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2002 RSX 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................................................................................................................. 57 Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. Comfort and Convenience Features .............................................................................................. 101 How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving.................................................................................................................................. 153 What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 167 The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 193 The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer. Appearance Care.............................................................................................................................. 253 Tips on cleaning and protecting your car. Things to look for if your car ever needs body repairs. Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 261 This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 287 ID numbers, dim ensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 301 A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 306 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 vehicle, and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold. ADDRESS This Owner’s Manual covers all models of the Acura RSX. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model. 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. POUR CLIENTS CANADIEN AVIS IMPORTANT: Si vous avez besoin d’un Manuel du Conducteur en français, veuillez demander à votre concessionnaire de commander le numéro de pièce 33S6MC00 Main Menu Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2002 Acura RSX was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new 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 DOOR AND HATCH LOCK SWITCH (P. 79) MIRROR CONTROLS (P. 94) INDICATOR LIGHTS (P. 59) GAUGES (P. 66) HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS (P. 102) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P. 91) AUDIO SYSTEM (P. 125) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE (P. 156) SHIFT LEVER (P. 172, 175) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P. 157) 2 PARKING BRAKE (P. 95) Main Menu Your Car at a Glance REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P. 73) HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS (P. 73) CRUISE CONTROL (P. 149) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/ WASHERS (P. 70/71) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P. 70) MOONROOF (P. 93) HORN HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P. 69/70) TILT ADJUSTMENT (P. 74) 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 .......................................... 10 Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 11 Head Restraints ........................... 11 Door Locks ................................... 11 Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ......... 12 Protecting Adults ............................. 13 1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 13 2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 13 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 14 4. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts ...................................... 16 5. Adjust the Steering Wheel ..... 17 6. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position ................................. 18 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 19 Additional Safety Precautions .... 19 Protecting Children ......................... 21 All Children Must Be Restrained ................................ 21 Children Should Sit in the Back Seat ............................................ 22 The Passenger’s 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 .... 25 General Guidelines for Using Child Seats ................................ 26 Protecting Infants ........................ 30 Protecting Small Children .......... 34 Protecting Larger Children ........ 37 Using Child Seats with Tethers...................................... 41 Using LATCH .............................. 42 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts .................................. 44 Seat Belt System Components ... 44 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 44 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 45 Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 46 Additional Information About Your Airbags ............................ 48 SRS Components ......................... 48 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 48 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 50 How the SRS Indicator Light Works ........................................ 51 How the Side Airbag Cut-off Indicator Light Works ............ 52 Airbag Service .............................. 53 Additional Safety Precautions .... 53 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 54 Safety Labels .................................... 55 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 16 .) 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 21 .) 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 13 .) 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 196 .) Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features (1) (3) (4) (6) (10) (8) (7) (2) (5) (2) (7) (9) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zone (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 Your car is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Some safety features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones that are designed to crumple and absorb energy during a crash; a collapsible steering column; and seat belt tensioners that automatically tighten the front seat belts in the event of a crash. 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. In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts. 8 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features 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: Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle and against other occupants. Keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag. Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. Keep you connected to the vehicle so you can take advantage of the car’s built-in safety features. Help protect you in almost every type of crash, including frontal, side, and rear impacts and rollovers. Driver and Passenger Safety 9 Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features Airbags 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. Your car has a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision. Your 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. 10 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features 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. 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. 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. 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. Driver and Passenger Safety 11 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 16 ). Any infant or small child is properly restrained in a child seat in the back seat (see page 21 ). 12 Driver and Passenger Safety 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 ). Both doors are closed and locked (see page 13 ). All cargo is properly stored or secured (see page 164 ). The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety. Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in severe crashes, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 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 37 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. 2.Adjust the Front Seats 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. For security, locked doors can prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. See page 79 for how to lock the doors. 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. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 13 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults To reduce the chance of injury, wear your seat belt properly, sit upright with your back against the seat and move the seat 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 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 86 for how to adjust the front seats. 14 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 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 86 for how to adjust seatbacks. 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. 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. 4.Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched. Also check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash. Position the lap part of the belt as low as possible across your hips, then pull up on the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries. 16 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. This could cause 5.Adjust the Steering Wheel very serious injuries in a crash. If a seat belt does not seem to work as it should, it may not protect the occupant in a crash. No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt. Anyone using a seat belt that is not working properly can be seriously injured or killed. Have your Acura dealer check the belt as soon as possible. See page 44 for additional information about your seat belt system and how to take care of your belts. Adjust the steering wheel, if needed, so that the wheel points toward your chest, not toward your face. Pointing the steering wheel toward your chest provides optimal protection from the airbag. See page 74 for how to adjust the steering wheel. Driver and Passenger Safety 17 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 6.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. 18 Driver and Passenger Safety Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor. Remember, to get the best protection from your car’s airbags and other safety features, you must sit properly and wear your seat belt properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 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. 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. Because protecting the mother is the best way to protect her unborn child, a pregnant woman should always wear a seat belt whenever she drives or rides in a vehicle. Remember to keep the lap portion of the belt as low as possible across your hips. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 19 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 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. 20 Driver and Passenger Safety Do not attach hard objects on or near a front door. If a side airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your hands or arms are close to the airbag cover in the center of the steering wheel or on top of the dashboard, they could be injured if the front airbags inflate. 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 26 .) 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. A larger child should always be restrained with a seat belt. (See page 37 .) CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 21 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 car 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 crash, the belt could press deep into the child and cause very serious injuries. 22 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children 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. U.S. 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. 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, properly restrained with a seat belt. (See page 37 for important information about protecting larger children.) CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 23 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Canadian Models 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. 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 37 ). 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 18 ). Make sure the seat belt is properly positioned and secured (see page 16 ). 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children 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 hatch when your vehicle is not in use. Children who play in cars can accidentally get trapped inside the car. Teach your children not to play in or around cars. 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 hatch, which can lead to accidental injury or death. Driver and Passenger Safety 25 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children General Guidelines for Using Child Seats The following pages give general guidelines for selecting and installing child seats for infants and small children. Selecting a Child Seat To provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements: 1. The child seat should meet safety standards. The child seat should meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213) or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (CMVSS 213). Look for the manufacturer’s statement of compliance on the box and seat. 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 30 for additional information on protecting infants. 26 Driver and Passenger Safety 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 34 for additional information on protecting small children. 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. Your car has lower anchorages installed for use with LATCHcompatible child seats. For more information, see page 42 . CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 27 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 35 ). Back Seats Infants: Recommended positions. Properly secure a rear-facing child seat (see page 31 ). Small children: Recommended If a small child must ride in the front, follow the instructions provided in this section. 28 Driver and Passenger Safety positions. Properly secure a frontfacing child seat (see page 35 ). 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 31 , 35 and 42 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 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. seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure. Driver and Passenger Safety 29 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. Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode. 30 Driver and Passenger Safety We recommend that an infant be restrained in a rear-facing child seat until the infant reaches the seat maker’s weight or height limit and is able to sit up without support. In this 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children 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. 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 42 . 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. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 31 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children 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. 32 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 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. 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. Driver and Passenger Safety 33 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Protecting Small Children Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown. We also recommend that a small child stay in the child seat as long as possible, until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. Child Seat Type A child who can sit up without support, and who fits within the child seat maker’s weight and height limits, should be restrained in a forward-facing, upright child seat. 34 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Child Seat Installation 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. 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 42 . 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. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 35 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children 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. 36 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To deactivate the locking mechanism in order to remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in the back seat and wear a lap/shoulder belt. If a child is too short for the shoulder part of the belt to properly fit, we recommend that the child use a booster seat until the child is tall enough to use the seat belt without a booster. Allowing a larger child to sit improperly in the front seat can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates. If a larger child must sit in front, make sure the child moves the seat as far back as possible and wears the seat belt properly. 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. Driver and Passenger Safety 37 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Checking Seat Belt Fit However, if the belt touches or crosses the child’s neck, the child needs to use a booster seat. Do not let a child wear a seat belt across the neck. This could result in serious neck injuries during a crash. Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back or under the arm. This could cause To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt. Follow the instructions on page 16 . 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, as shown, the child is large enough to wear the seat belt. 38 Driver and Passenger Safety very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured. Do not put any accessories on a seat belt. Devices intended to improve 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Using a Booster Seat A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of the ears are even with the top of the seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster. When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children ages 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. The back seat is the safest place for a child of any age or size. If a child needs a booster seat, we recommend choosing a style that allows the child to use the lap/ shoulder belt directly, without a shield, as shown. Whichever style you select, follow the booster seat maker’s instructions. 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. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 39 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 16 and 38 ). If the seat belt does not fit properly, the child should not sit in the front. 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. 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. 40 Driver and Passenger Safety Check that the child’s seat belt is properly positioned and secured. Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Remove the cargo area cover when you use a tether. See Cargo Area Cover on page 89 . Using Child Seats with Tethers ANCHORAGE POINT COVER Your Acura has two tether anchorage points on the rear panel for securing a tether-style child seat to the car. Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchorage point and tighten the strap according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Since a tether can provide additional security, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. To use the anchorage point, pivot its cover down. Driver and Passenger Safety 41 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: Using LATCH 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 rear seats. The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. The exact location of each lower anchor is marked with a small circle above the lower anchor point. 42 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 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 tether strap hook to the tether anchorage point and tighten the strap according to the child seat maker’s instructions. 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. Driver and Passenger Safety 43 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 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 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. 44 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 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 31 and 35 for instructions on how to secure child seats with this type of seat belt.) 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 16 for instructions on how to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly. 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 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 tensioners will be activated in a collision severe enough to cause the front airbags to inflate. For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in place. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 45 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled in the normal way. The SRS indicator light will come on if there is a problem with your automatic seat belt tensioners (see page 51 ). 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. 46 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts 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 257 . Driver and Passenger Safety 47 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.’’ Automatic seat belt tensioners (see page 45 ). Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe frontal collision. 48 Driver and Passenger Safety 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). How Your Front Airbags Work An indicator light on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with the system (see page 51 ). Emergency backup power in case your car’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 49 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags U.S. Owners: 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. How Your Side Airbags Work 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. 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. 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.’’ 50 Driver and Passenger Safety 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. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How the SRS Indicator Light Works The SRS indicator light alerts you to a potential problem with your front airbags and automatic seat belt tensioners. This light will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags or passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system (see page 52 ). When you turn the ignition ON (II), this indicator will light briefly then go out. This tells you that the system is working properly. If the light comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example: If the SRS indicator light does not come on after you turn the ignition ON (II). If the light stays on after the engine starts. If the light comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. 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 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 51 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How the Side Airbag Cut-off Indicator Light Works This light alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been automatically shut off. It does not mean there is a problem with your side airbags. 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. 52 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 indicator light comes on, you should have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the deployment path of the side airbag, the system will turn the airbag back on and the light will go out. A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. When you turn the ignition ON (II), the indicator should light briefly and go out (see page 60 ). If it doesn’t light, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked. 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 162 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 53 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. 54 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 hatch open, air flow can pull exhaust gas into your car’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the hatch open, open all the windows and set the heating and cooling system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked car, even in an unconfined area, with the engine running, adjust the heating and cooling system as follows: button. 1. Push the mode. 2. Select the 3. Turn the fan on high speed. 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. DASHBOARD SUN VISOR U.S. models only U.S. models If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Acura dealer for a replacement. HOOD Canadian models RADIATOR CAP CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety 55 Main Menu 56 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 ............................ 58 Indicator Lights................................ 59 Maintenance Required Indicator .................................... 64 Security System Indicator .......... 65 Gauges .............................................. 66 Speedometer ................................ 66 Tachometer .................................. 66 Odometer ...................................... 66 Trip Meter .................................... 67 Fuel Gauge ................................... 67 Temperature Gauge .................... 67 Controls Near the Steering Wheel ........................................ 68 Headlights .................................... 69 Daytime Running Lights............. 69 Instrument Panel Brightness ..... 70 Turn Signals ................................. 70 Windshield Wipers ...................... 71 Windshield Washers ................... 72 Rear Window Wiper and Washer ...................................... 72 Hazard Warning........................... 73 Rear Window Defogger .............. 73 Steering Wheel Adjustment ....... 74 Keys and Locks ................................ 75 Keys............................................... 75 Immobilizer System..................... 76 Ignition Switch ............................. 77 Door Locks ................................... 79 Power Door/Hatch Locks .......... 80 Hatch ............................................. 80 Remote Transmitter .................... 81 Glove Box ..................................... 84 Seat Adjustments ............................. 85 Front Seat Adjustments .............. 