ................................ 162 Accessories and Modifications .... 163 Carrying Cargo .............................. 165 Before Driving 157 Main Menu Table of Contents Break-in Period, Gasoline Type Break-in Period Help assure your vehicle’s future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first 600 miles (1,000 km). During this period: Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration. Avoid hard braking for the first 200 miles (300 km). Do not change the oil until the scheduled maintenance time. You should also follow these same recommendations with an overhauled or exchanged engine, or when the brakes are replaced. 158 Before Driving Gasoline Type Your Acura is designed to operate on premium unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 91 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause occasional metallic knocking noises in the engine and will result in decreased engine performance. We recommended using a gasoline containing detergent additives that help prevent fuel system and engine deposits. In addition, in order to maintain good performance, fuel economy, and emissions control, we strongly recommend, in areas where it is available, the use of gasoline that does NOT contain manganese-based fuel additives such as MMT. Use of gasoline with these additives may adversely affect performance, and cause the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on your instrument panel to come on. If this happens, contact your authorized Acura dealer for service. For further important fuel-related information, please refer to your Quick Start Guide. Some gasoline today is blended with oxygenates such as ethanol or MTBE. Your vehicle is designed to operate on oxygenated gasoline containing up to 10 percent ethanol by volume and up to 15 percent MTBE by volume. Do not use gasoline containing methanol. If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline. Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedure Fueling Pull 3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as pressure inside the tank escapes. Place the cap in the holder on the fuel fill door. 4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel nozzle automatically clicks off. Do not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. Leave some room for the fuel to expand with temperature changes. 1. Park with the driver’s side closest to the service station pump. 2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling on the handle to the left of the driver’s seat. Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel. Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flames away. Handle fuel only outdoors. Wipe up spills immediately. If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off even though the tank is not full, there may be a problem with your vehicle’s fuel vapor recovery system. The system helps keep fuel vapors from going into the atmosphere. Consult your dealer. FUEL FILL CAP CONTINUED Before Driving 159 Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedure 5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on until it clicks at least three times. If you do not properly tighten the cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may come on (see page 243 ). Opening the Hood HOOD RELEASE HANDLE 6. Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches. LATCH 1. Park the vehicle, and set the parking brake. Pull the hood release handle located under the lower left corner of the dashboard. The hood will pop up slightly. 2. Put your fingers under the front edge of the hood to the left of center. Slide your hand to the left until you feel the hood latch handle. Push this handle up until it releases the hood. Lift the hood. If the hood latch handle moves stiffly, or if you can open the hood without lifting the handle, the mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated (see page 214 ). 160 Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedure 3. Lift the hood up most of the way. The hydraulic supports will lift it up the rest of the way and hold it up. Oil Check To Close the Hood Lower the hood to about a foot (30 cm) above the fender, then press down firmly with your hands. Make sure it is securely latched. UPPER MARK DIPSTICK Wait a few minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil. 1. Remove the dipstick (orange handle). 2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or paper towel. LOWER MARK 4. Remove the dipstick again and check the level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. If it is near or below the lower mark, see Adding Oil on page 205 . 3. Insert it all the way back in its tube. Before Driving 161 Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures, Fuel Economy Engine Coolant Check RESERVE TANK Improving Fuel Economy Always maintain your vehicle according to the maintenance schedule. See Owner’s Maintenance Checks (see page 198 ). For example, an underinflated tire MAX MIN Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines. If it is below the MIN line, see Adding Engine Coolant on page 208 for information on adding the proper coolant. Refer to Owner’s Maintenance Checks on page 198 for information about checking other items on your Acura. 162 Before Driving causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’ which uses fuel. The build-up of snow or mud on your vehicle’s underside adds weight and rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning helps your fuel mileage and reduces the chance of corrosion. Drive moderately. Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering and hard braking use more fuel. Always drive in the highest gear possible. Try to maintain a constant speed. Every time you slow down and speed up, your vehicle uses extra fuel. Use the cruise control when appropriate. Combine several short trips into one. The air conditioning puts an extra load on the engine which makes it use more fuel. Use the fresh-air ventilation when possible. Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories and Modifications Modifying your vehicle, or installing some non-Acura accessories, can make your vehicle unsafe. Before you make any modifications or add any accessories, be sure to read the following information. Accessories Your dealer has Acura accessories that allow you to personalize your vehicle. These accessories have been designed and approved for your vehicle. Although aftermarket accessories may fit on your vehicle, they may not meet factory specifications, and could adversely affect your vehicle’s handling and stability. (See ‘‘Modifying Your Vehicle’’ on page 164 for additional information.) Before installing any accessory: Improper accessories or modifications can affect your vehicle’s handling, stability, and performance, and cause a crash in which you can be hurt or killed. Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding accessories and modifications. When properly installed, cellular phones, alarms, two-way radios, and low-powered audio systems should not interfere with your vehicle’s computer controlled systems, such as the SRS, TPMS, and anti-lock brake system. Make sure the accessory does not obscure any lights, or interfere with proper vehicle operation or performance. Be sure electronic accessories do not overload electrical circuits (see page 246 ) or interfere with proper operation of your vehicle. Do not install accessories on the side pillars or across the rear windows as these may interfere with proper operation of the side curtain airbags. Have the installer contact your Acura dealer for assistance before installing any electronic accessory. If possible, have your dealer inspect the final installation. Before Driving 163 Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories and Modifications Modifying Your Vehicle Removing parts from your vehicle, or replacing components with nonAcura (aftermarket) components could seriously affect your vehicle’s handling, stability, and reliability. Some examples are: Lowering your vehicle with an aftermarket suspension kit that significantly reduces ground clearance can allow the undercarriage to hit speed bumps or other raised objects, which could cause the airbags to deploy. Raising your vehicle with an aftermarket suspension kit can affect handling and stability. Aftermarket wheels, because they are a universal design, can cause excessive stress on suspension components. 164 Before Driving Larger or smaller wheels and tires can interfere with the operation of your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and other systems. Do not modify your steering wheel or any other part of your Supplemental Restraint System. Modifications could make the system ineffective. See the safety precautions on page 32 . If you plan to modify your vehicle, consult your Acura dealer. Additional Safety Precautions Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Any object attached to or placed on the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard, could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags. Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone. Do not attach hard objects on or near a front door. If a side airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone. Do not place any objects over or replace the outside edge of a front seat-back. This could prevent the airbag from inflating properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Your vehicle has several convenient storage areas: GLOVE BOX DOOR POCKETS REAR COMPARTMENT Glove box Front door and seat-back pockets Rear cargo area, including the second and third row seats when folded flat Console compartment Rear compartment Roof-rack (if equipped) However, carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicle’s handling, stability, stopping distance, and tires, and make it unsafe. Before carrying any type of cargo, be sure to read the following pages. CONSOLE COMPARTMENT SEAT-BACK POCKETS CARGO AREA Before Driving 165 Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo The maximum load for your vehicle is 1,158 lbs (525 kg). This figure includes the total weight of all occupants, cargo, accessories, and the tongue weight if you are towing a trailer. To determine the correct cargo and luggage load limit: 1. Locate the statement, ‘‘the combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 1,158 lbs (525 kg)’’ on your vehicle’s placard (on the driver’s doorjamb). 2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle. (Seven is the seating capacity of your vehicle.) 166 Before Driving 3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from 1,158 lbs (525 kg). 4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if there will be five 150 lbs (70 kg) occupants in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 408 lbs (175 kg). 5 × 150 lbs (70 kg) = 750 lbs (350 kg) 1,158 lbs (525 kg) − 750 lbs (350 kg) = 408 lbs (175 kg) 5. Determine the combined weight of accessories, luggage, and cargo being loaded in the vehicle. The weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in step 4 [408 lbs (175 kg) in this example]. Overloading or improper loading can affect handling and stability and cause a crash in which you can be hurt or killed. Follow all load limits and other loading guidelines in this manual. 6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, the load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle. Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Carrying Items in the Passenger Compartment Store or secure all items that could be thrown around and hurt someone during a crash. Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the seats and interfere with the pedals or seat operation. Keep the glove box closed while driving. If it is open, a passenger could injure their knees during a crash or sudden stop. If you fold down the second or third row seats, follow the instructions above and be sure to keep all cargo near the windows below the bottom of the windows. If cargo is higher, it could interfere with proper operation of the side curtain airbags. Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area or on a Roof Rack Distribute cargo evenly on the floor of the cargo area, placing the heaviest items on the bottom and as far forward as possible. Tie down items that could be thrown about the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop. If you carry large items that prevent you from closing the tailgate, exhaust gas can enter the passenger area. To avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, follow the instructions on page 51 . If you carry any items on a roof rack, be sure the total weight of the rack and the items does not exceed 165 lbs (75 kg). If you use an accessory roof rack, the roof rack weight limit may be lower. Refer to the information that came with your roof rack. Optional Separation Net The separation net can be used to hold back soft, lightweight items stored in the cargo area. Heavy items should be properly secured on the floor of the cargo area. The net may not prevent heavy items from being thrown forward in a crash or a sudden stop. Optional Cargo Cover The cargo cover can be used to cover the cargo area behind the third row seats. When the third row seats are folded down, the cargo cover can be installed in a forward position and extended over the larger cargo area. Do not install the cargo cover in the forward position if the third row seats are not folded down. Before Driving 167 Main Menu 168 Main Menu Driving This section gives you tips on starting the engine under various conditions, and how to operate the automatic transmission. It also includes important information on parking your vehicle, the braking system, the VTM-4 System, the VSA system, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and facts you need if you are planning to tow a trailer. Driving Guidelines ......................... 170 Preparing to Drive ......................... 170 Starting the Engine........................ 171 Automatic Transmission............... 172 Variable Torque Management 4WD System............................... 176 VTM-4 Lock ............................... 176 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) ....................................... 177 Parking ............................................ 179 Braking System.............................. 180 Anti-lock Brakes ............................ 181 Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System......................................... 183 Towing Weight Limits .................. 185 Towing a Trailer ............................ 188 Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome................................. 190 Off-Highway Guidelines ............... 192 Driving 169 Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Guidelines, Preparing to Drive Driving Guidelines Your vehicle has higher ground clearance that allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and rough terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier. Because your vehicle rides higher off the ground, it has a high center of gravity that can cause it to roll over if you make abrupt turns. Utility vehicles have a significantly higher roll over rate than other types of vehicles. To prevent rollovers or loss of control: Take corners at slower speeds than you would with a passenger vehicle. Avoid sharp turns and abrupt maneuvers whenever possible. 170 Driving Do not modify your vehicle in any way that would raise the center of gravity. 3. Check that any items you may be carrying are stored properly or fastened down securely. Do not carry heavy cargo on the roof. 4. Check the seat adjustment (see page 84 ). See page 192 for additional guidelines for driving off-highway. 5. Check the adjustment of the inside and outside mirrors (see page 92 ). Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks and adjustments before you drive your vehicle. 1. Make sure all windows, mirrors, and outside lights are clean and unobstructed. Remove frost, snow, or ice. 2. Visually check the tires. If a tire looks low, use a gauge to check its pressure. 6. Check the steering wheel adjustment (see page 76 ). 7. Make sure the doors and tailgate are securely closed and locked. 8. Fasten your seat belt. Check that your passengers have fastened their seat belts (see page 14 ). 9. When you start the engine, check the gauges and indicators in the instrument panel (see page 57 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Starting the Engine 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. In cold weather, turn off all electrical accessories to reduce the drain on the battery. 3. Make sure the shift lever is in Park. Press on the brake pedal. 4. Without touching the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to the START (III) position. Do not hold the key in START (III) for more than 15 seconds at a time. If the engine does not start right away, pause for at least 10 seconds before trying again. 6. If the engine fails to start, press the accelerator pedal all the way down and hold it there while starting to clear flooding. If the engine still does not start, return to step 5. NOTICE: The engine is harder to start in cold weather. Also, the thinner air f ound at altitudes above 8,000 f eet (2,400 meters) adds to this problem. 5. If the engine does not start within 15 seconds, or starts but stalls right away, repeat step 4 with the accelerator pedal pressed halfway down. If the engine starts, release pressure on the accelerator pedal so the engine does not race. Driving 171 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Position Indicators If the malfunction indicator lamp come on along with the ‘‘D5’’ indicator, there is a problem in the automatic transmission control system. Avoid rapid acceleration and have the transmission checked by an Acura dealer as soon as possible. Shifting To shift from any position, press firmly on the brake pedal. You cannot shift out of Park when the ignition switch is in the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I) position. These indicators on the instrument panel show which position the shift lever is in. The ‘‘D5’’ indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it flashes while driving (in any shift position), it indicates a possible problem in the transmission. 172 Driving To shift from: P to R R to N N to D5 D5 to D4 D4 to D3 D3 to 2 2 to 1 1 to 2 2 to D3 D3 to D4 D4 to D5 D5 to N N to R R to P Do this: Press the brake pedal, then move the shift lever. Move the lever. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Park (P) − This position mechanically locks the transmission. Use Park whenever you are turning off or starting the engine. To shift out of Park, you must press on the brake pedal and have your foot off the accelerator pedal. If you have done all of the above and still cannot move the lever out of Park, see Shift Lock Release on page 175 . To avoid transmission damage, come to a complete stop before shifting into Park. The shift lever must be in Park before you can remove the key from the ignition switch. Reverse (R) − Press the brake pedal to shift from Park to Reverse. To shift from Reverse to Neutral, come to a complete stop and then shift. Your vehicle has a reverse lockout so you cannot accidentally shift to Reverse from Neutral or any other driving position when the vehicle speed exceeds 7 − 9 mph (12 − 14 km/h). If you cannot shift to Reverse when the vehicle is stopped, press the brake pedal and slowly shift to Neutral, and then to Reverse. Neutral (N) − Use Neutral if you need to restart a stalled engine, or if it is necessary to stop briefly with the engine idling. Shift to the Park position if you need to leave your vehicle for any reason. Press on the brake pedal when you are moving the shift lever from Neutral to another gear. Drive (D5) − Use this position for normal driving. The transmission automatically selects a suitable gear for your speed and acceleration. You may notice the transmission shifting up at higher speeds when the engine is cold. This helps the engine warm up faster. If there is a problem in the reverse lockout system, or your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, you cannot shift to Reverse. (Refer to Shift Lock Release on page 175 ). CONTINUED Driving 173 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Drive (D4, D3) − These positions are similar to D5, except when you select the D4 position, only the first four gears are selected. When you select D3, only the first three gears are selected. D4 can also keep the transmission from cycling between fourth and fifth gears in stop-and-go driving, and D3 can keep the transmission from cycling between third and fourth gears. Use D3 to provide engine braking when going down a steep hill. D3 gives you more power and increased engine braking. 174 Driving Second (2) − This position locks the transmission in second gear. It does not downshift to first gear when you come to a stop. Use Second gear: For more power when climbing. To increase engine braking when going down steep hills. For starting out on a slippery surface or in deep snow. When driving downhill with a trailer. First (1) − With the lever in this position, the transmission locks in First gear. If you shift into First position when the vehicle speed is above 31 mph (50 km/h), the transmission shifts into Second gear first to avoid sudden engine braking. Engine Speed Limiter If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometer’s red zone. If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out. This is caused by a limiter in the engine’s computer controls. The engine will run normally when you reduce the RPM below the red zone. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release Do this if pushing on the brake pedal does not shift the transmission out of Park. This procedure is also used to release the Reverse Lockout. 1. Set the Parking brake. 2. Make sure the ignition switch is in the LOCK (0) position. To release the Reverse Lockout, make sure the ignition switch is in the ACCESSORY (I) position. COVER 3. Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift Lock Release slot cover. Using a key, carefully pry on the edge of the cover to remove it. 4. Insert the key in the Shift Lock Release slot. 5. Push down on the key and move the shift lever out of Park to Neutral. SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT To release the reverse lockout, move the shift lever from Neutral to Reverse, then to Park. 6. Remove the key from the Shift Lock Release slot, then install the cover. Press the brake pedal, and restart the engine. If you need to use the Shift Lock Release, it means your vehicle is developing a problem. Have it checked by an Acura dealer. Driving 175 Main Menu Table of Contents VTM-4 System The Variable Torque Management 4WD System (VTM-4) automatically transfers varying amounts of engine torque to the rear wheels under lower traction conditions. If more traction is needed when your MDX is stuck, or is likely to become stuck, you can use the VTM-4 Lock button to increase torque to the rear wheels. 176 Driving To Engage the VTM-4 Lock 1. The vehicle must be stopped with the engine running. To Disengage the VTM-4 Lock, do one of the following: Press the VTM-4 Lock button. 2. Move the shift lever to First (1), Second (2), or Reverse (R) gear. Move the shift lever to D5, D4 or D3. 3. Press the VTM-4 Lock button. The light in the button will come on. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0). To get unstuck, apply light pressure to the accelerator pedal. Do not spin the front tires for more than a few seconds. Because of the amount of torque applied to the rear tires, they should not spin. This is normal. If you are not able to move the vehicle, stop and reverse direction. NOTICE: Do not use the VTM-4 Lock button on dry, paved roads. Driving on dry, paved roads with VTM-4 Lock ON may damage the rear dif f erential when making a turn. Strange noise and vibration can also result. The VTM-4 Lock will temporarily disengage when the vehicle speed exceeds 18 mph (30 km/h). It will automatically engage again as the speed slows below 18 mph (30 km/h). The button light will remain on. NOTICE: Do not continuously spin the f ront tires of your MDX. Continuously spinning the f ront tires can cause transmission or rear dif f erential damage. Main Menu Table of Contents Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Your Acura is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that turns on every time you start the engine and monitors the pressure in your tires while driving. Each tire has its own pressure sensor. If the air pressure of a tire becomes significantly low, the sensor in that tire immediately sends a signal that causes the low tire pressure indicator and the appropriate tire on the Tire Pressure Monitor to come on. Driving on a significantly underinflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure. Under-inflation also reduces fuel efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect the vehicle’s handling and stopping ability. Each tire, including the spare should be checked monthly when cold and set to the recommended inflation pressure as specified in the vehicle placard and owner’s manual (see page 222 ). Although your tire pressure is monitored, you must manually check the tire pressures monthly. If you think you can safely drive a short distance to a service station, proceed slowly to the station and inflate the tire to the recommended pressure shown on the driver’s doorjamb. If the tire is flat, or if the tire pressure is too low to continue driving, replace the tire with the compact spare tire. Low Tire Pressure Indicator When the tire pressure monitoring system warning light is lit, one or more of your tires is significantly under-inflated. You should stop and check your tires as soon as possible, and inflate them to the proper pressure as indicated on the vehicle’s tire information placard. Driving 177 Main Menu Table of Contents Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Tire Pressure Monitor The appropriate tire indicator and Low Tire Pressure Indicator will come on if a tire becomes significantly underinflated. Follow the instructions under ‘‘Low Tire Pressure Indicator’’. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Indicator The indicator comes on and stays on when there is a problem with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. If this happens, the system will shut off and no longer monitor tire pressures. Have the system checked by an Acura dealer as soon as possible. Changing the Tire with TPMS If you have a flat tire, the Low Tire Pressure and Tire monitor indicators will come on. Replace the indicated flat tire with the compact spare tire (see page 231 ). 178 Driving Each wheel is equipped with a tire pressure sensor mounted inside the tire behind the valve stem. You must use TPMS specific wheels. It is recommended that you always have your tires serviced by your Acura dealer or qualified technician. After you replace the flat tire, the Low Tire Pressure indicator will stay on. This is normal; the system is not monitoring the spare tire pressure. Manually check the spare tire pressure to be sure it is correct. Never use a puncture-repairing agent in a flat tire. If used, you will have to replace the tire pressure sensor. Have the flat tire repaired by an Acura dealer as soon as possible. Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Always use the parking brake when you park your vehicle. Make sure the parking brake is set firmly or your vehicle may roll if it is on an incline. Set the parking brake before you put the transmission in Park. This keeps the vehicle from moving and putting pressure on the parking mechanism in the transmission. Parking Tips Make sure the moonroof and the windows are closed. Turn off the lights. Place any packages, valuables, etc. in the cargo area, or take them with you. Lock the doors. Never park over dry leaves, tall grass, or other flammable materials. The hot three way catalytic converter could cause these materials to catch on fire. If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn the front wheels away from the curb. If the vehicle is facing downhill, turn the front wheels toward the curb. Make sure the parking brake is fully released before driving away. Driving with the parking brake partially set can overheat or damage the rear brakes. Driving 179 Main Menu Table of Contents Braking System Your vehicle is equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. A power assist helps reduce the effort needed on the brake pedal. The ABS helps you retain steering control when braking very hard. Check the brakes after driving through deep water. Apply the brakes moderately to see if they feel normal. If not, apply them gently and frequently until they do. Be extra cautious in your driving. Resting your foot on the pedal keeps the brakes applied lightly, builds up heat, and reduces their effectiveness. It also keeps your brake lights on all the time, confusing drivers behind you. Braking System Design Front Constant application of the brakes when going down a long hill builds up heat and reduces their effectiveness. Use the engine to assist the brakes by taking your foot off the accelerator and downshifting to a lower gear. The hydraulic system that operates the brakes has two separate circuits. Each circuit works diagonally across the vehicle (the left-front brake is connected with the right-rear brake, 180 Driving etc.). If one circuit should develop a problem, you will still have braking at two wheels. Brake Wear Indicators If the brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive, metallic screeching sound when you apply the brake pedal. If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will screech all the time. It is normal for the brakes to occasionally squeal or squeak when you apply them. Main Menu Table of Contents Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) helps prevent the brakes from locking up and helps you retain steering control by pumping the brakes rapidly, much faster than a person can do it. The ABS also balances the front-torear braking distribution according to vehicle loading. Activating the Anti-lock Brakes You will feel a pulsation in the brake pedal when the ABS activates, and may hear some noise. This is normal: it is the ABS rapidly pumping the brakes. On dry pavement, you will need to press on the brake pedal very hard before the ABS activates. However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately if you are trying to stop on snow or ice. ABS Indicator If the ABS indicator comes on, the anti-lock function of the braking system has shut down. The brakes still work like a conventional system, but without anti-lock. You should have the dealer inspect your vehicle as soon as possible. You should never pump the brake pedal. Let the ABS work for you by always keeping firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. This is sometimes referred to as ‘‘stomp and steer.’’ Driving 181 Main Menu Table of Contents Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) If the ABS indicator and the break system indicator come on together and the parking break is fully released, the front-to-rear braking distribution system may also shut down. Test your brakes as instructed on page 244 . If the brakes feel normal, drive slowly and have your vehicle repaired by your Acura dealer as soon as possible. Avoid sudden hard braking which could cause the rear wheels to lock up and possibly lead to a loss of control. 182 Driving Important Safety Reminders ABS does not reduce the time or distance it takes to stop the vehicle. It only helps with the steering control during braking. ABS will not prevent a skid that results from changing direction abruptly, such as trying to take a corner too fast or making a sudden lane change. Always drive at a safe speed for the road and weather conditions. ABS cannot prevent a loss of stability. Always steer moderately when you are braking hard. Severe or sharp steering wheel movement can still cause your vehicle to veer into oncoming traffic or off the road. A vehicle with ABS may require a longer distance to stop on loose or uneven surfaces, such as gravel or snow, than a vehicle without antilock. Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System The Vehicle Stability Assist system helps to stabilize the vehicle during cornering if the vehicle turns more or less than desired. It also assists you in maintaining traction while accelerating on loose or slippery road surfaces. It does this by regulating the engine’s output, and by selectively applying the brakes. VSA Activation Indicator When VSA activates, you will see the VSA Activation indicator blink. VSA System Indicator If the VSA system indicator comes on while driving, pull to the side of the road when it is safe, and turn off the engine. Reset the system by restarting the engine. If the VSA system indicator stays on, or comes back on while driving, have the VSA system inspected by an Acura dealer. When VSA activates, you may notice that the engine does not respond to the accelerator in the same way it does at other times. The VSA system cannot enhance the vehicle’s driving stability in all situations and does not control your vehicle’s entire braking system. It is still your responsibility to drive and corner at reasonable speeds and to leave a sufficient margin of safety. CONTINUED Driving 183 Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System If the indicator does not come on when the ignition switch is turned to ON (II), there may be a problem with the VSA system. Have an Acura dealer inspect your vehicle as soon as possible. VSA Off Switch VSA and Tire Sizes Driving with varying tire or wheel sizes may cause the VSA to malfunction. When replacing tires, make sure they are of the same size and type as your original tires (see page 224 ). Without VSA, your vehicle will have normal braking and cornering ability, but it will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. This switch is under the left vent. Press it to turn the Vehicle Stability Assist system on and off. When VSA is off, the VSA Activation Indicator comes on as a reminder. 184 Driving VSA is turned on every time you start the engine, even if you turned it off the last time you drove the vehicle. Deactivate the VSA system if you need to drive with the compact spare tire installed (see page 230 ). If you install winter tires, make sure they are the same size as those that were originally supplied with your vehicle. Exercise the same caution during winter driving as you would if your vehicle was not equipped with VSA. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing Weight Limits To safely tow a trailer, you should observe the load limits, use the proper equipment, and follow the guidelines in this section. Be sure to read the Off-Highway Driving Guidelines section on page 192 if you plan to tow off paved surfaces. Exceeding any load limit or improperly loading your vehicle and trailer can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Check the loading of your vehicle and trailer carefully before starting to drive. Estimating Loads To help ensure a safe drive to a scale, or if you cannot get to a public scale, we recommend that you estimate your total trailer weight and tongue load as described next. Load Limits Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) − The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo and the tongue load is 5,787 lbs (2,630 kg). Gross Axle Weight Ratings (GAWR) − The maximum allowable weight on the vehicle axles are 2,882 lbs (1,307 kg) on the front axle, and 2,992 lbs (1,360 kg) on the rear axle. The GCWR must be reduced 2 percent for every 1,000 feet (305 meters) of elevation. The best way to confirm that all loads are within limits is to check them at a public scale. Total Trailer Weight See page 187 for limits for your towing situation. To Estimate the Total Trailer Weight Add the weight of your trailer (as quoted by the manufacturer) with everything in or on the trailer. Check the tables on page 187 that you do not exceed the limit for your conditions. CONTINUED Driving 185 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing Weight Limits Too much tongue load reduces fronttire traction and steering control. Too little tongue load can make the trailer unstable and cause it to sway. To Estimate the Tongue Load 1. Park the vehicle on level ground. 2. Measure and record the distance from the ground to the bottom of the trailer hitch. Tongue Load The weight that the tongue of a fully loaded trailer puts on the hitch should be 5 to 10 percent of the total trailer weight for boat trailers, and 8 to 15 percent of total trailer weight for all other trailers. See page 187 for limits for your towing situation. 186 Driving 3. Connect the fully loaded trailer to the hitch. 4. Measure again from the ground to the same spot on the bottom of the hitch. 5. Subtract the second measurement from the first measurement. Refer to Fig. 1. Fig.1 If the difference is: 1 ½’’ = 150 lbs (68 kg) 2 ¼’’ = 250 lbs (114 kg) 3’’ = 350 lbs (159 kg) 3 ¾’’ = 450 lbs (204 kg) 4’’ = over 450 lbs (204 kg) If the difference is more than 4’’ you have too much tongue load at the rear. Move or remove cargo from the trailer and the vehicle, and measure again. If the estimated trailer weight and tongue load do not exceed the limits, drive your trailer to a public scale fully loaded with all occupants and cargo you plan to take on the road. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing Weight Limits Total Trailer Weight and Tongue Load Limits: BOAT TRAILERS Number of Occupants* 2 3 4 5 6 7 Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler. Max. Trailer Weight Max. Tongue Load 4500 lbs (2045 kg) 450 lbs (205 kg) 4500 lbs (2045 kg) 410 lbs (185 kg) 4500 lbs (2045 kg) 310 lbs (140 kg) 4000 lbs (1820 kg) 215 lbs (100 kg) 1700 lbs (770 kg) 90 lbs (40 kg) Towing is Not Recommended Total Trailer Weight and Tongue Load Limits: OTHER TYPES OF TRAILERS Number of Occupants* 2 3 4 5 6 7 * Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler. Max. Trailer Weight Max. Tongue Load 3500 lbs (1590 kg) 450 lbs (205 kg) 3500 lbs (1590 kg) 410 lbs (185 kg) 3000 lbs (1365 kg) 310 lbs (140 kg) 2000 lbs (910 kg) 215 lbs (100 kg) 1000 lbs (455 kg) 90 lbs (40 kg) Towing is Not Recommended The corresponding weight limits assume occupants fill seats from the front of the vehicle to the back, each occupant weighs 150 lbs (70 kg) and each has 15 lbs (7 kg) of luggage in the cargo area. Driving 187 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Towing Equipment and Accessories Towing generally requires a variety of supplemental equipment. To ensure the best quality, we recommend that you purchase Acura equipment whenever possible. Discuss any additional needs with your trailer sales or rental agency, and make sure all equipment is properly installed, maintained, and also meets state regulations. Hitch We strongly recommend that you have your Acura dealer install an Acura hitch and use the required fluid coolers. Using non-Acura equipment may result in serious damage to your vehicle. Weight Distributing Hitch A weight distributing hitch is not recommended for use with your MDX. 188 Driving Safety Chains Trailer Brakes Always use safety chains when you tow a trailer. Make sure the chains are secured to the trailer and hitch, and that they cross under the tongue and can catch the trailer if it becomes unhitched. Leave enough slack to allow the trailer to turn corners easily, but do not let the chains drag on the ground. Acura requires that any trailer with a total trailer weight of 1,000 lbs (455 kg) or more have its own brakes. Sway Control This device is recommended if your trailer tends to sway. Your trailer maker can tell you what kind of sway control you need and how to install it. Transmission Fluid Cooler and Power Steering Fluid Cooler To help prevent overheating, a heavy-duty transmission fluid cooler and a heavy-duty power steering fluid cooler are required for trailer towing. These coolers are available only from your Acura dealer. There are two common types of trailer brakes: surge and electric. Surge brakes are common for boat trailers, since the brakes will get wet. Electric brakes must be electronically actuated. Do not attempt to tap into your vehicle’s hydraulic system. See your brake manufacturer for more information on installing electric brakes. Trailer Mirrors Many states and provinces require special exterior mirrors when towing a trailer. Even if they don’t, you should install special mirrors if you cannot clearly see behind you, or if the trailer creates a blind spot. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Trailer Lights GROUND (BLACK) BACK-UP LIGHT (GREEN/ BLACK) LEFT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/ BLUE) If you use a non-Acura trailer lighting harness and converter, you can get the mating connector and pins that mate with the connector in your vehicle from your Acura dealer. Cennector-98530-00006-00 Terminal Kit-07JAZ-001-030A Driving Safely With a Trailer For your safety and the safety of others, take time to practice driving maneuvers before heading for the open road, and follow the guidelines below. Avoid towing a trailer during your vehicle’s first 600 miles (1,000 km). Spare Tires RIGHT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/ YELLOW) BRAKE LIGHT (WHITE/ BLACK) TAILLIGHT (RED/ BLACK) Check trailer light requirements for the areas where you plan to tow. To get to your vehicle’s trailer lighting connector, open the tailgate, remove the cargo cover, then remove the rear panel trim. The connector is on the left side. We recommend that you have your Acura dealer install an Acura wiring harness and converter. When towing a trailer, we recommend that you carry a full-size spare wheel and tire for your vehicle and trailer. See page 224 for proper tire size, page 235 for how to store a full size wheel and tire, and page 231 for information on changing a flat tire. Remember to unhitch the trailer before changing a flat. Ask your trailer sales or rental agency where and how to store the trailer’s spare tire. Drive slower than normal in all driving conditions. Make turns more slowly and wider than normal. The trailer has a smaller arc and it can hit or run over something the vehicle misses. Allow more time and distance for braking. Do not brake or turn suddenly − the trailer could jackknife or turn over. CONTINUED Driving 189 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer When driving with a fix-sided (e.g. camper, utility) trailer, do not exceed 55 mph (88 km/h). At higher speeds, the trailer may sway or affect vehicle handling. When being passed by a truck or large vehicle, cross-winds and air turbulence can disrupt your steering and cause your trailer to sway. Keep a constant speed, steer straight ahead, and do not try to make quick steering or braking corrections. Do not park on an incline unless it is unavoidable. If you must, turn the vehicle’s wheels toward the curb on a downhill or away from the curb on an uphill. After parking, place wheel chocks at each trailer tire on the downhill side. 190 Driving Backing Up Driving on Hills Always drive slowly and have someone guide you when backing up. Grip the bottom of the steering wheel; then turn the wheel to the left to get the trailer to move to the left, and turn the wheel right to move the trailer to the right. When climbing hills, closely watch your temperature gauge. If it nears the red (Hot) mark, reduce speed and, if necessary, pull to the side of the road and let the engine cool. Retrieving a Boat If the transmission shifts frequently while going up a hill, shift down one gear. If the vehicle’s wheels slip when retrieving a boat from the water, shift to first gear, and turn on VTM-4 Lock (see page 176 ). Disengage VTM-4 Lock as soon as the boat is out of the water to prevent damage to the VTM-4 system. If you must stop when facing uphill, use the foot brake or parking brake. Do not try to hold the vehicle in place by pressing on the accelerator, this could cause the automatic transmission to overheat. When driving down hills, reduce your speed and shift down to D3. Do not ‘‘ride’’ the brakes. Remember it will take longer to slow down and stop when towing a trailer. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome Your MDX can be towed behind a motorhome at legal highway speeds up to 65 mph (100 km/h). Do not exceed 65 mph (100 km/h) or severe transmission damage will occur. To avoid damage to the 4WD system, it must be towed with all four wheels on the ground (flat towing). Press on the brake pedal. Shift the lever through all the positions (P, R, N, D5, D4, D3, 2, 1). Shift to D5, then to N. Let the engine run for three minutes, then turn it off. Release the parking brake. When purchasing a tow bar, make sure you select a reputable manufacturer. Follow the manufacturer’s attachment instructions carefully. Perform this procedure every day immediately before you begin towing. Otherwise, severe automatic transmission damage will occur. Leave the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY (I) position so the steering wheel does not lock. Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power sockets are turned off so you do not run down the battery. Extended Towing If you tow more than 8 hours in one day, you should repeat the above procedure at least every 8 hours (when you stop for fuel, etc.) NOTICE: The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Leave the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY (I) position, and make sure the steering wheel turns f reely bef ore you begin towing. Check the transmission fluid level (see page 210 ). Start the engine. Driving 191 Main Menu Table of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines Your vehicle has been designed primarily for use on pavement. But its higher ground clearance and fourwheel drive VTM-4 system allow you to occasionally travel on unpaved roads, to campgrounds, picnic sites, and similar locations. It is not designed for trailblazing, mountain climbing, or other challenging offroad activities. If you decide to drive on unpaved roads, you will find that it requires somewhat different driving skills. Your vehicle will also handle somewhat differently than it does on pavement. Be sure to pay extra attention to the precautions and tips in this section, and get acquainted with your vehicle before leaving the pavement. 192 Driving Improperly operating this vehicle on or off-pavement can cause an accident or rollover in which you and your passengers could be seriously injured or killed. Follow all instructions and guidelines in the owner’s manual. Keep your speed low and don’t drive faster than conditions permit. Important Safety Precautions To avoid loss of control or rollover, be sure to follow all precautions and recommendations. Be sure to store cargo properly and do not exceed your cargo load limits (see page 166 and 185 ). Whenever you drive, make sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts. Keep your speed low, and never go faster than the conditions allow. It’s up to you to continually assess the situation and drive within the limits. Main Menu Table of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines Check Out Your Vehicle Before you leave the pavement, be sure to do all scheduled maintenance and service and that you inspect your vehicle. Pay special attention to the condition of the tires and check the tire pressure. After you return to the pavement, carefully inspect your vehicle to make sure there is no damage that could make driving it unsafe. Recheck the condition of the tires and the tire pressure. Remember: The route presents limits (too steep or bumpy roads). You have limits (driving skill and comfort). And your vehicle has limits (traction, stability, and power). Driving off-highway can be hazardous if you fail to recognize limits and take the proper precautions. Accelerating and Braking For better traction on all surfaces, accelerate slowly and gradually build up speed. If you try to start too fast on wet soil, mud, snow, or ice, you might not have enough traction to get underway and you may dig yourself a hole. Starting with the shift lever in second gear (2) will help you have a smoother start on snow and ice. Keep in mind that you will usually need more time and distance to brake to a stop on unpaved surfaces. Avoid hard braking. Do not pump the brakes; let the anti-lock braking system pump them for you. Avoiding Obstacles Debris in the road can damage your suspension or other components. Because your vehicle has a high center of gravity, driving over a large obstacle, or allowing a wheel to drop into a deep hole can cause your vehicle to tip or roll over. Driving on Slopes If you can’t clearly see all road conditions or obstacles, walk the slope before you drive on it. If you have any doubt whether or not you can safely drive on the slope, don’t do it. Find another route. If you are driving up a hill and find that you cannot continue, do not try to turn around. Your vehicle could roll over. Slowly back down the hill, following the same route you took up the hill. Crossing a Stream Before driving through water, stop and make sure that: The water is not deep enough to cover your wheel hubs, axles or exhaust pipe. You could stall and not be able to restart your engine. The water can also damage important vehicle components. Driving 193 Main Menu Table of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines The banks are sloped so you can drive out. The water is not flowing too fast. Deep rushing water can sweep you downstream. Even very shallow rushing water can wash the ground from under your tires and cause you to lose traction and possibly roll over. The banks and surface under the water provide good traction. The water may hide hazards such as rocks, holes, or mud. If the water is deeper than the wheel hubs, some additional service may be required. This service is not covered by your warranties. If You Get Stuck If you get stuck, engage the VTM-4 Lock (see page 176 ). Carefully try to go in the direction (forward or reverse) that you think will get you unstuck. Do not spin the tires at high speeds. It will not help you get out and may cause damage to the transmission or VTM-4 system. If you decide it is safe to drive through water, choose a suitable speed and engage the VTM-4 Lock. Proceed without shifting or changing speeds, and do not stop the vehicle or shut off the engine. If you are unable to free yourself, your vehicle is equipped with front and rear tow hooks designed for this purpose. After driving through water, test your brakes. If they got wet, gently pump them while driving slowly until they operate normally. Use a nylon strap to attach the MDX to the recovery vehicle and carefully take out the slack in the strap. Once the strap is tight, the recovery vehicle should apply force. Remember that the recovery vehicle 194 Driving needs good traction to avoid becoming stuck, too. You should never use a jack to try to get unstuck. Your vehicle could easily slip off the jack and hurt you or someone else. Towing a Trailer Off-Road You may be able to safely tow a lightweight trailer (such as a motorcycle or small tent trailer) offroad if you follow these guidelines. Do not exceed 1,000 lbs (450 kg) or a tongue weight of 100 lbs (45 kg). Try to stay on smooth, level dirt roads, and avoid driving in hilly terrain. Allow extra room for starting, stopping, and turning. Slow down if you encounter bumps or other obstacles. Main Menu Maintenance This section explains why it is important to keep your vehicle well maintained and how to follow basic maintenance safety precautions. This section also includes Maintenance Schedules for normal driving and severe driving conditions, a Maintenance Record, and instructions for simple maintenance tasks you may want to take care of yourself. If you have the skills and tools to perform more complex maintenance tasks on your Acura, you may want to purchase the Service Manual. See page 269 for information on how to obtain a copy, or see your Acura dealer. Maintenance Safety ....................... 196 Maintenance Schedule .................. 197 Maintenance Record ..................... 201 Fluid Locations............................... 204 Adding Engine Oil ......................... 205 Changing the Oil and Filter .......... 206 Engine Coolant ............................... 208 Windshield Washers ..................... 209 Automatic Transmission Fluid..... 210 Differential Fluid ........................... 211 Transfer Assembly Fluid .............. 211 Brake Fluid ..................................... 212 Power Steering Fluid..................... 213 Timing Belt ..................................... 213 Hood Latch ..................................... 214 Lights .............................................. 214 Seat Belts ........................................ 218 Floor Mats ...................................... 218 Wiper Blades .................................. 219 Tires ................................................ 221 Checking the Battery .................... 226 Vehicle Storage .............................. 227 Maintenance 195 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety All service items not detailed in this section should be performed by an Acura technician or other qualified mechanic. Important Safety Precautions To eliminate potential hazards, read the instructions before you begin, and make sure you have the tools and skills required. Make sure your vehicle is parked on level ground, the parking brake is set, and the engine is off. To clean parts, use a commercially available degreaser or parts cleaner, not gasoline. To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away from the battery and all fuel-related parts. Wear eye protection and protective clothing when working with the battery or compressed air. Improperly maintaining this vehicle or failing to correct a problem before driving can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Always follow the inspection and maintenance recommendations in this owner’s manual. Potential Vehicle Hazards Carbon Monoxide poison from engine exhaust. Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine. Burns from hot parts. Let the engine and exhaust system cool 196 Maintenance before touching any parts. Injury from moving parts. Do not run the engine unless instructed to do so. Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed. Always follow the procedures and precautions in this owner’s manual. Some of the most important safety precautions are given here. However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you should perform a given task. Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule The maintenance schedule assumes you will use your vehicle as normal transportation for passengers and their possessions. You should also follow these recommendations: Avoid exceeding your vehicle’s load limit. This puts excess stress on the engine, brakes, and many other vehicle parts. The load limit is shown on the tire information label on the driver’s doorjamb. Operate your vehicle on reasonable roads within the legal speed limit. Drive your vehicle regularly over a distance of several miles (kilometers). Always use unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating (see page 158 ). Used primarily as a delivery vehicle or taxi that is driven mostly in stop-and-go traffic and/ or parked with the engine idling. Which Schedule to Follow: U.S. Owners − Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions if you drive your vehicle MAINLY under one or more of the following conditions. NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY drive under a ‘‘severe’’ condition, you should follow the Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions. Canadian Owners − Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip. Driving in extremely hot [over 90°F (32°C)] conditions. Trailer towing, driving with a roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions. Driving on muddy, dusty, or deiced roads. Maintenance 197 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule Servicing Your Vehicle Your authorized Acura dealer knows your vehicle best and can provide competent, efficient service. However, service at a dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranties in effect. Maintenance may be done by any qualified service facility or skilled person to keep your warranties in effect. Keep all the receipts as proof of completion, and have the person who does the work fill out the Maintenance Record. Check your warranty booklet for more information. We recommend the use of Acura parts and fluids whenever you have maintenance done. 198 Maintenance U.S. Vehicles: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of emissions control devices and systems may be done by any automotive repair establishment or individual using parts that are ‘‘certified’’ to EPA standards. Engine oil level − Check every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 161 . According to state and federal regulations, failure to perform maintenance on the items marked with # will not void your emissions warranties. However, Acura recommends that all maintenance services be performed at the recommended time or mileage period to ensure long-term reliability. Automatic transmission − Check the fluid level monthly. See page 210 . Owner’s Maintenance Checks You should check the following items at the specified intervals. If you are unsure of how to perform any check, turn to the appropriate page listed. Engine coolant level − Check the radiator reserve tank every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 162 . Brakes − Check the fluid level monthly. See page 212 . Tires − Check the tire pressure monthly. Examine the tread for wear and foreign objects. See page 222 . Lights − Check the operation of the headlights, parking lights, taillights, high-mount brake light, turn signals, brake lights, and license plate light monthly. See page 214 . Main Menu Table of Contents 150 240 Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions Check engine oil and coolant Check tires Replace engine oil Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 223 ) Replace engine oil filter Check front and rear brake wear Check parking brake adjustment Inspect the following items: Tie-rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots Suspension components Driveshaft boots Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids Exhaust system# Fuel lines and connections# Inspect drive belts Replace dust and pollen filter Replace air cleaner element Inspect valve clearance Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). miles x 1,000 15 30 45 60 75 90 105 120 135 km x 1,000 24 48 72 96 120 144 168 192 216 Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Check inflation and condition once a month Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or every 1 year, whichever comes first Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) (Or every 1 year, whichever comes first) (Or every 2 years, whichever comes first) (Otherwise adjust only if noisy) Replace automatic transmission fluid*1 Replace transfer fluid*1 Replace VTM-4 rear differential fluid*2 Inspect idle speed Replace spark plugs Replace timing belt and inspect water pump Replace engine coolant Replace brake fluid (Or every 7 years, whichever comes first) At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 3 years (independent of mileage) *1: At 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or 3 years, then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years. *2: At every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) up to 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every 1 year, then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years. #: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, middle column, page 198 . Maintenance 199 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions miles x 1,000 km x 1,000 Check engine oil and coolant Check tires Replace engine oil and oil filter Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 223 ) Check front and rear brake wear Inspect the following items: Tie-rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots Suspension components, Driveshaft boots Check parking brake adjustment Lubricate all hinges, locks and latches Inspect the following items: Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids Exhaust system# Fuel lines and connections# Lights and controls/vehicle underbody Inspect drive belts Replace dust and pollen filter Replace automatic transmission fluid Replace transfer fluid Replace air cleaner element Inspect valve clearance Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). 7.5 15 30 45 60 75 90 105 120 12 24 48 72 96 120 144 168 192 Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Check inflation and condition once a month Every 3,750 miles (6,000 km) or every 6 months, whichever comes first Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) 135 216 150 240 Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or every 6 months, whichever comes first (Or every 1 year, whichever comes first) (Or every 2 years, whichever comes first) Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) (Use normal schedule except in dusty conditions) (Otherwise adjust only if noisy) Replace VTM-4 rear differential fluid*1, *2 Inspect idle speed Replace spark plugs Replace timing belt#, *3, and inspect water pump (Or every 7 years, whichever comes first) Replace engine coolant At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Replace brake fluid Every 3 years (independent of mileage) *1 : At every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) up to 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or every 6 months, then every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 1 year. *2 : Follow this schedule for rear differential fluid replacement if you use your vehicle for off-highway driving, trailer towing, mainly in stop-and-go driving. Otherwise, use the fluid replacement schedule in the Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions. *3 : See timing belt on page 213 for replacement information under special driving conditions. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, middle column, page 198 . 200 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page 199 ) or severe conditions (page 200 ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle. 3,750 mi 6,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 33,750 mi 54,000 km Date 7,500 mi 12,000 km mi/km mi/km 37,500 mi 60,000 km mi/km mi/km 45,000 mi 72,000 km mi/km 48,750 mi 78,000 km mi/km mi/km Date mi/km Date 56,250 mi 90,000 km Date 30,000 mi 48,000 km mi/km Date 52,500 mi 84,000 km Date 26,250 mi 42,000 km mi/km Date Date 22,500 mi 36,000 km mi/km Date Date 18,750 mi 30,000 km mi/km Date 41,250 mi 66,000 km Date 15,000 mi 24,000 km mi/km Date Date 11,250 mi 18,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 60,000 mi 96,000 km mi/km Date CONTINUED Maintenance 201 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 63,750 mi 102,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 93,750 mi 150,000 km Date 67,500 mi 108,000 km mi/km mi/km 97,500 mi 156,000 km mi/km 101,250 mi 162,000 km mi/km 105,000 mi 168,000 km mi/km 108,750 mi 174,000 km mi/km 112,500 mi 180,000 km mi/km Date 202 Maintenance mi/km Date 116,250 mi 186,000 km Date 90,000 mi 144,000 km mi/km Date Date 86,250 mi 138,000 km mi/km Date Date 82,500 mi 132,000 km mi/km Date Date 78,750 mi 126,000 km mi/km Date Date 75,000 mi 120,000 km mi/km Date Date 71,250 mi 114,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 120,000 mi 192,000 km mi/km Date Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 123,750 mi 198,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 127,500 mi 204,000 km mi/km Date 131,250 mi 210,000 km mi/km Date 135,000 mi 216,000 km mi/km Date 138,750 mi 222,000 km mi/km Date 142,500 mi 228,000 km mi/km Date 146,250 mi 234,000 km mi/km Date 150,000 mi 240,000 km mi/km Date Maintenance 203 Main Menu Table of Contents Fluid Locations ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Orange loop) BRAKE FLUID (Gray cap) WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) COOLANT RESERVOIR POWER STEERING FLUID (Red cap) 204 Maintenance AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop) RADIATOR CAP ENGINE OIL FILL CAP Main Menu Table of Contents Adding Engine Oil ENGINE OIL FILL CAP Unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on top of the valve cover. Pour in the oil slowly and carefully so you do not spill. Clean up any spills immediately. Spilled oil could damage components in the engine compartment. Install the engine oil fill cap and tighten it securely. Wait a few minutes and recheck the oil level (see page 161 ). Do not fill above the upper mark on the dipstick; you could damage the engine. Recommended Engine Oil Oil is a major contributor to your engine’s performance and longevity. Always use a premium-grade 5W-20 detergent oil displaying the API Certification Seal. This seal indicates the oil is energy conserving, and that it meets the American Petroleum Institute’s latest requirements. Honda Motor Oil is the preferred 5W-20 lubricant for your vehicle. It is highly recommended that you use Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for optimum engine protection. Make sure the API Certification Seal says ‘‘For Gasoline Engines’’. The oil viscosity or weight is provided on the container’s label. 5W-20 oil is formulated for yearround protection of your Acura to improve cold weather starting and fuel economy. API CERTIFICATION SEAL Ambient Temperature Maintenance 205 Main Menu Table of Contents Adding Engine Oil, Changing the Oil and Filter Synthetic Oil You may use a synthetic motor oil if it meets the same requirements given for a conventional motor oil: it displays the API Certification Seal and it is the proper weight. You must follow the oil and filter change intervals given in the maintenance schedule. Engine Oil Additives Your Acura does not require any oil additives. Additives may adversely affect your engine’s or transmission’s performance and durability. Changing the Oil and Filter Always change the oil and filter according to the recommendations in the maintenance schedule. The oil and filter collect contaminants that can damage your engine if they are not removed regularly. Changing the oil and filter requires special tools and access from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle should be raised on a service stationtype hydraulic lift for this service. Unless you have the knowledge and proper equipment, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic. 1. Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature, then shut it off. 206 Maintenance WASHER DRAIN BOLT 2. Open the hood and remove the engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil drain bolt and washer from the bottom of the engine. Drain the oil into an appropriate container. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing the Oil and Filter OIL FILTER 6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil. Engine oil change capacity (including filter): 4.5 US qt (4.3 ) 7. Replace the engine oil fill cap. Start the engine. The oil pressure indicator should go out within 5 seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine and check your work. 3. Remove the oil filter, and let the remaining oil drain. A special wrench (available from your Acura dealer) is required. 4. Install a new oil filter according to the instructions that come with it. NOTICE: Improper disposal of engine oil can be harmf ul to the environment. If you change your own oil, please dispose of used oil properly. Put it in a sealed container, and take it to a recycling center. Do not discard used oil in a trash bin or dump it on the ground. 8. Let the engine run for several minutes, then check the drain bolt and oil filter for leaks. 9. Turn off the engine and let it sit for several minutes, then check the oil level on the dipstick. If necessary, add more oil. 5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt. Tighten it to: 29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m) Maintenance 207 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Coolant Adding Engine Coolant RESERVE TANK If the coolant level in the reserve tank is at or below the MIN line, add coolant to bring it up to the MAX line. Inspect the cooling system for leaks. 208 Maintenance Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or plain water. If it is not available, you may use another major-brand non-silicate coolant as a temporary replacement. Make sure it is a high-quality coolant recommended for aluminum engines. Continued use of any non-Honda coolant can result in corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail. Have the cooling system flushed and refilled with Honda antifreeze/coolant as soon as possible. If the reserve tank is completely empty, you should also check the coolant level in the radiator. Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap. Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Coolant, Windshield Washers 3. The coolant level should be up to the base of the filler neck. Add coolant if it is low. Pour the coolant slowly and carefully so you do not spill. Clean up any spill immediately; it could damage components in the engine compartment. 4. Put the radiator cap back on, and tighten it fully. 1. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool. When the radiator and engine are cool, relieve any pressure in the cooling system by turning the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pressing down. 2. Remove the radiator cap by pushing down and turning counterclockwise. 5. Pour coolant into the reserve tank. Fill it to halfway between the MAX and MIN marks. Put the cap back on the reserve tank. Do not add any rust inhibitors or other additives to your vehicle’s cooling system. They may not be compatible with the coolant or engine components. Windshield Washers Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal use. The low washer level indicator will come on when the level is low (see page 61 ). Fill the reservoir with a good-quality windshield washer fluid. This increases the cleaning capability and prevents freezing in cold weather. When you refill the reservoir, clean the edges of the windshield wiper blades with windshield washer fluid on a clean cloth. This will help to condition them. NOTICE: Do not use engine antif reeze or a vinegar/water solution in the windshield washer reservoir. Antif reeze can damage your vehicle’s paint, while a vinegar/water solution can damage the windshield washer pump. Use only commercially-available windshield washer f luid. Maintenance 209 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Fluid replacement. However, continued use can affect the shift quality. Have the transmission flushed and refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as soon as it is convenient. DIPSTICK UPPER MARK LOWER MARK DIPSTICK Check the fluid level with the engine at normal operating temperature. 1. Park the vehicle on level ground. Shut off the engine. 4. Remove the dipstick and check the fluid level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. 2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) from the transmission, and wipe it with a clean cloth. 5. If the level is below the lower mark, add fluid into the tube to bring it to the upper mark. Always use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid). If it’s not available, you may use a DEXRON III automatic transmission fluid as a temporary 3. Insert the dipstick all the way into the transmission. 210 Maintenance To thoroughly flush the transmission, the technician should drain and refill it with Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid), then drive the vehicle for a short distance. Do this three times. Then drain and refill the transmission a final time. 6. Insert the dipstick all the way back in the transmission. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. If you are not sure how to add fluid, contact your Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Differential Fluid, Transfer Assembly Fluid Differential Fluid FILLER BOLT Put a new washer on the filler bolt, then reinstall the filler bolt. Tighten it securely. Tightening torque: 33 lbf·ft (45 N·m , 4.6 kgf·m) Transfer Assembly Fluid FILLER PLUG The differential should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the recommendations in the maintenance schedule. CORRECT LEVEL Check the fluid level with the differential at normal operating temperature and the vehicle sitting on level ground. Remove the differential fluid filler bolt and washer, and carefully feel inside the bolt hole with your finger. The fluid level should be up to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is not, slowly add VTM-4 Differential Fluid until it starts to run out of the hole. DRAIN PLUG Check the fluid in the transfer assembly with the vehicle sitting on level ground. Remove the filler plug and check that the fluid level is up to the edge of the filler plug hole. CONTINUED Maintenance 211 Main Menu Table of Contents Transfer Assembly Fluid, Brake Fluid If it is not, slowly add proper fluid until it starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall the filler plug and tighten it securely. Tightening torque: 33 lbf·ft (45 N·m , 4.6 kgf·m) Use a SAE 90 or SAE 80W-90 viscosity hypoid gear oil, API service classified GL4 or GL5 only, in the transfer assembly. Viscosity SAE 90: above 0°F (−18°C) SAE 80W-90: below 0°F (−18°C) The transfer assembly fluid should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. 212 Maintenance Brake Fluid Check the fluid level in the brake fluid reservoir monthly. Replace it according to the maintenance schedule recommendations. Always use Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3. If it is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement. Using any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system. Have the brake system flushed and refilled with Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 as soon as possible. Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not compatible with your vehicle’s braking system and can cause extensive damage. MAX MIN The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If the level is at or below the MIN mark, your brake system needs attention. Have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. Main Menu Table of Contents Power Steering Fluid, Timing Belt Power Steering Fluid UPPER LEVEL LOWER LEVEL Check the level on the side of the reservoir when the engine is cold. The fluid should be between the UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL. If not add power steering fluid to the UPPER LEVEL mark. Always use Honda Power Steering Fluid. You may use another power steering fluid as an emergency replacement, but have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible. A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system. Check the fluid level frequently, and have the system inspected as soon as possible. NOTICE: Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t or right lock and holding it there can damage the power steering pump. Timing Belt The timing belt should be replaced at the intervals shown in the maintenance schedule. Replace the belt at 60,000 miles (100,000 km) if you regularly drive your vehicle in one or more of these conditions: In very high temperatures (over 110°F, 43°C). In very low temperatures (under −20°F, −29°C). Frequently tow a trailer. Maintenance 213 Main Menu Table of Contents Hood Latch, Lights Hood Latch LATCH ASSEMBLY Headlight Aiming The headlights were properly aimed when your vehicle was new. If you regularly carry heavy items in the cargo area or pull a trailer, readjustment may be required. Adjustment should be done by an Acura dealer or other qualified mechanic. Replacing a Headlight Bulb Your vehicle has halogen headlight bulbs, two on each side. When replacing a bulb, handle it by its base and protect the glass from contact with your skin or hard objects. If you touch the glass, clean it with denatured alcohol and a clean cloth. NOTICE: Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the glass can cause the bulb to overheat and shatter. Clean the hood latch assembly with a mild cleaner, then lubricate it with a multipurpose grease. Lubricate all the moving parts (as shown), including the pivot. Follow the time and distance recommendations in the Maintenance Schedule. If you are not sure how to clean and grease the latch, contact your Acura dealer. 214 Maintenance 1. Open the hood. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing Front Turn Signal/ Parking and Side Marker Light Bulbs TAB BULB CONNECTOR 2. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by squeezing the connector to unlock the tab, then slide the connector off the bulb. 3. Remove the bulb by turning it approximately one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 4. Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb. 5. Insert the new bulb into the hole and turn it one-quarter turn clockwise to lock it in place. 1. Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 6. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb. 2. To remove a bulb, pull it straight out of its socket. CONTINUED Maintenance 215 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing Rear Bulbs 3. Install the new bulb into the socket. 4. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 5. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 216 Maintenance 1. Open the tailgate. Use a screwdriver protected with a cloth to pry open the two covers. 2. Remove the two screws and remove the rear light assembly from the rear pillar. 3. Determine which of the four bulbs is burned out: brake/taillight, turn signal/hazard lights, side marker light, or back-up light. 4. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 5. Remove the burned-out bulb by pulling it straight out of the socket. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 6. Install the new bulb into the socket. Replacing a High-mount Brake Light Bulb 7. Push the socket into the light assembly and turn it clockwise until it locks. 3. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. 4. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 8. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 5. Put the socket back into the light assembly and turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 9. Install the rear light assembly in the body. Tighten the two screws. Snap the covers back into position. 6. Place the cover back into the light assembly. Push it up until it locks in place. 1. Remove the light assembly cover by prying carefully with a clothcovered screwdriver in the notches along the top edge. Then pivot the cover out and down. 2. Remove the socket from the light assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. Maintenance 217 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Belts, Floor Mats Seat Belts Floor Mats LOOP If your seat belts get dirty, use a soft brush with a mixture of mild soap and warm water to clean them. Do not use bleach, dye, or cleaning solvents. Let the belts air-dry before you use the vehicle. Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the insides of the loops with a clean cloth dampened in mild soap and warm water or isopropyl alcohol. 218 Maintenance The driver’s floor mat that came with your vehicle hooks over the floor mat anchor. This keeps the floor mat from sliding forward and possibly interfering with the pedals. If you remove the driver’s floor mat, make sure to re-anchor it when you put it back in your vehicle. If you use a non-Acura floor mat, make sure it fits properly and that it can be used with the floor mat anchor. Do not put additional floor mats on top of the anchored mat. Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months. Replace them if you find signs of cracking in the rubber, and areas that are getting hard, or if they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used. WIPER ARMS LOCK TAB To replace a wiper blade: 1. Raise the wiper arm off the windshield. Windshield: Raise the driver’s side first, then the passenger’s side. 2. Front only: Disconnect the blade assembly from the wiper arm by pushing in the lock tab. Hold the lock tab in while you push the blade assembly toward the base of the arm. CONTINUED Maintenance 219 Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades BLADE BLADE 5. Slide the new wiper blade into the holder until the tabs lock. 6. Front only: Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. REINFORCEMENT 3. Remove the blade from its holder by grasping the tabbed end of the blade. Pull firmly until the tabs come out of the holder. 220 Maintenance 4. Examine the new wiper blades. If they have no plastic or metal reinforcement along the back edge, remove the metal reinforcement strips from the old wiper blade, and install them in the slots along the edge of the new blade. 7. Lower the wiper arm down against the window. Windshield: Lower the passenger’s side first, then the driver’s side. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires To safely operate your vehicle, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated. The following pages give more detailed information on how to take care of your tires and what to do when they need to be replaced. Using tires that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding tire inflation and maintenance. Inflation Keeping the tires properly inflated provides the best combination of handling, tread life, and riding comfort. Underinflated tires wear unevenly, adversely affect handling and fuel economy, and are more likely to fail from being overheated. Overinflated tires can make your vehicle ride more harshly, are more prone to damage from road hazards, and wear unevenly. Use a gauge to measure the air pressure at least once a month. Even tires that are in good condition may lose one to two psi (10 to 20 kPa, 0.1 to 0.2 kgf/cm ) per month. Remember to check the spare tire at the same time. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) will warn you when a tire pressure is low. See page 177 for information on the TPMS. Add or release air, if needed, to match the recommended cold tire pressures on page 222 . Check the pressure in the tires when they are cold. This means the vehicle has been parked for at least three hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km). We recommend that you visually check your tires every day. If you think a tire might be low, check it immediately with a tire gauge. CONTINUED Maintenance 221 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires If you check the pressure when the tires are hot [driven for several miles (kilometers)], you will see readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4 kgf/cm ) higher than the cold reading. This is normal; do not release air to match the cold pressure. Tubeless tires have some ability to self-seal if they are punctured. You should look closely for punctures if a tire starts losing pressure. You should get your own tire pressure gauge and use it whenever you check your tire pressures. This will make it easier for you to tell if a pressure loss is due to a tire problem and not due to a variation between gauges. 222 Maintenance Tire Size P235/65R17 103T Cold Tire Pressure for Normal Driving 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) The compact spare tire pressure is: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) For convenience, the recommended tire sizes and cold air pressures are on a label on the driver’s doorjamb. For additional technical information about your tires, see page 256 . Inspection Every time you check inflation, you should also examine the tires for damage, foreign objects, and wear. You should look for: Bumps or bulges in the tread or side of the tire. Replace the tire if you find either or these conditions. Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side of the tire. Replace the tire if you can see fabric or cord. Excessive tread wear. Tire pressure for high speed driving is the same as for normal driving. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS TREAD WEAR INDICATORS Your vehicle’s tires have wear indicators molded into the tread. When the tread wears down to that point, you will see a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide band running across the tread. This shows there is less than 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of tread left on the tire. A tire that is this worn gives very little traction on wet roads. You should replace the tire if you can see the tread wear indicator in three or more places around the tire. Tire Maintenance In addition to proper inflation, correct wheel alignment helps to decrease tire wear. If you find a tire is worn unevenly, have your dealer check the wheel alignment. Have your dealer check the tires if you feel a consistent vibration while driving. A tire should always be rebalanced if it is removed from the wheel. When you have new tires installed, make sure they are balanced. This increases riding comfort and tire life. For best results, have the installer perform a dynamic balance. NOTICE: Improper wheel weights can damage your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use only genuine Acura wheel weights f or balancing. Tire Rotation Front Front (For Non-directional (For Directional Tires and Wheels) Tires and Wheels) To help increase tire life and distribute wear more evenly, rotate the tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km). Move the tires to the positions shown in the chart each time they are rotated. If you purchase directional tires, rotate only front-toback. Maintenance 223 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Replacing Tires Replace your tires with radial tires of the same size, load range, speed rating and maximum cold tire pressure rating (as shown on the tire’s side wall). It is best to replace all four tires at the same time. If that is not possible or necessary, replace the two front tires or two rear tires as a pair. Replacing just one tire can seriously affect your vehicle’s handling. Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on your vehicle can reduce braking ability, traction, and steering accuracy. Using tires of a different size or construction can cause the ABS to work inconsistently. If you ever replace a wheel, make sure that the wheel’s specifications match those of the original wheels. The ABS works by comparing the speed of the wheels. When replacing tires, use the same size originally supplied with the vehicle. Tire size and construction can affect wheel speed and may cause the system to work. Installing improper tires on your vehicle can affect handling and stability. This can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Always use the size and type of tires recommended in this owner’s manual. Wheel and Tire Specifications Wheel: 17 x 6 1/2 JJ Tires: P235/65R17 103T See page 256 for DOT tire quality grading information, and page 258 for tire size explanation. Replacement wheels are available at your Acura dealer. 224 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Winter Driving Tires marked ‘‘M + S’’ or ‘‘All Season’’ on the sidewall have an allweather tread design suitable for most winter driving conditions. For the best performance in snowy or icy conditions, you should install snow tires or tire chains. They may be required by local laws under certain conditions. Snow Tires If you mount snow tires on your vehicle, make sure they are radial tires of the same size and load range as original tires. Mount snow tires on all four wheels. The traction provided by snow tires on dry roads may be lower than your original tires. Check with the tire dealer for maximum speed recommendations. Tire Chains Because your vehicle has limited tire clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’ cable-type traction devices, with rubber chain tensioners on the rear tires. Use traction devices only when required by driving conditions or local laws. Make sure they are the correct size for your tires. Metal linktype ‘‘chains’’ should not be used. NOTICE: Traction devices that are the wrong size or improperly installed can damage your vehicle’s brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels. Stop driving if they are hitting any part of the vehicle. When installing cables, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and mount them as tight as you can. Make sure they are not contacting the brake lines or suspension. Drive slowly with them installed. If you hear them coming into contact with the body or chassis, stop and investigate. Remove them as soon as you begin driving on cleared roads. Maintenance 225 Main Menu Table of Contents Checking the Battery TEST INDICATOR WINDOW Check the condition of the battery monthly by looking at the test indicator window. The label on the battery explains the test indicator’s colors. 226 Maintenance Check the terminals for corrosion (a white or yellowish powder). To remove it, cover the terminals with a solution of baking soda and water. It will bubble up and turn brown. When this stops, wash it off with plain water. Dry off the battery with a cloth or paper towel. Coat the terminals with grease to help prevent further corrosion. If additional battery maintenance is needed, see your Acura dealer or a qualified technician. WARNING: Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash your hands after handling. If you need to connect the battery to a charger, disconnect both cables to prevent damaging your vehicle’s electrical system. Always disconnect the negative (−) cable first, and reconnect it last. The battery gives off explosive hydrogen gas during normal operation. A spark or flame can cause the battery to explode with enough force to kill or seriously hurt you. Wear protective clothing and a face shield, or have a skilled mechanic do the battery maintenance. Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Storage If you need to park your vehicle for an extended period (more than one month), there are several things you should do to prepare it for storage. Proper preparation helps prevent deterioration and makes it easier to get your vehicle back on the road. If possible, store your vehicle indoors. Block the rear wheels. If the vehicle is to be stored for a longer period, it should be supported on jackstands so the tires are off the ground. Fill the fuel tank. Leave one window open slightly (if the vehicle is being stored indoors). Change the engine oil and filter. Disconnect the battery. Wash and dry the exterior completely. Support the front and rear wiper blade arms with a folded towel or rag so they do not touch the windshield. Clean the interior. Make sure the carpeting, floor mats, etc., are completely dry. Leave the parking brake off. Put the transmission in Park. To minimize sticking, apply a silicone spray lubricant to all door and tailgate seals. Also, apply a vehicle body wax to the painted surfaces that mate with the door and tailgate seals. Cover the vehicle with a ‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made from a porous material such as cotton. Non-porous materials, such as plastic sheeting, trap moisture, which can damage the paint. If possible, periodically run the engine until it reaches full operating temperature (the cooling fans cycle on and off twice). Preferably, do this once a month. If you store your vehicle for 12 months or longer, have your Acura dealer perform the inspections called for in the 24 months/30,000 miles (48,000 km) maintenance schedule (Normal Conditions) as soon as you take it out of storage (see page 199 ). The replacements called for in the maintenance schedule are not needed unless the vehicle has actually reached that time or mileage. Maintenance 227 Main Menu 228 Main Menu Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers the more common problems that motorists experience with their vehicles. It gives you information about how to safely evaluate the problem and what to do to correct it. If the problem has stranded you on the side of the road, you may be able to get going again. If not, you will also find instructions on getting your vehicle towed. Compact Spare Tire....................... 230 Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 231 If Your Engine Won’t Start ........... 237 Jump Starting ................................. 238 If Your Engine Overheats............. 240 Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 242 Charging System Indicator........... 242 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 243 Brake System Indicator ................ 244 Emergency Towing ....................... 244 Fuses ............................................... 245 Fuse Locations ............................... 248 Taking Care of the Unexpected 229 Main Menu Table of Contents Compact Spare Tire Use the compact spare tire as a temporary replacement only. Get your regular tire repaired or replaced and put it back on your vehicle as soon as you can. Do not mount snow chains on a compact spare. Check the inflation pressure of the compact spare tire every time you check the other tires. It should be inflated to: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) Do not use your compact spare tire on another vehicle unless it is the same make and model. Follow these precautions: Never exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) under any circumstances. This tire gives a harsher ride and less traction on some road surfaces. Use greater caution while driving. 230 Taking Care of the Unexpected INDICATOR LOCATION MARK Do not use the compact spare tire if you are towing a trailer. TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR Replace the tire when you can see the tread wear indicator bars. The replacement should be the same size and design tire, mounted on the same wheel. The spare tire is not designed to be mounted on a regular wheel, and the spare wheel is not designed for mounting a regular tire. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, stop in a safe place to change it. Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area to stop that is far away from the traffic lanes. JACK The vehicle can easily roll off the jack, seriously injuring anyone underneath. Follow the directions for changing a tire exactly, and never get under the vehicle when it is supported only by the jack. TOOLS 1. Park the vehicle on firm, level, and non-slippery ground. Put the transmission in Park. Apply the parking brake. SPARE TIRE 2. Turn on the hazard warning lights, and turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0). Have all the passengers get out of the vehicle while you change the tire. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 231 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire COVER COVER 3. Open the tailgate. 4. The tools and jack are behind a cover in the cargo area on the driver’s side. Remove the cover by pushing the top of the cover. 232 Taking Care of the Unexpected 5. Take the tools out of the storage compartment. 6. Turn the jack’s end bracket counterclockwise to loosen it, then remove the jack. 7. The spare tire is stored underneath the rear cargo area. Remove the plastic cover on the cargo area lining to access the shaft for the spare tire hoist. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire SPARE TIRE WRENCH 8. Put the wheel nut wrench on the hoist shaft. Turn the wrench counterclockwise to lower the spare tire to the ground. BRACKET 9. Keep turning the wheel wrench to create slack in the cable. 11.Loosen each wheel nut 1/2 turn with the wheel wrench. 10.Remove the bracket from the spare tire. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 233 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire EXTENSION JACKING POINT 12. Place the jack under the jacking point nearest the tire you need to change. It is pointed to by a △ mark molded into the underside of the body. Turn the end bracket clockwise until the top of the jack contacts the jacking point. Make sure the jacking point tab is resting in the jack notch. 234 Taking Care of the Unexpected WHEEL WRENCH 13. Use the extension and wheel wrench as shown to raise the vehicle until the flat tire is off the ground. 14.Remove the wheel nuts, then remove the flat tire. BRAKE HUB 15.Before mounting the spare tire, wipe any dirt off the mounting surface of the wheel and hub with a clean cloth. Wipe the hub carefully; it may be hot from driving. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire 20.Place the flat tire face up under the hoist. 16.Put on the spare tire. Put the wheel nuts back on finger-tight, then tighten them in a crisscross pattern with the wheel wrench until the wheel is firmly against the hub. Do not try to tighten them fully. 21.Insert the hoist bracket into the center hole of the flat tire. 17.Lower the vehicle to the ground and remove the jack. 18.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in the same crisscross pattern. Have the wheel nut torque checked at the nearest automotive service facility. Tighten the wheel nuts to: 80 lbf·ft (108 N·m , 11 kgf·m) 19.Remove the center cap from the flat tire. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 235 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire NOTICE: Always raise the spare tire hoist, even if you are not stowing a tire. If the hoist is lef t down, it will be damaged during driving and need to be replaced. 24.Store the jack in its holder. Turn the jack’s end bracket to lock it in place. Store the tools, and install the cover. 22.Slowly turn the wheel wrench clockwise to take up the slack of the hoist cable. Make sure the bracket is seated in the center hole of the spare tire. 23.Turn the wheel wrench clockwise until the flat tire rests against the underbody of the vehicle and you hear the hoist click. 236 Taking Care of the Unexpected Loose items can fly around the interior in a crash and could seriously injure the occupants. Store the wheel, jack, and tools securely before driving. Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Won’t Start Diagnosing why the engine won’t start falls into two areas, depending on what you hear when you turn the key to START (III): You hear nothing, or almost nothing. The engine’s starter motor does not operate at all, or operates very slowly. You can hear the starter motor operating normally, or the starter motor sounds like it is spinning faster than normal, but the engine does not start up and run. Nothing Happens or the Starter Motor Operates Very Slowly When you turn the ignition switch to START (III), you do not hear the normal noise of the engine trying to start. You may hear a clicking sound or series of clicks, or nothing at all. Check these things: Check the transmission interlock. The transmission must be in Park or Neutral or the starter will not operate. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Turn on the headlights, and check their brightness. If the headlights are very dim or don’t light at all, the battery is discharged. See Jump Starting on page 238 . Turn the ignition switch to START (III). If the headlights do not dim, check the condition of the fuses. If the fuses are OK, there is probably something wrong with the electrical circuit for the ignition switch or starter motor. You will need a qualified technician to determine the problem (see Emergency Towing on page 244 ). If the headlights dim noticeably or go out when you try to start the engine, either the battery is discharged or the connections are corroded. Check the condition of the battery and terminal connections (see page 226 ). You can then try jump starting the vehicle from a booster battery (see page 238 ). The Starter Operates Normally In this case, the starter motor’s speed sounds normal, or even faster than normal, when you turn the ignition switch to START (III), but the engine does not run. Are you using a properly coded key? An improperly coded key will cause the immobilizer system indicator in the dash panel to blink rapidly (see page 78 ). CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 237 Main Menu Table of Contents If the Engine Won’t Start, Jump Starting Are you using the proper starting procedure? Refer to Starting the Engine on page 171 . Jump Starting Although this seems like a simple procedure, you should take several precautions. Do you have fuel? Check the fuel gauge; the warning indicator may not be working. There may be an electrical problem, such as no power to the fuel pump. Check all the fuses (see page 246 ). If you find nothing wrong, you will need a qualified technician to find the problem. See Emergency Towing on page 244 . A battery can explode if you do not follow the correct procedure, seriously injuring anyone nearby. Keep all sparks, open flames, and smoking materials away from the battery. You cannot start your Acura by pushing or pulling it. To jump start your vehicle: 1. Open the hood, and check the physical condition of the battery. In very cold weather, check the condition of the electrolyte. If it seems slushy or like ice, do not try jump starting until it thaws. NOTICE: If a battery sits in extreme cold, the electrolyte inside can f reeze. Attempting to jump start with a f rozen battery can cause it to rupture. 2. Turn off all the electrical accessories: heater, A/C, climate control, audio system, lights, etc. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park, and set the parking brake. 3. Connect one jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal on your Acura’s battery. Connect the other end to the positive (+) terminal on the booster battery. 238 Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting 6. Start your vehicle. If the starter motor still operates slowly, check that the jumper cables make sure they have good metal-to-metal contact. BOOSTER BATTERY 4. Connect the second jumper cable to the negative (−) terminal on the booster battery. Connect the other end to the grounding strap as shown. Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of the engine. The numbers in the illustration show you the order to connect the jumper cables. 5. If the booster battery is in another vehicle, have an assistant start that vehicle and run it at a fast idle. 7. Once your vehicle is running, disconnect the negative cable from your vehicle, then from the booster battery. Disconnect the positive cable from your vehicle, then from the booster battery. Keep the ends of the jumper cables away from each other and any metal on the vehicle until everything is disconnected. Otherwise, you may cause an electrical short. Taking Care of the Unexpected 239 Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats If Your Engine Overheats The pointer of your vehicle’s temperature gauge should stay in the midrange. If it climbs to the red mark, you should determine the reason. If the vehicle overheats, you should take immediate action. The only indication may be the temperature gauge climbing to or above the red mark. Or you may see steam or spray coming from under the hood. NOTICE: Driving with the temperature gauge pointer at the red mark can cause serious damage to your engine. 240 Taking Care of the Unexpected Steam and spray from an overheated engine can seriously scald you. Do not open the hood if steam is coming out. 1. Safely pull to the side of the road. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park, and set the parking brake. Turn off all accessories, and turn on the hazard warning indicators. 2. If you see steam and/or spray coming from under the hood, turn off the engine. Wait until you see no more signs of steam or spray, then open the hood. 3. If you do not see steam or spray, leave the engine running, and watch the temperature gauge. If the high heat is due to overloading, the engine should start to cool down almost immediately. If it does, wait until the temperature gauge comes down to the midpoint, then continue driving. Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats 4. If the temperature gauge stays at the red mark, turn off the engine. 5. Look for any obvious coolant leaks, such as a split radiator hose. Everything is still extremely hot, so use caution. If you find a leak, it must be repaired before you continue driving (see Emergency Towing on page 244 ). 6. If you don’t find an obvious leak, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Add coolant if the level is below the MIN mark. 7. If there was no coolant in the reserve tank, you may need to add coolant to the radiator. Let the engine cool down until the pointer reaches the middle of the temperature gauge, or lower, before checking the radiator. Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap. 8. Using gloves or large heavy cloth, turn the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pushing down, to the first stop. After the pressure releases, push down on the cap, and turn it until it comes off. 9. Start the engine and set the temperature control dial to maximum (climate control to FULL AUTO at 90°F/32°C). Add coolant to the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. If you do not have the proper coolant mixture available, you can add plain water. Remember to have the cooling system drained and refilled with the proper mixture as soon as you can. 10.Put the radiator cap back on tightly. Run the engine, and watch the temperature gauge. If it goes back to the red mark, the engine needs repair (see Emergency Towing on page 244 ). 11.If the temperature stays normal, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. If it has gone down, add coolant to the MAX mark. Put the cap back on tightly. Taking Care of the Unexpected 241 Main Menu Table of Contents Low Oil Pressure Indicator, Charging System Indicator Low Oil Pressure Indicator This indicator should never come on when the engine is running. If it starts flashing or stays on, the oil pressure has dropped very low or lost pressure. Serious engine damage is possible and you should take immediate action. NOTICE: Running the engine with low oil pressure can cause serious mechanical damage almost immediately. Turn of f the engine as soon as you can saf ely get the vehicle stopped. 1. Safely pull off the road, and shut off the engine. Turn on the hazard warning indicators. 2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute. Open the hood, and check the oil level (see page 161 ). An engine very low on oil can lose pressure during cornering and other driving maneuvers. 3. If necessary, add oil to bring the level back to the full mark on the dipstick (see page 205 ). 4. Start the engine and watch the oil pressure indicator. If it does not go out within ten seconds, turn off the engine. There is a mechanical problem that needs to be repaired before you can continue driving (see Emergency Towing on page 244 ). 242 Taking Care of the Unexpected Charging System Indicator If the charging system indicator comes on brightly when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged. Immediately turn off all electrical accessories. Try not to use other electrically operated controls such as the power windows. Keep the engine running; starting the engine will discharge the battery rapidly. Go to an Acura dealer or a service station where you can get technical assistance. Main Menu Table of Contents Malfunction Indicator Lamp Malfunction Indicator Lamp If this indicator comes on while driving, it means one of the engine’s emissions control systems may have a problem. Even though you may feel no difference in your vehicle’s performance, it can reduce your fuel economy and cause increased emissions. Continued operation may cause serious damage. If you have recently refueled your vehicle, the indicator could come on because of a loose or missing fuel fill cap. Tighten the cap until it clicks at least three times. Tightening the cap will not turn the indicator turn off immediately; it takes at least three days of normal driving. If the indicator comes on repeatedly, even though it may turn off as you continue driving, have the vehicle checked by the dealer as soon as possible. If your vehicle battery has been disconnected or gone dead, these codes are erased. It takes at least three days of driving under various conditions to set the codes again. NOTICE: If you keep driving with the Malf unction Indicator Lamp on, you can damage your vehicle’s emission controls and the engine. Those repairs may not be covered by your vehicle’s warranties. To check if they are set, turn the ignition to ON (II), without starting the engine. The Malfunction Indicator Lamp will come on for 20 seconds. If it then goes off, the readiness codes are set. If it blinks 5 times, the readiness codes are not set. If possible, do not take your vehicle for a state emissions test until the readiness codes are set. Refer to State Emissions Testing for more information (see page 262 ). Readiness Code Your vehicle has certain ‘‘readiness codes’’ that are part of the on-board diagnostics for the emissions systems. In some states, part of the emissions testing is to make sure these codes are set. If they are not set, the test cannot be completed. Taking Care of the Unexpected 243 Main Menu Table of Contents Brake System Indicator, Emergency Towing Brake System Indicator The brake system indicator U.S. normally comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), and as a Canada reminder to check the parking brake. It will stay on if you do not fully release the parking brake. If the brake system indicator comes on while driving, the brake fluid level is probably low. Press lightly on the brake pedal to see if it feels normal. If it does, check the brake fluid level the next time you stop at a service station (see page 212 ). If the fluid level is low, take the vehicle to your dealer and have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. However, if the brake pedal does not feel normal, you should take immediate action. A problem in one part of the system’s dual circuit design will still give you braking at two wheels. You will feel the brake pedal go down much farther before the vehicle begins to slow down, and you will have to press harder on the pedal. Slow down by shifting to a lower gear, and pull to the side of the road when it is safe. Because of the long distance needed to stop, it is hazardous to drive the vehicle. You should have it towed, and repaired as soon as possible. If you must drive the vehicle a short distance in this condition, drive slowly and carefully. Emergency Towing If your vehicle needs to be towed, call a professional towing service or organization. Never tow your vehicle with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous. The only way you can safely tow your vehicle is with flat-bed equipment. The operator will load your vehicle on the back of a truck. Any other method of towing will damage the drive system. When you contact the towing agency, inform them a flat-bed is required. NOTICE: Towing your vehicle with two tires on the ground will damage parts of the 4WD system. It should be transported on a f lat-bed truck or trailer. Refer to Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome on page 191 for non-emergency towing information. 244 Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses DRIVER’S SIDE INTERIOR PASSENGER’S SIDE INTERIOR The vehicle’s fuses are located in five fuse boxes. To open the passenger’s side, pull the right edge of the cover. The interior fuse boxes are located under the dashboard on the driver’s and passenger’s side. The primary under-hood fuse box is located on the passenger’s side. The secondary fuse box is next to the battery. UNDER-HOOD (PRIMARY) UNDER-HOOD (SECONDARY) Taking Care of the Unexpected 245 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses If something electrical in your vehicle stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse. Determine from the chart on pages 148 and 149 , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that device. The diagram for the interior driver’s side fuse box is on the kick panel below the fuse box. Check those fuses first, but check all the fuses before deciding that a blown fuse is the cause. Replace any blown fuses, and check if the device works. 1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0). Make sure the headlights and all other accessories are off. 2 Remove the cover from the fuse box. 246 Taking Care of the Unexpected BLOWN 3. Check each of the large fuses in the primary under-hood fuse box by looking through the top at the wire inside. Removing these fuses requires a Phillips-head screwdriver. FUSE PULLER 4. Check the smaller fuses in the under-hood fuse boxes and all the fuses in the interior fuse box by pulling out each one with the fuse puller provided in the primary under-hood fuse box. Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses BLOWN 5. Look for a burned wire inside the fuse. If it is burned, replace it with one of the spare fuses of the same rating or lower. If you cannot drive the vehicle without fixing the problem, and you do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the same rating or a lower rating from one of the other circuits. Make sure you can do without that circuit temporarily (such as the accessory power socket or radio). If you replace the blown fuse with a spare fuse that has a lower rating, it might blow out again. This does not indicate anything wrong. Replace the fuse with one of the correct rating as soon as you can. NOTICE: Replacing a f use with one that has a higher rating greatly increases the chances of damaging the electrical system. If you do not have a replacement f use with the proper rating f or the circuit, install one with a lower rating. 6. If the replacement fuse of the same rating blows in a short time, there is probably a serious electrical problem in your vehicle. Leave the blown fuse in that circuit, and have your vehicle checked by a qualified mechanic. If the radio fuse is removed, the audio system will disable itself. The next time you turn on the radio you will see ‘‘ ’’ in the frequency display. Use the preset buttons to enter the five-digit code (see page 129 ). Taking Care of the Unexpected 247 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuse Locations PRIMARY UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX No. Amps. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 20 A 30 A 20 A 15 A 15 A − 20 A 20 A 20 A 40 A 30 A 30 A 40 A Circuits Protected Spare Fuse Spare Fuse Right Headlight ACG S Hazard Not used Stop Left Headlight Radio Power Window Motor Rear A/C Rear Defroster Back Up, ACC No. Amps. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 40 A 40 A 30 A 7.5 A 10 A 15 A 120 A 30 A 7.5 A 50 A 20 A Circuits Protected Power Seat Heater Motor Cooling Fan Spare Fuse Spare Fuse Spare Fuse Battery Condenser Fan MG Clutch IGI Main Fog Lights SECONDARY UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX No. Amps. 1 2 3 4 5 248 Taking Care of the Unexpected 20 A 40 A 30 A 20 A 20 A Circuits Protected Rear Entertainment System VSA F/S Relay VSA Motor 4WD Rear Accessory Socket No. Amps. 6 7 8 9 10 15 A 15 A 15 A 7.5 A 20 A Circuits Protected ETC IG Coil LAF FI-Back-up P/W DR Main Menu Table of Contents Fuse Locations INTERIOR FUSE BOX Driver’s Side No. Amps. 1 2 3 15 A 10 A 7.5 A 4 5 7.5 A 10 A 6 7 8 9 15 A 7.5 A 7.5 A 10 A 10 11 12 13 7.5 A 15 A 30 A − Front Driver’s Side Auxiliary Circuits Protected Fuel Pump SRS Heater Control, A/C Clutch Relay, Cooling Fan Relay Power Mirror Daytime Running Light*/ Rear Wiper ECU (PCM), Cruise Control OPDS ACC Relay Back-up Lights, Instrument Lights, TPMS Turn Signals IG Coil Front Wiper Not Used * : Canadian models No. Amps. 1 2 7.5 A 7.5 A 3 7.5 A Circuits Protected Horn ELD Unit, Immobilizer Control Unit, VSA Control Unit, Alternator Auto Wipers Passenger’s Side Front No. Amps. 1 2 3 4 5 30 A 20 A 20 A 20 A 20 A 6 7 10 A 20 A 8 20 A 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 15 A 15 A 10 A 20 A 7.5 A 20 A 20 A 20 A Circuits Protected Moonroof Driver’s Power Seat Reclining Passenger’s Power Seat Sliding Driver’s Power Seat Sliding Passenger’s Power Seat Reclining Daytime Running Light* Driver’s side Rear Power Window Front Passenger’s Power Window Front Accessory Socket Small Light Interior Light, TPMS Power Door Lock Back Up, Clock Heated Seat Driver’s Power Window Passenger’s Side Rear Power Window * : Canadian models Taking Care of the Unexpected 249 Main Menu 250 Main Menu Technical Information The diagrams in this section give you the dimensions and capacities of your Acura, and the locations of the identification numbers. It also includes information you should know about your vehicle’s tires and emissions control systems. Identification Numbers ................. 252 Specifications ................................. 254 DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 256 Uniform Tire Quality Grading ................................... 256 Treadwear .................................. 256 Traction....................................... 256 Temperature .............................. 257 Tire Labeling .................................. 258 Emissions Controls........................ 259 The Clean Air Act ...................... 259 Crankcase Emissions Control System..................................... 259 Evaporative Emissions Control System..................................... 259 Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery ................................. 259 Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 260 PGM-FI System ..................... 260 Ignition Timing Control System................................. 260 Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System .................... 260 Three Way Catalytic Converter ............................ 260 Replacement Parts..................... 260 Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 261 State Emissions Testing ............... 262 Technical Information 251 Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers Your vehicle has several identifying numbers located in various places. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your Acura dealer uses to register your vehicle for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your vehicle. The easiest place to find the VIN is on a plate fastened to the top of the dashboard. You can see it by looking through the windshield on the driver’s side. It is also on the Certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb, and is stamped on the engine compartment bulkhead. The VIN is also provided in bar code on the Certification label. CERTIFICATION LABEL 252 Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into the engine block. It is on the front. ENGINE NUMBER The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER Technical Information 253 Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Dimensions Length Width Height Wheelbase Track Standard Premium Front Rear Weights Gross vehicle weight rating Gross combined weight*2 rating (GCWR) 188.7 in (4,793 mm) 77.0 in (1,955 mm) 68.7 in (1,744 mm) 71.3 in (1,811 mm) 106.3 in (2,700 mm) 66.3 in (1,685 mm) 66.5 in (1,690 mm) See the tire information label attached to the driver’s doorjamb. 9,835 lbs (4,461 kg)*1 *1 : Equipped with transmission fluid cooler and power steering fluid cooler. *2 : The GCWR must be reduced 2 percent for every 1,000 feet (305 meters) of elevation. Air Conditioning Refrigerant type Charge quantity Lubricant type HFC-134a (R-134a) 24.7−26.5 oz (700−750 g) ND-OIL8 Capacities Fuel tank Engine coolant Engine oil *1 Change Total Change*2 Including filter Without filter Total Automatic Change transmission Total fluid Rear Change differential Total fluid Transfer Change assembly Total fluid Windshield washer reservoir Approx. 19.21 US gal (72.7 ) 1.88 US gal (7.1 ) 2.38 US gal (9.0 ) 4.5 US qt (4.3 ) 4.2 US qt (4.0 ) 5.3 US qt (5.0 ) 2.9 US qt (2.7 ) 7.7 US qt (7.3 ) 2.9 US qt (2.7 ) 3.0 US qt (2.8 ) 0.45 US qt (0.43 ) 0.48 US qt (0.45 ) 4.8 US qt (4.5 ) *1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine. Reserve tank capacity: 0.16 US gal (0.6 ) *2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine. 254 Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Lights Headlights High Low Front side marker lights Front turn signal lights/ Parking lights Fog light Front foot lights Rear turn signal/hazard lights Brake/Taillights Backup lights License plate lights High-mount brake light Individual map lights Front Rear Cargo area light Tailgate light Vanity mirror light Door light Battery Capacity 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V − − − − 60 W (HB3) 55 W (H11) 3 CP 28/8 W 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V − − − − − − − − − − − − − 51 W (HB4) 5W 21 W 21 W/5 W 21 CP (18 W) 3 CP 21 W 5W 5W 5W 5W 1.1 W 3.8 W 12 V − 20 AH/5 HR Fuses Interior Driver’s side Passenger’s side Under-hood Engine Type Bore x Stroke Displacement Compression ratio Spark plugs Alignment Toe-in Camber Caster Tires Size Pressure Front Rear Front Rear Front Front/Rear Spare Front/Rear Spare See page 249 or the fuse label attached to the dashboard. See page 249 or the fuse label attached to the inside of the fuse box door under the dashboard. See page 248 or the fuse box cover. Water cooled 4-stroke SOHC, V6 gasoline engine 3.50 x 3.66 in (89.0 x 93.0 mm) 211.8 cu-in (3,471 cm ) 10.0 : 1 IZFR5K-11 NGK: DENSO: SKJ16DR-M11 0.00 in (0.0 mm) 0.00 in (0.0 mm) −0°50’ −0°50’ 1°53’ P235/65R17 103T T155/90D16 110M 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) Technical Information 255 Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles) The tires on your vehicle meet all U.S. Federal Safety Requirements. All tires are also graded for treadwear, traction, and temperature performance according to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. The following explains these gradings. Uniform Tire Quality Grading Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between the tread shoulder and the maximum section width. For example: Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature A All passenger vehicle tires must conform to Federal Safety Requirements in addition to these grades. 256 Technical Information Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and onehalf (1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices, and differences in road characteristics and climate. Traction − AA, A, B, C The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance. Warning: The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on straight-ahead braking traction tests, and does not include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics. Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles) Temperature − A, B, C The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance, which all passenger vehicle tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. Warning: The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. Technical Information 257 Main Menu Table of Contents Tire Labeling The tires that came on your vehicle have a number of markings. Those you should be aware of are described below. 16 − Rim diameter in inches. 94 − Load index (a numerical code associated with the maximum load the tire can carry). Tire Size Whenever tires are replaced, they should be replaced with tires of the same size. Following is an example of tire size with an explanation of what each component means. P225/55R16 94V P − Vehicle type (P indicates passenger vehicle). 225 − Tire width in millimeters. 55 − Aspect ratio (the tire’s section height as a percentage of its width). R − Tire construction code (R indicates radial). V − Speed symbol (an alphabetical code indicating the maximum speed rating). Tire Identification Number Tire Identification Number (TIN) is a group of numbers and letters that look like the following example TIN. DOT B97R FW6X 2202 DOT − This indicates that the tire meets all requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation. B97R − Manufacturer’s identification mark. FW6X − Tire type code. 258 Technical Information 2202 − Date of manufacture. Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls The burning of gasoline in your vehicle’s engine produces several byproducts. Some of these are carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC). Gasoline evaporating from the tank also produces hydrocarbons. Controlling the production of NOx, CO, and HC is important to the environment. Under certain conditions of sunlight and climate, NOx and HC react to form photochemical ‘‘smog.’’ Carbon monoxide does not contribute to smog creation, but it is a poisonous gas. The Clean Air Act The United States Clean Air Act* sets standards for automobile emissions. It also requires that automobile manufacturers explain to owners how their emissions controls work and what to do to maintain them. This section summarizes how the emissions controls work. Scheduled maintenance is on page 199 . * In Canada, Acura vehicles comply with the Canadian emission requirements, as specified in an agreement with Environment Canada, at the time they are manufactured. Crankcase Emissions Control System Your vehicle has a Positive Crankcase Ventilation System. This keeps gasses that build up in the engine’s crankcase from going into the atmosphere. The Positive Crank- case Ventilation valve routes them from the crankcase back to the intake manifold. They are then drawn into the engine and burned. Evaporative Emissions Control System As gasoline evaporates in the fuel tank, an evaporative emissions control canister filled with charcoal adsorbs the vapor. It is stored in this canister while the engine is off. After the engine is started and warmed up, the vapor is drawn into the engine and burned during driving. Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery The Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) system captures the fuel vapors during refueling. The vapors are adsorbed in a canister filled with activated carbon. While driving, the fuel vapors are drawn into the engine and burned off. Technical Information 259 Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls Exhaust Emissions Controls The exhaust emissions controls include four systems: PGM-FI, Ignition Timing Control, Exhaust Gas Recirculation and Three Way Catalytic Converter. These four systems work together to control the engine’s combustion and minimize the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust emissions control systems are separate from the crankcase and evaporative emissions control systems. Ignition Timing Control System This system constantly adjusts the ignition timing, reducing the amount of HC, CO, and NOx produced. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System The Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system takes some of the exhaust gas and routes it back into the intake manifold. Adding exhaust gas to the air/fuel mixture reduces the amount of NOx produced when the fuel is burned. PGM-FI System Three Way Catalytic Converter The PGM-FI System uses sequential multiport fuel injection. It has three subsystems: Air Intake, Engine Control, and Fuel Control. The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) uses various sensors to determine how much air is going into the engine. It then controls how much fuel to inject under all operating conditions. The three way catalytic converter is in the exhaust system. Through chemical reactions, it converts HC, CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust to carbon dioxide (CO2), dinitrogen (N2), and water vapor. 260 Technical Information Replacement Parts The emissions control systems are designed and certified to work together in reducing emissions to levels that comply with the Clean Air Act. To make sure the emissions remain low, you should use only new Acura replacement parts or their equivalent for repairs. Using lower quality parts may increase the emissions from your vehicle. The emissions control systems are covered by warranties separate from the rest of your vehicle. Read your warranty manual for more information. Main Menu Table of Contents Three Way Catalytic Converter The three way catalytic converter contains precious metals that serve as catalysts, promoting chemical reactions to convert the exhaust gasses without affecting the metals. The catalytic converter is referred to as a three-way catalyst, since it acts on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement unit must be an original Acura part or its equivalent. The three way catalytic converter must operate at a high temperature for the chemical reactions to take place. It can set on fire any combustible materials that come near it. Park your vehicle away from high grass, dry leaves, or other flammables. THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER A defective three way catalytic converter contributes to air pollution, and can impair your engine’s performance. Follow these guidelines to protect your vehicle’s three way catalytic converter. THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER Keep the engine tuned-up. Have your vehicle diagnosed and repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling, or otherwise not running properly. Always use unleaded gasoline. Even a small amount of leaded gasoline can contaminate the catalyst metals, making the three way catalytic converter ineffective. Technical Information 261 Main Menu Table of Contents State Emissions Testing Testing of Readiness Codes If you take your vehicle for a state emissions test shortly after the battery has been disconnected or gone dead, it may not pass the test. This is because of certain ‘‘readiness codes’’ that must be set in the onboard diagnostics for the emissions systems. These codes are erased when the battery is disconnected, and set again only after several days of driving under a variety of conditions. If the testing facility determines that the readiness codes are not set, you will be requested to return at a later date to complete the test. If you must get the vehicle re-tested within the next two or three days, you can condition the vehicle for re-testing by doing the following. Make sure the gas tank is nearly, but not completely, full (around 3/4). Make sure the vehicle has been parked with the engine off for 8 hours or more. Make sure the ambient temperature is between 20° and 95°F. 262 Technical Information Without touching the accelerator pedal, start the engine, and let it idle for 20 seconds. Keep the vehicle in Park. Increase the engine speed to 2,000 rpm and hold it there until the temperature gauge rises to at least 1/4 of the scale (approximately 3 minutes). Main Menu Table of Contents State Emissions Testing Select a nearby lightly traveled major highway where you can maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph (80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20 minutes. Drive on the highway in D. Do not use the cruise control. When traffic allows, drive for 90 seconds without moving the accelerator pedal. (Vehicle speed may vary slightly; this is okay.) If you cannot do this for a continuous 90 seconds because of traffic conditions, drive for at least 30 seconds, then repeat it two more times (for a total of 90 seconds). readiness codes are still not set, see your Acura dealer. Then drive in city/suburban traffic for at least 10 minutes. When traffic conditions allow, let the vehicle coast for several seconds without using the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal. If the testing facility determines the Technical Information 263 Main Menu 264 Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Service Information ................................. 266 Warranty Coverages ..................... 267 Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 268 Authorized Manuals ...................... 269 Warranty and Customer Relations 265 Main Menu Table of Contents Customer Service Information Acura dealership personnel are trained professionals. They should be able to answer all your questions. If you encounter a problem that your dealership does not solve to your satisfaction, please discuss it with the dealership’s management. The Service Manager or General Manager can help. Almost all problems are solved in this way. In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Vortex Motor Corp. Bella International P.O. Box 190816 San Juan, PR 00919-0816 Tel:(787) 250-4327 Canadian Owners: If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership’s management, contact the Acura Customer Service Office. U.S. Owners: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Acura Client Services Mail Stop 500-2N-7E 1919 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501-2746 Tel: (800) 382-2238 266 Warranty and Customer Relations CUSTOMER RELATIONS RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÉLE Honda Canada Inc. 715 Milner Avenue Toronto, ON M1B 2K8 Tel:1-888-9-ACURA-9 Fax:Toll-free 1-877-939-0909 Toronto (416) 287-4776 When you call or write, please give us this information: Vehicle Identification Number (see page 252 ) Name and address of the dealer who services your vehicle Date of purchase Mileage on your vehicle Your name, address, and telephone number A detailed description of the problem Name of the dealer who sold the vehicle to you Main Menu Table of Contents Warranty Coverages U.S. Owners Your new Acura is covered by these warranties: New Vehicle Limited Warranty − covers your new vehicle, except for the battery, emissions control systems, and accessories, against defects in materials and workmanship. Emissions Control Systems Defects Warranty and Emissions Performance Warranty − these two warranties cover your vehicle’s emissions control systems. Time, mileage, and coverage are conditional. Please read the warranty manual for exact information. Original Equipment Battery Limited Warranty − this warranty gives up to 100 percent credit toward a replacement battery. Seat Belt Limited Warranty − a seat belt that fails to function properly is covered for the useful life of the vehicle. Rust Perforation Limited Warranty − all exterior body panels are covered for rust-through from the inside for the specified time period with no mileage limit. Accessory Limited Warranty − Acura accessories are covered under this warranty. Time and mileage limits depend on the type of accessory and other factors. Please read your warranty manual for details. Replacement Parts Limited Warranty − covers all Acura replacement parts against defects in materials and workmanship. Replacement Battery Limited Warranty − provides prorated coverage for a replacement battery purchased from an Acura dealer. Replacement Muffler Lifetime Limited Warranty − provides coverage for as long as the purchaser of the muffler owns the vehicle. Restrictions and exclusions apply to all these warranties. Please read the 2004 Acura Warranty Information booklet that came with your vehicle for precise information on warranty coverages. Your Acura’s original tires are covered by their manufacturer. Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet. Canadian Owners Please refer to the 2004 Warranty Manual that came with your vehicle. Warranty and Customer Relations 267 Main Menu Table of Contents Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Acura Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 268 Warranty and Customer Relations If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Acura Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline. Main Menu Table of Contents Authorized Manuals Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) The publications shown below can be purchased from Helm Incorporated. You can order in any of three ways: Detach and mail the order form on the right half of this page Call Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-4356 (credit card orders only) Go online at www. helminc. com If you are interested in other years or models, contact Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-4356 Publication Form Number 61S3V04 61S3V04EL Form Description Price Each* $69.00 $47.00 2004 Acura MDX Service Manual 2001-04 Acura MDX Electrical Troubleshooting Manual $44.00 61S3V30 2001-03 Acura MDX Body Repair Manual $37.00 31S3V630 2004 Acura MDX Owner’s Manual $29.00 31S3V830 2004 Acura MDX Navigation Manual $12.00 31S3V910 2004 Acura MDX Maintenance Journal $12.00 31S3VQ10 2004 Acura MDX Quick Start Guide FREE ACU-R Order Form for Previous YearsIndicate Year and Model Desired * Prices are subject to change without notice and without incurring obligation. Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should contact their authorized Acura dealer. ORDER TOLL FREE: 1-800-782-4356 (NOTE: For Credit Card Holder Orders Only) Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. − 6:00 P.M. EST MINIMUM CREDIT CARD PURCHASE $10.00 OR By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to Helm Incorporated at the address shown on the back of the order form. VEHICLE MODEL 2 0 0 4 PUBLICATION NUMBER Price Total Each* Price Qty Name Year A C U * Prices are subject to change without notice and without incurring obligation. Orders are mailed within 10 days. Please allow adequate time for delivery. TOTAL MATERIAL Mich. Purchases Add 6% Sales Tax HANDLING CHARGE $6.95 GRAND TOTAL 269 Main Menu Table of Contents Authorized Manuals NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name, and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should be sent. For purchases outside U.S.A. please write to the address shown below for a quotation. S H I P T O Customer Name Attention Street Address − No P.O. Box Number Apartment Number City State & Zip Code Daytime Telephone Number P A Y M E N T ( Electrical Troubleshooting Manual: This manual complements the Service Manual by providing in-depth troubleshooting information for each electrical circuit in your vehicle. ) Body Repair Manual: This manual describes the procedures involved in the replacement of damaged body parts. Check or money order enclosed payable to Helm Inc − U.S. funds only. Do not send cash Master Card VISA Check here if your billing address is different from the shipping address shown above. Account Number Expiration: Mo. Yr. − CUSTOMER SIGNATURE DATE These Publications cannot be returned for credit without receiving advance authorization within 14 days of delivery. On returns, a restocking fee may be applied against the original order. P.O. BOX 07280·DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48207·1-800-782-4356 270 Service Manual: This manual covers maintenance and recommended procedures for repair to engine and chassis components. It is written for the journeyman mechanic, but is simple enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to understand. Main Menu Index A Accessories and Modifications .... 163 ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Position) ........................................ 79 Accessory Power Sockets............. 101 Additives, Engine Oil..................... 206 Airbag (SRS) ................................ 9, 22 Air Conditioning System ............... 104 Rear A/C Control ...................... 109 Usage .......................................... 105 Air Outlets (Vents) ........................ 106 Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 221 Antifreeze ....................................... 208 Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Indicator Light ..................... 59, 181 Operation .................................... 181 Anti-theft, Audio System............... 129 Anti-theft Steering Column Lock .. 79 Audio System ................. 110, 115, 125 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners .... 20 Automatic Lighting.......................... 73 Automatic Speed Control.............. 144 Automatic Transmission............... 172 Capacity, Fluid ........................... 254 Checking Fluid Level ................ 210 Shifting ........................................ 172 Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 172 Shift Lever Positions ................. 172 Shift Lock Release ..................... 175 Automatic Wipers ............................ 70 B Battery Charging System Indicator............................ 58, 242 Jump Starting ............................. 238 Maintenance ............................... 226 Specifications ............................. 255 Before Driving ............................... 157 Belts, Seat ..................................... 8, 19 Beverage Holders ............................ 99 Booster Seats ................................... 48 Brakes Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 181 Break-in, New Linings .............. 158 Fluid ............................................ 212 Bulb Replacement ..................... 216 Parking .......................................... 92 System Indicator .................. 59, 244 Wear Indicators ......................... 180 Braking System.............................. 180 Break-in, New Vehicle .................. 158 Brightness Control, Instruments ... 74 Brights, Headlights ......................... 72 Bulb Replacement Back-up Lights ........................... 216 Brake Lights............................... 216 Front Parking Lights ................. 215 Front Side Marker Lights......... 215 Headlights .................................. 214 High-mount Brake Light .......... 217 Rear Bulbs .................................. 216 Specifications ............................. 255 Turn Signal Lights ..................... 215 Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 214 CONTINUED I Main Menu Index C Cancel Button................................. 144 Capacities Chart............................. 254 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 51 Carrying Cargo .............................. 165 Cassette Player Care ............................................. 127 Operation .................................... 125 CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii CD Care .......................................... 119 CD Changer ........................... 116, 117 CD Changer Error Messages ...... 122 CD Player........................................ 116 CD Player Error Messages .......... 120 Certification Label ......................... 252 Chains, tires .................................... 225 Change Oil How to ......................................... 206 When to....................................... 197 Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 231 Charging System Indicator .... 58, 242 Checklist, Before Driving ............. 170 Childproof Door Locks ................... 80 Child Safety ...................................... 33 Booster Seats ............................... 48 II Child Seats .............................. 40, 41 Important Safety Reminders ...... 36 Infants ........................................... 38 Larger Children ........................... 47 LATCH.......................................... 42 Risks with Airbags....................... 34 Small Children.............................. 39 Tether ........................................... 45 Where Should a Child Sit? .......... 34 Child Seats ........................................ 40 Tether Anchorage Points ........... 45 Climate Control System ................ 104 Clock ............................................... 130 Code, Audio System ...................... 129 CO in the Exhaust ......................... 259 Compact Spare Tire....................... 230 Consumer Information*................ 266 Controls, Instruments and .............. 55 Coolant Adding ......................................... 208 Checking ..................................... 162 Proper Solution .......................... 208 Temperature Gauge .................... 67 Crankcase Emissions Control System......................................... 259 Cruise Control Indicator ................. 61 Cruise Control Operation ............. 144 Cup Holders...................................... 99 Customer Relations Office ........... 266 D DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii Dashboard .................................... 2, 56 Daytime Running Lights................. 74 Dead Battery .................................. 238 Defects, Reporting Safety............. 268 Defogger, Rear Window ................. 75 Defrosting the Windows ............... 107 Differential Fluid ........................... 211 Dimensions ..................................... 254 Dimming the Headlights ................ 72 Dipstick Automatic Transmission........... 210 Engine Oil ................................... 161 Directional Signals ........................... 72 Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 180 Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 207 Doors Locking and Unlocking ............... 80 Lockout Prevention ..................... 80 Power Door Locks ....................... 80 Main Menu Index DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 256 Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 5 Driving ............................................ 169 Economy ..................................... 162 Driving Position Memory System ........................................... 94 DVD Error Messages ................... 140 DVD Player .................................... 133 E Economy, Fuel ............................... 162 Emergencies................................... 229 Battery, Jump Starting .............. 238 Brake System Indicator ............ 244 Changing a Flat Tire ................. 231 Charging System Indicator ...... 242 Checking the Fuses................... 246 Hazard Warning Flashers .......... 74 Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 242 Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 243 Overheated Engine ................... 240 Towing ........................................ 244 Emergency Brake ............................ 92 Emergency Flashers ....................... 74 Emergency Towing ....................... 244 Emissions Controls........................ 259 Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 67 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ................................. 58, 243 Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 58, 242 Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 205 Overheating................................ 240 Specifications ............................. 255 Speed Limiter ............................. 174 Starting........................................ 171 Engine, if it won’t start .................... 237 Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 259 Exhaust Fumes ................................ 51 Exhaust Gas Recirculation System......................................... 260 Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Belts by ......................................... 17 F Filters Oil ................................................ 206 Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 74 Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 231 Fluids Automatic Transmission........... 210 Brake ........................................... 212 Differential Fluid ....................... 211 Power Steering........................... 213 Transfer Assembly .................... 211 Windshield Washer ................... 209 FM Stereo Radio Reception .................................... 113 Fog Lights......................................... 75 Folding the Second Seat ................. 87 Folding the Third Seat .................... 88 Four-way Flashers ........................... 74 Front Seat ......................................... 84 Adjusting ....................................... 84 Airbags .......................................... 23 Heaters.......................................... 89 Fan, Interior.................................... 105 Features, Comfort and Convenience ............................... 103 Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 159 CONTINUED III Main Menu Index Fuel .................................................. 158 Fill Door and Cap....................... 159 Gauge ............................................ 66 Octane Requirement ................. 158 Oxygenated ................................ 158 Reserve Indicator......................... 61 Tank, Filling the......................... 159 Fuses, Checking the ...................... 246 G Gas Mileage, Improving................ 162 Gasoline .......................................... 158 Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 61 Gauge ............................................ 66 Octane Requirement ................. 158 Tank, Filling the......................... 159 Gas Station Procedures................. 159 Gauges Engine Coolant Temperature .... 67 Fuel ................................................ 66 Speedometer ................................ 66 Tachometer .................................. 66 GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) ........................................ 185 IV GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) ........................................ 185 Gearshift Lever Positions ............. 172 Glove Box ......................................... 99 GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) ........................................ 185 H Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 214 Hazard Warning Flashers............... 74 Headlights......................................... 72 Aiming ......................................... 214 Automatic Lighting ..................... 73 Daytime Running Lights............. 74 High Beam Indicator ................... 61 High Beams, Turning on ............ 72 Low Beams, Turning on ............. 72 Reminder Chime .......................... 72 Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 214 Turning on .................................... 72 Headphones.................................... 141 Head Restraints ............................... 86 Heated Mirror .................................. 93 Heaters, Seats .................................. 89 Heating and Cooling ...................... 104 High-Low Beam Switch .................. 72 HomeLink Universal Transceiver................................. 153 Hood Latch ..................................... 214 Hood, Opening the ........................ 160 Horn................................................... 68 I Identification Number, Vehicle.... 252 Ignition Keys............................................... 77 Switch ............................................ 79 Timing Control System ............. 260 Immobilizer System......................... 78 Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Indicators, Instrument Panel .......... 58 ABS (Anti-lock Brake) ................ 59 A/T Temp..................................... 62 Brake (Parking and Brake System) ..................................... 59 Brake Lamp .................................. 60 Charging System ......................... 58 Cruise Control .............................. 61 DRL (Daytime Running Lights)....................................... 61 Main Menu Index High Beam.................................... 61 Key (Immobilizer System) ......... 59 Lights On ...................................... 62 Low Fuel ....................................... 61 Low Oil Pressure ......................... 58 Low Tire Pressure ....................... 64 Maintenance Required................ 65 Side Airbag Off ............................ 58 Seat Belt ........................................ 58 SRS ................................................ 58 Tire Pressure Monitor ................ 64 TPMS System .............................. 64 Turn Signal and Hazard Warning .................................... 60 VSA Activation ............................. 63 VSA System .................................. 63 VTM-4 ........................................... 62 Washer Level ............................... 61 Individual Map Lights ..................... 97 Infant Restraint ................................ 38 Infant Seats ....................................... 38 Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 221 Inside Mirror .................................... 92 Inspection, Tire .............................. 222 Instrument Panel ......................... 2, 57 Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 74 Interior Lights .................................. 96 Introduction ......................................... i J Jacking up the Vehicle .................. 234 Jack, Tire ........................................ 231 Jump Starting ................................. 238 K Keys ................................................... 77 L Label, Certification ........................ 252 Lane Change, Signaling .................. 72 Lap/Shoulder Belts ................... 14, 19 Light Control Switch ....................... 96 Lights Bulb Replacement ..................... 214 Indicator ........................................ 58 Interior .......................................... 96 Parking .......................................... 72 Turn Signal ................................... 72 Load Limit .............................. 166, 185 LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 79 Locks Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 79 Fuel Fill Door ............................. 159 Glove Box ..................................... 99 Lockout Prevention ..................... 80 Power Door .................................. 80 Low Coolant Level ......................... 162 Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 61 Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 58, 242 Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 254 Luggage, storing (cargo) ................ 165 M Maintenance ................................... 195 Owner’s Maintenance Checks .................................... 198 Record .................................. 201-203 Required Indicator ....................... 65 Safety........................................... 196 Schedule .............................. 197-200 Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 58, 243 Manual Seat Adjustments............... 85 CONTINUED V Main Menu Index Memory, Driving Position .............. 94 Meters, Gauges ................................ 66 Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 92 Modifying Your Vehicle................ 164 Moonroof .......................................... 91 N Neutral Gear Position.................... 173 New Vehicle Break-in ................... 158 NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i Numbers, Identification ................ 252 O Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 158 Odometer .......................................... 66 Odometer, Trip ................................ 67 Off-Highway Driving ..................... 192 Off-Road Precautions .................... 192 Oil Change, How to ......................... 206 Change, When to ....................... 199 Checking Engine ....................... 161 Pressure Indicator ............... 58, 242 VI Selecting Proper Viscosity Chart ....................................... 205 ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 79 Outside Mirrors ............................... 92 Overheating, Engine ..................... 240 Owner’s Maintenance Checks ..... 198 Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 158 P Panel Brightness Control ............... 74 Park Gear Position......................... 173 Parking ............................................ 179 Parking Brake .................................. 92 Parking Lights.................................. 72 Parking Over Things that Burn ... 261 PGM-FI System.............................. 260 Power Seat Adjustments ................. 84 Power Socket Locations................ 101 Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 17 Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 11 Additional Safety Precautions .... 17 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 17 Protecting Children ......................... 33 General Guidelines ...................... 33 Protecting Infants ........................ 38 Protecting Larger Children ........ 47 Protecting Small Children .......... 39 Using Child Seats with Tethers...................................... 45 Using LATCH .............................. 42 R Radiator Overheating .................... 240 Radio/CD/Cassette Sound System ........................ 110, 115, 125 Rear A/C Unit ................................ 109 Rear Audio Control Panel ............. 135 Rear Entertainment System ......... 131 Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement ... 216 Rear View Mirror ............................. 92 Rear Window Defogger .................. 75 Rear Window Wiper and Washer .. 71 Reclining the Seat Backs .......... 84, 85 Reclining the Second Seats ............ 87 Reclining the Third Seat ................. 88 Reminder Lights .............................. 58 Remote Audio Controls................. 128 Remote Control (RES) .................. 137 Remote Transmitter ........................ 81 Main Menu Index Replacement Information Engine Oil and Filter ................. 206 Fuses ........................................... 246 Light Bulbs ................................. 214 Schedule ..................................... 197 Timing Belt ................................. 213 Tires ............................................ 221 Wiper Blades .............................. 219 Replacing Seat Belts After a Crash ............................................. 21 Reserve Tank, Engine Coolant .... 162 Reverse Gear Position................... 173 Rotation, Tire ................................. 223 S Safety Belts................................... 8, 19 Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 268 Safety Features .................................. 7 Airbags ............................................ 9 Door Locks ................................... 11 Head Restraints ........................... 13 Seat Belts .................................. 8, 14 Seats & Seat-Backs ................ 11, 12 Safety Labels, Location of .............. 52 Safety Messages ................................ ii Seat Belts ...................................... 8, 19 Additional Information ................ 19 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 20 Cleaning ...................................... 218 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 19 Maintenance ................................. 21 Reminder Light and Beeper ................................. 19, 58 System Components.................... 19 Use During Pregnancy................ 17 Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 14 Seats .................................................. 84 Adjusting the Second Seat .......... 87 Adjusting the Third Seat ............ 88 Folding the Second Seat ............. 87 Folding the Third Seat ................ 88 Head Restraints ........................... 86 Third Row Access........................ 87 Serial Number ................................ 252 Service Intervals ............................ 199 Service Manual* ............................ 269 Service Station Procedures .......... 159 Shifting the Automatic Transmission .............................. 172 Shift Lever Position Indicator ...... 172 Shift Lock Release ......................... 175 Side Airbags ..................................... 27 Side Curtain Airbags ....................... 28 Side Marker Lights, Bulb Replacement in .......................... 215 Signaling Turns ................................ 72 Snow Tires ...................................... 225 Sound System................. 110, 115, 125 Spare Tire Inflating............................... 222, 230 Specifications ............................. 255 Specifications Charts..................... 254 Speed Control ................................. 144 Speedometer .................................... 66 SRS, Additional Information........... 22 Additional Safety Precautions .... 32 Airbag System Components ....... 22 Airbag Service .............................. 31 How the SRS Indicator Works ... 28 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 23 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 27 How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work.......................................... 28 CONTINUED VII Main Menu Index SRS Indicator.............................. 28, 58 START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 79 Starting the Engine........................ 171 With a Dead Battery ................. 238 Steam Coming from Engine ......... 240 Steering Wheel Adjustment ................................... 76 Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 79 Stereo Sound System .... 110, 115, 125 Storing Your Vehicle ..................... 227 Sun Visor......................................... 100 Supplemental Restraint System Servicing ....................................... 31 SRS Indicator.......................... 28, 58 System Components.................... 22 Synthetic Oil ................................... 206 T Tachometer ...................................... 66 Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ....... 216 Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 229 Tape Player..................................... 125 Technical Descriptions DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 256 Emissions Control Systems ...... 259 VIII Three Way Catalytic Converter ................................ 261 Temperature Gauge ........................ 67 Tensioners, Seat Belts .................... 20 Theft Protection............................. 129 Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 261 Timing Belt ..................................... 213 Tire Chains ..................................... 225 Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 231 Tire Labeling .................................. 258 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) ..................... 178 Low Tire Pressure Indicator............................ 64, 177 Tire Pressure Monitor ........ 64, 178 TPMS Indicator ................... 64, 178 Tires ................................................ 221 Air Pressure ............................... 221 Checking Wear .......................... 222 Compact Spare ........................... 230 DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 256 Inflation ....................................... 221 Inspection ................................... 222 Maintenance ............................... 223 Replacing .................................... 224 Rotating....................................... 223 Snow ............................................ 225 Specifications ............................. 255 Tire Chains ................................. 225 Towing A Trailer ...................................... 188 Emergency Wrecker ................. 244 Equipment and Accessories ..... 188 Weight Limit .............................. 185 Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome............................. 190 Trailer Loading .......................... 185 Trailer Towing Tips .................. 189 Transfer Assembly Fluid .............. 211 Transmission Checking Fluid Level ................ 210 Fluid Selection............................ 210 Identification Number ............... 252 Shifting the Automatic .............. 172 Treadwear ...................................... 256 Trip Meter ........................................ 67 Turn Signals ..................................... 72 Tools, Tire Changing .................... 231 Main Menu Index U Unexpected, Taking Care of the ........................................... 229 Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 256 Unleaded Gasoline......................... 158 Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 207 V Vanity Mirror ................................. 100 Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 166 Vehicle Dimensions....................... 254 Vehicle Identification Number..... 252 Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System..................................... 183 VSA System Indicator ......... 63, 183 VSA Activation Indicator .... 63, 183 VSA Off Switch .......................... 184 Vehicle Storage .............................. 227 Ventilation ...................................... 106 VIN .................................................. 252 Viscosity, Oil................................... 205 VTM-4 Lock ................................... 176 W * : U.S. and Canada only WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii Warning Labels, Location off ......... 52 Warranty Coverages* ................... 267 Washer, Windshield Checking the Fluid Level ......... 209 Level Indicator ............................. 61 Operation ...................................... 69 Wheels Adjusting the Steering ................ 76 Wrench ....................................... 233 Windows Operating the Power ................... 90 Rear, Defogger ............................ 75 Windshield Defroster .................................... 107 Washers ........................................ 69 Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades ........................ 219 Operation ...................................... 69 Rear Windshield Wiper and Washer ...................................... 71 Worn Tires ..................................... 222 Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 244 IX Main Menu Service Information Summary Gasoline: Premium unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 91 or higher. Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.21 US gal (72.7 ) Recommended Engine Oil: API Premium grade 5W-20 detergent oil (see page 205 ). Oil change capacity (including filter): 4.5 US qt (4.3 ) Automatic Transmission Fluid: Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid) preferred, or a DEXRON III ATF as a temporary replacement (see page 210 ). Power Steering Fluid: Honda Power Steering Fluid preferred, or another brand of power steering fluid as a temporary replacement. Do not use ATF (see page 213 ). Brake Fluid: Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary replacement (see page 212 ). Rear Differential Fluid: Honda VTM-4 Differential Fluid (see page 211 ). Transfer Assembly Fluid: SAE 90 or SAE 80W-90 viscosity hypoid gear oil, API service classified GL4 or GL5 only (see page 211 ). Tire Pressure (measured cold): Front/Rear: 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) Compact Spare Tire: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )