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07/05/17 08:38:37 31SJA630 0002  Main Menu Introduction Congratulations on your selection of the 2008 Acura RL. We are certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the finest luxury vehicles in the world. One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so you can refer to it at any time. As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your vehicle, other property, or the environment. Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Maintaining your vehicle according to the maintenance minder shown in the instrument panel helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your vehicle. Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns. 2008 RL i 07/05/17 08:38:42 31SJA630 0003  Main Menu Introduction California Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with one or more devices commonly referred to as event data recorders. These devices record front seat belt use, front passenger seat occupancy, airbag deployment data, and the failure of any airbag system component. This data belongs to the vehicle owner and may not be accessed by anyone else except as legally required or with the permission of the vehicle owner. Service Diagnostic Recorders This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It may also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential. ii 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:38:57 31SJA630 0004  Main Menu A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this vehicle safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others. Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your vehicle. You must use your own good judgement. You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including: Safety Labels − on the vehicle. and one of Safety Messages − preceded by a safety alert symbol three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. These signal words mean: You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions. Safety Headings − such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions. Safety Section − such as Driver and Passenger Safety. Instructions − how to use this vehicle correctly and safely. This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it carefully. 2008 RL iii 2008 RL Online Reference Owner's Manual Contents Owner's Identification Form Introduction .......................................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety .............................................................................................................................. iii Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) .................................................................................................... 4 Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) .................................................... 7 Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, multi-information display, dashboard and steering column) .......... 59 Features (climate control,audio,steering wheel,security,cruise control,HomeLink,and other convenience items) ............ 197 Before Driving (fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading) ...................................................................... 327 Driving (engine and transmission operation) ................................................................................................ 345 Maintenance (minders, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage)......................................... 385 Taking Care of the Unexpected (flat tire, dead battery, overheating, fuses) ..................................... 431 Technical Information (vehicle specifications, tires, and emissions controls) ....................................... 461 Warranty and Customer Relations (U. S. and Canada only) (warranty and contact information) ... 477 Authorized Manuals (U. S. only) (how to order) ......................................................................................... 481 Index ............................................................................................................................... ........................................ I Service Information Summary ( fluid capacities and tire pressures) 31SJA630 1 07/05/17 08:39:17 31SJA630 0007  Main Menu 2 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:39:39 31SJA630 0008  Main Menu Overview of Contents Contents A convenient reference to the sections in this manual. Your Vehicle at a Glance A quick reference to the main controls in your vehicle. Driver and Passenger Safety Important information about the proper use and care of your vehicle’s seat belts, an overview of the supplemental restraint system, and valuable information on how to protect children with child restraints. Instruments and Controls Explains the purpose of each instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use the controls on the dashboard and steering column. Features How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving What gasoline to use, how to breakin your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park; plus what you need to know if you’re planning to tow a trailer. Maintenance The maintenance minder shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer for maintenance service. There is also a list of things to check and instructions on how to check them. Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and details how to handle them. 2008 RL Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Client Relations (U.S. and Canada only) A summary of the warranties covering your new vehicle, and how to contact us for any reason. Refer to your warranty manual for detailed information. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index Service Information Summary A summary of the information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. 3 07/05/17 08:39:46 31SJA630 0009  Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM (P.160) DRIVER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P.11, 26) INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P.62) CEILING CONSOLE*1 MIRROR CONTROL AUTO BUTTON (P.158) PASSENGER’S FRONT AIRBAG (P.11, 26) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.198) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P.152) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.207) INTERFACE DIAL (P.199, 207, 243) COMPASS SYSTEM*2 (P.242) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.181) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.349) *1: HOMELINK BUTTONS (P.295) MOONROOF SWITCH (P.184) POWER REAR SUNSHADE BUTTON (P.194) REAR HEAD RESTRAINT TILT BUTTON (P.157) *2: RL models 4 TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P.153) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON (P.329) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKETS (P.192) HOOD RELEASE LEVER (P.331) 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:39:56 31SJA630 0010  Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNAL/ FOG LIGHTS (P.140, 142) COLLISION MITIGATION BRAKE SYSTEM (CMBS) OFF SWITCH*2 (P.364) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.145) WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER (P.137) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.145) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON (P.146)/ HEATED MIRROR BUTTON (P.159) CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P.277)/ ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC) BUTTONS*2 (P.281, 285) MULTI-INFORMATION BUTTONS (P.71) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P.378) ADAPTIVE FRONT LIGHTING SYSTEM (AFS) OFF SWITCH*2 (P.144) HEADLIGHT WASHER SWITCH*3 (P.138) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.159) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS (P.147) *1 *2 *3 *4 : : : : PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.35) BLUETOOTH HANDSFREELINK BUTTONS (P.309) STEERING WHEEL AUDIO CONTROLS (P.239) HORN*1 DISTANCE BUTTON*2 (P.289, 294) SEAT HEATER SWITCHES (P.178)/ SEAT HEATER AND SEAT VENTILATION BUTTONS*2 (P.179) VOICE CONTROL BUTTONS*4 (P.265) To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. If equipped. Canadian models only Refer to the navigation system manual. 2008 RL 5 Your Vehicle at a Glance PADDLE SHIFTERS (P.351) 07/05/17 08:39:59 31SJA630 0011  Main Menu 6 Table Of Contents 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:40:04 31SJA630 0012  Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety Important Safety Precautions .......... 8 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 9 Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 13 1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 13 2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 14 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 15 4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 16 5. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts ...................................... 17 6. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position ................................. 18 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 19 Additional Safety Precautions .... 20 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts ........................ 21 Seat Belt System Components ... 21 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 22 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 23 Seat Belt E-pretensioners ........... 24 Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 25 Additional Information About Your Airbags ............................ 26 Airbag System Components ....... 26 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 29 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 32 How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work ........................... 34 How the SRS Indicator Works ... 34 How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ....................... 35 How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works ................ 35 Airbag Service .............................. 36 Additional Safety Precautions .... 37 Protecting Children − General Guidelines ................................. 38 All Children Must Be Restrained ................................ 38 All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat .................................. 39 2008 RL The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks .......... 39 If You Must Drive with Several Children .................................... 41 If a Child Requires Close Attention ................................... 41 Additional Safety Precautions .... 41 Protecting Infants and Small Children .................................... 43 Protecting Infants ........................ 43 Protecting Small Children .......... 44 Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 45 Installing a Child Seat ..................... 46 With LATCH ................................ 47 With a Lap/Shoulder Belt .......... 49 With a Tether ............................... 51 Protecting Larger Children ............ 52 Checking Seat Belt Fit ................ 52 Using a Booster Seat ................... 53 When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front .......................................... 54 Additional Safety Precautions .... 55 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 56 Safety Labels .................................... 57 7 Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts. It explains how your airbags work. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your vehicle. 07/05/17 08:40:18 31SJA630 0013  Main Menu Table Of Contents Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important. Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags are designed to supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly (see page 17 ). Restrain All Children Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat, not the front seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat. Larger children should use a booster seat and a lap/ shoulder belt until they can use the belt properly without a booster seat 8 (see pages 38 − 55 ). Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. Don’t Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either. 2008 RL Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted. Keep Your Vehicle in Safe Condition Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance (see page 387 ). 07/05/17 08:40:27 31SJA630 0014  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features (8) (9) (3) (4) (6) (9) (1) (7) (6) (5) (2) * : On model with Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) (7) (8) (11) (2) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats and Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Side Airbags (9) Side Curtain Airbags (10) Door Locks (11) Front Seat Belt Tensioners/ Seat Belt E-pretensioners* 2008 RL Some features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones; a collapsible steering column; and tensioners that tighten the front seat belts in a crash. However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and always wear your seat belts. In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. The following pages explain how you can take an active role in protecting yourself and your passengers. 9 Driver and Passenger Safety (10) Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. 07/05/17 08:40:43 31SJA630 0015  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Seat Belts Your vehicle is equipped with seat belts in all seating positions. Your seat belt system also includes an indicator on the instrument panel and a beeper to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. Why Wear Seat Belts Seat belts are the single most effective safety device for adults and larger children. (Infants and smaller children must be properly restrained in child seats.) Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags. In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts. 10 Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags. Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear them properly. When properly worn, seat belts: Keep you connected to the vehicle so you can take advantage of the vehicle’s built-in safety features. Help protect you in almost every type of crash, including frontal, side, and rear impacts and rollovers. 2008 RL Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle and against other occupants. Keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag. Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury. What You Should Do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. 07/05/17 08:40:52 31SJA630 0016  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Airbags Driver and Passenger Safety Your vehicle has a supplemental restraint system (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision (see page 29 for more information on how your front airbags work). Your vehicle also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe side impact (see page 32 for more information on how your side airbags work). In addition, your vehicle has side curtain airbags to help protect the heads of the driver, front passenger, and passengers in the outer rear seating positions during a moderate to severe side impact (see page 34 for more information on how your side curtain airbags work). CONTINUED 2008 RL 11 07/05/17 08:41:01 31SJA630 0017  Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. Airbags offer no protection in rear impacts, or minor frontal or side collisions. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible. Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. 12 2008 RL The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety. Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy. 07/05/17 08:41:13 31SJA630 0018  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Your vehicle has door monitor indicators on the multi-information display to indicate when a specific door or the trunk is not tightly closed. You will see the appropriate indicator and the message for each condition. See pages 38 − 42 for important guidelines on how to properly protect infants, small children, and larger children who ride in your vehicle. When the trunk is not tightly closed, the ‘‘TRUNK OPEN’’ indicator will stay on. 1. Close and Lock the Doors After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure the doors are closed and locked. When one or more doors are not tightly closed, the ‘‘DOOR OPEN’’ indicator will stay on. CONTINUED 2008 RL 13 Driver and Passenger Safety Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver, adult passengers, and teenage children who are large enough and mature enough to drive or ride in the front. 07/05/17 08:41:22 31SJA630 0019  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Locking the doors reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash, and it helps prevent passengers from accidentally opening a door and falling out. 2.Adjust the Front Seats Locking the doors also helps prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. When both the trunk and one or more doors are not tightly closed, the ‘‘DOOR & TRUNK OPEN’’ indicator will stay on. 14 See page 152 for how to lock the doors. Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the rear as possible while allowing you to maintain full control of the vehicle. Have a front passenger adjust their seat as far to the rear as possible. 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:41:34 31SJA630 0020  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest. In addition to adjusting the seat, you can adjust the steering wheel up and down, and in and out (see page 147 ). 3.Adjust the Seat-Backs Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. Driver and Passenger Safety If you sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front airbag, or by striking the steering wheel or dashboard. Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible. See page 155 for how to adjust the front seats. Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a comfortable, upright position, leaving ample space between your chest and the airbag cover in the center of the steering wheel. If you cannot get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help. Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright position. CONTINUED 2008 RL 15 07/05/17 08:41:43 31SJA630 0021  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens 4.Adjust the Head Restraints Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Improperly positioning head restraints reduces their effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well back in the seat. Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury. See page 155 for how to adjust the seat-backs. 16 Make sure head restraints are in place and positioned properly before driving. Adjust the driver’s head restraint so the center of the back of your head rests against the center of the restraint. Have passengers with adjustable head restraints adjust their restraints properly as well. Taller persons should adjust their restraint as high as possible. 2008 RL Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 156 for how to adjust the head restraints. 07/05/17 08:41:53 31SJA630 0022  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens This spreads the forces of a crash over the strongest bones in your upper body. Driver and Passenger Safety 5.Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched. Check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash. Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. 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. If the seat belt touches or crosses your neck, or if it crosses your arm instead of your shoulder, you need to adjust the seat belt anchor height. If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder. CONTINUED 2008 RL 17 07/05/17 08:42:04 31SJA630 0023  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens RELEASE BUTTON Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. This could cause very serious injuries in a crash. If a seat belt does not seem to work properly, it may not protect the occupant in a crash. No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt. Using a seat The front seats have adjustable seat belt anchors. To adjust the height of an anchor, press and hold the release buttons, and slide the anchor up or down as needed (it has four positions). 18 belt that is not working properly can result in serious injury or death. Have your dealer check the belt as soon as possible. See page 21 for additional information about your seat belts and how to take care of them. 2008 RL 6.Maintain a Proper Sitting Position After all occupants have adjusted their seats and head restraints, and put on their seat belts, it is very important that they continue to sit upright, well back in their seats, with their feet on the floor, until the vehicle is parked and the engine is off. 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. 07/05/17 08:42:12 31SJA630 0024  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Advice for Pregnant Women This will reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating front airbag. 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. When driving, remember to sit upright and adjust the seat as far back as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. When riding as a front passenger, adjust the seat as far back as possible. If you are pregnant, the best way to protect yourself and your unborn child when driving or riding in a vehicle is to always wear a seat belt, and keep the lap part of the belt as low as possible across the hips. 2008 RL Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to drive. 19 Driver and Passenger Safety In addition, an occupant who is out of position in the front seat can be seriously or fatally injured in a crash by striking interior parts of the vehicle or being struck by an inflating front airbag. 07/05/17 08:42:20 31SJA630 0025  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Additional Safety Precautions Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your could be very seriously injured in a crash. hands or arms are close to an airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbag inflates. Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability of the belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate. Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag. Carrying hard or sharp Do not attach hard objects on or near a door. If a side airbag or a 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. 20 side curtain airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone. 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:42:31 31SJA630 0026  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts This system uses the same sensors as the front airbags to monitor whether the front seat belts are latched or unlatched, and how much weight is on the front passenger’s seat (see pages 31 and 32 ). The seat belt system includes an indicator on the instrument panel and a beeper to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. If either the driver or a front passenger does not fasten their seat belt while driving, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash again at regular intervals. This system monitors the front seat belts. If you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position before your seat belt is fastened, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash. If your seat belt is not fastened before the beeper stops, the indicator will stop flashing but remain on. You will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ or ‘‘FASTEN PASSENGER SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79 ). If a front passenger does not fasten their seat belt, the indicator will come on about 6 seconds after the ignition switch is turned to the ON (II) position. When no one is sitting in the front passenger’s seat, or a child or small adult is riding there, the indicator should not come on and the beeper should not sound. CONTINUED 2008 RL 21 Driver and Passenger Safety Seat Belt System Components Your seat belt system includes lap/ shoulder belts in all five seating positions. The front seat belts are also equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners and, on models with collision mitigation brake system (CMBS), seat belt e-pretensioners. 07/05/17 08:42:42 31SJA630 0027  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If the indicator comes on or the beeper sounds when the driver’s seat belt is latched and there is no front seat passenger and no items on the front seat, something may be interfering with the monitoring system. Look for and remove: Any items under the front passenger’s seat. Lap/Shoulder Belt The lap/shoulder belt goes over your shoulder, across your chest, and across your hips. To fasten the belt, insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is latched (see page 17 for how to properly position the belt). Any object(s) hanging on the seat or in the seat-back pocket. Any object touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer. 22 2008 RL To unlock the belt, press the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body so that it retracts completely. After exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the way and will not get closed in the door. All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body. 07/05/17 08:42:53 31SJA630 0028  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners If the shoulder part of the belt is pulled all the way out, the lockable retractor will activate. The belt will retract, but it will not allow the passenger to move freely. To deactivate the lockable retractor, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the seat belt, pull it out only as far as needed. The tensioners are designed to activate in any collision severe enough to cause the front airbags to deploy. If a side airbag or side curtain airbag deploys during a side impact, the tensioner on that side of the vehicle will also deploy. For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in position. 2008 RL The tensioners can also be activated during a collision in which the front airbags do not deploy. In this case, the airbags would not be needed, but the additional restraint could be helpful. When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled. 23 Driver and Passenger Safety The seat belts in all positions except the driver’s have a lockable retractor that must be activated to secure a child seat (see page 49 ). 07/05/17 08:43:02 31SJA630 0029  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt e-pretensioners On models with Collision Mitigation Brake System For added safety, the front seat belts are equipped with e-pretensioners that work in combination with the collision mitigation brake system (CMBS) (see page 361 ) and the brake pedal assist function (see page 358 ). 24 If your vehicle gets too close to the vehicle ahead of it in your lane, the driver’s e-pretensioner slightly retracts the seat belt to alert the driver of the approaching vehicle. If a collision with the vehicle in front of you is likely, the e-pretensioners on both front seats retract the seat belts with enough force to properly restrain you and your front passenger. After they activate, the e-pretensioners release the retracted seat belts. The e-pretensioners do not activate when the seat belts are not worn or when the vehicle stability assist (VSA) off indicator on the instrument panel is on. To get the full benefit of the e-pretensioners, you and your front passenger must sit normally in your seats and wear your seat belts properly (see page 17 ). In addition, the front passenger’s e-pretensioner does not activate when the passenger’s airbag is automatically turned off because the weight sensor detects a child in the front passenger’s seat. 2008 RL If the automatic seat belt tensioners are activated by a collision, both front seat belts and all related components must be replaced (see page 25 ). If only the e-pretensioners were activated, no components need to be replaced. 07/05/17 08:43:11 31SJA630 0030  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt Maintenance For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts regularly. The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed. If the automatic seat belt tensioners activate during a crash, they must be replaced. Not checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed. Driver and Passenger Safety Pull each belt out fully, and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check that the latches work smoothly and the belts retract easily. If a belt does not retract easily, cleaning the belt may correct the problem (see page 415 ). Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible. If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by the dealer. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash. Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible. Acura provides a limited warranty on seat belts. See your Acura Warranty Information booklet for details. 2008 RL 25 07/05/17 08:43:17 31SJA630 0031  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag System Components (1) (8) (2) (10) (5) (1) Driver’s Airbag (2) Front Passenger’s Airbag (3) Control Unit (4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners/ Seat Belt E-pretensioners* (3) (5) Side Airbags (6) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor (5) (7) Front Passenger’s Seat Weight Sensors (8) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator (9) Side Impact Sensors (First) (10) Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) Sensors (9) (7) (9) (4) * : On models with CMBS 26 (6) 2008 RL (4) 07/05/17 08:43:26 31SJA630 0032  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Your airbag system includes: (14) Two side airbags, one for the driver and one for a front passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the seatbacks. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG’’ (see page 32 ). (12) (11) (13) (11) E-pretensioner Control Unit* (12) Front Impact Sensors (13) Side Impact Sensors (Second) (14) Rear Safing Sensor (15) Side Curtain Airbags (15) Two side curtain airbags, one for each side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored in the ceiling, above the side windows. The front and rear pillars are marked ‘‘SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG’’ (see page 34 ). CONTINUED 2008 RL 27 Driver and Passenger Safety (13) Two SRS (supplemental restraint system) front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ (see page 29 ). 07/05/17 08:43:39 31SJA630 0033  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags On models with CMBS, front seat belt e-pretensioners (see page 24 ). Automatic front seat belt tensioners (see page 23 ). Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe front impact or side impact. Sensors that can detect whether a child is in the passenger’s side airbag path and signal the control unit to turn the airbag off (see page 33 ). Sensors that can detect whether the driver’s seat belt and the front passenger’s seat belt are latched or unlatched (see page 21 ). 28 A driver’s seat position sensor that monitors the distance of the seat from the front airbag. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force (see page 31 ). Weight sensors that monitor the weight on the front passenger’s seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant or small child), the passenger’s front airbag will be turned off (see page 31 ). A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, the seat belt tensioners, and driver and front passenger seat belt use when the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position. 2008 RL An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbags, sensors, seat belt tensioners (see page 34 ), or, on models with CMBS, seat belt e-pretensioners (see page 24 ). An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been turned off (see page 35 ). An indicator on the dashboard that alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been turned off (see page 35 ). Emergency backup power in case your vehicle’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash. 07/05/17 08:43:51 31SJA630 0034  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Front Airbags Work Driver and Passenger Safety During a frontal crash, your seat belt restrains your lower body and torso, and the front airbag helps protect your head and chest. Although both airbags normally inflate within a split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy. If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, at the time and with the force needed. Only the driver’s airbag will deploy if there is no passenger in the front seat, or if the advanced airbag system has turned the passenger’s airbag off (see page 31 ). After inflating, the front airbags will immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls. The total time for inflation and deflation is one-tenth of a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps. CONTINUED 2008 RL 29 07/05/17 08:44:00 31SJA630 0035  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually powder from the airbag’s surface. Although the powder is not harmful, people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Dual-Stage Airbags Dual-Threshold Airbags Your front airbags are dual-stage airbags. This means they have two inflation stages that can be ignited sequentially or simultaneously, depending on crash severity. Your front airbags are also dualthreshold airbags. Airbags with this feature have two deployment thresholds that depend on whether sensors detect the occupant is wearing a seat belt or not. In a more severe crash, both stages will ignite simultaneously to provide the quickest and greatest protection. In a less severe crash, one stage will ignite first, then the second stage will ignite a split second later. This provides longer airbag inflation time with a little less force. 30 2008 RL If the occupant’s belt is not latched, the airbag will deploy at a slightly lower threshold, because the occupant would need extra protection. If the occupant’s belt is latched, the airbag will inflate at a slightly higher threshold, when the airbag would be needed to supplement the protection provided by the seat belt. 07/05/17 08:44:13 31SJA630 0036  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Advanced Airbags For both advanced airbags to work properly: DRIVER’S SEAT POSITION SENSOR Occupants must sit upright and wear their seat belts properly. Do not spill any liquids on or under the seats, cover the sensors, or put any objects or metal items under the front seats. Back-seat passengers should not put their feet under the front seats. Failure to follow these instructions could damage the sensors or prevent them from working properly. The driver’s advanced front airbag system includes a seat position sensor under the seat. If the seat is too far forward, the airbag will inflate with less force, regardless of the severity of the impact. If there is a problem with the sensor, the SRS indicator will come on, and the airbag will inflate in the normal manner regardless of the driver’s seating position. 2008 RL PASSENGER’S SEAT WEIGHT SENSOR The passenger’s advanced front airbag system has weight sensors under the seat. Although Acura does not encourage carrying an infant or small child in front, if the sensors detect the weight of an infant or small child (up to about 65 lbs or 29 kg), the system will automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off. Be aware that objects placed on the passenger’s seat can also cause the airbag to be turned off. CONTINUED 31 Driver and Passenger Safety Your front airbags are also advanced airbags. The main purpose of this feature is to help prevent airbagcaused injuries to short drivers and children who ride in front. 07/05/17 08:44:24 31SJA630 0037  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags When the airbag is turned off, a ‘‘passenger airbag off’’ indicator in the center of the dashboard comes on (see page 35 ). If the weight sensors detect there is no passenger in the front seat, the airbag will be off. However, the passenger airbag off indicator will not come on. To ensure that the passenger’s advanced front airbag system will work properly, do not do anything that would increase or decrease the weight on the front passenger’s seat. Moving the front seat forcibly back against cargo on the seat or floor behind it. Hanging heavy items on the front passenger seat, or placing heavy items in the seat-back pocket. Also, make sure the floor mat behind the front passenger’s seat is hooked to the floor mat anchor (see page 416 ). If it is not, the mat may interfere with the proper operation of the sensors and operation of the seat. This includes: A rear passenger pushing or pulling on the back of the front passenger’s seat. 32 How Your Side Airbags Work 2008 RL If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid acceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver’s or the passenger’s side airbag and activate the seat belt tensioner on the affected side. 07/05/17 08:44:35 31SJA630 0038  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags To get the best protection from the side airbags, front seat occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. Side Airbag Cutoff System Your vehicle has a side airbag cutoff system designed primarily to protect a child riding in the front passenger’s seat. Although Acura does not encourage children to ride in front, if the position sensors detect a child has leaned into the side airbag’s deployment path, the airbag will shut off. The side airbag may also shut off if a short adult leans sideways, or a larger adult slouches and leans sideways into the airbag’s deployment path. If the side airbag off indicator comes on (see page 35 ), have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the airbag’s deployment path, the system will turn the airbag back on, and the indicator will go out. There will be some delay between the moment the passenger moves into or out of the airbag deployment path and when the indicator comes on or goes off. A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. Objects placed on the front passenger seat can also cause the side airbag to be shut off. 2008 RL 33 Driver and Passenger Safety Only one airbag will deploy during a side impact. If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side airbag will deploy even if there is no passenger. 07/05/17 08:44:47 31SJA630 0039  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side curtain airbag will inflate even if there are no occupants on that side of the vehicle. To get the best protection from the side curtain airbags, occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. How the SRS Indicator Works The SRS indicator alerts you to a potential problem with your airbags, seat belt tensioners, and, on models with CMBS, seat belt e-pretensioners. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, this indicator comes on briefly then goes off. This tells you the system is working properly. If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example: If the SRS indicator does not come on after you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG In a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid acceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate the side curtain airbag and activate the seat belt tensioner on the driver’s or the passenger’s side of the vehicle. If the indicator stays on after the engine starts. If the indicator comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. 34 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:44:58 31SJA630 0040  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 78 ). How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works If you see any of these indications, the airbags and seat belt tensioners may not work properly when you need them. This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been automatically shut off. It does not mean there is a problem with your side airbags. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts you to a possible problem. Canada When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the indicator should come on briefly and go out (see page 63 ). If it does not come on, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, you will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG OFF’’ message on the multi-information display. Have the system checked (see page 79 ). U.S. Canada PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been shut off because weight sensors detect about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant or small child) on the front passenger’s seat. It does not mean there is a problem with the airbag. CONTINUED 2008 RL 35 Driver and Passenger Safety Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in serious injury or death if the airbag systems or tensioners do not work properly. U.S. How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works 07/05/17 08:45:11 31SJA630 0041  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Be aware that objects placed on the front seat can cause the indicator to come on. If no weight is detected in the front seat, the airbag will be automatically shut off. However, the indicator will not come on. The passenger airbag off indicator may come on and off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is near the airbag cutoff threshold. If an adult or teenage passenger is riding in front, move the seat as far to the rear as possible, and have the passenger sit upright and wear the seat belt properly. 36 If the indicator comes on with no front seat passenger and no objects on the seat, or with an adult riding there, something may be interfering with the weight sensors. Look for and remove: Any items under the front passenger’s seat. Any object hanging on the seat or in the seat-back pocket. Any object touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible. 2008 RL Airbag Service Your airbag systems are virtually maintenance free, and there are no parts you can safely service. However, you must have your vehicle serviced if: An airbag ever inflates. Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit and other related parts. Any seat belt tensioner that activates must also be replaced. Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by an authorized dealer or a knowledgeable body shop. 07/05/17 08:45:21 31SJA630 0042  Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags The SRS indicator alerts you to a problem. Take your vehicle to an If your vehicle has a moderate to severe impact. Even if your airbags do not inflate, your dealer should inspect the driver’s seat position sensor, the front passenger’s weight sensors, the front seat belt tensioners, and all seat belts worn during a crash to make sure they are operating properly. 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 remove or modify a front seat without consulting your dealer. This could make the Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting your dealer. Improperly replacing or covering front seat-back covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a side impact. Do not expose the front passenger’s seat-back to liquid. If water or another liquid soaks into the seatback, it can prevent the side airbag cutoff system from working properly. driver’s seat position sensor or the front passenger’s weight sensors ineffective. If it is necessary to remove or modify a front seat to accommodate a person with disabilities, first contact Acura Client Services at 800-382-2238. 2008 RL 37 Driver and Passenger Safety authorized dealer as soon as possible. If you ignore this indication, your airbags may not operate properly. Additional Safety Precautions 07/05/17 08:45:31 31SJA630 0043  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of the death of children ages 12 and under. Children depend on adults to protect them. However, despite their best intentions, many adults do not know how to properly protect child passengers. If you have children, or ever need to drive with a child in your vehicle, be sure to read this section. It begins with important general guidelines, then presents special information for infants, small children, and larger children. 38 To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state and Canadian province requires that infants and children be properly restrained when they ride in a vehicle. Infants and small children must be restrained in an approved child seat that is properly secured to the vehicle (see pages 43 − 51 ). 2008 RL Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash. Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. A larger child should be properly restrained with a seat belt and use a booster seat if necessary. Larger children must be restrained with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on a booster seat until the seat belt fits them properly (see pages 52 − 55 ). 07/05/17 08:45:44 31SJA630 0044  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children aged 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. Some states have laws restricting where children may ride. Children who ride in back are less likely to be injured by striking interior vehicle parts during a collision or hard braking. Also, children cannot be injured by an inflating front airbag when they ride in the back. The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks Front airbags have been designed to help protect adults in a moderate to severe frontal collision. To do this, the passenger’s front airbag is quite large, and it can inflate with enough force to cause very serious injuries. Even though your vehicle has an advanced front airbag system that automatically turns the passenger’s front airbag off (see page 35 ), please follow these guidelines: Infants Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag. If the airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or very seriously injure an infant. Small Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can strike the child with enough force to kill or very seriously injure a small child. Larger Children Children who have outgrown child seats are also at risk of being injured or killed by an inflating passenger’s front airbag. Whenever possible, larger children should sit in the back seat, on a booster seat if needed, and be properly restrained with a seat belt (see page 52 for important information about protecting larger children). CONTINUED 2008 RL 39 Driver and Passenger Safety All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat According to accident statistics, children of all ages and sizes are safer when they are restrained in a back seat. 07/05/17 08:46:00 31SJA630 0045  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in a back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard (U.S. models) and on the front visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. U.S. Models DASHBOARD SUN VISORS Canadian Models SUN VISORS 40 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:46:14 31SJA630 0046  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines Place the largest child in the front seat, provided the child is large enough to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly (see page 52 ). Move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible (see page 155 ). 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 17 ). If a Child Requires Close Attention Many parents say they prefer to put an infant or a small child in the front passenger seat so they can watch the child, or because the child requires attention. Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards in a frontal collision, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk. If a child requires close physical attention or frequent visual contact, we strongly recommend that another adult ride with the child in a back seat. The back seat is far safer for a child than the front. 2008 RL Additional Safety Precautions Never hold an infant or child on your lap. If you are not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you could be thrown forward and crush the child against the dashboard or a seat-back. If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms and be seriously hurt or killed. Never put a seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash, the belt could press deep into the child and cause serious or fatal injuries. Never let two children use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. 41 Driver and Passenger Safety If You Must Drive with Several Children Your vehicle has a back seat where children can be properly restrained. If you ever have to carry a group of children, and a child must ride in front: 07/05/17 08:46:23 31SJA630 0047  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines Use the childproof door locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. This can prevent children from accidentally falling out (see page 154 ). Do not leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving children without adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces, and can be very hazardous. Make sure any unused seat belt that a child can reach is buckled, the lockable retractor is activated, and the belt is fully retracted and locked. If a child wraps a loose seat belt around their neck, they can be seriously or fatally injured. (See pages 49 and 50 for how to activate and deactivate the lockable retractor.) who play in vehicles can accidentally get trapped inside. Teach your children not to play in or around vehicles. Know how to operate the emergency trunk opener and decide if your children should be shown how to use this feature (see page 154 ). Keep vehicle keys/remote transmitters out of the reach of children. Even very young For example, infants and small children left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke. A child left alone with the key in the ignition switch can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others. 42 Lock all doors and the trunk when your vehicle is not in use. Children children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition switch, and open the trunk, which can lead to accidental injury or death. 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:46:36 31SJA630 0048  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Infants Do not put a rear-facing child seat in a forward-facing position. If placed facing forward, an infant could be very seriously injured during a frontal collision. Rear-facing Child Seat Placement A rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front. Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant. When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from moving their seat as far back as recommended, or from locking their seat-back in the desired position. Child Seat Type An infant must be properly restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat until the child reaches the seat maker’s weight or height limit for the seat, and the child is at least one year old. It could also interfere with proper operation of the passenger’s advanced front airbag system. Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby’s head, neck, and back. CONTINUED 2008 RL 43 Driver and Passenger Safety Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode. 07/05/17 08:46:49 31SJA630 0049  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children In any of these situations, we strongly recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front passenger’s seat, move the seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or, you may wish to get a smaller rear-facing child seat. Protecting Small Children Child Seat Placement We strongly recommend placing a forward-facing child seat in a back seat, not the front. Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death during a collision. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too Child Seat Type Always place a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, not the front. A child who is at least 1 year old, and who fits within the child seat maker’s weight and height limits, should be restrained in a forward-facing, upright child seat. Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown. 44 We also recommend that a small child use the child seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. 2008 RL far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating airbag can strike the child with enough force to cause very serious or fatal injuries. Even with advanced front airbags that automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off (see page 31 ), a back seat is the safest place for a small child. 07/05/17 08:47:00 31SJA630 0050  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children, Selecting a Child Seat Selecting a Child Seat When buying a child seat, you need to choose either a conventional child seat, or one designed for use with the lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH) system. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbag inflates. Conventional child seats must be secured to a vehicle with a seat belt, whereas LATCH-compatible seats are secured by attaching the seat to hardware built into the two outer seating positions in the back seat. In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed using a seat belt. Whatever type of seat you choose, to provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements: 1. The child seat should meet U.S. or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Look for FMVSS 213 or CMVSS 213 on the box. If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, and properly restrain the child. Since LATCH-compatible child seats are easier to install and reduce the possibility of improper installation, we recommend selecting this style. 2. The child seat should be of the proper type and size to fit the child. Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children. CONTINUED 2008 RL 45 Driver and Passenger Safety If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child seat is firmly secured to the vehicle and the child is properly strapped in the seat. 07/05/17 08:47:11 31SJA630 0051  Main Menu Table Of Contents Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat 3. The child seat should fit the vehicle seating position (or positions) where it will be used. Before purchasing a conventional child seat, or using a previously purchased one, we recommend that you test the seat in the specific vehicle seating position or positions where the seat will be used. Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat and a good place to install the seat, there are three main steps in installing the seat: 1. Properly secure the child seat to the vehicle. All child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt or with the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the vehicle can be endangered in a crash. 2. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured. After installing a child seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. A child seat secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, it does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side-to-side 46 2008 RL movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat’s effectiveness. If the child seat is not secure, try installing it in a different seating position, or use a different style of child seat that can be firmly secured. 3. Secure the child in the child seat. Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child seat according to the child seat maker’s instructions. A child who is not properly secured in a child seat can be seriously injured in a crash. The following pages provide guidelines on how to properly install a child seat. A forward-facing child seat is used in all examples, but the instructions are the same for rearfacing child seats. 07/05/17 08:47:22 31SJA630 0052  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. The location of each lower anchor is indicated by a small button above the anchor point. BUTTON LOWER ANCHORS REAR HEAD RESTRAINT TILT BUTTON To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: 3. Push the rear head restraint tilt button on the ceiling console to pivot the head restraints down. 1. Move the seat belt buckle or tongue away from the lower anchors. 2. Make sure there are no objects near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors. CONTINUED 2008 RL 47 Driver and Passenger Safety Installing a Child Seat with LATCH Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) at the outer rear seats. 07/05/17 08:47:33 31SJA630 0053  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat TETHER STRAP HOOK ANCHOR RIGID TYPE 4. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connector as shown above. FLEXIBLE TYPE Other LATCH-compatible seats have a flexible-type connector as shown above. 5. Whatever type you have, follow the child seat maker’s instructions for adjusting or tightening the fit. 6. Route the tether strap over the head restraint, then attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted. 7. Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions. 8. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. 48 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:47:42 31SJA630 0054  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have a lockable retractor that must be activated to secure a child seat. 1. With the child seat in the desired seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker’s instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle. 2. To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor. 3. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps. CONTINUED 2008 RL 49 Driver and Passenger Safety Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/ Shoulder Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt. 07/05/17 08:47:49 31SJA630 0055  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat To deactivate the lockable retractor and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. 4. After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle, and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. 5. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. To 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. 50 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:47:58 31SJA630 0056  Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Tether TETHER STRAP HOOK 3. Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions. COVER ANCHOR A child seat with a tether can be installed in any seating position in the back seat, using one of the anchorage points shown above. Since a tether can provide additional security to the lap/shoulder belt installation, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. ANCHOR 1. After properly securing the child seat with the lap/shoulder belt (see page 22 ), pivot the head restraint down (see page 156 ) and route the tether strap over the head restraint. 2008 RL 51 Driver and Passenger Safety TETHER ANCHORAGE POINTS 2. Lift the anchor cover, then attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted. 07/05/17 08:48:07 31SJA630 0057  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in a back seat on a booster seat and wear a lap/shoulder belt. Allowing a child age 12 or under to sit in front can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates. The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who must sit in front. If a child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, use a booster seat if needed, have the child sit up properly and wear the seat belt properly. Checking Seat Belt Fit To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself: 1. Does the child sit all the way back against the seat? 2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat? 52 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:48:19 31SJA630 0058  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children 3. Does the shoulder belt cross between the child’s neck and arm? Using a Booster Seat 5. Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip? If a child who uses a booster seat must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible and be sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly. A child who has outgrown a forwardfacing child seat should ride in a back seat and use a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belt fits them properly without the booster. Some states and Canadian provinces also require children to use a booster seat until they reach a given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the states or provinces where you intend 2008 RL A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of their ears are even with the top of the vehicle’s or booster’s seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster seat. 53 Driver and Passenger Safety Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster seat meets federal safety standards (see page 45 ) and that you follow the booster seat maker’s instructions. 4. Is the lap part of the belt as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs? If you answer yes to all these questions, the child is ready to wear the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If you answer no to any question, the child needs to ride on a booster seat. to drive. 07/05/17 08:48:32 31SJA630 0059  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children age 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates in a moderate to severe frontal collision, the airbag can cause serious injuries to a child who is unrestrained, improperly restrained, sitting too close to the airbag, or out of position. Of course, children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in front, there are other important factors you should consider. Physical Size Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit (see pages 17 and 52 ). If the seat belt does not fit properly, with or without the child sitting on a booster seat, the child should not sit in front. Maturity A side airbag also poses risks. If any part of a larger child’s body is in the path of a deploying side airbag, the child could receive possibly serious injuries. 54 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. 2008 RL If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Carefully read the owner’s manual, and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information. Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position. Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor. Check that the child’s seat belt is properly and securely positioned. Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. 07/05/17 08:48:40 31SJA630 0060  Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children Additional Safety Precautions Do not let a child wear a seat belt across the neck. This could result Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back or under the arm. This could improve a child’s comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can make the belt less effective and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. Driver and Passenger Safety in serious neck injuries during a crash. Do not put any accessories on a seat belt. Devices intended to cause very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured. Two children should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. 2008 RL 55 07/05/17 08:48:50 31SJA630 0061  Main Menu Table Of Contents Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your vehicle’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide should not enter the vehicle in normal driving if you maintain your vehicle properly and follow the information on this page. Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever: 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. The vehicle is raised for an oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The vehicle was in an accident that may have damaged the underside. 56 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. 2008 RL With the trunk open, airflow can pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the trunk open, open all the windows and set the climate control system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked vehicle with the engine running, even in an unconfined area, adjust the climate control system as follows: 1. Select the fresh air mode. mode. 2. Select the 3. Turn the fan on high speed. 4. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting. 07/05/17 08:49:17 31SJA630 0062  Main Menu Table Of Contents Safety Labels These labels are in the locations shown. They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury or death. Read these labels carefully. DASHBOARD U.S. models only Driver and Passenger Safety If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S. dashboard label which may be removed by the owner), contact your dealer for a replacement. HOOD U.S. models RADIATOR CAP Canadian models CONTINUED 2008 RL 57 07/05/17 08:49:35 31SJA630 0063  Main Menu Table Of Contents Safety Labels SUN VISORS U.S. models DOORJAMBS Canadian models 58 U.S. models 2008 RL Canadian models 07/05/17 08:49:41 31SJA630 0064  Main Menu Instruments and Controls This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your vehicle. All the essential controls are within easy reach. 2008 RL Trunk............................................... 153 Emergency Trunk Opener ....... 154 Childproof Door Locks ................. 154 Seats ................................................ 155 Mirrors ............................................ 159 Driving Position Memory System......................................... 160 Keyless Access System................. 163 Seat Heaters ................................... 178 Seat Heaters and Seat Ventilation .................................. 179 Power Windows ............................. 181 Moonroof ........................................ 184 Parking Brake ................................ 187 Interior Convenience Items .......... 188 Glove Box ................................... 189 Beverage Holders ...................... 190 Console Compartment .............. 191 Sun Visors ................................... 192 Accessory Power Sockets......... 192 Rear Ashtrays ............................ 193 Front Door Pockets ................... 193 Power Rear Sunshade ............... 194 Integrated Sunshades ............... 195 Interior Lights ................................ 196 59 Instruments and Controls Control Locations ............................ 60 Instrument Panel ............................. 61 Instrument Panel Indicators ........... 62 Gauges .............................................. 70 Temperature Gauge .................... 70 Fuel Gauge ................................... 70 Multi-Information Display .............. 71 Controls Near the Steering Wheel .......................................... 136 Windshield Wipers and Washers ...................................... 137 Turn Signals and Headlights ........ 140 Fog Lights .................................. 142 Daytime Running Lights .......... 142 Automatic Lighting Off Feature .................................... 142 Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) ........................................... 143 Hazard Warning Button ................ 145 Instrument Panel Brightness ....... 145 Rear Window Defogger ................ 146 Steering Wheel Adjustments ....... 147 Keys and Locks.............................. 149 Immobilizer System....................... 150 Ignition Switch ............................... 151 Door Locks ..................................... 152 07/05/17 08:49:48 31SJA630 0065  Main Menu Table Of Contents Control Locations INSTRUMENT PANEL INDICATORS (P.62) GAUGES (P.70) CEILING CONSOLE*1 MIRROR CONTROL AUTO BUTTON (P.158) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM (P.160) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.198) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.207) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P.152) INTERFACE DIAL (P.199) COMPASS SYSTEM*2 (P.242) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.181) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.349) ACCESSORY POWER SOCKETS (P.192) *1 : HOMELINK BUTTONS (P.295) MOONROOF SWITCH (P.184) POWER REAR SUNSHADE BUTTON (P.194) REAR HEAD RESTRAINT TILT BUTTON (P.157) *2 : RL models 60 TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P.153) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE BUTTON (P.329) HOOD RELEASE LEVER (P.331) 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:49:58 31SJA630 0066  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel KEYLESS ACCESS SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.68) VSA HIGH BEAM ACTIVATION INDICATOR (P.65) INDICATOR (P.377) LIGHTS ON INDICATOR (P.64) FOG LIGHT INDICATOR (P.65) MESSAGE INDICATOR (P.68) CRUISE MAIN INDICATOR (P.65) / ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC) INDICATOR* (P.66, 280) ADAPTIVE FRONT LIGHTING SYSTEM (AFS) INDICATOR* (P.69, 143) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) INDICATOR (P.64, 359) SIDE AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.35, 63) ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED POWER STEERING SYSTEM (ECPS) INDICATOR (P.68) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.63, 449) SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.69) MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY (P.71) MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.62, 448) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.62, 447) SH-AWD INDICATOR (P.66) COLLISION MITIGATION BRAKE SYSTEM (CMBS) INDICATOR* (P.69) LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.66) LOW TIRE PRESSURE/TPMS INDICATOR (P.67, 371) SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR (P.21, 62) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SRS) INDICATOR (P.34, 63) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.64) The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. * : If equipped. 2008 RL 61 Instruments and Controls CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.62, 447) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.65, 377) 07/05/17 08:50:12 31SJA630 0067  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your vehicle. Seat Belt Reminder Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It reminds you and your passenger to fasten your seat belts. A beeper also sounds if you have not fastened your seat belt. If you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position before fastening your belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes. If you do not fasten your seat belt before the beeper stops, the indicator stops flashing but remains on. If your front passenger does not fasten their seat belt, the indicator comes on about 6 seconds after the ignition switch is turned to the ON (II) position. If either of you do not fasten your seat belt while driving, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash again at regular intervals. For more information, see page 21 . You will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT BELT’’ or ‘‘FASTEN PASSENGER SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79 ). Low Oil Pressure Indicator The engine can be severely damaged if this indicator flashes or stays on when the engine is running, or if a ‘‘CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL’’ message is on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 447 . Charging System Indicator If this indicator comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged, and you will also see a ‘‘CHECK CHARGING SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 447 . Malfunction Indicator Lamp You will also see a ‘‘CHECK EMISSION SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 448 . 62 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:50:26 31SJA630 0068  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators U.S. Canada 1. It comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It is a reminder to check the parking brake. Driving with the parking brake not fully released can damage the rear brakes, axles, and tires. If you drive without releasing the parking brake, a beeper will sound, and you will also see a ‘‘RELEASE PARKING BRAKE’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 78 ). U.S. Canada Side Airbag Off Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that the passenger’s side airbag has automatically shut off. You will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG OFF’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79 ). For more information, see page 35 . Supplemental Restraint System Indicator This indicator comes on briefly when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags. This indicator will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system, side curtain airbags, automatic seat belt tensioners driver’s seat position sensor, the front passenger’s weight sensors, or, on models with ACC, seat belt e-pretensioners. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 78 ). For more information, see page 35 . 2. If it stays on after you have fully released the parking brake while the engine is running, or if it comes on while driving, it can indicate a problem in the brake 2008 RL 63 Instruments and Controls Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator This indicator has two functions: system. You will also see a ‘‘BRAKE FLUID LOW’’ or ‘‘CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. For more information, see page 449 . 07/05/17 08:50:38 31SJA630 0069  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Lights On Indicator This indicator reminds you that the exterior lights are on. It comes on when the light switch is in either the or position. This indicator will also come on when the light switch is in AUTO and the lights turn on automatically. If you turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position without turning off the light switch, this indicator will remain on. A reminder chime will also sound when you open the driver’s door. Immobilizer System Indicator This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It will then go off if you have a properlycoded remote. If it is not a properlycoded remote, the indicator will blink and the engine will not start (see page 150 ). 64 If you use the remote, this indicator blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from ACCESSORY (I) to the LOCK (0) position. If you use the built-in key, this indicator blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to the ACCESSORY (I) position. Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, and when the ignition switch is turned to the START (III) position. If this indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the ABS. If this happens, take the vehicle to your dealer to have it checked. With this indicator on, your vehicle still has normal braking ability but no anti-lock function. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK ABS 2008 RL SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 78 ). For more information, see page 359 . Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If the indicator does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see page 410 ). Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signaling. When you press the hazard warning button, both turn signals blink. All turn signals on the outside of the vehicle should flash. 07/05/17 08:50:57 31SJA630 0070  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators If it comes on and stays on at any other time, or it does not come on when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, there is a problem with the VSA system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 78 ). Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. Without VSA, your vehicle still has normal driving ability, but will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. For more information, see page 378 . VSA Activation Indicator This indicator has three functions: 1. It comes on as a reminder that you have turned off the vehicle stability assist (VSA) system. 2. It flashes when VSA is active (see page 377 ). 3. It comes on along with the VSA system indicator if there is a problem with the VSA system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 78 ). Fog Light Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn on the fog lights. For more information, see page 142 . High Beam Indicator This indicator comes on with the high beam headlights. For more information, see page 140 . This indicator also comes on with reduced brightness when the daytime running lights (DRL) are on (see page 142 ). Cruise Main Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. For more information, see page 378 . 2008 RL On models without adaptive cruise control (ACC) This indicator comes on when you turn on the cruise control system by pressing the CRUISE button on the steering wheel (see page 277 ). 65 Instruments and Controls Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 07/05/17 08:51:10 31SJA630 0071  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Indicator Low Fuel Indicator On models with adaptive cruise control (ACC) This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. When you push the ACC button on the steering wheel, this indicator comes on green. You will also see ‘‘ACC’’ on the multi-information display. If the indicator comes on orange, there is a problem with the ACC system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK ACC SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 79 ). Take your vehicle to your dealer to have it checked. For more information, see page 280 . 66 LOW FUEL INDICATOR This indicator is in the fuel gauge. It comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon. You will also see a ‘‘FUEL LOW’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79 ). When the indicator comes on, there is about 2.69 U.S. gal (10.2 ) of fuel remaining in the tank before the needle reaches E. There is a small reserve of fuel remaining in the tank when the needle does reach E. 2008 RL Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If this indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the SH-AWD system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK SH-AWD SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 78 ). Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. For more information, see page 356 . If the indicator blinks while driving, pull to the side of the road when it is safe, shift to Park, and let the engine idle until the indicator goes out. If it comes on while driving, it indicates the differential temperature is too high. You will also see a ‘‘SH-AWD DIFF TEMP. HIGH’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 78 ). 07/05/17 08:51:22 31SJA630 0072  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Pull to the side of the road when it is safe, shift to Park, and let the engine idle until the indicator goes out. Low Tire Pressure/ TPMS Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. This indicator has two functions: Check the tire pressure monitor on the multi-information display and determine the cause (see page 373 ). If this happens, pull to the side of the road when it is safe, check which tire has lost pressure on the multiinformation display, and determine the cause. If it is because of a flat tire, have the flat tire repaired as soon as possible. If two or more tires are underinflated, call a professional towing service. For more information, see page 459 . 1. If it comes on while driving, it indicates that one or more of your vehicle’s tires are significantly low on pressure. 2008 RL If equipped Your vehicle has Michelin PAX tires. Repair or replacement of PAX tires must be done by an Acura dealer or an authorized Michelin PAX system dealer. For more information, see page 426 . 2. If this indicator begins to flash, there is a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TPMS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. The indicator continues to flash for a while (approximately 1 minute), then stays on. If this happens, have your dealer check the system as soon as possible. For more information, see page 426 . 67 Instruments and Controls Continuing to drive with the SH-AWD indicator blinking may cause serious damage to the system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TIRE PRESSURE’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79 ). 07/05/17 08:51:33 31SJA630 0073  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Electronically Controlled Power Steering System (ECPS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on when you turn the ignition to the ON (II) position and goes off after the engine starts. If it comes on at any other time, there is a problem with the power steering system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK POWER STEERING SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 78 ). If this happens, stop the vehicle in a safe place, and turn off the engine. Reset the system by restarting the engine, and watch this indicator. If it does not go off or comes back on again while driving, take the vehicle to your dealer to have it checked. With the indicator on, the ECPS is turned off, which could make the vehicle harder to steer. The indicator comes on when you run the engine while the vehicle is not moving. To turn the indicator off, 68 restart the engine. Keyless Access System Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that there is a problem with the system. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK KEYLESS ACCESS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 79 ). For more information, see page 176 . 2008 RL Message Indicator This indicator comes on when there is a system message on the multiinformation display. Press the INFO button on the steering wheel (see page 71 ) to see the message (see page 78 ). Most of the time, this indicator comes on along with other indicators in the instrument panel such as the seat belt reminder indicator, SRS indicator, VSA system indicator, etc. 07/05/17 08:51:47 31SJA630 0074  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) Indicator Security System Indicator If equipped It comes on as a reminder that you have turned off the adaptive front lighting system (AFS). This indicator blinks when there is a problem with the AFS system; you will also see a ‘‘CHECK ADAPTIVE FRONT LIGHTING SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 78 ). If this happens, stop the vehicle in a safe place, turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position, and restart the engine. If the indicator does not go off or blinks again, take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. For more information, see page 143 . SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR This indicator comes on when the security system is set. For more information, see page 276 . Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) Indicator If equipped This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. It also comes on as a 2008 RL The CMBS indicator also comes on if dirt or other debris blocks the radar sensor in the front grille. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK CMBS RADAR SENSOR’’ message on the multi-information display. When you clean the radar sensor, the indicator should go off the next time you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If the indicator comes on at any other time, there is a problem with the CMBS. You will also see a ‘‘CHECK CMBS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display. If this happens, take your vehicle to a dealer, and have it checked. For more information, see page 365 . When this indicator is on, the CMBS is not working. 69 Instruments and Controls This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. reminder that you have turned off the collision mitigation brake system (CMBS). 07/05/17 08:51:55 31SJA630 0075  Main Menu Table Of Contents Gauges TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER TEMPERATURE GAUGE Fuel Gauge This shows how much fuel you have. It may show slightly more or less than the actual amount. The needle returns to the bottom after you turn off the ignition. Avoid driving with an extremely low f uel level. Running out of f uel could cause the engine to misf ire, damaging the catalytic converter. U.S. model is shown. Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine’s coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise 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 the 70 FUEL GAUGE upper end of the white section of the gauge. If it reaches the red (hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. For more information, see page 444 . 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:52:02 31SJA630 0076  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When you open the driver’s door, a ‘‘Welcome’’ message is shown on the multi-information display. When you turn the ignition switch from the ON (II) position to the ACCESSORY (I) position, a ‘‘Goodbye’’ message is shown on the display. INFO (▲/▼) BUTTONS U.S. Instruments and Controls The multi-information display in the instrument panel displays various information and messages when the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position. Some of the messages help you operate your vehicle more comfortably. Others help to keep you aware of the periodic maintenance your vehicle needs for continued trouble-free driving. CANADA SEL RESET BUTTON You can change the display and customize your vehicle control settings by pressing the SEL/RESET or INFO buttons on the right side of the steering wheel. With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, the lower part of the multi-information display changes as shown in the illustration, each time you press the SEL/RESET button. 2008 RL 71 07/05/17 08:52:11 31SJA630 0077  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Odometer When you reset Trip A, average fuel economy A is reset at the same time. When you reset Trip B, average fuel economy B is reset. Trip Meter In the customizing mode, you can set Trip A and average fuel economy A to reset at the same time when you refuel your vehicle (see page 100 ). ODOMETER The odometer shows the total distance your vehicle has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian models. It is illegal under U.S. federal law and Canadian provincial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or kilometers indicated. 72 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. Each trip meter works independently, so you can keep track of two different distances. To reset a trip meter, display it, then press and hold the SEL/RESET button until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’. 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:52:22 31SJA630 0078  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Outside Temperature OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE CANADA This shows the outside Fahrenheit temperature in U.S. models, and Centigrade temperature in Canadian models. Engine Oil Life You can adjust the outside temperature display (see page 97 ). This shows the remaining life of the engine oil. It shows 100% after the engine oil is replaced and the display is reset. The engine oil life is calculated based on engine operating conditions and accumulated engine revolutions. For more information, see page 387 . In certain weather conditions, temperature readings near freezing (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is forming on the road surface. 2008 RL ENGINE OIL LIFE 73 Instruments and Controls U.S. The temperature sensor is in the front bumper. The temperature reading can be affected by heat reflection from the road surface, engine heat, and the exhaust from surrounding traffic. This can cause an incorrect temperature reading when your vehicle speed is under 19 mph (30 km/h). When you start your trip, the sensor is not fully acclimatized, therefore it may take several minutes until the proper temperature is displayed. 07/05/17 08:52:29 31SJA630 0079  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Normal Display Messages With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, the upper part of the display changes, as shown in the illustration, each time you press the ▼ button. If you press the ▲ button, the display returns to the previous message. U.S. Press ▼ button Press ▲ button 74 2008 RL CANADA If ON 07/05/17 08:52:47 31SJA630 0080  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Trip Computer Along with the trip meter, the trip computer calculates these values: INST. MPG (U.S. models)/INST. L/100km (Canadian models) This shows your current fuel mileage. When you turn off the engine, INST. MPG or INST. L/100 km is also reset. When the battery is disconnected, or you refuel, RANGE is also reset. ELAPSED TIME This shows the time passed traveled since you last reset it. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, ELAPSED TIME is reset. You can customize the ELAPSED TIME reset condition on the multiinformation display (see page 101 ). 2008 RL AVG. SPEED This shows the average speed you are traveling in miles per hour (mph) for U.S. models or kilometers per hour (km/h) for Canadian models. When you reset Trip A, AVG. SPEED is also reset. AVG. FUEL A/B This shows your vehicle’s average fuel economy in mpg (U.S. models) or liter/100 km (Canadian models) since you last reset the Trip A or Trip B. You can customize the Trip A and AVG. FUEL A reset condition on the multi-information display (see page 99 ). The average fuel mileage will be reset when you reset the trip meter, or if the vehicle’s battery goes dead or is disconnected. 75 Instruments and Controls Instantaneous fuel mileage Range Elapsed Time Average Vehicle Speed Average Fuel Economy RANGE This shows the estimated distance you can travel on the fuel remaining in the fuel tank. This distance is estimated from the fuel economy you received over the last several miles(U.S.) or kilometers (Canada), so it will vary with changes in speed, traffic, etc. 07/05/17 08:52:58 31SJA630 0081  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display SH-AWD Torque Distribution Monitor Tire Pressure Monitor Bluetooth HandsFreeLink U.S. Canada This monitor shows how much torque is being delivered to each wheel. For more information, see page 356 . 76 When the tire pressure monitor is shown on the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. The display changes as shown. You can see the pressure of each tire in this monitor. If one or more tires are low, inflate them to the correct pressure. For more information, see page 371 . 2008 RL You can receive or make phone calls from your cell phone through your vehicle’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (HFL) system without touching your cell phone. 07/05/17 08:53:08 31SJA630 0082  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Maintenance Messages Have your dealer do the indicated maintenance as soon as you see this message, and have them reset the display after completing the service. If you do not perform the indicated maintenance or do not reset the display, the message changes to ‘‘SERVICE PAST DUE’’ when the engine oil life becomes 0 %. When the engine oil life reaches 15 %, the display shows ‘‘SERVICE DUE SOON’’ and the code for the maintenance items to be performed. When the engine oil life reaches 5 %, the display shows ‘‘SERVICE DUE NOW’’ along with the same maintenance items. 2008 RL These messages appear on the multiinformation display each time you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. For details on engine oil life and maintenance messages, refer to page 386 . Also refer to page 386 for important maintenance safety precautions. 77 Instruments and Controls To use the system, your cell phone and the HFL system must be linked. Not all cell phones are compatible with this system. Refer to page 308 for instructions on how to link your cell phone to the HFL and how to receive or make phone calls, or visit the acura.com/handsfreelink website. 07/05/17 08:53:28 31SJA630 0083  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Message Display When a problem is detected with your vehicle, a message will be shown on the multi-information display. If this happens, refer to the applicable pages of this owner’s manual, and follow the instructions. See page 63, 449 When there are several messages to be shown, the system switches the messages every 5 seconds. The message is shown until you push the INFO (▲ or ▼) button. To see the message again, press the INFO (▲ or ▼) button, 5 seconds after the display disappears. 78 See page 69, 143 See page 62, 447 See page 68 See page 62, 447 2008 RL See page 65, 377 See page 449 See page 62, 448 Here is a list of messages shown on the multi-information display: See page 64, 359 See page 66, 356 See page 348 See page 349 See page 446 See page 34, 63 07/05/17 08:53:50 31SJA630 0084  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display See page 389 See page 364 See page 375 See page 69, 361 See page 373 See page 13 See page 67, 373 See page 176 See page 62 See page 432 See page 174 See page 62 See page 433 See page 175 See page 331 See page 434 See page 404 See page 66 See page 142 U.S. Canada See page 35, 63 CONTINUED 2008 RL 79 Instruments and Controls See page 280 07/05/17 08:53:57 31SJA630 0085  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display See page 151 See page 151 80 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:54:13 31SJA630 0086  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display To have the driver’s ID detected, make sure your remote is linked to the system (see Memory Position Link on page 104 ). Then use your remote to unlock the doors (see Keyless Access Setup on page 108 ). To change the settings, the ignition switch must be in the ON (II) position, and the vehicle must be stopped with the transmission in Park. To enter the customizing mode, press and hold the INFO (▲/▼) button for more than 3 seconds while the multi-information display is in its normal mode. Instruments and Controls Customized Settings With the multi-information display and the INFO (▲/▼) and SEL/ RESET buttons on the right side of the steering wheel, you can customize some vehicle control settings for ‘‘DRIVER 1’’ or ‘‘DRIVER 2’’. If ‘‘DRIVER 1’’ or ‘‘DRIVER 2’’ is not displayed, customizing is not possible. If you turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position, or move the shift lever out of Park, the display will change to the normal screen. You cannot customize the settings under these conditions: When the keyless memory settings are off (see page 170 ). If you disconnect the battery, and then do not unlock the door. When the multi-information display does not show the driver’s ID. The first customizing menu is: CHG SETTING (see page 87 ) DEFAULT ALL (see page 85 ) Refer to the following table for a brief summary of each customizable setting and its default. For more information, refer to the page number references in the table. CONTINUED 2008 RL 81 07/05/17 08:54:20 31SJA630 0087  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display CUSTOMIZE ENTRY CHG SETTING (see page 87) CUSTOMIZE GROUP ACC SETUP (see page 89) METER SETUP (see page 94) CUSTOMIZE MENU PRE-RUNNING CAR DETECT BEEP ACC DISPLAY SPEED UNIT LANGUAGE SELECTION Description Causes the system to beep when a vehicle ahead of you gets too close. Changes the ACC display speed unit. Changes the language used in the display. ADJUST OUTSIDE TEMP. DISPLAY Changes the outside temperature reading above or below its current reading. Causes trip meter A and the average fuel economy to reset when you refuel. Resets the elapsed time of your current trip. TRIP A & AVG. FUEL RESET with REFUEL ELAPSED TIME RESET POSITION SETUP (see page 103) MEMORY POSITION LINK AUTO TILT & TELESCOPIC *1 : Default setting *2 : Default setting for U.S. models *3 : Default setting for Canadian model 82 2008 RL Changes the driver’s seat, the steering wheel, and the outside mirror positions to your stored setting. Moves the steering wheel fully in and out when the key is removed. CUSTOMIZE SET UP ON*1 OFF MPH*2 previous km/h*3 setting ENGLISH*1 FRENCH SPANISH −5°F∼±0°F*2∼5°F −3°C∼±0°C*3∼3°C Page 90 92 95 97 ON OFF*1 99 IGN OFF*1 TRIP A TRIP B ON*1 OFF 101 ON*1 OFF 106 104 07/05/17 08:54:29 31SJA630 0088  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display CUSTOMIZE ENTRY CHG SETTING (see page 87) CUSTOMIZE GROUP KEYLESS ACCESS SETUP (see page 108) CUSTOMIZE MENU DOOR UNLOCK MODE KEYLESS ACCESS BEEP LIGHTING SETUP (see page 115) INTERIOR LIGHT DIMMING TIME HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER AUTO LIGHT SENSITIVITY DOOR/WINDOW SETUP (see page 122) *: AUTO DOOR LOCK CUSTOMIZE SET UP DRIVER DOOR * ALL DOORS Page 109 ON* OFF 111 ON* OFF 113 60 SEC 30 SEC* 15 SEC 60 SEC 30 SEC 0 SEC 15 SEC* MAX MIN HIGH MID* LOW SHIFT FROM P WITH VEH SPD* OFF 116 Instruments and Controls KEYLESS ACCESS LIGHT FLASH Description Changes which doors unlock when you use the remote or grab the driver’s doorhandle. Causes some exterior lights to blink twice when you unlock the doors by grabbing the driver’s door handle. Cause the beeper to sound twice when you unlock the doors by grabbing the driver’s door handle. Changes how long (in seconds) the interior lights stay on after you close the doors. Changes how long (in seconds) the exterior lights stay on after you close the driver’s door. Changes the light level that causes the headlights to come on. The headlight switch needs to be in the AUTO position. Changes when the doors automatically lock. 118 120 123 Default setting CONTINUED 2008 RL 83 07/05/17 08:54:39 31SJA630 0089  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display CUSTOMIZE ENTRY CHG SETTING (see page 87) CUSTOMIZE GROUP DOOR/WINDOW SETUP (see page 122) CUSTOMIZE MENU AUTO DOOR UNLOCK Description Changes when the doors automatically unlock. DOOR LOCK MODE Changes which doors unlock with the first push of the remote’s unlock button. The exterior lights flash each time you press the LOCK or UNLOCK button. Changes how long it takes (in seconds) for the doors to relock and the security system to set after you unlock the driver’s door without opening it. Changes the wiper operation among two settings when the wiper switch is in the INT position. Changes all settings to the default. KEYLESS LOCK ACKNOWLEDGMENT SECURITY RELOCK TIMER WIPER SETUP (see page 133) WIPER ACTION DEFAULT ALL (see page 85) *: 84 Default setting 2008 RL CUSTOMIZE SET UP SHIFT TO P* IGN OFF OFF DRIVER DOOR * ALL DOORS Page 125 127 ON* OFF 129 90 SEC 60 SEC 30 SEC* 131 INTERMITTENT WITH VEH SPD* 134 SET CANCEL 85 07/05/17 08:54:48 31SJA630 0090  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If you want the settings as they were when the vehicle left the factory, select DEFAULT ALL, as described on this page. DEFAULT ALL Use the INFO (▲/▼) button on the steering wheel to select the settings and the SEL/RESET button to enter your selections. If you want to set the default settings, press the INFO (▲/▼) button to select DEFAULT ALL, then press the SEL/RESET button. If you want to cancel DEFAULT ALL, select CANCEL, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. CONTINUED 2008 RL 85 Instruments and Controls If you want to change any vehicle control settings, select CHG SETTING, then press the SEL/ RESET button. 07/05/17 08:54:56 31SJA630 0091  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display To set the default settings again, select DEFAULT ALL, and press the SEL/RESET button. Then select SET, and press the SEL/RESET button. 86 When DEFAULT ALL is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen returns to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 2008 RL If DEFAULT ALL is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to the normal message mode. Repeat the procedure to select DEFAULT ALL. 07/05/17 08:55:07 31SJA630 0092  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display CHG SETTING You can customize some of the vehicle control settings to your preference. Here are the settings you can customize: While CHG SETTING in the CUSTOMIZE ENTRY is shown on the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to ACC SETUP in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown on the next page. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button, until you see the setup you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 87 Instruments and Controls ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL SETUP METER SETUP POSITION SETUP KEYLESS ACCESS SETUP LIGHTING SETUP DOOR/WINDOW SETUP WIPER SETUP 07/05/17 08:55:14 31SJA630 0093  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL SETUP see page 89 METER SETUP see page 94 POSITION SETUP see page 103 KEYLESS ACCESS SETUP see page 108 LIGHTING SETUP see page 115 DOOR/WINDOW SETUP see page 122 Press the ▲ or ▼ button. Press the SEL/RESET button. 88 WIPER SETUP see page 133 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:55:25 31SJA630 0094  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Adaptive Cruise Control Setup If equipped Here are the two custom settings for adaptive cruise control (ACC): Instruments and Controls PRE-RUNNING CAR DETECT BEEP ACC DISPLAY SPEED UNIT see page 90 While the multi-information display is in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP screen, select ACC SETUP by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the display changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. Press the ▲ or ▼ button. Press the SEL/RESET button. see page 92 CONTINUED 2008 RL 89 07/05/17 08:55:32 31SJA630 0095  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Pre-Running Car Detect Beep When PRE-RUNNING CAR DETECT BEEP is set to ON, one beep sounds when the ACC detects a vehicle in front of you. You also hear a beep when that vehicle goes out of the range of your vehicle’s radar sensor. While the multi-information display is in the ACC SETUP of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to the above display. 90 2008 RL Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 07/05/17 08:55:40 31SJA630 0096  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If you choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the prerunning car detect beep setup. To exit PRE-RUNNING CAR DETECT BEEP without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. CONTINUED 2008 RL 91 Instruments and Controls When your choice is set, the display changes to the screen shown above for several seconds, and then goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 07/05/17 08:55:48 31SJA630 0097  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Adaptive Cruise Control Display Speed Unit To change the unit of measurement from mph to km/h, do this: While the multi-information display is in the ACC SETUP of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. 92 2008 RL Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. The highlighted unit, mph or km/h, is the current setting. To change the setting, press the INFO (▲/▼) button until the unit you want is highlighted, then press the SEL/ RESET button. 07/05/17 08:55:55 31SJA630 0098  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the ACC display speed unit setup. 2008 RL To exit ACC DISPLAY SPEED UNIT without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 93 Instruments and Controls When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 07/05/17 08:56:07 31SJA630 0099  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Meter Setup Here are the four custom settings for the meter setup: LANGUAGE SELECTION ADJUST OUTSIDE TEMP. DISPLAY TRIP A & AVG. FUEL RESET with REFUEL ELAPSED TIME RESET see page 95 see page 97 While METER SETUP is shown in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. see page 99 Press the ▲ or ▼ button. Press the SEL/RESET button. 94 2008 RL see page 101 07/05/17 08:56:15 31SJA630 0100  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Language Selection There are three language selections you can make: English, French, and Spanish. To choose the language you want, follow these instructions: Select the desired language by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then enter your selection by pressing the SEL/RESET button. CONTINUED 2008 RL 95 Instruments and Controls While METER SETUP is shown in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. You will see the above display. 07/05/17 08:56:23 31SJA630 0101  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. All messages on the multiinformation display will be shown in the language you selected. 96 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the language selection setup. 2008 RL To exit LANGUAGE SELECTION without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 08:56:31 31SJA630 0102  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Adjust Outside Temp. Display While the multi-information display is in the METER SETUP of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. The highlighted number is the current setting above or below the outside temperature. Press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button repeatedly until the number you want appears, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 97 Instruments and Controls If you sometimes find that the temperature reading is a few degrees above or below the actual temperature, you can adjust it by following these instructions: 07/05/17 08:56:39 31SJA630 0103  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 98 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the adjust outside air temperature display setup. 2008 RL To exit ADJUST OUTSIDE TEMP. DISPLAY without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 08:56:47 31SJA630 0104  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Trip A & Avg. Fuel Reset with Refuel To cause trip A and average fuel economy A to reset every time you refuel your vehicle, follow these instructions: Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 99 Instruments and Controls While METER SETUP is shown in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. 07/05/17 08:56:54 31SJA630 0105  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 100 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the trip A and average fuel reset with refuel setup. 2008 RL To exit TRIP A & AVG. FUEL RESET with REFUEL without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 08:57:05 31SJA630 0106  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Elapsed Time Reset There are three elapsed time reset choices you can make: TRIP A − The elapsed time is reset when the Trip A is reset. TRIP B − The elapsed time is reset when the Trip B is reset. While METER SETUP is shown in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 101 Instruments and Controls IGN OFF − The elapsed time is reset when you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. 07/05/17 08:57:12 31SJA630 0107  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 102 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the elapsed time reset setup. 2008 RL To exit ELAPSED TIME RESET without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 08:57:22 31SJA630 0108  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Position Setup There are two position setups you can make: While the multi-information display is in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP screen, select POSITION SETUP by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, and then press the SEL/RESET button. Instruments and Controls MEMORY POSITION LINK AUTO TILT & TELESCOPIC see page 104 Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. Press the ▲ or ▼ button. Press the SEL/RESET button. see page 106 CONTINUED 2008 RL 103 07/05/17 08:57:30 31SJA630 0109  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Memory Position Link When Memory Position Link is set to ON, the driver’s seat, the steering wheel, and the outside mirror positions move to the positions stored in memory. To cause the memory to activate, open the driver’s door with the remote, or grab the door handle while carrying the remote. To set the seat memory position, see page 160 . For information on using the remote, see page 170 . 104 While the multi-information display is in the POSITION SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to the above display. 2008 RL Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 07/05/17 08:57:38 31SJA630 0110  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the memory position link setup. To exit MEMORY POSITION LINK without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. CONTINUED 2008 RL 105 Instruments and Controls When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 07/05/17 08:57:45 31SJA630 0111  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Tilt & Telescopic When AUTO TILT & TELESCOPIC is set to ON, the steering wheel automatically moves fully in and up when you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position and release it, or when you remove the built-in key from the ignition switch. While the multi-information display is in the POSITION SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. 106 2008 RL Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 07/05/17 08:57:53 31SJA630 0112  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the auto tilt and telescopic setup. 2008 RL To exit AUTO TILT & TELESCOPIC without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 107 Instruments and Controls When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 07/05/17 08:58:03 31SJA630 0113  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display KEYLESS ACCESS Setup There are three settings in the keyless access setup: DOOR UNLOCK MODE KEYLESS ACCESS LIGHT FLASH KEYLESS ACCESS BEEP see page 109 While the multi-information display is in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP screen, select KEYLESS ACCESS SETUP by pressing the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button. see page 111 Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button, until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. see page 113 Press the ▲ or ▼ button. Press the SEL/RESET button. 108 2008 RL 07/05/17 08:58:11 31SJA630 0114  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Door Unlock Mode While the multi-information display is in the KEYLESS ACCESS SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select DRIVER DOOR ONLY or ALL DOORS by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 109 Instruments and Controls To select whether the driver’s door or all doors unlock when you open the driver’s door with the remote or by grabbing the door handle (while carrying the remote), follow these instructions: 07/05/17 08:58:18 31SJA630 0115  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 110 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the door unlock mode setup. 2008 RL To exit DOOR UNLOCK MODE without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 08:58:27 31SJA630 0116  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Keyless Access Light Flash The same exterior lights blink once when you lock the doors by touching the door lock sensor while carrying the remote. While the multi-information display is in the KEYLESS ACCESS SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 111 Instruments and Controls When KEYLESS ACCESS LIGHT FLASH is set to ON, some exterior lights blink twice when you unlock the doors by grabbing the driver’s door handle while carrying the remote. 07/05/17 08:58:34 31SJA630 0117  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 112 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the keyless access light flash setup. 2008 RL To exit KEYLESS ACCESS LIGHT FLASH without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 08:58:44 31SJA630 0118  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Keyless Access Beep When you lock the doors by touching the door lock sensor while carrying the remote, the beeper sounds once. While the multi-information display is in the KEYLESS ACCESS SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 113 Instruments and Controls When KEYLESS ACCESS BEEP is set to ON, the beeper sounds twice when you unlock the doors by grabbing the drivers door handle while carrying the remote. 07/05/17 08:58:52 31SJA630 0119  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 114 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the keyless access beep setup. 2008 RL To exit KEYLESS ACCESS BEEP without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 08:59:04 31SJA630 0120  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Lighting Setup There are three settings in the lighting setup: Instruments and Controls INTERIOR LIGHT DIMMING TIME HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER AUTO LIGHT SENSITIVITY see page 116 While CUSTOMIZE GROUP is shown on the multi-information display, select LIGHTING SETUP by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. see page 118 Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button, until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. Press the ▲ or ▼ button. Press the SEL/RESET button. see page 120 CONTINUED 2008 RL 115 07/05/17 08:59:12 31SJA630 0121  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Interior Light Dimming Time The interior lights fade out when you close all doors and the trunk. To change how long the lights stay on before they fade out, follow these instructions: While LIGHTING SETUP is shown in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. You will see the above display. 116 2008 RL Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select how long you want the lights to stay on before they fade out (60, 30, or 15 seconds) by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 07/05/17 08:59:20 31SJA630 0122  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the interior light dimming time setup. To exit INTERIOR LIGHT DIMMING TIME without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. CONTINUED 2008 RL 117 Instruments and Controls When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 07/05/17 08:59:27 31SJA630 0123  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Headlight Auto Off Timer The headlights, parking lights, side marker lights, taillights, and license plate lights go off after the selected time when you close the driver’s door and take the remote with you. To change how long the lights stay on before they go off, follow these instructions: While the multi-information display is in the LIGHTING SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. 118 2008 RL Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select how long you want the lights to stay on before they go off (0, 15, 30, or 60 seconds) by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 07/05/17 08:59:35 31SJA630 0124  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the headlight auto off timer setup. To exit HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. CONTINUED 2008 RL 119 Instruments and Controls When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 07/05/17 08:59:45 31SJA630 0125  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Light Sensitivity The headlights automatically come on when the headlight switch is in the AUTO position and the ambient light reaches a changeable level. You can select the auto light sensitivity from the following five levels: MAX − The headlights come on when it is bright. HIGH − The headlights come on when it is somewhat bright. MID − The headlights come on when it is as bright as sunset or sunrise. LOW − The headlights come on when it is somewhat dark. MIN − The headlights come on when it is dark. 120 While LIGHTING SETUP is shown in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. 2008 RL Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select from five levels of sensitivity by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 07/05/17 08:59:53 31SJA630 0126  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the headlight auto light sensitivity setup. 2008 RL To exit AUTO LIGHT SENSITIVITY without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 121 Instruments and Controls When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 07/05/17 09:00:04 31SJA630 0127  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Door/Window Setup There are five settings to choose from in the door/window setup: AUTO DOOR LOCK AUTO DOOR UNLOCK DOOR LOCK MODE KEYLESS LOCK ACKNOWLEDGMENT SECURITY RELOCK TIMER see page 123 see page 125 While CUSTOMIZE GROUP is shown on the multi-information display, select DOOR/WINDOW SETUP by pressing the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, and then press the SEL/ RESET button. Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button, until you see the setting you want to customize, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. 122 see page 127 see page 129 Press the ▲ or ▼ button. Press the SEL/RESET button. 2008 RL see page 131 07/05/17 09:00:15 31SJA630 0128  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Door Lock There are three settings you can choose from: WITH VEH SPD − The doors lock when the vehicle speed reaches about 10 mph (about 15 km/h). OFF − The auto door lock is deactivated all the time. While DOOR/WINDOW SETUP is shown in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. You will see the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 123 Instruments and Controls SHIFT FROM P − The doors lock whenever you move the shift lever out of Park. 07/05/17 09:00:22 31SJA630 0129  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 124 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the auto door lock setup. 2008 RL To exit AUTO DOOR LOCK without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 09:00:33 31SJA630 0130  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Auto Door Unlock There are three settings you can choose from: IGN OFF − The driver’s door or all the doors, depending on the door lock mode setting ( see page 127 ), unlock when you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. OFF − The auto door unlock is deactivated all the time. While DOOR/WINDOW SETUP is shown in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multi-information display, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select the desired setting by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 125 Instruments and Controls SHIFT TO P − The driver’s door or all the doors, depending on the door lock mode setting ( see page 127 ), unlock when you move the shift lever to Park. 07/05/17 09:00:40 31SJA630 0131  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 126 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the auto door unlock setup. 2008 RL To exit AUTO DOOR UNLOCK without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 09:00:48 31SJA630 0132  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Door Lock Mode To select whether the driver’s door unlocks or all the doors unlock when you unlock the doors with the remote, follow these instructions. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select DRIVER DOOR or ALL DOORS by pressing the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 127 Instruments and Controls While the multi-information display is in the DOOR/WINDOW SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see above display. 07/05/17 09:00:55 31SJA630 0133  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 128 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the door lock mode setup. 2008 RL To exit DOOR LOCK MODE without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, and then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 09:01:06 31SJA630 0134  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Keyless Lock Acknowledgment When you press the UNLOCK button on the remote to unlock the doors, the exterior lights blink twice to verify that the doors are unlocked and the security system is turned off. To turn this feature on or off, follow these instructions. While the multi-information display is in the DOOR/WINDOW SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select ON or OFF by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 129 Instruments and Controls When you press the LOCK button on the remote to lock the doors and the trunk, and then press the button again within 5 seconds, a beeper sounds once and the exterior lights blink once to verify that the doors are locked and the security system is set. 07/05/17 09:01:13 31SJA630 0135  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 130 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the keyless lock acknowledgment setup. 2008 RL To exit KEYLESS LOCK ACKNOWLEDGMENT without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 09:01:21 31SJA630 0136  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Security Relock Timer While the multi-information display is in the DOOR/WINDOW SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see the above display. Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select the relock time you want (90, 60, or 30 seconds) by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. CONTINUED 2008 RL 131 Instruments and Controls When you unlock the doors by pressing the UNLOCK button on the remote or by grabbing the driver’s door handle while carrying the remote, but do not open any door the doors relock and the security system sets within 30 seconds. To change the relock time, follow these instructions: 07/05/17 09:01:29 31SJA630 0137  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 132 If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the security relock timer setup. 2008 RL To exit SECURITY RELOCK TIMER without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 07/05/17 09:01:38 31SJA630 0138  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Wiper Setup The changeable setting under WIPER SETUP is called WIPER ACTION. To get into WIPER ACTION, do this: Instruments and Controls While the multi-information display is in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP screen, select WIPER SETUP by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. see page 134 Each time you press the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, the screen changes as shown in the illustration. Press the INFO (▲/▼) button until you see WIPER ACTION, then press the SEL/RESET button to enter your selection. Press the ▲ or ▼ button. Press the SEL/RESET button. CONTINUED 2008 RL 133 07/05/17 09:01:46 31SJA630 0139  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display Wiper Action You can select from these two settings when the wiper switch is in the INT (intermittent) position: INTERMITTENT − The intermittent operation varies according to the selection you make on the wiper lever’s intermittent control ring. WITH VEH SPD − The intermittent operation varies according to vehicle speed. 134 While the multi-information display is in the WIPER SETUP screen of the CUSTOMIZE GROUP, press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes to the above display. 2008 RL Press the SEL/RESET button. The screen changes as shown above. Select INTERMITTENT or WITH VEH SPD by pressing the INFO (▲/ ▼) button, then press the SEL/ RESET button to enter your selection. 07/05/17 09:01:53 31SJA630 0140  Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display If your choice is not set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE SETUP. If this happens, you need to repeat the wiper action setup. 2008 RL To exit WIPER ACTION without changing the current setting, select EXIT by pressing the INFO (▲/▼) button, then press the SEL/RESET button. The screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU. 135 Instruments and Controls When your choice is set, you will see the above display for several seconds, then the screen goes back to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. 07/05/17 09:02:04 31SJA630 0141  Main Menu Table Of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel PADDLE SHIFTERS (P.351) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P.145) WINDSHIELD WIPER/ WASHER (P.137) HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNAL/FOG LIGHTS (P.140, 142) PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.35) COLLISION MITIGATION BRAKE SYSTEM (CMBS) OFF SWITCH*4 (P.364) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON (P.146)/ HEATED MIRROR BUTTON (P.159) CRUISE CONTROL BUTTONS (P.279)/ ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC) BUTTONS*4 (P.280, 285) MULTI INFORMATION DISPLAY BUTTONS (P.71) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P.378) ADAPTIVE FRONT LIGHTING SYSTEM (AFS) OFF SWITCH*4 (P.144) HEADLIGHT WASHER SWITCH*2 (P.138) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.158) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS (P.147) *1 *2 *3 *4 136 : : : : HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.145) HORN*1 BLUETOOTH DISTANCE BUTTON HANDSFREELINK (P.289) BUTTONS (P.309) STEERING WHEEL VOICE CONTROL AUDIO CONTROLS (P.239) BUTTONS*3 (P.265) To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel. Canadian models only On models with navigation system, refer to the navigation system manual. If equipped. 2008 RL SEAT HEATER SWITCHES (P.178)/ SEAT HEATER AND SEAT VENTILATION BUTTONS*4 (P.179) 07/05/17 09:02:16 31SJA630 0142  Main Menu Table Of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers Push the right lever up or down to select a position. LO − The wipers run at low speed. HI − The wipers run at high speed. MIST − The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. Instruments and Controls OFF − The wipers are not activated. INT − The length of the wipe interval is varied automatically according to vehicle speed. 1. MIST 2. OFF 3. INT − Intermittent 4. LO − Low speed 5. HI − High speed 6. Windshield washers To change the ‘‘WIPER ACTION’’ setting, see page 134 . If you turn it to the shortest delay, the wipers change to low speed operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h). CONTINUED 2008 RL 137 07/05/17 09:02:24 31SJA630 0143  Main Menu Table Of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers Windshield Washer − Pull back and hold the wiper control lever. The washers spray until you release the lever. The wipers run at low speed, then complete one more sweep after you release the lever. When you activate the windshield washer with the headlight turned on, the headlight washer will be activated under certain conditions. For more information, see Headlight Washers section in the next column. Headlight Washers Canadian models only HEADLIGHT WASHER SWITCH The headlight washers can be operated at any time by pressing the headlight washer button located next to the steering wheel column. The headlights must be turned on to use this button. In addition, the headlight washer operates without pressing the button, at the first time you turn on the windshield washers after you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 138 2008 RL The headlight washers use the same fluid reservoir as the windshield washers. 07/05/17 09:02:31 31SJA630 0144  Main Menu Table Of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers Wiper Arm Positions WIPER ARMS Winter position WIPER ARMS HOLDING LOCATIONS Adjust the wiper arms to the winter position by holding both arms as shown in the illustration at the same time. Pull on the arm, parallel to the windshield, until it locks in the higher position. Summer position HOLDING LOCATIONS To return to the summer position, push the same area of both arms the other direction. A heavy build-up of snow or ice on the wiper arms will cause them to automatically park in the winter position. 2008 RL 139 Instruments and Controls The windshield wiper arms have two parked positions: winter and summer. In the winter position, the arms sit slightly above the edge of the hood. This reduces the possibility of damage to the wiper arms or windshield wiper motor by a build-up of snow and ice. 07/05/17 09:02:40 31SJA630 0145  Main Menu Table Of Contents Turn Signals and Headlights Turn Signal − Push down on the lever to signal a left turn and up to signal a right turn. To signal a lane change, push lightly on the lever, and hold it. The lever will return to center when you release it or complete a turn. 1. Turn signal 2. Off 3. Parking and indicator lights 4. AUTO 5. Headlights on 6. High beams 7. Flash high beams 8. Fog lights off 9. Fog lights on 140 Headlights − 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. If you leave the lights on with the ignition switch released after turned to the LOCK (0) position or when the built-in key is removed from the ignition switch, you will hear a reminder chime when you open the driver’s door. 2008 RL When the light switch is in the ‘‘ ’’ or ‘‘ ’’ position, the lights on indicator comes on as a reminder. This indicator stays on if you leave the light switch on and turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK (0) position. High Beams − To switch from low beams to high beams, push the left lever forward until you hear a click. The blue high beam indicator will come on (see page 65 ). Pull it back to return to low beams. To flash the high beams, pull the lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams stay on as long as you hold the lever back. 07/05/17 09:02:49 31SJA630 0146  Main Menu Table Of Contents Turn Signals and Headlights AUTO − The automatic lighting feature turns on the headlights, all other exterior lights, and the instrument panel lights when it senses low ambient light. The lights will remain on when you turn off the ignition switch. They will turn off automatically when you open and close the driver’s door. To turn them on again, either turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position or turn the light switch to . LIGHT SENSOR To change the ‘‘AUTO LIGHT SENSITIVITY’’ setting, see page 120 . Do not leave the light switch in AUTO if you will not be driving the vehicle for an extended period (a week or more). You should also turn off the lights if you plan to leave the engine idling or off for a long time. 2008 RL The automatic lighting feature is controlled by a sensor located on top of the dashboard. Do not cover this sensor or spill liquids on it. 141 Instruments and Controls To turn on automatic lighting, turn the light switch to AUTO at any time. The lights will come on automatically when the outside light level becomes low (at dusk, for example). The lights on indicator comes on as a reminder. The lights and indicator will turn off automatically when the system senses high ambient light. Even with the automatic lighting feature turned on, we recommend that you turn on the lights manually when driving at night or in a dense fog, or when you enter dark areas such as long tunnels or parking facilities. 07/05/17 09:03:03 31SJA630 0147  Main Menu Table Of Contents Turn Signals and Headlights Fog Lights Turn the fog lights on and off by turning the switch next to the headlight switch. You can use the fog lights only when the headlights are on low beam. With the light switch in the AUTO position, you can also use the fog lights when the headlights turn on automatically. They will go off when the headlights turn off. Daytime Running Lights With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights come on with reduced brightness when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position and release the parking brake. They remain on until you turn the ignition switch off, even if you set the parking brake. If you see a ‘‘CHECK DRL SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display, there is a problem with the daytime running light system. Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. When the multi-information display shows a ‘‘DRL OFF’’ message, the daytime running lights are off. Follow the procedure in the left column to turn them on. Automatic Lighting Off Feature This feature turns off the headlights, all other exterior lights, and the instrument panel lights within 15 seconds after you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position and close the driver’s door. To change the ‘‘HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER’’ setting, see page 118 . The headlights revert to normal operation when you turn them on with the switch. 142 2008 RL The automatic lighting off feature activates if you leave the headlight switch in the ‘‘ ’’ or ‘‘ ’’ position or if the lights are turned on by setting the switch in the ‘‘AUTO’’ position, turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position, then open and close the driver’s door. If you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position with the headlight switch on, but do not open the door and get out, the lights turn off after 10 minutes (3 minutes, if the switch is in the ‘‘AUTO’’ position). The lights turn on again when you unlock or open the driver’s door. If you unlock the door, but do not open it within 15 seconds, the lights go off. With the driver’s door open, you will hear a lights-on reminder chime. 07/05/17 09:03:14 31SJA630 0148  Main Menu Table Of Contents Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) AFS Indicator If equipped If the AFS indicator comes on and starts blinking while driving, pull to the side of the road when it is safe, and turn off the engine. If the AFS indicator keeps blinking, or starts blinking again while driving after turning the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the AFS is not working properly (see page 69 ). Have the AFS inspected by your dealer. Without AFS, your vehicle still has normal lighting ability to continue driving. When the AFS indicator comes on, you will also see a ‘‘CHECK ADAPTIVE FRONT LIGHTING SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 78 ). 2008 RL 143 Instruments and Controls The adaptive front lighting system (AFS) helps to improve visibility during nighttime driving. The AFS controls the aiming direction and lighting distribution of the low beams according to the amount of turn applied to the steering wheel during cornering or turning. Press the AFS OFF switch to turn the AFS on and off when the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position and the headlights are turned on. 07/05/17 09:03:24 31SJA630 0149  Main Menu Table Of Contents Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) AFS Off Switch Here are some operating characteristics of the AFS: The system requires an initialization period. It does not begin to operate until you have driven the vehicle a short distance. AFS OFF SWITCH This switch is at the right side of the left vent. Press it to turn the AFS on and off. When AFS is off, the AFS indicator comes on as a reminder when you turn on the headlights. At a stop, the right headlight turns right when you turn the steering wheel to the right. But the left headlight does not turn left when you turn the steering wheel to the left. This prevents the left headlight from pointing at oncoming traffic. AFS is turned off when the shift lever is in the R position. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the AFS is turned on if it was on previously. 144 2008 RL Automatic Headlight Adjusting System The AFS works with the automatic headlight adjusting system to sense changes in vehicle height due to driving and loading conditions of passengers and luggage, and adjusts the vertical aim of the low beam headlights automatically to compensate for load. If the headlights do not seem to be properly aimed, have the automatic headlight adjusting system inspected by your dealer. 07/05/17 09:03:33 31SJA630 0150  Main Menu Table Of Contents Hazard Warning Button, Instrument Panel Brightness Hazard Warning Button Push the button between the center vents to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your vehicle is disabled. ADJUSTMENT BUTTON Adjust the brightness of the instrument panel by pressing the + or − button. Press the + button to increase the brightness and the − button to decrease it. You can adjust the brightness with the headlight switch on or off. The level of brightness is shown on the multi-information display while you adjust it. It goes out 5 seconds after you finish adjusting. CONTINUED 2008 RL 145 Instruments and Controls U.S. CANADA Instrument Panel Brightness 07/05/17 09:03:40 31SJA630 0151  Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Brightness, Rear Window Defogger To reduce glare at night, the instrument panel illumination dims when you turn the light switch to or . To cancel the glare reduction function, set the brightness to the highest level, then press the + button. You will hear a beep when it is canceled. Rear Window Defogger REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON Make sure the rear window is clear and you have good visibility before starting to drive. The defogger and antenna wires on the inside of the rear window can be accidentally damaged. When cleaning the glass, always wipe side to side. The rear window defogger clears fog, frost, and thin ice from the window. Push the defogger button to turn it on and off. Pushing this button also turns the mirror heaters on and off. The indicator in the button comes on to show the defogger is on. If you do not turn it off, the defogger will shut itself off after 5 to 40 minutes (depending on the ambient temperature). It also shuts off when you turn off the ignition switch. You 146 have to turn it on again when you restart the vehicle. 2008 RL 07/05/17 09:03:48 31SJA630 0152  Main Menu Table Of Contents Steering Wheel Adjustments Make any steering wheel adjustment before you start driving. Adjust the steering wheel only when the vehicle is stopped. Move the steering wheel in, out, up, or down by pushing and holding the adjustment switch in that direction. Release the switch when the steering wheel reaches the desired position. Make sure the steering wheel points towards your chest, not toward your face, and that you can see the instrument panel gauges and indicators. CONTINUED 2008 RL 147 Instruments and Controls Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the vehicle and be seriously injured in a crash. 07/05/17 09:03:56 31SJA630 0153  Main Menu Table Of Contents Steering Wheel Adjustments When you turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position and release it, or remove the built-in key from the ignition switch, the steering wheel automatically moves fully in and up. The steering wheel returns to its original position when you push the ignition switch or insert the built-in key back in the ignition switch. Steering wheel movement is also controlled by the driving position memory system (see page 160 ). To change the ‘‘AUTO TILT & TELESCOPIC’’ setting, see page 106 . 148 If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, or the fuse for the power tilt and telescopic steering wheel is removed, the power tilt and telescopic steering wheel system needs to be reset when you reconnect the battery or install the fuse. Push the ignition switch for more than 1 second and release it, or insert the built-in key into the ignition switch, and remove it. The steering wheel automatically moves fully in and up to let you know the system is reset. 2008 RL 07/05/17 09:04:05 31SJA630 0154  Main Menu Table Of Contents Keys and Locks You should have received a key number tag with your keys. You will need this key number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced. Use only Acura-approved key blanks. 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. BUILT-IN KEYS Do not drop the keys or set heavy objects on them. KEY NUMBER TAG Keep the keys away from liquids. If they get wet, dry them immediately with a soft cloth. The built-in key (see page 177 ) fits all the locks on your vehicle. The keys do not contain batteries. Do not try to take them apart. 2008 RL 149 Instruments and Controls Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity. 07/05/17 09:04:15 31SJA630 0155  Main Menu Table Of Contents Immobilizer System The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from theft. If an improperly-coded key (or other device) is used, the engine will not start. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, 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 remote or built-in key. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position, release the ignition switch and push it, or remove the built-in key, and reinsert it. Then turn the switch to the ON (II) position again. The system may not recognize your key’s coding if another immobilizer key or other metal object (i.e. key fob) is near the ignition switch when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. If the system repeatedly does not recognize the coding of your remote or built-in key, contact your dealer. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Electrical problems could result that may make your vehicle undrivable. If you have lost your remote or built-in key and cannot start the engine, contact your dealer. Always take the ignition key with you whenever you leave the vehicle alone. 150 2008 RL As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Industry Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. 07/05/17 09:04:26 31SJA630 0156  Main Menu Table Of Contents Ignition Switch BUILT-IN KEY slightly. IGNITION SWITCH COVER The ignition switch has four positions: LOCK (0), ACCESSORY (I), ON (II), and START (III). To use the built-in key, you have to remove the cover (see page 177 ). LOCK (0) − You can insert or remove the built-in key only in this position. To turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position, the shift lever must be in Park, and you must push the knob or built-in key in ACCESSORY (I) − You can operate the audio system and the accessory power sockets in this position. When you turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) position, an ‘‘ACCESSORY (I) POSITION’’ message is shown on the multiinformation display. ON (II) − This is the normal ignition switch position when driving. Several of the indicators on the instrument panel come on as a test when you turn the ignition switch from the ACCESSORY (I) to the ON (II) position. 2008 RL If you open the driver’s door and leave the key in the ignition switch, you will hear a reminder beeper, and a message appears on the multiinformation display according to the ignition switch position. When the ignition switch is in the ACC (I) position, a ‘‘RETURN IGNITION SWITCH TO LOCK (0) POSITION’’ message is shown on the multiinformation display. When the ignition switch is in the LOCK (0) position, a ‘‘REMOVE KEY’’ message is shown on the multiinformation display. The shift lever must be in Park before you turn the ignition switch knob to the LOCK (0) position or remove the built-in key from the ignition switch. 151 Instruments and Controls If the front wheels are turned, the anti-theft lock may make it difficult to turn the ignition switch. Firmly turn the steering wheel to the left or right as you turn the ignition switch. START (III) − Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to the ON (II) position when you let go of the ignition switch. 07/05/17 09:04:38 31SJA630 0157  Main Menu Table Of Contents Door Locks POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH To lock any door when getting out of the vehicle, pull the lock tab and close the door. All doors can be locked from the outside by using the built-in key in the driver’s door. To unlock only the driver’s door, insert the built-in key, turn it clockwise, and release it. The remaining doors unlock when you turn the built-in key a second time within a few seconds. Each front door has a power door lock master switch. Either switch locks and unlocks all doors. Push the switch down to lock all doors and up to unlock them. Each door has a lock tab above the inside door handle. Pull the tab to lock the door and push it to unlock. When you pull the tab on the driver’s door, all the doors lock. 152 To change the ‘‘DOOR UNLOCK MODE’’ setting, see page 109 . When the vehicle speed reaches about 10 mph (about 15 km/h) or more, all the doors lock automatically. To change the ‘‘AUTO DOOR LOCK’’ setting, see page 123 . 2008 RL When you shift to P after driving, the driver’s door unlocks. To change the ‘‘AUTO DOOR UNLOCK’’ setting, see page 125 . Lockout Prevention With the driver’s door open and the built-in key in the ignition, both master door lock switches are disabled. They are not disabled if the driver’s door is closed. Pushing the switch down on the open front passenger’s door will lock all doors. If you try to lock an open driver’s door by pulling the lock tab rearward with the remote inside the vehicle and closing the driver’s door, the driver’s door will unlock. 07/05/17 09:04:49 31SJA630 0158  Main Menu Table Of Contents Trunk TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON If the doors are locked, press the trunk release switch on the trunk lid with the remote in keyless access operating range. TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE If your vehicle’s battery goes dead or is disconnected, you can open the trunk from the rear seat by pulling the trunk release handle. Reach the handle through the trunk passthrough. You can open the trunk in any of four ways: Press the trunk release button on the driver’s door. Press and hold the trunk release button on the remote. Keep the trunk lid closed at all times while driving to avoid damaging the lid, and to prevent exhaust gas from getting into the interior. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 56 . If the doors are unlocked, press the trunk release switch on the trunk lid. CONTINUED 2008 RL 153 Instruments and Controls To close the trunk, press down on the trunk lid. 07/05/17 09:04:59 31SJA630 0159  Main Menu Table Of Contents Trunk, Childproof Door Locks TRUNK MAIN SWITCH Emergency Trunk Opener Childproof Door Locks unlock lock To protect items in the trunk, you can disable the trunk-release button on the driver’s door, the trunk lid, and the remote. To do this, turn off the trunk main switch in the glove box, lock the glove box, and lock the trunk pass-through cover with the built-in key. RELEASE LEVER LEVER As a safety feature, your vehicle has a release lever on the right corner in the trunk so the trunk can be opened from the inside. To open the trunk, push the release lever to the left. Parents should decide if their children should be shown how to use this feature. For more information about child safety, see page 42 . 154 2008 RL The childproof door locks are designed to prevent children seated in the rear from accidentally opening the rear doors. Each rear door has a lock lever near the edge. With the lever in the LOCK position, the door cannot be opened from the inside regardless of the position of the lock tab. To open the door, push the lock tab in, and use the outside door handle. 07/05/17 09:05:15 31SJA630 0160  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Front Seat Power Adjustments See pages 14 − 17 for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position the seats and seatbacks. DRIVER’S SEAT Moves the seat forward and backward. Moves the front of the seat up or down. (Driver’s seat only) Raises or lowers the seat. (Driver’s seat only) PASSENGER’S SEAT Moves the whole seat up and forward, or down and backward. The front of the seat also tilts up or down at the same time. (Driver’s seat only) Adjusts the seat-back angle forward or backward. Increases or decreases the lumbar support. 2008 RL 155 Instruments and Controls The controls for the power adjustable front seats are on the outside edge of each seat bottom. You can adjust the seats with the ignition switch in any position. Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. 07/05/17 09:05:25 31SJA630 0161  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Head Restraints See page 16 for important safety information and a warning about improperly positioning head restraints. They are most effective when you adjust them so the center of the back of the occupant’s head rests against the center of the restraint. FRONT To raise it, pull upward. To lower the restraint, push the release button sideways, and push the restraint down. To adjust the tilt, pivot the front head restraint to the desired position. Failure to reinstall the head restraints can result in severe injury during a crash. Always replace the head restraints before driving. RELEASE BUTTON Your vehicle has adjustable head restraints on the front seats. The head restraints help protect you and your passengers from whiplash and other injuries. 156 The head restraints adjust for height. The tilt of the front head restraints is also adjustable. You need both hands to adjust the restraint. Do not attempt to adjust it while driving. 2008 RL 07/05/17 09:05:34 31SJA630 0162  Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Rear Seat Armrest REAR Trunk Pass-through Cover KNOB COVER You can raise the rear head restraints by hand. To lower the rear head restraints for better visibility, press the rear head restraint tilt button on the ceiling console with the ignition switch in the ON (II) position. The rear seat armrest is in the center of the rear seat. Pivot it down to use it. 2008 RL Open the cover by pushing the knob and pulling the cover down. To close the cover, swing it up, and push firmly on the top. Make sure it latches properly. 157 Instruments and Controls REAR HEAD RESTRAINT TILT BUTTON 07/05/17 09:05:43 31SJA630 0163  Main Menu Table Of Contents Mirrors Make sure all items in the trunk and those extending through the passthrough are secured. Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving. INDICATOR SENSOR For security, this cover can be locked and unlocked only with the built-in key. To lock the cover, insert the key, and turn it clockwise. Never drive with this cover open and the trunk lid open. AUTO BUTTON See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 56 . 158 The inside mirror can automatically darken to reduce glare. To turn on this feature, press the button on the bottom of the mirror. The AUTO indicator comes on as a reminder. When it is on, the mirror darkens when it senses the headlights of a vehicle behind you, then returns to normal visibility when the lights are gone. Press the button again to turn off this feature. 2008 RL 07/05/17 09:05:54 31SJA630 0164  Main Menu Table Of Contents Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors Power Mirror Heaters HEATED MIRROR BUTTON Outside mirror positions can be stored in the driving position memory system (see page 160 ). SELECTOR SWITCH ADJUSTMENT SWITCH 1. Move the selector switch to L (driver’s side) or R (passenger’s side). 2. Push the appropriate edge of the adjustment switch to move the mirror right, left, up, or down. Reverse Tilt Door Mirror Depending on the position of the selector switch, the left or right side mirror will pivot downward slightly when you shift the transmission into reverse. In the left position, the left mirror pivots. In the right position, the right mirror pivots. This gives you a better view of that side of the vehicle while parallel parking. The mirror returns to its original position when you take the transmission out of reverse. To turn this feature off, leave the switch in the center position. 2008 RL The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, turn on the heaters by pressing the button. The indicator in the button comes on as a reminder. Press the button again to turn the heaters off. Pressing this button also turns the rear window defogger on and off. 159 Instruments and Controls 3. 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. 07/05/17 09:06:04 31SJA630 0165  Main Menu Table Of Contents Driving Position Memory System Your vehicle has a memory feature for the steering wheel, driver’s seat, and outside mirror positions. Two seat, steering wheel, and outside mirror positions can be stored in separate memories. You select a memorized position by pushing the appropriate button. Storing a Driving Position in Memory Store a driving position only when the vehicle is parked. MEMO BUTTON 1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. You cannot add a new driving position to the memory unless the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position. You can recall a memorized position with the ignition switch in any position. 2. Adjust the seat to a comfortable position (see page 155 ). Adjust the steering wheel to a comfortable position (see page 147). Adjust the outside mirrors for best visibility (see page 159 ). 160 MEMORY BUTTONS 2008 RL 3. Press the MEMO button on the driver’s door. You will hear a beep. The indicator in the memory buttons (1 and 2) will blink. Immediately press one of the memory buttons (1 or 2) until you hear two beeps. The indicator in the memory button will stay on. The current positions of the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors are now stored. 07/05/17 09:06:18 31SJA630 0166  Main Menu Table Of Contents Driving Position Memory System To cancel the storing procedure after pressing the MEMO button: Selecting a Memorized Position 2. Press the desired memory button (1 or 2) until you hear a beep. MEMORY BUTTONS Do not press a memory button within 5 seconds. Readjust the seat or steering position. Readjust the outside mirror position. Each memory button stores only one driving position. Storing a new position erases the previous setting stored in that button’s memory. All stored driving positions will be lost if your vehicle’s battery goes dead or is disconnected. To select a memorized position, do this: To change the ‘‘MEMORY POSITION LINK’’ setting, see page 104 . 1. Make sure the shift lever is in Park. CONTINUED 2008 RL 161 Instruments and Controls The system will move the seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors to the memorized positions. The indicator in the selected memory button will flash during movement. When the adjustments are complete, you will hear two beeps, and the indicator will remain on. 07/05/17 09:06:27 31SJA630 0167  Main Menu Table Of Contents Driving Position Memory System To stop the system’s automatic adjustment, do any of the following: Press any button on the control panel: MEMO, 1, or 2. Push any of the adjustment switches for the seat or steering wheel. You can use the adjustment switches to change the positions of the seat, steering wheel, or outside mirrors after they are in their memorized position. If you change the memorized position, the indicator in the memory button will go out. To keep this driving position for later use, you must store it in the driving position memory. Shift out of Park. Adjust the outside mirrors. If you select a memorized position without pushing the ignition switch knob or inserting the built-in key in the ignition switch, only the seat and outside mirrors will adjust. To get the system to also adjust the steering wheel, push and turn the ignition switch or insert the built-in key in the ignition switch. You will hear two beeps when it is complete. 162 2008 RL 07/05/17 09:06:42 31SJA630 0168  Main Menu Table Of Contents Keyless Access System The system may not work if: The battery of the remote is weak. There is strong electrical current nearby. You carry a cell phone, a laptop computer, or other electrical device near the remote. The remote is covered by metal. A vehicle is being operated with a transmitter nearby. When the remote battery is dead. When the vehicle battery is dead. Protect the remote and the built-in key from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity. Always keep the remote and the built-in key away from any magnetic material. Do not drop the remote or the built-in key, and do not set heavy objects on them. You should have received a key number tag with your built-in key. You will need this key number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced. Use only Acura-approved key blanks. Keep the remote and the built-in key away from liquids. If they get wet, dry them immediately with a soft cloth. The built-in keys do not contain batteries. Make sure the driver always carries the remote/built-in key set. 2008 RL 163 Instruments and Controls Your vehicle has a keyless access system. When you carry the remote with you, you can lock/unlock the door(s), unlock the trunk, and start the engine without using the built-in key. 07/05/17 09:06:57 31SJA630 0169  Main Menu Table Of Contents Keyless Access System Keys BUILT-IN KEYS KEYLESS ACCESS REMOTES OPERATING RANGE KEY NUMBER TAG The following keys come with your vehicle. Refer to page 177 for how to separate the keys. Built-in Key This key is used to lock/unlock the doors, glove box, trunk pass-through cover, and to start the engine (after you remove the ignition switch cover, see page 174 ). Keyless Access Remote This remote is used to lock/unlock 164 the doors and unlock the trunk. When you carry the remote, you can lock/unlock the doors, unlock the trunk, and start the engine without a key. You can lock/unlock the doors within about 32 inches (about 80 cm) radius from the outside door handle. You can open the trunk within about 32 inches (about 80 cm) radius from the trunk release switch. 2008 RL Anyone can lock/unlock a door or open the trunk if the remote is within the operating range of the door or the trunk. The remote may not work if: It is too close to the vehicle. It is above or below the vehicle, even when it is within its operating range. 07/05/17 09:07:15 31SJA630 0170  Main Menu Table Of Contents Keyless Access System Unlocking the Door(s) All the doors unlock when you grab the handle of the front passenger’s door. To change the ‘‘KEYLESS ACCESS LIGHT FLASH’’ setting, see page 111 . To change the ‘‘KEYLESS ACCESS BEEP’’ setting, see page 113 . The handle of each front door has a sensor. That sensor works with the remote so you can automatical