85 Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment ............................... 86 Driver’s Lumbar Support ............ 86 Rear Seat Access ......................... 86 Folding Rear Seat ............................ 87 Seat Heaters ..................................... 88 Cargo Area Cover ............................ 89 Power Windows ............................... 90 Moonroof .......................................... 93 Mirrors .............................................. 94 Adjusting the Power Mirrors ..... 94 Parking Brake .................................. 95 Vanity Mirror ................................... 96 Coat Hook ......................................... 96 Beverage Holder .............................. 97 Console Compartment .................... 98 Accessory Power Socket ................ 99 Interior Lights .................................. 99 Instruments and Controls 57 Main Menu Table of Contents Control Locations DOOR AND HATCH LOCK SWITCH (P. 80) MIRROR CONTROLS (P. 94) INDICATOR LIGHTS (P. 59) GAUGES (P. 66) HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS (P. 102) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P. 91) AUDIO SYSTEM (P. 125) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE (P. 151) SHIFT LEVER (P. 172, 175) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P. 157) 58 Instruments and Controls PARKING BRAKE (P. 95) Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.62) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.61) CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P.62) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.60) SIDE AIRBAG CUT-OFF INDICATOR (P.60) TURN SIGNAL AND HAZARD WARNING INDICATOR (P.62) MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR (P.64) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.63) SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.65) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.61) MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.61) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.61) CHRGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.61) * LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.62) DOOR-OPEN INDICATOR (P.62) SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT (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 Supplemental Restraint System Indicator This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags. This light will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system or automatic seat belt tensioners. For complete information, see page 51 . Side Airbag Cut-off Indicator This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that the passenger’s side airbag has automatically shut off. For complete information, see page 52 . Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator This light has two functions: U.S. Canada 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. 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 278 . U.S. Canada Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator Only on models equipped with ABS (see page 181 ) 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 anti-lock. For complete information, see page 183 . Charging System Indicator If this light comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged. For complete information, see page 275 . 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 274 . Malfunction Indicator Lamp See page 276 . Instruments and Controls 61 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal light blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If the light does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see page 246 ). 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. 62 Instruments and Controls Cruise Control Indicator Only on models equipped with Cruise Control System This lights when you set the cruise control. See page 149 for information on operating the cruise control. Door-open Indicator This light comes on if either door is not closed tightly. Low Fuel Indicator This light comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon. High Beam Indicator This light comes on with the high beam headlights. See page 69 for information on the headlight controls. Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights 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 76 ). This indicator also blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). ‘‘Daytime Running Lights’’ Indicator Washer Level Indicator Canadian models only 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. This light comes on when the washer fluid level is low. Add washer fluid when you see this light come on (see page 216 ). Instruments and Controls 63 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Maintenance Required Indicator For the first 8,000 miles (12,800 km) after the Maintenance Required Indicator is reset, it will come on for two seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). Between 8,000 miles (12,800 km) and 10,000 miles (16,000 km) this indicator will light for two seconds when you first turn the ignition switch ON (II), and then flash for ten seconds. MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR This indicator reminds you that it is time to take your car in for scheduled maintenance. Refer to the Maintenance Schedules for Normal and Severe Driving Conditions on pages 198−202 . 64 Instruments and Controls If you exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km) without having the scheduled maintenance performed, this indicator will remain on as a constant reminder. Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights 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/RESET BUTTON Security System Indicator 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Press and hold the select/reset button in the instrument panel, then turn the ignition switch ON (II). SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR This indicator lights when the security system is set. See page 148 for complete information on the security system. 3. Hold the button until the indicator resets (approximately ten seconds). Instruments and Controls 65 Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges TEMPERATURE GAUGE TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER ODOMETER/TRIP METER 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). Canadian Models This shows your speed in kilometers per hour (km/h). The smaller inner numbers are the speed in miles per hour (mph). 66 Instruments and Controls FUEL GAUGE SELECT/RESET BUTTON Tachometer The tachometer shows the engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). To protect the engine from damage, never drive with the tachometer needle in the red zone. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Trip Meter This meter shows the number of miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada) driven since you last reset it. There are two trip meters: Trip A and Trip B. Switch between these displays and the odometer by pressing the Select/Reset button repeatedly. Each trip meter works independently, so you can keep track of two different distances. To reset a trip meter, display it, and then press and hold the Select/Reset button until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’. 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). Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine’s coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise from the bottom white mark to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill driving, the pointer may rise to near the upper white mark. If it reaches the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. Turn to page 212 for instructions and precautions on checking the engine’s cooling system. Instruments and Controls 67 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel 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. WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER CRUISE CONTROL The controls on the dashboard to the right of the steering column are for the instrument panel brightness, hazard warning lights and rear window defogger. The moonroof switch and cruise control switch are to the left of the steering column. The tilt adjustment lever on the underside of the steering column allows you to tilt the steering wheel. MOONROOF HORN HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNALS 68 Instruments and Controls TILT ADJUSTMENT INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Headlights If you leave the lights on with the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0), you will hear a reminder beeper when you open the driver’s door. To flash the high beams, pull the turn signal lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams will come on and go off. The high beams will stay on for as long as you hold the lever back, no matter what position the headlight switch is in. The rotating switch on the left lever controls the lights. Turning this switch to the ‘‘ ’’ position turns on the parking lights, taillights, instrument panel lights, side-marker lights, and rear license plate lights. Turning the switch to the ‘‘ ’’ position turns on the headlights. 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 62 ). 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. The headlights revert to normal operation when you turn them on with the switch. Instruments and Controls 69 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Instrument Panel Brightness Turn Signals TURN SIGNAL LEVER The knob on the instrument panel controls the brightness of the instrument panel lights. Turn the knob to adjust the brightness. 70 Instruments and Controls 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. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Windshield Wipers This lever controls the windshield wipers and washers. It has five positions; MIST: mist OFF: off INT: intermittent LO: low speed HI: high speed To select a position, push the lever up or down. 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. 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). CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 71 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel To operate the wipers in mist mode, push the control lever up from the OFF position. The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. This gives you a quick way to clear the windshield. 72 Instruments and Controls Windshield Washers Rear Window Wiper and Washer To clean the windshield, pull back on the wiper control lever. The washers spray until you release the lever. To turn on the rear window wiper, turn the rotary switch clockwise to ON. To also use the rear window washer, turn the rotary switch clockwise past ON. The washer will spray as long as you hold the rotary switch in this position. If you turn the rotary switch counterclockwise from the OFF position, the washer will spray without activating the rear window wiper. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Hazard Warning Rear Window Defogger Make sure the rear window is clear and you have good visibility before starting to drive. The defogger wires on the inside of the rear window can be accidentally damaged. When cleaning the glass, always wipe side to side. 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. 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. Instruments and Controls 73 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel 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. 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. 3. Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in that position. Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the car and be seriously injured in a crash. To adjust the steering wheel upward or downward: Adjust the steering wheel only when the car is stopped. 1. Push the lever under the steering column all the way down. 74 Instruments and Controls 4. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Keys KEY MASTER KEY NUMBER (BLACK) PLATE VALET KEY (GREY) Your car comes with two master keys and a valet key. The master key fits all the locks on your car: • Ignition • Doors • Glove box The valet key works only in the ignition and the door locks. You can keep the glove box locked when you leave your car and the valet key at a parking facility. 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. You should have received a key number plate with your set of keys. You will need this number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced. Keep the plate stored in a safe place. When replacing keys, use only Acura-approved key blanks. Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity. Do not drop the keys or set heavy objects on them. Keep the keys away from liquids. If they get wet, dry them immediately with a soft cloth. The keys do not contain batteries. Do not try to take them apart. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 75 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Remote Transmitter Your car also comes with two remote transmitters; see page 82 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. 76 Instruments and Controls 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks This indicator will also blink several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Electrical problems could result that may make your 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. Ignition Switch Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Industry Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. The ignition switch is on the right side of the steering column. It has four positions: • LOCK (0) • ACCESSORY (I) • ON (II) • START (III) CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 77 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. If your car has an automatic transmission, the shift lever must also be in Park. The antitheft 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. Removing the key from the ignition switch while driving locks the steering. This can cause you to lose control. Remove the key from the ignition switch only when parked. ACCESSORY (I) − In this position, you can operate the audio system and the accessory power socket. ON (II) − This is the normal key position when driving. All features and accessories on the 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. 78 Instruments and Controls START (III) − Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to ON (II) when you let go of the key. The engine will not start if the Immobilizer System does not recognize the key’s coding (see page 76 ). You will hear a reminder beeper if you leave the key in the ignition switch in the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I) position and open the driver’s door. Remove the key to turn off the beeper. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Door Locks 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, pull the inside or outside door handle and push the lock tab down. Release the handle, then close the door. KEY Each door has a lock tab at the top of the door. When you push down the lock tab on the driver’s door, both doors and the hatch lock. 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. Both doors and the hatch can be locked from the outside by using the key in either 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 and the hatch will unlock. Both doors and the hatch will unlock when you unlock the passenger’s door with the key. Instruments and Controls 79 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Power Door/Hatch Locks See page 164 for cargo loading and weight limit information. Keep the hatch closed at all times while driving to avoid damaging the hatch and to prevent exhaust gas from getting into the interior. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 54 . Hatch MASTER DOOR AND HATCH LOCK SWITCH Pull Each door has a master door and hatch lock switch. Either switch locks and unlocks both doors and the hatch. Push the switch down to lock both doors and the hatch. Push up to unlock them. 80 Instruments and Controls To open the hatch, pull the handle, then lift up the hatch. To close the hatch, press down on the back edge. The hatch will not lock or unlock when the battery is disconnected. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Remote Transmitter When you push the UNLOCK button once, only the driver’s door unlocks. The passenger’s door and the hatch unlock when you push the button a second time. The parking lights, side marker lights, taillights and license plate light flash twice. If you unlock the doors and the hatch with the remote transmitter, but do not open either door or the hatch within 30 seconds, the doors and the hatch automatically relock and the security system sets. You can lock and unlock your car with the remote transmitter. When you push the LOCK button, both doors and the hatch lock. 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 or the hatch, the light will go out in about 30 seconds and the doors and the hatch will automatically relock. If you relock the doors and the hatch with the remote transmitter before 30 seconds have elapsed, the light will go off immediately. You cannot lock the doors and the hatch with the remote transmitter if any door or the hatch is not fully closed. You cannot lock or unlock the doors and the hatch with the key in the ignition switch. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 81 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Panic Mode Replacing the Battery Panic mode allows you to remotely activate your vehicle’s horn and lights to attract attention. When activated, the horn will sound, and the headlights, parking lights, side marker lights, taillights and instrument panel lights will flash for about 30 seconds. To activate panic mode, press and hold the PANIC button for about one second. To cancel Panic mode before 30 seconds, press any button on the remote transmitter. You can also turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Panic mode will not activate if the key is in the ON (II) position. When the remote transmitter’s battery begins to get weak, it may take several pushes on the button to lock or unlock the doors and the tailgate, and the LED will get dim. Replace the battery as soon as possible. Battery type: CR2025 82 Instruments and Controls To replace the battery, place a cloth on the edge of the transmitter and remove the upper half by carefully prying on the edge with a small flattip screwdriver. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Remove the old battery and note the polarity. Make sure the polarity of the new battery is the same (+ side facing up), then insert it in the transmitter. Snap the two halves of the transmitter case back together. Transmitter Care Avoid severe shock to the transmitter, such as dropping or throwing it. Also, protect it from extreme hot or cold temperatures. Clean the transmitter case with a soft cloth. Do not use strong cleaners or solvents that could harm the case. Immersing the transmitter in any liquid will harm the transmitter and cause it to not function properly. If you lose a transmitter, you will need to have the replacement programmed to your vehicle’s system by your Acura dealer. Any other transmitters you have will also need to be reprogrammed. As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Industry Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 83 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Glove Box An open glove box can cause serious injury to your passenger in a crash, even if the passenger is wearing the seat belt. Always keep the glove box closed while driving. Open the glove box by pulling the bottom of the handle. Close it with a firm push. Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key. 84 Instruments and Controls U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only The glove box light comes on only when the instrument panel lights are on. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Front 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. To adjust the seat forward and backward, pull up on the bar under the seat cushion’s front edge. Move the seat to the desired position and release the bar. Try to move the seat to make sure it is locked in position. To change the angle of the seat-back, pull up on the lever on the outside of the seat bottom. Move the seat-back to the desired position and release the lever. Let the seat-back latch in the new position. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 85 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment Driver’s Lumbar Support U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only The height of your driver’s seat is adjustable. Turn the dial on the outside of the seat cushion to change the height of the seat bottom. Vary the lumbar support by moving the lever on the right side of the seat-back. 86 Instruments and Controls Rear Seat Access To get into the back seat on the driver’s side, pull up on the seat-back adjustment lever. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Folding Rear Seat To lock the seat-back upright, push the seat-back firmly against its latch. Tug on the seat-back to make sure it is latched. Do not put any heavy items on the seat-back when it is folded. RELEASE LEVER To get into the rear seat on the passenger’s side, push down on the release lever at the base of the seatback. The seat-back will tilt forward and the entire seat will move forward to allow easier entry to the back seat. After you return the seat-back to the upright position, push the whole seat backwards until it latches. Make sure the seat is fully latched before sitting in it. RELEASE TAB Make sure all items in the cargo area are secured. Loose items can fly forward and cause injury if you have to brake hard. See Carrying Cargo on page 164 . The back of the rear seat folds down to give you more cargo space. Each side folds down separately. With only half the seat folded, you can still carry a passenger in the back seat. To unlatch either side of the seatback, pull up on the release tab. Move the seat belt out of the way and fold the seat-back down. Instruments and Controls 87 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Heaters SEAT HEATER SWITCH On Canadian models 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. 88 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Cargo Area Cover HOOK The cargo area cover may be removed to give you more cargo room. 2. Push up on the sides of the cargo area cover to release the cover from the hooks. MOUNTING PIN 3. Pull down on the cover to remove the mounting pins from the holes in the hatch lining. 1. Open the hatch. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 89 Main Menu Table of Contents Cargo Area Cover, Power Windows Power Windows Your car’s windows are electricallypowered. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) to raise or lower any window. REFERENCE Reverse this procedure to install the cargo area cover. There is a reference line on the cargo area side panel. To avoid damaging the cargo cover, remove it if the cargo goes above that line. Do not place items on the cargo area cover, or stack objects higher than the top of the back seat. They could block your view and be thrown about the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop. 90 Instruments and Controls 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 MAIN SWITCH Closing a power window on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Make sure your passengers are away from the windows before closing them. DRIVER’S WINDOW 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. The master control panel also contains these extra features: 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. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 91 Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows 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. 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. 92 Instruments and Controls The MAIN switch controls power to the passengers’window. With this switch off, the passengers’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. 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 Closing the moonroof on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Make sure passengers are clear of the moonroof before closing it. If you try to open the moonroof in below-f reezing temperatures, or when it is covered with snow or ice, you can damage the moonroof panel or motor. U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only Use the switch on the dashboard to open and close the moonroof. The ignition switch must be ON (II). Push and hold the switch to open the moonroof. Release the switch when the moonroof reaches the desired position. To close the moonroof, press and hold the switch. Instruments and Controls 93 Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors TAB Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving. The inside mirror has day and night positions. The night position reduces glare from headlights behind you. Flip the tab on the bottom edge of the mirror to select the day or night position. 94 Instruments and Controls SELECTOR SWITCH ADJUSTMENT SWITCH Adjust the outside mirrors with the adjustment switch on the left side of the dashboard: 3. Push the appropriate edge of the adjustment switch to move the mirror right, left, up, or down. 1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II). 4. When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns off the adjustment switch so you can’t move a mirror out of position by accidentally bumping the switch. 2. Move the selector switch to L (driver’s side) or R (passenger’s side). Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors, Parking Brake Parking Brake HEATED MIRROR BUTTON Canada: Premium and Type-S models only 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. PARKING BRAKE LEVER Driving the car with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. 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 61 ). Instruments and Controls 95 Main Menu Table of Contents Vanity Mirror, Coat Hook Vanity Mirror Coat Hook To use a vanity mirror on the back of the sun visor, pull up the cover. To use this coat hook, rotate the hook down. Close it with a firm push. 96 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Beverage Holder Push To open the beverage holder, push the left knob and slide the cover forward. 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. The beverage holders for the rear seat passenger’s are located in the armrests. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls 97 Main Menu Table of Contents Beverage Holder, Console Compartment Console Compartment Push Another beverage holder is located in the center console behind the parking brake lever. 98 Instruments and Controls To open the console compartment, push the right knob and slide the cover forward. Main Menu Table of Contents Accessory Power Socket, Interior Lights Accessory Power Socket Interior Lights Ceiling Light DOOR ACTIVATED U.S. : Standard on all models Canada : Rear power socket optional There are two accessory power sockets, one is located in the front of the center console. The other is located at the rear of the console. To use either power socket, pull up the cover. These sockets are intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps). To power an accessory, the ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). They will not power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. The ceiling light has a three-position switch. In the OFF position, the light does not come on. In the center position, the ceiling light comes on when you open either door. After the doors are closed tightly, the light dims slightly, then fades out in about 30 seconds. In the ON position, the ceiling light stays on continuously. Instruments and Controls 99 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Lights Spotlights Cargo Area Light U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only The cargo area light comes on when you open the hatch. Turn on the spotlight by pushing the button next to each light. Push the button again to turn it off. You can use the spotlights at all times. 100 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Comfort and Convenience Features Heating and Cooling ...................... 102 Temperature Sensors................ 108 Audio System (All models except Type-S) ....................... 109 AM/FM/CD Audio System ..... 109 Operating the Radio .................. 109 Adjusting the Sound .................. 113 Digital Clock ............................... 114 Audio System Lighting ............. 115 Operating the CD Player .......... 115 Operating the CD Changer ...... 117 CD Player Error Indications..... 119 CD Changer Error Indications .............................. 120 Operating the Cassette Player ...................................... 121 Tape Search Functions ............. 123 Caring for Cassettes.................. 124 Audio System (Type S) ................. 125 AM/FM/Cassette/ CD Changer Audio System .. 125 Operating the Radio .................. 126 Adjusting the Sound .................. 129 Digital Clock ............................... 130 Audio System Lighting ............. 131 Radio Frequencies ..................... 131 Radio Reception ......................... 131 Operating the Cassette Player ...................................... 133 Tape Search Functions ............. 134 Caring for the Cassette Player ...................................... 137 Loading CDs in the Changer .................................. 139 Operation .................................... 141 Removing CDs from the Changer .................................. 143 Protecting Compact Discs ........ 145 CD Changer Error Indications .............................. 146 Theft Protection ........................ 147 Security System ............................. 148 Cruise Control ................................ 149 Comfort and Convenience Features 101 Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling The heating and cooling system in your Acura has full heating, ventilation, and air conditioning capabilities. In combination with the air conditioning, the system maintains the interior temperature you select. The system also adjusts the fan speed and air flow direction automatically depending on the set temperature. The direction of air flow from the vents in the center and each side of the dashboard is adjustable. Open each vent by pushing on the recess. Adjust the direction of air flow by rotating the vent. 102 Comfort and Convenience Features CENTRE VENTS The heating and cooling system draws air through the exterior vents at the bottom of the windshield. Keep these vents clear of leaves and other debris. SIDE VENTS The engine must be running for the heater and air conditioning to generate hot and cold air. The heater uses engine coolant to warm the air. If the engine is cold, it will be several minutes before you feel warm air coming from the system. Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling Ventilation Your car has a flow-through ventilation system. Air enters the car through vents in front of the windscreen. It circulates through the interior then exits through vents near the tailgate. This system provides fresh air even when the car is standing still. To bring in outside air, select the Fresh Air mode. Set the fan at a comfortable speed. Comfort and Convenience Features 103 Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling Automatic Operation To use the heating and cooling system in automatic mode, set the system as follows. FAN CONTROL DIAL TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL MODE CONTROL DIAL 1. Set the fan control dial to AUTO. 2. Set the mode control dial to AUTO. 3. Turn the temperature control dial to the desired temperature. 4. Select Fresh Air mode by pressing the Recirculation button. The indicator in the switch should be off. 5. Turn on the A/C by pressing the button. To heat or cool the interior faster, select Recirculation mode and set the temperature control dial to the upper or lower limit. 104 Comfort and Convenience Features RECIRCULATION BUTTON AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON The system runs of full cooling or heating only. It does not regulate the interior temperature. When the temperature is set between the lower and upper limits, the system regulates the interior temperature to the set value. Turning the fan control dial to OFF shuts the heating and cooling system completely off. Keep the system completely off only for short periods. To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling Manual Operation You can manually set the system controls for ventilation, air conditioning, heating, air flow direction, and fan speed in various combination. Air Conditioning Button Pressing the A/C button turns the air conditioning ON and OFF. The indicator in the button lights when the A/C is ON. When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set the dial below the outside air temperature. With A/C on, use the temperature control dial to adjust the temperature of the air flow to a comfortable setting. AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON Air conditioning also removes moisture from the air as it operates. You can use it to defog the windows quickly in cool or damp weather. Used in combination with the heater, it also makes the interior warm and dry. Air conditioning places an extra load on the engine. Watch the engine coolant temperature gauge (see page 67 ) when using the A/C in heavy traffic or driving up long hills. If it moves near the red zone, turn off the air conditioning until the gauge reads normally. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 105 Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling Recirculation Button This button controls the source of air going into the system. When the indicator in this button is lit, the system is recirculating the interior air (Recirculation mode). When the indicator is off, fresh air is brought in from outside the vehicle (Fresh Air mode). Push the button to change between recirculated and fresh air. Use Recirculation mode to heat or cool the interior more quickly, or to keep out smoke and dust. Leaving the system in the Recirculation mode with the A/C off can cause the windows to fog up. Switch to Fresh Air mode as soon as the interior reaches a comfortable temperature or the outside smoky, dusty condition clears. 106 Comfort and Convenience Features FAN CONTROL DIAL MODE CONTROL DIAL RECIRCULATION BUTTON Fan Speed Mode Control Dial You can manually select the fan speed by turning the fan speed control dial. Turning this dial clockwise increases the fan speed, which increases air flow. When the dial is set to AUTO, the system controls the fan speed automatically. Use this dial to select the direction of air flow coming out of the system. Some air will come out of the side vents in all modes. Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling In AUTO mode, the system controls the air flow direction automatically between the dashboard vents and the floor vents. The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and defroster vents at the base of the windshield. The main air flow comes out of the dashboard vents. The main air flow is directed to the windshield for faster defrosting or defogging. To defrost or defog more quickly, turn the temperature control dial to maximum. Select and set the fan speed to high. The main air flow is directed to the floor vents. When you select or , the A/C turns on automatically to help dehumidify the air and defog the windshield. When you select another mode, the A/C stays on. If you do not want to use the A/C in that mode, press the button to turn it off. If there is actual frost on the windows, first select the Recirculation mode. If the windows are fogged, select the Fresh Air mode. Warmed air will then flow from the windshield and side defroster vents. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 107 Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling Temperature Sensors The heating and cooling system has temperature sensors located next to the steering column and in the top of the dashboard. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them. 108 Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System AM/FM/CD Audio System All models except Type-S Your Acura’s audio system provides clear reception on both AM and FM bands, while the preset buttons allow you to easily select your favorite stations. The anti-theft feature will disable the system if it is disconnected from the vehicle’s battery. To get the system working again, you must enter a code number (see page 147 ). Operating the Radio The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to operate the audio system. Turn the system on by pushing the PWR/ VOL knob. Adjust the volume by turning the same knob. 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. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 109 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System You can use any of five methods to find radio stations on the selected band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, AUTO SELECT, and the Preset buttons. TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to tune the radio to a desired frequency. Turn the knob clockwise to tune to a higher frequency, or counterclockwise to tune to a lower frequency. To change the frequency rapidly, press and hold the top or bottom of the SEEK bar. Release the bar when the display reaches the desired frequency. Depending on which part of the bar you press, the system scans upward or downward from the current frequency. 110 Comfort and Convenience Features SEEK − The SEEK function searches the band for a station with a strong signal. To activate it, press and release the top or bottom of the SEEK bar. Depending on which part of the bar you press, the system scans upward or downward from the current frequency. It stops when it finds a station with a strong signal. SCAN − The SCAN function samples all the stations with strong signals on the selected band. To activate it, press the SCAN button, then release it. The system will scan up the band for a station with a strong signal. When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for approximately five seconds. If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play that for five seconds. When it plays a station that you want to continue listening to, press the SCAN button again. 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. AM/FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR SCAN INDICATOR SCAN BUTTON 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, SEEK, or SCAN 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. AUTO SELECT BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB PRESET BUTTONS SEEK/SKIP BAR TUNE/MODE KNOB Once a station’s frequency is stored, simply press and release the proper preset button to tune to it. The preset frequencies will be lost if your car’s battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed. Comfort and Convenience Features 111 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. 112 Comfort and Convenience Features 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. 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. 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 number on the display shows you the range. LEVEL NUMBER INDICATOR TUNE/MODE 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 number on the display shows 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. Radio Frequencies and Reception For information, See page 131 . Comfort and Convenience Features 113 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Digital Clock The audio system usually shows the time when the ignition switch is in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). It shows the operation mode of the radio, CD player, or optional CD changer when you operate them, then goes back to the time display after three seconds. To set the hours, press and hold the CLOCK button. Press and hold the H button until the numbers advance to the desired time. To set the minutes, press and hold the CLOCK button. Press and hold the M button until the numbers advance to the desired time. 114 Comfort and Convenience Features You can use the RES button to quickly set the time to the nearest hour. Press the RES button while pressing the CLOCK button. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing RES sets the clock back to the previous hour. If the displayed time is after the half hour, pressing RES sets the clock forward to the beginning of the next hour. For example : 1:06 would RESET to 1:00 1:52 would RESET to 2:00 If your car’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, the time setting will be lost. To set the time again, follow the setting procedure. 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 70 ). The audio system illuminates when the parking lights are on, even if the radio is turned off. Operating the CD Player You operate the CD player with the same controls used for the radio. With the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II), insert the disc into the CD slot. Push the disc in halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way and begin to play. The number of the track that is playing is shown in the display. CD/TAPE BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON REPEAT INDICATOR CD SLOT REPEAT BUTTON EJECT BUTTON RANDOM INDICATOR PWR/VOL KNOB SEEK/SKIP BAR RANDOM BUTTON You can also play 3-inch (8-cm) discs without using an adapter ring. Play only standard round discs. Oddshaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. 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. When the system reaches the end of the disc, it will return to the beginning and play that disc again. Comfort and Convenience Features 115 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System You can switch to the radio while a CD is playing by pressing the AM/ FM button. Press the CD button to return to playing the CD. The CD will begin playing where it left off. If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the disc will stay in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the CD will begin playing where it left off. Press the eject button to remove the disc from the drive. If you eject the disc, but do not remove it from the slot, the system will automatically reload the disc after 15 seconds and put the CD player in pause mode. To begin playing the disc, press the CD button. You can use the SEEK/SKIP bar while a disc is playing to select passages and change tracks. To move rapidly within a track, press and hold the SEEK/SKIP bar. Press the side to move forward. You will see CUE in the display. Press the side to move backward. You will see REW displayed. Release the bar when the system reaches the point you want. Each time you press and release the side of the SEEK/SKIP bar, the system skips forward to the beginning of the next track. Press the side to skip backward to the beginning of the current track. Press it again to skip to the beginning of the previous track. 116 Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System REPEAT − To activate the Repeat feature, press and release the RPT button. You will see RPT in the display. The system continuously replays the current track. Press the RPT button again to turn it off. RANDOM PLAY − This feature, when activated, plays the tracks on the CD in random order, rather than in the order they are recorded on the CD. To activate Random Play, press the RDM button. You will see RDM in the display. The system will then select and play tracks randomly. This continues until you deactivate Random Play by pressing the RDM button again. Operating the CD Changer (Optional) A Compact Disc changer is available for your car. It holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment. You operate this CD changer with the same controls used for the in-dash CD player. Load the desired CDs in the magazine and load the magazine in the changer according to the instructions that came with the unit. Play only standard round discs. Oddshaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. To select the CD changer, press the CD button. The disc and track numbers will be displayed. To select a different disc, press the DISC + (Preset 6) or DISC − (Preset 5) button. The next disc in the changer is loaded and played when you press the DISC + button. DISC − loads and plays the previous disc. If you select an empty slot in the magazine, the changer will, after finding that slot empty, try to load the CD in the next slot. This continues until it finds a CD to load and play. 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. Comfort and Convenience Features 117 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System If you load a CD in the in-dash player while the changer is playing a CD, the system will stop the changer and begin playing the in-dash CD. To select the changer again, press the CD button. Play will begin where it left off. Use the CD button to switch between the player and the changer. If you eject the in-dash CD while it is playing, the system will automatically switch to the CD changer and begin play where it left off. If there are no CDs in the changer, the display will flash. You will have to select another mode (AM or FM) with the FM or AM button. When you switch back to CD mode, the system selects the same unit (indash or changer) that was playing when you switched out of CD mode. To use the SKIP, REPEAT, and RANDOM functions, refer to the indash player operating instructions. Protecting Compact Discs For information on how to handle and protect compact discs, see page 145 . 118 Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System CD Player Error Indications If you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD player, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the car to your Acura dealer. Indication Cause FOCUS Error Mechanical Error High temperature. Solution Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc. Check if the disc is inserted correctly in the CD player. Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged. Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc. Check the disc for damage or deformation. If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error indication does not disappear after the disc is ejected, see your Acura dealer. Do not try to force the disc out of the player. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Comfort and Convenience Features 119 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 FOCUS Error No CD in the CD magazine Mechanical Error High temperature. No CD magazine in the CD changer. 120 Comfort and Convenience Features Solution Press the magazine eject button and pull out the magazine, check for error indication. Insert the magazine again. If the code does not disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out, consult your Acura dealer. Insert CD. Press the magazine eject button and pull out the magazine, check for error indication. Insert the magazine again. If the code does not disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out, consult your Acura dealer. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Insert CD magazine. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the Cassette Player (Optional) The cassette system features Dolby* noise reduction, automatic sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO2) tape, and auto-reverse for continuous play. AM/FM BUTTON CD/TAPE BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON NR BUTTON Make sure the tape opening on the cassette is facing to the right, then insert the cassette most of the way into the slot. The system will pull it in the rest of the way, and begin to play. * Dolby noise reduction manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ‘‘DOLBY’’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. REW BUTTON FF BUTTON PLAY/PROG BUTTON Comfort and Convenience Features 121 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System The tape direction indicator will light to show you which side of the cassette is playing. The ▲ indicates the side you inserted facing upward is now playing. If you want to play the other side, press the PROG button. 122 Comfort and Convenience Features Dolby noise reduction turns on when you insert a cassette. If the tape was not recorded with Dolby noise reduction, turn it off by pressing the NR button. 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 on the cassette player. 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 cassette player will be in pause mode. To begin playing, press the PLAY button. To switch to the radio or CD player while a tape is playing, press the AM/FM, or CD button. To change back to the cassette player, press the CD 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 PLAY button to take the system out of rewind or fast forward. If the system reaches the end of the tape while in fast forward or rewind, it automatically stops that function, reverses direction, and begins to play. SKIP − The Skip function allows you to find the beginning of a song or passage. To activate SKIP, press the SEEK/SKIP bar. Press the side to advance to the beginning of the next song or passage, or the side to return to the beginning of the current song or passage. FF or REW will flash in the display as the tape moves. When the system reaches the beginning of the next song or passage (FF), or the beginning of the current one (REW), it goes back to PLAY mode. Comfort and Convenience Features 123 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. 124 Comfort and Convenience Features The SKIP and REPEAT functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a song or passage. These features may not work to your satisfaction if there is almost no gap between selections, a high noise level between selections, or a silent period in the middle of a selection. Caring for Cassettes Damaged cassettes can jam inside the drive or cause other problems. See page 137 for information on cassette care and protection. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System AM/FM/Cassette/CD Changer Audio System Type-S 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 auto-reverse 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 139 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 147 ). Comfort and Convenience Features 125 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. 126 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. When the system is in the SCAN mode, SCAN shows in the display. The system will scan up the band for a station with a strong signal. When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for approximately five seconds. If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play that for five seconds. When it plays a station that you want to continue listening to, press the SCAN button again. 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 FM BUTTON AM BUTTON TUNE KNOB STEREO INDICATOR To store a frequency: 1. Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each Preset button. SEEK BUTTONS 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. 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 127 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. 128 Comfort and Convenience Features A.SEL INDICATOR A.SEL BUTTON SEEK BUTTONS SCAN 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. 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. 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 displayed number shows you the current setting. When the adjustment level reaches the center, you will see ‘‘ ’’. 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. LEVEL INDICATOR Select BAL or FAD by pressing the TUNE knob. Adjust the Balance or Fader to your liking by turning the TUNE knob. The displayed number shows you the current setting. When the adjustment level reaches the center, you will see ‘‘ ’’. TUNE KNOB 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 129 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Digital Clock The audio system display usually shows the time when the ignition switch is in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). It shows the operation mode of the radio, cassette player, or CD changer when you operate them, then goes back to the time display after five seconds. To set the hours, press and hold the CLOCK button. Press and hold the H (preset 4) button until the numbers advance to the desired time. To set the minutes, press and hold the CLOCK button. Press and hold the M (preset 5) button until the numbers advance to the desired time. 130 Comfort and Convenience Features You can quickly set the time to the nearest hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing and holding the clock button, then pressing the RESET button (preset 6) sets the clock back to the previous hour. If the displayed time is after the half hour, the clock is set forward to the beginning of the next hour. For example: 1:06 will reset to 1:00 1:52 will reset to 2:00 If your car’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, the time setting will be lost. To set the time again, follow the setting procedure. 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 70 ). 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 Honda’s radio can receive the complete AM and FM bands. Those bands cover these frequencies: Radio Reception How well your Acura’s radio receives stations is dependent on many factors, such as the distance from the station’s transmitter, nearby large objects, and atmospheric conditions. AM band: 530 to 1,710 kilohertz FM band: 87.7 to 107.9 megahertz Radio stations on the AM band are assigned frequencies at least ten kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550). Stations on the FM band are assigned frequencies at least 0.2 megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3). A radio station’s signal gets weaker as you get farther away from its transmitter. If you are listening to an AM station, you will notice the sound volume becoming weaker, and the station drifting in and out. If you are listening to an FM station, you will see the stereo indicator flickering off and on as the signal weakens. Eventually, the stereo indicator will go off and the sound will fade completely as you get out of range of the station’s signal. Driving very near the transmitter of a station that is broadcasting on a frequency close to the frequency of the station you are listening to can also affect your radio’s reception. You may temporarily hear both stations, or hear only the station you are close to. Comfort and Convenience Features 131 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. 132 Comfort and Convenience Features Radio reception can be affected by atmospheric conditions such as thunderstorms, high humidity, and even sunspots. You may be able to receive a distant radio station one day and not receive it the next day because of a change in conditions. Electrical interference from passing vehicles and stationary sources can cause temporary reception problems. Main Menu Table of Contents 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. 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. 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. When the system reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side. If you want to remove the cassette from the drive, press the EJECT button. If you turn the system off while a tape is playing, either with the PWR/ VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the cassette will remain in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the tape will begin playing where it left off. To switch to the radio or CD changer while listening to a tape, press the AM, FM or CD button. To change back to the cassette player, press the TAPE button. You can remove the cassette with the ignition switch in any position, even if the audio system is turned off. Comfort and Convenience Features 133 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 DOLBY INDICATOR TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR TAPE EJECT CASSETTE SLOT BUTTON AM BUTTON CD BUTTON TAPE BUTTON FM BUTTON PLAY BUTTON REW BUTTON PROG BUTTON DOLBY BUTTON FF BUTTON CONTINUED 134 Comfort and Convenience Features 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 SKIP BUTTONS Comfort and Convenience Features 135 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. 136 Comfort and Convenience Features 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. 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. 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. Never try to insert foreign objects into the cassette player. Comfort and Convenience Features 137 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. CD SLOT LOAD BUTTON CD EJECT BUTTON To load the CDs or operate the CD changer, the ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). Load and play only standard round discs. Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. You cannot load and play 3-inch (8-cm) discs in this system. 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. 138 Comfort and Convenience Features PWR/VOL KNOB RDM BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON CD BUTTON SKIP BUTTONS 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 see ‘‘LOAd’’ in the display, then release the button. 2. On the upper left side of the display, the disc number for an empty position will begin blinking and the green CD Loaded indicator will come on. 3. 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 see BUSY in the display. The CD Loaded indicator turns red and blinks as the CD is loaded. 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 disc number for an empty position starts to blink and the green CD Loaded indicator comes on, you will see LOAd in the display. Insert the 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. 4. When LOAd appears again in the display, insert the next disc into the CD slot. Comfort and Convenience Features 139 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 AM BUTTON CD LOADED INDICATOR CD SLOT CD SLOT INDICATOR 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. FM BUTTON 140 Comfort and Convenience Features PRESET BUTTONS TAPE BUTTON 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 146 ). You can use the SKIP buttons while a disc is playing to select passages and change tracks. To move rapidly within a track, press and hold 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. Comfort and Convenience Features 141 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. 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. RDM INDICATOR PWR/VOL KNOB AM BUTTON FM BUTTON Comfort and Convenience Features RPT INDICATOR TAPE BUTTON RDM BUTTON RPT BUTTON 142 CD BUTTON SKIP BUTTONS PRESET BUTTONS 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). If you do not remove the disc from the slot, the system will reload the disc after 15 seconds and put the CD changer in pause mode. To begin playing the disc, press the CD button. CD SLOT CD EJECT BUTTON CD BUTTON To remove a different CD from the changer, first select it with the appropriate preset button. When that CD begins playing, press the Eject button. Comfort and Convenience Features 143 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 up to six discs, one at a time. 144 Comfort and Convenience Features 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, along with 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. Comfort and Convenience Features 145 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 Disc-changer malfunction. High temperature. Disc-changer malfunction. 146 Comfort and Convenience Features Solution Consult your Acura dealer. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Consult your Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Theft Protection Only on U.S. model 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 Honda 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. If you make a mistake entering the code, do not start over or try to correct your mistake. Complete the five-digit sequence, then enter the correct code. You have ten tries to enter the correct code. If you are unsuccessful in ten attempts, you must then leave the system on for one hour before trying again. You will have to store your favorite stations in the Preset buttons after the system begins working. Your original settings were lost when power was disconnected. Comfort and Convenience Features 147 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 alarm stops. 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 hatch. The security system indicator on the instrument panel starts blinking immediately to show you the system is setting itself. 148 Comfort and Convenience Features The security system will not set if the hood, hatch, or either door is not fully closed. If the system will not set, check the Door Open Indicator on the instrument panel (see page 61 ), to see if the doors are fully closed. Since they are not part of the monitor display, manually check the hood and hatch. 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. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only Cruise control allows you to maintain a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. It should be used for cruising on straight, open highways. It is not recommended for 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. Using the Cruise Control Improper use of the cruise control can lead to a crash. CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH Use the cruise control only when traveling on open highways in good weather. 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 149 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control RESUME/accel 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. 150 Comfort and Convenience Features The cruise control may not hold the set speed when you are going up and down hills. If your speed increases going down a hill, use the brakes to slow down to the desired speed. This will cancel the cruise control. To resume the set speed, press the RESUME/accel button. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel comes on. When climbing a steep hill, the automatic transmission may downshift to hold the set speed. Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Changing the Set Speed You can increase the set cruising speed in either of two ways: Press and hold the RESUME/ accel button. The car will accelerate. When you reach the desired cruising speed, release the button. Push on the accelerator pedal. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed and press the SET/decel button. To increase your speed in very small amounts, tap the RESUME/ accel button repeatedly. Each time you do this, your car will speed up about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). You can decrease the set cruising speed in either of two 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). 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. Resting your foot on the brake or clutch pedal will cause the cruise control to cancel. Tap the brake or clutch 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. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features 151 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Cancelling the Cruise Control You can cancel the cruise control in any of these ways: Tap the brake or clutch pedal. Push the CANCEL button on the steering wheel. Press the Cruise Control Master Switch. When you push the CANCEL button, or tap the brake or clutch 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. 152 Comfort and Convenience Features The system remembers the previously-set cruising speed. To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h), then press the RESUME/accel button. The CRUISE CONTROL light comes on, and the car will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before. Pressing the Cruise Control Master Switch turns the system completely off and erases the previous cruising speed from memory. To use the system again, refer to Using the Cruise Control. 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. General Precautions ...................... 154 Break-in Period .............................. 155 Gasoline .......................................... 155 Service Station Procedures .......... 156 Filling the Fuel Tank ................. 156 Opening the Hood ..................... 157 Oil Check ................................ 159 Engine Coolant Check .......... 160 Fuel Economy ................................ 161 Vehicle Condition ...................... 161 Driving Habits ............................ 161 Accessories and Modifications .... 162 Carrying Cargo .............................. 164 Before Driving 153 Main Menu Table of Contents General Precautions Curbs and steep inclines could damage the front and rear bumpers. Low curbs that do not affect the average car may be high enough to hit the bumper on your Acura. The front or rear bumper may scrape when trying to drive onto an incline, such as a steep driveway or trailer ramps. Type-S model Your Acura is designed to give you optimum handling and performance on well-maintained roads. As part of this design, your car has a minimum of ground clearance. Use caution if you should drive your car on very rough or rutted roads. You could damage the suspension and underbody by bottoming out. Going too fast over parking lot ‘‘speed bumps’’ can also cause damage. 154 Before Driving 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. Gasoline Your Acura is designed to operate on unleaded gasoline. (All models except Type-S) We recommend gasolines containing detergent additives that help prevent fuel system and engine deposits. Use an unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 86 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise in the engine that can lead to mechanical damage. Using gasoline containing lead will damage your car’s emissions controls. This contributes to air pollution. Use a premium unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 91 or higher. 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. (Type-S) Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause occasional metallic knocking noises in the engine and will result in decreased engine performance. Before Driving 155 Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Filling the Fuel Tank Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel. Pull Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame away. Handle fuel only outdoors. Wipe up spills immediately. 1. Because the fuel fill cap is on the driver’s side of the 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. FUEL FILL CAP 156 Before Driving 3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as pressure inside the tank escapes. 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. 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 276 ). Opening the Hood LATCH 6. Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches. HOOD RELEASE 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. 2. To find the hood latch handle, put your fingers under the front edge of the hood just to left of center. Lift up the hood latch handle until it releases the hood. Lift the hood. CONTINUED Before Driving 157 Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures If you can open the hood without lifting the hood latch handle, or the hood latch handle moves stiffly or does not spring back as before, the mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated (see page 224 ). SUPPORT ROD To close the hood, lift it up slightly to remove the support rod from the hole. Put the support rod back into its holding clip. Lower the hood to about a foot (30 cm) above the fender, then let it drop. After closing the hood, make sure it is securely latched. 3. Pull the support rod out of its clip and insert the end into the hole on the left side of the hood. 158 Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Oil Check 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. 2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or paper towel. 3. Insert it all the way back in its tube. 1. Remove the dipstick (orange handle). CONTINUED Before Driving 159 Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Engine Coolant Check RESERVE TANK UPPER MARK LOWER MARK 4. Remove the dipstick again and check the level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. If it is near or below the lower mark, see Adding Oil on page 207 . 160 Before Driving MAX MIN Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines. If it is below the MIN line, see Adding Engine Coolant on page 212 for information on adding the proper coolant. Refer to Owner Maintenance Checks on page 205 for information on checking other items in your Acura. 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. Vehicle 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 205 ). 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. 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 to cut down on air conditioning use. Use the flow-through ventilation when the outside air temperature is moderate. 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. Before Driving 161 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 Genuine 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 the page 131 for additional information.) 162 Before Driving 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. Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding accessories and modifications. When properly installed, cellular phones, alarms, two-way radios, and low-powered audio systems should not interfere with your car’s computer-controlled systems, such as the SRS and anti-lock brake system. 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: Make sure the accessory does not obscure any lights, or interfere with proper car operation or performance. Be sure electronic accessories do not overload electrical circuits (see page 280 ). Have the installer contact your Acura dealer for assistance before installing any electronic accessory. If possible, have your dealer inspect the final installation. Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories and Modifications Modifications Do not remove any original equipment or modify your car in any way that would alter its design or operation. This could make your car unsafe and illegal to drive. In addition, any modifications that decrease ground clearance increase the chance of undercarriage parts striking a curb, speed bump, or other raised object, which could cause your airbags to deploy. For example, do not make any modifications that would change the ride height of your car, or install wheels and tires with a different overall diameter. Do not modify your steering wheel or any other part of your Supplemental Restraint System. Modifications could make the system ineffective. Additional Safety Precaution Do not attach or place objects on the airbag covers. Any object attached to or placed on the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG,’’ in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard, could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags. Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Such modifications can adversely affect handling, and interfere with the operation of the car’s anti-lock brakes and other systems. Before Driving 163 Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Your car has several convenient storage areas so you can stow cargo safely. The glove box, and the pockets in the doors and on the passenger’s seat-back are designed for small, lightweight items. The cargo area is intended for larger, heavier items. In addition, the back seat can be folded down to allow you to carry more cargo or longer items. 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. 164 Before Driving 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: 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. Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the seats and interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the pedals, or with the proper operation of the seats. Add up the weight of all occupants. If you are towing a trailer, add the tongue weight to the number above. Keep the glove box closed while driving. If the lid is open, a passenger could injure their knees during a crash or sudden stop. Subtract the total from 700 lbs (325 kg). The final number is the total weight of cargo you can carry. Before Driving 165 Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area or on a Roof Rack Distribute cargo evenly on the floor of the cargo area, placing the heaviest items on the bottom and as far forward as possible. If you fold down the back seat, tie down items that could be thrown about the car during a crash or sudden stop. Do not place items on the cargo area cover, or stack objects higher than the top of the back seat. They could block your view and be thrown about the car during a crash or sudden stop. 166 Before Driving If you carry large items that prevent you from closing the hatch, exhaust gas can enter the passenger area. To avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, follow the instructions on page 49 . 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. Main Menu Driving This section gives you tips on starting the engine under various conditions, and how to operate the 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions and automatic transmission. It also the includes important information on parking your car, the braking system, and facts you need if you are planning to tow a trailer. Preparing to Drive ......................... 168 Starting the Engine........................ 169 Starting in Cold Weather at High Altitude ..................... 169 5-speed and 6-speed Manual Transmissions.......... 170 Recommended Shift Points ...... 171 Engine Speed Limiter ............... 171 Reverse Lockout ........................ 172 Automatic Transmission............... 173 Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 173 Shift Lever Positions ................. 173 Engine Speed Limiter ............... 178 Shift Lock Release ..................... 179 Parking ............................................ 180 The Braking System...................... 181 Brake Wear Indicators .............. 181 Brake System Design................ 182 Anti-lock Brakes ........................ 182 Important Safety Reminders .......................... 183 ABS Indicator ......................... 183 Driving in Bad Weather ................ 184 Towing a Trailer ............................ 186 Driving 167 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 hatch 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. 168 Driving 5. Check the adjustment of the seat (see page 86 ). 6. Check the adjustment of the inside and outside mirrors (see page 95 ). 7. Check the adjustment of the steering wheel (see page 74 ). 8. Make sure the doors and hatch are securely closed and locked. 9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that your passengers have fastened their seat belts (see page 16 ). 10.Turn the ignition switch ON (II). Check the indicator lights in the instrument panel. 11.Start the engine (see page 169 ). 12.Check the gauges and indicator lights in the instrument panel (see page 59 ). 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 169 Main Menu Table of Contents 5-speed and 6-speed Manual Transmissions 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. 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. 170 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 5-speed and 6-speed Manual Transmissions 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: 5-speed Shift up Normal acceleration 1st to 2nd 2nd to 3rd 3rd to 4th 4th to 5th 14 mph (23 km/h) 25 mph (40 km/h) 40 mph (64 km/h) 49 mph (79 km/h) 6-speed Shift up Normal acceleration 1st to 2nd 2nd to 3rd 3rd to 4th 4th to 5th 5th to 6th 14 mph (23 km/h) 25 mph (40 km/h) 40 mph (64 km/h) 49 mph (79 km/h) 54 mph (87 km/h) 5-speed Shift up Cruise from acceleration 1st to 2nd 2nd to 3rd 3rd to 4th 4th to 5th 7 mph (11 km/h) 23 mph (37 km/h) 33 mph (53 km/h) 45 mph (72 km/h) 6-speed Shift up Cruise from acceleration 1st to 2nd 2nd to 3rd 3rd to 4th 4th to 5th 5th to 6th 7 mph (11 km/h) 23 mph (37 km/h) 33 mph (53 km/h) 45 mph (72 km/h) 50 mph (80 km/h) Engine Speed Limiter If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometer’s red zone. If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out. This is caused by a limiter in the engine’s computer controls. The engine will run normally when you reduce the RPM below the red zone. Before downshifting, make sure the engine will not go into the tachometer’s red zone. Driving 171 Main Menu Table of Contents 5-speed and 6-speed Manual Transmissions 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. 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. 172 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 Shift Lever Positions SHIFT LEVER This indicator on the instrument panel shows which position the shift lever is in. The ‘‘D’’ indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it flashes at any time (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 shift lever has five positions. It must be in Park or Neutral to start the engine. When you are stopped in D, D3, N, R or the manual mode, press firmly on the brake pedal and keep your foot off the accelerator pedal. CONTINUED Driving 173 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission To shift from: P to R R to N N to D D to D3 D3 to D D to N N to R R to P Move the lever. You cannot shift out of Park with the brake pedal depressed when the ignition switch is in LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I). 174 Driving If you have done all of the above and still cannot move the lever out of Park, see Shift Lock Release on page 178 . 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. Do this: Press the brake pedal, then move the shift lever. 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 side to shift out of the Park position. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission 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 car speed exceeds 5−6 mph (8−10 km/h). If you cannot shift to Reverse when the car is stopped, press the brake pedal and slowly shift to Neutral, and then to Reverse. 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 (D) − Use this position for your normal driving. The transmission automatically selects a suitable gear for your speed and acceleration. Drive (D3) − This position is similar to D, except only the first three gears are selected. Use D3 when towing a trailer in hilly terrain, or to provide engine braking when going down a steep hill. D3 can also keep the transmission from cycling third, fourth and fifth gears in stop-and-go driving. For faster acceleration when in D3 or D, you can get the transmission to automatically downshift by pushing the accelerator pedal to the floor. The transmission will shift down one, two or three gears, depending on your speed. 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 178 ). Driving 175 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Sequential SportShift Mode − With the shift lever in ‘‘D’’ position, you can select the Sequential SportShift Mode to shift gears; much like a manual transmission, but without a clutch pedal. To enter the Sequential SportShift Mode, move the shift lever further to the driver’s side. To return to ‘‘D’’, move the shift lever to the passenger’s side. When you move the shift lever from ‘‘D’’ to the Sequential SportShift mode, the display shows the selected gear. 176 Driving When you accelerate away from a stop, the transmission will be in first gear. The transmission will not automatically upshift. Watch the tachometer and upshift manually before the engine reaches redline. + Up shift − Down shift In Sequential SportShift mode, each time you push forward on the shift lever the transmission will shift to a higher gear. Pull back on the lever to downshift. The number of the gear selected is displayed on the instrument panel (see page 227 ). The transmission remains in the selected gear (5, 4, 3, 2, or 1). There is no automatic downshift when you push the accelerator pedal to the floor. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission The transmission may automatically downshift from the higher gear to the lower gear under the following conditions: The car speeds drops below 5 → 4 : 33 mph (52 km/h) 4 → 3 : 20 mph (32 km/h) If you drive uphill between 5 → 4 : 45−33 mph (72−52 km/h) 4 → 3 : 33−20 mph (52−32 km/h) If you press the brake pedal as you drive downhill. Downshifting gives you more power when climbing or provides engine braking when going down a steep hill. The transmission will also shift automatically as the car comes to a complete stop. It will downshift to first gear when the car speed is under 6 mph (10 km/h). If you try to manually downshift at a speed that would cause the engine to exceed the redline in a lower gear, the transmission will not downshift. The gear indicator will flash the number of the lower gear several times, then return to the higher gear. If the 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. The table shows the speed ranges for upshifting and downshifting. To shift from Speed range 1→2 over 0 mph (0 km/h) 2→3 over 6 mph (10 km/h) 3→4 over 20 mph (32 km/h) 4→5 over 33 mph (52 km/h) Driving 177 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission To shift from Speed range 2→1 under 31 mph (50 km/h) 3→2 under 63 mph (100 km/h) 4→3 under 94 mph (150 km/h) 5→4 under 131 mph (210 km/h) 178 Driving Starting in Second Gear When you are in Sequential Sportshift mode, and the vehicle is stopped, push forward on the shift lever to shift to second gear. You will see ‘‘2’’ in the display. Starting out in second gear will help to reduce wheelspin in deep snow or on a slippery surface. Engine Speed Limiter If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometer’s red zone. If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out. This is caused by a limiter in the engine’s computer controls. The engine will run normally when you reduce the RPM below the red zone. 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. 1. Set the Parking brake. 2. Make sure the ignition switch is in LOCK (0) 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 off the edge of the cover. SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT 4. Insert a small screwdriver in the Shift Lock Release slot. 5. Push down on the key while you move the shift lever out of Park to Neutral. 6. Remove the screwdriver from the shift lock release slot, then install a new cover. Depress the brake pedal and restart the engine. If you need to use the Shift Lock Release, it means your car is developing a problem. Have the car checked by your Acura dealer. Driving 179 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. 180 Driving 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 cargo area or take them with you. Lock the doors. 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. 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. 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.’’ Driving 181 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 vehicle (the left-front brake is connected with the right-rear brake, etc.). If one circuit should develop a problem, you will still have braking at two wheels. U.S.: All models Canada: Premium and Type-S models only 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. 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. Front 182 Anti-lock Brakes Driving 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.’’ 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. 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. 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. Driving 183 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. 184 Driving 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. Visibility − Being able to see clearly in all directions and being visible to other drivers are important in all weather conditions. This is more difficult in bad weather. To be seen more clearly during daylight hours, turn on your headlights. Inspect your windshield wipers and washers frequently. Keep the windshield washer reservoir full of the proper fluid. Have the windshield wiper blades replaced if they start to streak the windshield or leave parts unwiped. Use the defrosters and air conditioning to keep the windows from fogging up on the inside (see page 107 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Bad Weather Traction − Check your tires frequently for wear and proper pressure. Both are important in preventing ‘‘hydroplaning’’ (loss of traction on a wet surface). In the winter, mount snow tires on all four wheels for the best handling. Watch road conditions carefully, they can change from moment to moment. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. ‘‘Clear’’ roads can have patches of ice. Driving conditions can be very hazardous when the outside temperature is near freezing. The road surface can become covered with areas of water puddles mixed with areas of ice, so your traction can change without warning. Be very cautious when passing, or being passed by other vehicles. The spray from large vehicles reduces your visibility, and the wind buffeting can cause you to lose control. Be careful when downshifting. If traction is low, you can lock up the drive wheels for a moment and cause a skid. Driving 185 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 vehicle’s handling and performance. It can also damage the engine and drivetrain. 186 Driving 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. 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: 3,660 lbs (1,660 kg) Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): The total weight of the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo, and the tongue load must not exceed: 1,950 lbs (885 kg) 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. on the front axle 1,775 lbs (805 kg) on the rear axle Driving 187 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. 188 Driving 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. Hitches Any hitch used on your vehicle must be properly bolted to the underbody. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer 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. 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. Trailer Lights TAILLIGHT (RED/YELLOW) LEFT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/RED) BRAKE LIGHT (WHITE/BLACK) BACK UP LIGHT (GREEN) If you use a converter, you can get the connector and pins that mate with the connector in your vehicle from your Acura dealer. RIGHT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/YELLOW) GROUND (BLACK) 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. Your vehicle has a trailer lighting connector located behind the right side panel in the cargo area. Refer to the drawing above for the wiring color code and purpose of each pin. Driving 189 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: 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 page 187 ). 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. 190 Driving Your vehicle tires and spare are properly inflated (see page 235 ), and the trailer tires and spare are inflated as recommended by the trailer maker. 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. Making Turns and Braking Driving on Hills 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. 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 3rd and 4th gears while going up a hill, shift to D3. 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 D 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 next column for additional gear information.) Driving 191 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. 192 Driving 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. Main Menu Maintenance This section explains why it is important to keep your car well maintained and to follow basic maintenance safety precautions. This section also includes Maintenance Schedules for normal driving and severe driving conditions, a Maintenance Record, and instructions for simple maintenance tasks you may want to take care of yourself. If you have the skills and tools to perform more complex maintenance tasks on your Acura, you may want to purchase the Service Manual. See page 306 for information on how to obtain a copy, or see your Acura dealer. Maintenance Safety ....................... 194 Important Safety Precautions .. 195 Maintenance Schedule .................. 196 Required Maintenance Record .... 203 Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 205 Fluid Locations............................... 206 Engine Oil ....................................... 207 Adding Oil................................... 207 Recommended Oil ..................... 207 Synthetic Oil ............................... 209 Additives ..................................... 209 Changing the Oil and Filter ...... 209 Cooling System .............................. 212 Adding Engine Coolant ............. 212 Replacing Engine Coolant ........ 214 Windshield Washers ..................... 216 Transmission Fluid ........................ 217 Automatic Transmission.......................... 217 Manual Transmission ............... 219 Brake and Clutch Fluid ................. 219 Brake System ............................. 220 Clutch System ............................ 220 Power Steering ............................... 221 Air Cleaner Element ...................... 222 Hood Latch ..................................... 224 Spark Plugs ..................................... 224 Replacement ............................... 224 Specifications ............................. 226 Battery ............................................ 226 Wiper Blades .................................. 229 Air Conditioning System ............... 231 Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 232 Drive Belts ...................................... 234 Tires ................................................ 235 Inflation ....................................... 235 Inspection ................................... 236 Maintenance ............................... 237 Tire Rotation .............................. 238 Replacing Tires and Wheels .... 239 Wheels and Tires ....................... 240 Winter Driving ........................... 240 Snow Tires .............................. 241 Tire Chains ............................. 241 Lights .............................................. 242 Headlight Aiming ...................... 244 Replacing Bulbs ......................... 244 Storing Your Car ............................ 252 Maintenance 193 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. 194 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 195 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 155 ). 196 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. U.S. Owners − Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule Trailer towing, driving with a car top carrier, or driving in mountainous conditions. Driving on muddy, dusty, or deiced roads. NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY or NEVER, drive under a ‘‘severe’’ condition, you should follow the Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions. Canadian Owners − Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. 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. 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. 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. Maintenance 197 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions Service at the indicated distance or time − whichever comes first. Check engine oil and coolant Replace engine oil Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition at least once per month) Replace engine oil filter Inspect front and rear brakes Check parking brake adjustment 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 # Exhaust system, #Fuel lines and connections Inspect and adjust drive belts Replace dust and pollen filter*1 Replace transmission fluid Replace air cleaner element Replace spark plugs Inspect valve clearance # Inspect idle speed Replace engine coolant Replace brake fluid miles x 1,000 km x 1,000 months 10 16 20 32 12 M/T A/T Maintenance 40 64 50 80 60 96 70 112 80 128 90 144 24 36 48 60 Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop 100 160 110 176 120 192 72 At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 6 years, then every 90,000 miles (144,000 km) or 5 years Service the following items at the recommended intervals Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km) Inspect every 110,000 miles (176,000 km), otherwise adjust only if noisy Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km) or 7 years At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 3 years *1: See Dust and Pollen Filter on page 232 for replacement information under special driving conditions. #: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 197 . 198 30 48 Main Menu Table of Contents 10,000 mi/16,000 km/1 yr 20,000 mi/32,000 km/1 yr 30,000 mi/48,000 km/2 yrs 40,000 mi/64,000 km/2 yrs 50,000 mi/80,000 km/3 yrs 60,000 mi/96,000 km/3 yrs 70,000 mi/112,000 km/4 yrs 80,000 mi/128,000 km/4 yrs 90,000 mi/144,000 km/5 yrs 100,000 mi/160,000 km/5 yrs 110,000 mi/176,000 km 110,000 mi/176,000 km/6 yrs 110,000 mi/176,000 km/7 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/6 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/10 yrs Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A, C, D. Do items in A, B. Do items in A, E. Do items in A, B, C, D. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A, C, D. Do items in A, B. □Inspect valve clearance, cold engine. □Replace spark plugs. Do items in A, E. □#Inspect idle speed. □Replace transmission fluid (M/T, A/T). Do items in A, B, C, D. □Replace engine coolant. A □Replace engine oil. □Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 238 ). 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 exhaust system. □#Inspect fuel lines and connections. C □Inspect and adjust drive belts. □Replace dust and pollen filter.*1 D □Replace air cleaner element every 30,000 mi/48,000 km (independent of time). E □Replace brake fluid every 3 years (independent of mileage). *1: See Dust and Pollen Filter on page 236 for replacement information under special driving conditions. #: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 197 . NOTE: Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop. Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy. Maintenance 199 Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions (listed by distance/time) Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. U.S. Owners − Refer to page 196 to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners − Use the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions Service at the indicated distance or time − whichever comes first. Check engine oil and coolant Replace engine oil Rotate tires (Check tire inflation and condition at least once per month) Replace engine oil filter Inspect front and rear brakes Lubricate all hinges, looks, and latches Visually inspect the following items: Tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots, Suspension components Driveshaft boots Check parking brake adjustment Visually inspect the following items: Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids # Exhaust system, #Fuel lines and connections Lights and controls, Vehicle underbody Inspect and adjust drive belts Replace dust and pollen filter*1 Replace transmission fluid Clean or replace air cleaner element Replace spark plugs Inspect valve clearance # Inspect idle speed Replace engine coolant Replace brake fluid miles x 1,000 km x 1,000 months 10 16 20 32 12 Maintenance 40 64 50 80 60 96 70 112 80 128 90 144 100 160 24 36 48 60 Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Replace every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or 6 months 110 176 120 192 72 M/T A/T Service the following items at the recommended intervals Clean every 15,000 miles (24,000 km), and replace every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) (Use normal schedule except in dusty conditions) Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km) Inspect every 110,000 miles (176,000 km), otherwise adjust only if noisy Every 110,000 miles (176,000 km) or 7 years At 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 3 years *1: See Dust and Pollen Filter on page 232 for replacement information under special driving conditions. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 197 . 200 30 48 Main Menu Table of Contents 5,000 mi/8,000 km/6 mos 10,000 mi/16,000 km/1 yr 15,000 mi/24,000 km/1-½ yrs 20,000 mi/32,000 km/1 yr 25,000 mi/40,000 km/2 yrs 30,000 mi/48,000 km/2 yrs 35,000 mi/56,000 km/2-½ yrs 40,000 mi/64,000 km/2 yrs 45,000 mi/72,000 km/3 yrs 50,000 mi/80,000 km/3 yrs 55,000 mi/88,000 km/3-½ yrs 60,000 mi/96,000 km/3 yrs 65,000 mi/104,000 km/4 yrs 70,000 mi/112,000 km/4 yrs 75,000 mi/120,000 km/4-½ yrs 80,000 mi/128,000 km/4 yrs 85,000 mi/136,000 km/5 yrs 90,000 mi/144,000 km/5 yrs Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A, E. Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. Do items in A, B, D. Do items in A. Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A, E, F. Do items in A, B. Do items in A. □Replace transmission fluid (M/T, A/T). Do items in A, B, C, D. Do items in A. Do items in A, B. Do items in A, E. Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A. □Replace transmission fluid (A/T). Do items in A, B, D. A □Replace engine oil. B □Inspect front and rear brakes. □Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 238 ). □Lubricate all hinges, locks, and latches. □Replace engine oil filter. □Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots. □Inspect suspension components. □Inspect driveshaft boots. C □Check parking brake adjustment. □Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS). □Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check for leaks. □#Inspect exhaust system. □#Inspect fuel lines and connections. □Check all lights. □Inspect the underbody. D □Inspect and adjust drive belts. □Replace air cleaner element (independent of time). □Replace dust and pollen filter*1. E □Clean air cleaner element every 15,000 mi/ 24,000 km (independent of time). F □Replace brake fluid every 3 years (independent of mileage). CONTINUED Maintenance 201 Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time) Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. U.S. Owners − Refer to page 196 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 95,000 mi/152,000 km/5-½ yrs 100,000 mi/160,000 km/5 yrs 105,000 mi/168,000 km/6 yrs 110,000 mi/176,000 km 110,000 mi/176,000 km/6 yrs 110,000 mi/176,000 km/7 yrs 115,000 mi/184,000 km/6-½ yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/6 yrs 120,000 mi/192,000 km/10 yrs 202 Maintenance Do items in A. Do items in A, B, C. Do items in A, E, F □Inspect valve clearance, cold engine. □Replace spark plugs. Do items in A, B. □#Inspect idle speed. Do items in A. □Replace transmission fluid (M/T, A/T). Do items in A, B, C, D. □Replace engine coolant. *1: See dust and pollen filter on page 232 for replacement information under special driving conditions. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 197 . 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 198 ) or severe conditions (page 200 ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your car. 5,000 mi 8,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 35,000 mi 56,000 km Date 10,000 mi 16,000 km mi/km Date 15,000 mi 24,000 km mi/km mi/km 25,000 mi 40,000 km mi/km 40,000 mi 64,000 km (or 2 years) mi/km 45,000 mi 72,000 km mi/km 50,000 mi 80,000 km Date mi/km Date Date Date mi/km Date 55,000 mi 88,000 km Date 30,000 mi 48,000 km mi/km Date Date 20,000 mi 32,000 km (or 1 year) Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 60,000 mi 96,000 km (or 3 years) mi/km Date CONTINUED Maintenance 203 Main Menu Table of Contents Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 65,000 mi 104,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 95,000 mi 152,000 km Date 70,000 mi 112,000 km mi/km Date 75,000 mi 120,000 km mi/km mi/km 85,000 mi 136,000 km mi/km 100,000 mi 160,000 km (or 5 years) mi/km 105,000 mi 168,000 km mi/km 110,000 mi 176,000 km Date mi/km Date 204 Maintenance Date Date mi/km Date 115,000 mi 184,000 km Date 90,000 mi 144,000 km mi/km Date Date 80,000 mi 128,000 km (or 4 years) Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 120,000 mi 192,000 km (or 6 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 159 . Engine coolant level − Check the radiator reserve tank every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 160 . 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 216 . Tires − Check the tire pressure monthly. Examine the tread for wear and foreign objects. See page 235 . 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 244 . Automatic transmission − Check the fluid level monthly. See page 217 . Brakes − Check the fluid level monthly. See page 219 . Maintenance 205 Main Menu Table of Contents Fluid Locations BRAKE FLUID (Gray cap) ENGINE OIL FILL CAP (Black cap) POWER STEERING FLUID (Red cap) ENGINE COOLANT RESERVOIR (Manual Transmission only) CLUTCH FLUID (Gray cap) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop) WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) RADIATOR CAP 206 Maintenance ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Orange loop) Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Adding Oil ENGINE OIL FILL CAP Recommended Oil Oil is major contributor to your engine’s performance and longevity. Always use a premium-grade detergent oil displaying the API Certification Seal. This seal indicates the oil is energy conserving, and that it meets the American Petroleum Institute’s latest requirements. It is highly recommended that you use Honda Motor Oil in your car for as long as you own it. Make sure the API Certification Seal says ‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’ API CERTIFICATION SEAL To add oil, unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on top of the valve cover. Pour in the oil, and install the engine oil fill cap. Tighten it securely. Wait a few minutes and recheck the oil level. Do not fill above the upper mark; you could damage the engine. CONTINUED Maintenance 207 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil The SAE numbers tell you the oil’s viscosity or weight. Select the oil for your car according to this chart. RSX and Premium models 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. 208 Maintenance Type-S Ambient Temperature An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is preferred for improved fuel economy and year-round protection in your Acura. You may use a 10W-30 oil if the temperature in your area never goes below 20°F (−7°C). Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Synthetic Oil You may use a synthetic motor oil if it meets the same requirements given for a conventional motor oil: it displays the API Certification Seal, and it is the proper weight as shown on the chart. When using synthetic oil, you must follow the oil and filter change intervals given in the maintenance schedule. Additives Your Acura does not need any oil additives. Purchasing additives for the engine or transmission will not increase your car’s performance or longevity. It only increases the cost of operating your car. 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. CONTINUED Maintenance 209 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil 1. Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature, then shut it off. WASHER OIL DRAIN BOLT 2. Open the hood and remove the engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil drain bolt and washer from the bottom of the engine. Drain the oil into an appropriate container. OIL FILTER 3. Remove the oil filter and let the remaining oil drain. A special wrench (available from your Acura dealer) is required to remove the filter. 4. Install a new oil filter according to instructions that come with it. 210 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil 5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt. Tighten it to: (RSX and Premium models) 33 lbf·ft (44 N·m , 4.5 kgf·m) (Type-S) 29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m) 6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil. Engine oil change capacity (including filter): (RSX and Premium models) 4.4 US qt (4.2 , 3.7 Imp qt) 7. Replace the engine oil fill cap. Start the engine. The oil pressure indicator light should go out within five seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine and reinspect your work. 8. Let the engine run for several minutes and check the drain bolt and oil filter for leaks. 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. 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. (Type-S) 5.0 US qt (4.7 , 4.1 Imp qt) Maintenance 211 Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Adding Engine Coolant MAX MIN If the coolant level in the reserve tank is at or below the MIN line, add coolant to bring it up to the MAX line. Inspect the cooling system for leaks. This coolant should always be a mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or plain water. 212 Maintenance 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System 1. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool. 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. RESERVE TANK 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. Maintenance 213 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. COVER 1. Turn the ignition ON (II). Turn the temperature control dial to maximum heat. Turn the ignition off. 2. Open the hood. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool to the touch. 3. Remove the radiator cap. 214 Maintenance 4. Remove the cover under the radiator. Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System FILLER NECK CLIP DRAIN CAP DRAIN PLUG 5. Loosen the drain plug on the bottom of the radiator. Drain the coolant into an appropriate container. Fill up to here 6. Remove the clip, then remove the reserve tank drain cap. Drain the coolant into an appropriate container. 7. When the coolant stops draining, tighten the drain plug at the bottom of the radiator. Install the reserve tank drain cap and clip. 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. CONTINUED Maintenance 215 Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System, Windshield Washers The cooling system capacity is: Manual Transmission: 14. Remove the radiator cap. Fill the radiator with coolant up to the base of the filler neck. 1.35 US gal (5.1 , 1.12 Imp gal) With automatic transmission: 1.32 US gal (5.0 , 1.10 Imp gal) 9. Start the engine and let it run for about 30 seconds. Then turn off the engine. 10. Fill the radiator with coolant up to the base of the filler neck. 11. Fill the reserve tank to the MAX mark. Install the reserve tank cap. 12. Install the radiator cap, and tighten it to the first stop. 13. Start the engine and let it run until the radiator cooling fan comes on at least twice. Then stop the engine. 216 Maintenance 15. Start the engine and hold it at 1,500 rpm until the radiator fan comes on. Turn off the engine. Check the coolant level in the radiator and add coolant if needed. 16. Install the radiator cap, and tighten it fully. 17. If necessary, fill the reserve tank to the MAX mark. Install the reserve tank cap. 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. This reservoir supplies the windshield and rear window washers. Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Washers, Transmission Fluid WINDSHIELD WASHER RESERVOIR 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. Automatic Transmission DIPSTICK Do not use engine antif reeze or a vinegar/water solution in the windshield washer reservoir. LEVEL GAUGE The windshield washer reservoir is located behind the driver’s side headlight. Check the reservoir’s fluid level by removing the cap and looking at the level gauge attached to the cap. Fill the reservoir with a good-quality windshield washer fluid. This increases the cleaning capability and prevents freezing in cold weather. 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. 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. CONTINUED Maintenance 217 Main Menu Table of Contents Transmission Fluid UPPER MARK LOWER MARK 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. 218 Maintenance 5. If the level is below the lower mark, add fluid into the filler hole to bring it to the upper mark. 6. Insert the dipstick all the way back into the transmission securely as shown in the illustration. 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. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. 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, Brake and Clutch Fluid Manual Transmission Correct level FILLER BOLT Check the fluid level with the transmission at normal operating temperature and the car sitting on level ground. Remove the transmission filler bolt and carefully feel inside the bolt hole with your finger. The fluid level should be up to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is not, add Honda Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall the filler bolt and tighten it securely. If Honda MTF is not available, you may use an API service SG, SH or SJ grade motor oil with a viscosity of SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 as a temporary replacement. An SG grade is preferred, but an SH or SJ grade may be used if SG is not available. However, motor oil does not contain the proper additives and continued use can cause stiffer shifting. Replace as soon as it is convenient. 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. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. CONTINUED Maintenance 219 Main Menu Table of Contents Brake and Clutch Fluid 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. Brake System Clutch System MAX MAX MIN The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If the level is at or below the MIN mark, your brake system needs attention. Have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. MIN The fluid should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If it is not, add brake fluid to bring it up to that level. Use the same fluid specified for the brake system. Low fluid level can indicate a leak in the clutch system. Have this system inspected as soon as possible. 220 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Power Steering 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. 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. LOWER LEVEL Check the level when the engine is cold. Look at the side of the reservoir. The fluid should be between the UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL. If it is below the LOWER LEVEL, add power steering fluid to the UPPER LEVEL. Do not spill the power steering f luid over the body, auto-tensioner, drive belt and pulleys. If spilled accidentally, wipe of f any f luid completely. Maintenance 221 Main Menu Table of Contents Air Cleaner Element The air cleaner element should be cleaned or replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Cleaning (Severe Conditions) 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. AIR CLEANER HOUSING BREATHER TUBE INTAKE AIR DUCT To replace it: Replacement The air cleaner element is inside the air cleaner housing on the driver’s side of the engine compartment. 1. Unsnap the clamp, then remove the intake air duct from the front of the air cleaner housing. 2. Use a pair of pliers to slide back the clamp on the breather tube attached to the side of the housing. 222 Maintenance BOLTS 3. Loosen the five bolts. Main Menu Table of Contents Air Cleaner Element 9. Reinstall the air cleaner housing cover, tighten the five bolts. COVER 10. Install the breather tube clamp. 11. Install the intake air duct and clamp. BREATHER TUBE 4. Lift up the cover slightly, then move it sideways to separate it from the breather tube. AIR CLEANER ELEMENT 5. Remove the old air cleaner element. 6. Carefully clean the inside of the air cleaner housing with a damp rag. 7. Place the new air cleaner element in the air cleaner housing. 8. Push the air cleaner housing cover into the breather tube. Maintenance 223 Main Menu Table of Contents Hood Latch, Spark Plugs Hood Latch LATCH ASSEMBLY Spark Plugs The spark plugs in your car should be replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Replacement NUTS COIL COVER PIVOTS 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. 224 Maintenance 1. Remove the four nuts, then remove the coil cover. 2. Clean up any dirt and oil that have collected around the ignition coils. Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs CONNECTOR IGNITION COIL LOCK TAB 3. Use a wrench to remove the bolt holding the ignition coil. Pull the ignition coil up slightly. 4. 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. 5. Remove the ignition coil. 6. Remove the spark plug with a five-eighths inch (16 mm) spark plug socket. 8. 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) 7. 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. CONTINUED Maintenance 225 Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs, Battery 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. 9. Insert the ignition coil into the hole. Specifications: (RSX and Premium models) NGK: DENSO: IZFR6K11 SKJ20DR-M11 Plug Gap: 0.04 in (1.1 mm) +−00.1mm (Type-S) 10. Connect the wire connector to the ignition coil. NGK: DENSO: 11. Push the ignition coil down all the way. Install the bolt. Plug Gap: 0.04 in (1.1 mm) +−00.1mm 12. Repeat this procedure for the other three spark plugs. Reinstall the coil cover, and tighten the four nuts. 226 Maintenance IFR7G-11K SK22PR-M11 Battery 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. 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. TEST INDICATOR WINDOW 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. WARNING: Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after handling. 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. CONTINUED Maintenance 227 Main Menu Table of Contents Battery 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. 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. 228 Maintenance 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. Your driver’s power window (see page 92 ) and your audio system will also disable itself when the battery is disconnected or goes dead. 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 147 ). 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 they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used. WIPER ARMS LOCK TAB To replace a blade (front or rear): 1. Raise the wiper arm off the windshield or rear window. 2. 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. CONTINUED Maintenance 229 Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades BLADE BLADE 5. Slide the new wiper blade into the holder until the tabs lock. 6. Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. 7. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield or rear window. REINFORCEMENT 3. Remove the blade from its holder by grasping the tabbed end of the blade. Pull firmly until the tabs come out of the holder. 230 Maintenance 4. Examine the new wiper blades. If they have no plastic or metal reinforcement along the back edge, remove the metal reinforcement strips from the old wiper blade and install them in the slots along the edge of the new blade. Main Menu Table of Contents Air Conditioning System 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. 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 290 .) AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER The condenser and radiator f ins bend easily. Only use a low-pressure spray or sof t-bristle brush to clean them. 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. CONTINUED Maintenance 231 Main Menu Table of Contents Dust and Pollen Filter U.S. : All models Canada : Premium and Type-S Optional on RSX Replacement HOOKS COVER The dust and pollen filter removes pollen and dust that is brought in from the outside through the heating and cooling 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 heating and cooling system becomes less than usual. TAB The dust and pollen filter is located behind the glove box. To replace it: 1. Open the glove box. Remove the hooks on the side panels by pulling out on the tabs. Pivot the glove box out of the way. 232 Maintenance 2. Remove the dust and pollen filter cover by pushing up on the lock tab, then pivoting up the cover. Main Menu Table of Contents Dust and Pollen Filter 4. Install the new filters. Reinstall the cover. DUST AND POLLEN FILTERS 5. Pivot the glove box up into position. Reinstall the hooks into the side panel of the glove box. Close the glove box. If you are not sure how to replace the dust and pollen filters, have them replaced by your Acura dealer. 3. Remove the first filter by pulling it straight out of the air conditioning unit. Remove the second filter by sliding it to the left, then pulling it out. Maintenance 233 Main Menu Table of Contents Drive Belts Drive Belt INDICATOR Proper range An auto-tensioner adjusts the tension of the drive belt. The indicator on the auto-tensioner should be in the proper range. It should be checked according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. 234 Maintenance If the indicator is not within the proper range, have the drive belt replaced by your Acura dealer as soon as possible. Main Menu Table of Contents 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 pages give more detailed information on how and when to check air pressure, how to inspect your tires for damage and wear, and what to do when your tires need to be replaced. Using tires that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding tire inflation and maintenance. 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. 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. 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 CONTINUED gauges. Maintenance 235 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Recommended Tire Pressures for Normal Driving The following chart shows the recommended cold tire pressures for most normal driving conditions and speeds. Tire pressures for high speed driving are the same as for normal driving. Tire Size P195/65R15 89H P205/55R16 89V 236 Maintenance Cold Tire Pressure for Normal Driving Front: 33 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm ) Rear: 31 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) The compact spare tire pressure is: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.20 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires 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. 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. (Only on cars equipped with aluminum wheels) Improper wheel weights can damage your car’s aluminum wheels. Use only genuine Acura wheel weights f or balancing. 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. Maintenance 237 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires 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 10,000 miles (16,000 km). Move the tires to the positions shown in the chart each time they are rotated. 238 Maintenance 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires 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. The ABS works 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. If you ever need to replace a wheel, make sure the wheel’s specifications match those of the original wheel that came on your car. Replacement wheels are available at your Acura dealer. CONTINUED Maintenance 239 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Wheels and Tires Wheels: (Canada : RSX) 15 x 6 JJ (U.S. : All models Canada : Premium and Type-S models) 16 x 6 1/2 JJ Tires: (Canada : RSX) P195/65R15 89H (U.S. : All models Canada : Premium and Type-S models) P205/55R16 89V 240 Maintenance See page 292 for information about DOT Tire Quality Grading. Winter Driving Tires that are marked ‘‘M+S’’ or ‘‘All Season’’ on the sidewall have an all-weather tread design. They should be suitable for most winter driving conditions. Tires without these markings are designed for optimum traction in dry conditions. They may not provide adequate performance in winter driving. For the best performance in snowy or icy conditions, you should install snow tires or tire chains. They may be required by local laws under certain conditions. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Snow Tires Tire Chains If you mount snow tires on your Acura, make sure they are radial tires of the same size and load range as the original tires. Mount snow tires on all four wheels to balance your 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. Mount snow chains on your car when warranted by driving conditions or required by local laws. Make sure the chains are the correct size for your tires. Install them only on the front tires. Use only SAE class ‘‘S’’ chains. Only certain brands of chains will fit your Acura without coming in contact with the body or causing mechanical damage. Before buying any types of chains, you should consult with your Acura dealer about the designs and brands that will work on your Acura. Also, make sure you purchase the correct size for your tires. When installing chains, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and mount them as tightly as you can. Drive slowly with chains installed. If you hear them contacting the body or chassis, stop and investigate. Make sure the chains are installed tightly, and that they are not contacting the brake lines or suspension. Remove the chains as soon as you start driving on cleared roads. Chains of the wrong size or that are improperly installed can damage your car’s brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels. Stop driving if you hear the chains hitting any part of the car. Maintenance 241 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. 242 Maintenance HEADLIGHT HIGH BEAM HEADLIGHT LOW BEAM TURN SIGNAL LIGHT PARKING LIGHT Main Menu Table of Contents Lights TAIL/STOP LIGHT TURN SIGNAL LIGHT BACK-UP LIGHT HIGH-MOUNT BRAKE LIGHT Check the following: 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 290 to determine what type of replacement bulb is needed. SIDE MARKER LIGHT LICENSE PLATE LIGHT Maintenance 243 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 cargo area 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 Headlight Bulb Your car has two bulbs on each side, four in total. Make sure you are replacing the bulb that is burned out. Your car uses halogen headlight bulbs. When replacing a bulb, handle it by its plastic case and protect the glass from contact with your skin or hard objects. If you touch the glass, clean it with denatured alcohol and a clean cloth. Passenger’s side POWER STEERING RESERVOIR Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the glass can cause the bulb to overheat and shatter. 244 Maintenance 1. Open the hood. 2. (Passenger’s side) Remove the power steering reservoir from the bracket. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights BULB WEATHER SEAL 6. Insert the new bulb into the hole, making sure the tabs are in their slots. Pivot the hold-down wire back in place and clip the end into the slot. 7. Install the rubber seal over the back of the headlight assembly. Make sure it is right side up; it is marked ‘‘TOP.’’ HOLD DOWN WIRE CONNECTOR 3. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling the connector straight back. 4. Remove the rubber weather seal by pulling on the tab. 8. Push the electrical connector onto the tabs of the new bulb. Make sure it locks in place. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb. 9. (Passenger’s side) Install the power steering reservoir on the bracket. 5. Unclip the end of the hold-down wire from its slot. Pivot it out of the way and remove the bulb. Maintenance 245 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 5. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Replacing a Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Passenger’s side BULB 6. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 7. (Passenger’s side) Install the power steering reservoir on the bracket. POWER STEERING RESERVOIR 1. Open the hood. 2. (Passenger’s side) Remove the power steering reservoir from the bracket. 246 Maintenance 3. Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 4. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Front Parking Light Bulb BULB 3. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Replacing a High-mount Brake Light Bulb 4. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 5. Turn on the parking lights and check that the new bulb is working. 1. Open the hood. The front parking light is next to the headlight bulb. 2. Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. BULB COVER 1. Open the hatch. 2. Remove the high-mount brake light cover by pivoting it toward the back of the car. 3. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. CONTINUED Maintenance 247 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 a Rear License Plate Bulb 5. Insert the socket back into the light assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. BULB 6. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 7. Reinstall the high-mount brake light cover. 1. Insert a flat-tip screwdriver between the left edge of the lens and the housing. The lens will come down. 2. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb in until it bottoms in the socket. 3. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 4. Put the lens back into the light assembly, right side first. Push on the left edge until it snaps into place. 248 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 5. Reinstall the socket into the light assembly by turning it clockwise until it locks. Replacing Rear Bulbs 6. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 7. Install the light assembly cover. Make sure it locks in place. COVER 1. Open the hatch. Remove the light assembly cover by pulling on the tab on the outside edge. 2. Determine which of the five bulbs is burned out: stop/taillight, turn signal light, side marker light, back-up light, or taillight. 3. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 4. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Maintenance 249 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Ceiling Light Bulb 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs. Replacing a Cargo Area Light Bulb 3. Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. Snap the lens back in place. BULB 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. 250 Maintenance 1. Open the hatch. 2. Remove the cargo area light assembly by carefully prying on the left edge of the lens with a flattip screwdriver and pulling the assembly out. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 3. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Replacing the Spotlight Bulbs 4. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 5. Slide the right side of the light assembly into the hole. Push on the left side to latch the assembly into place. BULB 1. Remove the lens of the burned out bulb by carefully prying on the edge between the lenses with a fingernail file or a small flat-tipped screwdriver. 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of the bulb holder. 3. Push the new bulb into the bulb holder. 4. Reinstall the lens by inserting the outside edge first, then pushing on the inside edge. Maintenance 251 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 209 ). Wash and dry the exterior completely. Clean the interior. Make sure the carpeting, floor mats, etc. are completely dry. Leave the parking brake off. Put the transmission in Reverse (manual) or Park (automatic). 252 Maintenance Support the front and rear wiper blade arms with a folded towel or rag so they do not touch the windshield. To minimize sticking, apply a silicone spray lubricant to all door and hatch seals. Also, apply a body wax to the painted surfaces that mate with the door and hatch seals. 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 198 ). The replacements called for in the maintenance schedule are not needed unless the car has actually reached that time or mileage. 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.................................. 254 Washing ...................................... 254 Waxing ........................................ 255 Aluminum Wheels ..................... 255 Paint Touch-up ........................... 255 Interior Care ................................... 256 Carpeting .................................... 256 Floor Mats .................................. 256 Fabric .......................................... 257 Vinyl ............................................ 257 Leather ........................................ 257 Seat Belts .................................... 257 Windows ..................................... 258 Air Fresheners ........................... 258 Instrument Panel ....................... 258 Corrosion Protection ..................... 259 Body Repairs .................................. 260 Appearance Care 253 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. Rinse the car thoroughly with cool water to remove loose dirt. 254 Appearance Care 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 255 ). 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 On some models 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 255 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 a genuine 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 genuine 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. 256 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 Seat Belts On some models 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. 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 257 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. 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. 258 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. Instrument Panel If you want to clean the instrument panel with a soft towel (wool or feather), dust from wool and feather are entered in the lattice pattern of the instrument panel. Because it is difficult to clean off dust from the instrument panel. We recommend to use a soft bristle brush. 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. 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. 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. Cars equipped with ABS have a sensor and wiring at each wheel. Be careful not to damage them. Have the corrosion-preventive coatings on the underside of your car inspected and repaired periodically. Appearance Care 259 Main Menu Table of 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 genuine Acura replacement body parts. Some companies make sheet metal pieces that seem to duplicate the original Acura body parts, but are actually inferior in fit, finish, and corrosion resistance. Once installed, they do not give the same highquality appearance. 260 Appearance Care When reporting your collision to the insurance company, tell them you want genuine Acura parts used in the repair. Although most insurers recognize the quality of original parts, some may try to specify that the repairs be done with other available parts. You should investigate this before any repairs have begun. Take your 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....................... 262 Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 263 If Your Engine Won’t Start ........... 268 Nothing Happens or the Starter Motor Operates Very Slowly............................. 268 The Starter Operates Normally ................................. 269 Jump Starting ................................. 270 If Your Engine Overheats............. 272 Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 274 Charging System Indicator........... 275 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 276 Brake System Indicator ................ 278 Closing the Moonroof ................... 279 Fuses ............................................... 280 Checking and Replacing ........... 281 Emergency Towing ....................... 285 Taking Care of the Unexpected 261 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 , 4.20 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. 262 Taking Care of the Unexpected Do not mount snow chains on the 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. 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. 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. TOOL KIT 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. 3. Open the hatch. Pull up the floor mat and remove the spare tire cover. 4. Unscrew the wing bolt. JACK 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. If you are towing a trailer, unhitch the trailer. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 263 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire BASS SPEAKER (Type-S only) JACK WHEEL WRENCH 5. Type-S only: Lift the bass speaker out of the spare tire and set it aside. Do not pull on the wiring harness going to the speaker. 6. Take the spare tire out of its well. 264 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. Find the jacking point nearest the wheel you are removing. 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. 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. 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 265 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire (Except Type-R) 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. 266 Taking Care of the Unexpected 14.Lower the car to the ground and remove the jack. 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) Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire ADAPTER (Type-S only) 16. Store the jack in its holder. Turn the jack’s end bracket clockwise to raise the jack and lock it in place. 17. Type-S only: Screw the adapter into the hole in the spare tire well. WING BOLT SPACER CONE 18. Remove the wheel cover or center cap. Place the flat tire face down in the spare tire well. 19. All except Type-S: Remove the spacer cone from the wing bolt, turn it over, and put it back on the bolt. 20. Type-S only: Set the bass speaker inside the wheel. 21. Secure the flat tire with the wing bolt. Taking Care of the Unexpected 267 Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire, If Your Engine Won’t Start 22. Store the tool kit. Loose items can fly around the interior in a crash and could seriously injure the occupants. Store the wheel, jack, and tools securely before driving. 23. Store the wheel cover or center cap in the cargo area. Make sure it will not get scratched or damaged. 24. Reinstall the floor mat and spare tire cover, then close the hatch. 268 Taking Care of the Unexpected If Your Engine Won’t Start Diagnosing why your engine won’t start falls into two areas, depending on what you hear when you turn the key to START (III): You hear nothing, or almost nothing. The engine’s starter motor does not operate at all, or operates very slowly. You can hear the starter motor operating normally, or the starter motor sounds like it is spinning faster than normal, but the engine does not start up and run. Nothing Happens or the Starter Motor Operates Very Slowly When you turn the ignition switch to START (III), you do not hear the normal noise of the engine trying to start. You may hear a clicking sound or series of clicks, or nothing at all. Check these things: Check the transmission interlock. If you have a manual transmission, the clutch pedal must be pushed all the way to the floor or the starter will not operate. With an automatic transmission, it must be in Park or Neutral. 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 270 . Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Won’t Start 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 285 .) If the headlights dim noticeably or go out when you try to start the engine, either the battery is discharged or the connections are corroded. Check the condition of the battery and terminal connections (see page 226 ). You can then try jump starting the car from a booster battery (see page 270 ). 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 75 ). A key that is not properly coded will cause the immobilizer system indicator in the dash panel to blink rapidly. There may be an electrical problem, such as no power to the fuel pump. Check all the fuses (see page 280 ). If you find nothing wrong, you will need a qualified technician to find the problem. See Emergency Towing on page 285 . Are you using the proper starting procedure? Refer to Starting the Engine on page 169 . 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. Taking Care of the Unexpected 269 Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting 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. Keep all sparks, open flames, and smoking materials away from the battery. You cannot start an Acura with an automatic transmission by pushing or pulling it. 270 Taking Care of the Unexpected To jump start your car, follow these directions closely: 1. Open the hood and check the physical condition of the battery (see page 191 ). In very cold weather, check the condition of the electrolyte. If it seems slushy or like ice, do not try jump starting until it thaws. If a battery sits in extreme cold, the electrolyte inside can f reeze. Attempting to jump start with a f rozen battery can cause it to rupture. 2. Turn off all the electrical accessories: heater, A/C, stereo system, lights, etc. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park, and set the parking brake. 3. Connect one jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal on your Acura’s battery. Connect the other end to the positive (+) terminal on the booster battery. Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting 6. Start your car. If the starter motor still operates slowly, check the jumper cable connections to make sure they have good metal-tometal contact. 7. 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 4. Connect the second jumper cable to the negative (−) terminal on the booster battery. Connect the other end to the grounding strap as shown. Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of the engine. The numbers in the illustration show you the order to connect the jumper cables. Make sure to disconnect the cables in the reverse order. 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. 5. 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 271 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. 272 Taking Care of the Unexpected 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. 2. If you see steam and/or spray coming from under the hood, turn off the engine. Steam and spray from an overheated engine can seriously scald you. 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. Do not open the hood if steam is coming out. 4. If the temperature gauge stays at the red mark, turn off the engine. 1. Safely pull to the side of the road. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park, and set the parking brake. Turn off the heating and cooling system and all other accessories. Turn on the hazard warning indicators. 5. Wait until you see no more signs of steam or spray, then open the hood. Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats 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 285 ). 7. If you don’t find an obvious leak, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank (see page 160 ). 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 reaches the middle of the temperature gauge, or lower, before checking the radiator. Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap. 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 lever to maximum. Add coolant to the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. If you do not have the proper coolant mixture available, you can add plain water. Remember to have the cooling system drained and refilled with the proper mixture as soon as you can. 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 285 .) 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 273 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. 274 Taking Care of the Unexpected 2. Let the car sit for a minute. Open the hood and check the oil level (see page 159 ). 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 207 ). 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 285 .) Main Menu Table of Contents Charging System Indicator Immediately turn off all electrical accessories: radio, heater, A/C, rear defogger, cruise control, etc. Try not to use other electrically-operated controls such as the power windows. Keep the engine running and take extra care not to stall it. Starting the engine will discharge the battery rapidly. 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 275 Main Menu Table of Contents Malfunction Indicator Lamp 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 one driving trip. MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP This indicator should light when the ignition switch is ON (II), and go out 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. 276 Taking Care of the Unexpected If the indicator remains on past one driving trip, 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. 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 pages 299 and 300 . Taking Care of the Unexpected 277 Main Menu Table of Contents Brake System Indicator normal. If it does, check the brake fluid level the next time you stop at a service station (see page 219 ). If the fluid level is low, take the car to your dealer and have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. 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. 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 278 Taking Care of the Unexpected 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. 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 285 .) If you must drive the car a short distance in this condition, drive slowly and cautiously. Main Menu Table of Contents Closing the Moonroof If the electric motor will not close the moonroof, do the following: ROUND PLUG SOCKET 1. Check the fuse for the moonroof motor (see page 281 ). If the fuse is blown, replace it with one of the same or lower rating. 2. Try closing the moonroof. If the new fuse blows immediately or the moonroof motor still does not operate, you can close the moonroof manually. 3. Get the moonroof wrench out of the tool kit in the cargo area. 4. Use a screwdriver or coin to remove the round plug in the center of the headliner. 5. Insert the moonroof wrench into the socket behind this plug. Turn the wrench until the moonroof is fully closed. 6. Remove the wrench. Replace the round plug. Taking Care of the Unexpected 279 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses INTERIOR All the electrical circuits in your car have fuses to protect them from a short circuit or overload. These fuses are located in two or three fuse boxes. The interior fuse box is underneath the dashboard on the driver’s side. Remove the fuse box by turning the knob and pulling the lid straight out of its hinges. 280 Taking Care of the Unexpected UNDER-HOOD TAB The under-hood fuse box is located in the engine compartment next to the battery. To open it, push the tab 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 283 and 284 , 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 box by pulling out each fuse with the fuse puller provided in the interior fuse box. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 281 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 cigarette lighter or radio). 282 Taking Care of the Unexpected 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 ‘‘Code’’ in the frequency display. Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code (see page 147 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses INTERIOR FUSE BOX No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 No. Circuits Protected 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 SRS Power Mirror Bass Speaker*2 Heated Seats*1 Fuel Pump Accessory Power Socket Turn Signal Front Wiper Not Used Front Passenger’s Power Window Driver’s Power Window Not Used Not Used Circuits Protected Ignition Coil Laf Heater Daytime Running Lights*1 ACG (IG) Not Used Power Window Relay Moon roof Radio Rear Wiper Gauge panel ABS Daytime Running Lights*1 *1 *2 : Canadian models only : Type-S only Taking Care of the Unexpected 283 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses UNDER HOOD FUSE BOX No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21−25 284 Taking Care of the Unexpected Circuits Protected Condenser fan Small Light Interior Light Cooling Fan Hazard FI ECU Horn, Stop ABS (F/S) Back Up ABS Motor Rear Demister Heater Mortor Power Window Option Left Headlight Door Lock Right Headlight Not Used Main Fuse Battery Main Fuse Ignition Spare Fuse 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. 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. Manual Transmission: Release the parking brake. Shift the transmission to Neutral. Automatic Transmission Release the parking brake. Start the engine. Shift to D, 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 (automatic transmission), 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 vehicle no farther than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the speed below 35 mph (55 km/h). CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected 285 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 electrical accessories are turned off so they do not run down the battery. The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I), and make sure the steering wheel turns f reely bef ore you begin towing. 286 Taking Care of the Unexpected 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. 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 ................. 288 Specifications ................................. 290 DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) .............................. 292 Treadwear .................................. 292 Traction − AA, A, B, C ............ 292 Temperature − A, B, C ............ 293 Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 294 Driving in Foreign Countries ....... 295 Emissions Controls........................ 296 The Clean Air Act ...................... 296 Crankcase Emissions Control System..................................... 296 Evaporative Emissions Control System..................................... 296 Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery ................................. 297 Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 297 PGM-FI System ..................... 297 Ignition Timing Control System................................. 297 Three Way Catalytic Converter ............................ 297 Replacement Parts..................... 297 Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 298 State Emissions Testing ............... 299 Technical Information 287 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 288 Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into the engine block. ENGINE NUMBER MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER Technical Information 289 Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Dimensions Length Width Height Wheelbase Track Front Rear Weights Gross vehicle weight rating Engine Type Bore x Stroke Displacement Compression ratio Spark plugs *1 : RSX and Premium models *2 : Type-S 290 Technical Information 173.0 in (4,395 mm) 67.9 in (1,725 mm) 55.1 in (1,400 mm) 101.2 in (2,570 mm) 58.3 in (1,482 mm) 58.3 in (1,481 mm) See the certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb. Water cooled 4-stroke DOHC VTEC in line, 4-cylinder gasoline engine. 3.19 x 3.50 in (86.0 x 86.0) 121.9 cu-in (1,998 cm ) 9.8 : 1*1 11.0 : 1*2 See spark plug maintenance section page 224 . Air Conditioning Refrigerant type Charge quantity Lubricant type HFC-134a (R-134a) 17.6−19.4 oz (500−550 g) SP-10 Capacities Fuel tank Engine coolant Engine oil Approx. 13.2 US gal (50 , 11.0 Imp gal) Change*1 Manual Automatic Total Manual Automatic Change*4 Including filter Without filter Total 1.35 US gal (5.1 , 1.12 Imp gal) 1.32 US gal (5.0 , 1.10 Imp gal) 1.69 US gal (6.4 , 1.41 Imp gal) 1.66 US gal (6.3 , 1.39 Imp gal) 4.4 US qt (4.2 5.0 US qt (4.7 4.4 US qt (4.2 5.0 US qt (4.7 5.6 US qt (5.3 6.1 US qt (5.8 , 3.7 Imp qt) *2 , 4.1 Imp qt) *3 , 3.7 Imp qt) *2 , 4.1 Imp qt) *3 , 4.7 Imp qt) *2 , 5.1 Imp qt) *3 *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 : RSX and Premium models *3 : Type-S *4 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine. Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Capacities Manual transmission Change Total fluid Automatic trans- Change mission fluid Total Windshield U.S. cars washer reservoir Canadian cars Lights Headlights Fuses Interior 1.6 US qt (1.5 1.8 US qt (1.7 2.9 US qt (2.7 6.9 US qt (6.5 2.6 US qt (2.5 4.8 US qt (4.5 − − − − − − − − − − − − − − , 1.3 Imp qt) , 1.5 Imp qt) , 2.4 Imp qt) , 5.7 Imp qt) , 2.2 Imp qt) , 4.0 Imp qt) High Low Front turn signal Front position lights Rear turn signal lights Stop/Taillights High-mount brake light Rear side marker lights Back-up lights License plate lights Ceiling light Cargo area light Spotlights Glove Box light 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V Battery Capacity 12 V − 36 AH/5 HR 55 W 55 W 21 W 5 W (Amber) 21 W 21 W/5 W 21 W 5W 21 W 5W 8W 5W 8W 3.4 W See page 283 or the fuse label attached to the inside of the fuse box door under the dashboard. See page 284 or the fuse box cover. Under-hood Alignment Toe-in Caster Front Rear Front Rear Front Tires Size Front/Rear Camber Spare Pressure *1 : *2 : *3 : *4 : Front Rear Spare 0.0 in (0 mm) 0.08 in (2.0 mm) 0°00’ −0°45’ 1°30’ P195/65R15 89H *1 P205/55R16 89V *2, *3, *4 T135/70D15 99M *1, *2, *3 T125/70D16 96M *4 33 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm ) 31 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.20 kgf/cm ) Canadian RSX U.S. RSX Canadian Premium Type-S Technical Information 291 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 DOT Quality Grades All passenger car tires must conform to Federal Safety Requirements in addition to these grades. 292 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 293 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. 294 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 295 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. 296 Technical Information 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 196 . 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 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. In Canada, Acura vehicles comply with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) for Emissions valid at the time they are manufactured. Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls 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. Exhaust Emissions Controls The exhaust emissions controls include three systems: PGM-FI, Ignition Timing Control and Three Way Catalytic Converter. These three systems work together to control the engine’s combustion and minimize the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust emissions control systems are separate from the crankcase and evaporative emissions control systems. PGM-FI System The PGM-FI System uses sequential multiport fuel injection. It has three subsystems: Air Intake, Engine Control, and Fuel Control. The Engine Control Module (ECM) or 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. Ignition Timing Control System This system constantly adjusts the ignition timing, reducing the amount of HC, CO and NOx produced. 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. Three Way Catalytic Converter The three way catalytic converter is in the exhaust system. Through chemical reactions, it converts HC, CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust to carbon dioxide (CO2), dinitrogen (N2), and water vapor. Technical Information 297 Main Menu Table of Contents Three Way Catalytic Converter Keep the engine tuned-up. The three way catalytic converter contains precious metals that serve as catalysts, promoting chemical reactions to convert the exhaust gasses without affecting the metals. The catalytic converter is referred to as a three-way catalyst, since it acts on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement unit must be an original Acura part or its equivalent. The three way catalytic converter must operate at a high temperature for the chemical reactions to take place. It can set on fire any combustible materials that come near it. Park your car away from high grass, dry leaves, or other flammables. 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. 298 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 299 Main Menu Table of Contents State Emissions Testing Select a nearby lightly traveled major highway where you can maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph (80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20 minutes. Drive on the highway in D (A/T) or 5th (M/T). Do not use the cruise control. When traffic allows, drive for 90 seconds without moving the accelerator pedal. (Vehicle speed may vary slightly; this is okay.) If you cannot do this for a continuous 90 seconds because of traffic conditions, drive for at least 30 seconds, then repeat it two more times (for a total of 90 seconds). Then drive in city/suburban traffic for at least 10 minutes. When traffic conditions allow, let the vehicle coast for several seconds without using the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal. 300 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 ................................. 302 Warranty Coverages ..................... 303 Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) ........................... 304 Authorized Manuals ...................... 306 Warranty and Customer Relations 301 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. If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership’s management, contact the Acura Customer Relations Office. If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership’s management, contact your Honda Customer Relations Office. U.S. Owners: Acura Client Services Department 1919 Torrance Blvd Torrance, CA 90501-2746 Canadian Owners: CUSTOMER RELATIONS RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÈLE Honda Canada Inc. 715 Milner Avenue Toronto, ON M1B 2K8 Fax: Toll-free 1-877-939-0909 Toronto (416) 287-4776 Warranty and Customer Relations Vortex Motor Corp. Bella International P.O. Box 190816 San Juan, PR 00919-0816 (787) 250-4327 When you call or write, please give us this information: or telephone: (800) 382-2238 Tel: 1-888-9-HONDA-9 302 In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Vehicle Identification Number (see page 288 ) Name and address of the dealer who services your car Date of purchase Mileage on your car Your name, address, and telephone number A detailed description of the problem Name of the dealer who sold the car 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 − genuine Acura Accessories are covered under this warranty. Time and mileage limits depend on the type of accessory and other factors. Please read your warranty manual for details. Replacement Parts Limited Warranty − covers all genuine Honda 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 car. Restrictions and exclusions apply to all these warranties. Please read the 2002 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 2002 Warranty Manual that came with your car. Warranty and Customer Relations 303 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. 304 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 305 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 61S6M00 Form Description Price Each* $67.00 2002 Acura RSX Service Manual 2002 Acura RSX $47.00 61S6M00EL Electrical Troubleshooting Manual 2002 Acura RSX $42.00 61S6M30 Body Repair Manual 2002 Acura RSX $35.00 31S6M600 Owner’s Manual Order Form for Previous YearsFREE ACU-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 2 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 GRAND TOTAL 306 $6.00 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 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. 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 307 Main Menu Index A Accessories and Modifications .... 162 Accessories................................. 162 Additional Safety Precaution.... 163 Modifications ............................. 163 ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Position) ........................................ 78 Accessory Power Socket ................ 99 Additives, Engine Oil..................... 209 Airbag (SRS) .............................. 10, 48 Air Cleaner Element ...................... 222 Air Conditioning System ............... 102 Maintenance ............................... 231 Usage .......................................... 102 Air Outlets (Vents) ........................ 102 Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 235 Alcohol in Gasoline ........................ 294 Antifreeze ....................................... 212 Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Indicator ................................ 61, 183 Operation .................................... 182 Anti-theft Steering Column Lock ............................................... 78 Appearance Care ........................... 253 Audio System ................................. 109 Automatic Speed Control.............. 149 Automatic Transmission............... 173 Capacity, Fluid ........................... 290 Checking Fluid Level ................ 217 Shifting ........................................ 173 Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 173 Shift Lever Positions ................. 173 Shift Lock Release ..................... 179 B Battery Charging System Indicator............................ 61, 275 Jump Starting ............................. 269 Maintenance ............................... 226 Specifications ............................. 291 Before Driving ............................... 153 Belts, Seat ..................................... 8, 44 Beverage Holder .............................. 97 Body Repair .................................... 260 Brakes Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 182 Break-in, New Linings .............. 155 Bulb Replacement ..................... 249 Fluid ............................................ 219 Parking .......................................... 95 System Indicator .................. 60, 278 Wear Indicators ......................... 181 Braking System.............................. 181 Break-in, New Car ......................... 155 Brightness Control, Instruments ... 70 Brights, Headlights ......................... 69 Bulb Replacement Back-up Lights ........................... 249 Brake Lights............................... 249 Cargo Area Light ....................... 250 Ceiling Light ............................... 250 Front Parking Lights ................. 247 Front Turn Signal Lights .......... 246 Headlights .................................. 244 High-mount Brake Light .......... 247 License Plate Light .................... 248 Rear Side Marker Lights .......... 249 Specifications ............................. 291 Spotlights .................................... 251 Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 244 CONTINUED I Main Menu Index C Capacities Chart .................... 290, 291 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 54 Cargo Area Cover ............................ 89 Carrying Cargo .............................. 164 Cassette Player Care ............................................. 137 Operation .................................... 133 CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii CD Changer.................................... 139 Care ............................................. 145 Operation .................................... 141 Certification Label ......................... 288 Chains ............................................. 241 Changing Oil How to ......................................... 209 When to....................................... 196 Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 263 Changing Engine Coolant ............. 214 Charging System Indicator .... 61, 275 Checklist, Before Driving ............. 168 Child Safety ...................................... 21 Child Seats ........................................ 26 LATCH.......................................... 42 Tether Anchorage Points ........... 41 II Cleaner Element, Air ..................... 222 Cleaning Aluminum Wheels ..................... 255 Carpeting .................................... 256 Exterior ....................................... 254 Fabric .......................................... 258 Instrument Panel ....................... 258 Interior ........................................ 256 Leather ........................................ 257 Seat Belts .................................... 257 Vinyl ............................................ 257 Windows ..................................... 258 Clock, Setting the .......................... 114 Clutch Fluid .................................... 219 Code, Audio System ...................... 147 CO in the Exhaust ......................... 296 Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 169 Compact Spare ............................... 262 Console Compartment .................... 98 Consumer Information*................ 302 Controls, Instruments and .............. 57 Coolant Adding ......................................... 212 Checking ..................................... 160 Proper Solution .......................... 212 Replacing .................................... 214 Temperature Gauge .................... 67 Corrosion Protection ..................... 259 Crankcase Emissions Control System......................................... 296 Cruise Control Operation ............. 149 Customer Relations Office ........... 302 D DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii Dashboard .................................... 2, 58 Daytime Running Lights................. 69 Defects, Reporting Safety............. 304 Defog and Defrost ......................... 105 Defogger, Rear Window ................. 72 Dimensions ..................................... 290 Dimming the Headlights ................ 69 Dipstick Automatic Transmission........... 217 Engine Oil ................................... 159 Directional Signals ........................... 70 Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 181 Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 211 Doors Locking and Unlocking ............... 79 Power Door Locks ....................... 80 Main Menu Index DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 292 Downshifting, 5-speed and 6-speed Manual Transmission ............... 170 Drive Belts ...................................... 234 Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 5 Driving ............................................ 167 Economy ..................................... 161 In Bad Weather .......................... 184 In Foreign Countries ................. 295 E Economy, Fuel ............................... 161 Emergencies on the Road............. 261 Battery, Jump Starting .............. 270 Brake System Indicator ............ 278 Changing a Flat Tire ................. 263 Charging System Indicator ...... 275 Checking the Fuses................... 281 Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 274 Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 276 Manually Closing Moonroof .... 279 Overheated Engine ................... 272 Emergency Brake ............................ 95 Emergency Flashers ....................... 73 Emergency Towing ....................... 285 Emissions Controls........................ 296 Emissions Testing, State .............. 299 Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 67 Drive Belts .................................. 234 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ................................. 61, 276 Oil Pressure Indicator ......... 61, 274 Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 207 Overheating................................ 272 Specifications ............................. 290 Starting........................................ 169 Ethanol in Gasoline ....................... 294 Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 296 Exhaust Fumes ................................ 54 Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Belts by ......................................... 25 Exterior, Cleaning the ................... 254 F Fabric, Cleaning ............................. 257 Fan, Interior.................................... 102 Features, Comfort and Convenience ............................... 101 Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 156 Filters Air Cleaner ................................. 222 Oil ................................................ 209 Manual Transmission Checking Fluid Level ................ 219 Shifting the ................................. 170 Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 73 Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 263 Fluids Automatic Transmission........... 217 Brake ........................................... 219 Clutch .......................................... 220 Manual Transmission ............... 219 Power Steering........................... 221 Windshield Washer ................... 216 FM Stereo Radio Reception .................................... 126 Folding Rear Seat ............................ 87 Foreign Countries, Driving in ...... 295 Four-way Flashers ........................... 73 CONTINUED III Main Menu Index Fuel .................................................. 155 Fill Door and Cap....................... 156 Gauge ............................................ 67 Octane Requirement ................. 155 Oxygenated ................................ 294 Reserve Indicator......................... 62 Tank, Filling the......................... 156 Fuses, Checking the ...................... 280 G Gas Mileage, Improving................ 161 Gasohol ........................................... 294 Gasoline .......................................... 155 Fuel Reserve Indicator ................ 62 Gauge ............................................ 66 Octane Requirement ................. 155 Tank, Filling the......................... 156 Gas Station Procedures................. 156 Gauges Engine Coolant Temperature .... 67 Fuel ................................................ 67 Speedometer ................................ 66 Tachometer .................................. 66 Gearshift Lever Positions Automatic Transmission........... 173 IV 5-speed and 6-speed Manual Transmission.......................... 170 Glass Cleaning ............................... 258 Glove Box ......................................... 84 Horn................................................... 68 Hydraulic Clutch ............................ 220 Hydroplaning.................................. 185 I H Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 244 Hatch ................................................. 80 Opening the .................................. 80 Open Monitor Light .................... 62 Hazard Warning Flashers............... 73 Headlights Aiming ......................................... 244 Daytime Running Lights............. 69 High Beam Indicator ................... 62 Reminder Chime .......................... 69 Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 244 Turning on .................................... 69 Head Restraints ............................... 11 Heating and Cooling ...................... 102 High Altitude, Starting at .............. 169 High-Low Beam Switch .................. 69 High-mount Brake Light............... 247 Hood Latch ..................................... 224 Hood, Opening the ........................ 157 Identification Number, Vehicle.... 288 Ignition Keys............................................... 75 Switch ............................................ 77 Timing Control System ............. 297 Immobilizer System......................... 76 Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Indicators, Instrument Panel .............................................. 59 Infant Restraint ................................ 21 Infant Seats ....................................... 30 Tether Anchorage Points ........... 41 LATCH.......................................... 42 Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 235 Inside Mirror .................................... 94 Inspection, Tire .............................. 236 Instrument Panel ......................... 2, 58 Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 70 Interior Cleaning ............................ 256 Interior Lights .................................. 99 Main Menu Index Introduction ......................................... i J Jacking up the Car ......................... 265 Jack, Tire ........................................ 264 Jump Starting ................................. 270 K Keys ................................................... 75 L Locks Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 78 Fuel Fill Door ............................. 156 Glove Box ..................................... 84 Hatch ............................................. 80 Power Door and Hatch ............... 80 Low Coolant Level ......................... 160 Lower Gear, Downshifting to a.... 170 Low Fuel Indicator .......................... 60 Low Oil Pressure Indicator .... 61, 274 Lubricant Specifications Chart ................................... 290, 291 Luggage .......................................... 164 Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 94 Moonroof .......................................... 93 Closing Manually ....................... 279 Operation ...................................... 93 N Neutral Gear Position.................... 174 New Vehicle Break-in ................... 155 Normal Shift Speeds...................... 171 NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i Numbers, Identification ................ 288 O Label, Certification ........................ 288 Lane Change, Signaling .................. 70 Lap/Shoulder Belts ................... 16, 44 Leather, Cleaning .......................... 257 Lights Bulb Replacement ..................... 244 Indicator ........................................ 59 Parking .......................................... 69 Turn Signal ................................... 70 Load Limit ...................................... 165 LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 78 M Maintenance ................................... 193 Owner Maintenance Checks.... 205 Record ......................................... 203 Required Indicator ....................... 64 Schedule .............................. 198-202 Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 61, 276 Manual Transmission.................... 170 Manual Transmission Fluid ......... 219 Meters, Gauges ................................ 66 Methanol in Gasoline .................... 294 Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 155 Odometer .......................................... 66 Odometer, Trip ................................ 66 CONTINUED V Main Menu Index Oil Change, How to ......................... 209 Change, When to ....................... 198 Checking Engine ....................... 159 Pressure Indicator ............... 61, 274 Selecting Proper Viscosity Chart ....................................... 208 ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 78 Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery ..................................... 297 Operation in Foreign Countries ... 287 Outside Mirrors ............................... 94 Overheating, Engine ..................... 272 Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 294 Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 205 P Paint Touch-up ............................... 255 Panel Brightness Control ............... 70 Park Gear Position......................... 174 Parking ............................................ 180 Parking Brake .................................. 95 Parking Lights ......................... 69, 247 Parking Over Things that Burn ... 180 PGM-FI System.............................. 297 VI Polishing and Waxing ................... 255 Pre-Drive Safety Checklist ............. 12 Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 19 Protecting Adults ............................. 13 Additional Safety Precautions .... 19 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 19 Protecting Children ......................... 21 Protecting Infants ........................ 30 Protecting Larger Children ........ 37 Protecting Small Children .......... 34 Using Child Seats with Tethers...................................... 41 Using LATCH .............................. 42 R Radiator Overheating .................... 272 Radio/CD Sound System .............. 125 Readiness Codes ............................ 299 Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement ... 249 Rear Seat Access ............................. 86 Rear Seat, Folding ........................... 87 Rear View Mirror ............................. 94 Rear Window Defogger .................. 73 Rear Window Washer ..................... 72 Rear Window Wiper ........................ 72 Reclining the Seat Backs ................ 85 Recommended Shift Speeds ........ 171 Reminder Lights .............................. 59 Replacement Information Air Cleaner Element .................. 222 Coolant ........................................ 214 Engine Oil and Filter ................. 209 Fuses ........................................... 280 Light Bulbs ................................. 244 Schedule ..................................... 198 Spark Plugs................................. 224 Tires ............................................ 235 Wiper Blades .............................. 229 Replacing Seat Belts After a Crash ............................................. 46 Reserve Tank, Engine Coolant .... 212 Restraint, Child ................................ 21 Reverse Gear Position................... 174 Rotation, Tire ................................. 238 S Safety Belts................................... 8, 48 Safety Features .................................. 7 Airbags .......................................... 10 Door Locks ................................... 11 Main Menu Index Head Restraints ........................... 11 Seat Belts ........................................ 8 Seats & Seat-Backs ...................... 11 Safety Labels, Location of .............. 55 Safety Messages ................................ ii Seat Belts ...................................... 8, 44 Additional Information ................ 44 Cleaning ...................................... 257 Lap/Shoulder Belt ................. 16, 44 Maintenance ................................. 46 Reminder Light and Beeper ................................. 44, 60 System Components.................... 44 Use During Pregnancy................ 19 Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 16 Seat Heaters ..................................... 88 Seats, Adjusting the................... 13, 85 Security System ............................. 148 Serial Number ................................ 288 Service Intervals ............................ 198 Service Manual* ............................ 306 Service Station Procedures .......... 156 Setting the Clock ........................... 130 Shift Lever Position Indicator ...... 173 Shift Lock Release ......................... 179 Shifting The Automatic Transmission .. 173 The 5-speed and 6-speed Manual Transmission.......................... 170 Signaling Turns ................................ 70 Snow Tires ...................................... 241 Solvent-type Cleaners .................... 254 Sound System ................................. 109 Spare Tire Inflating ....................................... 262 Specifications ............................. 289 Spark Plugs, Replacing ................. 224 Specifications Charts..................... 290 Speed Control ................................... 74 Speedometer .................................... 66 Spotlights ........................................ 100 SRS, Additional Information........... 48 Additional Safety Precautions .... 53 How Your Airbags Work ............ 48 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 50 How the SRS Indicator Light Works ........................................ 52 SRS Components ......................... 48 SRS Service................................... 51 SRS Indicator.............................. 51, 60 State Emissions Testing ............... 299 START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 78 Starting the Engine........................ 169 In Cold Weather at High Altitude ................................... 169 With a Dead Battery ................. 270 Steam Coming from Engine ......... 272 Steering Wheel Adjustment ................................... 74 Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 78 Stereo Sound System .................... 125 Storing Your Car ............................ 252 Supplemental Restraint System................................. 10, 48 Servicing ....................................... 51 SRS Indicator.......................... 51, 60 Synthetic Oil ................................... 209 T Tachometer ...................................... 66 Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ....... 249 Taking Care of the Unexpected ................................ 261 Tape Player..................................... 133 CONTINUED VII Main Menu Index Technical Descriptions ................. 287 Emissions Control Systems ...... 296 Oxygenated Fuels...................... 294 Three Way Catalytic Converter ................................ 298 Temperature Gauge ........................ 67 Tether Anchorage Points ............... 41 Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 298 Time, Setting the ........................... 130 Tire Chains ..................................... 241 Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 263 Tires ................................................ 235 Air Pressure ............................... 235 Checking Wear .......................... 236 Compact Spare ........................... 262 DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 292 Inflation ....................................... 235 Inspection ................................... 236 Maintenance ............................... 237 Replacing .................................... 239 Rotating....................................... 238 Snow ............................................ 241 Specifications ............................. 290 Tire Chains ................................. 241 Winter Driving ........................... 240 Tools, Tire Changing .................... 263 VIII Towing A Trailer ...................................... 186 Emergency ................................. 285 Transmission Checking Fluid Level, Automatic ............................... 217 Checking Fluid Level, Manual .................................... 219 Fluid Selection ................... 218, 219 Identification Number ............... 288 Shifting the Automatic .............. 173 Shifting the Manual ................... 170 Treadwear ...................................... 292 Trip Meter ........................................ 67 Turn Signals ..................................... 70 U Underside, Cleaning ...................... 259 Unexpected, Taking Care of the ........................................... 261 Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 292 Unleaded Gasoline......................... 155 Upholstery Cleaning...................... 256 Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 211 V Vanity Mirror ................................... 96 Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 165 Vehicle Dimensions....................... 290 Vehicle Identification Number..... 288 Vehicle Storage .............................. 252 Ventilation ...................................... 103 VIN .................................................. 287 Vinyl Cleaning ................................ 257 Viscosity, Oil................................... 208 W WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii Warning Labels, Location of .......... 55 Warranty Coverages* ................... 303 Washer, Windshield Checking the Fluid Level ......... 216 Operation ...................................... 72 Washing .......................................... 254 Waxing and Polishing ................... 255 Wheels Adjusting the Steering ................ 74 Alignment and Balance ............. 237 Cleaning Aluminum Alloys ....... 255 Main Menu Index Compact Spare ........................... 262 Wrench ....................................... 264 Windows Cleaning ...................................... 258 Operating the Power ................... 90 Rear, Defogger ............................ 73 Windshield Cleaning ........................................ 72 Defroster .................................... 102 Washers ........................................ 72 Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades ........................ 229 Operation ...................................... 72 Worn Tires ..................................... 236 Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 285 : U.S. and Canada only IX Main Menu Service Information Summary Gasoline: (All except Type-S) Unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 86 or higher. (Type-S) Premium unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 91 or higher. Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 US gal (50 , 11.0 Imp gal) Recommended Engine Oil: API Service SJ ‘‘Energy Conserving’’ oil, SAE 5W-20 (except Type-S) 5W-30 (Type-S) viscosity (see page 207 ). Oil change capacity (including filter): (All except Type S) 4.4 US qt (4.2 , 3.7 Imp qt) (Type S) 5.0 US qt (4.7 , 4.1 Imp qt) Automatic Transmission Fluid: Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid) preferred, or a DEXRON III ATF as a temporary replacement (see page 217 ). 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 221 ). Manual Transmission Fluid: Honda Manual Transmission Fluid preferred, or an API service SG, SH or SJ, SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 motor oil as a temporary replacement (see page 219 ). 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 219 ). Capacity (including differential): 1.6 US qt (1.5 , 1.3 Imp qt) Tire Pressure (measured cold): Front: 33 psi (230 kPa , 2.3 kgf/cm ) Rear: 31 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm )