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2003 CL 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 Car at a Glance ........................................................................................................................... 2 Driver and Passenger Safety .............................................................................................................. 5 Proper use and care of your car'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 .............................................................................................. 121 How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving.................................................................................................................................. 177 What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 191 The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 225 The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer. Appearance Care.............................................................................................................................. 285 Tips on cleaning and protecting your car. Things to look for if your car ever needs body repairs. Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 293 This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 323 ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 337 A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 341 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 OWNER This Owner’s Manual should be considered a permanent part of the car, and should remain with the car when it is sold. ADDRESS This Owner’s Manual covers all models of the Acura 3.2 CL. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model. STREET CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE V. I. N. DELIVERY DATE (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 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. Main Menu Introduction Congratulations ! Your selection of a 2003 Acura 3.2 CL 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 car so you can refer to it at any time. As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your Acura, other property, or the environment. Several warranties protect your new Acura. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Maintaining your car according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your car 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 car 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 car. You must use your own good judgement. You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including: Safety Labels − on the car. 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 car correctly and safely. This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it carefully. ii Main Menu Your Car at a Glance MIRROR CONTROLS (P.98) INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.57) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY (P.100) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.122) POWER DOOR LOCKS (P.82) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.135) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.104) TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P.87) 2 DIGITAL CLOCK (P.109) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HANDLE (P.179) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.180) Main Menu Your Car at a Glance WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P.73, 74) HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS (P.75) HORN (P.69) TRACTION CONTROL/ VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM ON/ OFF SWITCH/CRUISE CONTROL (P.159, 209, 212) MOONROOF SWITCH (P.107) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.72) TILT ADJUSTMENT (P.76) HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P.70, 72) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P.75) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P.156) 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 your Supplemental Restraint System. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your car. Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Your Car’s Safety Features .............. 7 Seat Belts ........................................ 8 Airbags ............................................ 9 Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 10 Head Restraints ........................... 10 Door Locks ................................... 10 Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ......... 11 Protecting Adults ............................. 12 1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 12 2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 13 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 14 4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 15 5. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts ...................................... 15 6. Adjust the Steering Wheel ..... 17 7. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position ................................. 17 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Additional Safety Precautions .... 19 Protecting Children ......................... 20 All Children Must Be Restrained ................................ 20 Children Should Sit in the Back Seat ............................................ 21 The Passenger’s Front Airbag Poses Serious Risks to Children............................ 22 If You Must Drive with Several Children .................................... 24 If a Child Requires Close Attention ................................... 24 Additional Safety Precautions .... 24 General Guidelines for Using Child Seats ................................ 25 Protecting Infants ........................ 29 Protecting Small Children .......... 32 Protecting Larger Children ........ 36 Using Child Seats with Tethers...................................... 40 Using LATCH .............................. 41 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts .................................. 43 Seat Belt System Components ... 43 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 43 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 44 Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 45 Additional Information About Your Airbags ............................ 46 SRS Components ......................... 46 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 46 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 48 How the SRS Indicator Light Works ........................................ 49 How the Side Airbag Cutoff Indicator Light Works ............ 50 Airbag Service .............................. 51 Additional Safety Precautions .... 51 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 52 Safety Labels .................................... 53 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 collision. So even though your car is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly. (See page 15 .) Restrain All Children Children are safest when they are properly restrained in the back seat, not the front seat. A child who is too small for a seat belt must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. (See page 20 .) 6 Driver and Passenger Safety Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. (See page 9 .) Don’t Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either. Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed the greater the risk, but serious accidents can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted. Keep Your Car 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 228 .) Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features (8) (10) (1) (7) (3) (6) (4) Your car is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. (8) (2) (5) (2) (6) (7) (9) Some safety features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones that are designed to crumple and absorb energy during a crash; a collapsible steering column; and seat belt tensioners that automatically tighten the front seat belts in the event of a crash. (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats & Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Side Airbags (9) Seat Belt Tensioners (10) Door Locks CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 7 Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features These safety features are designed to reduce the severity of injuries in a crash. However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these safety features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and always wear your seat belts properly. In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. Seat Belts For your safety, and the safety of your passengers, your car is equipped with seat belts in all seating positions. Your seat belt system also includes a light on the instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. Why Wear Seat Belts Seat belts are the single most effective safety device for adults and larger children. (Infants and smaller children must be properly restrained in child seats.) Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your car has airbags. 8 Driver and Passenger Safety In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts. Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even if you have airbags. Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear them properly. When properly worn, seat belts: Keep you connected to the vehicle so you can take advantage of the vehicle’s built-in safety features. Help protect you in almost every type of crash, including frontal, side, and rear impacts and rollovers. Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the car and against other occupants. Airbags Keep you from being thrown out of the car. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag. Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. Your car has a Supplemental Restraint System with dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision. Your car also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe side impact. The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 9 Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features Airbags offer no protection in rear impacts, rollovers, or minor frontal or side collisions. Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force and speed. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries, or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or dashboard. 10 Driver and Passenger Safety Seats & Seat-Backs Your car’s seats are designed to keep you in a comfortable, upright position so you can take full advantage of the protection offered by seat belts and the energy absorbing materials in the seats. How you adjust your seats and seatbacks can also affect your safety. For example, sitting too close to the steering wheel or dashboard increases the risk of you or your passenger being injured by striking the inside of the car, or by an inflating airbag. Reclining a seat-back too far reduces the seat belt’s effectiveness and increases the chance that the seat’s occupant will slide under the seat belt in a crash and be seriously injured. What you should do: Move the front seats as far back as possible, and keep adjustable seat-backs in an upright position whenever the car is moving. Head Restraints Head restraints can help protect you from whiplash and other injuries. For maximum protection, the back of your head should rest against the center of the head restraint. Door Locks Keeping your doors locked reduces the chance of being thrown out of the car during a crash. It also helps prevent occupants from accidentally opening a door and falling out, and outsiders from unexpectedly opening your doors. Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features Pre-Drive Safety Checklist To make sure you and your passengers get the maximum protection from your car’s safety features, check the following each time before you drive away: All adults, and children who have outgrown child safety seats, are wearing their seat belts and wearing them properly (see page 15 ). Any infant or small child is properly restrained in a child seat in the back seat (see page 20 ). Front seat occupants are sitting upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel and dashboard (see page 13 ). Seat-backs are upright (see page 14 ). Head restraints are properly adjusted (see page 15 ). 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. Both doors are closed and locked (see page 12 ). All cargo is properly stored or secured (see page 187 ). Driver and Passenger Safety 11 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver and other adult occupants. These instructions also apply to children who have outgrown child seats and are large enough to wear lap/shoulder belts. (See page 36 for important additional guidelines on how to properly protect larger children.) 1.Close and Lock the Doors After everyone has entered the car, be sure the doors are closed and locked. See page 82 for how to lock the doors. Your car has a door monitor light on the instrument panel to indicate when a specific door is not tightly closed. For safety, locking the doors reduces the chance that a passenger, especially a child, will open a door while the car is moving and accidentally fall out. It also reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the car during a crash. 12 Driver and Passenger Safety For security, locked doors can prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 2.Adjust the Front Seats Any driver who sits too close to the steering wheel is at risk of being seriously injured or killed by striking the steering wheel or from being struck by an inflating front airbag during a crash. To reduce the chance of injury, wear your seat belt properly, sit upright with your back against the seat, and move the seat away from the steering wheel to the farthest distance that allows you to maintain full control of the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers adjust the seat so the center of the chest is at least 10 inches (25 cm) away from the center of the steering wheel. Also make sure your front seat passenger moves the seat as far to the rear as possible. Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible. Most shorter drivers can get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the pedals. However, if you are concerned about sitting too close, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help. Once your seat is adjusted correctly, rock it back and forth to make sure the seat is locked in position. See page 91 for how to adjust the front seats. Driver and Passenger Safety 13 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 3.Adjust the Seat-Backs Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a comfortable, upright position, leaving ample space between your chest and the airbag cover in the center of the steering wheel. If you sit too close to the steering wheel, you could be injured if the front airbag inflates. 14 Driver and Passenger Safety A front passenger should also adjust the seat-back to an upright position, but as far from the dashboard as possible. A passenger who sits too close to the dashboard could be injured if the front airbag inflates. Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury. Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position and sit well back in the seat. See page 92 for how to adjust seatbacks. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 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. Before driving, make sure everyone with an adjustable head restraint has properly positioned the head restraint. The restraint should be positioned so the back of the occupant’s head rests against the center of the restraint. A taller person should adjust the restraint as high as possible. 5.Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched. Also check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash. Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 95 for how to adjust the head restraints. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 15 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack from the shoulder part, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder. This spreads the forces of a crash over the strongest bones in your upper body. 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 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. 16 Driver and Passenger Safety Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. not working properly can be seriously injured or killed. Have your Acura dealer check the belt as soon as possible. See page 43 for additional information about your seat belt system and how to take care of your belts. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 6.Adjust the Steering Wheel Adjust the steering wheel, if needed, so that the wheel points toward your chest, not toward your face. 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 car is parked and the engine is off. Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash. For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased. In addition, an occupant who is out of position in the front seat can be seriously or fatally injured by striking interior parts of the car, or by being struck by an inflating front airbag. Being struck by an inflating side airbag can result in possibly serious injuries. Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor. Pointing the steering wheel toward your chest provides optimal protection from the airbag. See page 76 for how to adjust the steering wheel. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 17 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Remember, to get the best protection from your car’s airbags and other safety features, you must sit properly and wear your seat belt properly. Advice for Pregnant Women Pregnant women should also sit upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or dashboard. This will reduce the risk of injuries to both the mother and her unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating airbag. Each time you have a check-up, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to drive. Because protecting the mother is the best way to protect her unborn child, a pregnant woman should always wear a seat belt whenever she drives or rides in a car. Remember to keep the lap portion of the belt as low as possible across your hips. 18 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Additional Safety Precautions Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can severely compromise the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag. Carrying hard or sharp objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your front airbag inflates. Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Any object attached to or placed on the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags. Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Do not attach hard objects on or near a door. If a side airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your hands or arms are close to the airbag cover in the center of the steering wheel or on top of the dashboard, they could be injured if the front airbag inflates. Driver and Passenger Safety 19 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash. Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. A larger child should be properly restrained with a seat belt. Children depend on adults to protect them. However, despite their best intentions, many parents and other adults may not know how to properly protect young passengers. All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death of children ages 12 and under. To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state and Canadian province requires that infants and children be restrained whenever they ride in a vehicle. Any child who is too small to wear a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. (See page 25 .) So if you have children, or if you ever need to drive with a grandchild or other children in your car, be sure to read this section. 20 Driver and Passenger Safety A larger child should always be restrained with a seat belt and use a booster, if needed. (See page 36 .) Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Additional Precautions to Parents 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 into the dashboard and crush the child. If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms during a crash. For example, if your vehicle crashes into a parked vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a 20-lb (9 kg) infant will become a 600-lb (275 kg) force, and you will not be able to hold on. Never put a seat belt over yourself and an infant or child. During a Children Should Sit in the Back Seat According to accident statistics, children of all ages and sizes are safer when they are restrained in the back seat, not the front seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children ages 12 and under be properly restrained in the back seat. In the back seat, children are less likely to be injured by striking hard interior parts during a collision or hard braking. Also, children cannot be injured by an inflating airbag when they ride in the back. crash, the belt could press deep into the child and cause very serious injuries. Driver and Passenger Safety 21 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children The Passenger’s Front Airbag Poses Serious Risks to Children Front airbags have been designed to help protect adults in a moderate to severe frontal collision. To do this, the passenger’s front airbag is quite large, and it inflates with tremendous speed. Infants Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag. If the airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or very seriously injure an infant. 22 Driver and Passenger Safety Small Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can strike the child with enough force to kill or very seriously injure a small child. Larger Children Children who have outgrown child seats are also at risk of being injured or killed by an inflating passenger’s front airbag. Whenever possible, larger children should sit in the back seat, in a booster seat if needed, and be properly restrained with a seat belt. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children 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 car 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 car 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 23 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children If You Must Drive with Several Children Your car has two seating positions in the back seat where children can be properly restrained. If you ever have to carry more than two children in your car: Place the largest child in the front seat, provided the child is large enough to wear a seat belt properly (see page 36 ). Move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible (see page 13 ). Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat (see page 17 ). Make sure the seat belt is properly positioned and secured (see page 15 ). 24 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 from the passenger’s front airbag, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk. If a child requires physical attention or frequent visual contact, we strongly recommend that another adult ride with the child in the back seat. The back seat is far safer for a child than the front. Additional Safety Precautions Do not leave children alone in your vehicle. Leaving children without adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces, and can be very hazardous. For example, infants and small children left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke. And children left alone with the key in the ignition can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others. Lock both doors and the trunk when your car is not in use. Children who play in cars can accidentally get trapped inside the trunk and be seriously injured or could die. Teach your children not to play in or around cars. Know how to operate the emergency trunk opener (US models only) and decide if your children should be shown how to use this feature (see page 89 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Keep car 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 trunk, which can lead to accidental injury or death. General Guidelines for Using Child Seats The following pages give general guidelines for selecting and installing child seats for infants and small children. Selecting a Child Seat To provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements: 1. The child seat should meet safety standards. The child seat should meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213) or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (CMVSS 213). Look for the manufacturer’s statement of compliance on the box. 2. The child seat should be of the proper type and size to fit the child. Infants: Children up to about one year old should be restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat. Only a rear-facing seat provides the proper support to protect an infant’s head, neck, and back. See page 29 for additional information on protecting infants. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 25 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children 3. The child seat should fit the vehicle seating position (or positions) where it will be used. Due to variations in the design of child seats, vehicle seats, and seat belts, all child seats will not fit all vehicle seating positions. Small Children: A child who is too large for a rear-facing child seat, and who can sit up without support, should be restrained in a forwardfacing child seat. See page 32 for additional information on protecting small children. 26 Driver and Passenger Safety However, Acura is confident that one or more child seat models can fit and be properly installed in all recommended seating positions in your car. Before purchasing a child seat, we recommend that parents test the child seat in the specific vehicle seating position (or positions) where they intend to use the seat. If a previously purchased child seat does not fit, you may need to buy a different one that will fit. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Placing a Child Seat This page briefly summarizes Acura’s recommendations on where to place rear-facing and forward-facing child seats in your car. Airbags Pose Serious Risks to Children The passenger’s front airbag inflates with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant in a rear-facing child seat. A small child in a forward-facing child seat is also at risk. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can kill or seriously injure the child. Front Passenger’s Seat Infants: Never in the front seat, due to the front airbag hazard. Small children: Not recommended, due to the front airbag hazard. If a small child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position and secure a frontfacing child seat with the seat belt (see page 34 ). Back Seats Infants: Recommended positions. Secure a rear-facing child seat with the seat belt (see page 30 ). Small children: Recommended If a small child must ride in the front, follow the instructions provided in this section. positions. Secure a front-facing child seat with the seat belt (see page 34 ). Driver and Passenger Safety 27 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat, and a good position to install the seat, there are three main steps in installing the seat: 1. Properly secure the child seat to the car. All child seats are designed to be secured to the car with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt. Some child seats can be secured to the vehicle’s LATCH anchorage system instead. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the car can be endangered in a crash. See pages 30 , 34 and 41 for instructions on how to properly secure child seats in this car. 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. 28 Driver and Passenger Safety To provide security during normal driving maneuvers as well as during a collision, we recommend that parents secure a child seat as firmly as possible. However, a child seat does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ In some vehicles or seating positions, it may be difficult to install a child seat so that it does not move at all. Some side-toside or back-and-forth movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat’s effectiveness. If the child seat is not secure, try installing it in a different seating position, or use a different style of child seat that can be firmly secured in the desired seating position. 3. Secure the child in the child seat. Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child seat according to the child seat maker’s instructions. A child who is not properly secured in a child seat can be thrown out of the seat in a crash and be seriously injured. Storing a Child Seat When you are not using a child seat, either remove it and store it in a safe place, or make sure it is properly secured. An unsecured child seat can be thrown around the car during a crash or sudden stop and injure someone. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Protecting Infants Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates. Always place a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, not the front. Child Seat Type Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby’s head, neck, and back. Infants up to about one year of age must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. We recommend that an infant be restrained in a rear-facing child seat until the infant is at least one year old, reaches the seat maker’s weight or height limit, and is able to sit up without support. In this car, a rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front seat. Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant. If an infant must be closely watched, we recommend that another adult sit in the back seat with the baby. Do not put a rear-facing child seat in a forward-facing position. If placed facing forward, an infant could be very seriously injured during a frontal collision. Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 29 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation The lap/shoulder belts in the back seats have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. The following pages provide instructions and tips on how to secure a rear-facing child seat with this type of seat belt. If you have a child seat designed to attach to the vehicle’s LATCH anchorage system, follow the instructions on page 41 . 1. With the child seat in the desired back seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker’s instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle. 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 (you might hear a clicking noise as the belt retracts). 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. 30 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To deactivate the locking mechanism and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. 4. After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat, while pulling up on the belt. 5. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 31 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation Tips For proper protection, an infant must ride in a reclined, or semi-reclined position. To determine the proper reclining angle, check with the baby’s doctor or follow the seat maker’s recommendations. To achieve the desired reclining angle, it may help to put a rolled up towel under the toe of the child seat, as shown. 32 Driver and Passenger Safety When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the driver or a front-seat passenger from moving the seat as far back as recommended (see page 13 ). Or it may prevent them from locking the seat-back in the desired upright position (see page 14 ). In either case, we recommend that you place the child seat directly behind the front passenger seat, move the front seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or you may wish to get a smaller child seat that allows you to safely carry a front passenger. Protecting Small Children Child Seat Type A child at least one year old who can sit up without support, and who fits within the child seat maker’s weight and height limits, should be restrained in a forward-facing, upright child seat. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown. We also recommend that a small child stay in the child seat as long as possible, until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. Child Seat Placement In this car, the best place to install a forward-facing child seat is in one of the seating positions in the back seat. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can strike the child with enough force to cause very serious or fatal injuries. If a small child must be closely watched, we recommend that another adult sit in the back seat with the child. Improperly placing a forwardfacing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible and properly restrain the 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 car, and the child is properly strapped in the seat. Driver and Passenger Safety 33 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Child Seat Installation The lap/shoulder belts in the back and front passenger seating positions have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. The following pages provide instructions on how to secure a forward-facing child seat with this type of seat belt. If you have a child seat designed to attach to the vehicle’s LATCH anchorage system, follow the instructions on page 41 . 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 (you might hear a clicking noise as the belt retracts). 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. 34 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To deactivate the locking mechanism in order to remove a child restraint system, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. 4. After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. It may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat, while pulling up on the belt. 5. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. Driver and Passenger Safety 35 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in the back seat on a booster and wear a lap/shoulder belt. We recommend that the child use a booster seat until the child is tall enough to use the seat belt without a booster. The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who must sit in the front seat. 36 Driver and Passenger Safety Allowing a larger child to sit improperly in the front seat can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates. If a larger child must sit in front, make sure the child moves the seat as far back as possible, uses a booster if needed, and wears the seat belt properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Checking Seat Belt Fit thighs as shown, the child is probably big enough to wear the seat belt. However, if the shoulder belt touches or crosses the child’s neck, or if the lap belt crosses the child’s stomach, the child needs to use a booster seat. Do not let a child wear a seat belt across the neck or over the stomach. Do not put any accessories on a seat belt. Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt, severely compromise the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. Two children should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. This could result in serious neck and internal injuries during a crash. To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child sit in the rear seat, all the way back against the seat and put on the seat belt. Follow the instructions on page 15 . Then check how the belt fits. If the shoulder part of the belt rests over the child’s collarbone and against the center of the chest, and the lap belt rests over the child’s hipbones and touches the tops of the Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back or under the arm. This could cause very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 37 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Using a Booster Seat A child should continue using a booster seat until the child exceeds the booster seat manufacturer’s requirements. 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. If a child needs a booster seat, we recommend choosing a high or lowback style that allows the child to be directly secured with the lap/ shoulder belt. Whichever style you select, follow the booster seat maker’s instructions. 38 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. The back seat is the safest place for a child of any age or size. In addition, the passenger’s front airbag poses serious risks to children. If the seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, or the child is unrestrained or out of position, an inflating front airbag can kill or seriously injure the child. The side airbag also poses risks. If any part of a larger child’s body is in the path of a deploying airbag, the child could receive possibly serious injuries. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Of course, children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in the front, there are other important factors you should consider. Physical Size Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit over the hips, chest, and shoulder (see pages 15 and 37 ). If the seat belt does not fit properly, the child should not sit in the front. Maturity To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly and wearing the seat belt properly throughout a ride. If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Carefully read the owner’s manual and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information. Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position. Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor. Check that the child’s seat belt is properly positioned and secured. Remind the child not to lean toward the door. Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. Driver and Passenger Safety 39 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Using Child Seats with Tethers Your car has two tether anchorage points under the rear window for securing a tether-style child seat to the car. COVER Since a tether can provide additional security, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. (Tethers are required in Canada.) The tether anchor fittings are located under plastic covers. Pivot the cover backward to access the anchor fitting. 40 Driver and Passenger Safety Attach the attaching clip to the tether anchorage point as shown in the illustration, then tighten the strap according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Make sure the strap is not twisted. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Using LATCH The exact location of each lower anchorage is marked with a small circle above the lower anchorage point. To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: 1. Move the seat belt buckle or seat belt tongue away from the lower anchors. LOWER ANCHORAGES Your car is equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) at the outer rear seats. The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. 2. Make sure there are no foreign objects around the anchors. Foreign objects could get in the way of a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors. RIGID TYPE 3. Put the child seat in the rear left or right vehicle seat and attach the child seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 41 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children FLEXIBLE TYPE 4. Follow the child seat maker’s instructions for any additional advice on adjusting or tightening the fit. 5. Attach the attaching clip to the tether anchor fitting and tighten the strap according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Make sure the strap is not twisted. 6. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. 42 Driver and Passenger Safety 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 four seating positions. The front seat belts are also equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. The seat belt system also includes a light on the instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your belts. If the driver’s seat belt is not fastened before the ignition is turned ON (II), the light will come on and a beeper will also sound. The beeper will stop after a few seconds, but the light will stay on until the driver’s seat belt is fastened. Lap/Shoulder Belt To unlock the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body to the door pillar. After exiting the car, be sure the belt is out of the way and will not get closed in the door. This seat belt has a single belt that 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. All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body. The seat belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have an additional locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. (See pages 30 and 34 for instructions on how to secure child seats with this type of seat belt.) CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 43 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts 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. Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners To deactivate the locking mechanism, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the belt, pull it out only as far as needed. See page 15 for instructions on how to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly. The tensioners will be activated in a collision severe enough to cause the front airbags to inflate. When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled in the normal way. For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in place. The tensioners are designed to activate primarily in frontal collisions. The tensioners are independent of the airbag system, so they can be activated during a collision that 44 Driver and Passenger Safety might not cause the airbags to deploy. In this case, the airbags would not be needed but the additional seat belt tension can be helpful. The SRS indicator light will come on if there is a problem with your automatic seat belt tensioners (see page 49 ). 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 that the lap/shoulder belts retract easily. Any belt not in good condition or not working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible. U.S. Models Acura provides a lifetime warranty on seat belts. Acura will repair or replace any seat belt component that fails to function properly during normal use. Please see your Acura Warranty Information booklet for details. 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. Automatic seat belt tensioners that deployed during a crash must be replaced. For information on how to clean your seat belts, see page 289 . Driver and Passenger Safety 45 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags SRS Components Your Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) includes: Two front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG.’’ An indicator light on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with the system (see page 49 ). How Your Front Airbags Work Emergency backup power in case your car’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash. Automatic seat belt tensioners (see page 44 ). Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe frontal collision. A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, and driver and passenger seat belt use when the ignition is ON (II). 46 Driver and Passenger Safety Your vehicle is equipped with dualstage, dual-threshold airbags to help reduce the chance of airbag-caused injuries. If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, the sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the front airbags. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually powder from the airbag’s surface. Although the powder is not harmful, people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the car as soon as it is safe to do so. During a frontal crash, your seat belts help restrain your lower body and torso. Your airbag provides a cushion to help restrain and protect your head and chest. Since both airbags use the same sensors, both airbags normally inflate at the same time. However, it is possible for only one airbag to inflate. This can occur when the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal. U.S. Owners After inflating, the front airbags immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls. The total time for inflation and deflation is approximately one-tenth of a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps. For additional information on how your airbags work, see the booklet titled SRS: What You Need to Know About Airbags that came with your owner’s manual. Canadian Owners For additional information on how your airbags work, ask your dealer for a copy of the booklet titled SRS: What You Need to Know About Airbags. Driver and Passenger Safety 47 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags To get the best protection from the side airbags, front seat occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. How Your Side Airbags Work Your car is equipped with side airbags for the driver and a front seat passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the front seat-backs, and both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG.’’ If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, the sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver’s or the passenger’s side airbag. Only one airbag will deploy during a side impact. If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side airbag will deploy even if there is no passenger. 48 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How the SRS Indicator Light Works The purpose of the SRS indicator light is to alert you to a potential problem with your front airbags. This light will also alert you to a potential problem with your automatic seat belt tensioners (page 44 ); or your side airbags or passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system (page 50 ). When you turn the ignition ON (II), this indicator will light briefly then go out. This tells you that the system is working properly. If the light comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example: If the SRS indicator light does not come on after you turn the ignition ON (II). If the light stays on after the engine starts. Ignoring the SRS indicator light can result in serious injury or death if the airbags, cutoff system, or tensioners do not work properly. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS light alerts you to a potential problem. If the light comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. If you see any of these indications, your front or side airbags may not deploy, your passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system may not work properly, or your seat belt tensioners may not work when you need them. See your Acura dealer as soon as possible. Driver and Passenger Safety 49 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How the Side Airbag Cutoff Indicator Light Works This light alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been automatically shut off. If does not mean there is a problem with your side airbags. It means that the side airbag cutoff system has activated to prevent the side airbag from deploying. To reduce the risk of injury from an inflating side airbag, your car has an automatic cutoff system for the passenger’s side airbag. Although Acura does not encourage children to ride in the front seat, 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. 50 Driver and Passenger Safety If a small-statured adult leans sideways, or larger adult slouches and leans sideways into the deployment path of the side airbag, the system may also shut off the side airbag. If the side airbag cutoff indicator light comes on, you should have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the deployment path of the side airbag, the system will turn the airbag back on and the light will go out. A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. When you turn the ignition ON (II), the indicator should light briefly and go out (see page 61 ). If it doesn’t light, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag Service Your front and side airbag systems are virtually maintenance-free, and there are no parts you can safely service. However, you must have your car serviced if: Your airbags ever inflate. Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit, automatic seat belt tensioners and other related parts. Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by an Acura dealer or a knowledgeable body shop. Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, airbags and seat belts provide the best protection. Do not tamper with airbag components or wiring for any reason. Tampering could cause the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury. Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting an Acura dealer. Improperly replacing or covering front seatback covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a collision. See page 186 for further information and precautions relating to your airbags. Do not expose the front seat-backs to water. If rain or spilled water soaks into a seat-back, it can prevent the side airbag system from working properly. The SRS indicator light alerts you to a problem. Take your car to an authorized Acura dealer as soon as possible. If you ignore this indication, the airbags might not inflate when you need them. Driver and Passenger Safety 51 Main Menu Table of Contents Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your car’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. You should have no problem with carbon monoxide entering the car in normal driving if you maintain your car properly. Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever: The car is raised for an oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The car was in an accident that may have damaged the underside. 52 Driver and Passenger Safety 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 trunk lid open, air flow can pull exhaust gas into your car’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the trunk lid open, open all the windows and set the climate control system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked car, even in an unconfined area, with the engine running, adjust the climate control system as follows: 1. Select the Fresh Air mode. mode. 2. Select the 3. Set the fan speed to high. 4. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting. 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. SUN VISOR U.S. models Canadian models If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Acura dealer for a replacement. DASHBOARD U.S. models only RADIATOR CAP HOOD 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 Indicator Lights................................ 57 Gauges .............................................. 65 Speedometer ................................ 65 Tachometer .................................. 65 Odometer ...................................... 66 Trip Meter .................................... 66 Outside Temperature Indicator .................................... 67 Temperature Gauge .................... 67 Fuel Gauge ................................... 67 Maintenance Required Indicator .................................... 68 Controls Near the Steering Wheel ........................................ 69 Headlights .................................... 70 Automatic Lighting Off Feature ...................................... 71 Daytime Running Lights............. 72 Instrument Panel Brightness ..... 72 Turn Signals ................................. 72 Windshield Wipers ...................... 73 Windshield Washers ................... 74 Hazard Warning........................... 75 Rear Window Defogger .............. 75 Steering Wheel Adjustment ....... 76 Keys and Locks ................................ 78 Keys............................................... 78 Immobilizer System..................... 79 Ignition Switch ............................. 80 Power Door Locks ....................... 82 Remote Transmitter .................... 83 Trunk ............................................ 87 Emergency Trunk Opener ......... 89 Glove Box ..................................... 90 Rear Console Compartment ....... 90 Seat Adjustments ............................. 91 Driver’s Seat Adjustments .......... 91 Driver’s Lumbar Support ............ 93 Front Passenger’s Seat Adjustments ............................. 93 Rear Seat Access ......................... 94 Head Restraints ........................... 95 Armrest ............................................. 96 Mirrors .............................................. 98 Adjusting the Power Mirrors ..... 98 Driving Position Memory System......................................... 100 Seat Heaters ................................... 103 Power Windows ............................. 104 Moonroof ........................................ 107 Parking Brake ................................ 108 Digital Clock ................................... 109 Sunglasses Holder ......................... 110 Beverage Holder ............................ 111 Console Compartment .................. 113 Coin Box ......................................... 113 Console Pocket .............................. 114 Storage Tray ................................... 115 Coat Hook ....................................... 115 Sun Visor......................................... 116 Vanity Mirror ................................. 116 Accessory Power Sockets............. 117 Interior Lights ................................ 118 Instruments and Controls 55 Main Menu Table of Contents Control Locations DRIVING POSITION MEMORY (P.100) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.98) DIGITAL CLOCK (P.109) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.122) POWER DOOR LOCKS (P.82) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.104) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.135) TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P.87) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HANDLE (P.179) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.180) 56 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P.61) Premium model MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.310) HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.63) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.60, 308) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.61) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.61) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.61) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.60, 309) TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.62) * LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.64) SIDE AIRBAG CUTOFF INDICATOR (P.61) SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT (P.60) DOOR AND TRUNK OPEN MONITOR (P 63) BRAKE LAMP INDICATOR (P.64) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P. 60) The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. Instruments and Controls 57 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights T ype-S wit h A /T MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.310) HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.63) CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P.81) VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR (P.62) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.61) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.61) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.60, 308) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.61) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.60, 309) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.62) * LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.64) SIDE AIRBAG CUTOFF INDICATOR (P.61) SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT (P.60) DOOR AND TRUNK OPEN MONITOR (P.63) BRAKE LAMP INDICATOR (P.64) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.60) The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. 58 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.63) T ype-S wit h M/T CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P.61) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.61) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.61) MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.310) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.60, 308) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.61) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.60, 309) LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.64) SIDE AIRBAG CUTOFF INDICATOR (P.61) SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT (P.60) DOOR AND TRUNK OPEN MONITOR (P.63) * BRAKE LAMP INDICATOR (P.64) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.60) The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. Instruments and Controls 59 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your car. Seat Belt Reminder Light This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). It is a reminder to you and your passengers to protect yourselves by fastening the seat belts. A beeper also sounds if you have not fastened your seat belt. If you do not fasten your seat belt, the beeper will stop after a few seconds but the light stays on until you do. Both the light and the beeper stay off if you fasten your seat belt before turning on the ignition. 60 Instruments and Controls Low Oil Pressure Indicator The engine can be severely damaged if this light flashes or stays on when the engine is running. For complete information, see page 308 . Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator This light has two functions: Charging System Indicator If this light comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged. For complete information, see page 309 . 1. This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). It is a reminder to check the parking brake. Driving with the parking brake not fully released can damage the brakes and tires. Malfunction Indicator Lamp See page 310 . 2. If the indicator remains lit after you have fully released the parking brake while the engine is running, or if it comes on while driving, it can indicate a problem in the brake system. For complete information, see page 312 . U.S. Canada Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights U.S. Canada Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator This light normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II), and when the ignition switch is turned to START (III). If this light comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the ABS. If this happens, take the car to your dealer to have it checked. With the light on, your car still has normal braking ability but no antilock. For complete information, see page 208 . Immobilizer System Indicator This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). It will then go off if you have inserted a properly-coded ignition key. If it is not a properlycoded key, the indicator will blink and the engine will not start (see page 79 ). This indicator also blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). Cruise Control Indicator This lights when you set the cruise control. See page 159 for information on operating the cruise control. Supplemental Restraint System Indicator This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags. This light will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system or automatic seat belt tensioners. For complete information, see page 49 . Side Airbag Cutoff Indicator This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that the passenger’s side airbag has automatically shut off. For complete information, see page 50 . Instruments and Controls 61 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator VSA Activation Indicator Traction Control System (TCS) Indicator On Type-S with A/T On Type-S with A/T On Premium model This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). This indicator has three functions: This indicator has three functions: 1. It comes on as a reminder that you have turned off the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system. 1. It comes on as a reminder that you have turned off the Traction Control System. 2. It flashes when VSA is active (see page 212 ). 2. It flashes when the TCS is regulating wheelspin. 3. It comes on along with the VSA system indicator if there is a problem with the VSA system. 3. If it comes on and stays on when the Traction Control System is on, it indicates that there is a problem in the TCS. If this light comes on and stays on at any other time, or it does not come on when you turn the ignition switch ON (II), there is a problem with the VSA system. Take the car to your dealer to have it checked. Without VSA, your car still has normal driving ability, but will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. See page 212 for more information on the VSA system. 62 Instruments and Controls This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). See page 212 for more information on the VSA system. This light also comes on when you turn the ignition ON (II) and goes off after the engine starts. See page 209 for more information on the TCS. Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Door and Trunk Open Monitor The appropriate light comes on in this display if the trunk or either door is not closed tightly with the ignition switch ON (II). Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal light blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If the light does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see page 277 ). Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signalling. When you turn on the Hazard Warning switch, both turn signal lights blink. All turn signals on the outside of the car should flash. High Beam Indicator This light comes on with the high beam headlights. See page 70 for information on the headlight controls. On Canadian models, this indicator comes on with reduced brightness when the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are on (see page 72 ). ‘‘Daytime Running Lights’’ Indicator Canadian models only This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) with the headlight switch off and the parking brake set. It should go off if you turn on the headlights or release the parking brake. If it comes on at any other time, it means there is a problem with the DRL. There may also be a problem with the high beam headlights. Instruments and Controls 63 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Low Fuel Indicator This light comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon. Brake Lamp Indicator If a brake light does not work, the BRAKE LAMP indicator comes on when you push the brake pedal with the ignition switch ON (II). A burned out brake light is a hazard when drivers behind you cannot tell you are braking. Have your brake lights repaired right away. 64 Instruments and Controls Washer Level Indicator Canadian models only This light comes on when the washer fluid level is low. Add washer fluid when you see this light come on (see page 249 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Speedometer U.S. Models This shows your speed in miles per hour (mph). The smaller inner numbers are the speed in kilometers per hour (km/h). TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER TRIP METER TEMPERATURE GAUGE SELECT BUTTON Canadian Models This shows your speed in kilometers per hour (km/h). The smaller inner numbers are the speed in miles per hour (mph). Tachometer The tachometer shows the engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). To protect the engine from damage, never drive with the tachometer needle in the red zone. OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR FUEL GAUGE ODOMETER RESET BUTTON Instruments and Controls 65 Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Odometer The odometer shows the total distance your car has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian models. It is illegal under U.S. federal law and Canadian provincial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or kilometers indicated. 66 Instruments and Controls Trip Meter The trip 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. SELECT BUTTON RESET BUTTON To reset a trip meter, display it, and then press and hold the Reset button until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’. You will hear a beep. Both trip meters will reset if the car’s battery goes dead or is disconnected. Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Outside Temperature Indicator This indicator displays the outside temperature in Fahrenheit in U.S. models, and in Centigrade in Canadian models. The temperature sensor is located in the front bumper. Therefore, the temperature reading can be affected by heat reflection from the road surface, engine heat, and the exhaust from the surrounding traffic. This can cause the temperature reading not to be correct when your speed is under 19 mph (30 km/h). In certain weather conditions, temperature readings near freezing (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is forming on the road surface. Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine’s coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise from the bottom mark to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill driving, the pointer may rise to near the upper red mark. If it reaches the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. Turn to page 306 for instructions and precautions on checking the engine’s cooling system. Fuel Gauge This shows how much fuel you have. It is most accurate when the car is on level ground. It may show slightly more or less than the actual amount when you are driving on curvy or hilly roads. The needle returns to the bottom after you turn off the ignition. The gauge shows the fuel level reading immediately after you turn the ignition switch back ON (II). 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. Instruments and Controls 67 Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Maintenance Required Indicator Between 6,000 miles (9,600 km) and 7,500 miles (12,000 km) this indicator will light for two seconds when you first turn the ignition switch ON (II), and then flash for ten seconds. If you exceed 7,500 miles (12,000 km) without having the scheduled maintenance performed, this indicator will remain on as a constant reminder. MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR This indicator reminds you that it is time to take your car in for scheduled maintenance. Refer to the Maintenance Schedules for Normal and Severe Driving Conditions on pages 230 − 234 . For the first 6,000 miles (9,600 km) after the Maintenance Required Indicator is reset, it will come on for two seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). 68 Instruments and Controls 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. SELECT BUTTON RESET BUTTON 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Press and hold the select and reset buttons next to the instrument panel, then turn the ignition switch ON (II). 3. Hold the buttons for approximately ten seconds until the indicator resets. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel The two levers on the steering column contain controls for driving features you use most often. The left lever controls the turn signals, headlights, and high beams. The right lever controls the windshield washers and wipers. TRACTION CONTROL/VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM ON/OFF SWITCH/CRUISE CONTROL HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNALS WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER MOONROOF SWITCH The switch for the hazard warning lights is on the dashboard to the right of the steering column. The controls under the left air vent are for the moonroof, the cruise control, and the VSA/TCS. The tilt adjustment lever on the underside of the steering column allows you to tilt the steering wheel. * : To use the horn, press the pad around the ‘‘A’’ logo. HORN* INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS TILT ADJUSTMENT HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS Instruments and Controls 69 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Headlights The rotating switch on the left lever controls the lights. Turning this switch to the position turns on the parking lights, taillights, side marker lights, and rear license plate lights. Turning the switch to the position turns on the headlights. 70 Instruments and Controls If you leave the lights on with the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0), you will hear a reminder chime when you open the driver’s door. To change between low beams and high beams, pull the turn signal lever until you hear a click, then let go. The blue high beam indicator will light (see page 63 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel To flash the high beams, pull the turn signal lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams will come on and go off. The high beams will stay on for as long as you hold the lever back, no matter what position the headlight switch is in. Automatic Lighting Off Feature The Automatic Lighting Off feature turns off the headlights, parking lights, taillights, side marker lights, license plate lights and instrument panel lights within 15 seconds of removing the key from the ignition switch and closing the driver’s door. The lights will turn on again when you unlock or open the driver’s door. If you unlock the door, but do not open it within 15 seconds, the lights will go off. With the driver’s door open, you will hear a lights-on reminder chime. This feature activates if you leave the headlight switch in the ‘‘ ’’ or ‘‘ ’’ position, remove the key, open, then close the driver’s door. If you remove the key from the ignition switch with the headlight switch on, but do not open the door and get out, the lights will turn off after ten minutes. Instruments and Controls 71 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Daytime Running Lights (Canadian Models) With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights come on with reduced brightness when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) and release the parking brake. They remain on until you turn the ignition off, even if you set the parking brake. Instrument Panel Brightness INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS DIAL The headlights revert to normal operation when you turn them on with the switch. TURN SIGNAL LEVER The dial on the dashboard to the left of the instrument panel is used to adjust the brightness of the instrument panel lights. Turn the dial to adjust the brightness. 72 Instruments and Controls Turn Signals Signal a turn or lane change with this lever. Push down on the lever to signal a left turn, and up to signal a right turn. If you push it up or down all the way, the turn signal continues to blink even when you release the lever. It shuts off automatically as you complete the turn. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel To signal a lane change, push lightly on the turn signal lever in the proper direction and hold it. The lever will return to the center position as soon as you release it. Windshield Wipers In intermittent, the wipers operate every few seconds. The sweep interval will change slightly with speed; getting shorter as you drive faster. In low speed and high speed, the wipers run continuously. The right lever controls the windshield wipers and washers. The rotary switch at the end of the lever has three positions; INT: intermittent : low speed : high speed CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 73 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Windshield Washers You can vary how often the wipers sweep the windshield by turning the INT TIME ring next to the rotary switch. If you turn the INT TIME ring to the shortest delay, the wipers will change from intermittent to low speed operation when vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h). 74 Instruments and Controls To operate the wipers in mist mode, push the control lever down. The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. This gives you a quick way to clear the windshield. To clean the windshield, pull back on the wiper control lever. The washers spray until you release the lever. The wipers run at low speed while you’re pulling the lever, then complete one more sweep of the windshield after you release it. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Hazard Warning Cars without navigation system Push the red button to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your car is disabled. Rear Window Defogger Cars with navigation system Cars without navigation system The rear window defogger will clear fog, frost, and thin ice from the window. Push the defogger button to turn it on and off. The light 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 25 minutes. It also shuts off when you turn off the ignition. You have to turn it on again when you restart the car. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 75 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel The defogger and antenna wires on the inside of the rear window can be accidentally damaged. When cleaning the glass, always wipe side to side. Steering Wheel Adjustment See page 17 for important safety information about how to properly position the steering wheel. Make any steering wheel adjustment before you start driving. Cars with navigation system Make sure the rear window is clear and you have good visibility before starting to drive. 76 Instruments and Controls Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the car and be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the steering wheel only when the car is stopped. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel 3. Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in that position. 4. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down. To adjust the steering wheel upward or downward: 1. Push the lever under the steering column all the way down. 2. Move the steering wheel to the desired position, making sure the wheel points toward your chest, not toward your face. Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and the indicator lights. Instruments and Controls 77 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Keys KEY NUMBER PLATE MASTER KEYS (Black) VALET KEY (Gray) the plate stored in a safe place. If you need to replace a key, 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. Your car comes with two master keys and a valet key. The master key fits all the locks on your car: • Ignition • Doors • Trunk pass-through cover • Glove box • Rear console compartment 78 Instruments and Controls The valet key works only in the ignition and the door locks. You can keep the trunk pass-through cover, glove box, and rear console compartment locked when you leave your car and the valet key at a parking facility. You should have received a key number plate with your keys. You will need this key number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced. Keep Do not drop the keys or set heavy objects on them. Keep the keys away from liquids. If they get wet, dry them immediately with a soft cloth. The keys do not contain batteries. Do not try to take them apart. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Remote Transmitter Your car also comes with two remote transmitters; see page 83 for an explanation of the operation. Immobilizer System The Immobilizer System protects your car from theft. A properlycoded master or valet key must be used in the ignition switch for the engine to start. If an improperlycoded key (or other device) is used, the engine’s fuel system is disabled. When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the Immobilizer System indicator should come on for a few seconds, then go out. If the indicator starts to blink, it means the system does not recognize the coding of the key. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the switch to ON (II) again. The system may not recognize your key’s coding if another immobilizer key or other metal object is near the ignition switch when you insert the key. To make sure the system recognizes the key code: Do not keep other immobilizer keys on the same key ring. Use a plastic or leather key fob, not metal. Keep other keys away from your car’s key and the ignition switch while trying to start the engine. If the system repeatedly does not recognize the coding of your key, contact your Acura dealer. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 79 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks The Immobilizer System indicator will also blink several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Electrical problems could result that may make your car undriveable. If you have lost your key and you cannot start the engine, 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. 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. 80 Instruments and Controls Ignition Switch The ignition switch is on the right side of the steering column. It has four positions: • LOCK (0) • ACCESSORY (I) • ON (II) • START (III) Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks LOCK (0) − You can insert or remove the key only in this position. To switch from ACCESSORY to LOCK, you must push the key in slightly as you turn it. The shift lever must also be in Park. The anti-theft lock will lock the steering column when you remove the key. If the front wheels are turned, the anti-theft lock may sometimes make it difficult to turn the key from LOCK to ACCESSORY. Firmly turn the steering wheel to the left or to the right as you turn the key. ACCESSORY (I) − In this position, you can operate the audio system and the accessory power sockets. ON (II) − This is the normal key position when driving. All features and accessories on the car are usable. Several of the lights on the instrument panel come on as a test when you turn the ignition switch from ACCESSORY to ON. The engine will not start if the Immobilizer System does not recognize the key’s coding (see page 79 ). You will hear a reminder beeper if you leave the key in the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I) position and open the driver’s door. Remove the key to turn off the beeper. START (III) − Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to ON (II) when you let go of the key. Instruments and Controls 81 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Power Door Locks MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH LOCK TAB To lock the passenger’s door when getting out of the car, push the lock tab down and close the door. To lock the driver’s door, remove the key from the ignition switch and push the lock tab down or push the master switch down, then close the door. Both doors can be locked from the outside by using the key in either door. Each door has a master door lock switch. Either switch locks and unlocks both doors. Push the switch down to lock both doors and up to unlock them. 82 Instruments and Controls Each door has a lock tab at the top of the door. When you push down the lock tab on the driver’s door, both doors lock. Pulling up the lock tab on the driver’s door only unlocks that door. The lock tab on the passenger’s door only locks and unlocks that door. To unlock only the driver’s door from the outside, insert the key in the driver’s door lock, turn the key and release it. If you turn the key and hold it, both doors will unlock. Both doors will unlock when you unlock the passenger’s door with the key. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Lockout Prevention If you forget and leave the key in the ignition switch, Lockout Prevention will not allow you to lock the driver’s door. With the driver’s door open and the key in the ignition, both master door lock switches are disabled. However, if the driver’s door is not open, the master door lock switches are not disabled. Pushing the switch down on the open passenger’s door will lock both doors. If you try to lock an open driver’s door by pushing down the lock tab, the tabs on both doors pop up. Pushing down the lock tab on the passenger’s door only locks that door. has set. Remote Transmitter LED LOCK BUTTON UNLOCK BUTTON TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON PANIC BUTTON You can lock and unlock your car with the remote transmitter. When you push the LOCK button, both doors lock. The parking lights, side marker lights, taillights and license plate light will flash once. When you push the LOCK button a second time within 5 seconds after you have locked the doors, you will hear a beep to verify that the doors are locked and the security system When you push the UNLOCK button once, only the driver’s door unlocks. The passenger’s door unlocks when you push the button a second time. The parking lights, side marker lights, taillights and license plate light flash twice each time you push the button. The ceiling light (if the ceiling light switch is in the center position) will come on when you press the UNLOCK button. If you do not open either door, the light stays on for about 10 seconds, then fades out. If you relock the doors with the remote transmitter before 10 seconds have elapsed, the light will go off immediately. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 83 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks If you unlock the doors with the remote transmitter, but do not open either door within 30 seconds, the doors automatically relock and the security system sets. Recalling a Memorized Driving Position With Memory 1 With Memory 2 You cannot lock the doors with the remote transmitter if either door is not fully closed or the key is in the ignition switch. You cannot unlock the doors with the key in the ignition switch. To open the trunk, push the Trunk Release button for approximately one second. You can open the trunk with the remote transmitter regardless of the position of the main switch in the glove box. The trunk will not open if the key is in the ignition switch. 84 Instruments and Controls Type-S with M/T The Driving Position Memory System will not activate if you left the transmission in Reverse or did not set the parking brake. The driving position memory activated (Memory 1, Memory 2) is shown on the back of each transmitter. Make sure you store your desired driving position in the memory that is activated by the transmitter you normally carry. The remote transmitters will also activate the Driving Position Memory System (see page 100 ). When you open the driver’s door after unlocking it with the remote transmitter, you will hear a beep. The driver’s seat and outside mirrors move to the positions stored in that memory location. You will hear two beeps when the movement is complete. You can turn off this driving position memory activation. While standing near the car, press and hold the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons at the same time. The LED in the remote transmitter will blink twice. Then release the buttons. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks To turn it back on, repeat this procedure. The LED will come on for one second to indicate the feature has been turned on. Panic Mode Panic mode allows you to remotely activate your car’s security system to attract attention. When activated, the horn will sound, and the exterior lights will flash, for about 30 seconds. To activate panic mode, press and hold the PANIC button for about two seconds. To cancel Panic mode before 30 seconds, press any button on the remote transmitter. You can also turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Replacing the Battery When the remote transmitter’s battery begins to get weak, it may take several pushes on the button to lock or unlock the doors, and the LED will not light. Replace the battery as soon as possible. Battery type: CR2025 To replace the battery, place a cloth on the edge of the transmitter and remove the upper half by carefully prying on the edge with a small flattip screwdriver. Panic mode will not activate if the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 85 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks 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. Remove the old battery and note the polarity. Make sure the polarity of the new battery is the same (− side facing up), then insert it in the transmitter. Snap the two halves of the transmitter case back together. 86 Instruments and Controls 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. Transmitter Care Avoid severe shock to the transmitter, such as dropping or throwing it. Also, protect it from extreme hot or cold temperatures. Clean the transmitter case with a soft cloth. Do not use strong cleaners or solvents that could harm the case. Immersing the transmitter in any liquid will harm the transmitter and cause it to not function properly. If you lose a transmitter, you will need to have the replacement programmed to your car’s system by your Acura dealer. Any other transmitters you have will also need to be reprogrammed. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Trunk TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE To close the trunk, press down on the trunk lid. See page 187 for cargo loading and weight limit information. Keep the trunk lid closed at all times while driving to avoid damaging the lid, and to prevent exhaust gas from getting into the interior. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 52 . You can open the trunk in three ways: Reach through the trunk passthrough and pull the trunk release handle. Press the trunk release button on the driver’s door. Press and hold the trunk release button on the remote transmitter for approximately one second (see page 83 ). CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 87 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks 2. Lock the glove box with the master key. 3. Make sure the trunk pass-through cover is locked (see page 97 ). 4. Give the person the valet key. Even if the trunk main switch is turned off, you can open the trunk with the remote transmitter. TRUNK MAIN SWITCH To protect items in the trunk when you need to give the key to someone else: 1. Disable the trunk release button on the driver’s door by turning off the trunk main switch in the glove box. 88 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Emergency Trunk Opener Parents should decide if their children should be shown how to use this feature. For more information about child safety, see pages 24 and 25 . EMERGENCY TRUNK OPENER U.S. models only As a safety feature, your car has a release lever on the trunk latch so the trunk can be opened from the inside. To open the trunk, push the release lever to the left. Instruments and Controls 89 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Glove Box Rear Console Compartment An open glove box can cause serious injury to your passenger in a crash, even if the passenger is wearing the seat belt. Always keep the glove box closed while driving. GLOVE BOX Open the glove box by squeezing the handle. Close it with a firm push. Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key. The glove box light comes on only when the parking lights are on. REAR CONSOLE COMPARTMENT The rear console compartment is located in the center of the rear seat. To open the rear console compartment, pull up on the lever and lift the lid. To close, lower the lid and push it down until it latches. The rear console compartment can be locked and unlocked only with the master key. 90 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments See pages 13 − 14 for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. Driver’s Seat Adjustments Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. Your Acura has a power adjustable driver’s seat. The two power seat adjustment switches are on the outside edge of the seat bottom. The front passenger’s seat is also poweradjustable. You can adjust the power seats with the ignition switch in any position. The long horizontal switch adjusts the seat bottom in several directions. The short vertical switch adjusts the seat-back angle. Push the horizontal switch forward or backward to move the seat forward or backward. Pull up or push down on the front of the switch to move the seat bottom’s front edge up or down. Pull up or push down on the rear of the switch to move the rear of the seat bottom up or down. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 91 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments The driver’s seat includes a memory feature. Two seat positions can be stored in separate memories. You can then select a memorized position by pushing the appropriate memory button or using the remote transmitter. Refer to page 100 for how to memorize and select seat positions. Pull the center of the horizontal switch up to raise the seat. Push it down to lower the seat. 92 Instruments and Controls Adjust the seat-back angle by pushing the rear switch in the direction you want to move. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Driver’s Lumbar Support Front Passenger’s Seat Adjustments See pages 13 − 14 for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. You can adjust the seat with the ignition switch in any position. 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. The seat adjustment switches are on the outside edge of the seat bottom. Push the long horizontal switch forward or backward to move the seat bottom in that direction. Adjust the seat-back angle by pushing the vertical switch in the direction you want to move. Instruments and Controls 93 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Rear Seat Access After you return the seat-back to the upright position, the seat bottom will automatically return to its original position. If the seat runs into any obstacle, such as a large package on the floor between the front and rear seats while it is moving back to its original position, the seat will stop and move forward slightly. RELEASE LEVER To get into the rear seat, open the door and pull the release lever up on the side of the seat-back. The seatback will tilt forward and the entire seat will move forward to allow easier entry to the rear seat. 94 Instruments and Controls Remove the obstacle, then move the seat to the desired position with the adjustment switch. To move the driver’s seat, you can select the memorized position with the memory button. Sitting down heavily in the seat as it is moving backward can also cause the seat to react as if it has run into an obstacle. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments To remove a head restraint for cleaning or repair, pull it up as far as it will go. Push the release button and pull the restraint out of the seatback. Head Restraints See page 15 for important safety information and a warning about how to properly position the head restraints. The front head restraints help protect you and your passenger from whiplash and other injuries. They are most effective when you adjust them so the back of the occupant’s head rests against the center of the restraint. A taller person should adjust the restraint as high as possible. RELEASE BUTTON The front 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. Instruments and Controls 95 Main Menu Table of Contents Armrest Make sure the passenger’s hands or fingers are away from the armrest before moving it. The lid of the console compartment can be used as an armrest by moving it forward and backward. Make sure the armrest is securely latched. 96 Instruments and Controls The rear seat armrest is located at the center of the rear seat. Pivot it down to use it. Main Menu Table of Contents Armrest Trunk Pass-through Cover KNOB Make sure all items in the trunk and those extending through the passthrough are secured. For security, this cover can be locked and unlocked only with the master key. To lock the cover, insert the key and turn it clockwise. COVER Never drive with this cover open and the trunk lid open. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 52 . The pass-through cover can be opened from either side; it folds forward onto the center armrest. Open the cover by sliding the knob downward and pushing or pulling on the cover. To close the cover, swing it up and push firmly on the top. Make sure it latches properly. Instruments and Controls 97 Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors With OnStar Without OnStar Adjusting the Power Mirrors SELECTOR SWITCH SENSOR INDICATOR INDICATOR AUTO BUTTON Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving. 98 Instruments and Controls AUTO BUTTON The inside mirror can automatically darken to reduce glare. To turn on this feature, press the button on the bottom of the mirror. The AUTO indicator comes on as a reminder. When it is on, the mirror darkens when it senses the headlights of a vehicle behind you, then returns to normal visibility when the lights are gone. Press the button again to turn off this sensing. Adjust the outside mirrors with the adjustment switch on the driver’s door armrest: 1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II). 2. Move the selector switch to L (driver’s side) or R (passenger’s side). Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors ADJUSTMENT SWITCH 3. Push the appropriate edge of the adjustment switch to move the mirror right, left, up, or down. 4. When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns off the adjustment switch so you can’t move a mirror out of position by accidentally bumping the switch. 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 that side of the vehicle while parallel parking. The mirror returns to its original position when you take the transmission out of reverse. Outside mirror positions can be stored in the driving position memory system (see page 100 ). HEATED MIRROR BUTTON The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the ignition switch ON (II), turn on the heaters by pressing the button. The light in the button comes on as a reminder. Press the button again to turn the heaters off. Instruments and Controls 99 Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System Your Acura has a memory feature for the driver’s seat and outside mirror positions. Two seat and outside mirror positions, for different drivers or driving conditions, can be stored in separate memories. You select a memorized position by pushing the appropriate button or using the appropriate remote transmitter (Memory 1 or Memory 2). Storing a Driving Position in Memory Store a driving position as explained in this section only when the car is parked. 1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II). You cannot add a new driving position in the memory unless the ignition switch is ON (II). You can recall a memorized position with the ignition switch in any position. 2. Adjust the seat to a comfortable position (see page 91 ). Adjust the outside mirrors for best visibility (see page 98 ). 100 Instruments and Controls MEMO BUTTON 3. Press and release the MEMO button on the control panel. You will hear a beep. Immediately press and hold one of the memory buttons (1 or 2) until you hear two beeps. The indicator light in the memory button will come on. The current positions of the driver’s seat and outside mirrors are now stored. 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 MEMORY BUTTONS Not pressing a memory button within 5 seconds. Readjusting the seat position. Readjusting the outside mirror position. Each memory button stores only one driving position. Storing a new position erases the previous setting stored in that button’s memory. If you want to add a new position while retaining the current one, use the other memory button. All stored driving positions will be lost if your car’s battery goes dead or is disconnected. The system will move the seat and outside mirrors to the memorized positions. The indicator light in the selected memory button will flash during movement. When the adjustments are complete, you will hear two beeps and the indicator light will remain on. Notes for Type-S with M/T You cannot select a memorized position if the transmission is in Reverse. Shift to another gear, then select. You can select memorized positions as follows. 1. Make sure the parking brake is set and the shift lever is in Park (A/T) or a forward gear (M/T). If the parking brake is not set, you must press and hold the memory button until the adjustment is complete. 2. Press the desired memory button (1 or 2) until you hear a beep, then release the button. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 101 Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System To stop the system’s automatic adjustment; Press any button on the control panel: MEMO, 1 or 2. Push any of the adjustment switches for the seat. Shift out of Park (A/T) or into Reverse (M/T). Adjust the outside mirrors. 102 Instruments and Controls If desired, you can use the adjustment switches to change the positions of the seat or outside mirrors after they are in their memorized position. If you change the memorized position, the indicator light in the memory button will go out. To keep this driving position for later use, you must store it in the driving position memory. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Heaters With A/T SEAT HEATERS Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters. The ignition switch must be ON (II) to use them. Push the front of the switch, HI, to rapidly heat up the seat. After the seat reaches a comfortable temperature, select LO by pushing the back of the switch. This will keep the seat warm. The HI or LO indicator lights and remains lit until you turn it off by pushing the opposite side of the switch lightly. The indicator will turn off. In HI, the heater turns off when the seat gets warm, and turns back on after the seat’s temperature drops. It continues to cycle as long as you leave it set on HI. The HI indicator remains lit as a reminder that you have the heater on. In LO, the heater runs continuously. It does not cycle with temperature changes. Follow these precautions whenever you use the seat heaters: Use the HI setting only to heat the seats quickly. Select the LO setting when the seats feel warm. The HI setting draws large amounts of current from the battery. Do not use the seat heaters, even on the LO setting, if the engine is left idling for an extended period. They can weaken the battery, causing hard starting. Because of the sensors for the side airbag system, there is no heater in the passenger’s seat-back. Instruments and Controls 103 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Heaters, Power Windows With M/T SEAT HEATERS Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters. The ignition switch must be ON (II) to use them. Push the heater switch to turn the power on or off. The pilot lamp lights and remains on while the heaters are on. 104 Instruments and Controls Do not use the seat heaters when the engine is off or when idling for a long period of time. They can drain the battery, making your car hard to start. Power Windows Your car’s windows are electricallypowered. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) to raise or lower either window. Because of the sensors for the side airbag system, there is no heater in the passenger’s seat-back. Each door has a switch that controls its window. To open the window, push the switch down and hold it. Release the switch when you want the window to stop. Close the window by pulling back on the switch and holding it. Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows The master control panel also contains these extra features: DRIVER’S WINDOW 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. MAIN SWITCH The driver’s armrest has a master power window control panel. To open the passenger’s window, push down on the switch and hold it until the window reaches the desired position. To close the window, pull back on the window switch. Release the switch when the window gets to the position you want. AUTO − To open the driver’s window fully, push the window switch firmly down, then release it. The window automatically goes down all the way. To stop the window from going all the way down, pull back on the window switch briefly. To close the driver’s window fully, pull back the window switch firmly, then release it. The window automatically goes all the way up. To stop the window from going all the way up, push down on the window switch briefly. To open or close the driver’s window partially, push down or pull back on the window switch lightly and hold it. The window will stop when you release the switch. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 105 Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows Auto Reverse If the driver’s window runs into any obstacle while it is closing automatically, it will stop, and then reverse direction. To close the window, remove the obstacle, then use the window switch again. Auto reverse stops sensing when the window is almost closed. You should always check that all passengers and objects are away from the window before closing it. The MAIN switch controls power to the passenger’s window. With this switch off, the passenger’s window cannot be raised or lowered. The MAIN switch does not affect the driver’s window. Keep the MAIN switch off when you have children in the car so they do not injure themselves by operating the window unintentionally. The lights inside the switches come on when you turn the parking lights or headlights on. The power window system has a keyoff delay function. The windows will still operate for up to ten minutes after you turn off the ignition. Opening either door cancels the delay function. You must turn the ignition switch ON (II) again before you can raise or lower the windows. 106 Instruments and Controls If your car’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. You should do the following. 1. Start the engine. Push down on the driver’s window switch until the window is fully open. 2. Pull back on 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 car checked by an Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Moonroof MOONROOF SWITCH To tilt up the back of the moonroof, press and hold the center button ( ). To close the moonroof, press and hold the top of the switch ( ). To open the moonroof, press and hold the bottom of the switch ( ). Release the switch when the moonroof gets to the desired position. Make sure everyone’s hands are away from the moonroof before opening or closing it. Opening or closing the moonroof on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Make sure all hands and fingers are clear of the moonroof before opening or closing it. The moonroof has two positions: it can be tilted up in the back for ventilation, or it can be slid back into the roof. Use the switch under the left dashboard vent to operate the moonroof. The ignition switch must be ON (II). CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 107 Main Menu Table of Contents Moonroof, Parking Brake The moonroof has a key-off delay. You can still open and close the moonroof for up to ten minutes after you turn off the ignition. The key-off delay cancels as soon as you open either door. You must then turn the ignition ON (II) for the moonroof to operate. If you try to open the moonroof in below-f reezing temperatures, or when it is covered with snow or ice, you can damage the moonroof panel or motor. Parking Brake PARKING BRAKE LEVER PARKING BRAKE PEDAL To apply the parking brake, push the parking brake pedal down with your foot. To release the parking brake, push on the pedal again. The parking brake light on the instrument panel should go out when the parking brake is fully released with the engine running. (see page 60 .) 108 Instruments and Controls With M/T With A/T To apply the parking brake, pull the lever up fully. To release it, pull up slightly, push the button, and lower the lever. The parking brake light on the instrument panel should go out when the parking brake is fully released (see page 60 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Brake, Digital Clock Digital Clock Driving the car with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. H M R 2. Press and hold the M button until the numbers advance to the desired time. You can use R to quickly set the time to the nearest hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing R sets the clock back to the previous hour. If the displayed time is after the half hour, pressing R sets the clock forward to the beginning of the next hour. For example: 3.2 CL without Navigation System The digital clock displays the time with the ignition switch in any position. 1:06 would RESET to 1:00. 1:52 would RESET to 2:00. To set the clock: 1. Press and hold the H button until the hour advances to the desired time. Instruments and Controls 109 Main Menu Table of Contents Sunglasses Holder Push SUNGLASSES HOLDER To open the sunglasses holder, push on the front edge. It will unlatch and swing down. To close it, push it until it latches. Make sure the holder is closed while you are driving. 110 Instruments and Controls Some larger styles of sunglasses may not fit in the holder. You may also store small items in this holder. Make sure they are small enough to let the holder close and latch, and that they are not heavy enough to cause the holder to pop open while driving. Main Menu Table of Contents Beverage Holder Be careful when you are using the beverage holder. 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. With A/T To open the beverage holder, push on the button. The beverage holder lid is spring-loaded and will swing open. To close it, push either half of the lid closed. The beverage holder can be removed. To remove it, grasp the holder in the middle, and pull up the front. To reinstall it, position the back of the holder, align the front tabs in the slots, and push down the front of the holder. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 111 Main Menu Table of Contents Beverage Holder With M/T To open the beverage holder, slide the lid towards the armrest. 112 Instruments and Controls The rear seat also has a beverage holder in the center armrest. To use it, pivot the armrest down. Main Menu Table of Contents Console Compartment, Coin Box Console Compartment LEVER Coin Box LEVER CONSOLE COMPARTMENT To open the console compartment, pull up on the left lever and lift the lid. To close, lower the lid and push it down until it latches. COIN BOX You can put small items in the tray located in the console compartment lid. To use the tray, pull up on the right lever and lift up the armrest pad. The coin box is located under the audio system. To open the coin box, pull the bottom edge. Close it with a firm push. The console compartment light comes on only when the parking lights are on. Instruments and Controls 113 Main Menu Table of Contents Console Pocket CONSOLE POCKET To open the console pocket, swing the upper edge of the lid down. 114 Instruments and Controls To remove the pocket, open it, then take it out of its hinges by lifting it up and out. Do not try to pull the pocket out forcibly. You could damage it. Main Menu Table of Contents Storage Tray, Coat Hook Storage Tray Coat Hook LID STORAGE TRAY 3.2 CL without Navigation System The storage tray is located above the audio system. Push on the center of the tray to get it to pop out. Then remove it by pulling it straight out. You can put a writing pad, pen, and small items in the inner box in the storage tray. Lift the lid to use the tray. To reinstall the storage tray into the dashboard, close the lid, then push the storage tray in until it latches. To use a coat hook, push on the lid. Close it with a firm push. Make sure the coat hook is closed when you are not using it. This hook is not designed for large or heavy items. Instruments and Controls 115 Main Menu Table of Contents Sun Visor, Vanity Mirror Sun Visor Make sure you put the sun visor back in place when you are getting into or out of the car. Do not use the sun visor extension over the rear view mirror. Vanity Mirror EXTENSION To use the sun visor, pull it down. You can also use the sun visor at the side window. Remove the support rod from the clip and swing the sun visor toward the side window. In this position, the sun visor can be extended by sliding out the extension. 116 Instruments and Controls To use a vanity mirror on the back of the sun visor, pull up the cover. The lights beside the mirror come on only when the parking lights are on. Main Menu Table of Contents Accessory Power Sockets COVER These sockets are intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps). They will not power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET Your car has two accessory power sockets. One is located on the front panel next to the coin box, and the other is in the console compartment. To use an accessory power socket, the ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET To use the socket in the console compartment, pull the cover up. To open the socket on the front panel, pull the cover down. Instruments and Controls 117 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Lights Ceiling Light OFF ON DOOR ACTIVATED The ceiling light has a three-position switch. In the OFF position, the light does not come on. In the center position, the ceiling light comes on when you open either door. The light fades out after both doors are closed. In the ON position, the ceiling light stays on continuously. 118 Instruments and Controls The ceiling light (with the switch in the center position) comes on when you remove the key from the ignition switch. If you do not open a door, the light stays on, then fades out in about 10 seconds. The ceiling light (with the switch in the center position) also comes on when you unlock the door with the remote transmitter (see page 83 ). If you relock the door, the light turns off immediately. Otherwise, it remains on, then fades out in about 10 seconds. Spotlights Turn on the spotlights by pushing the button next to each light. Push the button again to turn it off. You can use the spotlights at all times. Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Lights Courtesy Lights The courtesy light in each door comes on when the door is opened, and goes out when the door is closed. Your car also has a courtesy light in the ignition switch. This light comes on when you open the driver’s door. It remains on for several seconds after the door is closed. Instruments and Controls 119 Main Menu 120 Main Menu Comfort and Convenience Features Climate Control System ................ 122 3.2 CL without Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation ........ 124 Semi-automatic Operation ........ 125 3.2 CL with Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation ........ 129 Semi-automatic Operation ........ 130 Sunlight Sensor/ Temperature Sensor ............. 134 Audio System ................................. 135 Operating the Radio .................. 136 Adjusting the Sound .................. 139 Audio System Lighting ............. 140 Radio Frequencies ..................... 140 Radio Reception ......................... 140 Operating the Cassette Player ...................................... 142 Tape Search Functions ............. 143 Caring for the Cassette Player ...................................... 146 Operating the CD Changer ...... 147 Loading CDs in the Changer ... 148 Operation .................................... 150 Removing CDs from the Changer .................................. 152 Protecting Compact Discs ........ 154 CD Changer Error Indications .............................. 155 Remote Audio Controls ............ 156 Theft Protection ........................ 157 Security System ............................. 158 Cruise Control ................................ 159 HomeLink Universal Transceiver................................. 163 OnStar ............................................. 168 Comfort and Convenience Features 121 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The automatic climate control system in your Acura picks the proper combination of air conditioning, heating, and ventilation to maintain the interior temperature you select. The system also adjusts the fan speed and air flow levels. CENTER VENT Open The direction of air flow from the vents in the center and each side of the dashboard is adjustable. Move the tab in the center of each vent upand-down and side-to-side. The side vents can be opened and closed with the dials underneath them. 122 Comfort and Convenience Features DRIVER’S-SIDE VENT Close The climate control system draws air through the exterior vents at the bottom of the windshield. Keep these vents clear of leaves and other debris. For the climate control system to provide heating and cooling, the engine must be running. Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System PASSENGER’S-SIDE VENT Open Close Comfort and Convenience Features 123 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System 3.2 CL without Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation To put the Automatic Climate Control in fully-automatic mode, press the AUTO button and set the fan control dial to AUTO, then set the desired temperature by turning the temperature control dial. You will see FULL AUTO in the system’s display. The light in the button also shows you which mode, Recirculation or Fresh Air, is selected. The system automatically selects the proper mix of conditioned and/or heated air that will, as quickly as possible, raise or lower the interior temperature from its current level to the set temperature. When you set the temperature to its lower limit (60°F/18°C) or its upper limit (90°F/32°C), the system runs at full cooling or heating only. It does not regulate the interior temperature. 124 Comfort and Convenience Features TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL AUTO BUTTON FULL AUTO DISPLAY FAN CONTROL DIAL OFF BUTTON When the temperature is set between the lower and upper limits, the system regulates the interior temperature to the set value. Pressing the OFF button shuts the climate control system completely off. Keep the system completely off only for short periods. To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Semi-automatic Operation You can manually select various functions of the Climate Control system when it is in FULL AUTO. All other features remain automatically controlled. Making any manual selection causes the word FULL to go out. TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON Air Conditioning (A/C) Button Press the A/C button to turn the air conditioning on and off. You will see A/C ON or A/C OFF in the display. When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set the dial below the outside temperature. With the A/C on, use the temperature control dial to adjust the temperature of the air flow to a comfortable setting. RECIRCULATION BUTTON Recirculation Button This button controls the source of the air going into the system. When the indicator in this button is lit, air from the car’s interior is sent through the system again (Recirculation mode). When the indicator is off, air is brought in from outside the car (Fresh Air mode). You can, for example, manually put the system in recirculation mode when driving through an area of smoke or fumes. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 125 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Fan Control Dial You can manually select the fan speed by turning the fan control dial. When you turn the dial clockwise, the fan is taken out of automatic mode and starts to run at its lowest speed. Turning the dial fully clockwise increases the fan’s speed, which increases air flow. MODE BUTTON FAN CONTROL DIAL Mode Button Use the MODE button to select the vents the air flows from. Some air will flow from the side vents and the dashboard corner vents in all modes. Each time you press the MODE button, the display shows the mode selected. Press the button four times to see all the modes. RECIRCULATION BUTTON 126 Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and defroster vents at the base of the windshield. The main air flow comes from the floor vents. The main air flow is divided between the dashboard vents and the floor vents. The main air flow comes from the dashboard vents. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 127 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The button directs the main air flow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any MODE selection you may have made. When you select , the A/C turns on automatically and the system selects Fresh Air mode. If the fan control dial is in AUTO, the fan speed increases automatically. If it is not in AUTO, manually increase the fan speed or set the dial to AUTO. You can increase air flow to the windshield by closing the side vents in the dashboard. When you turn off by pressing the button again, the system returns to its former settings. Rear Window Defogger Button This button turns the rear window defogger on and off (see page 75 ). REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON 128 Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System 3.2 CL with Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation To put the Automatic Climate Control in fully-automatic mode, press the AUTO button. The indicator in the button will light. Then set the desired temperature by pressing either side of the TEMP button: ▲ to raise the temperature above the displayed value, or ▼ to lower the temperature. The light in the button also shows you which mode, Recirculation or Fresh Air, is selected. The system automatically selects the proper mix of conditioned and/or heated air that will, as quickly as possible, raise or lower the interior temperature from its current level to the set temperature. When you set the temperature to its lower limit (60°F/18°C) or its upper limit (90°F/32°C), the system runs at full cooling or heating only. It does RECIRCULATION BUTTON TEMPERATURE BUTTON OFF BUTTON TEMPERATURE DISPLAY not regulate the interior temperature. When the temperature is set between the lower and upper limits, the system regulates the interior temperature to the set value. AUTO BUTTON Pressing the OFF button shuts the climate control system completely off. Keep the system completely off only for short periods. To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. Comfort and Convenience Features 129 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Semi-automatic Operation You can manually select various functions of the Climate Control system when it is in FULL AUTO. All other features remain automatically controlled. Some of these functions appear in the Navigation System display. Press the A/C button next to the display to show these functions. Making any manual selection causes the indicator in the AUTO button to go out. A/C ON/OFF ICONS A/C BUTTON A/C (Air Conditioning) On/Off Icons Pressing ‘‘ON’’ or ‘‘OFF’’ in the display turns the air conditioning on and off. You will see A/C ON or A/C OFF activated in the display. 130 Comfort and Convenience Features RECIRCULATION BUTTON When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set it below the outside temperature. With the A/C off, use the temperature buttons to adjust the temperature of the air flow to a comfortable setting. TEMPERATURE BUTTON Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Recirculation Button This button controls the source of the air going into the system. When the indicator in this button is lit, air from the car’s interior is sent through the system again (Recirculation mode). When the indicator is off, air is brought in from outside the car (Fresh Air mode). You can, for example, manually put the system in recirculation mode when driving through an area of smoke or fumes. MODE ICONS Fan Control Icons You can manually select the fan speed by pressing any of the fan control icons. FAN CONTROL ICONS Mode Icons Use the MODE icons to select the vents the air flows from. Some air will flow from the dashboard corner vents and the side vents in all modes. RECIRCULATION BUTTON CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 131 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and defroster vents at the base of the windshield. The main air flow comes from the floor vents. The main air flow is divided between the dashboard vents and the floor vents. The main air flow comes from the dashboard vents. 132 Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The button directs the main air flow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any MODE selection you may have made. When you select , the A/C turns on automatically, the system selects Fresh Air mode, and the fan speed increases. You can increase air flow to the windshield by closing the side vents in the dashboard. When you turn off by pressing the button again, the system returns to its former settings. DEFROSTER BUTTON Rear Window Defogger Button This button turns the rear window defogger on and off (see page 75 ). REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON Comfort and Convenience Features 133 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Sunlight Sensor/Temperature Sensor SUNLIGHT SENSOR The climate control system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is located in the top of the dashboard and a temperature sensor is next to the steering column. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them. 134 Comfort and Convenience Features TEMPERATURE SENSOR Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System AM/FM/Cassette/CD Changer Audio System Your Acura’s audio system provides clear reception on both AM and FM bands, while the preset buttons allow you to easily select your favorite stations. The cassette system features Dolby* noise reduction, automatic sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO2) tape, and autoreverse for continuous play. * Dolby noise reduction manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. The in-dash CD changer holds up to six discs. You operate the CD changer with the same controls used for the radio. See page 147 for CD changer operation. The anti-theft feature will disable the system if it is disconnected from the car’s battery. To get the system working again, you must enter a code number (see page 157 ). Comfort and Convenience Features 135 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the Radio The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to operate the audio system. Turn the system on by pressing the PWR/ VOL knob, or the AM or FM button. Adjust the volume by turning the knob. The band and frequency that the radio was last tuned to is displayed. To change bands, press the AM or FM button. On the FM band, ST will be displayed if the station is broadcasting in stereo. Stereo reproduction on AM is not available. 136 Comfort and Convenience Features You can use any of four methods to find radio stations on the selected band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN or the Preset buttons. TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to tune the radio to a desired frequency. Turn the TUNE knob to the right to tune to a higher frequency, or to the left to tune to a lower frequency. Turn the knob right or left until the display reaches the desired frequency. SEEK − The SEEK function searches the band for a station with a strong signal. To activate it, press − or ○ + ), then either SEEK button (○ release it. Depending on which SEEK button you press, the system scans upward or downward from the current frequency. It stops when it finds a station with a strong signal. SCAN − The SCAN function samples all the stations with strong signals on the selected band. To activate it, press the SCAN button, then release it. You will see SCAN in the display. The system will scan up the band for a station with a strong signal. When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for approximately five seconds. If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play that for five seconds. When it plays a station that you want to continue listening to, press the SCAN button again. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Preset − You can store the frequencies of your favorite radio stations in the six preset buttons. Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and two frequencies on the FM band. PWR/VOL KNOB AM BUTTON FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR TUNE KNOB To store a frequency: 1. Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each Preset button. 2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function to tune the radio to a desired station. 3. Pick the Preset button you want for that station. Press the button and hold it until you hear a beep. 4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve on FM. SCAN BUTTON PRESET BUTTONS Once a station’s frequency is stored, simply press and release the proper Preset button to tune to it. SEEK BUTTONS The preset frequencies will be lost if your car’s battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 137 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System AUTO SELECT − If you are traveling far from home and can no longer receive the stations you preset, you can use the Auto Select feature to find stations in the local area. To activate Auto Select, press the A. SEL button. A. SEL will flash in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds. It automatically scans both bands, looking for stations with strong signals. It stores the frequencies of six AM stations and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons. You can then use the preset buttons to select those stations. If you are in a remote area, Auto Select may not find six strong AM stations or twelve strong FM stations. If this happens, you will see a ‘‘0’’ displayed when you press any preset button that does not have a station stored. 138 Comfort and Convenience Features A.SEL INDICATOR SCAN BUTTON A.SEL BUTTON PRESET BUTTONS If you do not like the stations Auto Select has stored, you can store other frequencies in the preset buttons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to find the desired frequencies, then store them in the selected preset buttons as described previously. TUNE KNOB SEEK BUTTONS Auto Select does not erase the frequencies that you preset previously. When you return home, turn off Auto Select by pressing the A. SEL button. The preset buttons will then select the frequencies you originally set. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Adjusting the Sound Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are each adjustable. You select which of these you want to adjust by pressing the TUNE knob. The mode changes from BAS to TRE to FAD to BAL, and then back to the selected audio mode, each time you press the TUNE knob. LEVEL INDICATORS TUNE KNOB Treble/Bass − Use these modes to adjust the tone to your liking. Select TRE or BAS by pressing the TUNE knob. Adjust the desired mode by turning the TUNE knob. The level indicators on the display show you the range. Balance/Fader − These two modes adjust the strength of the sound coming from each speaker. BAL adjusts the side-to-side strength, while FAD adjusts the front-to-back strength. Select BAL or FAD by pressing the TUNE knob. Adjust the Balance or Fader to your liking by turning the TUNE knob. The level indicators on the display show you the range. The system will automatically return the display to the selected audio mode about five seconds after you stop adjusting a mode with the TUNE knob. Comfort and Convenience Features 139 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Audio System Lighting You can use the instrument panel brightness control dial to adjust the illumination of the audio system (see page 72 ). 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). 140 Comfort and Convenience Features 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System As required by the FCC: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. Radio signals, especially on the FM band, are deflected by large objects such as buildings and hills. Your radio then receives both the direct signal from the station’s transmitter, and the deflected signal. This causes the sound to distort or flutter. This is a main cause of poor radio reception in city driving. 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. Comfort and Convenience Features 141 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the Cassette Player The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). Make sure the tape opening on the cassette is facing to the right, then insert the cassette most of the way into the slot. The system will pull it in the rest of the way, and begin to play. The tape direction indicator will light to show you which side of the cassette is playing. The ▲ indicates the side you inserted facing upward is now playing. If you want to play the other side, press the PROG button. Dolby noise reduction turns on when you insert a cassette. The indicator will light in the display. If the tape was not recorded with Dolby noise reduction, turn it off by pressing the button. Noise reduction remains off until you turn it on by pressing the button again. When the system reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side. If you want to remove the cassette from the drive, press the EJECT button. You can remove the cassette with the ignition switch in any position, even if the audio system is turned off. 142 Comfort and Convenience Features If you turn the system off while a tape is playing, either with the PWR/ VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the cassette will remain in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the tape will begin playing where it left off. To switch to the radio or CD changer while listening to a tape, press the AM, FM or CD button. To change back to the cassette player, press the TAPE button. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Tape Search Functions With a cassette playing, you can use the FF, REW, SKIP, or REPEAT function to find a desired program. FF/REW − Fast Forward and Rewind move the tape rapidly. To rewind the tape, push the REW button. You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape, push the FF button. You will see FF displayed. Press the FF, REW or PLAY button to take the system out of rewind or fast forward. When the system reaches the end of the tape, it reverses direction and begins to play. PWR/VOL KNOB TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR DOLBY INDICATOR CASSETTE SLOT TAPE EJECT BUTTON TAPE BUTTON AM BUTTON PLAY BUTTON DOLBY BUTTON CD BUTTON PROG BUTTON FM BUTTON FF BUTTON REW BUTTON CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 143 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System SKIP − The SKIP function allows you to find the beginning of a song or passage. To skip to the beginning of a song or passage currently − button. You will playing, push the ○ see REW flashing in the display as the tape rewinds. To skip to the beginning of the next song, push the + button. You will see FF flashing in ○ the display as the tape fast forwards. When the system finds the beginning of a song or passage, it goes back to PLAY. REPEAT INDICATOR To stop the SKIP function before it finds the beginning of a song or passage, press either of the SKIP − or ○ + ). buttons (○ RPT BUTTON FF BUTTON REW BUTTON 144 Comfort and Convenience Features SKIP BUTTONS Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System REPEAT − The Repeat function continuously replays the current song or passage. Press the RPT button to activate it; you will see RPT displayed as a reminder. When the system reaches the end of the song or passage currently playing, it will automatically go into rewind. When it senses the beginning of the same song or passage, the system returns to PLAY mode. It will continue to repeat this same program until you deactivate REPEAT by pressing the button again. Pressing the REW or FF button, or either of the SKIP buttons, also turns off REPEAT. The SKIP and REPEAT functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a song or passage. These features may not work to your satisfaction if there is almost no gap between selections, a high noise level between selections, or a silent period in the middle of a selection. Comfort and Convenience Features 145 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Caring for the Cassette Player The cassette player picks up dirt and oxides from the tape. This contamination builds up over time and causes the sound quality to degrade. To prevent this, you should clean the player after every 30 hours of use. Your dealer has a cleaning kit available. Look at the cassette before you insert it. If the tape is loose, tighten it by turning a hub with a pencil or your finger. If the label is peeling off, remove it from the cassette or it could cause the cassette to jam in the player. Never try to insert a warped or damaged cassette in the player. If you do not clean the cassette player regularly, it may eventually become impossible to remove the contamination with a normal cleaning kit. When they are not in use, store cassettes in their cases to protect them from dust and moisture. Never place cassettes where they will be exposed to direct sunlight, high heat, or high humidity. If a cassette is exposed to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a moderate temperature before inserting it in the player. Use 100-minute or shorter cassettes. Cassettes longer than that use thinner tape that may break or jam the drive. Never try to insert foreign objects into the cassette player. 146 Comfort and Convenience Features If you see the error indication ‘‘ ’’ on the display, press the EJECT button to remove the cassette from the unit. Make sure the tape is not damaged. If the cassette will not eject or the error indication stays on after the cassette ejects, take the car to your Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the CD Changer Your Acura’s audio system has an indash CD changer that holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment. You operate this CD changer with the same controls used for the radio and cassette player. LOAD BUTTON CD EJECT BUTTON CD SLOT To load the CDs or operate the CD changer, the ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). Load and play only standard round discs. Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. You cannot load and play 3-inch (8-cm) discs in this system. For best results when using CD-R discs, use only high quality discs labeled for audio use. When recording a CD-R, the recording must be closed in order for the disc to be used by CD players. CD-RW discs will not work in this unit. PWR/VOL KNOB RDM BUTTON CD BUTTON SKIP BUTTONS REPEAT BUTTON CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 147 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Loading CDs in the Changer To load multiple CDs in one operation: 1. Press and hold the Load button until you hear a beep and see ‘‘_ _ _ _’’ in the display, then release the button. 2. On the left side of the display, the CD Loaded indicator for an empty position will begin blinking. 3. When you see LOAd in the display, insert the disc into the CD slot. Insert it only about halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way. You will again see the dashes in the display as the CD is loaded. 4. When LOAd appears again in the display, insert the next disc into the CD slot. 148 Comfort and Convenience Features 5. Repeat this until all six positions are loaded. The system will then begin playing the last CD loaded. If you are not loading CDs into all six positions, press the Load button again after the last CD has loaded. The system will begin playing the last CD loaded. If you stop loading CDs before all six positions are filled, and you do not press the Load button, the system will wait for ten seconds, then stop the load operation and begin playing the last CD loaded. To load a single CD: 1. Press and release the Load button. 2. When the CD Loaded indicator for an empty position starts to blink, and you see LOAd in the display, insert the disc into the CD slot. Insert it only about halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way. 3. The system will load the CD, and begin playing it. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System If you press the Load button while a CD is playing, the system will stop playing that CD and start the loading sequence. It will then play the CD just loaded. LOAD BUTTON CD LOADED INDICATOR FM BUTTON CD SLOT You can also load a CD into an empty position while a CD is playing by pressing the appropriate preset button. Select an empty position (the CD Loaded indicator is off), and press the preset button for that position (1 to 6). The system will stop playing the current CD and start the loading sequence. It will then play the CD just loaded. AM BUTTON PRESET BUTTONS TAPE BUTTON CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 149 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operation Select the CD changer by pressing the CD button. You will see ‘‘Cd’’ in the display. The system will begin playing the last selected disc in the CD changer. You will see the disc and track numbers displayed. When that disc ends, the next disc in the CD changer is loaded and played. After the last disc finishes, the system returns to disc 1. To select a different disc, press the appropriate Preset button (1 − 6). If you select an empty position in the CD changer, the system will go into the loading sequence (see page 148 ). You can use the SKIP buttons while a disc is playing to select passages and change tracks. 150 Comfort and Convenience Features To move rapidly within a track, press and hold the appropriate SKIP button. You will hear a beep and the system will continue to move. Press + button to move forward, or the ○ − button to move backward. the ○ Release the button when the system reaches the point you want. + button Each time you press the ○ and release it, the system skips forward to the beginning of the next − track. Press and release the ○ button to skip backward to the beginning of the current track. Press and release it again to skip to the beginning of the previous track. REPEAT − To activate the Repeat feature, press and release the RPT button. You will see RPT in the display as a reminder. The system continuously replays the current track. Press the RPT button again to turn it off. Pressing either of the SKIP buttons also turns off the repeat feature. RANDOM PLAY − This feature, when activated, plays the tracks within a CD in random order, rather than in the order they are recorded on the CD. To activate Random Play, press the RDM button. You will see RDM in the display. The system will then select and play tracks randomly. This continues until you deactivate Random Play by pressing the RDM button again, or you select a different CD with a preset button. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System To take the system out of CD mode, press the AM or FM button, or insert a cassette in the player. If a tape is already in the cassette player, press the TAPE button. When you return to CD mode by pressing the CD button, play will continue at the same point that it left off. PWR/VOL KNOB AM BUTTON FM BUTTON RPT INDICATOR RDM INDICATOR CD BUTTON If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or the ignition switch, play will continue at the same point when you turn it back on. TAPE BUTTON RPT BUTTON RDM BUTTON PRESET BUTTONS SKIP BUTTONS CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 151 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Removing CDs from the Changer To remove the disc that is currently playing, press the Eject button. You will see ‘‘EJEC’’ in the display. When you remove the disc from the slot, the system automatically begins the Load sequence so you can load another CD in that position. If you do not load another CD, after ten seconds the system begins playing the next disc in the changer. If the changer is empty, the system selects the previous mode (AM, FM, or Tape). CD EJECT BUTTON CD SLOT If you do not remove the disc from the slot, the system will reload the disc after ten seconds and begin playing it. To remove a different CD from the changer, first select it with the appropriate preset button. When that CD begins playing, press the Eject button. 152 Comfort and Convenience Features CD BUTTON Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System If you press the Eject button while listening to the radio or tape, or with the audio system turned off, the disc that was last selected is ejected. After that disc is ejected, pressing the Eject button again will eject the next disc in the numerical order. By doing this six times, you can remove all the CDs from the changer. 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 all six discs, one at a time. Comfort and Convenience Features 153 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Protecting Compact Discs Handle a CD by its edges; never touch either surface. Do not place stabilizer rings or labels on the CD. These and contamination from fingerprints, liquids, and felt-tip pens can cause the CD to not play properly, or possibly jam in the drive. When a CD is not being played, store it in its case to protect it from dust and other contamination. To prevent warpage, keep CDs out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth. Wipe across the disc from the center to the outside edge. A new CD may be rough on the inner and outer edges. The small plastic pieces causing this roughness can flake off and fall on the recording surface of the disc, causing skipping or other problems. Remove these pieces by rubbing the inner and outer edges with the side of a pencil or pen. Never try to insert foreign objects in the CD player or the magazine. 154 Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System CD Changer Error Indications If you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD changer, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the car to your Acura dealer. Indication Cause Solution Disc-changer malfunction. Consult your Acura dealer. High temperature. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Comfort and Convenience Features 155 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Remote Audio Controls AUDIO/CH BUTTON The top and bottom buttons adjust the volume up (▲) or down (▼). Press the proper button and hold it until the desired volume is reached, then release it. The AUDIO/CH button has three functions, depending on whether you are listening to the radio, or playing a cassette or CD. Two controls for the audio system are mounted in the steering wheel hub. These let you control basic functions without removing your hand from the wheel. 156 Comfort and Convenience Features If you are listening to the radio, use the AUDIO/CH button to change stations. Each time you press this button, the system advances to the next preset station on the band you are listening to. You will see the number of the selected Preset button in the display. To change bands, press the AM or FM button on the audio system’s front panel. If you are playing a cassette, use the AUDIO/CH button to advance to the next selection. You will see ‘‘FF’’ blinking in the display when you press the AUDIO/CH button. The system fast forwards until it senses a silent period, then goes back to PLAY. If you are playing a CD, the system skips to the beginning of the next track each time you push the AUDIO/CH button. You will see the disc and track number in the display. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Theft Protection Your car’s audio system will disable itself if it is disconnected from electrical power for any reason. To make it work again, the user must enter a specific five-digit code in the Preset buttons. Because there are hundreds of number combinations possible from five digits, making the system work without knowing the exact code is nearly impossible. You should have received a card that lists your audio system’s code number and serial number. It is best to store this card in a safe place at home. In addition, you should write the audio system’s serial number in this Owner’s Manual. If you should happen to lose the card, you must obtain the code number from your Acura dealer. To do this, you will need the system’s serial number. If your car’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, or the radio fuse is removed, the audio system will disable itself. If this happens, you will see ‘‘ ’’ in the frequency display the next time you turn on the system. Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code. If it is entered correctly, the radio will start playing. You will have to store your favorite stations in the Preset buttons after the system begins working. Your original settings were lost when power was disconnected. If you make a mistake entering the code, do not start over or try to correct your mistake. Complete the five-digit sequence, then enter the correct code. You have ten tries to enter the correct code. If you are unsuccessful in ten attempts, you must then leave the system on for one hour before trying again. Comfort and Convenience Features 157 Main Menu Table of Contents Security System The security system helps to protect your car 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 car 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 either door with the key or the remote transmitter. The security system sets automatically fifteen seconds after you lock the doors, hood, and trunk. For the system to activate, you must lock the doors from the outside with the key, lock tab, door lock switch, or remote transmitter. The security system light on the driver’s door starts blinking immediately to show you the system is setting itself. 158 Comfort and Convenience Features SECURITY SYSTEM LIGHT Once the security system is set, opening either door (without using the key or the remote transmitter), or the hood, will cause it to alarm. It also alarms if the radio is removed from the dashboard or the wiring is cut. With the system set, you can still open the trunk with the remote transmitter without triggering the alarm. The alarm will sound if the trunk lock is forced, or the trunk is opened with the trunk release button on the driver’s door, the trunk release handle behind the trunk pass-through cover, or the emergency trunk opener. The security system will not set if the hood, trunk, or either door is not fully closed. If the system will not set, check the Door and Trunk Open Monitor on the instrument panel (see page 63 ), to see if the doors and trunk 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. 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 conditions such as city driving, winding roads, slippery roads, heavy rain, or bad weather. You should have full control of the car under those conditions. Improper use of the cruise control can lead to a crash. Use the cruise control only when traveling on open highways in good weather. Using the Cruise Control With A/T With M/T CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH 1. Push in the Cruise Control Master Switch to the left of the steering column. The indicator in the switch will light. 2. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed above 25 mph (40 km/h). CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 159 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control 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 to the desired speed. This will cancel the cruise control. To resume the set speed, press the RESUME/accel button. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel comes on. CANCEL SET/decel 3. Press and release the SET/decel button on the steering wheel. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel comes on to show the system is now activated. 160 Comfort and Convenience Features When climbing a steep hill, the automatic transmission may downshift to hold the set speed. Changing the Set Speed You can increase the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the RESUME/ accel button. The car will accelerate. When you reach the desired cruising speed, release the button. To increase your speed in very small amounts, tap the RESUME/ accel button repeatedly. Each time you do this, your car will speed up about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). Push on the accelerator pedal. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed and press the SET/decel button. Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control You can decrease the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the SET/decel button. The car will decelerate. Release the button when you reach the desired speed. To slow down in very small amounts, tap the SET/decel button repeatedly. Each time you do this, your car will slow down about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). Tap the brake pedal lightly with your foot. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out. When the car slows to the desired speed, press the SET/decel button. The car will then maintain the desired speed. 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 car will return to the set cruising speed. Cancelling the Cruise Control Resting your foot on the brake pedal will cause the cruise control to cancel. CANCEL BUTTON You can cancel the cruise control in any of these ways: Tap the brake pedal. Push the CANCEL button on the steering wheel. Press the Cruise Control Master Switch. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 161 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control When you push the CANCEL button, or tap the brake pedal, the CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out and the car will begin to slow down. You can use the accelerator pedal in the normal way. The system remembers the previously-set cruising speed. To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h), then press and release the RESUME/accel button. The CRUISE CONTROL light comes on, and the car will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before. 162 Comfort and Convenience Features Pressing the Cruise Control Master Switch turns the system completely off and erases the previous cruising speed from memory. To use the system again, refer to Using the Cruise Control. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver The HomeLink Universal Transceiver built into your car can be programmed to operate remotelycontrolled devices around your home, such as garage doors, lighting, or home security systems. It can replace up to three remote transmitters. Customer Assistance If you have problems with training the HomeLink Universal 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. Important Safety Precautions Always refer to the operating instructions and safety information that came with your garage door opener or other equipment you intend to operate with the HomeLink Universal Transceiver. If you do not have this information, you should contact the manufacturer of the equipment. While training or using HomeLink, make sure you have a clear view of the garage door or gate, and that no one will be injured by its movement. HomeLink stores the code in a permanent memory. There should be no need to retrain HomeLink if your car’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. Garage door openers manufactured before that date do not have a safety feature that causes them to stop and reverse if an obstacle is detected during closing, increasing the risk of injury. If you have questions, call (800) 355-3515. General Information If you are training HomeLink to operate a garage door or gate, it is recommended that you unplug the motor for that device during training. Repeatedly pressing the remote control button could burn out the motor. Comfort and Convenience Features 163 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Training HomeLink Before you can use HomeLink to operate devices around your home, it must ‘‘learn’’ the proper codes. For example, to train HomeLink to open and close the garage door: Before you begin − If you just took delivery of your vehicle and have not trained any of the buttons in 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. 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. 164 Comfort and Convenience Features 3. Select the HomeLink button you want to train. 4. Press the button on the remote control and the button on HomeLink at the same time. Hold down both buttons. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver 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. 5. The red light in HomeLink should begin flashing. It will flash slowly at first, then rapidly. 6. When the red light flashes rapidly, release both buttons. HomeLink should have learned the code from the remote control. variable or rolling code garage door opener. Test this by pressing and holding the HomeLink transceiver button you just trained. If the red light blinks for two seconds, then stays on, you have a rolling code garage door opener. You may be able to verify this with the manufacturer’s documentation. Go to ‘‘Training With a Rolling Code System.’’ 8. Repeat these steps to train the other two HomeLink buttons to operate any other remotelycontrolled devices around your home (lighting, automatic gate, security system, etc.). Training With a Rolling Code System For security purposes, newer garage door opening systems use a ‘‘rolling’’ or variable code. Information from the remote control and the garage door opener are needed before 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. 7. Plug in the garage door opener motor, then test the HomeLink transceiver button by pushing it. It should operate the garage door. If the button does not work, repeat this procedure to train it again. If it still does not work, you may have a CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 165 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver It may be helpful to have someone assist you with this procedure. TRAINING BUTTON 1. Make sure you have properly completed the ‘‘Training HomeLink’’ procedure. 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.) 2. Find the ‘‘Training’’ button on your garage door opener unit. The location will vary, depending on the manufacturer. The manufacturer’s documentation may help. 3. Press the Training button on the garage door opener unit until the light next to the button comes on, then release it. The light may blink, or come on and stay on. You then have approximately 30 seconds to complete the following steps. 166 Comfort and Convenience Features 4. Press and hold the button on HomeLink for 3 − 4 seconds. (The same button you trained with the ‘‘Training HomeLink’’ procedure.) 6. Press the HomeLink button again. It should operate the garage door. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Retraining a Button To train an already programmed HomeLink button to operate a new device: 1. Select the HomeLink button you want to train. 2. Press and hold the HomeLink button until the red light begins to flash slowly (approximately 20 seconds). 3. While continuing to hold the HomeLink button, place the remote control for the device 2 to 5 inches from HomeLink. 4. Press and hold the button on the remote control. Hold both buttons until the red light begins to flash rapidly. 5. Release both buttons. HomeLink should now be trained to operate the device. Erasing Codes To erase the codes stored in all three buttons, press and hold the two outside buttons until the red light begins to flash, then release the buttons. You should erase all three codes before selling the car. 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. Comfort and Convenience Features 167 Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar The OnStar system in your vehicle gives you access to a wide range of services and information with the touch of a button. An OnStar advisor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Safe & Sound Plan provides: Roadside Assistance. Emergency Services. Automatic Notification of Airbag Deployment. Accident Assist. Remote Door Locking/Unlocking. Stolen Vehicle Tracking. Misplaced Vehicle Assistance. Online Concierge Services. The Directions & Connections Plan provides these additional features: Route Support. Ride Assist. Information and Convenience Services. The Luxury & Leisure Plan adds: Personal Concierge Services. 168 Comfort and Convenience Features OnStar Control Panel CALL ANSWER/END BUTTON OnStar BUTTON SYSTEM STATUS LIGHT EMERGENCY BUTTON The OnStar buttons and indicator are located in the base of the rear view mirror. OnStar Services Button Press this button to contact an OnStar advisor. You will hear a chime, followed by the announcement, ‘‘Connecting to OnStar.’’ The connection should take 20 to 30 seconds. The advisor will assist you with any of the services included in your plan. Depending on what service you request, you may need to give your Personal Identification Number (PIN) to the advisor. Your PIN is a number you make up and provide when you establish your OnStar service. If cellular telephone service is not available in the area you are driving in, you will hear a fast busy signal. The system will retry the connection several times before returning to the ready mode. Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar To cancel these retries, press the Call Answer/End (DOT) button. A microphone is located in the base of the rear view mirror so you can speak to the advisor without taking your hands off the steering wheel or diverting your attention from the road. The OnStar advisor’s voice comes from the audio system’s speakers. Use the volume control on the audio system or on the steering wheel to adjust the volume. Emergency Button Press this button to contact an OnStar advisor only if you have an emergency situation. You will hear a tone, followed by the announcement, ‘‘Connecting to OnStar Emergency.’’ Your call is given highest priority. The advisor will ask about the nature of the emergency, locate your vehicle, and notify the appropriate emergency service agencies. If you press this button accidentally, do not cancel the call. Wait until the OnStar advisor answers, then explain your mistake. Call Answer/End Button Press this ‘‘DOT’’ button to end a call to the OnStar advisor, or to cancel the call if you should press one of the other buttons accidentally. If the OnStar center should call you, press this button to answer the call. This button is also used to initiate the Personal Calling and Virtual Advisor services, if you have subscribed. System Status Light This light shows you the status of the system. Solid Green − The system is ready for use. Blinking Green − A call is in progress. Solid Red − There is a problem in the system. Press the OnStar button to contact an advisor. If the call connects, the advisor will assist you with verifying the system’s operation. If you are not able to contact an advisor, take your vehicle to an Acura dealer to have the system diagnosed. Blinking Red − There is a problem in the system with a call in progress. Comfort and Convenience Features 169 Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar Safe & Sound Plan Features The OnStar system uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate your vehicle whenever you place a call. This allows the advisor to quickly contact the nearest services without requiring you to provide detailed directions. Roadside Assistance − Contact the OnStar advisor if you need assistance with a problem (flat tire, out of fuel, etc.) while traveling. The advisor will contact an appropriate agency to come and assist you. Emergency Services − Contact an OnStar advisor if you have an emergency situation. The advisor will contact the nearest emergency services provider (ambulance, fire department, etc.) and advise them of your situation. 170 Comfort and Convenience Features Automatic Notification of Airbag Deployment − If you are ever in an accident that causes the airbags to deploy, the OnStar system automatically places a call (provided the OnStar system and your vehicle’s electrical system are still intact). The advisor will attempt to speak to you to evaluate the situation, and contact the nearest emergency services provider. Accident Assist − The OnStar advisor can help you if you are ever in a minor accident by asking you for information about the accident. Complete, detailed information will make it easier to complete accident reports and insurance claims. Remote Door Locking/Unlocking − By sending a signal to your vehicle, the advisor can lock or unlock your vehicle’s doors. This is helpful if you are away from your vehicle and realize you forgot to lock the doors, or if you have locked the keys in your vehicle. To get OnStar’s assistance, call (888) 4-ONSTAR (466-7827). Stolen Vehicle Tracking − Using GPS, OnStar can locate your vehicle almost anywhere. If your vehicle is ever stolen, contact OnStar at (888) 4-ONSTAR. The advisor will put you in contact with the proper authorities, and assist them with locating your vehicle. Misplaced Vehicle Assistance − If you are unable to locate your vehicle in a large parking lot or parking structure, contact OnStar at (888) 4-ONSTAR. The advisor will remotely activate the exterior lights and the horn, allowing you to locate your vehicle. Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar Online Concierge Services − From your computer, you can log into www. myonstar.com to make dinner reservations, purchase tickets to events, send flowers, etc. hotels, restaurants, ATMs, hospitals, gas stations, and many other services in any area you are traveling in. The advisor can also help you with hotel or restaurant reservations. Directions & Connections Plan Features The Directions & Connections Plan provides these additional features. Luxury & Leisure Plan Features The Luxury & Leisure plan provides all the benefits of the other plans, and adds: Route Support − The OnStar advisor can give you verbal directions from your current location to a desired destination. Personal Concierge Services − An OnStar advisor can assist you with purchasing theater tickets, airline tickets, rental car reservations for a vacation, and just about any other purchase you desire. Ride Assist − If you need a ride (taxi, limousine service, etc.) the OnStar advisor can make the arrangements for you. Use the OnStar button or call (888) 4-ONSTAR. Information and Convenience Services − The OnStar advisor can give you information on nearby Personal Calling The OnStar Personal Calling plan is an extra-cost option that gives you the ability to use your vehicle’s OnStar system as a hands-free cellular telephone. To sign up for Personal Calling, press the OnStar button in your vehicle, and notify the advisor that you’d like to sign up. The advisor will get all the information needed to set up your account, and provide you with your new cellular telephone number. You will need to provide a credit card number, and prepurchase ‘‘units’’ or minutes of air time (one unit equals one minute). Placing a Telephone Call − You must use voice commands to give the OnStar system your calling information. To make a phone call: Press the Call Answer/End (DOT) Button. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say ‘‘Dial.’’ CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 171 Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar OnStar will respond with ‘‘Number Please.’’ Say the first digit of the number. OnStar will repeat that digit. Always wait for OnStar to confirm the digit before going to the next digit. Say the second digit of the number. OnStar will repeat that digit. Continue this until you have given OnStar the complete telephone number. Then say ‘‘Dial.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Dialing’’ and then repeat the complete telephone number. It will then place the telephone call. When you have finished your conversation, press the DOT button again to hang up. If you make a mistake speaking a digit of the phone number, or the system responds with the wrong digit, say ‘‘Clear.’’ This will cause the system to erase the last digit. 172 Comfort and Convenience Features If you need to cancel the phone call by voice. To turn voice feedback on attempt before entering the or off: Press the DOT button. complete phone number, say ‘‘Cancel.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ The system will cancel the operation Say ‘‘Voice Feedback.’’ and return to Ready. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Voice feedback On/Off.’’ If the system has difficulty understanding a voice command, it Incoming Telephone Calls − can respond with: When someone places a telephone call to you, the audio system will ‘‘Pardon’’ − The system could not mute and you will hear the ring. match your voice command to one it Press the DOT button to answer the knows. Repeat the command call. When you have completed the distinctly. call, press the DOT button again to hang up. ‘‘Slower please’’ − The system missed the command because it was Using Nametags not yet ready for it, or there was too The OnStar system can store up to much background noise. Repeat the twenty 32-digit telephone numbers in command after a short pause. its memory. When you store these Voice Feedback On/Off − With numbers in its memory, you give each one a nametag. When you want voice feedback off, the system will to place a telephone call, you can respond with a tone rather than recall the number by giving the ‘‘Ready,’’ or repeating each number system the nametag. you say. Other responses will still be Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar Storing a Nametag − To store a telephone number and its nametag in the system: Press the DOT button. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say ‘‘Store.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Number Please.’’ Say the first digit of the number. OnStar will repeat that digit. Say the second digit of the number. OnStar will repeat that digit. Continue this until you have given OnStar the complete telephone number. Then say ‘‘Store’’ again. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Nametag Please.’’ Say the name that you want assigned to that telephone number. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Again.’’ Repeat the nametag. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Once more.’’ Repeat the nametag. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Storing <nametag>.’’ Placing a Telephone Call − To place a telephone call using a nametag: Press the DOT button. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say ‘‘Call.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Nametag Please.’’ Say the nametag for the number you want to call. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Calling <nametag>,’’ then place the telephone call. If you have forgotten what nametags you have stored, the system will read them to you. Press the DOT button. When the system responds with ‘‘Ready,’’ say ‘‘Directory.’’ Deleting a Nametag − To delete a nametag and telephone number from memory: Press the DOT button. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say ‘‘Delete.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Nametag Please.’’ CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 173 Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar Say the nametag for the number you want to delete. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Delete <nametag>, Yes or No.’’ Say ‘‘Yes.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Deleting <nametag>.’’ Redialing a Number − To redial the last telephone number you called: Press the DOT button. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say ‘‘Redial.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Redialing,’’ then place the telephone call. Security Code By giving the system a security code that you make up, you can lock out the Personal Calling and Virtual Advisor capabilities of the system so unauthorized people cannot make telephone calls. To turn security on 174 Comfort and Convenience Features or off: Keeping Track of Units You must prepurchase units (minutes) of cellular air time. The OnStar system tracks how many units you have remaining. Press the DOT button. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say ‘‘Security.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Enter four-digit security code.’’ To find out how many units you have Say the first digit of the code. remaining: OnStar will repeat that digit. Say the second digit of the code. Press the DOT button. OnStar will repeat that digit. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say the third digit of the code. Say ‘‘Units.’’ OnStar will repeat that digit. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Verify Say the fourth digit of the code. or add.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Security Say ‘‘Verify.’’ code <number> is now ON/OFF.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘You have <number> units remaining.’’ If you forget the security code entered, or someone else enters a security code unknown to you, you must contact an OnStar advisor to reset the code. Press the OnStar button, or call (888) 4-ONSTAR. Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar Adding Units − To purchase more units of cellular air time: Press the DOT button. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say ‘‘Units.’’ OnStar will respond with ‘‘Verify or add.’’ Say ‘‘Add.’’ OnStar will connect you to an advisor to handle your purchase. You can also call OnStar at (888) 4ONSTAR, or get information about your account at the OnStar web site, www.onstar.com. OnStar Virtual Advisor When you subscribe to Personal Calling, you can also enjoy the benefits of Virtual Advisor. This feature lets you hear information in your vehicle about weather, sports, news, and stocks. It is even possible to have your e-mail read to you. Although Virtual Advisor can provide information on many subjects, you can set up a customized profile with OnStar that makes it easier to get information about areas that are of specific interest to you. To do this, you must go to the OnStar web site, www. onstar.com. This is a secure site; you will need your account number and PIN to access your account information and to design your customized profile. If you do not have Internet access, a default profile can be set up for you. To use the Virtual Advisor from your vehicle: Press the DOT button. OnStar will respond with ‘‘Ready.’’ Say ‘‘Virtual Advisor.’’ The system will connect you to the Virtual Advisor. The Virtual Advisor will prompt you for the information you desire. If you would like to hear a list of voice commands that are available, say ‘‘Help.’’ OnStar is continually upgrading the system, and new commands become available. Comfort and Convenience Features 175 Main Menu Table of Contents OnStar Personal Identification Number You make up and provide your Personal Identification Number (PIN) when you establish your account with OnStar. You should write down your PIN and keep it with you at all times. You can change your PIN at any time. Contact the OnStar advisor by pressing the OnStar button, or by calling (888) 4-ONSTAR. If you forget your PIN, contact the OnStar advisor. For security reasons, your PIN will be mailed to you. 176 Comfort and Convenience Features System Limitations OnStar uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate your vehicle for functions such as route guidance and roadside assistance. GPS is affected by structures that can obstruct the signal, such as tunnels, parking structures, and tall buildings. It may not be possible for OnStar to pinpoint your location if you are in or near such structures. OnStar uses cellular technology to communicate with your vehicle. Cellular coverage varies by location, which may affect the ability to establish a connection, or the quality of the connection. When you turn off your vehicle’s ignition, the OnStar system goes into low-power mode. After 48 hours, it switches to sleep mode to conserve your vehicle’s battery power. Features such as remote door unlocking and misplaced vehicle assistance will not work after your vehicle has been parked for more that 48 hours. 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 car, please read the information in this section first. Break-in Period .............................. 178 Gasoline .......................................... 178 Service Station Procedures .......... 179 Filling the Fuel Tank ................. 179 Opening the Hood ..................... 180 Oil Check ................................ 181 Engine Coolant Check .......... 183 Fuel Economy ................................ 184 Car Condition ............................. 184 Driving Habits ............................ 184 Accessories and Modifications .... 185 Carrying Cargo .............................. 187 Before Driving 177 Main Menu Table of Contents Break-in Period, Gasoline Break-in Period Help assure your car’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. New brakes need to be broken-in by moderate use for the first 200 miles (300 km). Do not change the oil until the recommended time or mileage interval shown in the maintenance schedule. You should follow these same recommendations with an overhauled or exchanged engine, or when the brakes are relined. 178 Before Driving Gasoline 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 recommend gasolines containing detergent additives that help prevent fuel system and engine deposits. Using gasoline containing lead will damage your car’s emissions controls. This contributes to air pollution. In Canada, some gasolines contain an octane-enhancing additive called MMT. If you use such gasolines, your emissions control system performance may deteriorate and the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on your instrument panel may turn on. If this happens, contact your authorized Acura dealer for service. Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Filling the Fuel Tank Pull Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel. Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame away. Handle fuel only outdoors. Wipe up spills immediately. FUEL FILL CAP 1. Because the fuel fill cap is on the driver’s side of the car, park with that side closest to the service station pumps. 2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling on the handle to the left of the driver’s seat. 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. Your car has an on-board refueling vapor recovery system to help keep fuel vapors from going into the atmosphere. If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off even though the tank is not full, there may be a problem with this system. Consult your dealer. CONTINUED Before Driving 179 Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures 5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on, tighten it until it clicks several times. If you do not properly tighten the cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may come on (see page 310 ). Opening the Hood HOOD RELEASE HANDLE 6. Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches. LATCH HANDLE 1. Shift to Park or Neutral and set the parking brake. Pull the hood release handle located under the lower left corner of the dashboard. The hood will pop up slightly. 180 Before Driving 2. Standing in front of the car, reach in between the hood and the front bumper with your finger. The hood latch handle is under the ‘‘A’’ logo. Slide the latch handle to the right. Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures If you can open the hood without sliding the hood latch handle, or the hood latch handle moves stiffly or does not spring back as before, the mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated (see page 254 ). Oil Check DIPSTICK 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. Check the engine oil level every time you fill the car with fuel. Wait a few minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil. To close the hood, lower it to about a foot (30 cm) above the fender, then press down firmly with your hands. After closing the hood, make sure it is securely latched. 1. Remove the dipstick (orange handle). CONTINUED Before Driving 181 Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures DIPSTICK UPPER MARK LOWER MARK 2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or paper towel. 3. Insert it all the way back in its tube. 4. Remove the dipstick again and check the level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. If it is near or below the lower mark, see Adding Oil on page 239 . 182 Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Engine Coolant Check RESERVE TANK MAX Refer to Owner Maintenance Checks on page 237 for information on checking other items in your Acura. 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 243 for information on adding the proper coolant. Before Driving 183 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuel Economy The condition of your car and your driving habits are the two most important things that affect the fuel mileage you get. Car Condition Always maintain your car according to the maintenance schedule. This will keep it in top operating condition. An important part of that maintenance is the Owner Maintenance Checks (see page 237 ). For example, an underinflated tire causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’ which uses fuel. It also wears out faster, so check the tire pressure at least monthly. In winter, the build-up of snow on your car’s underside adds weight and rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning helps your fuel mileage and reduces the chance of corrosion. 184 Before Driving Driving Habits You can improve fuel economy by driving moderately. Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering, and hard braking use more fuel. Always drive in the highest gear that allows the engine to run and accelerate smoothly. Depending on traffic conditions, try to maintain a constant speed. Every time you slow down and speed up, your car uses extra fuel. Use the cruise control, when appropriate, to increase fuel economy. A cold engine uses more fuel than a warm engine. It is not necessary to ‘‘warm-up’’ a cold engine by letting it idle for a long time. You can drive away in about a minute, no matter how cold it is outside. The engine will warm up faster, and you get better fuel economy. To cut down on the number of ‘‘cold starts,’’ try to combine several short trips into one. The air conditioning puts an extra load on the engine which makes it use more fuel. Turn off the A/C or set the climate control to a higher temperature to cut down on air conditioning use. Use the flowthrough ventilation when the outside air temperature is moderate. Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories and Modifications Modifying your car, or installing some non-Acura accessories, can make your car 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 car. These accessories have been designed and approved for your car, and are covered by warranty. Non-Acura accessories are usually designed for universal applications. Although aftermarket accessories may fit on your car, they may not meet factory specifications, and could adversely affect your car’s handling and stability. (See ‘‘Modifications’’ on page 186 for additional information.) Improper accessories or modifications can affect your car’s handling, stability and performance, and cause a crash in which you can be hurt or killed. However, if electronic accessories are improperly installed, or exceed your car’s electrical system capacity, they can interfere with the operation of your car, or even cause the airbags to deploy. Before installing any accessory: Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding accessories and modifications. Make sure the accessory does not obscure any lights, or interfere with proper car operation or performance. When properly installed, cellular phones, alarms, two-way radios, and low-powered audio systems should not interfere with your car’s computer-controlled systems, such as the SRS and anti-lock brake system. Be sure electronic accessories do not overload electrical circuits (see page 314 ). 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 185 Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories and Modifications Modifications 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 the vehicle with an aftermarket suspension kit that significantly reduces ground clearance can allow the undercarriage to impact speed bumps or other raised objects, which could cause the airbags to deploy. Raising the vehicle with an aftermarket suspension kit can affect the handling and stability. Aftermarket wheels, because they are a universal design, can cause excessive stress on suspension components. 186 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. If you plan to modify your vehicle, consult with 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 car and hurt someone. Do not attach hard objects on or near a door. If a side airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Do not place any objects over the outside edge of a front seat-back. Covering the outside edge of a front seat-back, with a non-Acura seat cover for example, could prevent the airbag from inflating properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo CONSOLE COMPARTMENT DOOR POCKET STORAGE TRAY* Your car has several convenient storage areas so you can stow cargo safely. The glove box, and the pockets in the doors and seat-backs, are designed for small, lightweight items. The trunk is intended for larger, heavier items. In addition, the trunk pass-through allows you to carry longer items. REAR CONSOLE COMPARTMENT However, carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your car’s handling, stability, and operation and make it unsafe. Before carrying any type of cargo, be sure to read the following pages. SEAT-BACK POCKETS TRUNK CONSOLE POCKET GLOVE BOX * : 3.2 CL without Navigation System Before Driving 187 Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Load Limit The maximum load for your car is 700 lbs (325 kg). This figure includes the total weight of all occupants, cargo, accessories, and the tongue weight if you are towing a trailer. To figure out how much cargo you can carry: Add up the weight of all occupants. If you are towing a trailer, add the tongue weight to the number above. Subtract the total from 700 lbs (325 kg). The final number is the total weight of cargo you can carry. 188 Before Driving 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. Carrying Items in the Passenger Compartment Store or secure all items that could be thrown around and hurt someone during a crash. Do not put any items on top of the rear shelf. They can block your view and be thrown around the car during a crash. Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the seats and interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the pedals, or with the proper operation of the seats. Keep the glove box closed while driving. If the lid is open, a passenger could injure their knees during a crash or sudden stop. Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Carrying Cargo in the Trunk or on a Roof Rack Distribute cargo evenly on the floor of the trunk, placing the heaviest items on the bottom and as far forward as possible. If you carry large items that prevent you from closing the trunk lid, exhaust gas can enter the passenger area. To avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, follow the instructions on page 52 . If you can carry any items on a roof rack, be sure the total weight of the rack and the items does not exceed the maximum allowable weight. Please contact your Acura dealer for further information. Cargo Net CARGO NET TRUNK NET HOOK The cargo net can be used to help hold down items stored in the trunk. To use the cargo net, hook it to the buttons on the floor and sides of the trunk. You can use the cargo net in several configurations by hooking it to different buttons. When you are not using the cargo net, store it in the pocket in the left side of the trunk. Before Driving 189 Main Menu 190 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 car, the braking system, the Traction Control System, the Vehicle Stability Assist System, and facts you need if you are planning to tow a trailer. Preparing to Drive ......................... 192 Starting the Engine........................ 193 Starting in Cold Weather at High Altitude ..................... 193 6-speed Manual Transmission ..... 194 Recommended Shift Points ...... 195 Engine Speed Limiter ............... 195 Reverse Lockout ........................ 196 Automatic Transmission............... 197 Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 197 Shift Lever Positions ................. 198 Engine Speed Limiter ............... 203 Shift Lock Release ..................... 204 Parking ............................................ 205 The Braking System...................... 206 Brake Wear Indicators .............. 206 Brake System Design................ 207 Anti-lock Brakes ........................ 207 Important Safety Reminders .......................... 208 ABS Indicator ......................... 208 Traction Control System............... 209 Vehicle Stability Assist System .... 212 Driving in Bad Weather ................ 215 Towing a Trailer ............................ 217 Driving 191 Main Menu Table of Contents Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks and adjustments every day before you drive your car. 1. Make sure all windows, mirrors, and outside lights are clean and unobstructed. Remove frost, snow, or ice. 2. Check that the hood and trunk are fully closed. 3. Visually check the tires. If a tire looks low, use a gauge to check its pressure. 4. Check that any items you may be carrying with you inside are stored properly or fastened down securely. 192 Driving 5. Check the adjustment of the seat (see page 91 ). 6. Check the adjustment of the inside and outside mirrors (see page 98 ). 7. Check the adjustment of the steering wheel (see page 76 ). 8. Make sure the doors are securely closed and locked. 9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that your passengers have fastened their seat belts (see page 15 ). 10.Turn the ignition switch ON (II). Check the indicator lights in the instrument panel. 11.Start the engine (see page 193 ). 12.Check the gauges and indicator lights 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. Manual Transmission: Push the clutch pedal down all the way. START (III) does not function unless the clutch pedal is depressed. Automatic Transmission: Make sure the shift lever is in Park. Press on the brake pedal. 4. Without touching the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to the START (III) position. If the engine does not start right away, do not hold the key in START (III) for more than 15 seconds at a time. Pause for at least 10 seconds before trying again. 5. If the engine does not start within 15 seconds, or starts but stalls right away, repeat step 4 with the accelerator pedal pressed half-way down. If the engine starts, release pressure on the accelerator pedal so the engine does not race. 6. If the engine still does not start, press the accelerator pedal all the way down and hold it there while starting in order to clear flooding. As before, keep the ignition key in the START (III) position for no more than 15 seconds. Return to step 5 if the engine does not start. If it starts, lift your foot off the accelerator pedal so the engine does not race. Starting in Cold Weather at High Altitude (Above 8,000 feet/ 2,400 meters) An engine is harder to start in cold weather. The thinner air found at high altitude above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) adds to the problem. Use the following procedure: 1. Turn off all electrical accessories to reduce the drain on the battery. 2. Push the accelerator pedal halfway to the floor and hold it there while starting the engine. Do not hold the ignition key in START (III) for more than 15 seconds. When the engine starts, release the accelerator pedal gradually as the engine speeds up and smooths out. 3. If the engine fails to start in step 2, push the accelerator pedal to the floor and hold it there while you try to start the engine for no more than 15 seconds. If the engine does not start, return to step 2. Driving 193 Main Menu Table of Contents 6-speed Manual Transmission Come to a full stop before you shift into Reverse. You can damage the transmission by trying to shift into Reverse with the car moving. Push down the clutch pedal, and pause for a few seconds before shifting into Reverse, or shift into one of the forward gears for a moment. This stops the gears so they won’t ‘‘grind.’’ The manual transmission is synchronized in all forward gears for smooth operation. It has a lockout so you cannot shift directly from Fifth to Reverse instead of sixth (see page 196 ). When shifting up or down, make sure you push the clutch pedal down all the way, shift to the next gear, and let the pedal up gradually. When you are not shifting, do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal. This can cause your clutch to wear out faster. 194 Driving When slowing down, you can get extra braking from the engine by shifting to a lower gear. This extra braking can help you maintain a safe speed and prevent your brakes from overheating while going down a steep hill. Before downshifting, make sure engine speed will not go into the tachometer’s red zone in the lower gear. Rapid slowing or speeding-up can cause loss of control on slippery surfaces. If you crash, you can be injured. Use extra care when driving on slippery surfaces. Main Menu Table of Contents 6-speed Manual Transmission Recommended Shift Points Drive in the highest gear that lets the engine run and accelerate smoothly. This will give you the best fuel economy and effective emissions control. The following shift points are recommended: Shift up Normal acceleration 1st to 2nd 2nd to 3rd 3rd to 4th 4th to 5th 5th to 6th 15 mph (24 km/h) 25 mph (40 km/h) 40 mph (64 km/h) 47 mph (75 km/h) 52 mph (83 km/h) Engine Speed Limiter If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometer’s red zone. If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out. This is caused by a limiter in the engine’s computer controls. The engine will run normally when you reduce the RPM below the red zone. Before downshifting, make sure the engine will not go into the tachometer’s red zone. Driving 195 Main Menu Table of Contents 6-speed Manual Transmission 2. If you are still unable to shift to Reverse, apply the parking brake and turn the ignition key to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). Reverse Lockout The 6-speed manual transmission has an electric lockout so you cannot accidentally shift from Fifth to Reverse instead of Sixth while the car is moving. If you cannot shift to Reverse when the car is stopped: 3. Depress the clutch pedal and shift to Reverse. 4. With the clutch pedal still depressed, start the engine. 1. With the clutch pedal depressed, move the shift lever to the First/ Second gear side of the Neutral gate, then shift to Reverse. 196 Driving If you need to use this procedure to shift to Reverse, your car may be developing a problem. Have the car checked by your Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Your Acura’s transmission has five forward speeds, and is electronically controlled for smoother shifting. It also has a ‘‘lock-up’’ torque converter for better fuel economy. You may feel what seems like another shift when the converter locks. Shift Lever Position Indicator This indicator in the tachometer shows which position the shift lever is in. The illuminated number next to the ‘‘D5’’ indicator shows you the gear you have selected in the Sequential SportShift mode. The ‘‘D5’’ indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it flashes while driving (in any shift position), it indicates a possible problem in the transmission. Avoid rapid acceleration and have the transmission checked by an authorized Acura dealer as soon as possible. The malfunction indicator lamp may come on along with the ‘‘D5’’ indicator if there is a problem in the automatic transmission control system. Driving 197 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Positions SHIFT LEVER SEQUENTIAL SPORTSHIFT MODE POSITION The shift lever has nine positions. It must be in Park or Neutral to start the engine. When you are stopped in D5, D4, D3, 2, 1, N, R, or the Sequential SportShift mode, press firmly on the brake pedal and keep your foot off the accelerator pedal. To select the Sequential SportShift mode, slide the shift lever toward the left from the ‘‘D5’’ position. In this mode the shift lever allows you to shift up and down manually. 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. Whenever you move the shift lever, slide it along the guide on the console. You cannot shift out of Park with the brake pedal depressed when the ignition switch is in LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I). 198 Driving 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. Move the shift lever to the right to shift out of the Park position. Reverse (R) − To shift to Reverse from Park, see the explanation under Park. To shift to Reverse from Neutral, come to a complete stop and then shift. Your car has a reverse lockout so you cannot accidentally shift to Reverse from Neutral or any other driving position when the vehicle speed exceeds 7 − 9 mph (12 − 14 km/h). If you have done all of the above and still cannot move the lever out of Park, see Shift Lock Release on page 204 . 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. If you cannot shift to Reverse when the car is stopped, press the brake pedal and slowly shift to Neutral, and then to Reverse. If there is a problem in the reverse lockout system, or your car’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, you cannot shift to Reverse. (Refer to Shift Lock Release on page 204 ). CONTINUED Driving 199 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Neutral (N) − Use Neutral if you need to restart a stalled engine, or if it is necessary to stop briefly with the engine idling. Shift to Park position if you need to leave the car for any reason. Press on the brake pedal when you are moving the shift lever from Neutral to another gear. Drive (D5) − Use this position for your normal driving. The transmission automatically selects a suitable gear for your speed and acceleration. You may notice the transmission shifting up at higher speeds when the engine is cold. This helps the engine warm up faster. Sequential SportShift Mode − With the shift lever in ‘‘D5’’ position, you can select the Sequential SportShift mode to shift gears; much like a manual transmission, but without a clutch pedal. To enter the Sequential SportShift mode, move the shift lever to the left. To return to ‘‘D5’’, move the shift lever to the right. When you move the shift lever from ‘‘D5’’ to the Sequential SportShift mode, the display shows the selected gear. In the Sequential SportShift mode, each time you push forward on the shift lever, the transmission shifts to a higher gear. Pull back on the lever to downshift. The number of the gear selected is displayed next to the ‘‘D5’’ indicator (see page 197 ). 200 Driving + Upshift − Downshift Even with the Sequential SportShift Mode selected, the transmission will automatically upshift and downshift between first and second gear. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission When you accelerate away from a stop, the transmission will start in first gear and then automatically upshift to second gear. You have to manually upshift between second and fifth gears. Make sure you upshift before the engine speed reaches the tachometer’s red zone. The transmission remains in the selected gear (5, 4, 3). There is no automatic downshift when you push the accelerator pedal to the floor. The transmission may automatically downshift from the higher gear to the lower gear under the following conditions: Driving on level roads and downhill To shift from 4→3 5→4 Speed range under 18 mph (29 km/h) under 34 mph (55 km/h) The transmission will also shift automatically as the vehicle comes to a complete stop. It will downshift to first gear when the vehicle speed is under 9 mph (15 km/h). If you try to manually downshift at a speed that would cause the engine to exceed the redline in a lower gear, the transmission will not downshift. The gear indicator will flash the number of the lower gear several times, then return to the higher gear. Driving uphill To shift from Downshifting gives you more power when climbing or provides engine braking when going down a steep hill. Speed range 4→3 under 34 mph (55 km/h) 5→4 under 47 mph (75 km/h) CONTINUED Driving 201 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission If the car speed slows to below the redline of the selected lower gear position while the indicator is flashing, the transmission will downshift and the display will show the selected lower gear. If the transmission temperature is below 14 °F (−10 °C), you may not be able to use the Sequential SportShift mode. The table shows the speed ranges for upshifting and downshifting. To shift from 202 over 9 mph (15 km/h) 3→4 over 18 mph (29 km/h) 4→5 over 34 mph (55 km/h) Speed range 3→2 under 60 mph*1 (96 km/h) under 65 mph*2 (104 km/h) 4→3 under 93 mph*1 (150 km/h) under 104 mph*2 (166 km/h) 5→4 Speed range 2→3 Driving To shift from *1 : Premium model *2 : Type-S under 125 mph (200 km/h) 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 when towing a trailer in hilly terrain, or to provide engine braking when going down a steep hill. D3 gives you more power and increased engine braking. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission For faster acceleration when in D3, D4 or D5, you can get the transmission to automatically downshift by pushing the accelerator pedal to the floor. The transmission will shift down one or two gears, depending on your speed. Second (2) − This position locks the transmission in second gear. It does not downshift to first gear when you come to a stop. Second gives you more power when climbing, and increased engine braking when going down steep hills. Use second gear when starting out on a slippery surface or in deep snow. It will help reduce wheelspin. 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. Driving 203 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release This allows you to move the shift lever out of Park if the normal method of pushing on the brake pedal does not work. This procedure is also used to release the Reverse Lockout. 1. Set the Parking brake. 2. Make sure the ignition switch is in the OFF (0) position. To release the Reverse Lockout, make sure the ignition switch is in the ACCESSORY (I) position. 3. Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift Lock Release slot cover next to the shift lever. Use a small flat-tipped screwdriver or small metal plate (neither are included in the tool kit) to remove the cover. Carefully pry on the edge of the cover. 204 Driving COVER 4. Insert a screwdriver in the Shift Lock Release slot. 5. Push down on the screwdriver and move the shift lever out of Park to Neutral. To release the Reverse Lockout, move the shift lever from Neutral to Reverse, then to Park. SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT 6. Remove the screwdriver from the Shift Lock Release slot, then reinstall the cover. Make sure the notch on the cover is on the right side. Depress the brake pedal and restart the engine. If you need to use the Shift Lock Release, it means your car is developing a problem. Have the car checked by your Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Always use the parking brake when you park your car. The indicator on the instrument panel shows that the parking brake is not fully released; it does not indicate that the parking brake is firmly set. Make sure the parking brake is set firmly or your car may roll if it is parked on an incline. If the car is facing uphill, turn the front wheels away from the curb. If you have a manual transmission, put it in first gear. If your car has an automatic transmission, set the parking brake before you put the transmission in Park. This keeps the car from moving and putting pressure on the parking mechanism in the transmission − making it easier to move the shift lever out of Park when you want to drive away. Make sure the parking brake is fully released before driving away. Driving with the parking brake partially set can overheat or damage the rear brakes. Parking Tips Make sure the moonroof and the windows are closed. Turn off the lights. If the car is facing downhill, turn the front wheels toward the curb. If you have a manual transmission, put it in reverse gear. Place any packages, valuables, etc., in the trunk or take them with you. Lock the doors with the key or the remote transmitter. Check the indicator on the driver’s door to verify that the security system is set. Never park over dry leaves, tall grass, or other flammable materials. The three way catalytic converter gets very hot, and could cause these materials to catch on fire. Driving 205 Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Your Acura is equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. A power assist helps reduce the effort needed on the brake pedal. The ABS helps you retain steering control when braking very hard. Put your foot on the brake pedal only when you intend to brake. Resting your foot on the pedal keeps the brakes applied lightly, causing them to build up heat. Heat build-up can reduce how well your brakes work. It also keeps your brake lights on all the time, confusing drivers behind you. 206 Driving Constant application of the brakes when going down a long hill builds up heat and reduces their effectiveness. Use the engine to assist the brakes by downshifting to a lower gear and taking your foot off the accelerator pedal. Check your brakes after driving through deep water. Apply the brakes moderately to see if they feel normal. If not, apply them gently and frequently until they do. Since a longer distance is needed to stop with wet brakes, be extra cautious and alert in your driving. Brake Wear Indicators All four brakes have audible brake wear indicators. When the brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive metallic ‘‘screeching’’ sound when you apply the brakes. If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will begin screeching all the time. Your brakes may sometimes squeal or squeak when you apply them lightly. Do not confuse this with the brake wear indicators. They make a very audible ‘‘screeching.’’ Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Brake System Design The hydraulic system that operates the brakes has two separate circuits. Each circuit works diagonally across the car (the left-front brake is connected with the right-rear brake, etc.). If one circuit should develop a problem, you will still have braking at two wheels. Front Anti-lock Brakes Your car has an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) as standard equipment. ABS helps to prevent the wheels from locking up and skidding during hard braking, allowing you to retain steering control. You should never pump the brake pedal; this defeats the purpose of the ABS. Let the ABS work for you by always keeping firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal as you steer away from the hazard. This is sometimes referred to as ‘‘stomp and steer.’’ When the front tires skid, you lose steering control; the car continues straight ahead even though you turn the steering wheel. The ABS helps to prevent lock-up and helps you retain steering control by pumping the brakes rapidly; much faster than a person can do it. You will feel a pulsation in the brake pedal when the ABS activates, and you may hear some noise. This is normal; it is the ABS rapidly pumping the brakes. Activation varies with the amount of traction your tires have. On dry pavement, you will need to press on the brake pedal very hard before you activate the ABS. However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately if you are trying to stop on snow or ice. CONTINUED Driving 207 Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Important Safety Reminders ABS does not reduce the time or distance it takes to stop the car; it only helps with steering control during braking. You should always maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles. ABS will not prevent a skid that results from changing direction abruptly, such as trying to take a corner too fast or making a sudden lane change. Always drive at a safe, prudent speed for the road and weather conditions. ABS cannot prevent a loss of stability. Always steer moderately when you are braking hard. Severe or sharp steering wheel movement can still cause your car to veer into oncoming traffic or off the road. 208 Driving A vehicle with ABS may require a longer distance to stop on loose or uneven surfaces, such as gravel or snow, than a vehicle without antilock. Slow down and allow a greater distance between vehicles under those conditions. ABS Indicator ABS INDICATOR* * U.S. indicator shown The ABS is self-checking. If anything goes wrong, the ABS indicator on the instrument panel comes on (see page 61 ). This means the anti-lock function of the braking system has shut down. The brakes still work like a conventional system without antilock, providing normal stopping ability. You should have the dealer inspect your car as soon as possible. Main Menu Table of Contents Traction Control System When starting out or driving at low speeds on a loose or slippery road surface, you may notice that the vehicle does not respond to the accelerator in the same way it does at other times. This is a sign TCS is activating. You will see the TCS indicator light flash. On Premium model Your Acura is equipped with a Traction Control System (TCS) to assist you in maintaining traction while driving slowly on loose or slippery surfaces. The TCS assists only in low-speed, low-traction conditions; up to approximately 18 mph (30 km/h). TCS monitors the speed of all four wheels. When it senses a front wheel losing traction, it applies braking to that wheel. The TCS indicator flashes when this occurs. TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM INDICATOR Driving with TCS requires no special skills or technique. The TCS does not control your car’s whole braking system and cannot prevent skidding if you enter a corner too fast. It is still your responsibility to drive at reasonable speeds and to leave a sufficient margin of safety. You should still install winter tires on your car during the winter. Make sure to use the same size originally supplied with vehicle. Exercise the same caution in winter driving as you would if your car was not equipped with TCS. Driving with the compact spare tire installed (see page 294 ) may activate the TCS. You should turn off the system. CONTINUED Driving 209 Main Menu Table of Contents Traction Control System If the brakes overheat while TCS is activating, the TCS indicator will stop flashing and stay on temporarily. This indicates that TCS has turned off. After the brakes have cooled down (usually for about 10 minutes), TCS will turn back on and the indicator will turn off. TCS ON/OFF Switch TCS ON/OFF SWITCH This switch is under the side vent. It lets you turn the Traction Control System on and off. You cannot turn off the TCS while the TCS indicator light is flashing. Deactivate the system by pressing the TCS On/Off switch. The TCS indicator light comes on as a reminder. Pressing the switch again turns the system back on. 210 Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Traction Control System The Traction Control System turns on every time you start the engine, even if you turned it off the last time you drove the vehicle. TCS Indicator The TCS indicator comes on or flashes under the following conditions: When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). When you manually turn off TCS. It flashes when TCS is regulating wheelspin. If the system’s diagnostics senses a problem with TCS, the indicator will come on and stay on. If the brakes overheat, the indicator will come on. If the TCS indicator comes on and stays on for more than 10 minutes 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, and watch the TCS indicator. If the indicator remains on, or comes back on while driving, have the system inspected by your Acura dealer. You can still drive the vehicle without TCS. This indicator will come on along with the ABS indicator if there is a problem in the anti-lock brake system (see ABS Indicator on page 208 ). The TCS indicator may occasionally come on for one or two seconds and then go out. This is normal. Driving 211 Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System On Type-S with A/T The Vehicle Stability Assist system helps to stabilize the vehicle during cornering if the car 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 braking. When VSA activates, you may notice that the engine does not respond to the accelerator in the same way it does at other times. You will also see the VSA Activation Indicator blink. 212 Driving The VSA system cannot enhance the car’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. VSA Activation Indicator VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR When VSA activates, you will see the VSA Activation indicator blink. Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System VSA System Indicator VSA SYSTEM INDICATOR The VSA system indicator (see page 62 ) comes on and stays on when there is a problem with the VSA system. The VSA Activation indicator will also come on. The VSA system indicator may come on along with the ABS indicator if there is a problem with the anti-lock brake system. If the VSA 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, and watch the VSA system indicator. If the indicator remains on, or comes back on while driving, have the VSA system inspected by your Acura dealer. VSA Off Switch VSA OFF SWITCH If the indicator does not come on when the ignition switch is turned ON (II), there may be a problem with the VSA system. Have your dealer inspect your car as soon as possible. This switch is under the left vent. Press it to turn the Vehicle Stability Assist system on and off. Without VSA, your car will have normal braking and cornering ability, but it will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. When VSA is off, the VSA Activation Indicator light comes on as a reminder. Pressing the switch again turns the system back on. CONTINUED Driving 213 Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System VSA is turned on every time you start the engine, even if you turned it off the last time you drove the car. 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 270 ). Deactivate the VSA system if you need to drive with the compact spare tire installed (see page 294 ). If you install winter tires, make sure they are the same size as those that were originally supplied with your car. Exercise the same caution during winter driving as you would if your car was not equipped with VSA. 214 Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Bad Weather Rain, fog, and snow conditions require a different driving technique because of reduced traction and visibility. Keep your car wellmaintained and exercise greater caution when you need to drive in bad weather. The cruise control should not be used in these conditions. Driving Technique − Always drive slower than you would in dry weather. It takes your car longer to react, even in conditions that may seem just barely damp. Apply smooth, even pressure to all the controls. Abrupt steering wheel movements or sudden, hard application of the brakes can cause loss of control in wet weather. Be extra cautious for the first few miles (kilometers) of driving while you adjust to the change in driving conditions. This is especially true in snow. A person can forget some snow-driving techniques during the summer months. Practice is needed to relearn those skills. Exercise extra caution when driving in rain after a long dry spell. After months of dry weather, the first rains bring oil to the surface of the roadway, making it slippery. CONTINUED Driving 215 Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Bad Weather Visibility − Being able to see clearly in all directions and being visible to other drivers are important in all weather conditions. This is more difficult in bad weather. To be seen more clearly during daylight hours, turn on your headlights. Traction − Check your tires frequently for wear and proper pressure. Both are important in preventing ‘‘hydroplaning’’ (loss of traction on a wet surface). In the winter, mount snow tires on all four wheels for the best handling. Inspect your windshield wipers and washers frequently. Keep the windshield washer reservoir full of the proper fluid. Have the windshield wiper blades replaced if they start to streak the windshield or leave parts unwiped. Use the defroster and air conditioning to keep the windows from fogging up on the inside (see pages 128 and 133 ). Watch road conditions carefully, they can change from moment to moment. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. ‘‘Clear’’ roads can have patches of ice. Driving conditions can be very hazardous when the outside temperature is near freezing. The road surface can become covered with areas of water puddles mixed with areas of ice, so your traction can change without warning. Be careful when downshifting. If traction is low, you can lock up the drive wheels for a moment and cause a skid. 216 Driving Be very cautious when passing, or being passed by other vehicles. The spray from large vehicles reduces your visibility, and the wind buffeting can cause you to lose control. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Your Acura has been designed primarily to carry passengers and their cargo. You can use it to tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper equipment, and follow the guidelines in this section. Load Limits Total Trailer Weight: The total weight of the trailer and everything loaded in it must not exceed 1,000 lbs (450 kg). Towing a load that is too heavy can seriously affect your car’s handling and performance. It can also damage the engine and drivetrain. Tongue Load: The weight that the tongue of a fully-loaded trailer puts on the hitch should be approximately 10 percent of the trailer weight. Too little tongue load can make the trailer unstable and cause it to sway. Too much tongue load reduces front-tire traction and steering control. CONTINUED Driving 217 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer To achieve a proper tongue load, start by loading 60 percent of the load toward the front of the trailer and 40 percent toward the rear, then re-adjust the load as needed. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The total weight of the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo, and the tongue load must not exceed: Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): The total weight of the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo, and the tongue load must not exceed: Premium model 2,425 lbs (1,100 kg) on the front axle 1,950 lbs (885 kg) on the rear axle Premium model 4,280 lbs (1,940 kg) Type-S Type-S with A/T 2,445 lbs (1,110 kg) on the front axle 4,365 lbs (1,980 kg) Type-S with M/T 4,321 lbs (1,960 kg) 218 Driving 1,950 lbs (885 kg) on the rear axle Exceeding load limits or improperly loading your vehicle and trailer can cause a crash in which you can be seriously injured or killed. Check the loading of your vehicle and trailer carefully before starting to drive. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Checking Loads The best way to confirm that vehicle and trailer weights are within limits is to have them checked at a public scale. Using a suitable scale or a special tongue load gauge, check the tongue load the first time you set up a towing combination (a fully-loaded vehicle and trailer), then recheck the tongue load whenever the conditions change. Towing Equipment and Accessories Towing can require a variety of equipment, depending on the size of your trailer, how it will be used, and how much load you are towing. Discuss your needs with your trailer sales or rental agency, and follow the guidelines in the rest of this section. Also make sure that all equipment is properly installed and that it meets federal, state, province, and local regulations. Safety Chains Always use safety chains. Make sure they are secured to both the trailer and hitch, and that they cross under the tongue so they can catch the trailer if it becomes unhitched. Leave enough slack to allow the trailer to turn corners easily, but do not let the chains drag on the ground. Trailer Brakes Acura recommends that any trailer having a total weight of 1,000 lbs (450 kg) or more be equipped with its own electric or surge-type brakes. Hitches Any hitch used on your vehicle must be properly bolted to the underbody. If you choose electric brakes, be sure they are electronically actuated. Do not attempt to tap into your vehicle’s hydraulic system. No matter how successful it may seem, any attempt to attach trailer brakes to your vehicle’s hydraulic system will lower braking effectiveness and create a potential hazard. CONTINUED Driving 219 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Trailer Lights Your car has a trailer lighting connector located in the trunk by the left taillight. To use the connector, undo the fastener and unscrew the cargo net mounting button on the left side of the trunk lining. Refer to the drawing in this page for the wiring color code and purpose of each pin. GROUND (BLACK) BACK-UP LIGHT (GREEN/BLACK) LEFT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/BLUE) If you use a converter, you can get the connector and pins that mate with the connector in your car from your Acura dealer. Since lighting and wiring vary in trailer type and brand, you should also have a qualified mechanic install a suitable connector between the vehicle and the trailer. RIGHT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/YELLOW) 220 Driving BRAKE LIGHT (WHITE/BLACK) TAILLIGHT (RED/BLACK) Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Additional Trailer Equipment Many states and Canadian provinces require special outside mirrors when towing a trailer. Even if they don’t, you should install special mirrors if you cannot clearly see behind you, or if the trailer creates a blind spot. Ask your trailer sales or rental agency if any other items are recommended or required for your towing situation. Pre-Tow Checklist When preparing to tow, and before driving away, be sure to check the following: Your vehicle tires and spare are properly inflated (see page 267 ), and the trailer tires and spare are inflated as recommended by the trailer maker. The vehicle has been properly serviced, and the tires, brakes, suspension, and cooling system are in good operating condition. All weights and loads are within limits (see pages 217 and 218 ). The hitch, safety chains, and any other attachments are secure. All items on and in the trailer are properly secured and cannot shift while you drive. The lights and brakes on your vehicle and the trailer are working properly. Driving 221 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Driving Safely With a Trailer The added weight, length, and height of a trailer will affect your vehicle’s handling and performance, so driving with a trailer requires some special driving skills and techniques. For your safety and the safety of others, take time to practice driving maneuvers before heading for the open road, and follow the guidelines discussed below. When towing a trailer in the Sequential SportShift mode, select Fourth, Third, Second, or First gear; depending on the vehicle speed and road condition. Do not use Fifth gear. The recommended speed range for each gear position is shown in the table. Gear position Speed range 1 0 − 37 mph (0 − 60 km/h) 2 12 − 68 mph (20 − 110 km/h) 3, 4 over 25 mph (over 40 km/h) Towing Speeds and Gears Drive slower than normal in all driving situations, and obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers. If you have an automatic transmission, use the D5 or D4 position when towing a trailer on level roads. D3 is the proper shift lever position to use when towing a trailer in hilly terrain. (See ‘‘Driving on Hills’’ in the following column for additional gear information.) 222 Driving Making Turns and Braking Make turns more slowly and wider than normal. The trailer tracks a smaller arc than your vehicle, and it can hit or run over something the vehicle misses. Allow more time and distance for braking. Do not brake or turn suddenly as this could cause the trailer to jackknife or turn over. Driving on Hills When climbing hills, closely watch your temperature gauge. If it nears the red (Hot) mark, turn the air conditioning off, reduce speed and, if necessary, pull to the side of the road to let the engine cool. If the automatic transmission shifts frequently between 4th and 5th gears while going up a hill, shift to D4. And if the transmission shifts frequently between 3rd and 4th gears, shift to D3. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer If you must stop when facing uphill, use the foot brake or parking brake. Do not try to hold the vehicle in place by pressing on the accelerator, as this can cause the automatic transmission to overheat. When driving down hills, reduce your speed and shift down to 2nd gear. Do not ‘‘ride’’ the brakes, and remember it will take longer to slow down and stop when towing a trailer. Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting Parking Crosswinds and air turbulence caused by passing trucks can disrupt your steering and cause trailer swaying. When being passed by a large vehicle, keep a constant speed and steer straight ahead. Do not try to make quick steering or braking corrections. Follow all normal precautions when parking, including firmly setting the parking brake and putting the transmission in Park (automatic) or in 1st or Reverse (manual). Also, place wheel chocks at each of the trailer’s tires. Backing Up Always drive slowly and have someone guide you when backing up. Grip the bottom of the steering wheel; then turn the wheel to the left to get the trailer to move to the left, and turn the wheel right to move the trailer to the right. Driving 223 Main Menu 224 Main Menu Maintenance This section explains why it is important to keep your car 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 341 for information on how to obtain a copy, or see your Acura dealer. Maintenance Safety ....................... 226 Important Safety Precautions .. 227 Maintenance Schedule .................. 228 Required Maintenance Record .... 235 Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 237 Fluid Locations............................... 238 Engine Oil ....................................... 239 Adding Oil................................... 239 Recommended Oil ..................... 239 Synthetic Oil ............................... 240 Additives ..................................... 240 Changing the Oil and Filter ...... 241 Cooling System .............................. 243 Adding Engine Coolant ............. 243 Replacing Engine Coolant ........ 245 Windshield Washers ..................... 249 Transmission Fluid ........................ 250 Automatic Transmission.......................... 250 5-speed Manual Transmission.......................... 251 Brake and Clutch Fluid ................. 252 Brake System ............................. 252 Clutch System ............................ 253 Power Steering ............................... 253 Hood Latch ..................................... 254 Air Cleaner Element ...................... 254 Spark Plugs ..................................... 256 Replacement ............................... 256 Specifications ............................. 258 Battery ............................................ 259 Wiper Blades .................................. 262 Air Conditioning System ............... 264 Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 265 Drive Belts ...................................... 265 Timing Belt ..................................... 266 Tires ................................................ 266 Inflation ....................................... 266 Inspection ................................... 268 Maintenance ............................... 269 Tire Rotation .............................. 269 Replacing Tires and Wheels .... 270 Wheels and Tires ....................... 271 Winter Driving ........................... 271 Snow Tires .............................. 272 Tire Chains ............................. 272 Lights .............................................. 273 Headlight Aiming ...................... 275 Replacing Bulbs ......................... 275 Storing Your Car ............................ 283 Maintenance 225 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety Regularly maintaining your car is the best way to protect your investment. Proper maintenance is essential to your safety and the safety of your passengers. It will also reward you with more economical, trouble-free driving and help reduce air pollution. Improperly maintaining this car or failing to correct a problem before driving can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Always follow the inspection and maintenance recommendations and schedules in this owner’s manual. 226 Maintenance This section includes instructions for simple maintenance tasks, such as checking and adding oil. Any service items not detailed in this section should be performed by an Acura technician or other qualified mechanic. Some of the most important safety precautions are given here. However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you should perform a given task. Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed. Always follow the procedures and precautions in this owner’s manual. Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety Important Safety Precautions Before you begin any maintenance, make sure your car is parked on level ground and that the parking brake is set. Also, be sure the engine is off. This will help to eliminate several potential hazards: Carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust. Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine. Burns from hot parts. Let the engine and exhaust system cool before touching any parts. Read the instructions before you begin, and make sure you have the tools and skills required. To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, be careful when working around gasoline or batteries. Use a commercially available degreaser or parts cleaner, not gasoline, to clean parts. Keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away from the battery and all fuel-related parts. You should wear eye protection and protective clothing when working near the battery or when using compressed air. Injury from moving parts. Do not run the engine unless instructed to do so. Maintenance 227 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule The Maintenance Schedule specifies how often you should have your car serviced and what things need attention. It is essential that you have your car serviced as scheduled to retain its high level of safety, dependability, and emissions control performance. The services and time or distance intervals shown in the maintenance schedule assume you will use your car as normal transportation for passengers and their possessions. You should also follow these recommendations: Avoid exceeding your car’s load limit. This puts excess stress on the engine, brakes, and many other parts of your car. The load limit is shown on the label on the driver’s doorjamb. Operate your car on reasonable roads within the legal speed limit. Drive your car regularly over a distance of several miles (kilometers). Always use unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating (see page 178 ). 228 Maintenance Which Schedule to Follow: Service your car according to the time and mileage periods on one of the Maintenance Schedules on the following pages. Select the schedule for ‘‘Severe Conditions’’ if most of your driving is done under one or more of the conditions listed on that page. Otherwise, follow the schedule for ‘‘Normal Conditions.’’ Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule Your authorized Acura dealer knows your car best and can provide competent, efficient service. However, service at a dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranties in effect. Maintenance may be done by any qualified service facility or person who is skilled in this type of automotive service. Keep all the receipts as proof of completion, and have the person who does the work fill out the Maintenance Record. Check your warranty booklet for more information. We recommend the use of genuine Acura parts and fluids whenever you have maintenance done. These are manufactured to the same highquality standards as the original components, so you can be confident of their performance and durability. U.S. Vehicles: Maintenance, replacement or repair of emissions control devices and systems may be done by any automotive repair establishment or individual using parts that are ‘‘certified’’ to EPA standards. According to state and federal regulations, failure to perform maintenance on the items marked with # will not void your emissions warranties. However, Acura recommends that all maintenance services be performed at the recommended time or mileage period to ensure long-term reliability. Maintenance 229 Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions Main Menu Table of Contents Service at the indicated miles x 1,000 distance or time − whichever km x 1,000 comes first. months Replace engine oil Replace engine oil filter Check engine oil and coolant Replace air cleaner element Inspect valve clearance Replace spark plugs Replace timing belt, and inspect water pump Inspect and adjust drive belts Inspect idle speed Replace engine coolant Replace transmission fluid M/T A/T 15 24 12 30 45 60 75 90 105 48 72 96 120 144 168 24 36 48 60 72 84 Replace every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 1 year Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Adjust only if noisy 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 6 years 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 6 years, then every 90,000 miles (144,000 km) or 5 years Inspect front and rear brakes Replace brake fluid Every 3 years (independent of mileage) Check parking brake adjustment Replace dust and pollen filter Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition Rotate tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) at least once per month) Visually inspect the following items: Tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots Suspension components Driveshaft boots Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids Cooling system hoses and connections # Exhaust system # Fuel lines and connections #: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 229 . 230 Maintenance 120 192 96 U.S. Owners Follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule if the severe driving conditions specified in the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule do not apply. NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY drive under a ‘‘severe’’ condition, you should follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule. Canadian Owners Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. Main Menu Table of Contents 7,500 mi/12,000 km 15,000 mi/24,000 km/1 yr 22,500 mi/36,000 km 30,000 mi/48,000 km/2 yrs 37,500 mi/60,000 km 3 yrs 45,000 mi/72,000 km/3 yrs 52,500 mi/84,000 km 60,000 mi/96,000 km/4 yrs 67,500 mi/108,000 km 75,000 mi/120,000 km/5 yrs 82,500 mi/132,000 km 6 yrs 90,000 mi/144,000 km/6 yrs 97,500 mi/156,000 km 105,000 mi/168,000 km/7 yrs 112,500 mi/180,000 km 120,000 mi/192,000 km/8 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/10 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/6 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/6 yrs 9 yrs Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. □Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage). Do items in A, B. Do items in A. Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage). Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. □Replace timing belt, and inspect water pump. □Inspect valve clearance. □Check idle speed. □Replace spark plugs. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. Do items in A, B, C. □Replace engine coolant, then replace every 60,000 mi/96,000 km/5 yrs. □Replace automatic transmission fluid, then replace every 90,000 mi/144,000 km/5 yrs. □Replace manual transmission fluid every 120,000 mi/192,000 km/6 yrs. □Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage). A □Replace engine oil. □Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 269). B □Replace engine oil filter. □Inspect front and rear brakes. □Check parking brake adjustment. □Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots. □Inspect suspension components. □Inspect driveshaft boots. □Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS). □Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check for leaks. □Inspect cooling system hoses and connections. □#Inspect exhaust system. □#Inspect fuel lines and connections. C □Replace air cleaner element. □Inspect and adjust drive belts. □Replace dust and pollen filter. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 229 . NOTE: Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop. Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy. Maintenance 231 Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions (listed by distance/time) Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C as required for each distance/time interval. U.S. Owners − Refer to page 230 to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners − Use the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions Main Menu Table of Contents Service at the indicated miles x 1,000 distance or time − whichever km x 1,000 comes first. months Replace engine oil and oil filter Check engine oil and coolant Clean ( ) or replace ( ) air Type-S cleaner element Premium model −Use normal schedule except in dusty conditions Inspect valve clearance Replace spark plugs # Replace timing belt*1, and inspect water pump Inspect and adjust drive belts Inspect idle speed Replace engine coolant Replace transmission fluid M/T A/T 15 24 12 30 45 60 75 90 105 48 72 96 120 144 168 24 36 48 60 72 84 Replace every 3,750 miles (6,000 km) or 6 months Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Adjust only if noisy 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 3 years 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 3 years, then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years Inspect front and rear brakes Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 6 months Replace brake fluid Every 3 years (independent of mileage) Check parking brake adjustment Replace dust and pollen filter*2 Lubricate all hinges, locks, and latches Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition Rotate tires every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) at least once per month) Visually inspect the following items: Tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 6 months Suspension components, Driveshaft boots Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids Cooling system hoses and connections # Exhaust system, #Fuel lines and connections Lights and controls, Vehicle underbody *1 : See timing belt on page 266 for replacement information under special driving conditions. *2 : See dust and pollen filter on page 265 for replacement information under special driving conditions. 232 Maintenance 120 192 96 U.S. Owners Follow the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule if you drive your car MAINLY under one or more of the following conditions: Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip. Driving in extremely hot [over 90°F (32°C)] conditions. Extensive idling or long periods of stop-and-go driving. Trailer towing, driving with a roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions. Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads. Canadian Owners Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 229 . Main Menu Table of Contents 3,750 mi/6,000 km 7,500 mi/12,000 km 11,250 mi/18,000 km 15,000 mi/24,000 km/1 yr 18,750 mi/30,000 km 22,500 mi/36,000 km 26,250 mi/42,000 km 30,000 mi/48,000 km/2 yrs 33,750 mi/54,000 km 37,500 mi/60,000 km 41,250 mi/66,000 km 3 yrs 45,000 mi/72,000 km/3 yrs 48,750 mi/78,000 km 52,500 mi/84,000 km 56,250 mi/90,000 km 60,000 mi/96,000 km/4 yrs 60,000 mi/96,000 km/3 yrs 63,750 mi/102,000 km 67,500 mi/108,000 km 71,250 mi/114,000 km 75,000 mi/120,000 km/5 yrs 78,750 mi/126,000 km Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □Clean air cleaner element.*1 Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. Do items in A, B, C, D. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage). □Clean air cleaner element.*1 Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □#Replace timing belt*2, and inspect water pump. Do items in A, B, C, D. □Replace transmission fluid. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □Clean air cleaner element.*1 Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. A □Replace engine oil and filter. B □Inspect front and rear brakes. □Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 269). □Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots. □Inspect suspension components. □Inspect driveshaft boots. C □Replace air cleaner element. (Type-S) □Check parking brake adjustment. □Lubricate all hinges, locks and latches with multipurpose grease. □Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS). □Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check for leaks. □Inspect cooling system hoses and connections. □#Inspect exhaust system. □#Inspect fuel lines and connections. □Check all lights. □Inspect the underbody. D □Replace air cleaner element. (Premium model) □Inspect and adjust drive belts. □Replace dust and pollen filter*3. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 229 . NOTE: Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop. Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy. *1 : Premium model only *2 : See timing belt on page 266 for replacement information under special driving conditions. *3 : See dust and pollen filter on page 265 for replacement information under special driving conditions. CONTINUED Maintenance 233 Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time) Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D as required for each distance/time interval. U.S. Owners − Refer to page 232 to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners − Use the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time) Main Menu Table of Contents 82,500 mi/132,000 km 86,250 mi/138,000 km 6 yrs 90,000 mi/144,000 km/6 yrs 90,000 mi/144,000 km/5 yrs 93,750 mi/150,000 km 97,500 mi/156,000 km 101,250 mi/162,000 km 105,000 mi/168,000 km/7 yrs 108,750 mi/174,000 km 112,500 mi/180,000 km 116,250 mi/186,000 km 120,000 mi/192,000 km/8 yrs 9 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/10 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/7 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/6 yrs 234 Maintenance Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage). Do items in A, B, C, D. □Replace automatic transmission fluid. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □Replace timing belt*2, and inspect water pump. □Check idle speed. □Clean air cleaner element.*1 □Replace spark plugs. □Inspect valve clearance. Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □Replace timing belt*2, and inspect water pump. Do items in A, B, C, D. □Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage). □Replace engine coolant, then replace every 60,000 mi/96,000 km/5 yrs. □Replace automatic transmission fluid. □Replace manual transmission fluid. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 229 . *1 : Premium model only *2 : See timing belt on page 266 for replacement information under special driving conditions. *3 : See dust and pollen filter on page 265 for replacement information under special driving conditions. NOTE: Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop. Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy. Main Menu Table of Contents Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page 230 ) or severe conditions (page 232 ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your car. 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 18,750 mi 30,000 km mi/km Date mi/km 45,000 mi 72,000 km (or 3 years) mi/km 48,750 mi 78,000 km mi/km mi/km mi/km Date mi/km Date 56,250 mi 90,000 km Date 30,000 mi 48,000 km (or 2 years) Date 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 41,250 mi 66,000 km Date 15,000 mi 24,000 km (or 1 year) mi/km Date Date 11,250 mi 18,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 60,000 mi 96,000 km (or 4 years) mi/km Date CONTINUED Maintenance 235 Main Menu Table of Contents Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 63,750 mi 102,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 93,750 mi 150,000 km Date 67,500 mi 108,000 km mi/km mi/km 97,500 mi 156,000 km mi/km 78,750 mi 126,000 km mi/km Date 101,250 mi 162,000 km mi/km 105,000 mi 168,000 km (or 7 years) mi/km 108,750 mi 174,000 km mi/km mi/km 112,500 mi 180,000 km 236 Maintenance mi/km Date mi/km Date 116,250 mi 186,000 km Date 90,000 mi 144,000 km (or 6 years) Date Date Date 86,250 mi 138,000 km mi/km Date Date 82,500 mi 132,000 km mi/km Date Date 75,000 mi 120,000 km (or 5 years) mi/km Date Date 71,250 mi 114,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 120,000 mi 192,000 km (or 8 years) mi/km Date Main Menu Table of Contents Owner Maintenance Checks You should check the following items at the specified intervals. If you are unsure of how to perform any check, turn to the page given. Engine oil level − Check every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 181 . Engine coolant level − Check the radiator reserve tank every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 183 . Windshield washer fluid − Check the level in the reservoir monthly. If weather conditions cause you to use the washers frequently, check the reservoir each time you stop for fuel. See page 249 . Automatic transmission − Check the fluid level monthly. See page 250 . Tires − Check the tire pressure monthly. Examine the tread for wear and foreign objects. See page 266 . Lights − Check the operation of the headlights, parking lights, taillights, high-mount brake light, turn signals, brake lights, and license plate lights monthly. See page 273 . When adding or replacing fluids within the engine compartment, such as oil and coolant, be careful of spillage. This may lead to damage parts in the engine compartment. Brakes − Check the fluid level monthly. See page 252 . Maintenance 237 Main Menu Table of Contents Fluid Locations ENGINE OIL FILL CAP CLUTCH FLUID (6-speed Manual Transmission only) ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Orange loop) BRAKE FLUID (Gray cap) WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop) ENGINE COOLANT RESERVOIR POWER STEERING FLUID (Red cap) 238 Maintenance RADIATOR CAP Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Adding Oil Recommended 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. ENGINE OIL FILL CAP To add oil, unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on top of the valve cover. Pour in the oil, and install the engine oil fill cap. Tighten it securely. Wait a few minutes and recheck the oil level. Do not fill above the upper mark; you could damage the engine. 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.’’ API CERTIFICATION SEAL CONTINUED Maintenance 239 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil The oil’s viscosity or weight is provided on the container’s label. Select the oil for your vehicle according to this chart. Ambient Temperature 5W-20 oil is formulated for yearround protection of your Acura, to improve cold weather starting, and to help your engine use less fuel. If 5W-20 oil is not available, a 5W-30 oil may be used. However, it should be replaced with 5W-20 at the next oil change. 240 Maintenance Synthetic Oil You may use a synthetic motor oil if it meets the same requirements given for a conventional motor oil: it displays the API Certification Seal, and it is the proper weight as shown on the chart. When using synthetic oil, you must follow the oil and filter change intervals given in the maintenance schedule. Additives Your Acura does not require any oil additives. Additives may adversely affect your engine’s or transmission’s performance and durability. Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Changing the Oil and Filter Always change the oil and filter according to the time and distance (miles/kilometers) recommendations in the maintenance schedule. The oil and filter collect contaminants that can damage your engine if they are not removed regularly. Changing the oil and filter requires special tools and access from underneath the car. The car should be raised on a service station-type hydraulic lift for this service. Unless you have the knowledge and proper equipment, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic. OIL DRAIN BOLT OIL FILTER WASHER 1. Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature, then shut it off. 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. 3. Remove the oil filter and let the remaining oil drain. A special wrench (available from your Acura dealer) is required to remove the filter. CONTINUED Maintenance 241 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil 4. Install a new oil filter according to instructions that come with it. 5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt. Tighten it to: 29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m) 6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil. Engine oil change capacity (including filter): 4.6 US qt (4.4 , 3.9 Imp qt) 242 Maintenance 7. Replace the engine oil fill cap. Start the engine. The oil pressure indicator light should go out within five seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine and reinspect your work. 8. Let the engine run for several minutes and check the drain bolt and oil filter for leaks. 9. Turn off the engine, let it sit for several minutes, then check the oil level. If necessary, add oil to bring the level to the upper mark on the dipstick. Improper disposal of engine oil can be harmf ul to the environment. If you change your own oil, please dispose of the used oil properly. Put it in a sealed container and take it to a recycling center. Do not discard it in a trash bin or dump it on the ground. Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Adding Engine Coolant RESERVE TANK If the coolant level in the reserve tank is at or below the MIN line, add coolant to bring it up to the MAX line. Inspect the cooling system for leaks. The coolant you add should always be a mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or plain water. Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. It does not require any additional mixing. If it is not available, you may use another major-brand non-silicate coolant as a temporary replacement. Make sure it is a high-quality coolant recommended for aluminum engines. However, continued use of any nonHonda coolant can result in corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail. Have the cooling system flushed and refilled with Honda antifreeze/ coolant as soon as possible. If the reserve tank is completely empty, you should also check the coolant level in the radiator. Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap. 1. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool. CONTINUED Maintenance 243 Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System RESERVE TANK RADIATOR CAP 2. Turn the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pressing down on it, until it stops. This relieves any pressure remaining in the cooling system. 3. Remove the radiator cap by pushing down and turning counterclockwise. 244 Maintenance 4. The coolant level should be up to the base of the filler neck. Add coolant if it is low. 5. Put the radiator cap back on. Tighten it fully. 6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank. Fill it to halfway between the MAX and MIN marks. Put the cap back on the reserve tank. Do not add any rust inhibitors or other additives to your car’s cooling system. They may not be compatible with the coolant or engine components. Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Replacing Engine Coolant The cooling system should be completely drained and refilled with new coolant according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Only use Honda All Season Antifreeze/ Coolant Type 2. Draining the coolant requires access to the underside of the car. Unless you have the tools and knowledge, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic. DRAIN PLUG 1. Turn the ignition ON (II). Turn the heater temperature control dial to maximum heat (climate control to 90°F/32°C). Turn off the ignition. Open the hood. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool to the touch. 3. Loosen the drain plug on the bottom of the radiator. The coolant will drain through the splash guard. Drain the coolant into an appropriate container. 2. Remove the radiator cap. CONTINUED Maintenance 245 Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System RESERVE TANK DRAIN BOLT RUBBER HOSE 4. Install a rubber hose on the drain bolt at the rear of the engine cylinder block. Loosen the drain bolt. Drain the coolant into an appropriate container. 246 Maintenance CRUISE CONTROL CABLE 5. Before removing the reserve tank, remove the cruise control cable from its clip, then remove the ground cable from the clip on the reserve tank. To remove the cruise control cable, pivot the upper part of the clip and push down the lower part slightly. HOLDER RESERVE TANK CAP 6. Remove the reserve tank from its holder by pulling it straight up. Drain the coolant into an appropriate container, then put the tank back in its holder. After installing the tank back in place, put the cables back in their clips. Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System 7. When the coolant stops draining, tighten the drain plug at the bottom of the radiator. RESERVE TANK Tighten the drain bolt at the rear of the engine cylinder block securely. Tightening torque: 7 lbf·ft (10 N·m , 1.0 kgf·m) 8. Pour Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 into the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. This coolant is a mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Pre-mixing is not required. The cooling system capacity is: 1.48 US gal (5.6 , 1.23 Imp gal) Fill up to here FILLER NECK 9. Start the engine and let it run for about 30 seconds. Then turn off the engine. Pour coolant into the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. 10.Fill the reserve tank to the MAX mark. Install the reserve tank cap. CONTINUED Maintenance 247 Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System 11.Install the radiator cap, and tighten it to the first stop. RESERVE TANK 12.Start the engine and let it run until the radiator cooling fan comes on at least twice. Then stop the engine. 13.Remove the radiator cap. Pour coolant into the radiator up to the base of the filler neck and into the reserve tank up to the MAX mark. 14.Start the engine and hold it at 1,500 rpm until the cooling fan comes on. Turn off the engine. Check the coolant level in the radiator and add coolant if needed. 15.Install the radiator cap, and tighten it fully. 248 Maintenance 16.If necessary, fill the reserve tank to the MAX mark. Install the reserve tank cap. Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Washers Check the level in the windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal usage. In bad weather, when you use the washers often, check the level every time you stop for fuel. Fill the reservoir with a good-quality windshield washer fluid. This increases the cleaning capability and prevents freezing in cold weather. The windshield washer reservoir is located behind the passenger’s side headlight. Do not use engine antif reeze or a vinegar/water solution in the windshield washer reservoir. Canadian Models The low washer level indicator will light when the level is low (see page 64 ). LEVEL GAUGE Check the reservoir’s fluid level by removing the cap and looking at the level gauge attached to the cap. Antif reeze can damage your car’s paint, while a vinegar/water solution can damage the windshield washer pump. Use only commercially-available windshield washer f luid. When you refill the reservoir, clean the edges of the windshield wiper blades with windshield washer fluid on a clean cloth. This will help to condition the blade edges. Maintenance 249 Main Menu Table of Contents Transmission Fluid 5. If the level is below the lower mark, remove the fill plug and add fluid to bring it to the upper mark. Automatic Transmission DIPSTICK UPPER MARK LOWER MARK Check the fluid level with the engine at normal operating temperature. 1. Park the car on level ground. Shut off the engine. 2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) from the transmission and wipe it with a clean cloth. 250 Maintenance 3. Insert the dipstick all the way into the transmission securely as shown in the illustration. 4. Remove the dipstick and check the fluid level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. Always use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid). If it is not available, you may use a DEXRON III automatic transmission fluid as a temporary replacement. However, continued use can affect shift quality. Have the transmission flushed and refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as soon as it is convenient. To thoroughly flush the transmission, the technician should drain and refill it with Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the vehicle a short distance. Do this three times. Then drain and refill the transmission a final time. Main Menu Table of Contents Transmission Fluid 6. Insert the dipstick all the way back into the transmission securely as shown in the illustration. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. 6-speed Manual Transmission FILLER BOLT CHECK BOLT If you are not sure how to add fluid, contact your Acura dealer. DRAIN BOLT Check the fluid level with the transmission at normal operating temperature and the vehicle sitting on level ground. Remove the check bolt and look for transmission fluid coming out of the bolt hole. If a small amount of fluid drips out of the bolt hole, reinstall the check bolt. If no fluid comes out, remove the filler bolt. Slowly add Honda Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it starts to run out of the check bolt hole. Let the fluid run out until it stops, then reinstall the check bolt and the filler bolt. If Honda MTF is not available, you may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 viscosity motor oil with the API Certification seal that says ‘‘FOR GASOLINE ENGINES’’ as a temporary replacement. However, motor oil does not contain the proper additives and continued use can cause stiffer shifting. Replace as soon as it is convenient. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Maintenance 251 Main Menu Table of Contents Brake and Clutch Fluid Check the fluid level in the reservoirs monthly. There are up to two reservoirs, depending on the model. They are: Brake fluid reservoir (all models) Clutch fluid reservoir (manual transmission only) The brake fluid should be replaced according to the time recommendation in the maintenance schedule. Always use Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3. If it is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement. However, the use of any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system. Have the brake system flushed and refilled with Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 as soon as possible. Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not compatible with your car’s braking system and can cause extensive damage. 252 Maintenance Brake System 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 Brake and Clutch Fluid, Power Steering Clutch System Power Steering UPPER LEVEL Always use Honda Power Steering Fluid. If it is not available, you may use another power steering fluid as an emergency replacement. However, continued use can cause increased wear and poor steering in cold weather. Have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible. MAX MIN LOWER LEVEL The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If it is not, add brake fluid to bring it up to that level. Use the same fluid specified for the brake system. Check the level when the engine is cold. Look at the side of the reservoir. The fluid should be between the UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL. If it is below the LOWER LEVEL, add power steering fluid to the UPPER LEVEL. A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system. Check the fluid level frequently and have the system inspected as soon as possible. Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t or right lock and holding it there can damage the power steering pump. Low fluid level can indicate a leak in the clutch system. Have this system inspected as soon as possible. Maintenance 253 Main Menu Table of Contents Hood Latch, Air Cleaner Element Hood Latch LATCH ASSEMBLY Air Cleaner Element The air cleaner element should be cleaned or replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. BOLTS Cleaning (Severe Conditions) Premium model 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. Clean the air cleaner element by blowing compressed air through it in the opposite direction to normal air flow. If you do not have access to compressed air (such as a service station), ask your Acura dealer to do this service. Follow the replacement procedure for removal and reinstallation. Replacement The air cleaner element is inside the air cleaner housing on the driver’s side of the engine compartment. To replace it: 1. Remove the cruise control cable from its clip. 254 Maintenance 2. On Premium model Loosen the four bolts by using a Phillips-head screwdriver and remove the air cleaner housing cover. Main Menu Table of Contents Air Cleaner Element BOLTS LOOP On Type-S Loosen the two bolts with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove the air cleaner housing cover by lifting and pivoting it out of the loops. Premium model AIR CLEANER ELEMENT 3. Remove the old air cleaner element. 4. Carefully clean the inside of the air cleaner housing with a damp rag. 5. Place the new air cleaner element in the air cleaner housing. Type-S AIR CLEANER ELEMENT 6. On Premium model Reinstall the air cleaner housing cover, tighten the four bolts. On Type-S Align the tabs on the battery side and reinstall the air cleaner housing cover, then tighten the two bolts. 7. Put the cruise control cable back in place. Maintenance 255 Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs The spark plugs in your car are a special platinum-tipped design for longer life. The spark plugs should be replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Replacement CONNECTOR LOCK TAB HOLDING CLIP 1. Loosen the two holding clips by turning the heads one-quarter turn counterclockwise with a flat-tipped screwdriver. Remove the cover on the front cylinder bank by pulling it straight up. 2. Clean up any dirt and oil that have collected around the ignition coils. 256 Maintenance IGNITION COIL 3. Disconnect the wire connector from the ignition coil by pushing on the lock tab and pulling on the connector. Pull on the plastic connector, not the wires. Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs HEXAGON SOCKET HEAD CAP BOLT 4. Use a wrench to remove the hexagon socket head cap bolt holding the ignition coil. Remove the ignition coil by pulling it straight out. 6. Put the new spark plug into the socket, then screw it into the hole. Screw it in by hand so you do not crossthread it. 7. Torque the spark plug. (If you do not have a torque wrench, tighten the spark plug two-thirds of a turn after it contacts the cylinder head.) Tightening torque: 13 lbf·ft (18 N·m , 1.8 kgf·m) 5. Remove the spark plug with a five-eighths inch (16 mm) spark plug socket. Maintenance 257 Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs Tighten the spark plugs caref ully. A spark plug that is too loose can overheat and damage the engine. Overtightening can cause damage to the threads in the cylinder head. 8. Install the ignition coil. Reinstall the hexagon socket head cap bolt. Specifications: 9. Push the wire connector onto the ignition coil. Make sure it locks in place. NGK: DENSO: Premium model 10. Repeat this procedure for the other five spark plugs. PZFR5F-11 PKJ16CR-L11 Spark Plug Gap: 0.04 in (1.1 mm) +−00.1 mm Type-S 11. Reinstall the cover on the front cylinder bank while putting its mounting clip in the hole on the passenger’s side. Secure the cover by turning the heads of the two holding clips one-quarter turn clockwise with a flat-tipped screwdriver. 258 Maintenance NGK: DENSO: PZFR6E-11 PKJ20CR-M11 Spark Plug Gap: 0.04 in (1.1 mm) +−00.1 mm Main Menu Table of Contents Battery BATTERY COVER TEST INDICATOR WINDOW Check the condition of your car’s battery monthly. You should check the color of the test indicator window, and for corrosion on the terminals. TEST INDICATOR WINDOW To remove the battery cover, pull up on the right side of the cover to remove it from the bolt, then pull the cover out. Check the battery condition by looking at the test indicator window on the battery. The label on the battery explains the test indicator’s colors. To reinstall the cover, insert the pins on the left side of the cover into the holes and put the cover over the battery, then push the right side of the cover over the bolt. CONTINUED Maintenance 259 Main Menu Table of Contents Battery Check the battery terminals for corrosion (a white or yellowish powder). To remove it, cover the terminals with a solution of baking soda and water. It will bubble up and turn brown. When this stops, wash it off with plain water. Dry off the battery with a cloth or paper towel. Coat the terminals with grease to help prevent future corrosion. WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after handling. 260 Maintenance If you need to connect the battery to a charger, disconnect both cables to prevent damage to the car’s electrical system. The battery gives off explosive hydrogen gas during normal operation. If the terminals are severely corroded, clean them with baking soda and water. Then use a wrench to loosen and remove the cables from the terminals. Always disconnect the negative (−) cable first and reconnect it last. Clean the battery terminals with a terminal cleaning tool or wire brush. Reconnect and tighten the cables, then coat the terminals with grease. 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 Battery If your car’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, your driver’s power window (see page 106 ) and your 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 157 ). Charging the battery with the cables connected can seriously damage your car’s electronic controls. Detach the battery cables bef ore connecting the battery to a charger. If your car’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, all stored driving positions will be lost. To store the driving positions again, see the storing procedure on page 100 . 3.2 CL with Navigation System The Navigation System will also disable itself. The next time you turn on the ignition switch, the system will require you to enter a PIN before it can be used. Refer to the Navigation System Owner’s Manual. Maintenance 261 Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months. Look for signs of cracking in the rubber, or areas that are getting hard. Replace the blades if you find these signs, or if they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used. LOCK TAB WIPER ARMS 2. Raise the wiper arm off the windshield. To replace the blade: 1. Turn the ignition ON (II), switch the wipers to INT or − (low position), then turn the ignition OFF when the wiper arm is approximately midway in its travel. 262 Maintenance 3. Disconnect the blade assembly from the wiper arm by pushing in the lock tab. Hold it in while you push the blade assembly toward the base of the arm. Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades, Air Conditioning System BLADE BLADE 6. Slide the new wiper blade into the holder until the tabs lock. 7. Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. 8. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield. REINFORCEMENT 4. Remove the blade from its holder by grasping the tabbed end of the blade. Pull firmly until the tabs come out of the holder. 9. Turn the ignition switch ON (II) and return the windshield wipers to their park position. 5. 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. Maintenance 263 Main Menu Table of Contents Air Conditioning System If the air conditioning does not get as cold as before, have your dealer check the system. Recharge the system with Refrigerant HFC-134a (R-134a). (See Specifications on page 326 .) Your car’s air conditioning is a sealed system. Any major maintenance, such as recharging, should be done by a qualified mechanic. You can do a couple of things to make sure the air conditioning works efficiently. Periodically check the engine’s radiator and air conditioning condenser for leaves, insects, and dirt stuck to the front surface. These block the air flow and reduce cooling efficiency. Use a light spray from a hose or a soft brush to remove them. The condenser and radiator f ins bend easily. Only use a low-pressure spray or sof t-bristle brush to clean them. 264 Maintenance AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER Run the air conditioning at least once a week during the cold weather months. Run it for at least ten minutes while you are driving at a steady speed with the engine at normal operating temperature. This circulates the lubricating oil contained in the refrigerant. Whenever you have the air conditioning system serviced, make sure the service f acility uses a ref rigerant recycling system. This system captures the ref rigerant f or reuse. Releasing ref rigerant into the atmosphere can damage the environment. Main Menu Table of Contents Dust and Pollen Filter, Drive Belts Dust and Pollen Filter The dust and pollen filter removes pollen and dust that is brought in from the outside through the climate control system. This filter should be replaced every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) under normal conditions. It should be replaced every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) if you drive primarily in urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from industry and diesel-powered vehicles. Replace it more often if air flow from the climate control system becomes less than usual. Have dust and pollen filter replaced by your Acura dealer. Drive Belts POWER STEERING BELT The belt should have the following ‘‘play’’ or deflection. Power steering belt: 0.51−0.65 in (13.0−16.5 mm) If you see signs of wear or looseness, have your dealer adjust or replace the belts. ALTERNATOR BELT Check the condition of the two drive belts (power steering belt and alternator belt). Examine the edges of each belt for cracks or fraying. Check the tension of the power steering belt by pushing on it with your thumb midway between the pulleys. Maintenance 265 Main Menu Table of Contents Timing Belt, Tires Timing Belt The timing belt should normally be replaced at the intervals shown in the maintenance schedule. Tires To safely operate your car, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated. The following Replace this belt at 60,000 miles (U.S.) pages give more detailed information on how and when to check air or 100,000 km (Canada) if you pressure, how to inspect your tires regularly drive your car in one or for damage and wear, and what to do more of these conditions: when your tires need to be replaced. In very high temperatures (over 110°F, 43°C). In very low temperatures Using tires that are excessively (under −20°F, −29°C). 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. 266 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 car ride more harshly, are more prone to damage from road hazards, and wear unevenly. We recommend that you visually check your tires every day. If you think a tire might be low, check it immediately with a tire gauge. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Use a gauge to measure the air pressure at least once a month. Even tires that are in good condition may lose one to two psi (10 to 20 kPa, 0.1 to 0.2 kgf/cm ) per month. Remember to check the spare tire at the same time you check all the other tires. Check the pressure in the tires when they are cold. This means the car has been parked for at least three hours. If you have to drive the car before checking the tire pressure, the tires can still be considered ‘‘cold’’ if you drive less than 1 mile (1.6 km). If you check the pressure when the tires are hot (the car has been driven several miles), you will see readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4 kgf/cm ) higher than the cold reading. This is normal. Do not let air out to match the specified cold pressure. The tire will be underinflated. Recommended Tire Pressures for Normal Driving The following chart shows the recommended cold tire pressures for most normal driving conditions and speeds. Tire pressures for high speed driving are the same as for normal driving. Premium model 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. Tire Size P205/60R16 91V Cold Tire Pressure for Normal Driving 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) Type-S Tire Size P215/50R17 93V Cold Tire Pressure for Normal Driving 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) CONTINUED Maintenance 267 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires The compact spare tire pressure is: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) These pressures are also given on the tire information label on the driver’s doorjamb. Tubeless tires have some ability to self-seal if they are punctured. However, because leakage is often very slow, you should look closely for punctures if a tire starts losing pressure. Inspection Every time you check inflation, you should also examine the tires for damage, foreign objects, and wear. You should look for: Bumps or bulges in the tread or side of the tire. Replace the tire if you find either of these conditions. Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side of the tire. Replace the tire if you can see fabric or cord. Excessive tread wear. 268 Maintenance INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS TREAD WEAR INDICATORS Your car’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. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Maintenance In addition to proper inflation, correct wheel alignment helps to decrease tire wear. If you find a tire is worn unevenly, have your dealer check the wheel alignment. The tires were properly balanced by the factory. They may need to be rebalanced at some time before they are worn out. Have your dealer check the tires if you feel a consistent vibration while driving. A tire should always be rebalanced if it is removed from the wheel for repair. Make sure the installer balances the wheels when you have new tires installed. This increases riding comfort and tire life. Your car’s original tires were dynamic or ‘‘spin’’ balanced at the factory. For best results, have the installer perform a dynamic balance. Improper wheel weights can damage your car’s aluminum wheels. Use only genuine Acura wheel weights f or balancing. Tire Rotation Front Front (For Non-directional (For Directional Tires and Wheels) Tires and Wheels) To help increase tire life and distribute wear more evenly, you should have the tires rotated every 7,500 miles (12,000 km). Move the tires to the positions shown in the chart each time they are rotated. CONTINUED Maintenance 269 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires When shopping for replacement tires, you may find that some tires are ‘‘directional.’’ This means they are designed to rotate only in one direction. If you use directional tires, they should be rotated only front-toback. 270 Maintenance Replacing Tires and Wheels The tires that came with your car were selected to match the performance capabilities of the car while providing the best combination of handling, ride comfort, and long life. You should replace them with radial tires of the same size, load range, speed rating, and maximum cold tire pressure rating (as shown on the tire’s sidewall). Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on your car can reduce its braking ability, traction, and steering accuracy. Installing improper tires on your car can affect handling and stability. This can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Always use the size and type of tires recommended in this owner’s manual. It is best to replace all four tires at the same time. If that is not possible or necessary, then replace the two front tires or the two rear tires as a pair. Replacing just one tire can seriously affect your car’s handling. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires The ABS and VSA system work by comparing the speed of the wheels. When replacing tires, use the same size originally supplied with the car. Tire size and construction can affect wheel speed and may cause the system to work inconsistently. Wheels and Tires Wheels: If you ever need to replace a wheel, make sure you use an identical style aluminum alloy wheel that originally came on your Acura. Replacement wheels are available at your Acura dealer. Tires: Premium model 16 x 6 1/2 JJ Type-S 17 x 7 JJ Premium model P205/60R16 91V Type-S P215/50R17 93V Winter Driving Tires that are marked ‘‘M+S’’ or ‘‘All Season’’ on the sidewall have an all-weather tread design. They should be suitable for most winter driving conditions. Tires without these markings are designed for optimum traction in dry conditions. They may not provide adequate performance in winter driving. For the best performance in snowy or icy conditions, you should install snow tires or tire chains. They may be required by local laws under certain conditions. See page 328 for information about DOT Tire Quality Grading. CONTINUED Maintenance 271 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Snow Tires If you mount snow tires on your Acura, make sure they are radial tires of the same size and load range as the original tires. Mount snow tires on all four wheels to balance your car’s handling in all weather conditions. Keep in mind the traction provided by snow tires on dry roads may not be as high as your car’s original equipment tires. You should drive cautiously even when the roads are clear. Check with the tire dealer for maximum speed recommendations. Tire Chains Premium model only Because your Acura has limited tire clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’ cable-type traction devices on the front tires. Use traction devices only when required by driving conditions or local laws. Make sure they are the correct size for your tires. Metal link-type ‘‘chains’’ should not be used. No matter how tight they seem to be installed, they can come into contact with the body and suspension, causing serious damage. When installing cables, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and mount them as tightly as you can. Drive slowly with them installed. If you hear them coming in contact with the body or chassis, stop and investigate. Make sure the cables are installed tightly, and that they are not contacting the brake lines or suspension. Remove them as soon as 272 Maintenance you begin driving on cleared roads. Traction devices that are the wrong size or improperly installed can damage your car’s brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels. Stop driving if they are hitting any part of the car. Type-S Do not install any type of chains or cable-type traction devices on your vehicle. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Check the operation of your car’s exterior lights at least once a month. A burned out bulb can create an unsafe condition by reducing your car’s visibility and the ability to signal your intentions to other drivers. HIGH BEAM HEADLIGHT LOW BEAM HEADLIGHT TURN SIGNAL/ PARKING LIGHT SIDE MARKER LIGHT CONTINUED Maintenance 273 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Check the following: TURN SIGNAL LIGHT BACK-UP LIGHT HIGH-MOUNT BRAKE LIGHT Headlights (low and high beam) Parking lights Taillights Brake lights High-mount brake light Turn signals Back-up lights Hazard light function License plate light Side marker lights Daytime running lights (Canadian models) If you find any bulbs are burned out, replace them as soon as possible. Refer to the chart on page 327 to determine what type of replacement bulb is needed. LICENSE PLATE LIGHT STOP/TAIL/SIDE MARKER LIGHTS 274 Maintenance STOP/TAILLIGHTS Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Headlight Aiming The headlights were properly aimed when your car was new. If you regularly carry heavy items in the trunk or pull a trailer, readjustment may be required. Adjustment of the headlights should be performed by an Acura technician or other qualified mechanic. Replacing a High Beam Headlight Bulb The low beam headlight bulbs are a type of high voltage discharge tube. High voltage can remain in the circuit even with the light switch off and the key removed. Because of this, you should not attempt to examine or change a low beam headlight bulb yourself. If a low beam headlight bulb fails, take the car to your dealer to have it replaced. Halogen bulbs are used for the high beam headlight bulbs. When replacing a high beam headlight 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. Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the glass can cause the bulb to overheat and shatter. CONTINUED Maintenance 275 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 1. Open the hood. BULB If you need to change a bulb on the driver’s side, remove the radiator reserve tank. 6. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb. 2. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by squeezing the connector to unlock the tab, then slide the connector off the bulb. 7. (Driver’s side) Reinstall the radiator reserve tank. TAB 3. Remove the bulb by turning it approximately one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 4. Insert the new bulb into the hole and turn it one-quarter turn clockwise to lock it in place. 276 Maintenance 5. Push the electrical connector back onto the bulb. Make sure it is on all the way. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 5. To remove the front turn signal/ parking light bulb, push it in slightly and turn it counterclockwise. To remove the side marker bulb, pull it straight out of its socket. Replacing Front Turn Signal/ Parking and Side Marker Light Bulbs 6. Install the new bulb into the socket. 7. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. HOLDING CLIPS 8. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 1. If you are changing the bulb on the driver’s side, start the engine, turn the steering wheel all the way to the right, and turn off the engine. If you are changing the bulb on the passenger’s side, turn the steering wheel to the left. 2. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to remove the two holding clips from the inner fender. 3. Pull the inner fender cover away from the fender and bumper. 9. Put the inner fender cover in place. Install the two holding clips. Lock each clip in place by pushing on the center. 4. Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. Maintenance 277 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 4. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Replacing Rear Bulbs 5. Reinstall the socket into the light assembly by turning it clockwise until it locks. FASTENER CARGO NET MOUNTING BUTTON 1. Open the trunk. Remove the fastener on the edge of the trunk opening by turning it counterclockwise with a coin. Unscrew the cargo net mounting button. Pull the lining back. 278 Maintenance 6. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 2. Determine which of the four bulbs is burned out: stop/taillight, stop/ tail/side marker light, back-up light, or turn signal. 3. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 7. Reinstall the trunk lining. Make sure it is installed under the edge of the trunk seal. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 8. Put the fastener in the hole on the side of the trunk lining and push on the center until it locks (the center is flush with the head). Replacing a High-mount Brake Light Bulb 3. Reinstall the socket. Turn it clockwise until it locks. 4. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 9. Screw the cargo net mounting button back into the hole. 1. Open the trunk and remove the socket from the light assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 2. Remove the burned-out bulb by pulling it straight out of the socket. Install the new bulb in the socket. Maintenance 279 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Rear License Plate Bulb 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out. Push the new bulb into the socket. Replacing Bulbs in the Interior Courtesy Lights CEILING LIGHT 3. Put the lens back in place and tighten the two screws securely. SCREWS 1. Use a small Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the two screws. Remove the lens from the license plate assembly. The courtesy lights in the doors and roof come apart the same way. They do not use the same type of bulb. 1. Remove the lens by carefully prying on the edge of the lens with a fingernail file or a small flat-tip screwdriver. Do not pry on the edge of the housing around the lens. 280 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Lights SPOTLIGHTS DOOR LIGHT Door light: Pry on the top middle of the lens. 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs. Ceiling light: Pry on the front edge of the lens near both sides. 3. Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. Snap the lens back in place. VANITY MIRROR LIGHT Spotlights: Pry on the front edge in front of both spotlights. Maintenance 281 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing the Trunk Light Bulb TRUNK LIGHT 3. Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. COVER 4. Push the cover back in place. 1. Open the trunk. Pull down the trunk light cover. 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs. 282 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Storing Your Car If you need to park your car 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 car back on the road. If possible, store your car indoors. Block the rear wheels. If the car is to be stored for a longer period, it should be supported on jackstands so the tires are off the ground. Leave one window open slightly (if the car is being stored indoors). Fill the fuel tank. Cover the car with a ‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made from a porous material such as cotton. Nonporous materials, such as plastic sheeting, trap moisture, which can damage the paint. If possible, run the engine for a while periodically (preferably once a month). Disconnect the battery. Change the engine oil and filter (see page 241 ). Wash and dry the exterior completely. Clean the interior. Make sure the carpeting, floor mats, etc. are completely dry. Leave the parking brake off. Put the transmission in Reverse (6-speed manual) or Park (automatic). Support the front wiper blade arms with a folded towel or rag so they do not touch the windshield. To minimize sticking, apply a silicone spray lubricant to all door and trunk seals. Also, apply a vehicle body wax to the painted surfaces that mate with the door and trunk seals. If you store your car 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 230 ). The replacements called for in the maintenance schedule are not needed unless the car has actually reached that time or mileage. Maintenance 283 Main Menu 284 Main Menu Appearance Care Regular cleaning and polishing of your Acura helps to keep it ‘‘new’’ looking. This section gives you hints on how to clean your car and preserve its appearance: the paint, brightwork, wheels and interior. Also included are several things you can do to help prevent corrosion. Exterior Care.................................. 286 Washing ...................................... 286 Waxing ........................................ 287 Aluminum Wheels ..................... 287 Paint Touch-up ........................... 287 Interior Care ................................... 288 Carpeting .................................... 288 Floor Mats .................................. 288 Fabric .......................................... 289 Vinyl ............................................ 289 Leather ........................................ 289 Seat Belts .................................... 289 Wood Trim ................................. 290 Windows ..................................... 290 Air Fresheners ........................... 290 Corrosion Protection ..................... 291 Body Repairs .................................. 292 Appearance Care 285 Main Menu Table of Contents Exterior Care Washing Frequent washing helps preserve your car’s beauty. Dirt and grit can scratch the paint, while tree sap and bird droppings can permanently ruin the finish. Wash your car in a shady area, not in direct sunlight. If the car is parked in the sun, move it into the shade and let the exterior cool down before you start. Only use the solvents and cleaners recommended in this Owner’s Manual. Chemical solvents and strong cleaners can damage the paint, metal, and plastic on your car. 286 Appearance Care Rinse the car thoroughly with cool water to remove loose dirt. Fill a bucket with cool water. Mix in a mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid or a product made especially for car washing. Wash the car using the water and detergent solution and a softbristle brush, sponge, or soft cloth. Start at the top and work your way down. Rinse frequently. Check the body for road tar, tree sap, etc. Remove these stains with tar remover or turpentine. Rinse it off immediately so it does not harm the finish. Remember to rewax these areas, even if the rest of the car does not need waxing. When you have washed and rinsed the whole exterior, dry it with a chamois or soft towel. Letting it air-dry will cause dulling and water spots. As you dry the car, inspect it for chips and scratches that could allow corrosion to start. Repair them with touch-up paint (see page 287 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Exterior Care Waxing Always wash and dry the whole car before waxing it. You should wax your car, including the metal trim, whenever water sits on the surface in large patches. It should form into beads or droplets after waxing. You should use a quality liquid or paste wax. Apply it according to the instructions on the container. In general, there are two types of products: Waxes − A wax coats the finish and protects it from damage by exposure to sunlight, air pollution, etc. You should use a wax on your Acura when it is new. Polishes − Polishes and cleaner/ waxes can restore the shine to paint that has oxidized and lost some of its shine. They normally contain mild abrasives and solvents that remove the top layer of the finish. You should use a polish on your Acura if the finish does not have its original shine after using a wax. Cleaning tar, insects, etc. with removers also takes off the wax. Remember to re-wax those areas, even if the rest of the car does not need waxing. Aluminum Wheels Clean your Acura’s aluminum alloy wheels as you do the rest of the exterior. Wash them with the same solution, and rinse them thoroughly. Paint Touch-up Your dealer has touch-up paint to match your car’s color. The color code is printed on a sticker on the driver’s doorjamb. Take this code to your dealer so you are sure to get the correct color. Inspect your car frequently for chips or scratches in the paint. Repair them right away to prevent corrosion of the metal underneath. Use the touch-up paint only on small chips and scratches. More extensive paint damage should be repaired by a professional. The wheels have a protective clearcoat that keeps the aluminum from corroding and tarnishing. Using harsh chemicals, including some commercial wheel cleaners, or stiff brushes can damage this clear-coat. Only use a mild detergent and soft brush or sponge to clean the wheels. Appearance Care 287 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care Carpeting Vacuum the carpeting frequently to remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make the carpet wear out faster. Periodically shampoo the carpet to keep it looking new. Use one of the foam-type carpet cleaners on the market. Follow the instructions that come with the cleaner, applying it with a sponge or soft brush. Keep the carpeting as dry as possible by not adding water to the foam. Floor Mats If you replace it, use an Acura floor mat that is designed to be used with the floor mat anchor in your car. If you use a non-Acura floor mat in the driver’s footwell, make sure it fits properly and that it can be used with the floor mat anchor. The Acura driver’s floor mat that came with your car was designed to be hooked over the floor mat anchor. This keeps the floor mat from sliding forward and possibly interfering with the pedals. 288 Appearance Care If you remove the floor mat, make sure to re-anchor it when you put it back in your car. Do not put additional floor mats on top of the anchored mat, otherwise the additional mats may slide forward and interfere with the pedals. Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care Fabric Vacuum dirt and dust out of the material frequently. For general cleaning, use a solution of mild soap and lukewarm water, letting it air dry. To clean off stubborn spots, use a commercially-available fabric cleaner. Test it on a hidden area of the fabric first, to make sure it does not bleach or stain the fabric. Follow the instructions that come with the cleaner. Vinyl Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft cloth dampened in a solution of mild soap and water. Use the same solution with a soft-bristle brush on more difficult spots. You can also use commercially-available spray or foam-type vinyl cleaners. Leather Vacuum dirt and dust from the leather frequently. Pay particular attention to the pleats and seams. Clean the leather with a soft cloth dampened with clear water, then buff it with a clean, dry cloth. If further cleaning is needed, use a soap specifically for leather, such as saddle soap. Apply this soap with a damp, soft cloth. Wipe down and buff as described above. Seat Belts LOOP If your seat belts get dirty, you can use a soft brush with a mixture of mild soap and warm water to clean them. Do not use bleach, dye, or cleaning solvents. They can weaken the belt material. Let the belts airdry before you use the car. CONTINUED Appearance Care 289 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the insides of the loops with a clean cloth dampened in mild soap and warm water or isopropyl alcohol. Wood Trim Clean the wood trim with a soft cloth dipped in clear water and wipe it dry with another soft cloth. Soap may leave a film that dulls the finish. Windows Clean the windows, inside and out, with a commercially-available glass cleaner. You can also use a mixture of one part white vinegar to ten parts water. This will remove the haze that builds up on the inside of the windows. Use a soft cloth or paper towels to clean all glass and clear plastic surfaces. The rear window def ogger and antenna wires are bonded to the inside of the glass. Wiping vigorously up-anddown can dislodge and break these wires. When cleaning the rear window, use gentle pressure and wipe side-toside. 290 Appearance Care Air Fresheners If you want to use an air freshener/ deodorizer in the interior of your car, it is best to use a solid type. Some liquid air fresheners contain chemicals that may cause parts of the interior trim and fabric to crack or discolor. If you use a liquid air freshener, make sure you fasten it securely so it does not spill as you drive. Main Menu Table of Contents Corrosion Protection Two factors normally contribute to causing corrosion in your car: 1. Moisture trapped in body cavities. Dirt and road salt that collects in hollows on the underside of the car stays damp, promoting corrosion in that area. 2. Removal of paint and protective coatings from the exterior and underside of the car. Many corrosion-preventive measures are built into your Acura. You can help keep your car from corroding by performing some simple periodic maintenance: Repair chips and scratches in the paint as soon as you discover them. Inspect and clean out the drain holes in the bottom of the doors and body. Use a high-pressure spray to clean the underside of your car. This is especially important in areas that use road salt in winter. It is also a good idea in humid climates and areas subject to salt air. Be careful of the ABS wheel sensors and wiring at each wheel. Have the corrosion-preventive coatings on the underside of your car inspected and repaired periodically. Check the floor coverings for dampness. Carpeting and floor mats may remain damp for a long time, especially in winter. This dampness can eventually cause the floor panels to corrode. Appearance Care 291 Main Menu Table Table of of Contents Contents Body Repairs Body repairs can affect your car’s resistance to corrosion. If your car needs repairs after a collision, pay close attention to the parts used in the repair and the quality of the work. Make sure the repair facility uses Acura replacement body parts. Some companies make sheet metal pieces that seem to duplicate the original Acura body parts, but are actually inferior in fit, finish, and corrosion resistance. Once installed, they do not give the same high-quality appearance. 292 Appearance Care When reporting your collision to the insurance company, tell them you want Acura parts used in the repair. Although most insurers recognize the quality of original parts, some may try to specify that the repairs be done with other available parts. You should investigate this before any repairs have begun. Take your car to your authorized Acura dealer for inspection after the repairs are completed. Your dealer can make sure that quality materials were used, and that corrosionpreventive coatings were applied to all repaired and replaced parts. Main Menu Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers the morecommon problems that motorists experience with their vehicles. It gives you information about how to safely evaluate the problem and what to do to correct it. If the problem has stranded you on the side of the road, you may be able to get going again. If not, you will also find instructions on getting your car towed. Compact Spare Tire....................... 294 Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 295 If Your Engine Won’t Start ........... 300 Nothing Happens or the Starter Motor Operates Very Slowly......................... 301 The Starter Operates Normally ................................. 302 Jump Starting ................................. 303 If Your Engine Overheats............. 306 Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 308 Charging System Indicator........... 309 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 310 Readiness Codes ........................ 311 Brake System Indicator ................ 312 Closing the Moonroof ................... 313 Fuses ............................................... 314 Checking and Replacing ........... 315 Emergency Towing ....................... 320 Taking Care of the Unexpected 293 Main Menu Table of Contents Compact Spare Tire Your car has a compact spare tire that takes up less space. Use this spare tire as a temporary replacement only. Get your regular tire repaired or replaced and put it back on your car as soon as you can. Check the inflation pressure of the compact spare tire every time you check the other tires. It should be inflated to: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) Follow these precautions whenever you are using the compact spare tire: Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) under any circumstances. This tire gives a harsher ride and less traction on some road surfaces than the regular tire. Use greater caution while driving on this tire. Do not mount snow chains on the 294 Taking Care of the Unexpected compact spare. INDICATOR LOCATION MARK The wheel of the compact spare tire is designed especially to fit your car. Do not use your spare tire on another vehicle unless it is the same make and model. Premium model Turn off the Traction Control System (see page 210 ). Driving with the compact spare tire may activate the TCS. Type-S with A/T Turn off the VSA system (see page 213 ). Driving with the compact spare tire may activate the VSA system. Type-S with M/T Do not drive with the compact spare tire mounted on the front wheels for a long period; it will damage the Limited Slip Differential. TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR The compact spare tire has a shorter tread life than a regular tire. Replace it when you can see the tread wear indicator bars. The replacement should be the same size and design tire, mounted on the same wheel. The compact spare tire is not designed to be mounted on a regular wheel, and the compact wheel is not designed for mounting a regular tire. 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. Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder of a busy road is dangerous. Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area to stop that is far away from the traffic lanes. HANDLE 1. Park the car on firm, level and non-slippery ground away from traffic. Put the transmission in Park (automatic) or Reverse (manual). Apply the parking brake. TRUNK FLOOR JACK The car can easily roll off the jack, seriously injuring anyone underneath. Follow the directions for changing a tire exactly, and never get under the car when it is supported only by the jack. HANDLE 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 car while you change the tire. TOOL BOX 4. The tools are in the tool box on the right side of the trunk. Take the tools out of the tool box. 5. Unscrew the wing bolt and take the spare tire out of its well. 3. Open the trunk. Raise the trunk floor by pulling up on the handle. To keep the floor out of the way, hook the handle over the edge of the trunk opening. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 295 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire JACK WHEEL WRENCH 6. The jack is behind a cover in the right fender. Remove the cover by turning the handle counterclockwise, then pulling on the cover. 296 Taking Care of the Unexpected 7. Turn the jack’s end bracket counterclockwise to loosen it, then remove the jack. 8. Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2 turn with the wheel wrench. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire EXTENSION JACKING POINT 9. Locate the jacking point nearest the tire you need to change. It is pointed to by a △ mark molded into the underside of the body. Place the jack under the jacking point. Turn the end bracket clockwise until the top of the jack contacts the jacking point. Make sure the jacking point tab is resting in the jack notch. WHEEL WRENCH 10.Use the extension and wheel wrench as shown to raise the vehicle until the flat tire is off the ground. 11.Remove the wheel nuts and flat tire. Temporarily place the flat tire on the ground with the outside surface of the wheel facing up. You could scratch the wheel if you put it face down. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 297 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire BRAKE HUB 12.Before mounting the spare tire, wipe any dirt off the mounting surface of the wheel and hub with a clean cloth. Wipe the hub carefully, it may be hot from driving. 298 Taking Care of the Unexpected 13.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. 14.Lower the car to the ground and remove the jack. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire WING BOLT SPACER CONE CENTER CAP 15.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in the same crisscross pattern. Have the wheel nut torque checked at the nearest automotive service facility. Tighten the wheel nuts to: 80 lbf·ft (108 N·m , 11 kgf·m) 16.Remove the center cap before storing the flat tire in the trunk well. 17.Place the flat tire face down in the spare tire well. 18.Remove the spacer cone from the wing bolt, turn it over, and put it back on the bolt. 19.Secure the flat tire by screwing the wing bolt back into its hole. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 299 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire, If Your Engine Won’t Start 20.Store the jack in its holder. Turn the jack’s end bracket to lock it in place. Replace the cover. Store the tools. 21.Store the center cap in the trunk. Make sure it does not get scratched or damaged. 22.Unhook the handle from the trunk opening and lower the floor lid. 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. 300 Taking Care of the Unexpected 23.Close the trunk lid. If Your Engine Won’t Start Diagnosing why your engine won’t start falls into two areas, depending on what you hear when you turn the key to START (III): You hear nothing, or almost nothing. The engine’s starter motor does not operate at all, or operates very slowly. You can hear the starter motor operating normally, or the starter motor sounds like it is spinning faster than normal, but the engine does not start up and run. Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Won’t Start 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 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 320 .) 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 259 ). You can then try jump starting the car from a booster battery (see page 303 ). 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 303 . Taking Care of the Unexpected 301 Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Won’t Start 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. Your car has the Immobilizer System. You should use a properly-coded master or valet key to start the engine (see page 79 ). A key that is not properly coded will cause the immobilizer system indicator in the dash panel to blink rapidly. Are you using the proper starting procedure? Refer to Starting the Engine on page 193 . 302 Taking Care of the Unexpected Do you have fuel? Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) for a minute and watch the fuel gauge. The low fuel level warning light may not be working, so you were not reminded to fill the tank. There may be an electrical problem, such as no power to the fuel pump. Check all the fuses (see page 314 ). If you find nothing wrong, you will need a qualified technician to find the problem. See Emergency Towing on page 320 . Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting If your car’s battery has run down, you may be able to start the engine by using a booster battery. Although this seems like a simple procedure, you should take several precautions. A battery can explode if you do not follow the correct procedure, seriously injuring anyone nearby. 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. Keep all sparks, open flames, and smoking materials away from the battery. 2. Turn off all the electrical accessories: climate control, stereo system, lights, etc. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park, and set the parking brake. You cannot start an Acura with an automatic transmission by pushing or pulling it. 3. Remove the battery cover (see page 259 ). To jump start your car, follow these directions closely: 1. Open the hood and check the physical condition of the battery (see page 259 ). 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. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 303 Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting Premium model 4. 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. 304 Taking Care of the Unexpected 5. 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. Type-S Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting 7. Start your car. If the starter motor still operates slowly, check the jumper cable connections to make sure they have good metal-tometal contact. 8. Once your car is running, disconnect the negative cable from your car, then from the booster battery. Disconnect the positive cable from your car, then the booster battery. BOOSTER BATTERY The numbers in the illustration show you the order to connect the jumper cables. Keep the ends of the jumper cables away from each other and any metal on the vehicle until all are disconnected. Otherwise, you may cause an electrical short. 6. If the booster battery is in another vehicle, have an assistant start that vehicle and run it at a fast idle. Taking Care of the Unexpected 305 Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats The pointer of your car’s temperature gauge should stay in the midrange under most conditions. It may go higher if you are driving up a long steep hill on a very hot day. If it climbs to the red mark, you should determine the reason. Driving with the temperature gauge pointer at the red mark can cause serious damage to your engine. Your car can overheat for several reasons, such as lack of coolant or a mechanical problem. The only indication may be the temperature gauge climbing to or above the red mark. Or you may see steam or spray coming from under the hood. In either case, you should take immediate action. Steam and spray from an overheated engine can seriously scald you. Do not open the hood if steam is coming out. 306 Taking Care of the Unexpected 1. Safely pull to the side of the road. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park and set the parking brake. Turn off the climate control and all other accessories. Turn on the hazard warning indicators. 2. If you see steam and/or spray coming from under the hood, turn off the engine. 3. If you do not see steam or spray, leave the engine running and watch the temperature gauge. If the high heat is due to overloading (climbing a long, steep hill on a hot day with the A/C running, for example), the engine should start to cool down almost immediately. If it does, wait until the temperature gauge comes down to the midpoint then continue driving. Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats 4. If the temperature gauge stays at the red mark, turn off the engine. reaches the middle of the temperature gauge, or lower, before checking the radiator. 5. Wait until you see no more signs of steam or spray, then open the hood. 6. Look for any obvious coolant leaks, such as a split radiator hose. Everything is still extremely hot, so use caution. If you find a leak, it must be repaired before you continue driving (see Emergency Towing on page 320 ). 7. If you don’t find an obvious leak, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank (see page 183 ). If the level is below the MIN mark, add coolant to halfway between the MIN and MAX marks. 8. If there was no coolant in the reserve tank, you may also have to add coolant to the radiator. Let the engine cool down until the pointer Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap. 9. Using gloves or a large heavy cloth, turn the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pushing down, to the first stop. This releases any remaining pressure in the cooling system. After the pressure releases, push down on the cap and turn it until it comes off. 10.Start the engine and set the temperature control dial to maximum (climate control to FULL AUTO at 90°F/32°C). Add coolant to the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. If you do not have the proper coolant mixture available, you can add plain water. Remember to have the cooling system drained and refilled with the proper mixture as soon as you can. 11.Put the radiator cap back on tightly. Run the engine and watch the temperature gauge. If it goes back to the red mark, the engine needs repair. (See Emergency Towing on page 320 .) 12.If the temperature stays normal, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. If it has gone down, add coolant to the MAX mark. Put the cap back on tightly. Taking Care of the Unexpected 307 Main Menu Table of Contents Low Oil Pressure Indicator Running the engine with low oil pressure can cause serious mechanical damage almost immediately. Turn of f the engine as soon as you can saf ely get the car stopped. 1. Safely pull off the road and shut off the engine. Turn on the hazard warning indicators. LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR This indicator should light when the ignition switch is ON (II), and go out after the engine starts. It should never come on when the engine is running. If it starts flashing, it indicates that the oil pressure dropped very low for a moment, then recovered. If the indicator stays on with the engine running, it shows that the engine has lost oil pressure and serious engine damage is possible. In either case, you should take immediate action. 308 Taking Care of the Unexpected 2. Let the car sit for a minute. Open the hood and check the oil level (see page 181 ). Although oil level and oil pressure are not directly connected, an engine that is very low on oil can lose pressure during cornering and other driving maneuvers. 3. If necessary, add oil to bring the level back to the full mark on the dipstick (see page 239 ). 4. Start the engine and watch the oil pressure indicator. If the light does not go out within ten seconds, turn off the engine. There is a mechanical problem that needs to be repaired before you can continue driving. (See Emergency Towing on page 320 .) Main Menu Table of Contents Charging System Indicator Immediately turn off all electrical accessories: radio, climate control, rear defogger, cruise control, etc. Try not to use other electricallyoperated controls such as the power windows. Keep the engine running and take extra care not to stall it. Starting the engine will discharge the battery rapidly. By eliminating as much of the electrical load as possible, you can drive several miles (kilometers) before the battery is too discharged to keep the engine running. Drive to a service station or garage where you can get technical assistance. CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR This indicator should come on when the ignition switch is ON (II), and go out after the engine starts. If it comes on brightly when the engine is running, it indicates that the charging system has stopped charging the battery. Taking Care of the Unexpected 309 Main Menu Table of Contents Malfunction Indicator Lamp MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch ON (II) and goes off after the engine starts. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates one of the engine’s emissions control systems may have a problem. Even though you may feel no difference in your car’s performance, it can reduce your fuel economy and cause your car to put out excessive emissions. Continued operation may cause serious damage. 310 Taking Care of the Unexpected If you have recently refueled your car, the cause of this indicator coming on could be a loose or missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap and tighten it until it clicks several times. Replace the fuel fill cap if it is missing. Tightening the cap will not make the indicator turn off immediately; it takes at least three driving trips. If the indicator remains on past three driving trips, or the fuel cap was not loose or missing, have the car checked by the dealer as soon as possible. Drive moderately until the dealer has inspected the problem. Avoid full-throttle acceleration and driving at high speed. You should also have the dealer inspect your car if this indicator comes on repeatedly, even though it may turn off as you continue driving. If you keep driving with the malf unction indicator lamp on, you can damage your car’s emissions controls and engine. Those repairs may not be covered by your car’s warranties. This indicator may also come on along with the ‘‘D5’’ indicator. Main Menu Table of Contents Malfunction Indicator Lamp Readiness Codes Your car has certain ‘‘readiness codes’’ that are part of the on-board diagnostics for the emissions systems. In some states, part of the emissions testing is to make sure these codes are set. If they are not set, the test cannot be completed. If your car’s battery has been disconnected or gone dead, these codes are erased. It takes several days of driving under various conditions to set the codes again. If possible, do not take your car for a state emissions test until the readiness codes are set. To check if they are set, turn the ignition ON (II), but do not start the engine. The Malfunction Indicator Lamp will come on for 20 seconds. If it then goes off, the readiness codes are set. If it blinks 5 times, the readiness codes are not set. See State Emissions Testing on page 335 . Taking Care of the Unexpected 311 Main Menu Table of Contents Brake System Indicator BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* * U.S. indicator shown The Brake System Indicator normally comes on when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). It is a reminder to check the parking brake. It comes on and stays lit if you do not fully release the parking brake. 312 Taking Care of the Unexpected If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a problem with the car’s brake system. In most cases, the problem is a low fluid level in the brake fluid reservoir. Press lightly on the brake pedal to see if it feels normal. If it does, check the brake fluid level the next time you stop at a service station (see page 252 ). If the fluid level is low, take the car to your dealer and have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. Slow down by shifting to a lower gear, and pull to the side of the road when it is safe. Because of the longer distance needed to stop, it is hazardous to drive the car. You should have it towed, and repaired as soon as possible. (See Emergency Towing on page 320 .) However, if the brake pedal does not feel normal, you should take immediate action. Because of the brake system’s dual-circuit design, a problem in one part of the system will still give you braking at two wheels. You will feel the brake pedal go down much farther before the car begins to slow down, and you will have to press harder on the pedal. The distance needed to stop will be much longer. If the ABS indicator and the VSA system indicator come on with this indicator, have the car inspected by your dealer immediately. If you must drive the car a short distance in this condition, drive slowly and cautiously. On Type-S with A/T Main Menu Table of Contents Closing the Moonroof If the electric motor will not close the moonroof, do the following: 1. Check the fuse for the moonroof motor (see page 318 ). If the fuse is blown, replace it with one of the same or lower rating. ROUND PLUG NOTCH TAB SOCKET 2. Try closing the moonroof. If the new fuse blows immediately or the moonroof motor still does not operate, you can close the moonroof manually. 3. Get the moonroof wrench out of the tool kit in the trunk. 4. To remove the round plug in the center of the headliner, turn the plug by using a screwdriver or coin, then pry it out. Make sure to align the tabs on the round plug to the notches on the ceilling as shown in the illustration. 5. Insert the moonroof wrench into the socket behind this plug. Turn the wrench until the moonroof is fully closed. 6. Remove the wrench. Reinstall the round plug. Taking Care of the Unexpected 313 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses All the electrical circuits in your car have fuses to protect them from a short circuit or overload. These fuses are located in three fuse boxes. VSA FUSE BOX UNDER-HOOD TAB INTERIOR On Type-S with A/T The interior fuse boxes are located on each side of the dashboard. To open an interior fuse box, open the car door. Pull the bottom of the cover open, then take it out of its side hinges by pulling it toward you. 314 Taking Care of the Unexpected The VSA fuse box is located under the interior fuse box on the passenger’s side of the dashboard. To open it, push the tab and pull up the left side of the cover as shown. The under-hood fuse box is located in the back of the engine compartment on the passenger’s side. To open it, push the tabs as shown. Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses If something electrical in your car stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse. Determine from the chart on pages 317 − 319 , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that component. Check those fuses first, but check all the fuses before deciding that a blown fuse is not the cause. Replace any blown fuses and check the component’s operation. 1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0). Make sure the headlights and all other accessories are off. 2. Remove the cover from the fuse box. FUSE FUSE PULLER BLOWN 3. Check each of the large fuses in the under-hood fuse box by looking through the top at the wire inside. Removing these fuses requires a Phillips-head screwdriver. 4. Check the smaller fuses in the under-hood fuse box and all the fuses in the interior fuse boxes by pulling out each fuse with the fuse puller provided in the under-hood fuse box. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 315 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 car without fixing the problem, and you do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the same rating or a lower rating from one of the other circuits. Make sure you can do without that circuit temporarily (such as the accessory power socket or radio). If you replace the blown fuse with a spare fuse that has a lower rating, it might blow out again. This does not indicate anything wrong. Replace the fuse with one of the correct rating as soon as you can. Replacing a f use with one that has a higher rating greatly increases the chances of damaging the electrical system. If you do not have a replacement f use with the proper rating f or the circuit, install one with a lower rating. 6. If the replacement fuse of the same rating blows in a short time, there is probably a serious electrical problem in your car. Leave the blown fuse in that circuit and have your car 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 157 ). 316 Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX No. Amps. 1 *1 1 *2 2 3 4 5 6 *1 6 *2 6 *3 7 8 9 10 11 12 20 A 30 A 7.5 A 60 A 40 A 40 A 20 A 40 A − 40 A 40 A 40 A 15 A 10 A 7.5 A Circuits Protected Condenser Fan Condenser Fan MG Clutch IG1 Main Rear Window Defogger Heater Motor TCS VSA Not Used Power Seat Power Window Motor Back Up, ACC Spare Fuse Spare Fuse Spare Fuse No. Amps. 13*1, *3 13*2 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 20 A 30 A 120 A 30 A 20 A 15 A 30 A 15 A 20 A 20 A 20 A − 20 A Circuits Protected Cooling Fan Cooling Fan Battery Spare Fuse Spare Fuse Hazard ABS Motor ACG S Stop ABS F/S Relay Right Headlight Not Used Left Headlight *1 : Premium model *2 : Type-S with A/T *3 : Type-S with M/T CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 317 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses INTERIOR FUSE BOXES DRIVER’S SIDE Front ← PASSENGER’S SIDE No. Amps. 1 2 3 15 A 10 A 7.5 A 4 7.5 A 5 6 7.5 A 15 A 7 8 9 7.5 A 7.5 A 7.5 A 10 11 12 13 7.5 A 15 A 30 A 7.5 A Circuits Protected Fuel Pump Main SRS Heater Control, A/C Clutch Relay, Cooling Fan Relay Mirror, Heated Seat, Heated Mirror Daytime Running Lights* ECU (PCM), Cruise Control, VSA Side SRS ACC Relay, Navigation Instrument Panel, Back-up Lights, Memory Seat Turn Signals IG Coil Wiper, Washer Starter Signal * : On Canadian models 318 Taking Care of the Unexpected → Front No. Amps. 1 2 20 A 20 A 3 4 20 A 20 A 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 A 20 A 30 A 20 A 20 A 10 A 11 7.5 A 12 13 14 15 16 20 A 15 A 7.5 A − − Circuits Protected Left Power Window Driver’s Power Seat Reclining, Memory Seat Heated Seat Driver’s Power Seat Sliding, Memory Seat Passenger’s Power Seat Sliding Passenger’s Power Seat Reclining Moonroof Motor Right Power Window Radio, Power Outlet Navigation System, Daytime Running Lights*1 OnStar*2 Interior Light, Seat Memory, HomeLink Power Door Locks Clock, Back Up, Small Light ABS Motor Check Not Used Not Used *1 : On Canadian models *2 : On cars with navigation system Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses VSA FUSE BOX On Type-S with A/T No. Amps. 1 2 3 20 A 20 A − Circuits Protected VSA F/S Relay VSA Throttle Motor Not Used Taking Care of the Unexpected 319 Main Menu Table of Contents Emergency Towing If your car needs to be towed, call a professional towing service or, if you belong to one, an organization that provides roadside assistance. Never tow your car behind another vehicle with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous. There are three popular types of professional towing equipment. Flat-bed Equipment − The operator loads your car on the back of a truck. This is the best way to transport your Acura. Wheel-lift Equipment − The tow truck uses two pivoting arms that go under the tires (front or rear) and lift them off the ground. The other two tires remain on the ground. This is an acceptable way to tow your Acura. 320 Taking Care of the Unexpected Sling-type Equipment − The tow truck uses metal cables with hooks on the ends. These hooks go around parts of the frame or suspension and the cables lift that end of the car off the ground. Your car’s suspension and body can be seriously damaged. This method of towing is unacceptable. If your Acura cannot be transported by flat-bed, it should be towed by wheel-lift equipment with the front wheels off the ground. If, due to damage, your car must be towed with the front wheels on the ground, do the following. 6-speed Manual Transmission Release the parking brake. Shift the transmission to Neutral. Automatic Transmission Release the parking brake. Start the engine. Shift to D5, then to N. Turn off the engine. Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shif t the transmission or start the engine, your car must be transported with the f ront wheels of f the ground. With the front wheels on the ground, it is best to tow the car no farther than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the speed below 35 mph (55 km/h). Main Menu Table of Contents Emergency Towing If you decide to tow your car with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properly-designed and attached tow bar. Prepare the car for towing as described above, and leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I) so the steering wheel does not lock. Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power socket are turned off so they do not run down the battery. Trying to lif t or tow your car by the bumpers will cause serious damage. The bumpers are not designed to support the car’s weight. The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I), and make sure the steering wheel turns f reely bef ore you begin towing. Taking Care of the Unexpected 321 Main Menu 322 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 ................. 324 Specifications ................................. 326 DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) .............................. 328 Treadwear .................................. 328 Traction....................................... 328 Temperature .............................. 329 Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 330 Driving in Foreign Countries ....... 331 Emissions Controls........................ 332 The Clean Air Act ...................... 332 Crankcase Emissions Control System..................................... 332 Evaporative Emissions Control System..................................... 332 Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery ................................. 332 Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 333 PGM-FI System ..................... 333 Ignition Timing Control System................................. 333 Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System .................... 333 Three Way Catalytic Converter ............................ 333 Replacement Parts..................... 333 Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 334 State Emissions Testing ............... 335 Technical Information 323 Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers Your car 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 car for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your car. 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 324 Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into the engine block. It is on the front left. ENGINE NUMBER The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. TRANSMISSION NUMBER Technical Information 325 Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Dimensions Length Width Height Wheelbase Track Front Rear Weights Gross vehicle weight rating Air Conditioning Refrigerant type Charge quantity Lubricant type 192.0 in (4,877 mm) 70.6 in (1,793 mm) 53.3 in (1,354 mm) 106.9 in (2,715 mm) 61.1 in (1,553 mm) 61.0 in (1,549 mm) See the certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb. HFC-134a (R-134a) 21.2−22.9 oz (600−650 g) ND-OIL8 Capacities Fuel tank Approx. 17.17 US gal (65.0 , 14.30 Imp gal) *1 Change Total Change*2 Including filter Without filter Total Change Automatic transmission Total fluid Change Manual transmission Total fluid U.S. Cars Windshield Canada Cars washer reservoir Engine coolant Engine oil 1.48 US gal (5.6 , 1.23 Imp gal) 1.98 US gal (7.5 , 1.65 Imp gal) 4.6 US qt (4.4 4.2 US qt (4.0 5.3 US qt (5.0 3.1 US qt (2.9 7.6 US qt (7.2 , 3.9 Imp qt) , 3.5 Imp qt) , 4.4 Imp qt) , 2.6 Imp qt) , 6.3 Imp qt) 2.3 US qt (2.2 , 1.9 Imp qt) 2.6 US qt (2.5 , 2.2 Imp qt) 2.6 US qt (2.5 , 2.2 Imp qt) 4.8 US qt (4.5 , 4.0 Imp qt) *1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine. Reserve tank capacity: 0.16 US gal (0.6 , 0.13 Imp gal) *2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine. 326 Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Lights 12 V − 60 W (HB3) Headlights*1 (High beam) 12 V − 24/2.2 CP Front turn signal/parking lights 12 V − 27/8 W Rear turn signal lights 12 V − 21/5 W Stop/Taillights 12 V − 21/5 W Stop/tail/side marker lights High-mount brake light 12 V − 21 W Front side marker lights 12 V − 5 W Back-up lights 12 V − 21 W License plate light 12 V − 3 CP Ceiling light 12 V − 7 W Spotlights 12 V − 5 W Trunk light 12 V − 5 W Door courtesy lights 12 V − 2 CP Vanity mirror light 12 V − 1.1 W Glove box light 12 V − 2 CP *1 Low beam headlight bulbs are a type of high voltage discharge tube (D2R). Battery Capacity Fuses Interior Under-hood Engine Type Bore x Stroke Displacement Compression ratio Spark plugs Water cooled 4-stroke SOHC VTEC 6-cylinder (V6) gasoline engine 3.50 x 3.39 in (89.0 x 86.0 mm) 196 cu-in (3,210 cm ) 9.8 : 1 *1 10.5 : 1 *2 See spark plug maintenance section page 258 . *1 : Premium model *2 : Type-S Alignment Toe Caster Front Rear Front Rear Front Tires Size Front/Rear Camber in 0.00 in (0.0 mm) 0.08 in (2.0 mm) 0° −0°30’ 2°50’ 12 V − 65 AH/20 HR See pages 318 and 319 or the fuse label attached to the inside of the fuse box door on each side of the dashboard. See page 317 or the fuse box cover. Pressure Spare Front/Rear Spare P205/60R16 91V *1 P215/50R17 93V *2 T135/80R16 101M 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) *1 : Premium model *2 : Type-S Technical Information 327 Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) The tires on your car meet all U.S. Federal Safety Requirements. All tires are also graded for treadwear, traction, and temperature performance according to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. The following explains these gradings. Uniform Tire Quality Grading Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between the tread shoulder and the maximum section width. For example: Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature A All passenger car tires must conform to Federal Safety Requirements in addition to these grades. 328 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. Cars) Temperature − A, B, C The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. Warning: The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. Technical Information 329 Main Menu Table of Contents Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions. If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirement. Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel’s contents. Some states/provinces require this information to be posted on the pump. 330 Technical Information The following are the U.S. EPA and Canadian CGSB approved percentages of oxygenates: ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol) You may use gasoline containing up to 10 percent ethanol by volume. Gasoline containing ethanol may be marketed under the name ‘‘Gasohol.’’ MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) You may use gasoline containing up to 15 percent MTBE by volume. METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol) Your vehicle was not designed to use fuel that contains methanol. Methanol can corrode metal parts in the fuel system, and also damage plastic and rubber components. This damage would not be covered by your warranties. If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline. Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages of oxygenates given above are not covered under warranty. Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Foreign Countries If you are planning to take your Acura outside the U.S. or Canada, contact the tourist bureaus in the areas you will be traveling in to find out about the availability of unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating. If unleaded gasoline is not available, be aware that using leaded gasoline in your Acura will affect performance and fuel mileage, and damage its emissions controls. It will no longer comply with U.S. and Canadian emissions regulations, and will be illegal to operate in North America. To bring your car back into compliance will require the replacement of several components, such as the oxygen sensors and the three way catalytic converter. These replacements are not covered under warranty. Technical Information 331 Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls The burning of gasoline in your car’s engine produces several byproducts. Some of these are carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC). Gasoline evaporating from the tank also produces hydrocarbons. Controlling the production of NOx, CO, and HC is important to the environment. Under certain conditions of sunlight and climate, NOx and HC react to form photochemical ‘‘smog.’’ Carbon monoxide does not contribute to smog creation, but it is a poisonous gas. The Clean Air Act The United States Clean Air Act* sets standards for automobile emissions. It also requires that automobile manufacturers explain to owners how their emissions controls work and what to do to maintain them. This section summarizes how the emissions controls work. Scheduled maintenance is on page 230 . * In Canada, Acura vehicles comply with the Canadian emission requirements, as specified in an agreement with Environment Canada, at the time they are manufactured. Crankcase Emissions Control System Your car has a Positive Crankcase Ventilation System. This keeps gasses that build up in the engine’s crankcase from going into the atmosphere. The Positive Crankcase 332 Technical Information 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. 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. Replacement Parts The emissions control systems are designed and certified to work together in reducing emissions to levels that comply with the Clean Air Act. To make sure the emissions remain low, you should use only new Genuine Acura replacement parts or their equivalent for repairs. Using lower quality parts may increase the emissions from your car. The emissions control systems are covered by warranties separate from the rest of your car. Read your warranty manual for more information. Technical Information 333 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 car away from high grass, dry leaves, or other flammables. Keep the engine tuned-up. Have your car diagnosed and repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling, or otherwise not running properly. THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER A defective three way catalytic converter contributes to air pollution, and can impair your engine’s performance. Follow these guidelines to protect your car’s three way catalytic converter. Always use unleaded gasoline. Even a small amount of leaded gasoline can contaminate the catalyst metals, making the three way catalytic converter ineffective. 334 Technical Information 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). Without touching the accelerator pedal, start the engine and let it idle for 20 seconds. Keep the vehicle in Park (automatic transmission) or Neutral (manual transmission). Increase the engine speed to 2,000 rpm and hold it there until the temperature gauge rises to at least 1/4 of the scale (approximately 3 minutes). 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. CONTINUED Technical Information 335 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 D5 (A/T) or 6th (M/T). Do not use the cruise control. When traffic allows, drive for 90 seconds without moving the accelerator pedal. (Vehicle speed may vary slightly; this is okay.) If you cannot do this for a continuous 90 seconds because of traffic conditions, drive for at least 30 seconds, then repeat it two more times (for a total of 90 seconds). Then drive in city/suburban traffic for at least 10 minutes. When traffic conditions allow, let the vehicle coast for several seconds without using the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal. 336 Technical Information If the testing facility determines the readiness codes are still not set, see your Acura dealer. Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Relations Information ................................. 338 Warranty Coverages ..................... 339 Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 340 Authorized Manuals ...................... 341 Warranty and Customer Relations 337 Main Menu Table of Contents Customer Relations Information Acura dealership personnel are trained professionals. They should be able to answer all your questions. If you encounter a problem that your dealership does not solve to your satisfaction, please discuss it with the dealership’s management. The Service Manager or General Manager can help. Almost all problems are solved in this way. In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership’s management, contact the Acura Customer Relations Office. CUSTOMER RELATIONS RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÈLE Vortex Motor Corp. Bella International P.O. Box 190816 San Juan, PR 00919-0816 Tel:(787) 250-4327 Canadian Owners: 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 338 Warranty and Customer Relations 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 324 ) 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 2003 Acura Warranty Information booklet that came with your car for precise information on warranty coverages. Your Acura’s original tires are covered by their manufacturer. Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet. Canadian Owners Please refer to the 2003 Warranty Manual that came with your car. Warranty and Customer Relations 339 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. 340 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 following publications covering the operation and servicing of your vehicle can be obtained from Helm Incorporated, either by filling out the attached form or, for credit card holders, calling the toll-free phone number on the form. For manuals prior to the year shown below, contact Helm Incorporated, P.O. Box 07280, Detroit, Michigan 48207, or call 1-800-782-4356. Publication Form Number 61S3M02 Form Description Price Each* $69.00 2001 − 2003 Acura 3.2 CL Service Manual $47.00 2001 − 2003 Acura 3.2 CL 61S3M02EL Electrical Troubleshooting Manual $44.00 2001 − 2003 Acura 3.2 CL 61S3M30 Body Repair Manual $37.00 2003 Acura 3.2 CL 31S3M620 Owner’s Manual $29.00 2003 Acura 3.2 CL 31S3M820 Navigation Manual FREE Order Form for Previous YearsACU-R Indicate 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 3 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 $6.00 GRAND TOTAL 341 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 342 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 .... 185 Accessories................................. 185 Additional Safety Precautions .. 186 Modifications ............................. 186 ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Position) ........................................ 81 Accessory Power Sockets............. 117 Additives, Engine Oil..................... 240 Airbag (SRS) .......................... 9, 46, 48 Air Cleaner Element ...................... 254 Air Conditioning System ............... 122 Maintenance ............................... 264 Usage .................................. 124, 129 Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 266 Alarm, Anti-theft ............................ 158 Alcohol in Gasoline ........................ 330 Aluminum Wheels, Cleaning........ 287 Antifreeze ....................................... 243 Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Indicator ................................ 61, 208 Operation .................................... 207 Anti-theft, Audio System............... 157 Anti-theft Steering Column Lock ............................................... 81 Anti-theft System ........................... 158 Appearance Care ........................... 285 Armrest ............................................. 96 Audio Controls, Remote................ 156 Audio System ................................. 135 Automatic Climate Control System......................................... 122 Automatic Lighting Off Feature .... 71 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners .................................... 44 Automatic Speed Control.............. 159 Automatic Transmission............... 197 Capacity, Fluid ........................... 326 Checking Fluid Level ................ 250 Sequential SportShift Mode ..... 200 Shifting ........................................ 198 Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 197 Shift Lever Positions ................. 198 Shift Lock Release ..................... 204 Maintenance ............................... 259 Specifications ............................. 327 Before Driving ............................... 177 Belts, Seat ..................................... 8, 43 Beverage Holder ............................ 111 Body Repair .................................... 292 Brakes Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 207 Break-in, New Linings .............. 178 Bulb Replacement ..................... 278 Fluid ............................................ 252 Parking ........................................ 108 System Indicator .................. 60, 312 Wear Indicators ......................... 206 Braking System.............................. 206 Break-in, New Car ......................... 178 Brightness Control, Instruments ... 72 Brights, Headlights ......................... 70 B Battery Charging System Indicator............................ 60, 309 Jump Starting ............................. 303 CONTINUED I Main Menu Index Bulb Replacement Back-up Lights ........................... 278 Brake Lights............................... 278 Front Side Marker Lights......... 277 Headlights .................................. 275 High-mount Brake Light .......... 279 Interior Lights ............................ 280 License Plate Light .................... 280 Specifications ............................. 327 Trunk Light ................................ 282 Turn Signal Lights ..................... 277 Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 275 C Capacities Chart............................. 326 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 52 Carrying, Cargo ............................. 187 Cassette Player Care ............................................. 146 Operation .................................... 142 CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii CD Changer.................................... 147 Ceiling Light ................................... 118 Certification Label ......................... 324 Chains ............................................. 272 II Changing Oil How to ......................................... 241 When to....................................... 230 Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 295 Changing Engine Coolant ............. 245 Charging System Indicator .... 60, 309 Checklist, Before Driving ............. 192 Child Safety ...................................... 20 Child Seats ........................................ 25 LATCH.......................................... 41 Tether Anchorage Points ........... 40 Cleaner Element, Air ..................... 254 Cleaning Aluminum Wheels ..................... 287 Carpeting .................................... 288 Exterior ....................................... 286 Fabric .......................................... 289 Interior ........................................ 288 Leather ........................................ 289 Seat Belts .................................... 289 Vinyl ............................................ 289 Windows ..................................... 290 Wood Trim ................................. 290 Climate Control System ................ 122 Clock, Setting the .......................... 109 Clutch System ................................ 253 Coat Hook ....................................... 115 Code, Audio System ...................... 157 CO in the Exhaust ......................... 332 Coin Box ......................................... 113 Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 193 Compact Spare ............................... 294 Console Compartment .................. 113 Console Pocket .............................. 114 Consumer Information*................ 338 Controls, Instruments and .............. 55 Coolant Adding ......................................... 243 Checking ..................................... 183 Proper Solution .......................... 243 Replacing .................................... 245 Temperature Gauge .................... 67 Corrosion Protection ..................... 291 Courtesy Lights ............................. 119 Crankcase Emissions Control System......................................... 332 Cruise Control Operation ............. 159 Customer Relations Office ........... 338 D DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii Main Menu Index Dashboard .................................... 2, 56 Daytime Running Lights................. 71 Defects, Reporting Safety............. 340 Defogger, Rear Window ................. 75 Defrosting the Windows....... 128, 133 Dimensions ..................................... 326 Dimming the Headlights ................ 70 Dipstick Automatic Transmission........... 250 Engine Oil ................................... 181 Directional Signals ........................... 72 Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 206 Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 242 Doors Lockout Prevention ..................... 83 Monitor Light ............................... 63 Power Door Locks ....................... 82 DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 328 Drive Belts ...................................... 265 Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 5 Driving ............................................ 191 Economy ..................................... 184 In Bad Weather .......................... 215 In Foreign Countries ................. 331 Driving Position Memory System......................................... 100 Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 265 E Economy, Fuel ............................... 184 Emergencies on the Road............. 293 Battery, Jump Starting .............. 303 Brake System Indicator ............ 312 Changing a Flat Tire ................. 295 Charging System Indicator ...... 309 Checking the Fuses................... 315 Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 308 Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 310 Manually Closing Moonroof .... 313 Overheated Engine ................... 306 Emergency Brake .......................... 108 Emergency Flashers ....................... 75 Emergency Towing ....................... 320 Emergency Trunk Opener ............. 89 Emissions Controls........................ 332 Emissions Testing, State .............. 335 Engine Belts............................................. 265 Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 67 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ................................. 60, 310 Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 60, 308 Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 239 Overheating................................ 306 Specifications ............................. 327 Speed Limiter ..................... 195, 203 Starting........................................ 193 Ethanol in Gasoline ....................... 330 Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 332 Exhaust Fumes ................................ 52 Exhaust Gas Recirculation System......................................... 333 Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Belts by ......................................... 18 Exterior, Cleaning the ................... 286 F Fan, Interior ........................... 126, 131 Features, Comfort and Convenience ............................... 121 Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 179 CONTINUED III Main Menu Index Filters AIr Cleaner ................................. 254 Dust and pollen .......................... 265 Oil ................................................ 241 Flashers,Hazard Warning............... 75 Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 295 Floor Mats ...................................... 288 Fluids Automatic Transmission........... 250 Brake ........................................... 252 Clutch .......................................... 253 Manual Transmission ............... 251 Power Steering........................... 253 Windshield Washers ................. 249 FM Stereo Radio Reception .................................... 140 Foreign Countries, Driving in ...... 331 Four-way Flashers ........................... 75 Front Airbags ............................... 9, 46 Fuel .................................................. 178 Fill Door and Cap....................... 179 Gauge ............................................ 67 Octane Requirement ................. 178 Oxygenated ................................ 330 Reserve Indicator......................... 64 Tank, Filling the......................... 179 IV Fuses, Checking the ...................... 315 G Gasohol ........................................... 330 Gasoline .......................................... 178 Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 64 Gauge ............................................ 67 Octane Requirement ................. 178 Tank, Filling the......................... 179 Gas Station Procedures................. 179 Gauges .............................................. 65 Engine Coolant Temperature .... 67 Fuel ................................................ 67 Maintenance Required Indicator .................................... 68 Speedometer ................................ 65 Tachometer .................................. 65 GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) ........................................ 218 Gearshift Lever Positions ............. 198 Glass Cleaning ............................... 290 Glove Box ......................................... 90 GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) ........................................ 218 H Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 275 Hazard Warning Flashers............... 75 Headlights Aiming ......................................... 275 Automatic Lighting Off Feature ...................................... 71 Daytime Running Lights............. 72 High Beam Indicator ................... 63 Reminder Chime .......................... 70 Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 275 Turning on .................................... 70 Head Restraints ............................... 95 High Altitude, Starting at .............. 193 High-Low Beam Switch .................. 70 High-mount Brake Light............... 279 HomeLink Universal Transceiver................................. 163 Hood Latch ..................................... 254 Hood, Opening the ........................ 180 Horn................................................... 69 Hydroplaning.................................. 216 Main Menu Index I Identification Number, Vehicle.... 324 Ignition Keys............................................... 78 Switch ............................................ 80 Timing Control System ............. 333 Immobilizer System......................... 79 Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Indicators, Instrument Panel .......... 57 Infant Restraint ................................ 29 Infant Seats ....................................... 30 LATCH.......................................... 41 Tether Anchorage Points ........... 40 Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 266 Inside Mirror .................................... 98 Inspection, Tire .............................. 268 Instrument Panel ............................. 57 Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 72 Interior Cleaning ............................ 288 Interior Lights ................................ 118 Introduction ......................................... i J Jacking up the Car ......................... 297 Jack, Tire ........................................ 295 Jump Starting ................................. 303 K Keys ................................................... 78 L Label, Certification ........................ 324 Lane Change, Signaling .................. 72 Lap/Shoulder Belt ........................... 43 Leather, Cleaning .......................... 289 Lights Bulb Replacement ..................... 275 Ceiling ......................................... 118 Courtesy...................................... 119 Indicator ........................................ 57 Parking .......................................... 70 Turn Signal ................................... 72 Load Limit ...................................... 217 LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 81 Lockout Prevention ......................... 83 Locks Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 81 Fuel Fill Door ............................. 179 Glove Box ..................................... 90 Power Door .................................. 82 Rear Console Compartment ....... 90 Trunk ............................................ 87 Trunk Pass-through Cover ......... 97 Low Coolant Level ......................... 183 Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 64 Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 60, 308 Lubricant Specifications Chart ........................................... 326 Luggage .......................................... 187 M Maintenance ................................... 225 Owner Maintenance Checks.... 237 Record .................................. 235-236 Required Indicator ....................... 68 Safety........................................... 226 Schedule .............................. 230-234 Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 60, 310 Manual Transmission.................... 194 Manual Transmission Fluid ......... 251 Memory, Driving Position ............ 100 CONTINUED V Main Menu Index Meters, Gauges ................................ 65 Methanol in Gasoline .................... 330 Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 98 Moonroof ........................................ 108 Closing Manually ....................... 313 Operation .................................... 108 N Neutral Gear Position.................... 200 New Vehicle Break-in ................... 178 NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i Numbers, Identification ................ 324 O Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 178 Odometer .......................................... 66 Odometer, Trip ................................ 66 Oil Change, How to ......................... 241 Change, When to ....................... 230 Checking Engine ....................... 181 Pressure Indicator ............... 60, 308 Selecting Proper Viscosity Chart ....................................... 240 VI ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 81 Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery ..................................... 332 OnStar ............................................. 168 Operation in Foreign Countries ... 331 Outside Mirrors ............................... 98 Outside Temperature Indicator ..... 67 Overheating, Engine ..................... 306 Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 237 Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 330 P Paint Touch-up ............................... 287 Panel Brightness Control ............... 72 Park Gear Position......................... 199 Parking ............................................ 205 Parking Brake ................................ 108 Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator .................. 60, 312 Parking Lights.................................. 70 Parking Over Things that Burn ... 334 PGM-FI System.............................. 333 Polishing and Waxing ................... 287 Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ............. 11 Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 18 Protecting Adults ............................. 12 Additional Safety Precautions .... 19 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Protecting Children ......................... 20 Protecting Infants ........................ 29 Protecting Larger Children ........ 36 Protecting Small Children .......... 32 Using Child Seats with Tethers...................................... 40 Using LATCH .............................. 41 R Radiator Overheating .................... 306 Radio/Cassette/CD Sound System......................................... 135 Readiness Codes ............................ 311 Rear Console Compartment ........... 90 Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement ... 278 Rear Seat Access ............................. 94 Rear Seat Armrest ........................... 96 Rear View Mirror ............................. 98 Rear Window Defogger .................. 75 Reclining the Seat Backs ................ 92 Reminder Lights .............................. 57 Remote Transmitter ........................ 83 Main Menu Index Replacement Information Air Cleaner Element .................. 254 Dust and Pollen Filter ............... 265 Engine Coolant........................... 245 Engine Oil and Filter ................. 241 Fuses ........................................... 315 Light Bulbs ................................. 275 Schedule ..................................... 228 Spark Plugs................................. 256 Tires ............................................ 270 Wiper Blades .............................. 262 Replacing Seat Belts After a Crash ............................................. 45 Reserve Tank, Engine Coolant .... 183 Restraint, Child ................................ 20 Reverse Gear Position................... 199 Rotation, Tire ................................. 269 S Safety Belts ......................................... 8 Safety Defects, Reporting* .......... 340 Safety Features .................................. 7 Airbags ............................................ 9 Door Locks ................................... 10 Head Restraints ........................... 10 Seat Belts ........................................ 8 Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 10 Safety Labels, Location of .............. 53 Safety Messages ................................ ii Seat Belts ...................................... 8, 43 Additional Information ................ 43 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 44 Child Seat Anchor Plate .............. 40 Cleaning ...................................... 289 Lap/Shoulder Belt ................. 15, 43 Maintenance ................................. 45 Reminder Light and Beeper ................................. 43, 60 System Components.................... 43 Use During Pregnancy................ 18 Seat Heaters ................................... 103 Seat Position Memory ................... 100 Seats, Adjusting the ......................... 91 Security System ............................. 158 Sequential SportShift Mode ......... 200 Serial Number ................................ 324 Service Intervals ............................ 230 Service Manual* ............................ 341 Service Station Procedures .......... 179 Setting the Clock ........................... 109 Shift Lever Position Indicator ...... 197 Shift Lock Release ......................... 204 Side Airbags ..................................... 48 Side Airbag Cutoff Indicator .......... 50 Side Marker Lights, Bulb Replacement ............................... 277 Signaling Turns ................................ 72 Snow Tires ...................................... 272 Solvent-type Cleaners .................... 286 Sound System ................................. 135 Spare Tire Inflating ....................................... 294 Specifications ............................. 327 Spark Plugs, Replacing ................. 256 Specifications Charts..................... 326 Speed Control ................................. 159 Speedometer .................................... 65 Spotlights ........................................ 118 SRS, Additional Information........... 46 Additional Safety Precautions .... 51 How the SRS Indicator Works ... 49 How Your Airbags Work ...... 46, 48 SRS Components ......................... 46 SRS Service................................... 51 CONTINUED VII Main Menu Index SRS Indicator.............................. 49, 61 START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 81 Starting the Engine........................ 193 In Cold Weather at High Altitude ................................... 193 With a Dead Battery ................. 303 State Emissions Testing ............... 335 Steam Coming from Engine ......... 306 Steering Wheel Adjustment ................................... 76 Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 81 Stereo Sound System .................... 135 Storing Your Car ............................ 283 Storage Tray ................................... 115 Sun Visor......................................... 116 Sunglasses Holder ......................... 110 Supplemental Restraint System................................... 9, 46 Servicing ....................................... 51 SRS Indicator.......................... 49, 61 System Components.................... 46 Synthetic Oil ................................... 240 T Tachometer ...................................... 65 VIII Taillights, Changing Bulbs ........... 278 Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 293 Tape Player..................................... 142 Technical Descriptions DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 328 Emissions Control Systems ...... 332 Oxygenated Fuels...................... 330 Three Way Catalytic Converter ................................ 334 Temperature Gauge ........................ 67 Tether Anchorage Points ............... 41 Theft Protection............................. 157 Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 334 Time, Setting the ........................... 109 Timing Belt ..................................... 266 Tire Chains ..................................... 272 Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 295 Tires ................................................ 266 Air Pressure ............................... 266 Checking Wear .......................... 268 Compact Spare ........................... 294 DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 328 Inflation ....................................... 266 Inspection ................................... 268 Replacing .................................... 270 Rotating....................................... 269 Snow ............................................ 272 Specifications ............................. 327 Traction Devices........................ 272 Winter Driving ........................... 271 Tools, Tire Changing .................... 295 Towing A Trailer ...................................... 217 Emergency Wrecker ................. 320 Traction Control System (TCS) Indicator ................................ 62, 209 Operation .................................... 209 Traction Devices ............................ 272 Transmission Checking Fluid Level, Automatic ............................... 250 Manual .................................... 251 Fluid Selection ................... 250, 251 Identification Number ............... 324 Shifting the Automatic .............. 197 Shifting the Manual ................... 194 Treadwear ...................................... 328 Trip Meter ........................................ 66 Trunk................................................. 87 Emergency Trunk Opener ......... 89 Opening the .................................. 87 Open Monitor Light .................... 63 Main Menu Index Turn Signals ..................................... 72 Vinyl Cleaning ................................ 289 Viscosity, Oil................................... 240 U W Underside, Cleaning ...................... 291 Unexpected, Taking Care of the ........................................... 293 Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 328 Unleaded Gasoline......................... 178 Upholstery Cleaning...................... 288 Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 242 V Vanity Mirror ................................. 116 Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 188 Vehicle Dimensions....................... 326 Vehicle Identification Number..... 324 Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System..................................... 212 VSA System Indicator ......... 62, 213 VSA Activation Indicator .... 62, 212 VSA Off Switch .......................... 213 Vehicle Storage .............................. 283 Ventilation ...................................... 122 VIN .................................................. 324 WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii Warning Labels, Location of .......... 53 Warranty Coverages* ................... 339 Washer, Windshield Checking the Fluid Level ......... 249 Indicator ........................................ 64 Operation ...................................... 74 Washing .......................................... 286 Waxing and Polishing ................... 287 Wheels Adjusting the Steering ................ 76 Alignment and Balance ............. 270 Cleaning Aluminum Alloys ....... 287 Compact Spare ........................... 294 Windows Cleaning ...................................... 290 Operating the Power ................. 104 Rear, Defogger ............................ 75 Windshield Cleaning ........................................ 73 Defroster ............................ 128, 133 Washers ........................................ 74 Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades ........................ 262 Operation ...................................... 73 Wood Trim ..................................... 290 Worn Tires ..................................... 268 Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 320 * U.S. and Canada only IX Main Menu Service Information Summary Gasoline: Premium unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 91 or higher. Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.17 US gal (65.0 , 14.30 Imp gal) Recommended Engine Oil: API Premium grade 5W-20 detergent oil (see page 239 ). Oil change capacity (including filter): 4.6 US qt (4.4 , 3.9 Imp qt) Automatic Transmission Fluid: Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid) preferred, or a DEXRON III ATF as a temporary replacement (see page 250 ). 6-speed Manual Transmission Fluid: Honda Manual Transmission Fluid preferred, or an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 motor oil as a temporary replacement (see page 251). Capacity: 2.3 US qt (2.2 , 1.9 Imp qt) 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 253 ). 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 252 ). Tire Pressure (measured cold): Front/Rear: 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) Spare Tire Pressure: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )