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Summary of Content
2000 RL Online Reference Owner's Manual Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com. Contents Owner's Identification Form Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... i A Few Words About Safety................................................................................................................. ii Your Vehicle at a Glance..................................................................................................................... 2 Driver and Passenger Safety .............................................................................................................. 5 Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System. Instruments and Controls................................................................................................................. 51 Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls. Comfort and Convenience Features .............................................................................................. 119 How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features. Before Driving.................................................................................................................................. 165 What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo. Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 177 The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer. Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 201 The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer. Appearance Care.............................................................................................................................. 261 Tips on cleaning and protecting your vehicle. Things to look for if your vehicle ever needs body repairs. Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 269 This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them. Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 295 ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 309 A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 315 How to order manuals and other technical literature. Index...................................................................................................................................................... I Service Information Summary A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump. Main Menu Owner's Identification OWNER This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of the car, and should remain with the car when it is sold. ADDRESS STREET CITY STATE/PROVINCE V. I. N. ZIP CODE / POSTAL CODE DELIVERY DATE (Date sold to original retail purchaser) DEALER NAME ADDRESS DEALER NO. STREET CITY OWNER'S SIGNATURE DEALER'S SIGNATURE STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE The information and specifications included in this publication were in affect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and with out incurring any obligation whatsoever. Main Menu Introduction Congratulations on your selection of the 2000 Acura 3.5 RL. We are certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the finest luxury cars in the world. One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Acura is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner's manual in your car so you can refer to it at any time. Several warranties protect your new Acura. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Maintaining your car according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your car needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Acura dealer's staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Acura. Your Acura dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns. As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a NOTICE symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your Acura, other property, or the environment. ▼ ▲ Main Menu Main Menu A Few Words About Safety A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, is verysafety, important. Andsafety operating this Your and the of others, vehicle safely is an important is very important. And operating this responsibility. car safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have To help you make informed decisionsoperating about safety, we haveand provided procedures provided operatingonprocedures other information labels and and in other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts thisto manual. This information alerts you potential hazards that could you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others. hurt you or others. Of course, it is not practical or Of course, it is not practical orthe possible to warn you about all possibleassociated to warn you about all the or hazards with operating hazards associated with operating maintaining your vehicle. You mustor maintaining You must use use your ownyour goodcar. judgement. your own good judgement. You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including: You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including: Safety Labels Labels — − on on the thecar. vehicle. Safety Safety Messages Messages — −preceded precededby byaasafety safetyalert alertsymbol symbol andone oneofof Safety and DANGER,WARNING, WARNING,ororCAUTION. CAUTION. three signal signalwords: words:DANGER, three These signal signalwords wordsmean: mean: These You YouWILL WILLbe beKILLED KILLEDororSERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY HURT HURTififyou youdon't don’tfollow followinstructions. instructions. You YouCAN CANbe beKILLED KILLEDororSERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY HURT HURTififyou youdon't don’tfollow followinstructions. instructions. You YouCAN CANbe beHURT HURTififyou youdon't don’tfollow follow instructions. instructions. Safety Safety Headings Headings — − such as Important Safety Safety Reminders Remindersor orImportant Important Safety Safety Precautions. Precautions. Safety Safety Section Section — − such as Driver Driver and and Passenger PassengerSafety. Safety. Instructions correctly and safely. Instructions — − how to to use use this this car vehicle correctly and safely. This This entire entire book bookisis filled filledwith withimportant importantsafety safetyinformation information—−please pleaseread readitit carefully. carefully. ii Main Menu Your Car at a Glance MIRROR CONTROLS (P.98) INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.53) DIGITAL CLOCK (P. 108) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.120) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY (P.100) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.134) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.105) TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P.86) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HANDLE (P.167) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.168) Main Menu Your Car at a Glance WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P. 68, 70) HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS (P. 70) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P. 189) CRUISE CONTROL (P- 73) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P. 66) STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS (P. 71) HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P. 63, 66) FOG LIGHTS (P. 67) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P. 71) Main Menu 4 Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts properly. It explains your Supplemental Restraint System. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your car. Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Your Car's Safety Features .............. 7 Seat Belts........................................ 8 Airbags............................................ 9 Seats & Seat-Backs...................... 10 Head Restraints........................... 10 Door Locks................................... 10 Pre-Drive Safety Checklist......... 11 Protecting Adults............................. 12 1. Close and Lock the Doors...... 12 2. Adjust the Front Seats............ 12 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs............. 13 4. Adjust the Head Restraints.... 14 5. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts...................................... 15 6. Adjust the Steering Wheel..... 17 7. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position................................. 17 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Additional Safety Precautions.... 19 Protecting Children......................... 20 All Children Must Be Restrained................................ 20 Children Should Sit in the Back Seat............................................ 21 The Passenger's Front Airbag Poses Serious Risks to Children............................ 21 If You Must Drive with Several Children.................................... 23 If a Child Requires Close Attention................................... 23 Additional Safety Precautions.... 23 General Guidelines for Using Child Seats................................ 24 Protecting Infants........................ 28 Protecting Small Children.......... 32 Protecting Larger Children........ 35 Using Child Seats with Tethers...................................... 39 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts.................................. 40 Seat Belt System Components... 40 Lap/Shoulder Belt....................... 40 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners................................ 41 Seat Belt Maintenance................ 42 Additional Information About Your Front Airbags........................... 43 SRS Components......................... 43 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 43 How the SRS Indicator Light Works........................................ 45 Additional Information About Your Side Airbags............................. 46 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 46 How The Side Airbag Indicator Light Works............................. 47 Additional Information About Your Airbags...................................... 48 Airbag Service.............................. 48 Additional Safety Precautions.... 48 Carbon Monoxide Hazard.............. 49 Safety Labels.................................... 50 Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Important Safety Precautions You'll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important. Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags supplement seat belts, but airbags are designed to inflate only in a moderate to severe frontal collision. So even though your car is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly. (See page 15.) Restrain All Children Children are safest when they are properly restrained in the back seat, not the front seat. A child who is too small for a seat belt must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. (See page 20.) Driver and Passenger Safety Be Aware of Airbag Hazards While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual. (See page 9.) Don't Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don't mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don't drink and drive, and don't let your friends drink and drive, either. Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed the greater the risk, but serious accidents can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted. Keep Your Car in Safe Condition Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance. (See page 204.) Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car's Safety Features Your car is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats & Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Side Airbags (9) Seat Belt Tensioners (10) Door Locks Some safety features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones that are designed to crumple and absorb energy during a crash; a collapsible steering column; and seat belt tensioners that automatically tighten the front seat belts in the event of a crash. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car's Safety Features 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 00 These safety features are designed to reduce the severity of injuries in a crash. However, you and your passengers can't take full advantage of these safety features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and always wear your seat belts properly. In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. Seat Belts For your safety, and the safety of your passengers, your car is equipped with seat belts in all seating positions. Your seat belt system also includes a light on the instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. Why Wear Seat Belts Seat belts are the single most effective safely device for adults and larger children. (Infants and smaller children must be properly restrained in child seats.) Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your car has airbags. Driver and Passenger Safety In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts. Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even if you have airbags. Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear them properly. When properly worn, seat belts: Keep you connected to the vehicle so you can take advantage of the vehicle's built-in safety features. Help protect you in almost every type of crash, including frontal, side, and rear impacts and rollovers. Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car's Safety Features Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the car and against other occupants. Airbags Keep you from being thrown out of the car. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag. Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. Your car has a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision. Your car also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe side impact. The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car's Safety Features Airbags offer no protection in rear impacts, rollovers, or minor frontal or side collisions. Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force and speed. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries, or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or dashboard. Driver and Passenger Safety Seats & Seat-Backs Your car's seats are designed to keep you in a comfortable, upright position so you can take full advantage of the protection offered by seat belts and the energy absorbing materials in the seats. How you adjust your seats and seatbacks can also affect your safety. For example, sitting too close to the steering wheel or dashboard increases the risk of you or your passenger being injured by striking the inside of the car, or by an inflating airbag. Reclining a seat-back too far reduces the seat belt's effectiveness and increases the chance that the seat's occupant will slide under the seat belt in a crash and be seriously injured. What you should do: Move the front seats as far back as possible, and keep adjustable seat-backs in an upright position whenever the car is moving. Head Restraints Head restraints can help protect you from whiplash and other injuries. For maximum protection, the back of your head should rest against the center of the head restraint. Door Locks Keeping your doors locked reduces the chance of being thrown out of the car during a crash. It also helps prevent occupants from accidentally opening a door and falling out, and outsiders from unexpectedly opening your doors. Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car's Safety Features Pre-Drive Safety Checklist To make sure you and your passengers get the maximum protection from your car's safely features, check the following each time before you drive away: All adults, and children who have outgrown child safety seats, are wearing their seat belts and wearing them properly (see page 15). Any infant or small child is properly restrained in a child seat in the back seat (see page 20). Front seat occupants are sitting upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel and dashboard (see page 12). Seat-backs are upright (see page 13). Head restraints are properly adjusted (see page 14). The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety. Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in severe crashes, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy. All doors are closed and locked (see page 12). All cargo is properly stored or secured (see page 174). Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver and other adult occupants. These instructions also apply to children who have outgrown child seats and are large enough to wear lap/shoulder belts. (See page 35 for important additional guidelines on how to properly protect larger children.) 1. Close and Lock the Doors After everyone has entered the car, be sure the doors are closed and locked. 2.Adjust the Front Seats Your car has a door monitor light on the instrument panel to indicate when a specific door is not tightly closed. For safety, locking the doors reduces the chance that a passenger, especially a child, will open a door while the car is moving and accidentally fall out. It also reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the car during a crash. For security, locked doors can prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. See page 81 for how to lock the doors. Driver and Passenger Safety Any driver who sits too close to the steering wheel is at risk of being seriously injured or killed by striking the steering wheel or from being struck by an inflating front airbag during a crash. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Most shorter drivers can get far To reduce the chance of injury, wear enough away from the steering your seat belt properly, sit upright wheel and still reach the pedals. with your back against the seat, and However, if you are concerned about move the seat as far back as possible sitting too close, we recommend that from the steering wheel while still 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  you investigate whether some type maintaining full control of the car. of adaptive equipment may help. Also make sure your front seat passenger moves the seat as far to the rear as possible. Once your seat is adjusted correctly, rock it back and forth to make sure the seat is locked in position. Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible. 3.Adjust the Seat-Backs See page 93 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 sit too close to the steering wheel, you could be injured if the front airbag inflates. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Protecting Adults A front passenger should also adjust the seat-back to an upright position, but as far from the dashboard as possible. A passenger who sits too close to the dashboard could be injured if the front airbag inflates. Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant's chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury. Driver and Passenger Safety 4.Adjust the Head Restraints Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position and sit well back in the seat. See page 94 for how to adjust seatbacks. Before driving, make sure everyone with an adjustable head restraint has properly positioned the head restraint. The restraint should be positioned so the back of the occupant's head rests against the center of the restraint. A taller person should adjust the restraint as high as possible. Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Protecting Adults Improperly positioning head restraints reduces their effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash. Make sure head restraints are in place and positioned properly before driving. Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 95 for how to adjust the head restraints. 5. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched. Also check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash. 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. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack from the shoulder part, then check that the belt rests across the center of your 3/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  chest and over your shoulder. This spreads the forces of a crash over the strongest bones in your upper body. Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. 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. Driver and Passenger Safety To adjust the height of a front seat belt anchor, press the release button and slide the anchor up or down as needed (it has four positions). Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. This could cause very serious injuries in a crash. If a seat belt does not seem to work as it should, it may not protect the occupant in a crash. No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt. Anyone using a seat belt that is not working properly can be seriously injured or killed. Have your Acura dealer check the belt as soon as possible. See page 40 for additional information about your seat belt system and how to take care of your belts. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults 6. Adjust the Steering Wheel Adjust the steering wheel, if needed, so that the wheel points toward your chest, not toward your face. 7.Maintain a Proper Sitting In addition, an occupant who is out of Position position in the front seat can be seriously or fatally injured by After all occupants have adjusted striking interior parts of the car, or their seats and put on seat belts,03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 it is by being struck by an inflating front very important that they continue to airbag. Being struck by an inflating sit upright, well back in their seats, side airbag can result in possibly with their feet on the floor, until the serious injuries. car is parked and the engine is off. Sitting improperly can increase the chance of injury during a crash. For example, if an occupant slouches, lies down, turns sideways, sits forward, leans forward or sideways, or puts one or both feet up, the chance of injury during a crash is greatly increased. Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor. Pointing the steering wheel toward your chest provides optimal protection from the airbag. See page 71 for how to adjust the steering wheel. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Remember, to get the best protection from your car's airbags and other safety features, you must sit properly and wear your seat belt properly. Advice for Pregnant Women Pregnant women should also sit upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or dashboard. This will reduce the risk of injuries to both the mother and her unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating airbag. Each time you have a check-up, ask your doctor if it's okay for you to drive. Because protecting the mother is the best way to protect her unborn child, a pregnant woman should always wear a seat belt whenever she drives or rides in a car. Remember to keep the lap portion of the belt as low as possible across your hips. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Additional Safety Precautions Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can severely compromise the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag. Carrying hard or sharp objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your front airbag inflates. Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Any object attached to or placed on the covers marked "SRS AIRBAG," in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard, could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags. Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Do not attach hard objects on or near a front door. If a side airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your hands or arms are close to the airbag cover in the center of the steering wheel or on top of the dashboard, they could be injured if the front airbags inflate. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Protecting Children Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash. Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. A larger child should be properly restrained with a seat belt. Children depend on adults to protect them. However, despite their best intentions, many parents and other adults may not know how to properly protect young passengers. So if you have children, or if you ever need to drive with a grandchild or other children in your car, be sure to read this section. Driver and Passenger Safety All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death of children ages 12 and under. To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state and Canadian province requires that infants and children be restrained whenever they ride in a vehicle. Any child who is too small to wear a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. (See page 24.) A larger child should always be restrained with a seat belt. (See page 35.) Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Children Should Sit in the Back Seat According to accident statistics, children of all ages and sizes are safer when they are restrained in the back seat, not the front seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children ages 12 and under be properly restrained in the back seat. In the back seat, children are less likely to be injured by striking hard interior parts during a collision or hard braking. Also, children cannot be injured by an inflating airbag when they ride in the back. The Passenger's Front Airbag Poses Serious Risks to Children Front airbags have been designed to help protect adults in a moderate to severe frontal collision. To do this, the passenger's front airbag is quite large, and it inflates with tremendous speed. Infants Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger's front airbag. If the airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or very seriously injure an infant. 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, properly restrained with a seat belt. (See page 35 for important information about protecting larger children.) CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children U.S. Models To remind you of the passenger's front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in the back seat, your car has warning labels on the dashboard and on the driver's and front passenger's visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. Canadian Models To remind you of the front airbag hazards, your car has warning labels on the driver's and front passenger's visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. CAUTION TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY: FOR MAXIMUM SAFETY PROTECTION IN ALL TYPES OF CRASHES, YOU MUST ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SAFETY BELT. DO NOT INSTALL REARWARD-FACING CHILD SEATS IN ANY FRONT PASSENGER SEAT POSITION. DO NOT SIT OR LEAN UNNECESSARILY CLOSE TO THE AIRBAG. DO NOT PLACE ANY OBJECTS OVER THE AIR BAG OR BETWEEN THE AIR BAG AND YOURSELF. SEE THE OWNER'S MANUAL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND EXPLANATIONS. Driver and Passenger Safety PRECAUTION: POUR EVITER DES BLESSURES GRAVES: POUR PROFITER D'UNE PROTECTION MAXIMALE LORS D'UNE COLLISION BOUCLEZ TOUJOURS VOTRE CEINTURE DE SECURITE. N'lNSTALLEZ JAMAIS UN SIEGE POUR ENFANTS FAISANT FACE A L'ARRIERE SUR LE SIEGE DU PASSAGER AVANT. NE VOUS APPUYEZ PAS ET NE VOUS ASSEYEZ PAS PRES DU COUSSIN GONFLABLE. NE DEPOSEZ AUCUN OBJET SUR LE COUSSIN GONFLABLE OU ENTRE LE COUSSIN GONFLABLE ET VOUS. LISEZ LE GUIDE UTILISATEUR POUR DE PLUS AMPLES RENSEIGNEMENTS. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children If You Must Drive with Several Children Your car has three seating positions in the back seat where children can be properly restrained. If you ever have to carry more than three children in your car: Place the largest child in the front seat, provided the child is large enough to wear a seat belt properly (see page 35). Move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible (see page 12). Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat (see page 17). Make sure the seat belt is properly positioned and secured (see page 15). If a Child Requires Close Attention Many parents say they prefer to put an infant or small child in the front passenger seat so they can watch the child, or because the child requires attention. Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards from the passenger's front airbag, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk. Additional Safety Precautions Use childproof door locks to prevent children from opening the doors. Using this feature will prevent children from opening the doors and accidentally falling out (see page 85). Use the main power window switch to prevent children from opening the rear windows. Using this feature will prevent children from playing with the windows, which could expose them to hazards or distract the driver (see page 106). If a child requires physical attention or frequent visual contact, we strongly recommend that another adult ride with the child in the back seat. The back seat is far safer for a child than the front. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Do not leave children alone in your vehicle. Leaving children without adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces, and can be very hazardous. For example, infants and small children left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke. And children left alone with the key in the ignition can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others. General Guidelines for Using Child Seats The following pages give general guidelines for selecting and installing child seats for infants and small children. Selecting a Child Seat To provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements: 1. The child seat should meet safety standards. The child seat should meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213) or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (CMVSS 213). Look for the manufacturer's statement of compliance on the box and seat. Driver and Passenger Safety 2. The child seat should be of the proper type and size to fit the child. Infants: Children up to about one year old should be restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat. Only a rear-facing seat provides the proper support to protect an infant's head, neck, and back. See page 28 for additional information on protecting infants. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children 3. The child seat should fit the vehicle seating position (or positions) where it will be used. Due to variations in the design of child seats, vehicle seats, and seat belts, all child seats will not fit all vehicle seating positions. Small Children: A child who is too large for a rear-facing child seat, and who can sit up without support, should be restrained in a forwardfacing child seat. See page 32 for additional information on protecting small children. Before purchasing a child seat, we recommend that parents test the child seat in the specific vehicle seating position (or positions) where they intend to use the seat. If a previously purchased child seat does not fit, you may need to buy a different one that will fit. However, Acura is confident that one or more child seat models can fit and be properly installed in all recommended seating positions in your car. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Placing a Child Seat This page briefly summarizes Acura's recommendations on where to place rear-facing and forward-facing child seats in your car. Airbags Pose Serious Risks to Children The passenger's front airbag inflates with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant in a rear-facing child seat. A small child in a forward-facing child seat is also at risk. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can kill or seriously injure the child. If a small child must ride in the front, follow the instructions provided in this section. Driver and Passenger Safety Front Passenger's Seat Infants: Never in the front seat, due to the front airbag hazard. Small children: Not recommended, due to the front airbag hazard. If a small child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position and secure a frontfacing child seat with the seat belt (see page 32). Back Seats Infants: Recommended positions. Secure a rear-facing child seat with the seat belt (see page 28). Small children: Recommended positions. Secure a front-facing child seat with the seat belt (see page 3 2 ) . Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat, and a good position to install the seat, there are three main steps in installing the seat: 1. Secure the child seat to the car with a seat belt. All child seats must be secured to the car with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the car can be endangered in a crash. See pages 29 and 33 for instructions on how to secure child seats in this car. 2. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured. After installing a child seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure. To provide security during normal driving maneuvers as well as during a collision, we recommend that parents secure a child seat as firmly as possible. However, a child seat does not need to be "rock solid." In some vehicles or seating positions, it may be difficult to install a child seat so that it does not move at all. Some side-toside or back-and-forth movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat's effectiveness. If the child seat is not secure, try installing it in a different seating position, or use a different style of child seat that can be firmly secured in the desired seating position. 3. Secure the child in the child seat. Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child seat according to the child seat maker's instructions. A child who is not properly secured in a child seat can be thrown out of the seat in a crash and seriously injured. Storing a Child Seat When you are not using a child seat, either remove it and store it in a safe place, or make sure it is properly secured. An unsecured child seat can be thrown around the car during a crash or sudden stop and injure someone. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Protecting Children Protecting Infants Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the passenger's front airbag inflates. Always place a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, not the front. Child Seat Type Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby's head, neck, and back. Infants up to about one year of age must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode. Driver and Passenger Safety We recommend that an infant be restrained in a rear-facing child seat until the infant reaches the seat maker's weight or height limit and is able to sit up without support. In this car, a rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front seat. Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat. If the passenger's front airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant. If an infant must be closely watched, we recommend that another adult sit in the back seat with the baby. Do not put a rear-facing child seat in a forward-facing position. If placed facing forward, an infant could be very seriously injured during a frontal collision. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation The lap/shoulder belts in the back seats have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. The following pages provide instructions and tips on how to secure a rear-facing child seat with this type of seat belt. 1. With the child seat in the desired back seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker's instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle. 2. To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor (you might hear a clicking noise as the belt retracts). 3. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked and you will need to repeat these steps. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To deactivate the locking mechanism and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. 4. After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat, while pulling up on the belt. Driver and Passenger Safety 5. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation Tips For proper protection, an infant must ride in a reclined, or semi-reclined position. To determine the proper reclining angle, check with the baby's doctor or follow the seat maker's recommendations. When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the driver or a front-seat passenger from moving the seat as far back as recommended (see page 12). Or it may prevent them from locking the seat-back in the desired upright position (see page 13). In either case, we recommend that you place the child seat directly behind the front passenger seat, move the front seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or you may wish to get a smaller child seat that allows you to safely carry a front passenger. Additional Precautions for Infants Never hold an infant on your lap. If you are not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you could be thrown forward into the dashboard and crush the infant. If you are wearing a seat belt, the infant can be torn from your arms. For example, if your car crashes into a parked vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a 20-lb (9 kg) infant will become a 600-lb (275 kg) force, and you will not be able to hold on. Never put a seat belt over yourself and an infant. During a crash, the belt could press deep into the infant and cause very serious injuries. To achieve the desired reclining angle, it may help to put a rolled up towel under the toe of the child seat, as shown. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 Protecting Children Protecting Small Children We also recommend that a small child stay in the child seat as long as possible, until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. Child Seat Placement In this car, the best place to install a forward-facing child seat is in one of the seating positions in the back seat. Child Seat Type A child who can sit up without support, and who fits within the child seat maker's weight and height limits, should be restrained in a forward-facing, upright child seat. Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown. Driver and Passenger Safety Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger's front airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can strike the child with enough force to cause very serious or fatal injuries. If a small child must be closely watched, we recommend that another adult sit in the back seat with the child. Improperly placing a forwardfacing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible and properly restrain the child. If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, be sure the child seat is firmly secured to the car, and the child is properly strapped in the seat. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Child Seat Installation The lap/shoulder belts in the back and front passenger seating positions have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. The following pages provide instructions on how to secure a forward-facing child seat with this type of seat belt. 1. With the child seat in the desired back seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker's instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle. 2. To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor (you might hear a clicking noise as the belt retracts). 3. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked and you will need to repeat these steps. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To deactivate the locking mechanism in order to remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. 4. After confirming that the belt is locked, grab the shoulder part of the belt near the buckle and pull up to remove any slack from the lap part of the belt. Remember, if the lap part of the belt is not tight, the child seat will not be secure. It may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat, while pulling up on the belt. Driver and Passenger Safety 5. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 Protecting Children Additional Precautions for Small Children Never hold a small child on your lap. If you are not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you could be thrown forward into the dashboard and crush the child. If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms during a crash. For example, if your car crashes into a parked vehicle at 30 mph (48 km/h), a 30-lb (14 kg) child will become a 900-lb (410 kg) force, and you will not be able to hold on. Never put a seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash, the belt could press deep into the child and cause very serious injuries. Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in the back seat and wear a lap/shoulder belt. If a child is too short for the shoulder part of the belt to properly fit, we recommend that the child use a booster seat until they are tall enough to use the seat belt without a booster. Allowing a larger child to sit improperly in the front seat can result in injury or death if the passenger's front airbag inflates. If a larger child must sit in front, make sure the child moves the seat as far back as possible and wears the seat belt properly. The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for children who must sit in the front seat. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Checking Seat Belt Fit However, if the belt touches or crosses the child's neck, the child needs to use a booster seat. Do not let a child wear a seat belt across the neck. This could result in serious neck injuries during a crash. To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt. Follow the instructions on page 15. Then check how the belt fits. If the shoulder part of the belt rests over the child's collarbone and against the center of the chest, as shown, the child is large enough to wear the seat belt. Driver and Passenger Safety Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back or under the arm. This could cause very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured. Do not put any accessories on a seat belt. Devices intended to improve occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt, severely compromise the protective capability of the seat belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. Two children should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Using a Booster Seat A child may continue using a booster seat until the tops of the ears are even with the top of the seat-back. A child of this height should be tall enough to use the lap/shoulder belt without a booster. When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children ages 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. The back seat is the safest place for a child of any age or size. If a child needs a booster seat, we recommend choosing a style that allows the child to use the lap/ shoulder belt directly, without a shield, as shown. Whichever style you select, follow the booster seat maker's instructions. In addition, the passenger's front airbag poses serious risks to children. If the seat is too far forward, or the child's head is thrown forward during a collision, or the child is unrestrained or out of position, an inflating front airbag can kill or seriously injure the child. The side airbag also poses risks. If any part of a larger child's body is in the path of a deploying airbag, the child could receive possibly serious injuries. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Of course, children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in the front, there are other important factors you should consider. Physical Size Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit over the hips, chest, and shoulder (see pages 15 and 35). If the seat belt does not fit properly, the child should not sit in the front. Maturity To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly and wearing the seat belt properly throughout a ride. If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Carefully read the owner's manual and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information. Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position. Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor. Check that the child's seat belt is properly positioned and secured. Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Using Child Seats with Tethers Your car has three tether anchorage points on the rear shelf for securing a tether-style child seat to the car. Since a tether can provide additional security, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchorage point as shown in the illustration and tighten the strap according to the child seat maker's instructions. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components Your seat belt system includes lap/ shoulder belts in all five seating positions. The front seat belts are also equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. The seat belt system also includes a light on the instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your belts. If the driver's seat belt is not fastened before the ignition is turned ON (II), the light will come on and a beeper will also sound. The beeper will stop after a few seconds, but the light will stay on until the driver's seat belt is fastened. Lap/Shoulder Belt This seat belt has a single belt that goes over your shoulder, across your chest and across your hips. To fasten the belt, insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is latched. Driver and Passenger Safety To unlock the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body to the door pillar. After exiting the car, be sure the belt is out of the way and will not get closed in the door. All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body. The seat belts in all seating positions except the driver's have an additional locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. (See pages 29 and 33 for instructions on how to secure child seats with this type of seat belt.) Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If the shoulder part of the belt is pulled all the way out, the locking mechanism will activate. The belt will retract, but it will not allow the passenger to move freely. Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners To deactivate the locking mechanism, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the belt, pull it out only as far as needed. See page 15 for instructions on how to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly. might not cause the airbags to deploy. In this case, the airbags would not be needed but the additional seat belt tension can be helpful. The tensioners will be activated in a collision severe enough to cause the front airbags to inflate. When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled in the normal way. For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in place. S RS The SRS indicator light will come on if there is a problem with your automatic seat belt tensioners (see page 45). The tensioners are designed to activate primarily in frontal collisions. The tensioners are independent of the airbag system, so they can be activated during a collision that Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt Maintenance For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts regularly. Pull each belt out fully and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check that the latches work smoothly and that the lap/shoulder belts retract easily. Any belt not in good condition or not working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible. Not checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed. Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible. If a seat belt is worn during a crash, you should have your dealer inspect the belt, and replace it if necessary. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash. The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed. Automatic seat belt tensioners that deployed during a crash must be replaced. U.S. Models Acura provides a lifetime warranty on seat belts. Acura will repair or replace any seat belt component that fails to function properly during normal use. Please see your Acura Warranty Information booklet for details. Driver and Passenger Safety For information on how to clean your seat belts, see page 264 . Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Front Airbags SRS Components Your Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) includes: Two front airbags. The driver's airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger's airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked "SRS AIRBAG." An indicator light on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with the system (see page 45). How Your Front Airbags Work Emergency backup power in case your car's electrical system is disconnected in a crash. Automatic seat belt tensioners (see page 41). Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe frontal collision. A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, driver and passenger seat belt use, and all related wiring when the ignition is ON (II). If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, the sensors will detect the vehicle's rapid deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the front airbags. CONTINUED Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Front Airbags During a frontal crash, your seat belts help restrain your lower body and torso. Your airbag provides a cushion to help restrain and protect your head and chest. After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually powder from the airbag's surface. Although the powder is not harmful, people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the car as soon as it is safe to do so. Since both airbags use the same sensors, both airbags normally inflate at the same time. However, it is possible for only one airbag to inflate. This can occur when the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal. U.S. Owners After inflating, the front airbags immediately deflate, so they won't interfere with the driver's visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls. The total time for inflation and deflation is approximately one-tenth of a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps. Driver and Passenger Safety For additional information on how your airbags work, see the booklet titled SRS: What You Need to Know About Airbags that came with your owner's manual. Canadian Owners For additional information on how your airbags work, ask your dealer for a copy of the booklet titled SRS: What You Need to Know About Airbags. Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 Additional Information About Your Front Airbags How the SRS Indicator Light Works purpose of the SRS SRS The indicator light is to alert you to a potential problem with your front airbags. This light will also alert you to a potential problem with your automatic seat belt tensioners (page 41); or your side airbags or passenger's side airbag automatic cutoff system (page 46). When you turn the ignition ON (II), this indicator will light up briefly then go out. This tells you that the system is working properly. However, if the light comes on at any other time, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example: If the SRS indicator light does not come on after you turn the ignition ON (II). If the light stays on after the engine starts. Ignoring the SRS indicator light can result in serious injury or death if the airbags, cutoff system, or tensioners do not work properly. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS light alerts you to a potential problem. If the light comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. If you see any of these indications, your front or side airbags may not deploy, your passenger's side airbag automatic cutoff system may not work properly, or your seat belt tensioners may not work when you need them. See your Acura dealer as soon as possible. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Side Airbags Your car is equipped with side airbags for the driver and a front seat passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the front seat-backs, and both are marked "SIDE AIRBAG." How Your Side Airbags Work If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, the sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver's or the passenger's side airbag. Only one airbag will deploy during a side impact. If the impact is on the passenger's side, the passenger's side airbag will deploy even if there is no passenger. Driver and Passenger Safety To get the best protection from the side airbags, front seat occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Side Airbags How The Side Airbag Indicator Light Works SIDE The purpose of this light is AIRBAG to alert you if the passenger's side airbag has been automatically shut off. Although Acura does not encourage children to ride in the front, to help prevent injury, your car has an automatic cutoff system for the passenger's side airbag. This system is designed to shut off the airbag if a child leans sideways and the child's head is in the deployment path of the side airbag. The side airbag may also shut off if a small adult leans sideways, or a larger adult slouches and leans sideways, and the adult's head is in the deployment path of the airbag. A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. SRS The SRS indicator light will come on if there is a problem with your side airbags or the automatic cutoff system (see page 45). If this light comes on, you should have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the deployment path of the side airbag, the airbag will turn on and the light will go out. When you turn the ignition ON (II), the indicator light should light up briefly and go out (see page 55). If it doesn't light, or it stays on or comes on without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag Service Your front and side airbag systems are virtually maintenance-free, and there are no parts you can safely service. However, you must have your car serviced if: Your airbags ever inflate. Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit and other related parts. Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by an Acura dealer or a knowledgeable body shop. The SRS indicator light alerts you to a problem. Take your car to an authorized Acura dealer as soon as possible. If you ignore this indication, the airbags might not inflate when you need them. Driver and Passenger Safety Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, airbags and seat belts provide the best protection. Do not tamper with airbag components or wiring for any reason. Tampering could cause the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury. Do not expose the front seat-backs to water. If rain or spilled water soaks into a seat-back, it can prevent the side airbag system from working properly. Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting an Acura dealer. Improperly replacing or covering front seatback covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a collision. See page 173 for further information and precautions relating to your airbags. Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your car's exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. You should have no problem with carbon monoxide entering the car in normal driving if you maintain your car properly. Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever: The car is raised for an oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The car was in an accident that may have damaged the underside. Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and even kill you. Avoid any enclosed areas or activities that expose you to carbon monoxide. High levels of carbon monoxide can collect rapidly in enclosed areas, such as a garage. Do not run the engine with the garage door closed. Even with the door open, run the engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage. With the trunk lid open, air flow can pull exhaust gas into your car's interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the trunk lid open, open all the windows and set the climate control system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked car, even in an unconfined area, with the engine running, adjust the climate control system as follows: 1. Select the Fresh Air mode. 2. Select the mode. 3. Set the fan speed to high. 4. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting. Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Table of Contents Safety Labels These labels are in the locations shown. They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury. Read these labels carefully. SUN VISOR U.S. models Canadian models If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Acura dealer for a replacement. DASHBOARD U.S. models only RADIATOR CAP HOOD Driver and Passenger Safety Main Menu Instruments and Controls This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your Acura. All the essential controls are within easy reach. Control Locations............................ 52 Indicator Lights................................ 53 Gauges.............................................. 58 Speedometer................................ 58 Tachometer.................................. 58 Odometer...................................... 59 Trip Meter/Outside Temperature Indicator............ 59 Temperature Gauge.................... 60 Fuel Gauge................................... 60 Maintenance Required Indicator.................................... 61 Controls Near the Steering Wheel........................................ 62 Headlights.................................... 63 Automatic Lighting..................... 64 Daytime Running Lights............. 65 Instrument Panel Brightness..... 66 Turn Signals................................. 66 Fog Lights.................................... 67 Windshield Wipers...................... 68 Windshield Washers................... 70 Hazard Warning........................... 70 Rear Window Defogger.............. 71 Steering Wheel Adjustments..... 71 Steering Wheel Controls ................ 73 Cruise Control.............................. 73 Remote Audio Controls .............. 76 Keys and Locks................................ 77 Keys............................................... 77 Immobilizer System..................... 78 Ignition Switch............................. 80 Power Door Locks....................... 81 Remote Transmitter.................... 82 Childproof Door Locks............... 85 Trunk............................................86 Glove Box..................................... 87 HomeLink Universal Transmitter......... 88 Customer Assistance.................. 88 Important Safety Precautions.... 88 Training the Transmitter............ 89 Training With a Rolling Code System....................................... 91 Erasing Codes.............................. 92 Seat Adjustments............................. 93 Driver's Seat Adjustments.......... 93 Driver's Lumbar Support............ 95 Front Passenger's Seat Adjustments............................. 95 Head Restraints........................... 95 Armrest............................................. 96 Mirrors.............................................. 98 Adjusting the Power Mirrors..... 98 Driving Position Memory System......................................... 100 Seat Heaters................................... 102 Ski Sleeve........................................ 103 Power Windows............................. 105 Moonroof........................................ 106 Parking Brake................................ 108 Digital Clock................................... 108 Sunglasses Holder......................... 110 Beverage Holder............................111 Console Compartment.................. 112 Coin Box......................................... 112 Sun Visor......................................... 113 Vanity Mirror................................. 113 Accessory Power Socket.............. 114 Cigarette Lighter........................... 115 Ashtrays.......................................... 116 Ceiling Lights................................. 117 Courtesy Lights............................. 118 Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Control Locations MIRROR CONTROLS (P. 98) DIGITAL CLOCK (P. 108) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P. 120) DOOR LOCK SWITCHES (P. 81) DRIVING POSITION MEMORY (P. 100) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P. 105) AUDIO SYSTEM (P. 134) TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON (P. 86) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HANDLE (P. 167) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P. 168) Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your car. VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR SIDE AIRBAG INDICATOR PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR LIGHTS ON INDICATOR* LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR * The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for Canadian models are noted in the text. CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR HIGH BEAM INDICATOR IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR LOW FUEL INDICATOR VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM INDICATOR ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT DOOR AND BRAKE LAMP MONITOR Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Seat Belt Reminder Light This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). It is a reminder to you and your passengers to protect yourselves by fastening the seat belts. A beeper also sounds if you have not fastened your seat belt. If you do not fasten your seat belt, the beeper will stop after a few seconds but the light stays on until you do. Both the light and the beeper stay off if you fasten your seat belt before turning on the ignition. Low Oil Pressure Indicator The engine can be severely damaged if this light flashes or stays on when the engine is running. For complete information, see page 282. Charging System Indicator If this light comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged. For complete information, see page 283. U.S. Canada BRAKE Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator This light has two functions: 1. It comes on when you turn the ignition switch ON (II) as a reminder to check the parking brake. If the parking brake is not set, it goes off after the engine starts. If the parking brake is set, it goes off when you release the parking brake with the engine running. Driving with the parking brake applied can damage the brakes and tires. 2. If it remains lit after you release the parking brake while the engine is running, or comes on while driving, it can indicate a problem in the brake system. For complete information, see page 285. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Lights On Indicator On cars with automatic lighting (see page 64) This indicator reminds you that the exterior lights are on. It comes on when the light switch is in either the or position. If you turn the ignition switch to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) without turning off the light switch, this indicator will remain on. A reminder chime will also sound when you open the driver's door. This indicator will also come on when the light switch is in AUTO and the lights turn on automatically. CRUISE CONTROL Cruise Control Indicator This lights when you set the cruise control. See page 73 for information on operating the cruise control. Immobilizer System Indicator This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). It will then go off if you have inserted a properly-coded ignition key. If it is not a properlycoded key, the indicator will blink and the engine will not start (see page 78). This indicator also blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). Malfunction Indicator Lamp See page 284. Supplemental Restraint System Indicator This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags. This light will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passenger's side airbag automatic cutoff system or automatic seat belt tensioners. For complete information, see page 45. SRS SIDE AIRBAG Side Airbag Indicator This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that the passenger's side airbag has automatically shut off. For complete information, see page 47. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). VSA If this light comes on and stays on at any other time, or it does not come on when you turn the ignition switch ON (II), there is a problem with the VSA system. Take the car to your dealer to have it checked. Without VSA, your car still has normal driving ability, but will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. See page 189 for more information on the VSA system. Instruments and Controls 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 189). 3. It comes on along with the VSA system indicator if there is a problem with the VSA system. This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). See page 189 for more information on the VSA system. U.S. Canada Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator This light normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II), and when the ignition switch is turned to START (III). If this light comes on at any other time, there is a problem in the ABS. If this happens, take the car to your dealer to have it checked. With the light on, your car still has normal braking ability but no antilock. For complete information, see page 187. ABS Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Door and Brake Lamp Monitor The appropriate light comes on in this display if the trunk or any door is not closed tightly. If a brake light does not work, the BRAKE LAMP indicator comes on when you push the brake pedal with the ignition switch ON (II). A burned out brake light is a hazard when drivers behind you cannot tell you are braking. Have your brake lights repaired right away. All the lights in the monitor display come on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal light blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If the light does not blink or blinks rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see page 248). Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signalling. When you turn on the Hazard Warning switch, both turn signal lights blink. All turn signals on the outside of the vehicle should flash. Low Fuel Indicator This light comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon. High Beam Indicator This light comes on with the high beam headlights. See page 63 for information on the headlight controls. On Canadian models, this indicator conies on with reduced brightness when the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are on (see page 65). "Daytime Running Lights" Indicator Canadian models only This indicator lights when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) with the headlight switch off and the parking brake set. It should go off if you turn on the headlights or release the parking brake. If it comes on at any other time, it means there is a problem with the DRL. There may also be a problem with the high beam headlights. DRL Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges The gauges illuminate when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). Speedometer TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER U.S. Models TEMPERATURE GAUGE SELECT BUTTON This shows your speed in miles per hour (mph). The smaller inner numbers are the speed in kilometers per hour (km/h). Canadian Models This shows your speed in kilometers per hour (km/h). The smaller inner numbers are the speed in miles per hour (mph). Tachometer The tachometer shows the engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). To protect the engine from damage, never drive with the tachometer needle in the red zone. Instruments and Controls ODOMETER MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR FUEL GAUGE TRIP METER/OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR RESET BUTTON Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Odometer The odometer shows the total distance your car has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian models. It is illegal under U.S. federal law and Canadian provincial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or kilometers indicated. Trip Meter/Outside Temperature Indicator SELECT BUTTON RESET BUTTON The trip meter and the outside temperature indicator use the same display. To switch the display between the trip meter and the outside temperature, press the Select button. When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), what you last selected is displayed. Trip Meter The trip meter shows the number of miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada) driven since you last reset it. There are two trip meters, Trip A and Trip B. Switch between these and the outside temperature display by pressing the Select button repeatedly. Each trip meter works independently, so you can keep track of two different distances. To reset a trip meter, display it and then press the Reset button until you hear a beep. Both trip meters will reset if the car's battery goes dead or is disconnected. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Outside Temperature Indicator This indicator displays the outside temperature in Fahrenheit in U.S. models, and in Centigrade in Canadian models. The temperature sensor is located in the front bumper. Therefore, the temperature reading can be affected by heat reflection from the road surface, engine heat, and the exhaust from the surrounding traffic. This can cause the temperature reading not to be correct when your speed is under 19 mph (30 km/h). In certain weather conditions, temperature readings near freezing (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is forming on the road surface. Instruments and Controls Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine's coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise from the bottom white mark to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill driving, the pointer may rise to near the upper white mark. If it reaches the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. Turn to page 280 for instructions and precautions on checking the engine's cooling system. Fuel Gauge This shows how much fuel you have. It is most accurate when the car is on level ground. It may show slightly more or less than the actual amount when you are driving on curvy or hilly roads. The gauge stays at the same fuel level reading after you turn off the ignition. When you add fuel, the gauge slowly changes to the new reading after you turn the ignition switch back ON (II). Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Maintenance Required Indicator MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR SELECT BUTTON Your dealer will reset this indicator after completing the scheduled maintenance. If this maintenance is done by someone other than your Acura dealer, reset the indicator as follows. 1. Turn off the engine. RESET BUTTON This indicator reminds you that it is time to take your car in for scheduled maintenance. Refer to the Maintenance Schedules for Normal and Severe Driving Conditions on pages 206 — 210. Between 6,000 miles (9,600 km) and 7,500 miles (12,000 km) this indicator will light for two seconds when you first turn the ignition switch ON (II), and then flash for ten seconds. For the first 6,000 miles (9,600 km) after the Maintenance Required Indicator is reset, it will come on for two seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If you exceed 7,500 miles (12,000 km) without having the scheduled maintenance performed, this indicator will remain on as a constant reminder. 2. Press and hold the select and reset buttons next to the instrument panel, then turn the ignition switch ON (II). 3. Hold the buttons for about ten seconds, until the indicator resets. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel The two levers on the steering column contain controls for driving features you use most often. The left lever controls the turn signals, headlights, and high beams. The right lever controls the windshield washers and wipers. VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM OFF SWITCH HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNALS HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS CRUISE CONTROL The switch for the hazard warning lights is on the dashboard to the right of the steering column. The controls under the left air vent are for the cruise control, instrument panel brightness and the VSA System. The switches for the rear window defogger and fog lights are under the audio system. The steering wheel adjustment switch on the side of the steering column allows you to tilt and telescope the steering wheel. Instruments and Controls INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS HORN STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS FOG LIGHTS REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Headlights If you leave the lights on with the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0), you will hear a reminder chime when you open the driver's door. On cars with automatic lighting When the light switch is in either of these positions, the Lights On indicator comes on as a reminder. This light remains on if you leave the light switch on and turn the ignition switch to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). The rotating switch on the left lever controls the lights. Turning this switch to the position turns on the parking lights, taillights, side marker lights, and rear license plate lights. Turning the switch to the position turns on the headlights. To change between low beams and high beams, pull the turn signal lever until you hear a click, then let go. The blue high beam indicator will light (see page 57). CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel To flash the high beams, pull the turn signal lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams will come on and go off. Automatic Lighting AUTO POSITION The high beams will stay on for as long as you hold the lever back, no matter what position the headlight switch is in. The lights will remain on when you turn off the ignition switch. They will turn off automatically when you open the driver's door. To turn them on again, either turn the ignition switch to ON (II) or turn the light switch to On U.S. models The Automatic Lighting feature turns on the headlights, all other exterior lights, and the instrument panel lights when it senses low ambient light. To turn on automatic lighting, turn the light switch to AUTO at any time. The lights will come on automatically when the outside light level becomes low (at dusk, for example). The Instruments and Controls 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 structures. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Do not leave the light switch in AUTO if you will not be driving the car for an extended period (a week or more). You should also turn off the lights if you plan to leave the engine idling or the engine off for a long time. This will prevent the battery from discharging. LIGHT SENSOR Daytime Running Lights (Canadian Models) With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights come on with reduced brightness when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) and release the parking brake. They remain on until you turn the ignition off, even if you set the parking brake. The headlights revert to normal operation when you turn them on with the switch. The automatic lighting feature is controlled by a sensor located on top of the dashboard. Do not cover this sensor or spill liquids on it. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Instrument Panel Brightness INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS DIAL To reduce glare at night, the instrument panel illumination dims when you turn the light switch to or Turning the instrument panel brightness control fully to the left, past the detent, will return the instrument panel to its full brightness. Turn Signals TURN SIGNAL LEVER The dial on the dashboard to the left of the instrument panel is used to adjust the brightness of the lights in the controls and displays. Turn the dial to adjust the brightness. Instruments and Controls Signal a turn or lane change with this lever. Push down on the lever to signal a left turn, and up to signal a right turn. If you push it up or down all the way, the turn signal continues to blink even when you release the lever. It shuts off automatically as you complete the turn. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel To signal a lane change, push lightly on the turn signal lever in the proper direction and hold it. The lever will return to the center position as soon as you release it. Fog Lights Cars with navigation system Turn the fog lights on and off by pressing the button. The indicator in the button lights to show the fog lights are on. You can use the fog lights only when the headlights are on low beam. They will go off when you turn the headlights off or onto high beam. On cars with automatic lighting 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. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Windshield Wipers You can vary how often the wipers sweep the windshield by turning the INT TIME ring next to the rotary switch. If you turn the INT TIME ring to the shortest delay, the wipers will change from intermittent to low speed operation when vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h). The right lever controls the windshield wipers and washers. The rotary switch at the end of the lever has three positions: INT: intermittent : low speed : high speed Instruments and Controls In intermittent, the wipers operate every few seconds. The sweep interval will change slightly with speed; getting shorter as you drive faster. In low speed and high speed, the wipers run continuously. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Wiper Arms Winter Position 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. To operate the wipers in mist mode, push the control lever down. The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. This gives you a quick way to clear the windshield. Adjust the wiper arms to the winter position by grasping either arm near the pivot. Pull on the arm, parallel to the windshield, until it locks in the higher position. Push the arm in the other direction to return the wipers to the summer position. WIPER ARMS A heavy build-up of snow or ice on the wiper arms will cause them to automatically park in the winter position. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Windshield Washers Hazard Warning Cars with navigation system To clean the windshield, pull back on the wiper control lever. The washers spray until you release the lever. The wipers run at low speed while you're pulling the lever, then complete one more sweep of the windshield after you release it. Instruments and Controls Push the red button to the left of the clock to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your car is disabled. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Rear Window Defogger Steering Wheel Adjustments See page 17 for important safety information about how to properly position the steering wheel Your Acura's steering wheel is electrically-adjustable for angle and 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 distance. The adjustment switch is on the left side of the steering column. Always adjust the steering wheel before you begin driving. Cars with navigation system The rear window defogger will clear fog, frost, and thin ice from the window. Push the defogger button to turn it on and off. The light in the button lights to show the defogger is on. If you do not turn it off, the defogger will shut itself off after about 25 minutes. It also shuts off when you turn off the ignition. You have to turn it on again when you restart the car. 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. Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the car and be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the steering wheel only when the car is stopped. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Automatic Movement 1. Locate the adjustment switch on the left side of the steering column. Move the steering wheel, in, out, up, or down by pushing and holding the adjustment switch in that direction. Instruments and Controls 2. 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 warning lights. AUTO SWITCH The AUTO switch controls automatic movement of the steering wheel. When this switch is in the ON position, the steering wheel automatically moves fully in and up when you remove the key from the ignition switch. Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel, Steering Wheel Controls Using the Cruise Control Cruise Control Cruise control allows you to maintain CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. It should be used Steering wheel movement is also for cruising on straight, open controlled by the Driving Position highways. It is not recommended for Memory System (see page 100). conditions such as city driving, 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  winding roads, slippery roads, heavy rain, or bad weather. You should have full control of the car under those conditions. The steering wheel then returns to its original position when you insert the key back in the ignition switch. Improper use of the cruise control can lead to a crash. Use the cruise control only when traveling on open highways in good weather. 1. Push in the Cruise Control Master Switch to the left of the steering column. The indicator in the switch will light. 2. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed above 25 mph (40 km/h). CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls RESUME/ accel BUTTON SET/decel BUTTON 3. Press and release the SET/decel button on the steering wheel. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel comes on to show the system is now activated. Instruments and Controls The cruise control may not hold the set speed when you are going up and down hills. If your speed increases going down a hill, use the brakes to slow down to the desired speed. This will cancel the cruise control. To resume the set speed, press the RESUME/accel button. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel comes on. When climbing a steep hill, the automatic transmission may downshift to hold the set speed. Changing the Set Speed You can increase the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the RESUME/ accel button. The car will accelerate. When you reach the desired cruising speed, release the button. Push on the accelerator pedal. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed and press the SET/decel button. To increase your speed in very small amounts, tap the RESUME/ accel button repeatedly. Each time you do this, your car will speed up about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls You can decrease the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the SET/decel button. The car will decelerate. Release the button when you reach the desired speed. Tap the brake pedal lightly with your foot. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out. When the car slows to the desired speed, press the SET/decel button. The car will then maintain the desired speed. To slow down in very small amounts, tap the SET/decel button repeatedly. Each time you do this, your car will slow down about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). Even with the cruise control turned on, you can still use the accelerator pedal to speed up for passing. After completing the pass, take your foot off the accelerator pedal. The car will return to the set cruising speed. Cancelling the Cruise Control Resting your foot on the brake pedal will cause the cruise control to cancel. CANCEL BUTTON You can cancel the cruise control in any of these ways: Tap the brake pedal. Push the CANCEL button on the steering wheel. Press the Cruise Control Master Switch. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls When you push the CANCEL button, or tap the brake pedal, the CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out and the car will begin to slow down. You can use the accelerator pedal in the normal way. The system remembers the previously-set cruising speed. To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h) and then press and release the RESUME/ accel button. The CRUISE CONTROL light comes on. The car will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before. Instruments and Controls Pressing the Cruise Control Master Switch turns the system completely off and erases the previous cruising speed from memory. To use the system again, refer to Using the Cruise Control. Remote Audio Controls AUDIO/CH BUTTON These buttons let you control some functions of the audio system without removing your hands from the wheel. Refer to page 161 for a complete explanation. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Keys KEY NUMBER PLATE MASTER KEYS (Black) VALET KEY (Gray) need to replace a key, use only an Acura-approved key blank. These keys contain electronic circuits that are activated by the Immobilizer System. They will not work to start the engine if the circuits are damaged. Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity. Your car comes with two master keys and a valet key. The master key fits all the locks on your car: Ignition Doors Trunk Trunk pass-through cover Glove box The valet key works only in the ignition and the door locks. You can keep the trunk, trunk pass-through cover, and glove box locked when you leave your car and the valet key at a parking facility. You should have received a key number plate with your keys. You will need this key number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced. Keep the plate stored in a safe place. If you Do not drop the keys or set heavy objects on them. Keep the keys away from liquids. If they get wet, dry them immediately with a soft cloth. The keys do not contain batteries. Do not try to take them apart. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Immobilizer System The Immobilizer System protects your car from theft. A properlycoded master or valet key must be used in the ignition switch for the engine to start. If an improperlycoded key (or other device) is used, the engine's fuel system is disabled. Remote Transmitter Your car also comes with two remote transmitters; see page 82 for an explanation of the operation. Learning Key You should also receive a small case containing a learning key. It is used by the Acura dealer to code replacement keys to your car's Immobilizer System. It must not be used in your car's ignition switch. Store the learning key with the key number plate in a safe place. If you attempt to use the learning key to start your car's engine, it may cause a malfunction in the system that makes your master and valet keys unusable. If this happens, you should contact your Acura dealer. If you need a new key made, take the key number plate, the learning key, and all other keys that came with your car to your Acura dealer. Instruments and Controls When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the Immobilizer System indicator should come on for a few seconds, then go out. If the indicator starts to blink, it means the system does not recognize the coding of the key. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the switch to ON (II) again. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks The system may not recognize your key's coding if another immobilizer key or other metal object is near the ignition switch when you insert the key. To make sure the system recognizes the key code: Do not keep other immobilizer keys on the same key ring. Use a plastic or leather key fob, not metal. Keep other keys away from your vehicle's key and the ignition switch while trying to start the engine. If the system repeatedly does not recognize the coding of your key, contact your Acura dealer. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Electrical problems could result that may make your car undriveable. If you have lost your key and you cannot start the engine, contact your Acura dealer. As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Industry Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. This indicator will also blink several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Ignition Switch The ignition switch is on the right side of the steering column. It has four positions: LOCK (0) ACCESSORY (I) ON (II) START (III) Instruments and Controls LOCK (0) — You can insert or remove the key only in this position. To switch from ACCESSORY to LOCK, you must push the key in slightly as you turn it. The shift lever must also be in Park. The anti-theft lock will lock the steering column when you remove the key. If the front wheels are turned, the anti-theft lock may sometimes make it difficult to turn the key from LOCK to ACCESSORY. Firmly turn the steering wheel to the left or to the right as you turn the key. ACCESSORY (I) — In this position, you can operate the audio system and the cigarette lighter. ON (II) — This is the normal key position when driving. All features and accessories on the car are usable. Several of the lights on the instrument panel come on as a test when you turn the ignition switch from ACCESSORY to ON. START ( I I I) — Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to ON (II) when you let go of the key. The engine will not start if the Immobilizer System does not recognize the key's coding (see page 78). You will hear a reminder beeper if you leave the key in the ignition switch in the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I) position and open the driver's door. Remove the key to turn off the beeper. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Power Door Locks MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH Each front door has a master door lock switch. Either switch locks and unlocks all doors. Push the switch down to lock all doors, and up to unlock them. LOCK TAB Each door has a lock tab at the top of the door. When you push down the lock tab on the driver's door, all doors lock. Pulling up the lock tab on the driver's door only unlocks that door. The lock tab on each passenger's door only locks and unlocks that door. To lock any passenger's door when getting out of the car, push the lock tab down and close the door. To lock the driver's door, remove the key from the ignition switch and push the lock tab down or push the master switch down, then close the door. All doors can be locked from the outside by using the key in either front door. To unlock only the driver's door from the outside, insert the key in the driver's door lock, turn the key and release it. If you turn the key and hold it, all doors will unlock. All four doors will unlock when you unlock the passenger's door with the key. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Lockout Prevention If you forget and leave the key in the ignition switch, Lockout Prevention will not allow you to lock the driver's door. With the driver's door open and the key in the ignition, both master door lock switches are disabled. However, if the driver's door is not open, the master door lock switches are not disabled. Pushing the switch down on the open passenger's door will lock all doors. If you try to lock an open driver's door by pushing in the lock tab, the tabs on all doors pop out. Pushing in the lock tab on the passenger's door only locks that door. Instruments and Controls Remote Transmitter LED UNLOCK BUTTON LOCK BUTTON TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON PANIC BUTTON You can lock and unlock your car with the remote transmitter. When you push the LOCK button, all doors lock. You will hear a beep, and the parking lights, taillights and license plate lights will flash once. When you push the UNLOCK button once, only the driver's door unlocks. The remaining doors unlock when you push the button a second time. You will hear two beeps, and the outside lights will flash twice, each time you push the button. The ceiling lights (if the ceiling light switch is in the center position) and the door courtesy lights will come on when you press the UNLOCK button. If you do not open any door, the lights stay on for about 10 seconds, then fade out. If you relock the doors with the remote transmitter before 10 seconds have elapsed, the lights will go off immediately. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks If you unlock the doors with the remote transmitter, but do not open any of the doors within 30 seconds, the doors automatically relock and the security system sets. You cannot lock any of the doors with the remote transmitter if any door is not fully closed or the key is in the ignition switch. You cannot unlock any of the doors with the key in the ignition switch. To open the trunk, push the Trunk Release button for approximately one second. You can open the trunk with the remote transmitter regardless of the position of the main switch in the glove box. The trunk will not open if the key is in the ignition switch. Turning the Beep Off and On Panic Mode You can program the keyless entry system so it does not beep when you lock and unlock the doors. This procedure only turns off the beep; the exterior lights will still flash. Panic mode allows you to remotely activate your car's security system to attract attention. When activated, the horn will sound, and the exterior lights will flash, for about 30 seconds. To activate panic mode, press and hold the PANIC button for about two seconds. To turn this feature off, stand near the car with the remote transmitter. Press and hold the Trunk Release button, then press the Lock button within one second. You should see the LED on the remote transmitter come on for one second. Release the buttons after the LED goes out. To turn this feature on, repeat the above procedure. You should see the LED blink twice. To cancel Panic mode before 30 seconds, press any button on the remote transmitter. You can also turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Panic mode will not activate if the ignition switch is in ON (II). After you program the remote transmitter, make sure the trunk lid is closed. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Replacing the Battery ROUND COVER Open CUSHION RING BATTERY Close When the remote transmitter's battery begins to get weak, it may take several pushes on the button to lock or unlock the doors, and the LED will get dim. Replace the battery as soon as possible. Battery type: CR2025 Instruments and Controls To replace the battery, remove the round cover on the back of the transmitter by turning it counterclockwise with a coin. Remove the old battery and note the polarity. Make sure the polarity of the new battery is the same (+ side facing up), then insert it in the transmitter. Reinstall the cushion ring. Align the mark on the cover with the mark on the transmitter, then set the cover in place and turn it clockwise. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks 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. Transmitter Care Childproof Door Locks Avoid severe shock to the transmitter, such as dropping or throwing it. Also, protect it from extreme hot or cold temperatures. Clean the transmitter case with a soft cloth. Do not use strong cleaners or solvents that could harm the case. Immersing the transmitter in any liquid will harm the transmitter and cause it to not function properly. If you lose a transmitter, you will need to have the replacement programmed to your car's system by your Acura dealer. Any other transmitters you have will also need to be reprogrammed. LEVER The childproof door locks are designed to prevent children seated in the rear from accidentally opening the rear doors. Each rear door has a lock lever near the edge. With the lever in the LOCK position, the door cannot be opened from the inside regardless of the position of the lock tab. To open the door, pull the lock tab up and use the outside door handle. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Trunk MASTER KEY TRUNK MAIN SWITCH TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON You can open the trunk in three ways: Press the trunk release button on the driver's door. Use the master key to open the trunk lock. The valet key does not work in this lock. Press and hold the trunk release button on the remote transmitter for approximately one second (see page 82). Instruments and Controls To close the trunk, press down on the trunk lid. See page 174 for cargo loading and weight limit information. Keep the trunk lid closed at all times while driving to avoid damaging the lid, and to prevent exhaust gas from getting into the interior. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 49. To protect items in the trunk when you need to give the key to someone else: 1. Disable the trunk release button on the driver's door by turning off the trunk main switch in the glove box. Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 Keys and Locks 2. Lock the glove box with the master key. Glove Box An open glove box can cause serious injury to your passenger in a crash, even if the passenger is wearing the seat belt. 3. Make sure the trunk pass-through cover is locked (see page 97). 4. Give the person the valet key. Always keep the glove box closed while driving. Even if the trunk main switch is turned off, you can open the trunk with the master key or the remote transmitter. Open the glove box by pulling the bottom of the handle. Close it with a firm push. Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key. The glove box light comes on only when the parking lights are on. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transmitter The HomeLink Universal Transmitter built into your car can be programmed to operate remotelycontrolled devices around your home, such as garage doors, lighting, or home security systems. It can replace up to three remote transmitters. Customer Assistance If you have problems with training the HomeLink Universal Transmitter, or would like information on home products that can be operated by the transmitter, call (800) 355-3515. Instruments and Controls Important Safety Precautions Always refer to the operating instructions and safety information that came with your garage door opener or other equipment you intend to operate with the HomeLink Universal Transmitter. If you do not have this information, you should contact the manufacturer of the equipment. While training or using the transmitter, make sure you have a clear view of the garage door or gate, and that no one will be injured by its movement. If your garage door opener was manufactured before April 1982, you may not be able to program the HomeLink Universal Transmitter to operate it. Garage door openers manufactured before that date do not have a safety feature that causes them to stop and reverse if an obstacle is detected during closing, increasing the risk of injury. If you have questions, call (800) 355-3515. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transmitter Training the Transmitter Before you can use the HomeLink Universal Transmitter to operate devices around your home, it must "learn" the proper codes. For example, to train the transmitter to open and close the garage door: 1. This step erases all previously learned codes. Perform this step before training the transmitter for the very first time. Press and hold the two outside buttons until the red light in the transmitter flashes (approximately 20 seconds). Release the buttons. 2. Hold the end of the garage door opener remote control 1 to 3 inches from the HomeLink transmitter. Make sure you are not blocking your view of the red light in the transmitter. 5. The red light in the transmitter should begin flashing. It will flash slowly at first, then rapidly. 6. When the red light flashes rapidly, release both buttons. The transmitter should have learned the code from the remote control. 7. Test the transmitter button by pushing it. It should operate the garage door. 3. Select the transmitter button you want to train. 4. Press the button on the remote control and the button on the transmitter at the same time. Hold down both buttons. 8. Repeat these steps to train the other two transmitter buttons to operate any other remotelycontrolled devices around your home (lighting, automatic gate, security system, etc.). CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transmitter Canadian Owners: The remote control you are training from may stop transmitting after two seconds. This is not long enough for the HomeLink transmitter to learn the code. Release and press the button on the remote control every two seconds until the transmitter has learned the code. If you are programming the transmitter to operate a garage door or gate, it is recommended that you unplug the motor for that device during programming. Repeatedly pressing the remote control button could burn out the motor. Instruments and Controls The HomeLink transmitter stores the code in a permanent memory. There should be no need to retrain the transmitter if your car's battery goes dead or is disconnected. 3. While continuing to hold the transmitter button, place the remote control for the device 1 to 3 inches from the HomeLink transmitter. Retraining a Button 4. Press and hold the button on the remote control. Hold both buttons until the red light begins to flash rapidly. To train an already programmed transmitter button to operate a new device: 1. Select the transmitter button you want to train. 2. Press and hold the transmitter button until the red light begins to flash slowly (approximately 20 seconds). 5. Release both buttons. The transmitter should now be trained to operate the device. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transmitter Training With a Rolling Code System For security purposes, newer garage door opening systems use a "rolling" or variable code. If you know that your garage door opener has a rolling code, or you have been unable to train the transmitter after several attempts, use the following procedure. You will need someone to help you. TRAINING BUTTON 3. Press the Training button on the motor/control unit until the Training light comes on, then release it. 4. Press and release the desired button on the HomeLink transmitter. GARAGE DOOR OPENER MOTOR/ CONTROL UNIT 1. Make sure you have properly completed the "Training the Transmitter" procedure. 2. Find the "Training" button on your garage door opener motor/control unit. The location will vary, depending on the manufacturer. The manufacturer's documentation may help. 5. Press and release the HomeLink transmitter button again. This should turn off the training light on the motor/control unit. (Some systems may require you to press and release the button three times.) 6. Press the transmitter button again. It should operate the garage door. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transmitter Erasing Codes To erase the codes stored in all three buttons, press and hold the two outside buttons until the red light begins to flash, then release the buttons. You should erase all three codes before selling the car. As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Industry Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments See pages 12 — 14 for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. Driver's Seat Adjustments Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. Your Acura has power adjustments for both front seats. The two power seat adjustment switches are on the outside edge of the seat bottom. You can adjust the power seats with the ignition switch in any position. The long horizontal switch adjusts the seat bottom in several directions. The short vertical switch adjusts the seat-back angle. Push the horizontal switch forward or backward to move the seat forward or backward. Pull up or push down on the front of the switch to move the seat bottom's front edge up or down. Pull up or push down on the rear of the switch to move the rear of the seat bottom up or down. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments The driver's seat includes a memory feature. Two seat positions can be stored in separate memories. You can then select a memorized position by pushing the appropriate memory button. Refer to page 100 for how to memorize and select the seat positions. Pull the center of the horizontal switch up to raise the seat. Push it down to lower the seat. Instruments and Controls Adjust the seat-back angle by pushing the rear switch in the direction you want to move. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Driver's Lumbar Support Front Passenger's Seat Adjustments Head Restraints See page 14 for important safety information and a warning about how to properly position the head restraints. The head restraints help protect you and your passengers from whiplash and other injuries. They are most effective when you adjust them so the back of the occupant's head rests against the center of the restraint. A taller person should adjust the restraint as high as possible. Vary the lumbar support by moving the lever on the right side of the seat-back. Pivot the lever forward until it stops, then let it return. Doing this several times adjusts the lumbar support through its full range. The seat adjustment switches are on the outside edge of the seat bottom. Push the long horizontal switch forward or backward to move the seat bottom in that direction. Adjust the seat-back angle by pushing the vertical switch in the direction you want to move. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments, Armrest To remove a head restraint for cleaning or repair, pull it up as far as it will go. Push the release button and pull the restraint out of the seatback. Armrest Push RELEASE BUTTON The head restraints adjust for height and tilt. You need both hands to adjust the restraint. Do not attempt to adjust it while driving. To raise it, pull upward. To lower the restraint, push the release button sideways and push the restraint down. To adjust the tilt, pivot the head restraint to the desired position. The lid of the console compartment can be used as an armrest at the high or low position. To raise the armrest, push the button on the lid. Make sure the armrest is securely latched. To lower it, press the button and push the armrest down until it latches. Make sure the passengers' hands or fingers are away from the armrest before pushing it down. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Armrest Make sure all items in the trunk and those extending through the passthrough are secured. Trunk Pass-through Cover KNOB For security, this cover can be locked and unlocked only with the master key. To lock the cover, insert the key and turn it clockwise. LID The rear seat armrest is located at the center of the rear seat. Pivot it down to use it. Never drive with this cover open and the trunk lid open. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 49. The pass-through cover can be opened from either side; it folds forward onto the center armrest. Open the cover by sliding the knob downward and pushing or pulling on the cover. To close the cover, swing it up and push firmly on the top. Make sure it latches properly. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving. SELECTOR SWITCH SENSOR INDICATOR AUTO SWITCH The inside mirror has an automatic anti-glare mechanism. When the AUTO switch is pushed in, the indicator will light. When the mirror senses light from the headlights of the car behind you, the mirror surface will automatically darken to reduce the glare. Instruments and Controls Adjust the outside mirrors with the adjustment button on the driver's door armrest: 1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II). 2. Move the selector switch to L (driver's side) or R (passenger's side). Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors 4. When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns off the adjustment button so you can't move a mirror out of position by accidentally bumping the button. HEATED MIRROR BUTTON Outside mirror positions can be stored in the driving position memory system (see page 100). ADJUSTMENT BUTTON 3. Move the mirror right, left, up or down by pushing the adjustment button in that direction. The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the ignition switch ON (II), turn on the heaters by pressing the button. The light in the button comes on as a reminder. Press the button again to turn the heaters off. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System Your Acura has a memory feature for the steering wheel, driver's seat and outside mirror positions. Two seat, steering wheel, and outside mirror positions, for different drivers or driving conditions, can be stored in separate memories. You select a memorized position by pushing the appropriate button. Storing a Driving Position in Memory Store a driving position as explained in this section only when the car is parked. MEMO BUTTON 1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II). You cannot add a new driving position in the memory unless the ignition switch is ON (II). You can recall a memorized position with the ignition switch in any position. 2. Adjust the seat to a comfortable position (see page 93). Adjust 3. Press and release the MEMO the steering wheel to a button on the control panel. You comfortable position (see page will hear a beep. Immediately 71). press and hold one of the memory buttons (1 or 2) until you hear two Adjust the outside mirrors for best beeps. The indicator light in the visibility (see page 98). memory button will come on. The current positions of the driver's seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors are now stored. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System Doing any of the following after pressing the MEMO button will cancel the storing procedure. Selecting a Memorized Position MEMORY BUTTONS Not pressing a memory button within 5 seconds. The system will move the seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors to the memorized positions. The indicator light in the selected memory button will flash during movement. When the adjustments are complete, you will hear two beeps and the indicator light will remain on. Readjusting the seat or steering position. Readjusting the outside mirror position. Each memory button stores only one driving position. Storing a new position erases the previous setting stored in that button's memory. If you want to add a new position while retaining the current one, use the other memory button. All stored driving positions will be lost if your car's battery goes dead or is disconnected. 3. Press the desired memory button (1 or 2) until you hear a beep, then release the button. You can select memorized positions as follows. 1. Make sure the parking brake is set and the shift lever is in Park. 2. Insert the key in the ignition switch. If you do not insert the key in the ignition switch, the steering wheel will not adjust to the memorized position until you do. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System, Seat Heaters To stop the system's automatic adjustment; Press any button on the control panel: MEMO, 1 or 2. Push any of the adjustment switches for the seat or steering wheel. Shift out of Park. Adjust the outside mirrors. If you select a memorized position without inserting the key in the ignition switch, only the seat and outside mirrors will adjust. To get the system to also adjust the steering wheel, insert the key in the ignition switch. You will hear two beeps when it is complete. Instruments and Controls If desired, you can use the adjustment switches to change the positions of the seat, steering wheel or outside mirrors after they are in their memorized position. To keep this driving position for later use, you must store it in the driving position memory. Seat Heaters SEAT HEATERS Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters. The ignition switch must be ON (II) to use them. Push the front of the switch, HI, to rapidly heat up the seat. After the seat reaches a comfortable temperature, select LO by pushing the back of the switch. This will keep the seat warm. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Heaters, Ski Sleeve The HI or LO indicator lights and remains lit until you turn it off by pushing the opposite side of the switch lightly. The indicator will turn off. In HI, the heater turns off when the seat gets warm, and turns back on after the seat's temperature drops. It continues to cycle as long as you leave it set on HI. The HI indicator remains lit as a reminder that you have the heater on. In LO, the heater runs continuously. It does not cycle with temperature changes. Because of the sensors for the side airbag system, there is no heater in the passenger's seat-back. Follow these precautions whenever you use the seat heaters: Use the HI setting only to heat the seats quickly. Select the LO setting when the seats feel warm. The HI setting draws large amounts of current from the battery. Ski Sleeve The ski sleeve allows you to cany skis or other long objects safely without soiling or damaging the interior of your car. It attaches to the trunk pass-through. KNOB Do not use the seat heaters, even on the LO setting, if the engine is left idling for an extended period. They can weaken the battery, causing hard starting. LID To use the ski sleeve: 1. Pull down the rear seat armrest. Open the trunk pass-through cover by sliding the knob downward and pulling on the cover. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Ski Sleeve Follow these precautions when you use the ski sleeve: Do not transport skis that are longer or heavier than these limits: Maximum length: 84 in (215 cm) Maximum weight: 55 Ibs (25 kg) After use, make sure the ski sleeve is dry both inside and out before folding it up for storage. This will help to prevent mildew. 2. Open the trunk. Remove the ski sleeve from its storage bag. 3. Attach the ski sleeve to the trunk pass-through. 4. Load the skis into the ski sleeve from the trunk. Make sure the tip of the ski sleeve is resting on the center console. Instruments and Controls 5. Use the strap on the ski sleeve to secure it tightly to the rear seat armrest. Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 00 Power Windows Your car's windows are electricallypowered. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) to raise or lower any window. DRIVER'S WINDOW SWITCH Closing a power window on someone's hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Each door has a switch that controls its window. To open the window, push the switch down and hold it. Release the switch when you want the window to stop. Close the window by pulling back on the switch and holding it. Make sure your passengers are away from the windows before closing them. MAIN SWITCH The driver's door armrest has a master power window control panel. To open any of the passengers' windows, push down on the appropriate switch and hold it down until the window reaches the desired position. To close the window, pull back on the window switch. Release the switch when the window gets to the position you want. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows, Moonroof The master control panel also contains these extra features: AUTO — To open the driver's window fully, push the window switch firmly down and release it. The window automatically goes all the way down. To stop the window from going all the way down, pull back on the window switch briefly. To open the driver's window only partially, push the window switch down lightly and hold it. The window will stop as soon as you release the switch. The AUTO function only works to lower the driver's window. To raise the window, you must pull back on the window switch and hold it until the window reaches the desired position. Instruments and Controls The MAIN switch controls power to the passengers'windows. With this switch off, the passengers'windows cannot be raised or lowered. The MAIN switch does not affect the driver's window. Keep the MAIN switch off when you have children in the car so they do not injure themselves by operating the windows unintentionally. The lights inside the switches come on when you turn the parking lights or headlights on. The power window system has a keyoff delay function. The windows will still operate for up to ten minutes after you turn off the ignition. Opening either front door cancels the delay function. You must turn the ignition switch ON (II) again before you can raise or lower the windows. Moonroof OPEN/CLOSE SWITCH There are two switches on the ceiling near the front ceiling light. The ignition switch must be ON (II). To open the moonroof, pull the OPEN/CLOSE switch backward and hold it until the moonroof reaches the desired position. Main Menu Table of Contents Moonroof To close the moonroof, push the OPEN/CLOSE switch forward and hold it. The moonroof will not close completely; it will stop about 5.1 inches (130 mm) away from being closed. Make sure your passengers are clear of the moonroof, then release the switch and push it forward again to close the moonroof completely. The moonroof has an AUTO function. To open the moonroof fully, pull the OPEN/CLOSE switch backward firmly until it clicks, then release it. The moonroof opens automatically all the way. To stop the moonroof from opening all the way, push the switch forward briefly. To open the moonroof partially, pull the OPEN/CLOSE switch backward lightly and hold it until the moonroof reaches the desired position. The AUTO function only works to open the moonroof. NOTICE TILT-UP SWITCH If you try to open the moonroof in below-freezing temperatures, or when it is covered with snow or ice, you can damage the moonroof panel or motor. When you push and hold the TILTUP switch, the rear of the moonroof will tilt up. To close it, push the OPEN/CLOSE switch forward. If you pull the switch backward and hold it, the moonroof will tilt down and then open. The AUTO function cannot work with the moonroof in the tilt up position. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Brake, Digital Clock Parking Brake with the ABS indicator (see page 187). RELEASE LEVER Digital Clock NOTICE Driving the car with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. PARKING BRAKE PEDAL To apply the parking brake, depress the pedal fully. To release it, pull the release lever. The parking brake light on the instrument panel should go out when the parking brake is fully released with the engine running (see page 54). If you try to drive the car without releasing the parking brake, the ABS indicator may come on, and the ABS may not work properly. The VSA system indicator will also come on along Instruments and Controls 3.5 RL without Navigation System The digital clock displays the time with the ignition switch ON (II). To see the time with the ignition off, press and hold the wide button to the right of the clock. Main Menu Table of Contents Digital Clock HOUR MIN. RESET 3. Press and hold the HOUR button until the hour advances to the desired hour. 4. Press and hold the MIN. button until the numbers advance to the desired time. You can use the RESET button to quickly set the time to the nearest hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing RESET button sets the clock back to the previous hour. If the displayed time is after the half hour, pressing the RESET button sets the clock forward to the beginning of the next hour. For example: 1:06 would RESET to 1:00. 1:52 would RESET to 2:00. To set the clock: 1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II) to display the time. 2. Swing down the front cover of the wide button to the right of the clock display. You will see HOUR, MIN., and RESET buttons. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Sunglasses Holder You may also store small items in this holder. Make sure they are small enough to let the holder close and latch, and that they are not heavy enough to cause the holder to pop open while driving. Push SUNGLASSES HOLDER To open the sunglasses holder, push on the front edge. It will unlatch and swing down. To close it, push it until it latches. Make sure the holder is closed while you are driving. Instruments and Controls Some larger styles of sunglasses may not fit in the holder. Main Menu Table of Contents Beverage Holder To use the front beverage holder, push on the lid. The beverage holder will pop out. To close it, push it until it latches. Be careful when you are using the beverage holder. A spilled liquid that is very hot can scald you or your passengers. Spilled liquids can also damage the upholstery, carpeting, and electrical components in the interior. The rear seat also has a beverage holder in the center armrest. To use it, pivot the armrest down. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Console Compartment, Coin Box Coin Box Console Compartment LEVER LEVER CONSOLE COMPARTMENT To open the console compartment, pull the left lever and lift the lid. To close, lower the lid and push it down until it latches. Instruments and Controls COIN BOX You can put small items in the tray located in the console compartment lid. To use the tray, pull the right lever and lift up the armrest pad. The coin box is located under the air vent. To open the coin box, push on the front. To close it, push it in until it clicks. Main Menu Table of Contents Sun Visor, Vanity Mirror Sun Visor Make sure you put the sun visor back in place when you are getting into or out of the car. Do not use the sun visor extension over the rear view mirror. Vanity Mirror EXTENSION To use the sun visor, pull it down. You can also use the sun visor at the side window. Remove the support rod from the clip and swing the sun visor toward the side window. In this position, the sun visor can be extended by sliding out the extension. To use a vanity mirror on the back of the sun visor, pull up the cover. The light beside the mirror comes on when you pull up the cover. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Accessory Power Socket This socket is intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps). NOTCH It will not power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET To use the accessory power socket, pull down on the cover. The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). Instruments and Controls Use the notch in the edge of the console compartment to route the wire to the accessory power socket. Main Menu Table of Contents Cigarette Lighter Push CIGARETTE LIGHTER The cigarette lighter is next to the front ashtray under the ashtray lid. Open the lid by pushing on it. The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) for the cigarette lighter to work. To heat up the lighter, push it in. It will pop out when it is ready for use. Do not hold the lighter in while it is heating up, you could cause it to overheat. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Ashtrays NOTICE INNER TRAY Use the ashtray only for cigarettes, cigars, and other smoking materials. To prevent a possible fire and damage to your car, don't put paper or other things that can burn in the ashtray. TAB Open the front ashtray by pushing on the lid. To close the ashtray, push it in until it clicks shut. To remove it for emptying, grasp the tab on the left side of the inner tray and lift it up and out. Instruments and Controls ASHTRAY The rear ashtrays are in the front lower corner of each door. Open the ashtray by swinging the upper edge of the lid down. To remove the ashtray for emptying, open it, then lift up and out. Main Menu Table of Contents Ceiling Lights FRONT REAR OFF ON Both front and rear ceiling lights contain a main light as well as two spotlights. The front ceiling light has a threeposition switch. With the switch in the OFF position (far left), the main lights do not come on. In the center position, the main lights come on when you open any door. After all doors are closed tightly, they dim slightly then fade out in about 10 seconds. In the ON position (far right), the main lights stay on continuously. Turn on the spotlights in the front and rear ceiling lights by pushing the grey button next to each light. Push the button again to turn it off. You can use the front spotlights at all times. The rear spotlights only light when the parking lights or headlights are on. On cars with automatic lighting With the light switch in the AUTO position, you can use the rear spotlights only when the headlights turn on automatically. Instruments and Controls Main Menu Table of Contents Courtesy Lights In addition to the ceiling lights, your Acura has courtesy lights in each door and the ignition switch. The door courtesy lights come on whenever you open any door. After all doors are closed tightly, they dim slightly then fade out in about 10 seconds. Instruments and Controls Even if the door is open, the lights will turn off after three minutes when the key is not in the ignition switch or the ignition switch is in the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I) position, and the light switch is in the off position. The door courtesy lights and ceiling lights (with the switch in the center position) also come on when you remove the key from the ignition switch. If you do not open a door, they stay on, then fade out in about 10 seconds. The door courtesy lights and ceiling lights (with the switch in the center position) come on when you unlock the door with the key, lock tab on the driver's door, master door lock switch, or remote transmitter (see page 82 ). If you relock the driver's door or close the driver's door with the key in the ignition switch, the lights turn off immediately. Otherwise, they remain on, then fade out in about 10 seconds. The courtesy light in the ignition switch comes on when you open the driver's door. It remains on about 10 seconds after the door is closed. Main Menu Comfort and Convenience Features The climate control system in your Acura provides a comfortable driving environment in all weather conditions. The standard audio system has many features. This section describes those features and how to use them. Your Acura has an anti-theft audio system that requires a code number to enable it. The security system helps to discourage vandalism and theft of your Acura. Climate Control System................ 120 3.5 RL without Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation........ 122 Semi-automatic Operation........ 123 3.5 RL with Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation ........ 127 Semi-automatic Operation ........ 128 Rear Ventilation ......................... 132 Sunlight Sensor/ Temperature Sensor............. 133 Audio System ................................. 134 AM/FM/Cassette Stereo Audio System......................... 134 3.5 RL without Navigation System Operating the Radio.................. 135 Adjusting the Sound.................. 138 Audio System Lighting............. 139 Operating the Cassette Player...................................... 139 Tape Search Functions............. 140 Operating the CD Changer...... 142 3.5 RL with Navigation System Operating the Radio.................. Adjusting the Sound.................. Audio System Lighting............. Radio Frequencies..................... Radio Reception......................... Operating the Cassette Player...................................... Tape Search Functions............. Caring for the Cassette Player...................................... Operating the CD Changer...... Loading the CD Changer ......... Protecting Compact Discs........ CD Changer Error Indications.............................. Remote Audio Controls ............ Theft Protection........................ Security System............................. Comfort and Convenience Features 145 148 149 149 149 151 151 154 155 157 159 160 161 162 163 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The automatic climate control system in your Acura picks the proper combination of air conditioning, heating, and ventilation to maintain the interior temperature you select. The system also adjusts the fan speed and air flow levels. CENTER VENTS SIDE VENTS The direction of air flow from the vents in the center and each side of the dashboard is adjustable. Move the tab in the center of each vent upand-down and side-to-side. The side vents can be opened and closed with the dials next to them. In the rear seat, you can also adjust the ventilation when the climate control system is on (see page 132 ). Comfort and Convenience Features The climate control system draws air through the exterior vents at the bottom of the windshield. Keep these vents clear of leaves and other debris. For the climate control system to provide heating and cooling, the engine must be running. Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System 3.5 RL without Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation To put the Automatic Climate Control in fully-automatic mode, press the AUTO button and set the fan control dial to AUTO, then set the desired temperature by turning the temperature control dial. You will see FULL AUTO in the system's display. The light above either the or button also goes on to show you which is selected. The system automatically selects the proper mix of conditioned and/or heated air that will, as quickly as possible, raise or lower the interior temperature from its current level to the set temperature. When you set the temperature to its lower limit (60°F/18°C) or its upper limit (90°F/32°C), the system runs at full cooling or heating only. It does not regulate the interior temperature. When the temperature is set Comfort and Convenience Features TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL FAN CONTROL DIAL FULL AUTO DISPLAY OFF AUTO BUTTON BUTTON between the lower and upper limits, the system regulates the interior temperature to the set value. In cold weather, the fan will not come on automatically until the car has been driven for a short time and the heater starts to develop warm air. Pressing the OFF button shuts the climate control system completely off. Keep the system completely off only for short periods. To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Semi-automatic Operation You can manually select various functions of the Climate Control system when it is in FULL AUTO. All other features remain automatically controlled. Making any manual selection causes the word FULL to go out. Air Conditioning (A/C) Button Press the A/C button to operate the air conditioning. Each time you press the A/C button, the display shows the mode: A/C ECON, A/C OFF, or A/C ON. When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set the dial below the outside temperature. With the A / C on, use the temperature control dial to adjust the temperature of the air flow to a comfortable setting. TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON RECIRCULATED AIR With the A / C in economy mode, you will see A / C ECON in the system's display. Use this mode to get better fuel economy. FRESH AIR In this mode, you may feel a slight reduction in cooling efficiency. If you want more cooling, select A/C ON or FULL AUTO. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Recirculated and Fresh Air These two buttons control the source of the air going into the system. In Fresh Air mode ( ) air is brought in from outside the vehicle. In Recirculation mode ( ) air from the car's interior is sent through the system again. You can, for example, manually put the system in recirculation mode when driving through an area of smoke or fumes. When you press the or button, the light in that button comes on. MODE BUTTON RECIRCULATED AIR Fan Control Dial You can manually select the fan speed by turning the fan control dial. When you turn the dial clockwise, the fan is taken out of automatic mode and starts to run at its lowest speed. Turning the dial fully clockwise increases the fan's speed, which increases air flow. Comfort and Convenience Features Mode Button Use the MODE button to select the vents the air flows from. Some air will flow from the side vents and the dashboard corner vents in all modes. Each time you press the MODE button, the display shows the mode selected. Press the button four times to see all the modes. FAN CONTROL DIAL FRESH AIR Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and defroster vents at the base of the windshield. The main air flow comes from the floor vents. The main air flow is divided between the dashboard vents and the floor vents. The main air flow comes from the dashboard vents. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The button directs the main air flow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any MODE selection you may have made. When you select the A / C turns on automatically and the system selects Fresh Air mode. For faster defrosting, manually set the fan speed to high. You can also increase air flow to the windshield by closing the side vents in the dashboard. When you turn off by pressing the button again, the system returns to its former settings. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System 3.5 RL with Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation To put the Automatic Climate Control in fully-automatic mode, press the AUTO button and set the fan control dial to AUTO, then set the desired temperature by turning the temperature control dial. You will see FULL AUTO in the system's display. The light above the button also shows you which mode, Recirculation or Fresh Air, is selected. The system automatically selects the proper mix of conditioned and/or heated air that will, as quickly as possible, raise or lower the interior temperature from its current level to the set temperature. When you set the temperature to its lower limit (60°F/18°C) or its upper limit (90°F/32°C), the system runs at full cooling or heating only. It does not regulate the interior temperature. FAN CONTROL DIAL FULL AUTO DISPLAY OFF BUTTON When the temperature is set between the lower and upper limits, the system regulates the interior temperature to the set value. In cold weather, the fan will not come on automatically until the car has been driven for a short time and the heater starts to develop warm air. TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL AUTO BUTTON Pressing the OFF button shuts the climate control system completely off. Keep the system completely off only for short periods. To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Semi-automatic Operation You can manually select various functions of the Climate Control system when it is in FULL AUTO. All other features remain automatically controlled. Making any manual selection causes the word FULL to go out. Air Conditioning (A/C) Button Press the A/C button to operate the air conditioning. Each time you press the A/C button, the display shows the mode: A/C ECON, A/C OFF, or A/C ON. When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set the dial below the outside temperature. With the A / C on, use the temperature control dial to adjust the temperature of the air flow to a comfortable setting. Comfort and Convenience Features AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL RECIRCULATION BUTTON With the A/C in economy mode, you will see A/C ECON in the system's display. Use this mode to get better fuel economy. In this mode, you may feel a slight reduction in cooling efficiency. If you want more cooling, select A/C ON or FULL AUTO. Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Recirculation Button This button controls the source of the air going into the system. When the indicator above this button is lit, air from the car's interior is sent through the system again (Recirculation mode). When the indicator is off, air is brought in from outside the car (Fresh Air mode). You can, for example, manually put the system in recirculation mode when driving through an area of smoke or fumes. FAN CONTROL DIAL RECIRCULATION BUTTON Fan Control Dial You can manually select the fan speed by turning the fan control dial. When you turn the dial clockwise, the fan is taken out of automatic mode and starts to run at its lowest speed. Turning the dial fully clockwise increases the fan's speed, which increases air flow. MODE BUTTON Mode Button Use the MODE button to select the vents the air flows from. Some air will flow from the side vents and the dashboard corner vents in all modes. Each time you press the MODE button, the display shows the mode selected. Press the button four times to see all the modes. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and defroster vents at the base of the windshield. The main air flow comes from the floor vents. The main air flow is divided between the dashboard vents and the floor vents. The main air flow comes from the dashboard vents. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The button directs the main air flow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any MODE selection you may have made. When you select the A / C turns on automatically and the system selects Fresh Air mode. For faster defrosting, manually set the fan speed to high. You can also increase air flow to the windshield by closing the side vents in the dashboard. When you turn off by pressing the button again, the system returns to its former settings. Rear Window Defogger Button This button turns the rear window defogger on and off (see page 71). REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Rear Ventilation AIR FLOW CONTROL LEVER UPPER VENTS MODE CONTROL LEVER LOWER VENTS The air flow from the rear vents can be adjusted when the climate control system is on. Comfort and Convenience Features You can adjust the direction of the air coming from the upper vents in the center console by moving the tab in the center of each vent up-anddown and side-to-side. You can also adjust the amount of the air flow by sliding the air flow control lever under the upper vents. Slide this lever upward to increase the amount of air flow. (Upper position): Maximum (Center position): Moderate (Lower position): Off Mode Control Lever Use the mode control lever to select the air flow level. Air flows into the rear seat at three levels. (Upper position): Air flows from the upper vents in the back of the center console. — (Center position): Air flow is divided between the upper vents and the lower vents in the back of the center console. (Lower position): Air flows from the lower vents. Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Sunlight Sensor/Temperature Sensor SUNLIGHT SENSOR TEMPERATURE SENSOR The climate control system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is located in the top of the dashboard and a temperature sensor is next to the steering column. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System AM/FM/Cassette Stereo Audio System Your Acura's audio system provides clear reception on both AM and FM bands, while the preset buttons allow you to easily select your favorite stations. 3.5 RL without Navigation System The cassette system features Dolby B* noise reduction, automatic sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO2) tape, and autoreverse for continuous play. 3.5 RL with Navigation System * Dolby noise reduction manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. "DOLBY" and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. The anti-theft feature will disable the system if it is disconnected from the car's battery. To get the system working again, you must enter a code number (see page 162 ). Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System 3.5 RL without Navigation System Operating the Radio The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to operate the audio system. Turn the system on by pushing the PWR/ VOL knob or the AM/FM button. Adjust the volume by turning the knob. The band and frequency that the radio was last tuned to is displayed. To change bands, press the AM/FM button. On the FM band, ST will be displayed if the station is broadcasting in stereo. ST will flash if you are driving in an area where the radio signal is weak. Stereo reproduction on AM is not available. You can use any of three methods to find radio stations on the selected band: TUNE, SEEK, or the Preset buttons. T U NE — Use the TUNE knob to tune the radio to a desired frequency. Turn the TUNE knob to the right to tune to a higher frequency, or to the left to tune to a lower frequency. Turn the knob right or left until the display reaches the desired frequency. Preset — You can store the frequencies of your favorite radio stations in the six preset buttons. Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and two frequencies on the FM band. SEEK — The SEEK function searches the band for a station with a strong signal. To activate it, push either of the SEEK/SKIP buttons (— or + ) . Push the + button to scan up from the current frequency, and the — button to scan down. It stops when it finds a station with a strong signal. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System To store a frequency: 1. Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each Preset button. AM/FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR TUNE KNOB 2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function to tune the radio to a desired station. 3. Pick the Preset button you want for that station. Press the button and hold it until you hear a beep. PWR/VOL KNOB SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS 4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve on FM. Once a station's frequency is stored, simply press and release the proper Preset button to tune to it. The preset frequencies will be lost if your car's battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed. Comfort and Convenience Features PRESET BUTTONS Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System AUTO SELECT — If you are traveling far from home and can no longer receive the stations you preset, you can use the Auto Select feature to find stations in the local area. To activate Auto Select, press the A. SELECT button. A. SELECT will appear in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds. It automatically scans both bands, looking for stations with strong signals. It stores the frequencies of six AM stations and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons. You can then use the preset buttons to select those stations. If you are in a remote area, Auto Select may not find six strong AM stations or twelve strong FM stations. If this happens, you will see a "0" displayed when you press any preset button that does not have a station stored. AUTO SELECT INDICATOR AUTO SELECT BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON TUNE KNOB SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS PRESET BUTTONS With Auto Select on, you cannot manually store any frequencies in the preset buttons. If you do not like the stations found by Auto Select, you can use the TUNE and SEEK functions to find other stations. Auto Select does not erase the frequencies that you preset previously. When you return home, turn off Auto Select by pressing the A. SELECT button. The preset buttons will then select the frequencies you originally set. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Adjusting the Sound Balance/Fader — These two controls adjust the strength of the sound coming from each speaker. The Balance control adjusts the sideto-side strength, while the Fader control adjusts the front-to-back strength. BASS/FADER CONTROL TREBLE/BALANCE CONTROL To adjust the fader, push on the BASS/FADER control knob to get it to pop out. Pull it out slightly farther, and adjust the front-to-back sound to your liking. Push the knob back in when you are done so you cannot change the setting by accidentally bumping it. Treble/Bass — Use these controls to adjust the tone to your liking. To adjust the balance, push on the TREBLE/BALANCE control knob to get it to pop out. Pull it out slightly farther, and adjust the side-to-side sound to your liking. Push the knob back in when you are done so you cannot change the setting by accidentally bumping it. To adjust the Treble level, push on the TREBLE/BALANCE control knob to get it to pop out. Without pulling it out farther, turn the knob to adjust the treble level. Push the knob back in when you are done so you cannot change the setting by accidentally bumping it. Comfort and Convenience Features To adjust the Bass level, push on the BASS/FADER control knob to get it to pop out. Without pulling it out farther, turn the knob to adjust the bass level. Push the knob back in when you are done so you cannot change the setting by accidentally bumping it. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Audio System Lighting You can use the instrument panel brightness control dial to adjust the illumination of the audio system (see page 66 ). The audio system illuminates when the parking lights are on, even if the radio is turned off. Radio Frequencies and Reception For information, See page 149 . Operating the Cassette Player The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). Make sure the tape opening on the cassette is facing to the right, then insert the cassette most of the way into the slot. The system will pull it in the rest of the way, and begin to play. The tape direction indicator will light to show you which side of the cassette is playing. The indicates the side you inserted facing upward is now playing. If you want to play the other side, press the PROG/ PLAY button. Dolby B noise reduction turns on when you insert a cassette. The indicator will light in the display. If the tape was not recorded with Dolby B noise reduction, turn it off by pressing the button. When the system reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side. If you want to remove the cassette from the drive, press the EJECT button. If you turn the system off while a tape is playing, either with the PWR/ VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the cassette will remain in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the tape will begin playing where it left off. To switch to the radio or CD changer while listening to a tape, press the A M / F M or CD/TAPE button. To change back to the cassette player, press the CD/TAPE button. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Tape Search Functions With a cassette playing, you can use the FF, REW, TMS, or REPEAT function to find a desired program. FF/REW — Fast Forward and Rewind move the tape rapidly. To rewind the tape, push the REW button. You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape, push the FF button. You will see FF displayed. Press the PROG/PLAY button to take the system out of rewind or fast forward. When the system reaches the end of the tape, it reverses direction and begins to play if in fast forward, or it begins to play if in rewind. Comfort and Convenience Features AM/FM BUTTON CASSETTE SLOT PWR/VOL KNOB TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR TMS INDICATOR DOLBY INDICATOR EJECT BUTTON REPEAT INDICATOR REPEAT BUTTON PROG/PLAY BUTTON TMS BUTTON REWIND BUTTON DOLBY BUTTON CD/TAPE BUTTON FAST FORWARD BUTTON Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System TMS — The Tape Music Search Function allows you to find the beginning of a song or passage. To activate TMS, press the TMS button. You will see TMS displayed. To find the beginning of the song or passage currently playing, push the REW button. You will see REW flashing in the display as the tape rewinds. To find the beginning of the next song, push the FF button. You will see FF flashing in the display as the tape fast forwards. When the system finds the beginning of a song or passage, it goes back to PLAY mode. Press the TMS button again to turn it off. CASSETTE SLOT PWR/VOL KNOB TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR TMS INDICATOR EJECT BUTTON REPEAT INDICATOR REPEAT BUTTON TMS BUTTON REWIND BUTTON FAST FORWARD BUTTON CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System REPEAT — The Repeat function continuously replays the current song or passage. Press the REPEAT button to activate it; you will see RPT displayed as a reminder. When the system reaches the end of the song or passage currently playing, it will automatically go into rewind. When it senses the beginning of the same song or passage, the system returns to PLAY mode. It will continue to repeat this same program until you deactivate REPEAT by pressing the button again. Pressing the REW or FF button also turns off REPEAT. Comfort and Convenience Features The TMS and REPEAT functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a song or passage. These features may not work to your satisfaction if there is almost no gap between selections, a high noise level between selections, or a silent period in the middle of a selection. Operating the CD Changer A Compact Disc changer is standard equipment. If holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment. You operate the CD changer with the same controls used for the radio and cassette player. Caring for Cassettes Damaged cassettes can jam inside the drive or cause other problems. See page 154 for information on cassette care and protection. To load the CDs in the magazine and load the magazine into the CD changer, refer to page 157. Play only standard round discs. Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System To operate the CD changer, the ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). Select the CD mode by pressing the CD/TAPE button. You will see "CD" in the display. The system will start to play the first track of the first disc in the magazine. You will see the disc and track number displayed. When that disc ends, the next disc in the magazine is loaded and played. After the last disc finishes, the system returns to disc 1. To select a different disc, press the appropriate preset button (1 — 6). If you select an empty slot in the magazine, the changer will, after finding that slot empty, try to load the CD in the next slot. This continues until it finds a CD to load and play. A.SELECT INDICATOR REPEAT INDICATOR CD/TAPE BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB REPEAT BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BUTTONS AUTO SELECT BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON PRESET BUTTONS CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System You can use the SEEK/SKIP buttons to select tracks within a disc. If you push and release either of the SEEK/SKIP buttons ( — or + ) , the system will move to the beginning of a track. Push the + button to move to the beginning of the next track, and push the — button to move to the beginning of the current track. If you push and hold the SEEK/ SKIP button, you will hear a beep and the system will continue to move across tracks. Release the button when you think it has reached the desired place on the disc. Comfort and Convenience Features REPEAT — When you activate the Repeat feature by pressing the REPEAT button, the system continuously replays the current track. You will see RPT in the display as a reminder. Press the REPEAT button again to turn it off. To take the system out of CD mode, press the A M / F M button or insert a cassette in the player. If a tape is already in the cassette player, press the CD/TAPE button. When you return to CD mode, play will continue at the same point that it left off. RANDOM PLAY — This feature, when activated, plays the tracks on a CD in random order, rather than in the order they are recorded on the CD. To activate Random Play, press the A. SELECT button. You will see A. SELECT in the display. The system will then select and play tracks randomly on the current disc. When all tracks on that disc have been played, the next disc is loaded and played randomly. This continues until you deactivate Random Play by pressing A. SELECT again. If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or the ignition switch, play will continue at the same point when you turn it back on. Protecting Compact Discs For information on how to handle and protect compact discs, see page 159. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System 3.5 RL with Navigation System Operating the Radio The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to operate the audio system. Turn the system on by pushing the PWR/ VOL knob or the AM/FM button. Adjust the volume by turning the knob. The band and frequency that the radio was last tuned to is displayed. To change bands, press the AM/FM button. On the FM band, ST will be displayed if the station is broadcasting in stereo. ST will flash if you are driving in an area where the radio signal is weak. Stereo reproduction on AM is not available. You can use any of three methods to find radio stations on the selected band: TUNE, SEEK, or the Preset buttons. TUNE — Use the TUNE bar to tune the radio to a desired frequency. Push and release the appropriate side of the bar quickly. The frequency numbers will change in small increments. Preset — You can store the frequencies of your favorite radio stations in the six preset buttons. Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and two frequencies on the FM band. SEEK — The SEEK function searches the band for a station with a strong signal. To activate it, push either of the SEEK bar ( — or +) until you hear a beep. Push the bar on the + side to scan up from the current frequency, and on the — side to scan down. It stops when it finds a station with a strong signal. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System To store a frequency: 1. Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each Preset button. STEREO INDICATOR PRESET BUTTONS 2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function to tune the radio to a desired station. 3. Pick the Preset button you want for that station. Press the button and hold it until you hear a beep. 4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve on FM. Once a station's frequency is stored, simply press and release the proper Preset button to tune to it. The preset frequencies will be lost if your car's battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed. Comfort and Convenience Features TUNE/SEEK BAR AM/FM BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System AUTO SELECT — If you are traveling far from home and can no longer receive the stations you preset, you can use the Auto Select feature to find stations in the local area. To activate Auto Select, press the A. SELECT button. A. SELECT will appear in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds. It automatically scans both bands, looking for stations with strong signals. It stores the frequencies of six AM stations and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons. You can then use the preset buttons to select those stations. If you are in a remote area, Auto Select may not find six strong AM stations or twelve strong FM stations. If this happens, you will see a "0" displayed when you press any preset button that does not have a station stored. PRESET BUTTONS AUTO SELECT INDICATOR TUNE/SEEK BAR AM/FM BUTTON With Auto Select on, you cannot manually store any frequencies in the preset buttons. If you do not like the stations found by Auto Select, you can use the TUNE and SEEK functions to find other stations. AUTO SELECT BUTTON Auto Select does not erase the frequencies that you preset previously. When you return home, turn off Auto Select by pressing the A. SELECT button. The preset buttons will then select the frequencies you originally set. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Adjusting the Sound Balance/Fader — These two controls adjust the strength of the sound coming from each speaker. The Balance control adjusts the sideto-side strength, while the Fader control adjusts the front-to-back strength. BASS/FADER CONTROL To adjust the fader, push on the BASS/FADER control knob to get it to pop out. Pull it out slightly farther, and adjust the front-to-back sound to your liking. Push the knob back in when you are done so you cannot change the setting by accidentally bumping it. Treble/Bass — Use these controls to adjust the tone to your liking. To adjust the balance, push on the TREBLE/BALANCE control knob to get it to pop out. Pull it out slightly farther, and adjust the side-to-side sound to your liking. Push the knob back in when you are done so you cannot change the setting by accidentally bumping it. To adjust the Treble level, push on the TREBLE/BALANCE control knob to get it to pop out. Without pulling it out farther, turn the knob to adjust the treble level. Push the knob back in when you are done so you cannot change the setting by accidentally bumping it. Comfort and Convenience Features TREBLE/BALANCE CONTROL To adjust the Bass level, push on the BASS/FADER control knob to get it to pop out. Without pulling it out farther, turn the knob to adjust the bass level. Push the knob back in when you are done so you cannot change the setting by accidentally bumping it. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Audio System Lighting You can use the instrument panel brightness control dial to adjust the illumination of the audio system (see page 66). The audio system illuminates when the parking lights are on, even if the radio is turned off. Stations must use these exact frequencies. It is fairly common for stations to round-off the frequency in their advertising, so your radio could display a frequency of 100.9 even though the announcer may identify the station as "FM101." Radio Frequencies Your Acura's radio can receive the complete AM and FM bands. Those bands cover these frequencies: Radio Reception How well your Acura's radio receives stations is dependent on many factors, such as the distance from the station's transmitter, nearby large objects, and atmospheric conditions. AM band: 530 to 1,710 kilohertz FM band: 87.7 to 107.9 megahertz Radio stations on the AM band are assigned frequencies at least ten kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550). Stations on the FM band are assigned frequencies at least 0.2 megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3). A radio station's signal gets weaker as you get farther away from its transmitter. If you are listening to an AM station, you will notice the sound volume becoming weaker, and the station drifting in and out. If you are listening to an FM station, you will see the stereo indicator flickering off and on as the signal weakens. Eventually, the stereo indicator will go off and the sound will fade completely as you get out of range of the station's signal. Driving very near the transmitter of a station that is broadcasting on a frequency close to the frequency of the station you are listening to can also affect your radio's reception. You may temporarily hear both stations, or hear only the station you are close to. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System As required by the FCC: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment. Radio signals, especially on the FM band, are deflected by large objects such as buildings and hills. Your radio then receives both the direct signal from the station's transmitter, and the deflected signal. This causes the sound to distort or flutter. This is a main cause of poor radio reception in city driving. Comfort and Convenience Features Radio reception can be affected by atmospheric conditions such as thunderstorms, high humidity, and even sunspots. You may be able to receive a distant radio station one day and not receive it the next day because of a change in conditions. Electrical interference from passing vehicles and stationary sources can cause temporary reception problems. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the Cassette Player The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) Make sure the tape opening on the cassette is facing to the right, then insert the cassette most of the way into the slot. The system will pull it in the rest of the way, and begin to play. The tape direction indicator will light to show you which side of the cassette is playing. The indicates the side you inserted facing upward is now playing. If you want to play the other side, press the PROG/ PLAY button. Dolby B noise reduction turns on when you insert a cassette. The indicator in the button will light. If the tape was not recorded with Dolby B noise reduction, turn it off by pressing the button. When the system reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side. If you want to remove the cassette from the drive, press the EJECT button. If you turn the system off while a tape is playing, either with the PWR/ VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the cassette will remain in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the tape will begin playing where it left off. To switch to the radio or CD changer while listening to a tape, press the AM/ FM or CD/TAPE button. To change back to the cassette player, press the CD/TAPE button. Tape Search Functions With a cassette playing, you can use the FF, REW, TMS, or REPEAT function to find a desired program. FF/REW — Fast Forward and Rewind move the tape rapidly. To rewind the tape, push the REW button. The indicator in this button will light. To fast forward the tape, push the FF button. The indicator in this button will light. Press the PROG/PLAY button to take the system out of rewind or fast forward. When the system reaches the end of the tape, it reverses direction and begins to play if in fast forward, or it begins to play if in rewind. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System TMS — The Tape Music Search Function allows you to find the beginning of a song or passage. To activate TMS, push either of the TMS bar ( — or + ) . To find the beginning of the song or passage currently playing, push the bar on the — side. You will see TMS indicator and the indicator in the REW button flashing. To find the beginning of the next song, push the bar on the + side. You will see TMS indicator and the indicator in the FF button flashing. TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR TMS INDICATOR DOLBY BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON CD/TAPE BUTTON Comfort and Convenience Features CASSETTE SLOT EJECT BUTTON REWIND BUTTON TMS BAR PWR/VOL KNOB REPEAT BUTTON PROG/PLAY BUTTON FAST FORWARD BUTTON Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System REPEAT — The Repeat function continuously replays the current song or passage. Press the REPEAT button to activate it; you will see REPEAT displayed as a reminder. When the system reaches the end of the song or passage currently playing, it will automatically go into rewind. When it senses the beginning of the same song or passage, the system returns to PLAY mode. It will continue to repeat this same program until you deactivate REPEAT by pressing the button again. Pressing the REW or FF button also turns off REPEAT. The TMS and REPEAT functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a song or passage. These features may not work to your satisfaction if there is almost no gap between selections, a high noise level between selections, or a silent period in the middle of a selection. REWIND BUTTON REPEAT INDICATOR TMS BAR FAST FORWARD BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Caring for the Cassette Player The cassette player picks up dirt and oxides from the tape. This contamination builds up over time and causes the sound quality to degrade. To prevent this, you should clean the player after every 30 hours of use. Your dealer has a cleaning kit available. Look at the cassette before you insert it. If the tape is loose, tighten it by turning a hub with a pencil or your finger. If the label is peeling off, remove it from the cassette or it could cause the cassette to jam in the player. Never try to insert a warped or damaged cassette in the player. If you do not clean the cassette player regularly, it may eventually become impossible to remove the contamination with a normal cleaning kit. When they are not in use, store cassettes in their cases to protect them from dust and moisture. Never place cassettes where they will be exposed to direct sunlight, high heat, or high humidity. If a cassette is exposed to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a moderate temperature before inserting it in the player. Use 100-minute or shorter cassettes. Cassettes longer than that use thinner tape that may break or jam the drive. Never try to insert foreign objects into the cassette player. Comfort and Convenience Features If you see the error indication (3.5 RL with navigation system) / (3.5 RL without navigation system) on the display, press the EJECT button to remove the cassette from the unit. Make sure the tape is not damaged. If the cassette will not eject or the error indication stays on after the cassette ejects, take the car to your Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the CD Changer A Compact Disc changer is standard equipment. If holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment. You operate the CD changer with the same controls used for the radio and cassette player. PRESET BUTTONS To load the CDs in the magazine and load the magazine into the CD changer, refer to page 157. Play only standard round discs. Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. SEEK BAR To operate the CD changer, the ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). CD/TAPE BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB REPEAT BUTTON AUTO SELECT BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON Select the CD mode by pressing the CD/TAPE button. You will see "CD" in the display. The system will start to play the first track of the first disc in the magazine. You will see the disc and track number displayed. When that disc ends, the next disc in the magazine is loaded and played. After the last disc finishes, the system returns to disc 1. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System To select a different disc, press the appropriate preset button (1 — 6). If you select an empty slot in the magazine, the changer will, after finding that slot empty, try to load the CD in the next slot. This continues until it finds a CD to load and play. You can use the SEEK bar to select tracks within a disc. If you push and release either of the SEEK bar (— or + ), the system will move to the beginning of a track. Push the + button to move to the beginning of the next track, and push the — button to move to the beginning of the current track. Comfort and Convenience Features If you push and hold the SEEK bar (— or + ) , you will hear a beep and the system will continue to move across tracks. Release the button when you think it has reached the desired place on the disc. REPEAT — When you activate the Repeat feature by pressing the REPEAT button, the system continuously replays the current track. You will see REPEAT in the display as a reminder. Press the REPEAT button again to turn it off. RANDOM PLAY — This feature, when activated, plays the tracks on a CD in random order, rather than in the order they are recorded on the CD. To activate Random Play, press the A. SELECT button. You will see A. SELECT in the display. The system will then select and play tracks randomly on the current disc. When all tracks on that disc have been played, the next disc is loaded and played randomly. This continues until you deactivate Random Play by pressing A. SELECT again. To take the system out of CD mode, press the A M / F M button or insert a cassette in the player. If a tape is already in the cassette player, press the CD/TAPE button. When you return to CD mode, play will continue at the same point that it left off. If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or the ignition switch, play will continue at the same point when you turn it back on. Protecting Compact Discs For information on how to handle and protect compact discs, see page 159. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Loading the CD Changer Slide EJECT BUTTON CD CHANGER The CD changer is located in the trunk on the driver's side. 1. Slide the lid to open the CD changer. 2. Push the EJECT button to remove the CD magazine. The magazine will pop up automatically. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System TAB TRAY 3. To install a CD, pull the tab out to remove the tray from the magazine. 4. Put a CD on a tray with the printed surface up as shown. 5. Reinstall the tray in the magazine. Repeat this procedure for the other five trays. Comfort and Convenience Features 6. Store all six trays in the magazine, and then reinstall the magazine in the CD changer as shown in the illustration. 7. Slide the lid closed until it clicks. Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Protecting Compact Discs Handle a CD by its edges; never touch either surface. Contamination from fingerprints, liquids, felt-tip pens, and labels can cause the CD to not play properly, or possibly jam in the drive. When a CD is not being played, store it in its case to protect it from dust and other contamination. To prevent warpage, keep CDs out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth. Wipe across the disc from the center to the outside edge. A new CD may be rough on the inner and outer edges. The small plastic pieces causing this roughness can flake off and fall on the recording surface of the disc, causing skipping or other problems. Remove these pieces by rubbing the inner and outer edges with the side of a pencil or pen. Never try to insert foreign objects in the CD player or the magazine. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System CD Changer Error Indications If you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD changer, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the car to your Acura dealer. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Remote Audio Controls AUDIO/CH BUTTON The top and bottom buttons adjust the volume up or down Press the proper button and hold it until the desired volume is reached, then release it. The AUDIO/CH button has three functions, depending on whether you are listening to the radio, or playing a cassette or CD. Two controls for the audio system are mounted in the steering wheel hub. These let you control basic functions without removing your hand from the wheel. If you are listening to the radio, use the AUDIO/CH button to change stations. Each time you press this button, the system advances to the next preset station on the band you are listening to. You will see the number of the selected Preset button in the display. To change bands, press the AM/ FM button on the audio system's front panel. If you are playing a cassette, use the AUDIO/CH button to advance to the next selection. You will see "FF" blinking in the display when you press the AUDIO/CH button. The system fast forwards until it senses a silent period, then goes back to PLAY. If you are playing a CD, the system skips to the beginning of the next track each time you push the AUDIO/CH button. You will see the disc and track number in the display. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Theft Protection Your car's audio system will disable itself if it is disconnected from electrical power for any reason. To make it work again, the user must enter a specific five-digit code in the Preset buttons. Because there are hundreds of number combinations possible from five digits, making the system work without knowing the exact code is nearly impossible. You should have received a card that lists your audio system's code number and serial number. It is best to store this card in a safe place at home. In addition, you should write the audio system's serial number in this Owner's Manual. If you should happen to lose the card, you must obtain the code number from your Acura dealer. To do this, you will need the system's serial number. Comfort and Convenience Features If your car's battery is disconnected or goes dead, or the radio fuse is removed, the audio system will disable itself. If this happens, you will see "Code" in the frequency display the next time you turn on the system. Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code. If it is entered correctly, the radio will start playing. If you make a mistake entering the code, do not start over or try to correct your mistake. Complete the five-digit sequence, then enter the correct code. You have three tries to enter the correct code. If you are unsuccessful in three attempts, you must then leave the system on for one hour before trying again. You will have to store your favorite stations in the Preset buttons after the system begins working. Your original settings were lost when power was disconnected. Main Menu Table of Contents Security System The security system helps to protect your car and valuables from theft. The horn sounds and a combination of headlights, parking lights, side marker lights and taillights flashes if someone attempts to break into your car or remove the radio. This alarm continues for two minutes, then the system resets. To reset an alarming system before the two minutes have elapsed, unlock either front door with the key or the remote transmitter. The security system sets automatically fifteen seconds after you lock the doors, hood, and trunk. For the system to activate, you must lock the doors from the outside with the key, lock tab, door lock switch, or remote transmitter. The security system light next to the driver's door lock starts blinking immediately to show you the system is setting itself. SECURITY SYSTEM LIGHT Once the security system is set, opening any door (without using the key or the remote transmitter), or the hood, will cause it to alarm. It also alarms if the radio is removed from the dashboard or the wiring is cut. With the system set, you can still open the trunk with the master key or the remote transmitter without triggering the alarm. The alarm will sound if the trunk lock is forced, or the trunk is opened with the trunk release button on the driver's door. The security system will not set if the hood, trunk, or any door is not fully closed. If the system will not set, check the Door and Brake Lamp Monitor on the instrument panel (see page 57 ), to see if the doors and trunk are fully closed. Since it is not part of the monitor display, manually check the hood. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Comfort and Convenience Features Main Menu 164 Main Menu Before Driving Before you begin driving your Acura, you should know what gasoline to use, and how to check the levels of important fluids. You also need to know how to properly store luggage or packages. The information in this section will help you. If you plan to add any accessories to your car, please read the information in this section first. Break-in Period.............................. 166 Gasoline.......................................... 166 Service Station Procedures .......... 167 Filling the Fuel Tank................. 167 Opening the Hood..................... 168 Oil Check................................ 169 Engine Coolant Check.......... 170 Fuel Economy................................ 171 Car Condition............................. 171 Driving Habits............................ 171 Accessories and Modifications.... 172 Carrying Cargo.............................. 174 Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Break-in Period, Gasoline Break-in Period Help assure your car's future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first 600 miles (1,000 km). During this period: Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration. Avoid hard braking. New brakes need to be broken-in by moderate use for the first 200 miles (300 km). You should follow these same recommendations with an overhauled or exchanged engine, or when the brakes are relined. Before Driving Gasoline Your Acura is designed to operate on premium unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 91 or higher. If you are unable to find premium unleaded gasoline, you may substitute an unleaded regular gasoline. The engine will compensate for the lower octane, but you may notice a slight decrease in power as a result. We recommend gasolines containing detergent additives that help prevent fuel system and engine deposits. Using gasoline containing lead will damage your car's emissions controls. This contributes to air pollution. In Canada, some gasolines contain an octane-enhancing additive called MMT. If you use such gasolines, your emissions control system performance may deteriorate and the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on your instrument panel may turn on. If this happens, contact your authorized Acura dealer for service. Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Service Station Procedures Filling the Fuel Tank Pull Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel. Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame away. Handle fuel only outdoors. Wipe up spills immediately. FUEL FILL CAP 1. Because the fuel fill cap is on the driver's side of the car, park with that side closest to the service station pumps. 2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling on the handle to the left of the driver's seat. 3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as pressure inside the tank escapes. Place the cap in the holder on the fuel fill door. 4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel nozzle automatically clicks off. Do not try to "top off" the tank, leave some room for the fuel to expand with temperature changes. Your car has an on-board refueling vapor recovery system to help keep fuel vapors from going into the atmosphere. If the fuel pump keeps clicking off even though the tank is not full, there may be a problem with this system. Consult your dealer. CONTINUED Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures 5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on, tighten it until it clicks several times. If you do not properly tighten the cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may come on (see page 284). Opening the Hood HOOD RELEASE HANDLE 6. Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches. LATCH HANDLE 1. Shift to Park or Neutral and set the parking brake. Pull the hood release handle located under the lower left corner of the dashboard. The hood will pop up slightly. Before Driving 2. Standing in front of the car, reach in between the hood and the front bumper with your finger. Slide the latch handle. Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures If you can open the hood without sliding the hood latch handle, or the hood latch handle moves stiffly or does not spring back as before, the mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated (see page 229 ). Oil Check DIPSTICK 3. Lift the hood up most of the way. The hydraulic supports will lift it up the rest of the way and hold it up. To close the hood, lower it to about a foot (30 cm) above the fender, then press down firmly with your hands. After closing the hood, make sure it is securely latched. Check the engine oil level every time you fill the vehicle with fuel. Wait a few minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil. 2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or paper towel. 1. Remove the dipstick (orange handle). CONTINUED Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Engine Coolant Check RESERVE TANK UPPER MARK LOWER MARK 3. Insert it all the way back in its tube. 4. Remove the dipstick again and check the level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. If it is near or below the lower mark, see Adding Oil on page 215 . MAX MIN Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines. If it is below the MIN line, see Adding Engine Coolant on page 219 for information on adding the proper coolant. Refer to Owner Maintenance Checks on page 213 for information on checking other items in your Acura. Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Fuel Economy The condition of your car and your driving habits are the two most important things that affect the fuel mileage you get. Car Condition Always maintain your car according to the maintenance schedule. This will keep it in top operating condition. An important part of that maintenance is the Owner Maintenance Checks (see page 213 ). For example, an underinflated tire causes more "rolling resistance," which uses fuel. It also wears out faster, so check the tire pressure at least monthly. Driving Habits You can improve fuel economy by driving moderately. Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering, and hard braking use more fuel. Always drive in the highest gear that allows the engine to run and accelerate smoothly. Depending on traffic conditions, try to maintain a constant speed. Every time you slow down and speed up, your car uses extra fuel. Use the cruise control, when appropriate, to increase fuel economy. A cold engine uses more fuel than a warm engine. It is not necessary to "warm-up" a cold engine by letting it idle for a long time. You can drive away in about a minute, no matter how cold it is outside. The engine will warm up faster, and you get better fuel economy. To cut down on the number of "cold starts," try to combine several short trips into one. The air conditioning puts an extra load on the engine which makes it use more fuel. Turn off the A / C or set the climate control to a higher temperature to cut down on air conditioning use. Use the flowthrough ventilation when the outside air temperature is moderate. In winter, the build-up of snow on your car's underside adds weight and rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning helps your fuel mileage and reduces the chance of corrosion. Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Accessories and Modifications Modifying your car, or installing some non-Acura accessories, can make your car unsafe. Before you make any modifications or add any accessories, be sure to read the following information. Accessories Your dealer has Genuine Acura accessories that allow you to personalize your car. These accessories have been designed and approved for your car, and are covered by warranty. Non-Acura accessories are usually designed for universal applications. Although aftermarket accessories may fit on your car, they may not meet factory specifications, and could adversely affect your car's handling and stability. (See "Modifications" on the page 173 for additional information.) Before Driving Improper accessories or modifications can affect your car's handling, stability and performance, and cause a crash in which you can be hurt or killed. However, if electronic accessories are improperly installed, or exceed your car's electrical system capacity, they can interfere with the operation of your car, or even cause the airbags to deploy. Before installing any accessory: Follow all instructions in this owner's manual regarding accessories and modifications. Make sure the accessory does not obscure any lights, or interfere with proper car operation or performance. When properly installed, cellular phones, alarms, two-way radios, and low-powered audio systems should not interfere with your car's computer-controlled systems, such as the SRS and anti-lock brake system. Be sure electronic accessories do not overload electrical circuits (see page 287). Have the installer contact your Acura dealer for assistance before installing any electronic accessory. If possible, have your dealer inspect the final installation. Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories and Modifications Modifications Do not remove any original equipment or modify your car in any way that would alter its design or operation. This could make your car unsafe and illegal to drive. For example, do not make any modifications that would change the ride height of your car, or install wheels and tires with a different overall diameter. Such modifications can adversely affect handling, and interfere with the operation of the car's anti-lock brakes and other systems. Do not modify your steering wheel or any other part of your Supplemental Restraint System. Modifications could make the system ineffective. Additional Safety Precautions Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Any object attached to or placed on the covers marked "SRS AIRBAG," in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard, could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags. Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Do not attach hard objects on or near a front door. If a side airbag inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone. Do not place any objects over the outside edge of a front seat-back. Covering the outside edge of a front seat-back, with a non-Acura seat cover for example, could prevent the airbag from inflating properly. In addition, any modifications that decrease ground clearance increase the chance of undercarriage parts striking a curb, speed bump, or other raised object, which could cause your airbags to deploy. Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo CONSOLE COMPARTMENT FRONT DOOR POCKET Your car has several convenient storage areas so you can stow cargo safely. The glove box, and the pockets in the front doors and seat-back, are designed for small, lightweight items. The trunk is intended for larger, heavier items. However, carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your car's handling, stability and operation and make it unsafe. Before carrying any type of cargo, be sure to read the following pages. TRUNK Before Driving SEAT-BACK POCKET GLOVE BOX Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Carrying Cargo Load Limit The maximum load for your car is 850 Ibs(395 kg). This figure includes the total weight of all occupants, cargo, accessories, and the tongue weight if you are towing a trailer. To figure out how much cargo you can carry: Add up the weight of all occupants. If you are towing a trailer, add the tongue weight to the number above. Subtract the total from 850 Ibs (395 kg). The final number is the total weight of cargo you can carry. Overloading or improper loading can affect handling and stability and cause a crash in which you can be hurt or killed. Follow all load limits and other loading guidelines in this manual. Carrying Items in the Passenger Compartment Store or secure all items that could be thrown around and hurt someone during a crash. Do not put any items on top of the rear shelf. They can block your view and be thrown around the car during a crash. Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the seats and interfere with the driver's ability to operate the pedals, or with the proper operation of the seats. Keep the glove box closed while driving. If the lid is open, a passenger could injure their knees during a crash or sudden stop. Before Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Carrying Cargo in the Trunk or on a Roof Rack Distribute cargo evenly on the floor of the trunk, placing the heaviest items on the bottom and as far forward as possible. If you carry large items that prevent you from closing the trunk lid, exhaust gas can enter the passenger area. To avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, follow the instructions on page 49 . If you can carry any items on a roof rack, be sure the total weight of the rack and the items does not exceed the maximum allowable weight. Please contact your Acura dealer for further information. Before Driving Main Menu Driving This section gives you tips on starting the engine under various conditions, and how to operate the automatic transmission. It also includes important information on parking your car, the braking system, the Vehicle Stability Assist System, and facts you need if you are planning to tow a trailer. Preparing to Drive......................... 178 Starting the Engine........................ 179 Starting in Cold Weather at High Altitude ..................... 179 Automatic Transmission............... 180 Shift Lever Position Indicator.. 180 Shift Lever Positions................. 180 Engine Speed Limiter............... 182 Shift Lock Release..................... 183 Parking............................................ 184 The Braking System...................... 185 Brake Wear Indicators.............. 185 Brake System Design................ 186 Anti-lock Brakes........................ 186 Important Safety Reminders.......................... 187 ABS Indicator......................... 187 Vehicle Stability Assist System.... 189 Driving in Bad Weather................ 192 Towing a Trailer............................ 194 Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks and adjustments every day before you drive your car. 1. Make sure all windows, mirrors, and outside lights are clean and unobstructed. Remove frost, snow, or ice. 2. Check that the hood and trunk are fully closed. 3. Visually check the tires. If a tire looks low, use a gauge to check its pressure. 4. Check that any items you may be carrying with you inside are stored properly or fastened down securely. Driving 5. Check the adjustment of the seat (see page 93 ). 6. Check the adjustment of the inside and outside mirrors (see page 98 ). 7. Check the adjustment of the steering wheel (see page 71). 8. Make sure the doors are securely closed and locked. 9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that your passengers have fastened their seat belts (see page 15 ). 10.Turn the ignition switch ON (II). Check the indicator lights in the instrument panel. 11.Start the engine (see page 179 ). 12.Check the gauges and indicator lights in the instrument panel (see page 53). Main Menu Table of Contents Starting the Engine 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. In cold weather, turn off all electrical accessories to reduce the drain on the battery. 3. Make sure the shift lever is in Park. Press on the brake pedal. 4. Without touching the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to the START (III) position. If the engine does not start right away, do not hold the key in START (III) for more than 15 seconds at a time. Pause for at least 10 seconds before trying again. 5. If the engine does not start within 15 seconds, or starts but stalls right away, repeat step 4 with the accelerator pedal pressed half-way down. If the engine starts, release pressure on the accelerator pedal so the engine does not race. 6. If the engine still does not start, press the accelerator pedal all the way down and hold it there while starting in order to clear flooding. As before, keep the ignition key in the START (III) position for no more than 15 seconds. Return to step 5 if the engine does not start. If it starts, lift your foot off the accelerator pedal so the engine does not race. Starting in Cold Weather at High Altitude (Above 8,000 feet/ 2,400 meters) An engine is harder to start in cold weather. The thinner air found at high altitude above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) adds to the problem. Use the following procedure: 2. Push the accelerator pedal halfway to the floor and hold it there while starting the engine. Do not hold the ignition key in START (III) for more than 15 seconds. When the engine starts, release the accelerator pedal gradually as the engine speeds up and smooths out. 3. If the engine fails to start in step 2, push the accelerator pedal to the floor and hold it there while you try to start the engine for no more than 15 seconds. If the engine does not start, return to step 2. 1. Turn off all electrical accessories to reduce the drain on the battery. Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Positions Your Acura's transmission has four forward speeds, and is electronically controlled for smoother shifting. It also has a "lock-up" torque converter for better fuel economy. You may feel what seems like another shift when the converter locks. SHIFT LEVER Shift Lever Position Indicator This indicator between the fuel gauge and temperature gauge shows which position the shift lever is in. The "D4" indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it flashes while driving (in any shift position), it indicates a possible problem in the transmission. Avoid rapid acceleration and have the transmission checked by an authorized Acura dealer as soon as possible. Driving The shift lever has seven positions. It must be in Park or Neutral to start the engine. When you are stopped in D4 D3, 2,1, N or R, press firmly on the brake pedal, and keep your foot off the accelerator pedal. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Park position. If you have done all of the above and still cannot move the lever out of Park, see Shift Lock Release on page 183. Neutral (N) — Use Neutral if you need to restart a stalled engine, or if it is necessary to stop briefly with the engine idling. Shift to Park position if you need to leave the car for any reason. Press on the brake pedal when you are moving the shift lever from Neutral to another gear. Whenever you move the shift lever, slide it along the guide on the console. Park (P) — This position mechanically locks the transmission. Use Park whenever you are turning off or starting the engine. To shift out of Park, you must press on the brake pedal and have your foot off the accelerator pedal. Move the shift lever to the right to shift out of the Reverse (R) — To shift to Reverse from Park, see the explanation under Park. To shift to Reverse from Neutral, come to a complete stop and then shift. Push down on the shift lever before shifting into Reverse from Neutral. To avoid transmission damage, come to a complete stop before shifting into Park. The shift lever must be in Park before you can remove the key from the ignition switch. CONTINUED Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Drive (D4) — Use this position for your normal driving. The transmission automatically selects a suitable gear for your speed and acceleration. You may notice the transmission shifting up at higher speeds when the engine is cold. This helps the engine warm up faster. Drive (D3) —This position is similar to D4, except only the first three gears are selected. Use D3 when towing a trailer in hilly terrain, or to provide engine braking when going down a steep hill. D3 can also keep the transmission from cycling between third and fourth gears in stop-and-go driving. For faster acceleration when in D3 or D4, you can get the transmission to automatically downshift by pushing the accelerator pedal to the floor. The transmission will shift down one or two gears, depending on your speed. Driving Second (2) — This position locks the transmission in second gear. It does not downshift to first gear when you come to a stop. Second gives you more power when climbing, and increased engine braking when going down steep hills. Use second gear when starting out on a slippery surface or in deep snow. It will help reduce wheelspin. First (1) — To shift from Second to First, push down on the shift lever. With the lever in this position, the transmission locks in First gear. By upshifting and downshifting through 1, 2, D3 and D4, you can operate this transmission much like a manual transmission without a clutch pedal. Engine Speed Limiter If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometer's red zone. If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out. This is caused by a limiter in the engine's computer controls. The engine will run normally when you reduce the RPM below the red zone. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release This allows you to move the shift lever out of Park if the normal method of pushing on the brake pedal does not work. 1. Set the Parking brake. 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. 3. Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift Lock Release slot cover next to the shift lever. Use a small flat-tipped screwdriver or small metal plate (neither are included in the tool kit) to remove the cover. Carefully pry off the edge of the cover. SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT 4. Insert the key in the Shift Lock Release slot. 5. Push down on the key and move the shift lever out of Park to Neutral. 6. Remove the key from the Shift Lock Release slot, then reinstall the cover. Make sure the notch on the cover is on the right side. Depress the brake pedal and restart the engine. If you need to use the Shift Lock Release, it means your car is developing a problem. Have the car checked by your Acura dealer. Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Always use the parking brake when you park your car. The indicator on the instrument panel shows that the parking brake is not fully released; it does not indicate that the parking brake is firmly set. Make sure the parking brake is set firmly or your car may roll if it is parked on an incline. Set the parking brake before you put the transmission in Park. This keeps the car from moving and putting pressure on the parking mechanism in the transmission — making it easier to move the shift lever out of Park when you want to drive away. Driving If the car is facing uphill, turn the front wheels away from the curb. If the car is facing downhill, turn the front wheels toward the curb. Make sure the parking brake is fully released before driving away. Driving with the parking brake partially set can overheat or damage the rear brakes. Parking Tips Make sure the moonroof and the windows are closed. Turn off the lights. Place any packages, valuables, etc., in the trunk or take them with you. Lock the doors with the key or the remote transmitter. Check the indicator on the driver's door to verify that the security system is set. Never park over dry leaves, tall grass, or other flammable materials. The three way catalytic converter gets very hot, and could cause these materials to catch on fire. Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Your Acura is equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. A power assist helps reduce the effort needed on the brake pedal. The ABS helps you retain steering control when braking very hard. Put your foot on the brake pedal only when you intend to brake. Resting your foot on the pedal keeps the brakes applied lightly, causing them to build up heat. Heat build-up can reduce how well your brakes work. It also keeps your brake lights on all the time, confusing drivers behind you. Constant application of the brakes when going down a long hill builds up heat and reduces their effectiveness. Use the engine to assist the brakes by downshifting to a lower gear and taking your foot off the accelerator pedal. Check your brakes after driving through deep water. Apply the brakes moderately to see if they feel normal. If not, apply them gently and frequently until they do. Since a longer distance is needed to stop with wet brakes, be extra cautious and alert in your driving. Brake Wear Indicators All four brakes have audible brake wear indicators. When the brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive metallic "screeching" sound when you apply the brakes. If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will begin screeching all the time. Your brakes may sometimes squeal or squeak when you apply them lightly. Do not confuse this with the brake wear indicators. They make a very audible "screeching." Driving Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Brake System Design The hydraulic system that operates the brakes has two separate circuits. Each circuit works diagonally across the car (the left-front brake is connected with the right-rear brake, etc.). If one circuit should develop a problem, you will still have braking at two wheels. Front Anti-lock Brakes Your car has an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) as standard equipment. ABS helps to prevent the wheels from locking up and skidding during hard braking, allowing you to retain steering control. When the front tires skid, you lose steering control; the car continues straight ahead even though you turn the steering wheel. The ABS helps to prevent lock-up and helps you retain steering control by pumping the brakes rapidly; much faster than a person can do it. The ABS also balances the front-to rear braking distribution according to vehicle loading. Driving You should never pump the brake pedal, this defeats the purpose of the ABS. Let the ABS work for you by always keeping firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal as you steer away from the hazard. This is sometimes referred to as "stomp and steer." You will feel a pulsation in the brake pedal when the ABS activates, and you may hear some noise. This is normal, it is the ABS rapidly pumping the brakes. Activation varies with the amount of traction your tires have. On dry pavement, you will need to press on the brake pedal very hard before you activate the ABS. However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately if you are trying to stop on snow or ice. Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Important Safety Reminders ABS does not reduce the time or distance it takes to stop the car, it only helps with steering control during braking. You should always maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles. A vehicle with ABS may require a longer distance to stop on loose or uneven surfaces, such as gravel or snow, than a vehicle without antilock. Slow down and allow a greater distance between vehicles under those conditions. ABS will not prevent a skid that results from changing direction abruptly, such as trying to take a corner too fast or making a sudden lane change. Always drive at a safe, prudent speed for the road and weather conditions. ABS Indicator ABS cannot prevent a loss of stability. Always steer moderately when you are braking hard. Severe or sharp steering wheel movement can still cause your car to veer into oncoming traffic or off the road. function of the braking system has shut down. The brakes still work like a conventional system without antilock, providing normal stopping ability. You should have the dealer inspect your car as soon as possible if this light stays on after you start the engine, or comes on while driving. ABS INDICATOR* * U.S. indicator shown The ABS is self-checking. If anything goes wrong, the ABS indicator on the instrument panel comes on (see page 56). This means the anti-lock CONTINUED Driving Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System If the ABS indicator and the brake system indicator come on together, and the parking brake is fully released, the front-to-rear braking distribution system may also shut down. Test your brakes as instructed on page 285 . If the brakes feel normal, drive slowly and have your car repaired by your dealer as soon as possible. Avoid sudden hard braking which could cause the rear wheels to lock up and possibly lead to a loss of control. The VSA system indicator may come on along with the ABS indicator if there is a problem with the anti-lock brake system. Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System The Vehicle Stability Assist system helps to stabilize the vehicle during cornering if the car turns more or less than desired. It also assists you in maintaining traction while accelerating on loose or slippery road surfaces. It does this by regulating the engine's output, and by selectively applying braking. When VSA activates, you may notice that the engine does not respond to the accelerator in the same way it does at other times. You will also see the VSA Activation Indicator blink. The VSA system cannot enhance the car's driving stability in all situations and does not control your vehicle's entire braking system. It is still your responsibility to drive and corner at reasonable speeds and to leave a sufficient margin of safety. VSA Activation Indicator VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR When VSA activates, you will see the VSA Activation indicator blink. For a technical description of the Vehicle Stability Assist System, see page 300. CONTINUED Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System VSA System Indicator VSA SYSTEM INDICATOR The VSA system indicator (see page 56 ) comes on and stays on when there is a problem with the VSA system. Driving If the VSA indicator comes on while driving, pull to the side of the road when it is safe and turn off the engine. Reset the system by restarting the engine, and watch the VSA system indicator. If the indicator remains on, or comes back on while driving, have the VSA system inspected by your Acura dealer. VSA Off Switch If the indicator does not come on when the ignition switch is turned ON (II), there may be a problem with the VSA system. Have your dealer inspect your car as soon as possible. This switch is under the left vent. Press it to turn the Vehicle Stability Assist system on and off. Without VSA, your car will have normal braking and cornering ability, but it will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. When VSA is off, the VSA Activation Indicator light comes on as a reminder. Pressing the switch again turns the system back on. Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System VSA is turned on every time you start the engine, even if you turned it off the last time you drove the car. VSA and Tire Sizes Driving with varying tire or wheel sizes may cause the VSA to malfunction. When replacing tires, make sure they are of the same size and type as your original tires (see page 245). Deactivate the VSA system if you need to drive with the compact spare tire installed (see page 270). If you install winter tires, make sure they are the same size as those that were originally supplied with your car. Exercise the same caution during winter driving as you would if your car was not equipped with VSA. Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Bad Weather Rain, fog, and snow conditions require a different driving technique because of reduced traction and visibility. Keep your car wellmaintained and exercise greater caution when you need to drive in bad weather. The cruise control should not be used in these conditions. Driving Driving Technique — Always drive slower than you would in dry weather. It takes your car longer to react, even in conditions that may seem just barely damp. Apply smooth, even pressure to all the controls. Abrupt steering wheel movements or sudden, hard application of the brakes can cause loss of control in wet weather. Be extra cautious for the first few miles (kilometers) of driving while you adjust to the change in driving conditions. This is especially true in snow. A person can forget some snow-driving techniques during the summer months. Practice is needed to relearn those skills. Exercise extra caution when driving in rain after a long dry spell. After months of dry weather, the first rains bring oil to the surface of the roadway, making it slippery. Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Bad Weather Visibility — Being able to see clearly in all directions and being visible to other drivers are important in all weather conditions. This is more difficult in bad weather. To be seen more clearly during daylight hours, turn on your headlights. Traction — Check your tires frequently for wear and proper pressure. Both are important in preventing "hydroplaning" (loss of traction on a wet surface). In the winter, mount snow tires on all four wheels for the best handling. Inspect your windshield wipers and washers frequently. Keep the windshield washer reservoir full of the proper fluid. Have the windshield wiper blades replaced if they start to streak the windshield or leave parts unwiped. Use the defroster and air conditioning to keep the windows from fogging up on the inside (see pages 126 and 131). Watch road conditions carefully, they can change from moment to moment. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. "Clear" roads can have patches of ice. Driving conditions can be very hazardous when the outside temperature is near freezing. The road surface can become covered with areas of water puddles mixed with areas of ice, so your traction can change without warning. Be very cautious when passing, or being passed by other vehicles. The spray from large vehicles reduces your visibility, and the wind buffeting can cause you to lose control. Be careful when downshifting. If traction is low, you can lock up the drive wheels for a moment and cause a skid. Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Your Acura has been designed primarily to carry passengers and their cargo. You can use it to tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper equipment, and follow the guidelines in this section. Load Limits Total Trailer Weight: The total weight of the trailer and everything loaded in it must not exceed 2,000 Ibs (900 kg). Towing a load that is too heavy can seriously affect your car's handling and performance. It can also damage the engine and drivetrain. Tongue Load: The weight that the tongue of a fully-loaded trailer puts on the hitch should be approximately 10 percent of the trailer weight. Too little tongue load can make the trailer unstable and cause it to sway. Too much tongue load reduces front-tire traction and steering control. To achieve a proper tongue load, start by loading 60 percent of the load toward the front of the trailer and 40 percent toward the rear, then readjust the load as needed. Driving Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Towing a Trailer Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The total weight of the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo, and the tongue load must not exceed: 4,830 Ibs (2,190 kg) Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): The total weight of the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo, and the tongue load must not exceed: Exceeding load limits or improperly loading your vehicle and trailer can cause a crash in which you can be seriously injured or killed. Check the loading of your vehicle and trailer carefully before starting to drive. Checking Loads The best way to confirm that vehicle and trailer weights are within limits is to have them checked at a public scale. Using a suitable scale or a special tongue load gauge, check the tongue load the first time you set up a towing combination (a fully-loaded vehicle and trailer), then recheck the tongue load whenever the conditions change. 2,570 Ibs (1,165 kg) on the front axle 2,260 Ibs (1,025 kg) on the rear axle Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Towing Equipment and Accessories Towing can require a variety of equipment, depending on the size of your trailer, how it will be used, and how much load you are towing. Discuss your needs with your trailer sales or rental agency, and follow the guidelines in the rest of this section. Also make sure that all equipment is properly installed and that it meets federal, state, province, and local regulations. Driving Hitches Trailer Brakes Any hitch used on your vehicle must be properly bolted to the underbody. Acura recommends that any trailer having a total weight of 1,000 Ibs (450 kg) or more be equipped with its own electric or surge-type brakes. Safety Chain Always use a safety chain. Make sure that it is secured to both the trailer and hitch, and that it crosses under the tongue so it can catch the trailer if it becomes unhitched. Leave enough slack to allow the trailer to turn corners easily, but do not let the chain drag on the ground. If you choose electric brakes, be sure they are electronically actuated. Do not attempt to tap into your vehicle's hydraulic system. No matter how successful it may seem, any attempt to attach trailer brakes to your vehicle's hydraulic system will lower braking effectiveness and create a potential hazard. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Trailer Lights Your vehicle has a trailer lighting connector located in the trunk by the left taillight. To use the connector, undo the fastener on the left side of the trunk lining. Refer to the drawing in this page for the wiring color code and purpose of each pin. GROUND (BLACK) BACK-UP LIGHT (GREEN/BLACK) LEFT TURN SIGNAL (PINK/BLUE) If you use a converter, you can get the connector and pins that mate with the connector in your vehicle from your Acura dealer. Since lighting and wiring vary with trailer type and brand, you should also have a qualified technician install a suitable connector between the vehicle and the trailer. RIGHT TURN SIGNAL (GREEN/YELLOW) BRAKE LIGHT (GREEN/WHITE) TAILLIGHT (RED/BLACK) CONTINUED Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Additional Trailer Equipment Many states and Canadian provinces require special outside mirrors when towing a trailer. Even if they don't, you should install special mirrors if you cannot clearly see behind you, or if the trailer creates a blind spot. Ask your trailer sales or rental agency if any other items are recommended or required for your towing situation. Pre-Tow Checklist When preparing to tow, and before driving away, be sure to check the following: The vehicle has been properly serviced, and the tires, brakes, suspension, and cooling system are in good operating condition. All weights and loads are within limits (see pages 194 and 195 ). The hitch, safety chain, and any other attachments are secure. All items on and in the trailer are properly secured and cannot shift while you drive. The lights and brakes on your vehicle and the trailer are working properly. Driving Your vehicle tires and spare are properly inflated (see page 242 ), and the trailer tires and spare are inflated as recommended by the trailer maker. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Driving Safely With a Trailer The added weight, length, and height of a trailer will affect your vehicle's handling and performance, so driving with a trailer requires some special driving skills and techniques. For your safety and the safety of others, take time to practice driving maneuvers before heading for the open road, and follow the guidelines discussed below. Towing Speeds and Gears Driving slower than normal in all driving situations, and obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers. Use the D4 position when towing a trailer on level roads. D3 is the proper shift lever position to use when towing a trailer in hilly terrain. (See "Driving on Hills" in the next column for additional gear information.) Making Turns and Braking Make turns more slowly and wider than normal. The trailer tracks a smaller arc than your vehicle, and it can hit or run over something the vehicle misses. Allow more time and distance for braking. Do not brake or turn suddenly as this could cause the trailer to jackknife or turn over. Driving on Hills When climbing hills, closely watch your temperature gauge. If it nears the red (Hot) mark, turn the air conditioning off, reduce speed and, if necessary, pull to the side of the road to let the engine cool. If you must stop when facing uphill, use the foot brake or parking brake. Do not try to hold the vehicle in place by pressing on the accelerator, as this can cause the automatic transmission to overheat. When driving down hills, reduce your speed and shift down to 2nd gear. Do not "ride" the brakes, and remember it will take longer to slow down and stop when towing a trailer. If the automatic transmission shifts frequently between 3rd and 4th gears while going up a hill, shift to D3. CONTINUED Driving Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting Parking Crosswinds and air turbulence caused by passing trucks can disrupt your steering and cause trailer swaying. When being passed by a large vehicle, keep a constant speed and steer straight ahead. Do not try to make quick steering or braking corrections. Follow all normal precautions when parking, including putting the transmission in Park and firmly setting the parking brake. Also, place wheel chocks at each of the trailer's tires. Backing Up Always drive slowly and have someone guide you when backing up. Grip the bottom of the steering wheel; then turn the wheel to the left to get the trailer to move to the left, and turn the wheel right to move the trailer to the right. Driving Main Menu Maintenance This section explains why it is important to keep your car well maintained and to follow basic maintenance safety precautions. This section also includes Maintenance Schedules for normal driving and severe driving conditions, a Maintenance Record, and instructions for simple maintenance tasks you may want to take care of yourself. If you have the skills and tools to perform more complex maintenance tasks on your Acura, you may want to purchase the Service Manual. See page 315 for information on how to obtain a copy, or see your Acura dealer. Maintenance Safety....................... 202 Important Safety Precautions.. 203 Maintenance Schedule.................. 204 Required Maintenance Record.... 211 Owner Maintenance Checks........ 213 Fluid Locations............................... 214 Engine Oil....................................... 215 Adding Oil................................... 215 Recommended Oil..................... 215 Synthetic Oil............................... 216 Additives..................................... 216 Changing the Oil and Filter...... 217 Cooling System.............................. 219 Adding Engine Coolant............. 219 Replacing Engine Coolant........ 221 Windshield Washers..................... 225 Automatic Transmission Fluid..... 226 Differential Oil............................... 227 Brake Fluid..................................... 227 Brake System............................. 228 Power Steering............................... 228 Hood Latch..................................... 229 Air Cleaner Element...................... 229 Spark Plugs..................................... 231 Replacement............................... 231 Specifications............................. 234 Battery............................................ 234 Wiper Blades.................................. 237 Air Conditioning System............... 239 Air Conditioning Filter.................. 240 Drive Belts...................................... 240 Timing Belt..................................... 241 Tires................................................ 241 Inflation....................................... 241 Inspection................................... 243 Maintenance............................... 244 Tire Rotation.............................. 244 Replacing Tires and Wheels.... 245 Wheels and Tires....................... 246 Winter Driving........................... 246 Snow Tires.............................. 247 Tire Chains............................. 247 Lights.............................................. 248 Replacing Bulbs......................... 250 Storing Your Car............................ 259 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety Some of the most important safety Regularly maintaining your car is the This section includes instructions for precautions are given here. However, best way to protect your investment. simple maintenance tasks, such as we cannot warn you of every Proper maintenance is essential to checking and adding oil. Any service 3/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 conceivable hazard that can arise in your safety and the safety of your items not detailed in this section performing maintenance. Only you passengers. It will also reward you should be performed by an Acura can decide whether or not you with more economical, trouble-free technician or other qualified should perform a given task. driving and help reduce air pollution. mechanic. Improperly maintaining this car or failing to correct a problem before driving can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Always follow the inspection and maintenance recommendations and schedules in this owner's manual. Maintenance Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed. Always follow the procedures and precautions in this owner's manual. Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety Important Safety Precautions Before you begin any maintenance, make sure your car is parked on level ground and that the parking brake is set. Also, be sure the engine is off. This will help to eliminate several potential hazards: Carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust. Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine. Burns from hot parts. Let the engine and exhaust system cool before touching any parts. Injury from moving parts. Do not run the engine unless instructed to do so. Read the instructions before you begin, and make sure you have the tools and skills required. To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, be careful when working around gasoline or batteries. Use a commercially available degreaser or parts cleaner, not gasoline, to clean parts. Keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away from the battery and all fuel-related parts. You should wear eye protection and protective clothing when working near the battery or when using compressed air. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule The Maintenance Schedule specifies how often you should have your car serviced and what things need attention. It is essential that you have your car serviced as scheduled to retain its high level of safety, dependability, and emissions control performance. The services and time or distance intervals shown in the maintenance schedule assume you will use your car as normal transportation for passengers and their possessions. You should also follow these recommendations: Avoid exceeding your car's load limit. This puts excess stress on the engine, brakes, and many other parts of your car. The load limit is shown on the label on the driver's doorjamb. Operate your car on reasonable roads within the legal speed limit. Drive your car regularly over a distance of several miles (kilometers). Always use unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating (see page 166). Maintenance Which Schedule to Follow: Service your car according to the time and mileage periods on one of the Maintenance Schedules on the following pages. Select the schedule for "Severe Conditions" if most of your driving is done under one or more of the conditions listed on that page. Otherwise, follow the schedule for "Normal Conditions." Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule Your authorized Acura dealer knows your car best and can provide competent, efficient service. However, service at a dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranties in effect. Maintenance may be done by any qualified service facility or person who is skilled in this type of automotive service. Keep all the receipts as proof of completion, and have the person who does the work fill out the Maintenance Record. Check your warranty booklet for more information. We recommend the use of Genuine Honda parts and fluids whenever you have maintenance done. These are manufactured to the same highquality standards as the original components, so you can be confident of their performance and durability. U.S. Vehicles: Maintenance, replacement or repair of emissions control devices and systems may be done by any automotive repair establishment or individual using parts that are "certified" to EPA standards. According to state and federal regulations, failure to perform maintenance on the items marked with # will not void your emissions warranties. However, Acura recommends that all maintenance services be performed at the recommended time or mileage period to ensure long-term reliability. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents U.S. Owners Follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule if the severe driving conditions specified in the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule do not apply. NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY drive under a "severe" condition, you should follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule. Canadian Owners Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 205. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C as required for each distance/time interval. Follow this schedule if the severe driving conditions described in the Severe Conditions Schedule on the next page do not apply. Canadian owners: Follow the schedule for Severe Conditions. page 244 # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 205. NOTE: Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents U.S. Owners Follow the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule if you drive your car MAINLY under one or more of the following conditions: Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip. Driving in extremely hot [over 90° F (32° C) ] conditions. Extensive idling or long periods of stop-and-go driving. Trailer towing, driving with a roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions. Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads. Canadian Owners Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 205. * 1 : Refer to page 241 for replacement information under special driving conditions. * 2 : Refer to page 240 for replacement information under special driving conditions. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Use this schedule if your vehicle is MAINLY driven in any of the following Severe Conditions, or normally driven in Canada; otherwise use the Normal Schedule. Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D as required for each distance/time. Severe Conditions: Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip. Driving in extremely hot (over 90°F/32°C) conditions. Extensive idling or long periods of stop-and-go driving. Trailer towing, driving with a roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions. Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads. page 244 CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 205. *1 : See Timing Belt on page 241 to determine need for replacement. *2 : See Air Conditioning Filter on page 240 for replacement information under special conditions. NOTE: Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page 206) or severe conditions (page 208). Keep the receipts for all work done on your car. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Owner Maintenance Checks You should check the following items at the specified intervals. If you are unsure of how to perform any check, turn to the page given. Engine oil level — Check every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 169. Engine coolant level — Check the radiator reserve tank every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 170. Windshield washer fluid — Check the level in the reservoir monthly. If weather conditions cause you to use the washers frequently, check the reservoir each time you stop for fuel. See page 225 . Tires — Check the tire pressure monthly. Examine the tread for wear and foreign objects. See page 241. Lights — Check the operation of the headlights, parking lights, taillights, high-mount brake light, turn signals, brake lights, and license plate lights monthly. See page 248. Automatic transmission — Check the fluid level monthly. See page 226. Brakes — Check the fluid level monthly. See page 228 . Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Fluid Locations AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop) BRAKE FLUID (Gray cap) ENGINE OIL FILL CAP ENGINE COOLANT RESERVOIR POWER STEERING FLUID (Red cap) RADIATOR CAP Maintenance WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Orange loop) Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Adding Oil ENGINE OIL FILL CAP Recommended Oil Oil is a major contributor to your engine's performance and longevity. Always use a premium-grade detergent oil. It is highly recommended that you use Genuine Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for as long as you own it. The API Service label also tells you the service classification of the oil. Always use an oil that is labeled "API Service SJ." This service rating may include other classifications, such as CD. These additional classifications are not a problem, as long as the label also carries the SJ classification. You can determine an oil's SAE viscosity and Service Classification from the API Service label on the oil container. To add oil, unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on top of the left valve cover. Pour in the oil, and replace the engine oil fill cap. Tighten it securely. Wait a few minutes and recheck the oil level. Do not fill above the upper mark; you could damage the engine. A fuel-efficient oil is recommended for your Acura. This is shown on the API Service label by the words "Energy Conserving." This oil is formulated to help your engine use less fuel. API SERVICE LABEL CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil The oil container may also display the API Certification seal. Make sure it says "For Gasoline Engines." API CERTIFICATION SEAL The SAE numbers tell you the oil's viscosity or weight. Select the oil for your car according to this chart. Ambient Temperature An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is preferred for improved fuel economy and year-round protection in your Acura. You may use a 10W-30 oil if the temperature in your area never goes below 20°F( — 7°C). Maintenance Synthetic Oil You may use a synthetic motor oil if it meets the same requirements given for conventional motor oil: energy conserving, a service classification of SJ, and the proper weight as shown on the chart. When using synthetic oil, you must follow the oil and filter change intervals given in the maintenance schedule. Additives Your Acura does not need any oil additives. Purchasing additives for the engine or transmission will not increase your car's performance or longevity. It only increases the cost of operating your car. Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Changing the Oil and Filter Always change the oil and filter according to the time and distance (miles/kilometers) recommendations in the maintenance schedule. The oil and filter collect contaminants that can damage your engine if they are not removed regularly. Changing the oil and filter requires special tools and access from underneath the car. The car should be raised on a service station-type hydraulic lift for this service. Unless you have the knowledge and proper equipment, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic. OIL DRAIN BOLT OIL FILTER WASHER 1. Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature, then shut it off. 2. Open the hood and remove the engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil drain bolt and washer from the bottom of the engine. Drain the oil into an appropriate container. 3. Remove the oil filter and let the remaining oil drain. A special wrench (available from your Acura dealer) is required to remove the filter. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil 4. Install a new oil filter according to instructions that come with it. 5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt. Tighten it to: 33 lbf.ft (44 N.m , 4.5 kgf.m) 6. Refill the engine with the recommended oil. Engine oil change capacity (including filter): 4.9 US qt (4.6 , 4.0 Imp qt) Maintenance 7. Reinstall the engine oil fill cap. Start the engine. The oil pressure indicator light should go out within five seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine and reinspect your work. 8. Let the engine run for several minutes and check the drain bolt and oil filter for leaks. 9. Turn off the engine, let it sit for several minutes, then check the oil level. If necessary, add oil to bring the level to the upper mark on the dipstick. NOTICE Improper disposal of engine oil can be harmful to the environment. If you change your own oil, please dispose of the used oil properly. Put it in a sealed container and take it to a recycling center. Do not discard it in a trash bin or dump it on the ground. Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 Adding Engine Coolant RESERVE TANK If the coolant level in the reserve tank is at or below the MIN line, add coolant to bring it up to the MAX line. Inspect the cooling system for leaks. This coolant should always be a mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or plain water. Always use Genuine Honda Antifreeze/Coolant. If it is not available, you may use another major-brand non-silicate coolant as a temporary replacement. Make sure it is a high-quality coolant recommended for aluminum engines. However, continued use of any nonHonda coolant can result in corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail. Have the cooling system flushed and refilled with Honda antifreeze/ coolant as soon as possible. If the reserve tank is completely empty, you should also check the coolant level in the radiator. Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap. 1. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Do not add any rust inhibitors or other additives to your car's cooling system. They may not be compatible with the coolant or engine components. RADIATOR CAP RESERVE TANK 2. Turn the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pressing down on it, until it stops. This relieves any pressure remaining in the cooling system. 3. Remove the radiator cap by pushing down and turning counterclockwise. Maintenance 4. The coolant level should be up to the base of the filler neck. Add coolant if it is low. 5. Put the radiator cap back on. Tighten it fully. 6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank. Fill it to halfway between the MAX and MIN marks. Put the cap back on the reserve tank. Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Replacing Engine Coolant The cooling system should be completely drained and refilled with new coolant according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Only use Genuine Honda Antifreeze/Coolant. DRAIN PLUG Draining the coolant requires access to the underside of the car. Unless you have the tools and knowledge, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic. 1. Turn the ignition ON (II). Turn the heater temperature control dial to maximum heat (climate control to 90°F/32°C). Turn off the ignition. Open the hood. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool to the touch. 3. Loosen the drain plug on the bottom of the radiator. The coolant will come out through the hole in the splash cover. 2. Remove the radiator cap. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System RESERVE TANK HOLDER 6. When the coolant stops draining, tighten the drain plug at the bottom of the radiator. Put the drain cap back in place tightly, then reinstall the clip on the drain cap securely. CLIP DRAIN CAP 4. On the right side of the engine block, remove the clip with a plier, and then remove the drain cap. Maintenance RESERVE TANK CAP 5. Remove the reserve tank from its holder by pulling it straight up. Drain the coolant, then put the tank back in its holder. 7. Mix the recommended antifreeze with an equal amount of purified or distilled water in a clean container. The cooling system capacity is: 1.61 US gal (6.1 l ,1.34 Imp gal) Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System NUTS BLEEDER BOLT BOLTS 8. Remove the two bolts and the three nuts with a 7/16 in (10 mm) wrench, then remove the engine cover. Fill up to here 9. Loosen the bleeder bolt on top of the engine. Pour coolant into the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. Tighten the bleeder bolt when coolant comes out in a steady stream with no bubbles. FILLER NECK 10.Fill the reserve tank to the MAX mark. Install the reserve tank cap. 11.Check the level in the radiator, add coolant if needed. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System 15.Remove the radiator cap. Pour 12.Install the engine cover. First tighten the two bolts on the front coolant into the radiator up to the of the engine cover, then tighten base of the filler neck and into the the three nuts on the engine cover. reserve tank up to the MAX mark. Tightening torque: 7 lbf.ft (10 N.m,1.0 kgf.m) 16.Start the engine and hold it at 1,500 rpm until the cooling fan comes on. Turn off the engine. 13.Install the radiator cap, and Check the coolant level in the tighten it to the first stop. radiator and add coolant if needed. 14.Start the engine and let it run until the radiator cooling fan comes on 17.Install the radiator cap, and RESERVE TANK at least twice. Then stop the tighten it fully. engine. 18. If necessary, fill the reserve tank to the MAX mark. Install the reserve tank cap. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Washers Check the level in the windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal usage. In bad weather, when you use the washers often, check the level every time you stop for fuel. Fill the reservoir with a good-quality windshield washer fluid. This increases the cleaning capability and prevents freezing in cold weather. The windshield washer reservoir is located behind the driver's side headlight. Do not use engine antifreeze or a vinegar/water solution in the windshield washer reservoir. NOTICE FLOAT Check the reservoir's fluid level by removing the cap and looking at the float. It should be up to the top of the neck. If the float is at the bottom of the neck, the reservoir is nearly empty. Antifreeze can damage your car's paint, while a vinegar/water solution can damage the windshield washer pump. Use only commercially-available windshield washer fluid. When you refill the reservoir, clean the edges of the windshield wiper blades with windshield washer fluid on a clean cloth. This will help to condition the blade edges. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Fluid DIPSTICK UPPER MARK LOWER MARK DIPSTICK GUIDE Check the fluid level with the engine at normal operating temperature. 1. Park the car on level ground. Shut off the engine. 2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) from the transmission and wipe it with a clean cloth. Maintenance 5. If the level is below the lower mark, add fluid into the tube to bring it to the upper mark. Always use Honda Premium Formula Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF). If it is not available, you may use a DEXRON® III automatic transmission fluid as a temporary replacement. However, continued use can affect shift quality. Have the transmission drained and refilled with Honda ATF as soon as it is convenient. 3. Insert the dipstick into the transmission. Make sure the notch in the rubber cap fits in the dipstick guide and that you push the dipstick in all the way. 6. Insert the dipstick back in the transmission. Make sure the notch fits in the dipstick guide and the dipstick is down all the way. 4. Remove the dipstick and check the fluid level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Main Menu Table of Contents Differential Oil, Brake Fluid Differential Oil DRAIN PLUG FILLER PLUG Correct level Use a SAE 90 or SAE 80W-90 viscosity hypoid gear oil, API service classified GL4 or GL5 only, in the differential. Viscosity SAE 90: above 0°F( —18°C) SAE 80W-90: below 0°F (— 18°C) Brake Fluid Check the fluid level in the brake fluid reservoir monthly. The brake fluid should be replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. The differential oil should be drained and refilled with new oil according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Check the oil in the differential with the car sitting level. Remove the oil filler plug and check that the oil level is up to the edge of the hole. If it is not, slowly add oil until it starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall the filler plug and tighten it securely. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Brake Fluid, Power Steering Always use Genuine Honda DOT 3 brake fluid. If it is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement. However, the use of any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system. Have the brake system flushed and refilled with Honda DOT 3 brake fluid as soon as possible. Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not compatible with your car's braking system and can cause extensive damage. Maintenance Power Steering Brake System UPPER LEVEL MAX M IN The fluid level should be between the M I N and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If the level is at or below the MIN mark, your brake system needs attention. Have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. LOWER LEVEL You should check the fluid level in the power steering reservoir monthly. Check the level when the engine is cold. Look at the side of the reservoir. The fluid should be between the UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL. If it is below the LOWER LEVEL, add power steering fluid to the UPPER LEVEL. Main Menu Table of Contents Power Steering, Hood Latch, Air Cleaner Element Always use Genuine Honda Power Steering Fluid. If it is not available, you may use another power steering fluid as an emergency replacement. However, continued use can cause increased wear and poor steering in cold weather. Have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible. A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system. Check the fluid level frequently and have the system inspected as soon as possible. NOTICE Turning the steering wheel to full left or right lock and holding it there can damage the power steering pump. Hood Latch Air Cleaner Element The air cleaner element should be cleaned or replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. PIVOTS Cleaning (Severe Conditions) LATCH ASSEMBLY Clean the hood latch assembly with a mild cleaner, then lubricate it with a multipurpose grease. Lubricate all the moving parts (as shown), including the pivot. Follow the time and distance recommendations in the Maintenance Schedule. If you are not sure how to clean and grease the latch, contact your Acura dealer. Clean the air cleaner element by blowing compressed air through it in the opposite direction to normal air flow. If you do not have actcessto compressed air (such as a service station), ask your Acura dealer to do this service. Follow the replacement procedure for removal and reinstallation. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Air Cleaner Element Replacement CLAMPS The air cleaner element is inside the air cleaner housing on the passenger's side of the engine compartment. AIR CLEANER ELEMENT 2. Remove the air cleaner housing cover. Do not disconnect the air intake tube from the air cleaner housing cover. To replace it: 1. Unsnap the four clamps holding the air cleaner housing cover. 3. Remove the old air cleaner element. 4. Carefully clean the inside of the air cleaner housing with a damp rag. Maintenance 5. Place the new air cleaner element in the air cleaner housing. 6. Reinstall the air cleaner housing cover, snap the four hold-down clamps back into place. Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs The spark plugs in your car are a special platinum-tipped design for longer life. The spark plugs should be replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Replacement NUTS NUTS BOLTS NUTS BOLTS 1. Remove the two bolts and the three nuts with a 7/16 inch (10 mm) wrench, then remove the engine cover. 2. Remove the two bolts and the four nuts with a wrench and remove the tower bar. Then remove the A/C tube from the three clips. 3. Clean up any dirt and oil that have collected around the ignition coils. CONTINUED Maintenance Table of Contents Main Menu Spark Plugs IGNITION COIL CONNECTOR BOLTS LOCK TAB IGNITION COIL 4. Disconnect the wire connector from the ignition coil by pushing on the lock tab and pulling on the connector. Pull on the plastic connector, not the wires. 5. Use a wrench to remove the two bolts holding the ignition coil. Remove the ignition coil by pulling it straight out. 6. Remove the spark plug with a five-eighths inch (16 mm) spark plug socket. Maintenance 7. Put the new spark plug into the socket; then screw it into the hole. Screw it in by hand so you do not crossthread it. Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs NOTICE Tighten the spark plugs carefully. A spark plug that is too loose can overheat and damage the engine. Overtightening can cause damage to the threads in the cylinder head. 9. Install the ignition coil. Reinstall the two hold-down bolts. 10.Push the wire connector onto the ignition coil. Make sure it locks in place. 8. Torque the spark plug. (If you do not have a torque wrench, tighten the spark plug two-thirds of a turn after it contacts the cylinder head.) Tightening torque: 13 lbf.ft (18 N.m , 1.8 kgf.m) 12.Put the A/C tube back in place. 13.Install the tower bar and tighten the two bolts and the four nuts. Tightening torque: 16 lbf.ft (22 N.m , 2.2 kgf.m) 14. Install the engine cover. First tighten the two bolts on the front of the engine cover, then tighten the three nuts on the engine cover. Tightening torque: 7 lbf.ft (10 N.m , 1.0 kgf.m) 11.Repeat this procedure for the other five spark plugs. CONTINUED Maintenance Table of Contents Main Menu Spark Plugs, Battery Specifications: NGK: DENSO: Battery Check the condition of your car's battery monthly. You should check the color of the test indicator window, and for corrosion on the terminals. PFR5L-11 PK16PR-L11 Spark Plug Gap: 0.043 in (1.1 mm ) TEST INDICATOR WINDOW Check the battery condition by looking at the test indicator window on the battery. The label on the battery explains the test indicator's colors. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Battery Check the battery terminals for corrosion (a white or yellowish powder). To remove it, cover the terminals with a solution of baking soda and water. It will bubble up and turn brown. When this stops, wash it off with plain water. Dry off the battery with a cloth or paper towel. Coat the terminals with grease to help prevent future corrosion. 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 If you need to connect the battery to a charger, disconnect both cables to prevent damage to the car's electrical system. The battery gives off explosive hydrogen gas during normal operation. If the terminals are severely corroded, clean them with baking soda and water. Then use a wrench to loosen and remove the cables from the terminals. Always disconnect the negative (—) cable first and reconnect it last. Clean the battery terminals with a terminal cleaning tool or wire brush. Reconnect and tighten the cables, then coat the terminals with grease. A spark or flame can cause the battery to explode with enough force to kill or seriously hurt you. Wear protective clothing and a face shield, or have a skilled mechanic do the battery maintenance. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Battery If your car's battery is disconnected or goes dead, the engine's computer needs to "relearn" the idle control. After replacing or recharging the battery: 1. Make sure the climate control system is off. 2. Start the engine and let it run until it warms up (the radiator cooling fan comes on at least twice), and let it idle for five more minutes. Maintenance Your audio system will also disable itself when the battery is disconnected or goes dead. The next time you turn on the radio you will see "Code" in the frequency display. Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code (see page 162 ). NOTICE Charging the battery with the cables connected can seriously damage your car's electronic controls. Detach the battery cables before connecting the battey' to a charger. Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months. Look for signs of cracking in the rubber, or areas that are getting hard. Replace the blades if you find these signs, or they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used. WIPER ARMS To replace the blade: 1. Turn the ignition ON (II), switch the wipers to INT or — (low position), then turn the ignition OFF when the wiper arm is approximately midway in its travel. LOCK TAB 2. Disconnect the blade assembly from the wiper arm by pushing in the lock tab. Hold it in while you push the blade assembly toward the base of the arm. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades BLADE BLADE 5. Slide the new wiper blade into the holder until the tabs lock. 6. Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. 7. Turn the ignition switch ON (II) and return the windshield wipers to their park position. REINFORCEMENT 3. Remove the blade from its holder by grasping the tabbed end of the blade. Pull firmly until the tabs come out of the holder. Maintenance 4. Examine the new wiper blades. If they have no plastic or metal reinforcement along the back edge, remove the metal reinforcement strips from the old wiper blade and install them in the slots along the edge of the new blade. Main Menu Table of Contents Air Conditioning System If the air conditioning does not get as cold as before, have your dealer check the system. Recharge the system with Refrigerant HFC-134a (R-134a). (See Specifications on page 298.) Your car's air conditioning is a sealed system. Any major maintenance, such as recharging, should be done by a qualified mechanic. You can do a couple of things to make sure the air conditioning works efficiently. Periodically check the engine's radiator and air conditioning condenser for leaves, insects, and dirt stuck to the front surface. These block the air flow and reduce cooling efficiency. Use a light spray from a hose or a soft brush to remove them. NOTICE The condenser and radiator fins bend easily. Only use a low-pressure spray or soft-bristle brush to clean them. NOTICE AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER Run the air conditioning at least once a week during the cold weather months. Run it for at least ten minutes while you are driving at a steady speed with the engine at normal operating temperature. This circulates the lubricating oil contained in the refrigerant. Whenever you have the air conditioning system serviced, make sure the service facility uses a refrigerant recycling system. This system captures the refrigerant for reuse. Releasing refrigerant into the atmosphere can damage the environment. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Air Conditioning Filter, Drive Belts Air Conditioning Filter The air conditioning filter removes pollen and dust that is brought in from the outside through the climate control system. This filter should be replaced every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) under normal conditions. It should be replaced every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) if you drive primarily in urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from industry and diesel-powered vehicles. Replace it more often if air flow from the climate control system becomes less than usual. Have the air conditioning filter replaced by your Acura dealer. Drive Belts ALTERNATOR BELT Alternator belt: 0.37— 0.45 in (9.5 —11.5 mm) Compressor belt: 0.31 — 0.43 in (8.0 — 11.0 mm) POWER STEERING BELT Power steering belt: 0.41 — 0.49 in (10.5—12.5 mm) COMPRESSOR BELT Check the condition of the three drive belts. Examine the edges of each belt for cracks or fraying. Check the tension of each belt by pushing on it with your thumb midway between the pulleys. Maintenance The belts should have the following "play" or deflection. If you see signs of wear or looseness, have your dealer adjust or replace the belts. Main Menu Table of Contents Timing Belt, Tires Timing Belt The timing belt and balancer belt should normally be replaced at the intervals shown in the maintenance schedule. Inflation Tires To safely operate your car, your tires Keeping the tires properly inflated must be the proper type and size, in provides the best combination of good condition with adequate tread, handling, tread life and riding and correctly inflated. The following comfort. Underinflated tires wear pages give more detailed information unevenly, adversely affect handling 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  on how and when to check air and fuel economy, and are more Replace these belts at 60,000 miles pressure, how to inspect your tires likely to fail from being overheated. (U.S.) or 100,000 km (Canada) if you for damage and wear, and what to do Overinflated tires can make your car regularly drive your car in one or when your tires need to be replaced. ride more harshly, are more prone to more of these conditions: damage from road hazards, and wear unevenly. In very high temperatures (over 110°F,43°C). In very low temperatures We recommend that you visually Using tires that are excessively (under —20°F, — 29°C). check your tires every day. If you worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can think a tire might be low, check it immediately with a tire gauge. be seriously hurt or killed. Follow all instructions in this owner's manual regarding tire inflation and maintenance. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Use a gauge to measure the air pressure at least once a month. Even tires that are in good condition may lose one to two psi (10 to 20 kPa, 0.1 to 0.2 kgf/cm 2 ) per month. Remember to check the spare tire at the same time you check all the other tires. Check the pressure in the tires when they are cold. This means the car has been parked for at least three hours. If you have to drive the car before checking the tire pressure, the tires can still be considered "cold" if you drive less than 1 mile (1.6 km). If you check the pressure when the tires are hot (the car has been driven several miles), you will see readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4 kgf/cm 2 ) higher than the cold reading. This is normal. Do not let air out to match the specified cold pressure. The tire will be underinflated. You should get your own tire pressure gauge and use it whenever you check your tire pressures. This will make it easier for you to tell if a pressure loss is due to a tire problem and not due to a variation between gauges. Recommended Tire Pressures for Normal Driving The following chart shows the recommended cold tire pressures for most normal driving conditions and speeds. Tire pressures for high speed driving are the same as for normal driving. The compact spare tire pressure is: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm2 ) These pressures are also given on the tire information label on the driver's doorjamb. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Tubeless tires have some ability to self-seal if they are punctured. However, because leakage is often very slow, you should look closely for punctures if a tire starts losing pressure. Inspection Every time you check inflation, you should also examine the tires for damage, foreign objects, and wear. You should look for: INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS Bumps or bulges in the tread or side of the tire. Replace the tire if you find either of these conditions. Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side of the tire. Replace the tire if you can see fabric or cord. Excessive tread wear. TREAD WEAR INDICATORS Your car's tires have wear indicators molded into the tread. When the tread wears down to that point, you will see a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide band running across the tread. This shows there is less than 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of tread left on the tire. A tire that is this worn gives very little traction on wet roads. You should replace the tire if you can see the tread wear indicator in three or more places around the tire. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Maintenance In addition to proper inflation, correct wheel alignment helps to decrease tire wear. If you find a tire is worn unevenly, have your dealer check the wheel alignment. The tires were properly balanced by the factory. They may need to be rebalanced at some time before they are worn out. Have your dealer check the tires if you feel a consistent vibration while driving. A tire should always be rebalanced if it is removed from the wheel for repair. Maintenance Make sure the installer balances the wheels when you have new tires installed. This increases riding comfort and tire life. Your car's original tires were dynamic or "spin" balanced at the factory. For best results, have the installer perform a dynamic balance. Tire Rotation Front Front NOTICE Improper wheel weights can damage your vehicle's aluminum wheels. Use only Genuine Acura wheel weights for balancing. (For Non-directional (For Directional Tires and Wheels) Tires and Wheels) To help increase tire life and distribute wear more evenly, you should have the tires rotated every 7,500 miles (12,000 km). Move the tires to the positions shown in the chart each time they are rotated. Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0 Tires When shopping for replacement tires, you may find that some tires are "directional." This means they are designed to rotate only in one direction. If you use directional tires, they should be rotated only front-toback. Replacing Tires and Wheels The tires that came with your car were selected to match the performance capabilities of the car while providing the best combination of handling, ride comfort, and long life. You should replace them with radial tires of the same size, load range, speed rating, and maximum cold tire pressure rating (as shown on the tire's sidewall). Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on your car can reduce its braking ability, traction, and steering accuracy. Installing improper tires on your car can affect handling and stability. This can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Always use the size and type of tires recommended in this owner's manual. It is best to replace all four tires at the same time. If that is not possible or necessary, then replace the two front tires or the two rear tires as a pair. Replacing just one tire can seriously affect your car's handling. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Tires The ABS and VSA system work by comparing the speed of the wheels. When replacing tires, use the same size originally supplied with the car. Tire size and construction can affect wheel speed and may cause the system to work inconsistently. If you ever need to replace a wheel, make sure you use an identical style aluminum alloy wheel that originally came on your Acura. Replacement wheels are available at your Acura dealer. Maintenance Wheels and Tires Wheels: 1 6 x 7 JJ Tires: P215/60R1694V See page 301 for information about DOT Tire Quality Grading. Winter Driving Tires that are marked "M + S" or "All Season" on the sidewall have an all-weather tread design. They should be suitable for most winter driving conditions. Tires without these markings are designed for optimum traction in dry conditions. They may not provide adequate performance in winter driving. For the best performance in snowy or icy conditions, you should install snow tires or tire chains. They may be required by local laws under certain conditions. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Snow Tires Tire Chains If you mount snow tires on your Acura, make sure they are radial tires of the same size and load range as the original tires. Mount snow tires on all four wheels to balance your car's handling in all weather conditions. Keep in mind the traction provided by snow tires on dry roads may not be as high as your car's original equipment tires. You should drive cautiously even when the roads are clear. Check with the tire dealer for maximum speed recommendations. Because your Acura has limited tire clearance, mount only SAE Class "S" cable-type traction devices on the front tires. Use traction devices only when required by driving conditions or local laws. Make sure they are the correct size for your tires. Metal link-type "chains" should not be used. No matter how tight they seem to be installed, they can come into contact with the body and suspension, causing serious damage. When installing cables, follow the manufacturer's instructions and mount them as tightly as you can. Drive slowly with them installed. If you hear them coming in contact with the body or chassis, stop and investigate. Make sure the cables are installed tightly, and that they are not contacting the brake lines or suspension. Remove them as soon as you begin driving on cleared roads. NOTICE Traction devices that are the wrong size or improperly installed can damage your car's brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels. Stop driving if they are hitting any part of the car. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Check the operation of your car's exterior lights at least once a month. A burned out bulb can create an unsafe condition by reducing your car's visibility and the ability to signal your intentions to other drivers. FRONT FOG LIGHT Maintenance HIGH BEAM HEADLIGHT LOW BEAM HEADLIGHT TURN SIGNAL/ PARKING LIGHT SIDE MARKER LIGHT Main Menu Table of Contents Lights HIGH-MOUNT BRAKE LIGHT TURN SIGNAL LIGHT Check the following: Headlights (low and high beam) Fog lights Parking lights Taillights Brake lights Turn signals Back-up lights Hazard light function License plate light Side marker lights High-mount brake light Daytime running lights (Canadian models) If you find any bulbs are burned out, replace them as soon as possible. Refer to the chart on page 299 to determine what type of replacement bulb is needed. LICENSE PLATE LIGHTS BACK-UP LIGHT STOP/TAIL LIGHTS Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Replacing a High Beam Headlight Bulb The low beam headlight bulbs are a type of high voltage discharge tube. High voltage can remain in the circuit even with the light switch off and the key removed. Because of this, you should not attempt to examine or change a low beam headlight bulb yourself. If a low beam headlight bulb fails, take the car to your dealer to have it replaced. Maintenance Halogen bulbs are used for the high beam headlight bulbs. When replacing a high beam headlight bulb, handle it by its base and protect the glass from contact with your skin or hard objects. If you touch the glass, clean it with denatured alcohol and a clean cloth. NOTICE Halogen bulbs get very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the glass can cause the bulb to overheat and shatter. 1. Open the hood. 2. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling the connector straight back. 3. Remove the rubber weather seal by pulling on the tab. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights WEATHER SEAL BULB 6. Install the rubber seal over the back of the headlight assembly. Make sure it is right side up; it is marked Replacing a Fog Light Bulb Your car uses halogen fog light bulbs. See page 250 for information on replacing a halogen bulb. 7. Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb. CONNECTOR HOLD-DOWN WIRE 4. Unclip the end of the hold-down wire from its slot. Pivot it out of the way and remove the bulb. 5. Insert the new bulb into the hole, making sure the bulb is right side up and the nubs on the bulb base fit in the indentations in the headlight assembly. Pivot the holddown wire back in place and clip the end into the slot. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 6. Insert the new bulb into the hole, making sure the bulb is right side up and the nubs on the bulb base fit in the indentations in the fog light assembly. Pivot the holddown wire back in place and clip the end into the slot. WEATHER SEAL CONNECTOR BOLT BULB HOLD-DOWN WIRE 1. Use a wrench to loosen the light assembly's mounting bolt. 4. Remove the rubber weather seal by pulling on the tab. 2. Remove the light assembly from the bumper. 5. Unclip the end of the hold-down wire from its slot. Pivot the wire out of the way and remove the bulb. 3. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling the connector straight back. Maintenance 7. Install the rubber seal over the back of the fog light assembly. Make sure it is right side up; it is marked 8. Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb. Turn on the front fog lights to test the new bulb. 9. Put the light assembly into the bumper. Tighten the mounting bolt. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing Front Turn Signal/ Parking and Side Marker Light Bulbs 5. To remove the front turn signal/ parking light bulb, push it in slightly and turn it counterclockwise. To remove the side marker bulb, pull it straight out of its socket. HOLDING CLIP 6. Install the new bulb in the socket. 7. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 8. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 1. If you are changing the bulb on the driver's side, start the engine, turn the steering wheel all the way to the right, and turn off the engine. If you are changing the bulb on the passenger's side, turn the steering wheel to the left. 2. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to remove the holding clip from the inner fender. 9. Put the inner fender cover in place. Install the holding clip. Lock it in place by pushing on the center. 3. Pull the inner fender cover back. 4. Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing Rear Bulbs 4. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. 5. Reinstall the socket into the light assembly by turning it clockwise until it locks. 6. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. FASTENER 1. Open the trunk. Undo the fastener on the side of the trunk lining by pushing on the center of the fastener's head until it pops in. Pull the lining back. Maintenance 2. Determine which of the four bulbs is burned out: stop/taillights, backup light, or turn signal. 3. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 7. Reinstall the trunk lining. Make sure it is installed under the edge of the trunk seal. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a High-mount Brake Light Bulb 3. Reinstall the socket. Turn it clockwise until it locks. 4. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 8. Reset the fastener by pushing on the pointed end until it pops back almost flush with the fingers on the housing. 9. Put the fastener in the hole in the side of the trunk lining and push on the center until it locks (the center is flush with the head). 1. Open the trunk and remove the socket from the light assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 2. Remove the bulb by pushing it in slightly and turning it counterclockwise. Install the new bulb in the socket. Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Rear License Bulb LIGHT ASSEMBLY 3. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb in until it bottoms in the socket. BULB HOLDER BULB 4. Turn on the parking lights and check that the new bulb is working. 5. Put the lens back on the bulb holder and push it until it latches. LENS 1. Remove the license light assembly by carefully prying on the left edge of the lens with a flat-tip screwdriver and pulling the assembly out. Maintenance 2. Remove the lens from the bulb holder by pulling the lens while squeezing the tabs on both sides of the holder. 6. Slide the right side of the light assembly into the hole. Push on the left side to latch the assembly into place. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing Bulbs in the Interior Courtesy Lights DOOR LIGHT The courtesy lights in the doors and roof come apart the same way. They do not use the same type of bulb. 1. Remove the lens by carefully prying on the edge of the lens with a fingernail file or a small flat-tip screwdriver. Do not pry on the edge of the housing around the lens. FRONT Door light: Pry on the top middle of the lens. Front ceiling light: Pry on the front edge of the lens in the middle. REAR Rear ceiling light: Pry on the rear edge of the lens in the middle. Remove the bulb cover by pulling it straight down. CONTINUED Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing the Trunk Light Bulb VANITY MIRROR LIGHT 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs. 3. Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. Snap the lens back in place. Maintenance 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs. TRUNK 3. Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. Snap the lens back in place. 1. Remove the lens by carefully prying on the edge of the lens in the middle with a fingernail file or a small flat-tip screwdriver. Do not pry on the edge of the housing around the lens. Main Menu Table of Contents Storing Your Car If you need to park your car for an extended period (more than one month), there are several things you should do to prepare it for storage. Proper preparation helps prevent deterioration and makes it easier to get your car back on the road. If possible, store your car indoors. Block the rear wheels. If the car is to be stored for a longer period, it should be supported on jackstands so the tires are off the ground. Leave one window open slightly (if the car is being stored indoors). Fill the fuel tank. Cover the car with a "breathable" cover, one made from a porous material such as cotton. Nonporous materials, such as plastic sheeting, trap moisture, which can damage the paint. If possible, run the engine for a while periodically (preferably once a month). Disconnect the battery. Change the engine oil and filter (see page 217). Wash and dry the exterior completely. Clean the interior. Make sure the carpeting, floor mats, etc. are completely dry. Leave the parking brake off. Put the transmission in Park. Support the front wiper blade arms with a folded towel or rag so they do not touch the windshield. To minimize sticking, apply a silicone spray lubricant to all door and trunk seals. Also, apply a vehicle body wax to the painted surfaces that mate with the door and trunk seals. If you store your car for 12 months or longer, have your Acura dealer perform the inspections called for in the 24 months/30,000 miles (48,000 km) maintenance schedule (Normal Conditions) as soon as you take it out of storage (see page 206). The replacements called for in the maintenance schedule are not needed unless the car has actually reached that time or mileage. Maintenance Main Menu 260 Main Menu Appearance Care Regular cleaning and polishing of your Acura helps to keep it "new" looking. This section gives you hints on how to clean your car and preserve its appearance: the paint, brightwork, wheels and interior. Also included are several things you can do to help prevent corrosion. Exterior Care.................................. 262 Washing...................................... 262 Waxing........................................ 263 Aluminum Wheels..................... 263 Paint Touch-up........................... 263 Interior Care................................... 264 Carpeting.................................... 264 Fabric.......................................... 264 Vinyl............................................ 264 Leather........................................ 264 Seat Belts.................................... 264 Wood Trim................................. 265 Windows..................................... 265 Air Fresheners........................... 265 Corrosion Protection..................... 266 Body Repairs.................................. 267 Appearance Care Main Menu Table of Contents Exterior Care Washing Frequent washing helps preserve your car's beauty. Dirt and grit can scratch the paint, while tree sap and bird droppings can permanently ruin the finish. Wash your car in a shady area, not in direct sunlight. If the car is parked in the sun, move it into the shade and let the exterior cool down before you start. Only use the solvents and cleaners recommended in this Owner's Manual. NOTICE Chemical solvents and strong cleaners can damage the paint, metal, and plastic on your car. Appearance Care Rinse the car thoroughly with cool water to remove loose dirt. Fill a bucket with cool water. Mix in a mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid or a product made especially for car washing. Wash the car using the water and detergent solution and a softbristle brush, sponge, or soft cloth. Start at the top and work your way down. Rinse frequently. Check the body for road tar, tree sap, etc. Remove these stains with tar remover or turpentine. Rinse it off immediately so it does not harm the finish. Remember to rewax these areas, even if the rest of the car does not need waxing. When you have washed and rinsed the whole exterior, dry it with a chamois or soft towel. Letting it air-dry will cause dulling and water spots. As you dry the car, inspect it for chips and scratches that could allow corrosion to start. Repair them with touch-up paint (see page 263 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Exterior Care Waxing Always wash and dry the whole car before waxing it. You should wax your car, including the metal trim, whenever water sits on the surface in large patches. It should form into beads or droplets after waxing. You should use a quality liquid or paste wax. Apply it according to the instructions on the container. In general, there are two types of products: Waxes — A wax coats the finish and protects it from damage by exposure to sunlight, air pollution, etc. You should use a wax on your Acura when it is new. Polishes — Polishes and cleaner/ waxes can restore the shine to paint that has oxidized and lost some of its shine. They normally contain mild abrasives and solvents that remove the top layer of the finish. You should use a polish on your Acura if the finish does not have its original shine after using a wax. Cleaning tar, insects, etc. with removers also takes off the wax. Remember to re-wax those areas, even if the rest of the car does not need waxing. Aluminum Wheels Clean your Acura's aluminum alloy wheels as you do the rest of the exterior. Wash them with the same solution, and rinse them thoroughly. Paint Touch-up Your dealer has touch-up paint to match your vehicle's color. The color code is printed on a sticker on the driver's doorjamb. Take this code to your dealer so you are sure to get the correct color. Inspect your car frequently for chips or scratches in the paint. Repair them right away to prevent corrosion of the metal underneath. Use the touch-up paint only on small chips and scratches. More extensive paint damage should be repaired by a professional. The wheels have a protective clearcoat that keeps the aluminum from corroding and tarnishing. Using harsh chemicals, including some commercial wheel cleaners, or stiff brushes can damage this clear-coat. Only use a mild detergent and soft brush or sponge to clean the wheels. Appearance Care Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care Carpeting Vacuum the carpeting frequently to remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make the carpet wear out faster. Periodically shampoo the carpet to keep it looking new. Use one of the foam-type carpet cleaners on the market. Follow the instructions that come with the cleaner, applying it with a sponge or soft brush. Keep the carpeting as dry as possible by not adding water to the foam. Fabric Vacuum dirt and dust out of the material frequently. For general cleaning, use a solution of mild soap and lukewarm water, letting it air dry. To clean off stubborn spots, use a commercially-available fabric cleaner. Test it on a hidden area of the fabric first, to make sure it does not bleach or stain the fabric. Follow the instructions that come with the cleaner. Appearance Care Vinyl Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft cloth dampened in a solution of mild soap and water. Use the same solution with a soft-bristle brush on more difficult spots. You can also use commercially-available spray or foam-type vinyl cleaners. Leather Vacuum dirt and dust from the leather frequently. Pay particular attention to the pleats and seams. Clean the leather with a soft cloth dampened with clear water, then buff it with a clean, dry cloth. If further cleaning is needed, use a soap specifically for leather, such as saddle soap. Apply this soap with a damp, soft cloth. Wipe down and buff as described above. Seat Belts LOOP If your seat belts get dirty, you can use a soft brush with a mixture of mild soap and warm water to clean them. Do not use bleach, dye, or cleaning solvents. They can weaken the belt material. Let the belts airdry before you use the car. Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the insides of the loops with a clean cloth dampened in mild soap and warm water or isopropyl alcohol. Wood Trim Clean the wood trim with a soft cloth dipped in clear water and wipe it dry with another soft cloth. Soap may leave a film that dulls the finish. Windows Clean the windows, inside and out, with a commercially-available glass cleaner. You can also use a mixture of one part white vinegar to ten parts water. This will remove the haze that builds up on the inside of the windows. Use a soft cloth or paper towels to clean all glass and clear plastic surfaces. NOTICE Air Fresheners If you want to use an air freshener/ deodorizer in the interior of your car, it is best to use a solid type. Some liquid air fresheners contain chemicals that may cause parts of the interior trim and fabric to crack or discolor. If you use a liquid air freshener, make sure you fasten it securely so it does not spill as you drive. The rear window defogger and antenna wires are bonded to the inside of the glass. Wiping vigorously up-anddown can dislodge and break these wires. When cleaning the rear window, use gentle pressure and wipe side-toside. Appearance Care Main Menu Table of Contents CorrosionProtection Two factors normally contribute to causing corrosion in your car: 1. Moisture trapped in body cavities. Dirt and road salt that collects in hollows on the underside of the vehicle stays damp, promoting corrosion in that area. 2. Removal of paint and protective coatings from the exterior and underside of the car. Many corrosion-preventive measures are built into your Acura. You can help keep your car from corroding by performing some simple periodic maintenance: Repair chips and scratches in the paint as soon as you discover them. Inspect and clean out the drain holes in the bottom of the doors and body. Check the floor coverings for dampness. Carpeting and floor mats may remain damp for a long time, especially in winter. This dampness can eventually cause the floor panels to corrode. Appearance Care Use a high-pressure spray to clean the underside of your car. This is especially important in areas that use road salt in winter. It is also a good idea in humid climates and areas subject to salt air. Be careful of the ABS wheel sensors and wiring at each wheel. Have the corrosion-preventive coatings on the underside of your car inspected and repaired periodically. Main Menu Table of Contents Body Repairs Body repairs can affect your car's resistance to corrosion. If your car needs repairs after a collision, pay close attention to the parts used in the repair and the quality of the work. Make sure the repair facility uses Genuine Acura replacement body parts. Some companies make sheet metal pieces that seem to duplicate the original Acura body parts, but are actually inferior in fit, finish, and corrosion resistance. Once installed, they do not give the same highquality appearance. When reporting your collision to the insurance company, tell them you want Genuine Acura parts used in the repair. Although most insurers recognize the quality of original parts, some may try to specify that the repairs be done with other available parts. You should investigate this before any repairs have begun. Take your car to your authorized Acura dealer for inspection after the repairs are completed. Your dealer can make sure that quality materials were used, and that corrosionpreventive coatings were applied to all repaired and replaced parts. Appearance Care Main Menu 268 Main Menu Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers the morecommon problems that motorists experience with their vehicles. It gives you information about how to safely evaluate the problem and what to do to correct it. If the problem has stranded you on the side of the road, you may be able to get going again. If not, you will also find instructions on getting your car towed. Compact Spare Tire....................... 270 Changing a Flat Tire..................... 271 If Your Engine Won't Start........... 276 Nothing Happens or the Starter Motor Operates Very Slowly......................... 276 The Starter Operates Normally................................. 277 Jump Starting................................. 278 If Your Engine Overheats............. 280 Low Oil Pressure Indicator.......... 282 Charging System Indicator........... 283 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 284 Brake System Indicator................ 285 Closing the Moonroof................... 286 Fuses............................................... 287 Checking and Replacing........... 288 Emergency Towing....................... 292 Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Compact Spare Tire Your car has a compact spare tire that takes up less space. Use this spare tire as a temporary replacement only. Get your regular tire repaired or replaced and put back on your car as soon as you can. Check the inflation pressure of the compact spare tire every time you check the other tires. It should be inflated to: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm2 ) Follow these precautions whenever you are using the compact spare tire: Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) under any circumstances. This tire gives a harsher ride and less traction on some road surfaces than the regular tire. Use greater caution while driving on this tire. Do not mount snow chains on the compact spare. The wheel of the compact spare tire is designed especially to fit your car. Do not use your spare tire on another vehicle unless it is the same make and model. Turn off the VSA system (see page 190). Driving with the compact spare tire may activate the VSA system. Taking Care of the Unexpected INDICATOR LOCATION MARK TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR The compact spare tire has a shorter tread life than a regular tire. Replace it when you can see the tread wear indicator bars. The replacement should be the same size and design tire, mounted on the same wheel. The compact spare tire is not designed to be mounted on a regular wheel, and the compact wheel is not designed for mounting a regular tire. Main Menu Table of Contents Changinga Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, TRUNK stop in a safe place to change it. Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder 3/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  of a busy road is dangerous. Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area to stop that is far away from the traffic lanes. FLOOR HOOK 3. Open the trunk. Raise the trunk floor by lifting up on the back edge. To keep the trunk floor out of the way, attach the hook into the slot in the trunk lid. 4. Take the tool kit out of the trunk. 5. Unscrew the wing bolt and take the spare tire out of its well. The car can easily roll off the jack, seriously injuring anyone underneath. Follow the directions for changing a tire exactly, and never get under the car when it is supported only by the jack. JACK SPARE TIRE TOOL KIT 1. Park the car on firm, level, and non-slippery ground away from traffic. Put the transmission in Park. Apply the parking brake. 2. Turn on the hazard warning lights and turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0). Have all the passengers get out of the car while you change the tire. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire JACK JACKING POINT WHEEL WRENCH 6. Turn the jack's end bracket counterclockwise to loosen it, then remove the jack by lifting it straight up. Taking Care of the Unexpected 7. Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2 turn with the wheel wrench. 8. Locate the jacking point nearest the tire you need to change. It is pointed to by a mark molded into the underside of the body. Place the jack under the jacking point. Turn the end bracket clockwise until the top of the jack contacts the jacking point. Make sure the jacking point tab is resting in the jack notch. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire EXTENSION WHEEL WRENCH 9. Use the extension and wheel wrench as shown to raise the vehicle until the flat tire is off the ground. BRAKE HUB 10. Remove the wheel nuts and flat tire. Temporarily place the flat tire on the ground with the outside surface of the wheel facing up. You could scratch the wheel if you put it face down. 11.Before mounting the spare tire, wipe any dirt off the mounting surface of the wheel and hub with a clean cloth. Wipe the hub carefully, it may be hot from driving. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire 12.Put on the spare tire. Put the wheel nuts back on finger-tight, then tighten them in a crisscross pattern with the wheel wrench until the wheel is firmly against the hub. Do not try to tighten them fully. Taking Care of the Unexpected 13.Lower the car to the ground and remove the jack. 14.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in the same crisscross pattern. Have the wheel nut torque checked at the nearest automotive service facility. Tighten the wheel nuts to: 80 lbf.ft (108 N.m , 11 kgf.m) Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire FLAT TIRE SPACER BASKET 15.Remove the spacer basket from the trunk well. CENTER CAP 16.Remove the center cap before storing the flat tire in the trunk well. RING SPACER CONE WING BOLT 17.Place the flat tire face down in the spare tire well. 18.Wrap the spacer cone and spare tire wing bolt with cloth or paper and store them in the trunk well. CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire, If Your Engine Won't Start 19. Slip the hole at the top of the jack If Your Engine 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  over the bracket in the trunk well. Turn the jack's end bracket to lock it in place. Store the tool kit back in its place. Loose items can fly around the interior in a crash and could seriously injure the occupants. Store the wheel, jack and tools securely before driving. 20. Unclip the hook from the trunk lid and lower the trunk floor. 21. Store the center cap and spacer basket in the trunk. Make sure the center cap will not get scratched or damaged. 22. Close the trunk lid. Taking Care of the Unexpected Won't Start Diagnosing why your engine won't start falls into two areas, depending on what you hear when you turn the key to START (III): You hear nothing, or almost nothing. The engine's starter motor does not operate at all, or operates very slowly. You can hear the starter motor operating normally, or the starter motor sounds like it is spinning faster than normal, but the engine does not start up and run. Nothing Happens or the Starter Motor Operates Very Slowly When you turn the ignition switch to START (III), you do not hear the normal noise of the engine trying to start. You may hear a clicking sound or series of clicks, or nothing at all. Check these things: Your car has the Immobilizer System. You should use a properly-coded master or valet key to start the engine (see page 78). A key that is not properly coded will cause the immobilizer system indicator in the dash panel to blink rapidly. Check the transmission interlock. The transmission must be in Park or Neutral or the starter will not operate. Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Won't Start Turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Turn on the headlights and check their brightness. If the headlights are very dim or don't light at all, the battery is discharged. See Jump Starting on page 278. Turn the ignition switch to START (III). If the headlights do not dim, check the condition of the fuses. If the fuses are OK, there is probably something wrong with the electrical circuit for the ignition switch or starter motor. You will need a qualified technician to determine the problem. (See Emergency Towing on page 292.) If the headlights dim noticeably or go out when you try to start the engine, either the battery is discharged or the connections are corroded. Check the condition of the battery and terminal connections (see page 234). You can then try jump starting the car from a booster battery (see page 278). The Starter Operates Normally In this case, the starter motor's speed sounds normal, or even faster than normal, when you turn the ignition switch to START (III), but the engine does not run. Do you have fuel? Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) for a minute and watch the fuel gauge. The low fuel level warning light may not be working, so you were not reminded to fill the tank. There may be an electrical problem, such as no power to the fuel pump. Check all the fuses (see page 287). If you find nothing wrong, you will need a qualified technician to find the problem. See Emergency Towing on page 292. Are you using the proper starting procedure? Refer to Starting the Engine on page 179 . Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Jump Starting If your car's battery has run down, you may be able to start the engine by using a booster battery. Although this seems like a simple procedure, you should take several precautions. To jump start your car, follow these directions closely: A battery can explode if you do not follow the correct procedure, seriously injuring anyone nearby. Keep all sparks, open flames, and smoking materials away from the battery. You cannot start your Acura by pushing or pulling it. 1. Open the hood and check the physical condition of the battery (see page 234). In very cold weather, check the condition of the electrolyte. If it seems slushy or like ice, do not try jump starting until it thaws. NOTICE If a battery sits in extreme cold, the electrolyte inside can freeze. Attempting to jump start with a frozen battery can cause it to rupture. 2. Turn off all the electrical accessories: climate control, stereo system, lights, etc. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park and set the parking brake. Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting BOOSTER BATTERY 3. Connect one jumper cable to the positive ( + ) terminal on the booster battery. Connect the other end to the positive ( + ) terminal on your Acura's battery. 4. Connect the second jumper cable to the negative ( — ) terminal on the booster battery. Connect the other end to the ground wire on the right side of the engine as shown. Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of the engine. 5. If the booster battery is in another vehicle, have an assistant start that vehicle and run it at a fast idle. 6. Start your car. If the starter motor still operates slowly, check the jumper cable connections to make sure they have good metal-tometal contact. 7. Once your car is running, disconnect the negative cable from your car, then from the booster battery. Disconnect the positive cable from your car, then the booster battery. Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats The pointer of your car's tempera1. Safely pull to the side of the road. Your car can overheat for several ture gauge should stay in the midPut the transmission in Neutral or reasons, such as lack of coolant or a range under most conditions. It may Park and set the parking brake. mechanical problem. The only go higher if you are driving up a long Turn off the climate control and all indication may be the temperature steep hill on a very hot day. If it other accessories. Turn on the gauge climbing to or above the red 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  climbs to the red mark, you should hazard warning indicators. mark. Or you may see steam or determine the reason. spray coming from under the hood. 2. If you see steam and/or spray In either case, you should take coming from under the hood, turn immediate action. NOTICE off the engine. Driving with the temperature gauge pointer at the red mark can cause serious damage to your engine. Steam and spray from an overheated engine can seriously scald you. Do not open the hood if steam is coming out. Taking Care of the Unexpected 3. If you do not see steam or spray, leave the engine running and watch the temperature gauge. If the high heat is due to overloading (climbing a long, steep hill on a hot day with the A/C running, for example), the engine should start to cool down almost immediately. If it does, wait until the temperature gauge comes down to the midpoint then continue driving. Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  4. If the temperature gauge stays at the red mark, turn off the engine. reaches the middle of the temperature gauge, or lower, before checking the radiator. 5. Wait until you see no more signs of steam or spray, then open the hood. 6. Look for any obvious coolant leaks, such as a split radiator hose. Everything is still extremely hot, so use caution. If you find a leak, it must be repaired before you continue driving (see Emergency Towing on page 292). 7. If you don't find an obvious leak, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank (see page 170). If the level is below the MIN mark, add coolant to halfway between the MIN and MAX marks. 8. If there was no coolant in the reserve tank, you may also have to add coolant to the radiator. Let the engine cool down until the pointer Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap. 10. Start the engine and set the temperature control dial to maximum (climate control to FULL AUTO at 90° F/32° C). Add coolant to the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. If you do not have the proper coolant mixture available, you can add plain water. Remember to have the cooling system drained and refilled with the proper mixture as soon as you can. 11. Put the radiator cap back on tightly. Run the engine and watch the temperature gauge. If it goes back to the red mark, the engine needs repair. (See Emergency Towing on page 292.) 9. Using gloves or a large heavy cloth, turn the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pushing down, to the first stop. This releases any remaining pressure in 12. If the temperature stays normal, the cooling system. After the check the coolant level in the pressure releases, push down on radiator reserve tank. If it has the cap and turn it until it comes gone down, add coolant to the off. MAX mark. Put the cap back on tightly. Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Low Oil Pressure Indicator NOTICE Running the engine with low oil pressure can cause serious mechanical damage almost immediately. Turn off the engine as soon as you can safely get the car stopped. 1. Safely pull off the road and shut off the engine. Turn on the hazard warning indicators. LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR This indicator should light when the ignition switch is ON (II), and go out after the engine starts. It should never come on when the engine is running. If it starts flashing, it indicates that the oil pressure dropped very low for a moment, then recovered. If the indicator stays on with the engine running, it shows that the engine has lost oil pressure and serious engine damage is possible. In either case, you should take immediate action. Taking Care of the Unexpected 2. Let the car sit for a minute. Open the hood and check the oil level (see page 169). Although oil level and oil pressure are not directly connected, an engine that is very low on oil can lose pressure during cornering and other driving maneuvers. 3. If necessary, add oil to bring the level back to the full mark on the dipstick (see page 215). 4. Start the engine and watch the oil pressure indicator. If the light does not go out within ten seconds, turn off the engine. There is a mechanical problem that needs to be repaired before you can continue driving. (See Emergency Towing on page 292.) Main Menu Table of Contents Charging System Indicator Immediately turn off all electrical accessories: radio, climate control, rear defogger, cruise control, etc. Try not to use other electricallyoperated controls such as the power windows. Keep the engine running and take extra care not to stall it. Starting the engine will discharge the battery rapidly. By eliminating as much of the electrical load as possible, you can drive several miles (kilometers) before the battery is too discharged to keep the engine running. Drive to a service station or garage where you can get technical assistance. CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR This indicator should come on when the ignition switch is ON (II), and go out after the engine starts. If it comes on brightly when the engine is running, it indicates that the charging system has stopped charging the battery. Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Malfunction Indicator Lamp MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates one of the engine's emissions control systems may have a problem. Even though you may feel no difference in your car's performance, it can reduce your fuel economy and cause your car to put out excessive emissions. Continued operation may cause serious damage. Taking Care of the Unexpected If you have recently refueled your car, the cause of this indicator coming on could be a loose or missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap and tighten it until it clicks several times. Replace the fuel fill cap if it is missing. Tightening the cap will not make the indicator turn off immediately; it takes three driving trips. If the indicator remains on past three driving trips, or the fuel cap was not loose or missing, have the car checked by the dealer as soon as possible. Drive moderately until the dealer has inspected the problem. Avoid full-throttle acceleration and driving at high speed. You should also have the dealer inspect your car if this indicator comes on repeatedly, even though it may turn off as you continue driving. NOTICE If you keep driving with the malfunction indicator lamp on, you can damage your car's emissions controls and engine. Those repairs may not be covered by your car's warranties. Main Menu Table of Contents Brake System Indicator BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* *U.S. indicator shown The Brake System Indicator comes on when you turn the ignition ON (II). If the parking brake is not set, it goes off after you start the engine. If the parking brake is set, it goes off when you fully release the parking brake with the engine running. If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a problem with the car's brake system. In most cases, the problem is a low fluid level in the brake fluid reservoir. Press lightly on the brake pedal to see if it feels normal. If it does, check the brake fluid level the next time you stop at a service station (see page 228). If the fluid level is low, take the car to your dealer and have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. However, if the brake pedal does not feel normal, you should take immediate action. Because of the brake system's dual-circuit design, a problem in one part of the system will still give you braking at two wheels. You will feel the brake pedal go down much farther before the car begins to slow down, and you will have to press harder on the pedal. The distance needed to stop will be much longer. Slow down by shifting to a lower gear, and pull to the side of the road when it is safe. Because of the longer distance needed to stop, it is hazardous to drive the car. You should have it towed, and repaired as soon as possible. (See Emergency Towing on page 292.) If you must drive the car a short distance in this condition, drive slowly and cautiously. If the ABS indicator and the VSA system indicator come on with this indicator, have the car inspected by your dealer immediately. Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Closing the Moonroof If the electric motor will not close the moonroof, do the following: SOCKET 1. Check the fuse for the moonroof motor (see page 287). If the fuse is blown, replace it with one of the same or lower rating. 2. Try closing the moonroof. If the new fuse blows immediately or the moonroof motor still does not operate, you can close the moonroof manually. 3. Get the moonroof wrench out of the tool kit in the trunk. 4. Remove the lens from the rear ceiling light (see page 257). Taking Care of the Unexpected PLUG 5. Remove the plug in the center of the rear ceiling light. 6. Insert the moonroof wrench into the socket behind this plug. Turn the wrench until the moonroof is fully closed. 7. Remove the wrench. Replace the plug and lens. Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses All the electrical circuits in your car have fuses to protect them from a short circuit or overload. These fuses are located in two fuse boxes. INTERIOR UNDER-HOOD TAB KNOB The interior fuse box is underneath the dashboard on the driver's side. To open it, turn the knob as shown. The under-hood fuse box is located in the engine compartment next to the battery. To open it, push the tab as shown. Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses If something electrical in your car stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse. Determine from the chart on pages 290 and 291, or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that component. Check those fuses first, but check all the fuses before deciding that a blown fuse is not the cause. Replace any blown fuses and check the component's operation. 1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0). Make sure the headlights and all other accessories are off. 2. Remove the cover from the fuse box. Taking Care of the Unexpected FUSE PULLER FUSE BLOWN 3. Check each of the large fuses in the under-hood fuse box by looking through the top at the wire inside. Removing these fuses requires a Phillips-head screwdriver. 4. Check the smaller fuses in the under-hood fuse box and all the fuses in the interior fuse box by pulling out each fuse with the fuse puller provided in the door of the interior fuse box. Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses BLOWN 5. Look for a burned wire inside the fuse. If it is burned, replace it with one of the spare fuses of the same rating or lower. If you cannot drive the car without fixing the problem, and you do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the same rating or a lower rating from one of the other circuits. Make sure you can do without that circuit temporarily (such as the cigarette lighter or radio). If you replace the blown fuse with a spare fuse that has a lower rating, it might blow out again. This does not indicate anything wrong. Replace the fuse with one of the correct rating as soon as you can. NOTICE Replacing a fuse with one that has a higher rating greatly increases the chances of damaging the electrical system. If you do not have a replacement fuse with the proper rating for the circuit, install one with a lower rating. 6. If the replacement fuse of the same rating blows in a short time, there is probably a serious electrical problem in your car. Leave the blown fuse in that circuit and have your car checked by a qualified mechanic. If the radio fuse is removed, the audio system will disable itself. The next time you turn on the radio you will see "Code" in the frequency display. Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code (see page 162). CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses INTERIOR FUSE BOX * 1 : On Canadian models Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu Table of Contents Emergency Towing If your car needs to be towed, call a professional towing service or, if you belong to one, an organization that provides roadside assistance. Never tow your car behind another vehicle with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous. There are three popular types of professional towing equipment: Flat-bed Equipment — The operator loads your car on the back of a truck. This is the best way to transport your Acura. Wheel-Lift Equipment — The tow truck uses two pivoting arms that go under the tires (front or rear) and lift them off the ground. The other two tires remain on the ground. This is an acceptable way to tow your Acura. Taking Care of the Unexpected Sling-type Equipment — The tow truck uses metal cables with hooks on the ends. These hooks go around parts of the frame or suspension and the cables lift that end of the car off the ground. Your car's suspension and body can be seriously damaged. This method of towing is unacceptable. If your Acura cannot be transported by flat-bed, it should be towed by wheel-lift equipment with the front wheels off the ground. If, due to damage, your car must be towed with the front wheels on the ground, do the following. Release the parking brake. Shift the transmission to Neutral. NOTICE Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shift the transmission or start the engine, your car must be transported with the front wheels off the ground. With the front wheels on the ground, it is best to tow the car no farther than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the speed below 35 mph (55 km/h). Main Menu Table of Contents Emergency Towing If you decide to tow your car with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properly-designed and attached tow bar. Prepare the car for towing as described above, and leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I) so the steering wheel does not lock. Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power socket are turned off so they do not run down the battery. NOTICE Trying to lift or tow your car by the bumpers will cause serious damage. The bumpers are not designed to support the car's weight. NOTICE The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I), and make sure the steering wheel turns freely before you begin towing. Taking Care of the Unexpected Main Menu 294 Main Menu Technical Information The diagrams in this section give you the dimensions and capacities of your Acura, and the locations of the identification numbers. The explanations of several electronic and mechanical systems on your Acura are for the more technically-oriented owner. Identification Numbers................. 296 Specifications................................. 298 Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System......................................... 300 DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars).............................. 301 Treadwear.................................. 301 Traction....................................... 301 Temperature.............................. 302 Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 303 Driving in Foreign Countries....... 304 Emissions Controls........................ 305 The Clean Air Act...................... 305 Crankcase Emissions Control System..................................... 305 Evaporative Emissions Control System..................................... 305 Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery................................. 305 Exhaust Emissions Controls.... 306 PGM-FI System..................... 306 Ignition Timing Control System................................. 306 Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System.................... 306 Three Way Catalytic Converter............................ 306 Replacement Parts..................... 306 Three Way Catalytic Converter... 307 Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers Your car has several identifying numbers located in various places. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your Acura dealer uses to register your car for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your car. The easiest place to find the VIN is on a plate fastened to the top of the dashboard. You can see it by looking through the windshield on the driver's side. It is also on the Certification label attached to the driver's doorjamb, and is stamped on the engine compartment bulkhead. The VIN is also provided in bar code on the Certification label. CERTIFICATION LABEL Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into the engine block. It is on the front left, below the valve cover. TRANSMISSION NUMBER The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. ENGINE NUMBER Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications *1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine. Reserve tank capacity: 0.172 US gal (0.65 l , 0.143 Imp gal) * 2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine. Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications page 234 page 291 page 290 Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System The Vehicle Stability Assist system (VSA) monitors the car's actions during straight-line acceleration and cornering behavior. It reduces engine power and applies selective braking if it senses any loss of traction. Controlling Traction During Straight-line Acceleration If one drive wheel is turning faster than the other, or both drive wheels are turning faster than the nondriven wheels, VSA senses wheelspin. It reduces engine power and applies braking at the wheels as necessary to increase traction. To do this, VSA monitors the pulse frequencies from the wheel speed sensors. It also uses information from the steering wheel angle sensor and the lateral acceleration sensor to determine if the car is accelerating in a straight line or if it is cornering. VSA can then calculate how much Technical Information wheelspin, if any, to allow. It signals the ECU to reduce fuel flow and retard ignition timing. This reduces available engine power. The ECU will also apply braking at the wheels as necessary. When wheelspin has been controlled, braking and engine control return to normal. Controlling Traction During Cornering VSA monitors steering input and the car's expected response to that input. VSA's yaw rate sensor measures the car's actual cornering behavior. If VSA determines that the car is turning more or less than expected, the system reduces engine power and applies braking at the appropriate wheel to try and maintain adequate traction during cornering. VSA uses the same wheel speed sensor assemblies as the ABS. Additional sensors measure steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, and yaw rate. The control unit monitors the VSA circuitry while driving. If it senses a problem, it turns off the system and illuminates the VSA System Indicator on the instrument panel. Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) The tires on your car meet all U.S. Federal Safety Requirements. All tires are also graded for treadwear, traction, and temperature performance according to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. The following explains these gradings. Uniform Tire Quality Grading Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between the tread shoulder and the maximum section width. For example: Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature A Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one half (1-1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices, and differences in road characteristics and climate. Traction The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance. Warning: The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on straight-ahead braking traction tests, and does not include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics. Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) Temperature The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire's resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. Technical Information Warning: The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading either separately or in combination, can cause heat build-up and possible tire failure. Main Menu Table of Contents Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions. If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirement. Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel's contents. Some states/provinces require this information to be posted on the pump. The following are the U.S. EPA and Canadian CGSB approved percentages of oxygenates: ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol) You may use gasoline containing up to 10 percent ethanol by volume. Gasoline containing ethanol may be marketed under the name "Gasohol." MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) You may use gasoline containing up to 15 percent MTBE by volume. If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline. Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages of oxygenates given above are not covered under warranty. METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol) Your vehicle was not designed to use fuel that contains methanol. Methanol can corrode metal parts in the fuel system, and also damage plastic and rubber components. This damage would not be covered by your warranties. Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Foreign Countries If you are planning to take your Acura outside the U.S. or Canada, contact the tourist bureaus in the areas you will be traveling in to find out about the availability of unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating. If unleaded gasoline is not available, be aware that using leaded gasoline in your Acura will affect performance and fuel mileage, and damage its emissions controls. It will no longer comply with U.S. and Canadian emissions regulations, and will be illegal to operate in North America. To bring your car back into compliance will require the replacement of several components, such as the oxygen sensors and the three way catalytic converter. These replacements are not covered under warranty. Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls The burning of gasoline in your car's engine produces several byproducts. Some of these are carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC). Gasoline evaporating from the tank also produces hydrocarbons. Controlling the production of NOx, CO, and HC is important to the environment. Under certain conditions of sunlight and climate, NOx and HC react to form photochemical "smog." Carbon monoxide does not contribute to smog creation, but it is a poisonous gas. The Clean Air Act The United States Clean Air Act* sets standards for automobile emissions. It also requires that automobile manufacturers explain to owners how their emissions controls work and what to do to maintain them. This section summarizes how the emissions controls work. Scheduled maintenance is on page 206. * In Canada, Acura vehicles comply with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) for Emissions valid at the time they are manufactured. Crankcase Emissions Control System Your car has a Positive Crankcase Ventilation System. This keeps gasses that build up in the engine's crankcase from going into the atmosphere. The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve routes them from the crankcase back to the intake manifold. They are then drawn into the engine and burned. Evaporative Emissions Control System As gasoline evaporates in the fuel tank, an evaporative emissions control canister filled with charcoal adsorbs the vapor. It is stored in this canister while the engine is off. After the engine is started and warmed up, the vapor is drawn into the engine and burned during driving. Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery The Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) system captures the fuel vapors during refueling. The vapors are adsorbed in a canister filled with activated carbon. While driving, the fuel vapors are drawn into the engine and burned off. Technical Information Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls Exhaust Emissions Controls The exhaust emissions controls include four systems: PGM-FI, Ignition Timing Control, Exhaust Gas Recirculation and Three Way Catalytic Converter. These four systems work together to control the engine's combustion and minimize the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust emissions control systems are separate from the crankcase and evaporative emissions control systems. Ignition Timing Control System This system constantly adjusts the ignition timing, reducing the amount of HC, CO and NOx produced. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System The Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system takes some of the exhaust gas and routes it back into the intake manifold. Adding exhaust gas to the air/fuel mixture reduces the amount of NOx produced when the fuel is burned. PGM-FI System Three Way Catalytic Converter The PGM-FI System uses sequential multiport fuel injection. It has three subsystems: Air Intake, Engine Control, and Fuel Control. The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) uses various sensors to determine how much air is going into the engine. It then controls how much fuel to inject under all operating conditions. The three way catalytic converter is in the exhaust system. Through chemical reactions, it converts HC, CO, and NOx in the engine's exhaust to carbon dioxide (CO2), dinitrogen (N 2 ), and water vapor. Technical Information Replacement Parts The emissions control systems are designed and certified to work together in reducing emissions to levels that comply with the Clean Air Act. To make sure the emissions remain low, you should use only new Genuine Acura replacement parts or their equivalent for repairs. Using lower quality parts may increase the emissions from your car. The emissions control systems are covered by warranties separate from the rest of your car. Read your warranty manual for more information. Main Menu Table of Contents Three Way Catalytic Converter Keep the engine tuned-up. The three way catalytic converter contains precious metals that serve as catalysts, promoting chemical reactions to convert the exhaust gasses without affecting the metals. The catalytic converter is referred to as a three-way catalyst, since it acts on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement unit must be an original Acura part or its equivalent. The three way catalytic converter must operate at a high temperature for the chemical reactions to take place. It can set on fire any combustible materials that come near it. Park your car away from high grass, dry leaves, or other flammables. Have your car diagnosed and repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling, or otherwise not running properly. THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER A defective three way catalytic converter contributes to air pollution, and can impair your engine's performance. Follow these guidelines to protect your car's three way catalytic converter. Always use unleaded gasoline. Even a small amount of leaded gasoline can contaminate the catalyst metals, making the three way catalytic converter ineffective. Technical Information Main Menu Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Relations Information................................. 310 Canada Zone Office Map.............. 311 Warranty Coverages..................... 312 Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles)........................... 313 Authorized Manuals...................... 315 Warranty and Customer Relations Main Menu Table of Contents Customer Relations Information Acura dealership personnel are trained professionals. They should be able to answer all your questions. If you encounter a problem that your dealership does not solve to your satisfaction, please discuss it with the dealership's management. The Service Manager or General Manager can help. Almost all problems are solved in this way. If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership's management, contact the Acura Customer Relations Office. U.S. Owners: Acura Automobile Division Client Services Office American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 1919 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501-2746 or telephone: (800) 382-2238 In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Vortex Motor Corp. Bella International P.O. Box 190816 San Juan, PR 00919-0816 (787) 250-4327 Canadian Owners: Refer to the Canadian Zone Office Map on the next page. Warranty and Customer Relations When you call or write, please give us this information: Vehicle Identification Number (see page 296) Name and address of the dealer who services your car Date of purchase Mileage on your car Your name, address, and telephone number A detailed description of the problem Name of the dealer who sold the car to you Main Menu Table of Contents Canada Zone Office Map CUSTOMER RELATIONS RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTELE Honda Canada Inc. 715 Milner Avenue Toronto, ON M1B 2K8 Tel: 1-888-9-ACURA-9 Fax: Toll-free 1-877-939-0909 Toronto (416) 287-4776 Honda Canada Inc. National Office Warranty and Customer Relations Main Menu Table of Contents Warranty Coverages U.S. Owners Your new Acura is covered by these warranties: New Vehicle Limited Warranty — covers your new vehicle, except for the battery, emissions control systems and accessories, against defects in materials and workmanship. Emissions Control Systems Defects Warranty and Emissions Performance Warranty — these two warranties cover your vehicle's emissions control systems. Time, mileage, and coverage are conditional. Please read the warranty manual for exact information. Original Equipment Battery Limited Warranty — this warranty gives up to 100 percent credit toward a replacement battery. Warranty and Customer Relations Seat Belt Limited Warranty — a seat belt that fails to function properly is covered for the useful life of the vehicle. Replacement Battery Limited Warranty — provides prorated coverage for a replacement battery purchased from an Acura dealer. Rust Perforation Limited Warranty — all exterior body panels are covered for rust-through from the inside for the specified time period with no mileage limit. Replacement Muffler Lifetime Limited Warranty — provides coverage for as long as the purchaser of the muffler owns the vehicle. Accessory Limited Warranty — Genuine Acura Accessories are covered under this warranty. Time and mileage limits depend on the type of accessory and other factors. Please read your warranty manual for details. Restrictions and exclusions apply to all these warranties. Please read the 2000 Acura Warranty Information booklet that came with your car for precise information on warranty coverages. Your Acura's original tires are covered by their manufacturer. Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet. Replacement Parts Limited Warranty — covers all Genuine Acura replacement parts against defects in materials and workmanship. Canadian Owners Please refer to the 2000 Warranty Manual that came with your car. Main Menu Table of Contents Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Acura Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Acura Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline. Warranty and Customer Relations Main Menu Table of Contents This page left intentionally blank 314 Main Menu Table of Contents Authorized Manuals Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) The following publications covering the operation and servicing of your vehicle can be obtained from Helm Incorporated, either by filling out the attached form or, for credit card holders, calling the toll-free phone number on the form. For manuals prior to the year shown below, contact Helm Incorporated, P.O. Box 07280, Detroit, Michigan 48207, or call 1-800-782-4356. Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should contact their authorized Acura dealer. By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to Helm Incorporated at the address shown on the back of the order form. 61SZ304 61SZ304EL 61SZ330 31SZ3640 31SZ3740 Main Menu Table of Contents Authorized Manuals Service Manual: This manual covers maintenance and recommended procedures for repair to engine and chassis components. It is written for the Journeyman mechanic, but is simple enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to understand. Electrical Troubleshooting Manual: This manual complements the Service Manual by providing in-depth troubleshooting information for each electrical circuit in your vehicle. Body Repair Manual: This manual describes the procedures involved in the replacement of damaged body parts. These Publications cannot be returned for credit without receiving advance authorization within 14 days of delivery. On returns, a restocking fee may be applied against the original order. P.O. BOX 07280 DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48207 1-800-782-4356 Main Menu Index Accessories and Modifications.... 174 Accessories................................. 174 Additional Safety Precautions.. 175 Modifications............................. 175 ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Position)........................................ 80 Accessory Power Socket.............. 114 Adding Automatic Transmission Fluid........................................ 226 Brake Fluid................................. 227 Differential Oil........................... 227 Engine Coolant........................... 219 Engine Oil................................... 215 Power Steering Fluid................. 228 Windshield Washer Fluid......... 225 Additional Information About Your Airbags............................ 48 Additional Safety Precautions.... 48 Airbag Service.............................. 48 Additional Information About Your Front Airbags................. 43 How the SRS Indicator Works... 45 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 43 SRS Components......................... 43 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts........................ 40 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners................................ 41 Lap/Shoulder Belt....................... 40 Seat Belt Maintenance................ 42 Seat Belt System Components... 40 Additional Information About Your Side Airbags.................... 46 How The Side Airbag Indicator Light Works............................. 47 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 46 Additives, Engine Oil..................... 216 Adjustments Head Restraints........................... 95 Mirrors.......................................... 98 Seats.............................................. 93 Steering Wheel............................ 71 Airbag (SRS).......................... 9, 43, 46 Air Cleaner Element...................... 229 Air Conditioning Filter.................. 240 Air Conditioning System............... 120 Maintenance............................... 239 Usage.................................. 122, 127 Air Outlets (Vents)........................ 120 Air Pressure, Tires........................ 242 Alarm, Anti-theft............................ 162 Alcohol in Gasoline........................ 303 Aluminum Wheels, Cleaning........ 263 Antifreeze....................................... 219 Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Indicator Light..................... 56, 187 Operation.................................... 186 Anti-theft, Audio System............... 162 Anti-theft Steering Column Lock............................................... 80 Anti-theft System........................... 163 Appearance Care........................... 261 Armrest............................................. 96 Ashtrays.......................................... 116 Audio Controls, Remote................ 161 Audio System................................. 134 Automatic Climate Control System......................................... 120 Automatic Lighting.......................... 64 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners.................................... 41 CONTINUED Main Menu Index Automatic Speed Control................ 73 Automatic Transmission............... 180 Capacity, Fluid........................... 298 Checking Fluid Level................ 226 Shifting........................................ 180 Shift Lever Position Indicator.. 180 Shift Lever Positions................. 180 Shift Lock Release..................... 183 Battery Charging System Indicator............................ 54, 283 Jump Starting............................. 278 Maintenance............................... 234 Specifications............................. 299 Before Driving............................... 165 Belts, Seat..................................... 8, 40 Beverage Holder............................ 111 Body Repair.................................... 267 Brakes Anti-lock System (ABS)............ 186 Break-in, New Linings .............. 166 Fluid............................................ 227 Light, Burned-out...................... 254 Parking........................................ 108 System Indicator.................. 54, 285 Wear Indicators......................... 185 Brakes, ABS Operation.................................... 186 System Indicator.................. 56, 187 Braking System.............................. 185 Break-in, New Car......................... 166 Brightness Control, Instruments... 66 Brights, Headlights......................... 63 Bulb Replacement Back-up Lights........................... 254 Brake Lights............................... 254 Ceiling Lights............................. 257 Courtesy Lights......................... 257 Fog Lights.................................. 251 Front Side Marker Lights......... 253 Headlights.................................. 250 High-mount Brake Light.......... 255 License Plate Lights.................. 256 Specifications............................. 299 Trunk Light................................ 258 Turn Signal Lights..................... 253 Bulbs, Halogen............................... 250 Cables, Jump Starting With.......... 278 Cancel Button................................... 75 Capacities Chart............................. 298 Carbon Monoxide Hazard.............. 49 Carrying, Cargo............................. 174 Cassette Player Care............................................. 154 Operation........................... 139, 151 CAUTION, Explanation of............... ii CD Changer................. 142, 155, 157 Ceiling Lights................................. 117 Certification Label......................... 296 Chains............................................. 247 Change Oil How to......................................... 217 When to....................................... 206 Changing a Flat Tire..................... 271 Changing Engine Coolant............. 221 Charging System Indicator.... 54, 283 Checking Automatic Transmission Fluid........................................ 226 Battery Condition...................... 234 Brake Fluid................................. 227 Main Menu Index Differential Oil........................... 227 Drive Belts.................................. 240 Engine Coolant........................... 170 Engine Oil................................... 169 Fuses........................................... 288 Power Steering Fluid................. 228 Checklist, Before Driving............. 178 Childproof Door Locks................... 85 Cigarette Lighter........................... 115 Cleaner, Air.................................... 229 Cleaning Aluminum Wheels..................... 263 Carpeting.................................... 264 Exterior....................................... 262 Fabric.......................................... 264 Interior........................................ 264 Leather........................................ 264 Seat Belts.................................... 264 Vinyl............................................ 264 Windows..................................... 265 Wood Trim................................. 265 Climate Control System................ 120 Clock, Setting the.......................... 108 Code, Audio System...................... 162 CO in the Exhaust......................... 305 Coin Box......................................... 112 Cold Weather, Starting in............. 179 Compact Spare............................... 270 Console Compartment.................. 112 Consumer Information*................ 310 Controls, Instruments and.............. 51 Coolant Adding......................................... 219 Checking..................................... 170 Proper Solution.......................... 219 Replacing.................................... 221 Temperature Gauge.................... 60 Corrosion Protection..................... 266 Courtesy Lights............................. 118 Crankcase Emissions Control System......................................... 305 Cruise Control Operation............... 73 Customer Relations Office........... 310 DANGER, Explanation of................. ii Dashboard.................................... 2, 52 Daytime Running Lights................. 65 Dead Battery, What to Do............ 278 Defects, Reporting Safety............. 313 Defogger, Rear Window................. 71 Defrosting the Windows....... 126, 131 DEXRON® III Automatic Transmission Fluid.................... 226 Differential Oil ............................... 227 Dimensions..................................... 298 Dimming the Headlights................ 63 Dipstick Automatic Transmission........... 226 Engine Oil................................... 169 Directional Signals........................... 66 Disabled, Towing Your Car If...... 292 Disc Brake Wear Indicators......... 185 Disposal of Used Oil...................... 218 Doors Locking and Unlocking............... 81 Lockout Prevention..................... 82 Monitor Light............................... 57 Power Door Locks....................... 81 DOT Tire Quality Grading........... 301 Drive Belts...................................... 240 Driver and Passenger Safety............ 5 CONTINUED Main Menu Index Driving............................................ 177 Economy..................................... 171 In Bad Weather.......................... 192 In Foreign Countries................. 304 Driving Position Memory System......................................... 100 Economy, Fuel............................... 171 Emergencies on the Road............. 269 Battery, Jump Starting.............. 278 Brake System Indicator............ 285 Changing a Flat Tire................. 271 Charging System Indicator...... 283 Checking the Fuses................... 288 Low Oil Pressure Indicator...... 282 Malfunction Indicator Lamp.... 284 Manually Closing Moonroof.... 286 Overheated Engine................... 280 Emergency Brake.......................... 108 Emergency Flashers....................... 70 Emergency Towing....................... 292 Emissions Controls........................ 305 Engine Belts............................................. 240 Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 60 Malfunction Indicator Lamp................................. 55, 284 Oil Pressure Indicator......... 54, 282 Oil, What Kind to Use............... 215 Overheating................................ 280 Specifications............................. 299 Speed Limiter............................. 182 Engine Speed Limiter.................... 182 Ethanol in Gasoline ....................... 303 Evaporative Emissions Controls.. 305 Exhaust Fumes................................ 49 Exhaust Gas Recirculation System......................................... 306 Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Belts by......................................... 18 Exterior, Cleaning the................... 262 Fabric, Cleaning............................. 264 Fan, Interior........................... 124, 129 Features, Comfort and Convenience............................... 119 Filling the Fuel Tank..................... 167 Filters Air Cleaner................................. 229 Air Conditioning........................ 240 Oil................................................ 217 First Gear, Shifting........................ 182 Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 70 Flat Tire, Changing a.................... 271 Fluids Automatic Transmission........... 226 Brake........................................... 227 Differential................................. 227 Power Steering........................... 228 Windshield Washer................... 225 FM Stereo Radio Reception............................ 135, 145 Fog Lights......................................... 67 Foreign Countries, Driving in...... 304 Four-way Flashers........................... 70 Front Airbags............................... 9, 43 Front End, Towing by Emergency Wrecker................. 292 Fuel.................................................. 166 Fill Door and Cap....................... 167 Gauge............................................ 60 Octane Requirement................. 166 Oxygenated................................ 303 Main Menu Index Reserve Indicator......................... 57 Tank, Filling the......................... 167 Fuel Mileage, Improving............... 171 Fuses, Checking the...................... 288 Gasohol........................................... 303 Gasoline.......................................... 166 Fuel Reserve Indicator................ 57 Gauge............................................ 60 Octane Requirement................. 166 Tank, Filling the......................... 167 Gas Station Procedures................. 167 Gauges.............................................. 58 Engine Coolant Temperature .... 60 Fuel................................................ 60 Maintenance Required Indicator.................................... 61 GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) ........................................ 195 Gearshift Lever Positions .............180 Glass Cleaning............................... 265 Glove Box......................................... 87 GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) ........................................ 195 Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 250 Hazard Warning Flashers............... 70 Headlights Automatic Lighting..................... 64 Daytime Running Lights............. 65 High Beam Indicator................... 57 High Beams, Turning on............ 63 Lights On Indicator..................... 55 Low Beams, Turning on............. 63 Reminder Chime.......................... 63 Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 250 Turning on.................................... 63 Head Restraints............................... 95 Heating and Cooling...................... 120 High Altitude, Starting at.............. 179 High-Low Beam Switch .................. 63 High-mount Brake Light............... 255 HomeLink Universal Transmitter.................................. 88 Hood Latch..................................... 229 Hood, Opening the ........................ 168 Horn................................................... 62 Hot Coolant, Warning about........ 219 Hydroplaning.................................. 193 Identification Number, Vehicle.... 296 If Your Car Has to be Towed....... 292 Ignition Keys............................................... 77 Switch............................................ 80 Timing Control System............. 306 Immobilizer System......................... 78 Important Safety Precautions .......... 6 Indicator Lights, Instrument Panel.............................................. 53 Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 241 Inside Mirror.................................... 98 Inspection, Tire.............................. 243 Instrument Panel............................. 53 Instrument Panel Brightness......... 66 Interior Cleaning............................ 264 Introduction......................................... i CONTINUED Main Menu Index Jacking up the Car......................... 272 Jack, Tire........................................ 272 Jump Starting................................. 278 Keys................................................... 77 Label, Certification........................ 296 Lane Change, Signaling.................. 66 Lap/Shoulder Belt........................... 40 Leaking of Exhaust into Car.......... 49 Learning Key.................................... 78 Leather, Cleaning.......................... 264 Lights On Indicator......................... 55 Lighter, Cigarette.......................... 115 Lights Bulb Replacement..................... 250 Ceiling......................................... 117 Courtesy...................................... 118 Indicator........................................ 53 Parking.......................................... 63 Turn Signal................................... 66 Load Limit...................................... 175 LOCK (Ignition Key Position)....... 80 Locks Anti-theft Steering Column........ 80 Childproof Door........................... 85 Fuel Fill Door............................. 167 Glove Box..................................... 87 Power Door.................................. 81 Trunk............................................ 86 Trunk Pass-through Cover......... 97 Low Coolant Level......................... 170 Low Fuel Indicator.......................... 57 Low Oil Pressure Indicator.... 54, 282 Lubricant Specifications Chart........................................... 298 Luggage.......................................... 174 Maintenance................................... 201 Owner Maintenance Checks.... 213 Record.................................. 211- 212 Required Indicator....................... 61 Safety........................................... 202 Schedule.............................. 206- 210 Malfunction Indicator Lamp .. 55, 284 Memory, Driving Position............ 100 Meters, Gauges................................ 58 Methanol in Gasoline.................... 303 Mirrors, Adjusting........................... 98 Moonroof........................................ 106 Closing Manually....................... 286 Operation.................................... 106 Neutral Gear Position.................... 181 New Vehicle Break-in ................... 166 NOTICE, Explanation of.................... i Numbers, Identification................ 296 Octane Requirement, Gasoline.... 166 Odometer.......................................... 59 Odometer, Trip................................ 59 Oil Change, How to......................... 217 Change, When to....................... 206 Checking Engine....................... 169 Pressure Indicator............... 54, 282 Main Menu Index Selecting Proper Viscosity Chart....................................... 216 ON (Ignition Key Position)............ 80 Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery..................................... 305 Opening the Hood......................... 168 Opening the Trunk.......................... 86 Operation in Foreign Countries... 304 Outside Mirrors............................... 98 Outside Temperature Indicator..... 59 Overheating, Engine..................... 280 Owner Maintenance Checks........ 213 Oxygenated Fuels.......................... 303 Paint Touch-up............................... 263 Panel Brightness Control............... 66 Park Gear Position......................... 181 Parking............................................ 184 Parking Brake................................ 108 Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator.................. 54, 285 Parking Lights.................................. 63 Parking Over Things that Burn... 307 PGM-FI System.............................. 306 Polishing and Waxing................... 263 Power Door Locks................................... 81 Mirrors.......................................... 98 Seat Controls................................ 93 Steering....................................... 228 Steering Wheel............................ 71 Windows..................................... 105 Pre-Drive Safety Checklist............. 11 Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts.......... 18 Protecting Adults............................. 12 Additional Safety Precautions.... 19 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Protecting Children......................... 20 Protecting Infants........................ 28 Protecting Larger Children........ 35 Protecting Small Children.......... 32 Using Child Seats with Tethers...................................... 39 Radiator Overheating.................... 280 Radio/Cassette Sound System .... 134 Rear End Towing........................... 292 Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement... 254 Rear Seat Armrest........................... 97 Rear Ventilation............................. 132 Rear View Mirror............................. 98 Rear Window Defogger.................. 71 Reclining the Seat Backs................ 94 Reminder Lights.............................. 53 Remote Transmitter........................ 82 Replacement Information Air Cleaner Element.................. 229 Air Conditioning Filter.............. 240 Engine Coolant........................... 221 Engine Oil and Filter................. 217 Fuses........................................... 288 Light Bulbs................................. 250 Schedule..................................... 204 Spark Plugs................................. 231 Tires............................................ 245 Wiper Blades.............................. 237 Replacing Seat Belts After a Crash............................................. 42 Reserve Tank, Engine Coolant.... 170 Reverse Gear Position................... 181 Rotation, Tire................................. 244 CONTINUED Main Menu Index Safety Belts......................................... 8 Safety Defects, Reporting*.......... 313 Safety Features.................................. 7 Airbags............................................ 9 Door Locks................................... 10 Head Restraints........................... 10 Seat Belts........................................ 8 Seats & Seat-Backs...................... 10 Safety Labels, Location of.............. 50 Safety Messages................................ ii Seat Belt, Additional Information............................... 40 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners................................ 41 Lap/Shoulder Belt....................... 40 Seat Belt Maintenance................ 42 Seat Belt System Components... 40 Seat Belts...................................... 8, 40 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Child Seat Anchor Plate.............. 39 Cleaning...................................... 264 Maintenance................................. 42 Reminder Light and Beeper................................. 40, 54 Replacement................................. 42 System Components.................... 40 Tether Anchorage Points........... 39 Use During Pregnancy................ 18 Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt.... 15 Seat Heaters................................... 102 Seat Position Memory................... 100 Seats, Adjusting the......................... 93 Security Alarm System ................. 163 Serial Number................................ 296 Service Intervals............................ 206 Service Manual*............................ 315 Service Station Procedures .......... 167 Setting the Clock........................... 108 Shifting the Automatic Transmission.............................. 180 Shift Lever Position Indicator...... 180 Shift Lock Release......................... 183 Side Airbags..................................... 46 How The Side Airbag Indicator Light Works............................. 47 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 46 Side Marker Lights, Bulb Replacement in.......................... 253 Signaling Turns................................ 66 Ski Sleeve........................................ 103 Snow Tires...................................... 247 Solvent-type Cleaners.................... 262 Sound System................................. 134 Spare Tire Inflating....................................... 270 Specifications............................. 299 Spark Plugs, Replacing................. 231 Specifications Charts..................... 298 Speed Control................................... 73 Speedometer.................................... 58 Spotlights........................................ 117 SRS, Additional Information..... 43, 46 Additional Safety Precautions.... 48 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners................................ 41 How the SRS Indicator Works... 45 How Your Airbags Work...... 43, 46 SRS Components......................... 43 SRS Service................................... 48 SRS Indicator.............................. 45, 55 START (Ignition Key Position)..... 80 Starting the Engine........................ 179 In Cold Weather at High Altitude................................... 179 With a Dead Battery ................. 278 Steam Coming from Engine......... 280 Main Menu Index Steering Wheel Adjustments................................. 71 Anti-theft Column Lock.............. 80 Position Memory....................... 100 Stereo Sound System.................... 134 Storing Your Car............................ 259 Sun Visor......................................... 113 Sunglasses Holder......................... 110 Supplemental Restraint System............................. 9, 43, 46 Service Precautions..................... 48 Servicing....................................... 48 SRS Indicator.......................... 45, 55 System Components.................... 43 Tensioners, Seat Belts................ 41 Synthetic Oil................................... 216 Tachometer...................................... 58 Taillights, Changing Bulbs in....... 254 Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 269 Tape Player ........................... 139, 154 Technical Descriptions DOT Tire Quality Grading....... 301 Driving in Foreign Countries... 304 Emissions Control Systems...... 305 Oxygenated Fuels...................... 303 Three Way Catalytic Converter................................ 307 Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System..................................... 300 Temperature Gauge........................ 60 Tensioners, Seat Belts .................... 41 Tether Anchorage Points............... 39 Theft Deterrent System................ 163 Theft Protection............................. 162 Three Way Catalytic Converter... 307 Time, Setting the........................... 108 Timing Belt..................................... 241 Tire Chains..................................... 247 Tire, How to Change a Flat.......... 271 Tires................................................ 241 Air Pressure............................... 242 Balancing.................................... 244 Checking Wear.......................... 243 Compact Spare........................... 270 DOT Tire Quality Grading....... 301 Inflation....................................... 241 Inspection................................... 243 Maintenance............................... 244 Replacing.................................... 245 Rotating....................................... 244 Snow............................................ 247 Specifications............................. 299 Tools, Tire Changing.................... 271 Torn Seat Belts................................ 42 Towing A Trailer...................................... 194 By Emergency Wrecker........... 292 Transmission Checking Fluid Level, Automatic............................... 226 Fluid Selection............................ 226 Identification Number............... 297 Shifting the Automatic.............. 180 Treadwear...................................... 301 Trip Meter........................................ 59 Trunk................................................. 86 Opening the.................................. 86 Open Monitor Light.................... 57 Turn Signals..................................... 66 CONTINUED Main Menu Index Viscosity, Oil................................... 216 Underside, Cleaning...................... 266 Unexpected, Taking Care of the........................................... 269 Uniform Tire Quality Grading..... 301 Unleaded Gasoline......................... 166 Upholstery Cleaning...................... 264 Used Oil, How to Dispose of........ 218 Vanity Mirror................................. 113 Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 175 Vehicle Dimensions....................... 298 Vehicle Identification Number..... 296 Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System..................................... 189 Technical Description............... 300 VSA System Indicator........ 56, 190 VSA Activation Indicator... 56, 189 VSA Off Switch.......................... 190 Vehicle Storage.............................. 259 Ventilation...................................... 120 VIN.................................................. 296 Vinyl Cleaning................................ 264 Warning Beepers Headlights on............................... 63 Key in Ignition.............................. 80 Seat Belts................................ 40, 54 WARNING, Explanation of.............. ii Warning Labels, Location of.......... 50 Warranty Coverages*................... 312 Washer, Windshield Checking the Fluid Level......... 225 Operation...................................... 70 Washing.......................................... 262 Waxing and Polishing................... 263 Wheels Adjusting the Steering................ 71 Alignment and Balance............. 244 Cleaning Aluminum Alloys....... 263 Compact Spare........................... 270 Wrench....................................... 272 Windows Cleaning...................................... 265 Operating the Power................. 105 Rear, Defogger............................ 71 Windshield Cleaning........................................ 68 Defroster............................ 126, 131 Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades........................ 237 Operation...................................... 68 Wood Trim..................................... 265 Worn Tires..................................... 243 Wrecker, Emergency Towing...... 292 * U.S. and Canada only Main Menu Service Information Summary Gasoline: Premium unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 91 or higher. Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.0 US gal (68 l ,15.0 Imp gal) Recommended Engine Oil: API Service SJ "Energy Conserving" oil, SAE 5W-30 viscosity (see page 215). Oil change capacity (including filter): 4.9 US qt (4.6 l , 4.0 Imp qt) Automatic Transmission Fluid: Honda Premium Formula Automatic Transmission Fluid preferred, or a DEXRON® III ATF as a temporary replacement (see page 226). Power Steering Fluid: Genuine Honda Power Steering Fluid preferred, or another brand of power steering fluid as a temporary replacement. Do not use ATF (see page 228). Brake Fluid: Genuine Honda DOT 3 Brake Fluid preferred, or a DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary replacement (see page 227). Tire Pressure (measured cold): Front/Rear: 2 29 psi (200 kPa , 2.0 kgf/cm ) Spare Tire Pressure: 2 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )