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2005 TSX 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..................................................................................................................... 4 Driver and Passenger Safety .............................................................................................................. 7 Seat belts, SRS, and child protection Instruments and Controls................................................................................................................. 51 Indicators, gauges, dashboard, and steering column Features ..............................................................................................................................................99 Climate, audio, steering wheel, security, cruise control, and HomeLink Before Driving.................................................................................................................................. 151 Fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 165 Engine and transmission operation Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 189 Schedules, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 235 Flat tire, dead battery, overheating, fuses Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 259 Vehicle specifications, tires, fuels, and emissions controls Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 273 Warranty and contact information Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 277 How to order Index...................................................................................................................................................... I Service Information Summary Fluid capacities and tire pressures Main Menu Owner’s Identification This Owner’s Manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold. OWNER This Owner’s Manual covers all models of the TSX. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model. ADDRESS STREET CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE V. I. N. DELIVERY DATE The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatsoever. (Date sold to original retail purchaser) DEALER NAME DEALER NO. ADDRESS STREET CITY OWNER’S SIGNATURE DEALER’S SIGNATURE STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE POUR CLIENTS CANADIEN AVIS IMPORTANT: Si vous avez besoin d’un Manuel du Conducteur en français, veuillez demander à votre concessionnaire de commander le numéro de pièce 33SEAC10 . Main Menu Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2005 Acura TSX was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Acura is to read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner’s manual in your vehicle so you can refer to it at any time. As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your Acura, other property, or the environment. California Proposition 65 Warning Several warranties protect your new Acura. Read the warranty booklet thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. Maintaining your vehicle according to the schedules given in this manual helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Acura dealer’s staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your Acura. Your Acura dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns. WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with one or more recording devices commonly referred to as event data recorders or sensing and diagnostic modules. i Main Menu A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this vehicle safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others. Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your vehicle. You must use your own good judgement. You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including: Safety Labels − on the vehicle. Safety Messages − preceded by a safety alert symbol and one of three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. These signal words mean: You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions. You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions. Safety Headings − such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions. Safety Section − such as Driver and Passenger Safety. Instructions − how to use this vehicle correctly and safely. This entire book is filled with important safety information − please read it carefully. ii Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance DIGITAL CLOCK (P.141) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.112) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.88) DOOR LOCK SWITCH (P.75) HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS (P.100) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.89) TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE (P.80) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE (P.154) 4 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.170) MANUAL TRANSMISSION (P.168) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.155) PARKING BRAKE LEVER (P.93) Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P. 68) Your Vehicle at a Glance HEADLIGHTS/ TURN SIGNALS (P. 66) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P. 65) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P. 69) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P. 139) CRUISE CONTROLS (P. 143) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P. 69) MOONROOF SWITCH (P. 92) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P. 181) HORN TILT/TELESCOPIC ADJUSTMENT (P. 70) 5 Main Menu 6 Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety Important Safety Precautions .......... 8 Your Vehicle’s Safety Features........ 9 Seat Belts ...................................... 10 Airbags .......................................... 11 Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 13 1. Close and Lock the Doors ...... 13 2. Adjust the Front Seats ............ 13 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs ............. 14 4. Adjust the Head Restraints .... 15 5. Fasten and Position the Seat Belts ...................................... 16 6. Maintain a Proper Sitting Position ................................. 17 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Additional Safety Precautions .... 19 Additional Information About Your Seat Belts .................................. 20 Seat Belt System Components ... 20 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 20 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 21 Seat Belt Maintenance ................ 21 Additional Information About Your Airbags ...................................... 23 Airbag System Components ....... 23 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 24 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 26 How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work.......................................... 27 How the SRS Indicator Works ... 27 How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ....................... 28 Airbag Service .............................. 28 Additional Safety Precautions .... 29 Protecting Children − General Guidelines ................................. 30 All Children Must Be Restrained ................................ 30 All Children Should Sit in the Back Seat .................................. 31 The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks .......... 31 Infants ........................................... 31 Small Children.............................. 31 Larger Children ........................... 31 If You Must Drive with Several Children .................................... 33 If a Child Requires Close Attention ................................... 33 Additional Safety Precautions .... 34 Protecting Infants and Small Children.......................... 35 Protecting Infants ........................ 35 Protecting Small Children .......... 36 Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 37 Installing a Child Seat ..................... 38 Installing a Child Seat with LATCH...................................... 39 Protecting Larger Children ............ 44 When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front ..................................... 46 Additional Safety Precautions .... 47 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 48 Safety Labels .................................... 49 7 Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important information about how to protect yourself and your passengers. It shows you how to use seat belts. It explains how your airbags work. And it tells you how to properly restrain infants and children in your vehicle. Main Menu Table of Contents Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The recommendations on this page are the ones we consider to be the most important. Always Wear Your Seat Belt A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags are designed to supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and wear them properly (see page 16 ). Restrain All Children Children age 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat. Larger children should use a booster and a lap/shoulder belt until they can use the belt properly without a booster (see pages 30 − 47 ). 8 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. Control Your Speed Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted. 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. Keep Your Vehicle in Safe Condition Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance (see page 191 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features (3) (10) (8) (9) (1) (4) (9) (8) Some features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment; front and rear crush zones; a collapsible steering column; and tensioners that tighten the front seat belts in a crash. (7) (5) * : if equipped (2) (7) (6) (11) (1) Safety Cage (2) Crush Zones (3) Seats and Seat-Backs (4) Head Restraints (5) Collapsible Steering Column (6) Seat Belts (7) Front Airbags (8) Side Airbags (9) Side Curtain Airbags* (10) Door Locks (11) Seat Belt Tensioners However, you and your passengers can’t take full advantage of these features unless you remain sitting in a proper position and always wear your seat belts. In fact, some safety features can contribute to injuries if they are not used properly. The following pages explain how you can take an active role in protecting yourself and your passengers. 9 Driver and Passenger Safety (2) Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Seat Belts Your vehicle is equipped with seat belts in all seating positions. Your seat belt system also includes a light on the instrument panel to remind you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags. Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear them properly. Why Wear Seat Belts Seat belts are the single most effective safety device for adults and larger children. (Infants and smaller children must be properly restrained in child seats.) Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags. In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts. 10 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. Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle and against other occupants. Keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag and allows you to get the best advantage from the airbag. Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your risk of serious injury. What You Should Do: Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Airbags Driver and Passenger Safety Your vehicle has a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with front airbags to help protect the heads and chests of the driver and a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe frontal collision (see page 24 for more information on how your front airbags work). Your vehicle also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger during a moderate to severe side impact (see page 26 for more information on how your side airbags work). Your vehicle also has side curtain airbags to help protect the heads of the driver, front passenger, and passengers in the outer rear seating positions during a moderate to severe side impact (see page 27 for more information on how your side curtain airbags work). CONTINUED 11 Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. Airbags offer no protection in rear impacts, or minor frontal or side collisions. Airbags can pose hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with tremendous force. So while airbags help save lives, they can cause minor injuries or more serious or even fatal injuries if occupants are not properly restrained or sitting properly. 12 What you should do: Always wear your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as possible. The rest of this section gives more detailed information about how you can maximize your safety. Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags deploy. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens See pages 30 − 47 for important guidelines on how to properly protect infants, small children, and larger children who ride in your vehicle. 1.Close and Lock the Doors After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure the doors are closed and locked. Locking the doors reduces the chance of someone being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash, and it helps prevent passengers from accidentally opening a door and falling out. 2.Adjust the Front Seats Driver and Passenger Safety Introduction The following pages provide instructions on how to properly protect the driver, adult passengers, and teenage children who are large enough and mature enough to drive or ride in the front. Locking the doors also helps prevent an outsider from unexpectedly opening a door when you come to a stop. See page 74 for how to lock the doors, and page 56 for how the door monitor indicator works. Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the rear as possible while allowing you to maintain full control of the vehicle. Have a front passenger adjust their seat as far to the rear as possible. Your vehicle has a door monitor indicator on the instrument panel to indicate when a specific door or the trunk is not tightly closed. CONTINUED 13 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens If you sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front airbag, or by striking the steering wheel or dashboard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that drivers allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) between the center of the steering wheel and the chest. In addition to adjusting the seat, you can adjust the steering wheel in and out (see page 70 ). If you cannot get far enough away from the steering wheel and still reach the controls, we recommend that you investigate whether some type of adaptive equipment may help. 14 3.Adjust the Seat-Backs Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags inflate. Always sit as far back from the front airbags as possible. Once your seat is adjusted correctly, rock it back and forth to make sure the seat is locked in position. See page 83 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. Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright position. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens 4.Adjust the Head Restraints Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well back in the seat. Reclining a seat-back so that the shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against the occupant’s chest reduces the protective capability of the belt. It also increases the chance of sliding under the belt in a crash and being seriously injured. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the risk of injury. See page 83 for how to adjust the seat-backs. Make sure head restraints are in place and positioned properly before driving. Adjust the driver’s head restraint so the back of your head rests against the center of the restraint. Properly adjusted head restraints will help protect occupants from whiplash and other crash injuries. See page 84 for how to adjust the head restraints. Have passengers with adjustable head restraints adjust their restraints properly as well. Taller persons should adjust their restraint as high as possible. 15 Driver and Passenger Safety Improperly positioning head restraints reduces their effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash. Reclining the seat-back too far can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens This spreads the forces of a crash over the strongest bones in your upper body. 5.Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched. Check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause serious injuries in a crash. Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving. Position the lap part of the belt as low as possible across your hips, then pull up on the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries. If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder. 16 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens RELEASE BUTTONS Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. This could cause If a seat belt does not seem to work properly, it may not protect the occupant in a crash. No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt. Using a seat The front seats have adjustable seat belt anchors. To adjust the height of an anchor, press and hold the release buttons and slide the anchor up or down as needed (it has four positions). belt that is not working properly can result in serious injury or death. Have your dealer check the belt as soon as possible. See page 20 for additional information about your seat belts and how to take care of them. 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. CONTINUED 17 Driver and Passenger Safety very serious injuries in a crash. 6.Maintain a Proper Sitting Position After all occupants have adjusted their seats and put on seat belts, it is very important that they continue to sit upright, well back in their seats, with their feet on the floor, until the vehicle is parked and the engine is off. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens In addition, an occupant who is out of position in the front seat can be seriously or fatally injured in a crash by striking interior parts of the vehicle or being struck by an inflating front airbag. Advice for Pregnant Women This will reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your unborn child that can be caused by a crash or an inflating front airbag. Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious injury or death in a crash. Always sit upright, well back in the seat, with your feet on the floor. 18 When driving, remember to sit upright and adjust the seat as far back as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle. When riding as a front passenger, adjust the seat as far back as possible. If you are pregnant, the best way to protect yourself and your unborn child when driving or riding in a vehicle is to always wear a seat belt, and keep the lap part of the belt as low as possible across the hips. Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to drive. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Additional Safety Precautions Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they Keep your hands and arms away from the airbag covers. If your hands or arms are close to an airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbag inflates. Do not put any accessories on seat belts. Devices intended to improve Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Objects on occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability of the belt and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the airbags inflate. Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag. Carrying hard or sharp Do not attach hard objects on or near a front door. If a side airbag 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. Driver and Passenger Safety could be very seriously injured in a crash. or a side curtain airbag (if equipped) inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone. 19 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 includes an indicator on the instrument panel and a beeper to remind you to fasten your seat belt. If you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) before fastening your belt, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash. If you do not fasten your seat belt before the beeper stops, the indicator will stop flashing but remain on. If you continue driving without fastening your seat belt, the beeper will sound and the indicator will flash again at regular intervals. 20 Lap/Shoulder Belt The lap and shoulder belt goes over your shoulder, across your chest, and across your hips. To fasten the belt, insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is latched (see page 16 for how to properly position the belt). To unlock the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body so that it retracts completely. After exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the way and will not get closed in the door. All seat belts have an emergency locking retractor. In normal driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop, the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body. The seat belts in all positions except the driver’s have an additional locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat (see page 41 ). If the shoulder part of the belt is pulled all the way out, the locking mechanism will activate. The belt will retract, but it will not allow the passenger to move freely. To deactivate the locking mechanism, unlatch the buckle and let the seat belt fully retract. To refasten the seat belt, pull it out only as far as needed. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners The tensioners can also be activated during a collision in which the front airbags do not deploy. In this case, the airbags would not be needed, but the additional restraint could be helpful. For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, the tensioners immediately tighten the belts to help hold the driver and a front passenger in place. When the tensioners are activated, the seat belts will remain tight until they are unbuckled in the normal manner. Seat Belt Maintenance For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts regularly. Pull each belt out fully and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check that the latches work smoothly and the belts retract easily. Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide good protection and should be replaced as soon as possible. U.S. Models Acura provides a lifetime warranty on seat belts for U.S. models. See your Acura Warranty Information booklet for details. CONTINUED 21 Driver and Passenger Safety The tensioners are designed to activate primarily in frontal collisions, and they should activate in any collision severe enough to cause front-airbag inflation. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by the dealer. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash. The dealer should also inspect the anchors for damage and replace them if needed. If the automatic seat belt tensioners activate during a crash, they must be replaced. For information on how to clean your seat belts, see page 223 . 22 Not checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed. Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag System Components Your airbag system includes: Two side airbags, one for the driver and one for a front passenger. The airbags are stored in the outer edges of the seatbacks. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE AIRBAG’’ (see page 25 ). Two side curtain airbags, one for each side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored in the ceiling above the side windows. The front and rear pillars are marked ‘‘SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG’’ (see page 27 ). Sensors that can detect a moderate to severe front impact, or side impact in models with side airbags. Sensors that can detect whether a child is in the passenger’s side airbag path and automatically turn the airbag off (see page 26 ). A sophisticated electronic system that continually monitors and records information about the sensors, the control unit, the airbag activators, the seat belt tensioners, and driver and front passenger seat belt use when the ignition is in ON (II). An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbags, sensors, or seat belt tensioners (see page 27 ). An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been turned off (see page 28 ). Emergency backup power in case your vehicle’s electrical system is disconnected in a crash. 23 Driver and Passenger Safety Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG.’’ Automatic seat belt tensioners (see page 21 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Front Airbags Work During a frontal crash, your seat belt restrains your lower body and torso, and the airbag helps protect your head and chest. Although both airbags normally inflate within a split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy. If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will instantly inflate the driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, at the time and with the force needed. 24 This can happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, or threshold, that determines whether or not the airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental protection offered by the airbag would be minimal. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually powder from the airbag’s surface. Although the powder is not harmful, people with respiratory problems may experience some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Dual-Stage Airbags Dual-Threshold Airbags Your front airbags are dual-stage airbags. This means they have two inflation stages that can be ignited sequentially or simultaneously, depending on crash severity. Your front airbags are also dualthreshold airbags. Airbags with this feature have two deployment thresholds that depend on whether or not the occupant is wearing a seat belt. In a more severe crash, both stages will ignite simultaneously to provide the quickest and greatest protection. In a less severe crash, one stage will ignite first, then the second stage will ignite a split second later. This provides longer airbag inflation time with a little less force. If the occupant’s belt is not latched, the airbag will deploy at a slightly lower threshold, because the occupant would need extra protection. It the occupant’s belt is latched, the airbag will deploy at a slightly higher threshold, when the airbag would be needed to supplement the protection provided by the seat belt. 25 Driver and Passenger Safety The total time for inflation and deflation is one-tenth of a second, so fast that most occupants are not aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in their laps. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Airbags Work To get the best protection from the side airbags, front seat occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. Side Airbag Cutoff System To reduce the risk of injury from an inflating side airbag, your vehicle has an automatic cutoff system for the passenger’s side airbag. If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate either the driver’s or the passenger’s side airbag. Only one airbag will deploy during a side impact. If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side airbag will deploy even if there is no passenger. 26 Although Acura does not encourage children to ride in front, this system is designed to shut off the side airbag if a child leans into the side airbag’s path. The side airbag may also shut off if a short adult leans sideways, or a larger adult slouches and leans sideways into the airbag’s deployment path. Objects placed on the front passenger seat can also cause the side airbag to be shut off. If the Side Airbag Off Indicator comes on (see page 28 ), have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the airbag’s deployment path, the system will turn the airbag back on, and the indicator will go out. There will be some delay between the moment the passenger moves into or out of the airbag deployment path and when the indicator comes on or goes off. A front seat passenger should not use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system from working properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work To get the best protection from the side curtain airbags, occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG In a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control unit to instantly inflate the side curtain airbag on the driver’s or the passenger’s side of the vehicle. How the SRS Indicator Works The SRS indicator alerts you to a potential problem with your airbags or seat belt tensioners. When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), this indicator will come on briefly then go out. This tells you the system is working properly. If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, you should have the system checked by your dealer. For example: If the SRS indicator does not come on after you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If the indicator stays on after the engine starts. If the indicator comes on or flashes on and off while you drive. CONTINUED 27 Driving and Passenger Safety If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the passenger’s side curtain airbag will inflate even if there are no occupants on that side of the vehicle. Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags If you see any of these indications, the airbags and seat belt tensioners may not work properly when you need them. Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in serious injury or death if the airbag systems or tensioners do not work properly. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts you to a possible problem. How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works U.S. Canada This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s side airbag has been automatically shut off. It does not mean there is a problem with your side airbags. When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the indicator should light briefly and go out (see page 55 ). If it doesn’t light, stays on, or comes on while driving without a passenger in the front seat, have the system checked. Airbag Service Your airbag systems are virtually maintenance free, and there are no parts you can safely service. However, you must have your vehicle serviced if: An airbag ever inflates. Any airbag that has deployed must be replaced along with the control unit and other related parts. If a front airbag inflates, the seat belt tensioners must also be replaced. Do not try to remove or replace any airbag by yourself. This must be done by your dealer or a knowledgeable body shop. The SRS indicator alerts you to a problem. Take your vehicle to an authorized your dealer as soon as possible. If you ignore this indication, your airbags may not operate properly. 28 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, airbags and or covering front seat-back covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a side impact. Driver and Passenger Safety seat belts provide the best protection. Do not cover or replace front seatback covers without consulting your dealer. Improperly replacing Do not tamper with airbag components or wiring for any reason. Tampering could cause the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury. 29 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because they are either unrestrained or not properly restrained. In fact, vehicle accidents are the number one cause of the death of children ages 12 and under. Children depend on adults to protect them. However, despite their best intentions, many adults do not know how to properly protect child passengers. If you have children, or ever need to drive with a child in your vehicle, be sure to read this section. It begins with important general guidelines, then presents special information for infants, small children, and larger children. 30 To reduce the number of child deaths and injuries, every state and Canadian province requires that infants and children be properly restrained when they ride in a vehicle. Infants and small children must be restrained in an approved child seat that is properly secured to the vehicle (see pages 35 − 43 ). Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash. Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat. A larger child should be properly restrained with a seat belt and use a booster seat if necessary. Larger children must be restrained with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on a booster seat until the seat belt fits them properly (see pages 44 − 47 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines Children who ride in back are less likely to be injured by striking interior vehicle parts during a collision or hard braking. Also, children cannot be injured by an inflating front airbag when they ride in the back. The Passenger’s Front Airbag Poses Serious Risks Front airbags have been designed to help protect adults in a moderate to severe frontal collision. To do this the passenger’s front airbag is quite large, and it can inflate with enough force to cause very serious injuries. Infants Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag. If the airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or very seriously injure an infant. Small Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag can be hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too far forward, or the child’s head is thrown forward during a collision, an inflating front airbag can strike the child with enough force to kill or very seriously injure a small child. Larger Children Children who have outgrown child seats are also at risk of being injured or killed by an inflating passenger’s front airbag. Whenever possible, larger children should sit in the back seat, on a booster seat if needed, and be properly restrained with a seat belt (see page 44 for important information about protecting larger children). CONTINUED 31 Driver and Passenger Safety All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat According to accident statistics, children of all ages and sizes are safer when they are restrained in a back seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children age 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in a back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard (U.S. models) and on the front visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. U.S. Models SUN VISOR Canadian Models SUN VISOR 32 DASHBOARD Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines Place the largest child in the front seat, provided the child is large enough to wear the lap/shoulder belt properly (see page 44 ). Move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible (see page 13 ). 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. If a child requires close physical attention or frequent visual contact, we strongly recommend that another adult ride with the child in a back seat. The back seat is far safer for a child than the front. Driver and Passenger Safety If You Must Drive with Several Children Your vehicle has a back seat where children can be properly restrained. If you ever have to carry a group of children, and a child must ride in front: Placing a child in the front seat exposes the child to hazards in a frontal collision, and paying close attention to a child distracts the driver from the important tasks of driving, placing both of you at risk. Have the child sit upright and well back in the seat (see page 16 ). Make sure the seat belt is properly positioned and secured (see page 16 ). 33 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines Additional Safety Precautions Never hold an infant or child on your lap. If you are not wearing a seat belt in crash, you could be thrown forward and crush the child against the dashboard or a seat-back. If you are wearing a seat belt, the child can be torn from your arms and be seriously hurt or killed. Never put a seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash, the belt could press deep into the child and cause serious or fatal injuries. Never let two children use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. 34 Use childproof door locks to prevent children from opening the doors. This can prevent children from accidentally falling out (see page 76 ). Do not leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving children without adult supervision is illegal in most states and Canadian provinces, and can be very hazardous. For example, infants and small children left in a vehicle on a hot day can die from heatstroke. A child left alone with the key in the ignition can accidentally set the vehicle in motion, possibly injuring themselves or others. Lock all doors and the trunk when your vehicle is not in use. Children who play in vehicles can accidentally get trapped inside. Teach your children not to play in or around vehicles. Know how to operate the emergency trunk opener and decide if your children should be shown how to use this feature (see page 81 ). Keep vehicle keys and remote transmitters out of the reach of children. Even very young children learn how to unlock vehicle doors, turn on the ignition switch, and open the trunk, which can lead to accidental injury or death. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Infants Do not put a rear-facing child seat in a forward-facing position. If placed facing forward, an infant could be very seriously injured during a frontal collision. Child Seat Type An infant must be properly restrained in a rear-facing, reclining child seat until the child reaches the seat maker’s weight or height limit for the seat and the child is at least one year old. Child Seat Placement A rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front. Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates, it can hit the back of the child seat with enough force to kill or seriously injure an infant. When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the driver or a front passenger from moving the seat as far back as recommended, or from locking the seat-back in the desired position. Only a rear-facing child seat provides proper support for a baby’s head, neck, and back. CONTINUED 35 Driver and Passenger Safety Two types of seats may be used: a seat designed exclusively for infants, or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children In any situation, we strongly recommend that you install the child seat directly behind the front passenger’s seat, move the seat as far forward as needed, and leave it unoccupied. Or, you may wish to get a smaller rear-facing child seat. Protecting Small Children Child Seat Placement We strongly recommend placing a forward-facing child seat in a back seat, not the front. Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death during a collision. Child Seat Type Always place a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, not the front. A child who is at least one year old, and who fits within the child seat maker’s weight and height limits, should be restrained in a forwardfacing, upright child seat. Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown. 36 We also recommend that a small child uses the child seat as long as possible, until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children, Selecting a Child Seat Selecting a Child Seat When buying a child seat, you need to choose either a conventional child seat, or one designed for use with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbag inflates. Conventional child seats must be secured to a vehicle with a seat belt, whereas LATCH-compatible seats are secured by attaching the seat to hardware built into the two outer seating positions in the back seat. In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed using a seat belt. Whatever type of seat you choose, to provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements: 1. The child seat should meet U.S. or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Look for FMVSS 213 or CMVSS 213 on the box. If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, and properly restrain the child. Since LATCH-compatible child seats are easier to install and reduce the possibility of improper installation, we recommend selecting this style. 2. The child seat should be of the proper type and size to fit the child. Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children. We also recommend selecting a LATCH-compatible seat with a rigid, rather than a flexible, anchor (see page 39 ). CONTINUED 37 Driver and Passenger Safety If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, be sure the child seat is firmly secured to the vehicle, and the child is properly strapped in the seat. Main Menu Table of Contents Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat 3. The child seat should fit the vehicle seating position (or positions) where it will be used. Before purchasing a conventional child seat, or using a previously purchased one, we recommend that you test the seat in the specific vehicle seating position, or positions, where the seat will be used. Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat, and a good place to install the seat, there are three main steps in installing the seat: 1. Properly secure the child seat to the vehicle. All child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt or with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the vehicle can be endangered in a crash. 2. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured. After installing a child seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure. A child seat secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, it does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side-to-side 38 movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat’s effectiveness. If the child seat is not secure, try installing it in a different seating position, or use a different style of child seat that can be firmly secured. 3. Secure the child in the child seat. Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child seat according to the child seat maker’s instructions. A child who is not properly secured in a child seat can be seriously injured in a crash. The following pages provide guidelines on how to properly install a child seat. A forward-facing child seat is used in all examples, but the instructions are the same for rearfacing child seats. Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. The location of each lower anchor is indicated by a small button above the anchor point. LOWER ANCHOR MARKS To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: 1. Move the seat belt buckle or tongue away from the lower anchors. 2. Make sure there are no objects near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors. Rigid type 3. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connection as shown above. 39 Driver and Passenger Safety Installing a Child Seat with LATCH Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) at the outer rear seats. Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat TETHER STRAP HOOK Flexible type Other LATCH-compatible seats have a flexible-type connection as shown above. 4. Whatever type you have, follow the child seat maker’s instructions for adjusting or tightening the fit. TETHER ANCHORAGE POINTS 5. Lift the head restraint (see page 84 ), then route the tether strap through the legs of the head restraint, over the seat-back, making sure the strap is not twisted. 6. Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the strap as instructed by the child seat maker. 40 7. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure. Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. 1. With the child seat in the desired seating position, route the belt through the child seat according to the seat maker’s instructions, then insert the latch plate into the buckle. 2. To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor. 3. After the belt has retracted, tug on it. If the belt is locked, you will not be able to pull it out. If you can pull the belt out, it is not locked, and you will need to repeat these steps. CONTINUED 41 Driver and Passenger Safety Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/ Shoulder Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt. Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat 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. 42 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 Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Tether Using an Outer Anchor TETHER STRAP HOOK Using the Center Anchor TETHER STRAP HOOK Outer COVER A child seat with a tether can be installed in any seating position in the back seat, using one of the anchorage points shown above. Since a tether can provide additional security to the lap/shoulder belt installation, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT 1. After properly securing the child seat (see page 41 ), lift the head restraint, then route the tether strap over the seat-back and through the head restraint legs. 2. Lift the anchor cover, then attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted. 3. Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions. Center TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT 1. After properly securing the child seat (see page 41 ), route the tether strap over the seat-back. 2. Follow steps 2 and 3 from the previous column. 43 Driver and Passenger Safety TETHER ANCHORAGE POINTS Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in a back seat on a booster seat and wear a lap/shoulder belt. Allowing a child age 12 or under to sit in front can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates. The following pages give instructions on how to check proper seat belt fit, what kind of booster seat to use if one is needed, and important precautions for a child who must sit in front. If a larger child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, use a booster seat if needed, have the child sit up properly and wear the seat belt properly. Checking Seat Belt Fit To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child put on the seat belt, then ask yourself: 1. Does the child sit all the way back against the seat? 2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat? 44 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children 3. Does the shoulder belt cross between the child’s neck and arm? Using a Booster Seat 5. Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip? If you answer yes to all these questions, the child is ready to wear the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If you answer no to any question, the child needs to ride on a booster seat. If a child who uses a booster seat must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child is wearing the seat belt properly. A child who has outgrown a forwardfacing child seat should ride in a back seat and use a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belt fits them properly without the booster. 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. Some states also require children to use a booster seat until they reach a given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the state or states where you intend to drive. 45 Driver and Passenger Safety 4. Is the lap part of the belt as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs? Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster meets federal safety standards (see page 37 ) and that you follow the booster seat maker’s instructions. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada recommend that all children age 12 and under be properly restrained in a back seat. If the passenger’s front airbag inflates in a moderate to severe frontal collision, the airbag can cause serious injuries to a child who is unrestrained, improperly restrained, sitting too close to the airbag, or out of position. A side airbag also poses risks. If any part of a larger child’s body is in the path of a deploying side airbag, the child could receive possibly serious injuries. 46 Of course, children vary widely. And while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in front, there are other important factors you should consider. Physical Size Physically, a child must be large enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit (see page 44 ). If the seat belt does not fit properly, with or without the child sitting on a booster seat, the child should not sit in front. If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Carefully read the owner’s manual, and make sure you understand all seat belt instructions and all safety information. Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position. Have the child sit up straight, back against the seat, and feet on or near the floor. Maturity To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly, and wearing the seat belt properly throughout a ride. Check that the child’s seat belt is properly and securely positioned. Supervise the child. Even mature children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts or sit properly. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children Additional Safety Precautions Do not let a child wear a seat belt across the neck. This could result Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind the back or under the arm. This could improve a child’s comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can make the belt less effective and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. Driver and Passenger Safety in serious neck injuries during a crash. Do not put any accessories on a seat belt. Devices intended to cause very serious injuries during a crash. It also increases the chance that the child will slide under the belt in a crash and be injured. Two children should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very seriously injured in a crash. 47 Main Menu Table of Contents Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your vehicle’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide gas. You should have no problem with carbon monoxide entering the vehicle in normal driving if you maintain your vehicle properly. Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever: Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and even kill you. Avoid any enclosed areas or activities that expose you to carbon monoxide. The vehicle is raised for an oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The vehicle was in an accident that may have damaged the underside. 48 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 open, airflow can pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s interior and create a hazardous condition. If you must drive with the trunk open, open all the windows and set the climate control system as shown below. If you must sit in your parked vehicle with the engine running, even in an unconfined area, adjust the climate control system as follows: 1. Select the fresh air mode. mode. 2. Select the 3. Turn the fan on high speed. 4. Set the temperature control to a comfortable setting. Main Menu Table of Contents Safety Labels HOOD RADIATOR CAP DASHBOARD U.S. models only Driver and Passenger Safety These labels are in the locations shown. They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury. Read these labels carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your dealer for a replacement. On models with side curtain airbags U.S. models Canadian models CONTINUED 49 Main Menu Table of Contents Safety Labels SUN VISOR DOORJAMBS U.S. models U.S. models Canadian models Canadian models On cars with side curtain airbags U.S. models Canadian models 50 Main Menu Instruments and Controls This section gives information about the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of your vehicle. All the essential controls are within easy reach. Emergency Trunk Opener ......... 81 Trunk Main Switch...................... 81 Seat Heaters ..................................... 82 Seat .................................................... 83 Power Seat Adjustment .............. 83 Driver’s Lumbar Support ............ 83 Head Restraints ........................... 84 Folding Rear Seat ........................ 85 Mirrors .............................................. 87 Adjusting the Power Mirrors ..... 88 Power Mirror Heaters................. 88 Power Windows ............................... 89 Power Window Control Operations ................................ 91 Moonroof .......................................... 92 Parking Brake .................................. 93 Sun Visor........................................... 94 Vanity Mirror ................................... 94 Interior Lights .................................. 95 Interior Convenience Items ............ 96 Beverage Holders ........................ 97 Accessory Power Sockets........... 97 Console Compartment ................ 97 Sunglasses Holder ....................... 98 Glove Box ..................................... 98 51 Instruments and Controls Control Locations ............................ 52 Instrument Panel ............................. 53 Instrument Panel Lights ................. 54 Gauges .............................................. 60 Odometer ...................................... 60 Outside Temperature Display.... 60 Trip Meter .................................... 61 Temperature Gauge .................... 61 Fuel Gauge ................................... 62 Check Fuel Cap Indicator ........... 62 Maintenance Required Indicator .................................... 62 Controls Near the Steering Wheel ........................................ 64 Wipers and Washers ................... 65 Turn Signal and Headlights........ 66 Automatic Lighting Off Feature ...................................... 67 Daytime Running Lights............. 68 Instrument Panel Brightness ..... 68 Hazard Warning........................... 69 Rear Window Defogger .............. 69 Steering Wheel Adjustment ....... 70 Keys and Locks ................................ 71 Keys............................................... 71 Immobilizer System..................... 72 Ignition Switch ............................. 73 Door Locks ................................... 74 Childproof Door Locks ............... 76 Remote Transmitter .................... 76 Trunk ............................................ 80 Main Menu Table of Contents Control Locations INDICATORS (P.53) GAUGES (P.60) DIGITAL CLOCK (P.141) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.88) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.112) DOOR LOCK SWITCH (P.75) HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS (P.100) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.89) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (P.170) MANUAL TRANSMISSION (P.168) TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE (P.80) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE (P.154) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.155) 52 PARKING BRAKE LEVER (P.93) Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel DOOR AND TRUNK OPEN MONITOR (P.56) CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P.59) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.59) LIGHTS ON INDICATOR (P.57) HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.58) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.56) VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR (P.56) LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.57) ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE REQUIRED SEAT BELT INDICATOR (P.55) (P.62) INDICATOR REMINDER PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE CHARGING SYSTEM LIGHT (P.54) SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.58) SYSTEM INDICATOR* (P.54) INDICATOR (P.54) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SIDE AIRBAG CUTOFF INDICATOR* MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.54) SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.55) (P.55) The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text. 53 Instruments and Controls CRUISE MAIN INDICATOR (P.59) LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR (P.54) Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Lights The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your vehicle. Seat Belt Reminder Light This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). It reminds you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts. A beeper also sounds if you have not fastened your seat belt. If you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) before fastening your seat belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes. If you do not fasten your seat belt before the beeper stops, the indicator stops flashing but remains on. If you continue driving without fastening your seat belt, the beeper sounds and the indicator flashes again at regular intervals. 54 Low Oil Pressure Indicator The engine can be severely damaged if this indicator flashes or stays on when the engine is running. For more information, see page 247 . U.S. Canada Parking Brake and Brake System Indicator This indicator has two functions: Charging System Indicator If this indicator comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged. For more information, see page 248 . Malfunction Indicator Lamp See page 248 . 1. It comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). It is a reminder to check the parking brake. A beeper sounds if you try to drive with the parking brake not fully released. Driving with the parking brake not fully released can damage the brakes and tires. 2. If it remains lit after you fully release the parking brake while the engine is running, or if it comes on while driving, there could be a problem with the brake system. For more information, see page 250 . Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Lights U.S. Canada Side Airbag Off Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates that the passenger’s side airbag has automatically shut off. For more information, see page 28 . Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), and when the ignition switch is turned to START (III). If it comes on at any other time, there is a problem with the ABS. If this happens, have your vehicle checked at a dealer. With this on, your vehicle still has normal braking ability but no anti-lock brakes. For more information, see page 179 . 55 Instruments and Controls Supplemental Restraint System Indicator This indicator comes on briefly when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes on at any other time, it indicates a potential problem with your front airbags. This indicator will also alert you to a potential problem with your side airbags, passenger’s side airbag automatic cutoff system, automatic seat belt tensioners, or side curtain airbags. For more information, see page 27 . Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Lights Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it comes on and stays on at any other time, or it does not come on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), there is a problem with the VSA system. Have your vehicle checked by your Acura dealer. Without VSA, your vehicle still has normal driving ability, but will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. See page 181 for more information on the VSA system. 56 VSA Activation Indicator Door and Trunk Open Monitor 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 181 ). 3. It comes on along with the VSA system indicator if there is a problem with the VSA system. This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). For more information, see page 181 . The appropriate indicator comes on in this monitor if the trunk or either door is not closed tightly. All the indicators in the monitor come on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Lights When you turn on the Hazard Warning button, both turn signal indicators blink. All turn signals on the outside of the vehicle should flash. Lights On Indicator This indicator reminds you that the exterior lights are on. It comes on when the light switch is in either the or position. This indicator will also come on when the light switch is in AUTO and the lights turn on automatically. If you turn the ignition switch to 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. Low Fuel Indicator LOW FUEL INDICATOR This indicator comes on as a reminder that you must refuel soon. 57 Instruments and Controls Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn. If the indicators do not blink, or if they blink rapidly, it usually means one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out (see pages 217 and 219 ). Replace the bulb as soon as possible, since other drivers cannot see that you are signaling. Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Lights Security System Indicator SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR ‘‘Daytime Running Lights’’ Indicator Canadian models only This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) with the headlight switch off and the parking brake set. It should go off if you turn on the headlights or release the parking brake. If it comes on at any other time, it means there is a problem with the DRL. There may also be a problem with the high beam headlights. This indicator comes on when the security system is set. See page 142 for more information on the security system. 58 High Beam Indicator This indicator comes on with the high beam headlights. For more information, see page 66 . On Canadian models, this indicator comes on with reduced brightness when the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are on (see page 68 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Lights Cruise Control Indicator This indicator comes on when you set the cruise control. See page 143 for information on operating the cruise control. Immobilizer System Indicator This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). It will go off if you have inserted a properly-coded ignition key. If it is not a properlycoded key, the indicator will blink and the engine will not start (see page 72 ). This indicator also blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0). Washer Level Indicator Canadian models only This indicator comes on when the washer fluid level is low. Add washer fluid when you see this indicator come on (see page 206 ). 59 Instruments and Controls Cruise Control Main Indicator This indicator comes on when you turn on the cruise control system by pressing the master button (see page 143 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE INDICATOR TACHOMETER ODOMETER SPEEDOMETER FUEL GAUGE TEMPERATURE GAUGE SELECT/RESET KNOB TRIP METER MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR U.S. model is shown. Odometer The odometer shows the total distance your vehicle has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian models. It is illegal under U.S. federal law and Canadian provincial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or kilometers indicated. 60 Outside Temperature Display This display shows the outside temperature in Fahrenheit (U.S. models) or Centigrade (Canadian models). To see the outside temperature, press and release the Select/Reset knob until the temperature is displayed. The temperature sensor is in the front bumper. Therefore, the temperature reading can be affected by heat reflection from the road surface, engine heat, and the exhaust from surrounding traffic. This can cause an incorrect temperature reading when your speed is under 19 mph (30 km/h). The sensor delays the display update until it reaches the correct outside temperature. This may take several minutes. If the outside temperature is incorrectly displayed, you can adjust it up to ±5°F (±3°C) warmer or cooler. NOTE: The temperature must be stabilized before doing this procedure. Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges When the temperature reaches the desired value, release the Select/ Reset knob. You should see the new outside temperature displayed. In certain weather conditions, temperature readings near freezing (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is forming on the road surface. Trip Meter This meter shows the number of miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada) driven since you last reset it. There are two trip meters: Trip A and Trip B. Switch between these displays and the odometer/outside temperature display by pressing the Select/Reset knob repeatedly. Each trip meter works independently, so you can keep track of two different distances. When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), what you last selected is displayed. 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 into the upper half of the gauge. If it reaches the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. Turn to page 245 for instructions and precautions on checking the engine’s cooling system. To reset a trip meter, display it and then press and hold the Select/Reset knob until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’. 61 Instruments and Controls Select the outside temperature display, then press the Select/Reset knob for 10 seconds. The following sequences appear, 1 second at a time: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, −5, −4, −3, −2, −1, 0, 1 (0, 1, 2, 3, −3, −2, −1, 0, 1). Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Fuel Gauge This shows how much fuel you have. It may show slightly more or less than the actual amount. The needle returns to the bottom after you turn off the ignition. Avoid driving with an extremely low f uel level. Running out of f uel could cause the engine to misf ire, damaging the catalytic converter. Check Fuel Cap Indicator (odometer/outside temperature message) If your fuel cap is loose or missing, a ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message appears as text in the odometer/ outside temperature display after you start the engine. Turn the engine off and confirm the fuel cap is installed. If it is, loosen the cap, then retighten it at least 3 clicks. When you restart the engine, the message 62 appears again. To clear, press and hold the Trip/Reset button until the message is replaced by the odometer/outside temperature display. If the system still detects a loose or missing fuel cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) comes on. Turn the engine off and check or retighten the fuel cap at least 3 clicks. The MIL goes out after 3 days of normal driving once the cap is tightened or replaced. If it does not go out, have your dealer inspect the vehicle. For more information, see page 248 . Maintenance Required Indicator MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR This indicator reminds you that it is time to take your vehicle in for the vehicle’s scheduled maintenance under normal driving conditions. The indicator does not reflect severe maintenance intervals. Refer to the maintenance schedule for normal and severe driving conditions on pages 193 and 195 . Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges For the first 8,000 miles (12,800 km) after the Maintenance Required Indicator is reset, it will come on for 2 seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Your dealer will reset this indicator after completing the scheduled maintenance. If this maintenance is done by someone other than your dealer, reset the indicator as follows. SELECT/RESET KNOB Instruments and Controls Between 8,000 miles (12,800 km) and 10,000 miles (16,000 km), this indicator will light for 2 seconds when you first turn the ignition switch to ON (II), and then flash for 10 seconds. If you exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km) without having the scheduled maintenance performed, this indicator will remain on as a constant reminder. 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Press and hold the Select/Reset knob in the instrument panel, then turn the ignition switch to ON (II). 3. Hold the knob for about 10 seconds until the indicator resets. 63 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS (P. 66) INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS (P. 68) WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P. 65) HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P. 69) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS (P. 139) CRUISE CONTROLS (P. 143) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P. 69) MOONROOF SWITCH (P. 92) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P. 181) 64 TILT/TELESCOPIC ADJUSTMENT (P. 70) HORN Main Menu Table of Contents Wipers and Washers Windshield Wiper Push the right lever up or down to select a position. LO − The wipers run at low speed. HI − The wipers run at high speed. MIST − The wipers run at high speed until you release the lever. 1. MIST 2. OFF 3. INT − Intermittent 4. LO − Low speed 5. HI − High speed 6. Windshield Washers INT − The length of the wiper interval is varied automatically according to the vehicle’s speed. Vary the delay by turning the INT TIME ring. If you turn it to the shortest delay, the wipers will change to low speed operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h). 65 Instruments and Controls OFF − The wipers are not activated. Windshield Washer − Pull the wiper control lever toward you and hold it. The washers spray until you release the lever. The wipers run at low speed, then complete one more sweep after you release the lever. Main Menu Table of Contents Turn Signal, Headlights Turn Signal and Headlights 1. Turn Signal 2. Off 3. Parking and interior lights 4. Headlight on 5. High beams 6. Flash high beams 66 Turn Signal − Push down on the left lever to signal a left turn and up to signal a right turn. To signal a lane change, push lightly on the lever in the proper direction and hold it. The lever will return to center when you release it or complete a turn. Headlights − Turning the switch on the left lever to the position turns on the parking lights, taillights, instrument panel lights, side-marker lights, and rear license plate lights. Turning the switch to the position turns on the 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. When the light switch is in either of these positions, the Lights On indicator comes on as a reminder. Main Menu Table of Contents Headlights, Automatic Lighting Off Feature Automatic Lighting Off Feature This feature turns off the headlights, parking lights, taillights, and license plate light within 15 seconds of removing the key from the ignition switch and closing the driver’s door. This feature activates if you leave the headlight switch in the or position, remove the key, then open and close the driver’s door. If you remove the key from the ignition switch with the headlight switch on, but do not open the door and get out, the lights will turn off after 10 minutes. The lights will turn on again when you unlock or open the driver’s door. If you unlock the door, but do not open it within 15 seconds, the lights will go off. With the driver’s door open, you will hear a lights-on reminder chime. 67 Instruments and Controls High Beams − To turn on the high beams, push the lever forward until you hear a click. The blue high beam indicator will come on (see page 58 ). To turn off the high beams, pull the lever back. To flash the high beams, pull the lever farther back, and then release it. The high beams remain on until the lever is released. Main Menu Table of Contents Daytime Running Lights, Instrument Panel Brightness Daytime Running Lights (Canadian Models) With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights and the high beam indicator 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 switch off, even if you set the parking brake. The headlights revert to normal operation when you turn them on with the switch. 68 Instrument Panel Brightness INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS CONTROL KNOB There are six brightness levels. When you turn the knob, the odometer/trip meter display changes to circles that show you the current level. You will hear a tone when you reach the maximum or minimum brightness. Adjust the brightness to the desired level with the headlight switch off, and also with the headlight switch on. To reduce glare at night, the instrument panel illumination dims when you turn the light switch to or . Turning the Select/ Reset knob fully to the right will return the instrument panel to the brightness adjusted with the headlight switch off and a tone will sound. Main Menu Table of Contents Hazard Warning, Rear Window Defogger Hazard Warning Rear Window Defogger Push the button between the center vents to turn on the hazard warning lights (four-way flashers). This causes all four outside turn signals and both turn indicators in the instrument panel to flash. Use the hazard warning lights if you need to park in a dangerous area near heavy traffic, or if your vehicle is disabled. 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. With navigation The rear window defogger will clear fog, frost, and thin ice from the window. Push the defogger button to turn it on and off. The indicator above the button comes on to show the defogger is on. It also shuts off when you turn off the ignition switch. You have to turn it on again when you restart the vehicle. 69 Instruments and Controls Without navigation Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Adjustment Make any steering wheel adjustment before you start driving. 4. Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in that position. 5. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up, down, in, and out. Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the vehicle and be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the steering wheel only when the vehicle is stopped. 1. Insert the key in the ignition switch, and unlock the steering column. 2. Push the lever under the steering column all the way down. 70 3. Move the steering wheel up or down, and in or out to the desired position. Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and the indicator lights. Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks KEY NUMBER TAG MASTER KEY (BLACK) VALET KEY (LIGHT GREY) You should have received a key number tag with your keys. You will need this key number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced. Use only Acura-approved key blanks. The master key fits all the locks on your vehicle. The valet key works only in the ignition and the door locks. You can keep the trunk release handle, rear seat trunk access, and glove box locked when you leave your vehicle and the valet key at a parking facility. Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity. 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. Remote Transmitter Your vehicle also comes with two remote transmitters; see page 76 for an explanation of the operation. 71 Instruments and Controls 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. Do not drop the keys or set heavy objects on them. Main Menu Table of Contents Immobilizer System The Immobilizer System protects your vehicle from theft. If an improperly-coded key (or other device) is used, the engine will not start. When you turn the ignition switch to ON (II), the Immobilizer System indicator should come on for a few seconds, then go out. If the indicator starts to blink, it means the system does not recognize the coding of the key. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the switch to ON (II) again. The system may not recognize your key’s coding if another immobilizer key or other metal object (i.e. key fob) is near the ignition switch when you insert the key. 72 If the system repeatedly does not recognize the coding of your key, contact your dealer. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Electrical problems could result that may make your vehicle undriveable. If you lose your key and you cannot start the engine, contact your 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Ignition Switch The ignition switch has four positions: LOCK (0), ACCESSORY (I), ON (II), START (III) ACCESSORY (I) − You can operate the audio system and the accessory power sockets in this position. ON (II) − This is the normal key position when driving. Several of the lights on the instrument panel come on as a test when you turn the ignition switch from ACCESSORY (I) to ON (II). START (III) − Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to ON (II) when you let go of the key. CONTINUED 73 Instruments and Controls LOCK (0) − You can insert or remove the key only in this position. To turn the key, the shift lever must be in Park, and you must push the key in slightly. If the front wheels are turned, the anti-theft lock may make it difficult to turn the key. Firmly turn the steering wheel to the left or to the right as you turn the key. Main Menu Table of Contents Ignition Switch, Door Locks 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. Door Locks LOCK TAB If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, the shift lever must be in Park before you can remove the key from the ignition switch. Removing the key from the ignition switch while driving locks the steering. This can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Remove the key from the ignition switch only when parked. 74 To lock any passenger’s door when getting out of the vehicle, push the lock tab down and close the door. To lock the driver’s door, pull and hold the outside door handle then push the lock tab down. Release the handle, then close the door. To lock any passenger’s door when getting out of the vehicle, push the lock tab down, and close the door. Each door has a lock tab on the top. Push the tab down to lock the door and pull it up to unlock. Main Menu Table of Contents Door Locks Power Door Locks top MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH bottom You can open or close the windows by using the key in the driver’s door (see page 91 ). Lockout Prevention MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH Each front door has a master door lock switch. Either switch locks and unlocks all doors. On the driver’s door, push the top of the master door lock switch to lock all doors,; push the bottom to unlock them. On the front passenger’s door, push the master door lock switch down to lock the all doors, and up to unlock them. 75 Instruments and Controls With the driver’s door open and the key in the ignition, both door lock switches are disabled. They are not disabled if the driver’s door is closed. Pushing the switch down on the open passenger’s door will lock all doors. Main Menu Table of Contents Childproof Door Locks, Remote Transmitter Childproof Door Locks Remote Transmitter LED UNLOCK BUTTON 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. 76 LOCK BUTTON TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON PANIC BUTTON LOCK − Press this button once to lock all doors. Some exterior and interior lights will flash. You cannot lock it if any door is not fully closed or key is in the ignition switch. When you push LOCK twice within 5 seconds, you will hear a beep to verify that the security system has set. You can open and close all power windows from outside the vehicle with the key. With the remote transmitter, you can open the windows. Refer to Power Windows on page 91 . UNLOCK − Press this button once to unlock the driver’s door. Push it twice to unlock the other doors. The ceiling light (if the ceiling light switch is in the center position) will come on when you press the UNLOCK button. If you do not open any door, the light stays on for about 30 seconds, then fades out. If you relock the doors with the remote transmitter before 30 seconds have elapsed, the light will go off immediately. Main Menu Table of Contents Remote Transmitter You cannot lock the doors with the remote transmitter if any door is not fully closed or the key is in the ignition switch. To open the trunk, push the Trunk Release button for about 1 second. TRUNK − Press this button for about 1 second to open the trunk. You cannot open the trunk if the key is in the ignition switch. Remote Transmitter Care Avoid dropping or throwing the transmitter. Protect the transmitter from extreme temperature. Do not immerse the transmitter in any liquid. If you lose a transmitter, the replacement needs to be reprogrammed by your dealer. The trunk will not open if the key is in the ignition switch. CONTINUED 77 Instruments and Controls 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 will also set. PANIC − Press this button for about 1 second to attract attention; the horn will sound and the exterior lights will flash for about 30 seconds. To cancel panic mode, press any other button on the remote transmitter, or turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Main Menu Table of Contents Remote Transmitter Replacing the Transmitter Battery If it takes several pushes on the button to lock or unlock the doors, replace the battery as soon as possible. BATTERY Battery type: CR2025 To replace the battery: 1. Place a cloth on the edge of the transmitter, and remove the upper half by carefully prying on the edge with a small flat-tip screwdriver. 78 2. 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. 3. Snap the two halves of the transmitter case back together. Main Menu Table of Contents Remote Transmitter Instruments and Controls 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. 79 Main Menu Table of Contents Trunk Pull You can open the trunk in any of three ways: Pull up on the trunk release lever located to the left of the driver’s seat. Press and hold the trunk release button on the remote transmitter. If the doors are unlocked, press the trunk release button on the trunk lid. 80 MASTER KEY To close the trunk, press down on the trunk lid. See page 163 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 48 . To protect items in the trunk when you need to give the key to someone else: 1. Lock the trunk release lever with the master key. Also make sure the rear seat is not folded down (see page 85 ). 2. Give the person the valet key. Instruments and Controls TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON TRUNK RELEASE LEVER Main Menu Table of Contents Trunk Emergency Trunk Opener To open the trunk, push the release lever to the left. Trunk Main Switch As a safety feature, your vehicle has a release lever on the trunk latch so the trunk can be opened from the inside. To protect items in the trunk, you can disable the trunk-release lever by turning off the trunk main switch in the glove box, locking the glove box, and make sure the rear seat is not folded down. If you need to give the key to someone else, give them the valet key. 81 Instruments and Controls Parents should decide if their children should be shown how to use this feature. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Heaters After the seat reaches a comfortable temperature, select LO by pushing the back of the switch. This will keep the seat warm. In HI, the heater turns off when the seat gets warm, and turns back on after the seat’s temperature drops. In LO, the heater runs continuously. It does not cycle with temperature changes. Both front seats are equipped with seat heaters. Because of the sensors for the side airbag system, there is no heater in the passenger’s seatback. The ignition switch must be ON (II) to use the heaters. 82 Follow these precautions whenever you use the seat heaters: Use the HI setting only to heat the seats quickly, because it draws large amounts of current from the battery. If the engine is left idling for an extended period, do not use the seat heaters even on the LO setting. It can weaken the battery, causing hard starting. Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Power Seat Adjustment Driver’s Lumbar Support See pages 13 − 14 for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. Moves the seat forward and backward. Driver’s seat only: Moving the long horizontal switch adjusts the seat bottom in several directions. The seat bottom adjusts in the direction you move the switch. The short vertical switch adjusts the seat back angle. The passenger’s seat also has power adjustable controls. Moves the front of the seat up or down and the rear of the seat up or down. Driver’s seat only: Raises or lowers the seat. To change the lumbar support, move the lever on the right side of the seat-back forward or backward. Keep moving the lever forward or backward until you find a suitable position. Adjusts the seat-back angle forward or backward. 83 Instruments and Controls The controls for the adjustable driver’s power seat are on the outside edge of the seat bottom. You can adjust the power seat with the ignition switch in any position. Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Head Restraints They are most effective when you adjust them so the back of the occupant’s head rests against the center of the restraint. The front and rear head restraints adjust for height. You need both hands to adjust the restraint. Do not attempt to adjust it while driving. To raise it, pull upward. To lower the restraint, push the release button and push the restraint down. RELEASE BUTTON See page 15 for important safety information and a warning about how to properly position the head restraints. Your vehicle is equipped with head restraints in all seating positions to help protect you and your passengers from whiplash and other injuries. 84 Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Folding Rear Seat MASTER KEY The back of the rear seat folds down, giving you direct access to the trunk. The seat-back can be released from inside the vehicle or inside the trunk. To fold down the seat-back from inside the vehicle, insert the master key in the lock on the rear shelf. Turn the key clockwise, pull down the top of the seat-back, then release the key. When storing cargo, you can move the rear center shoulder belt out of the way by removing the belt from the guide. To release the seat-back from inside the trunk, pull the release loop under the trunk panel. To lock the seat-back upright, push it firmly against the trunk panel. Make sure it is latched in place by pulling on the top of the seat. CONTINUED 85 Instruments and Controls GUIDE Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Make sure all rear shoulder belts are positioned in front of the rear seatback whenever the seat-back is in its upright position. Make sure all items in the trunk, or items extending through the opening into the back seat, are secured. Loose items can fly forward and cause injury if you have to brake hard. See Carrying Cargo on page 162 . 86 Never drive with the seat-back folded down and the trunk lid open. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on page 48 . Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors OFF BUTTON INDICATOR Instruments and Controls The inside mirror can automatically darken to reduce glare. To turn on this feature, press the AUTO button on the bottom of the mirror. The indicator comes on as a reminder. When it is on, the mirror darkens when it senses the headlights of a vehicle behind you, then returns to normal visibility when the lights are gone. Press the OFF button to turn off this feature. AUTO BUTTON Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving. 87 Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors 3. Push or pull the adjustment knob right, left, up, or down to move the mirror. Power Mirror Heaters HEATED MIRROR BUTTON 4. When you finish, turn the adjustment knob to the center (off) position. This turns off the adjustment knob to keep your settings. ADJUSTMENT KNOB 1. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II). 2. Turn the adjustment knob to L (driver’s side) or R (passenger’s side). 88 The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, turn on the heaters by pressing the button. The indicator in the button comes on as a reminder. Press the button again to turn the heaters off. Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows Closing a power window on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. MAIN SWITCH DRIVER’S WINDOW SWITCH To close the driver’s window fully, pull back the window switch firmly, then release it. To stop the window from going all the way up, push down on the window switch briefly. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) to raise or lower any window, push the switch down and hold it. Release the switch when you want the window to stop. Close the window by pulling the switch up and holding it. CONTINUED 89 Instruments and Controls Make sure your passengers are away from the windows before closing them. AUTO − To open the driver’s window, push the window switch firmly down, then release it. To stop the window from going all the way down, pull back on the window switch briefly. Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows To open or close the driver’s window partially, push down or pull back on the window switch lightly and hold it. The window will stop when you release the switch. The passenger windows cannot be raised or lowered if the MAIN switch is OFF. Keep the MAIN switch off when you have children in the vehicle so they do not injure themselves by operating the windows unintentionally. AUTO REVERSE − If the driver’s window senses any obstacle while it is closing automatically, it will reverse direction and then stop. To close the window, remove the obstacle, then use the window switch again. If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, or the driver’s window fuse is removed, the AUTO function will be disabled. The power window system needs to be reset after reconnecting the battery or installing the fuse. Auto reverse stops sensing when the window is almost closed. You should always check that all passengers and objects are away from the window before closing it. 1. Start the engine. Push down and hold the driver’s window switch until the window is fully open. 2. Pull and hold the driver’s window switch to close the window completely, then hold the switch for a second or two more. If the power windows do not operate properly after resetting, have your vehicle checked by your dealer. 90 Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows Power Window Control Operations UNLOCK BUTTON Opening the Windows with the Remote Transmitter You can open all of the windows from the outside with the remote transmitter. Open Close 1. Press the UNLOCK button once to unlock the driver’s door. 2. Press the UNLOCK button a second time, and hold it. The passenger’s doors unlock, and all four windows start to open. To stop the windows, release the button. 3. To open the windows further, press the button again. You cannot close the windows with the remote transmitter. Opening/Closing the Windows with the Key You can open and close the windows with the key in the driver’s door lock. To open: 1. Insert the key in the driver’s door lock. 2. Turn the key clockwise, then release it. CONTINUED 91 Instruments and Controls The power window system has a keyoff delay function. The windows will still operate for up to 10 minutes after you turn off the ignition switch. Opening either front door cancels the delay function. You must turn the ignition switch to ON (II) again before you can raise or lower the windows. Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows, Moonroof 3. Turn the key clockwise again, and hold it. All four windows start to open. To stop the windows, release the key. Moonroof 4. To open the windows further, turn and hold the key again. To close: 1. Insert the key in the driver’s door lock. 2. Turn the key counterclockwise, then release it. 3. Turn the key counterclockwise again, and hold it. All four windows start to close. To stop the windows, release the key. 4. To close the windows further, turn and hold the key again. 92 To tilt up the back of the moonroof, press and hold the center button ( ). To close the moonroof, press and hold the upper button ( ). To open the moonroof, press and hold the lower button ( ). Release the button when the moonroof gets to the desired position. Make sure everyone’s hands are away from the moonroof before opening or closing it. MOONROOF SWITCH The moonroof has two positions: it can be tilted up in the back for ventilation, or it can be slid back into the roof. Use the switch under the left dashboard vent to operate the moonroof. The ignition switch must be in the ON (II) position. Opening or closing the moonroof on someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Make sure all hands and fingers are clear of the moonroof before opening or closing it. Main Menu Table of Contents Moonroof, Parking Brake If you try to open the moonroof in below-f reezing temperatures, or when it is covered with snow or ice, you can damage the moonroof panel or motor. Parking Brake Driving the vehicle with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and hubs. A beeper will sound if the vehicle is put into gear with the parking brake on. PARKING BRAKE LEVER To apply the parking brake, pull the lever up fully. To release it, pull up slightly, push the button, and lower the lever. The parking brake light on the instrument panel should go out when the parking brake is fully released with the engine running (see page 54 ). 93 Instruments and Controls The moonroof has a key-off delay function. You can still open and close the moonroof for up to 10 minutes after you turn off the ignition switch. The key-off delay function cancels as soon as you open either front door. You must then turn the ignition switch to ON (II) to operate the moonroof. Main Menu Table of Contents Sun Visor, Vanity Mirror Sun Visor Vanity Mirror 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. To use a vanity mirror on the back of the sun visor, pull up the cover. 94 The lights come on when you pull up the cover. Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Lights Push on the spotlight lenses to turn the light on and off. Ceiling Light DOOR ACTIVATED DOOR ACTIVATED ON OFF COURTESY LIGHT The ceiling lights have a three or two-position switch; ON (for threeposition), Door Activated, and OFF. In the Door Activated (center or left) position, the lights come on when you: Open any door. Unlock the doors with the key or remote transmitter. After all doors are closed tightly, the light dims slightly, then fades out in about 30 seconds. The front ceiling light also contains two spotlights. Push the spotlight lenses to turn them on and off. The courtesy light between the spotlights comes on when you turn the parking lights on. To adjust its brightness, turn the Select/Reset knob on the instrument panel. 95 Instruments and Controls Individual Interior Lights The courtesy lights in the front doors and around the ignition switch come on when you open any door. After you close the door, the ignition switch light stays on for several seconds. Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items CONSOLE COMPARTMENT/ ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET FRONT DOOR POCKET/ BEVERAGE HOLDER CENTER POCKET UTILITY POCKET/ ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET GLOVE BOX CENTER ARMREST/ BEVERAGE HOLDERS TRUNK 96 BEVERAGE HOLDERS SEAT-BACK POCKETS Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items Spilled liquids can damage the upholstery, carpeting, and electrical components in the interior. Accessory Power Sockets These sockets are intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps). None of the sockets will power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. When more than one socket is being used, the combined power rating of the accessories should be 120 watts or less (10 amps). Console Compartment CONSOLE COMPARTMENT To open the console compartment, pull up on the right lever and lift the armrest. To close, lower the armrest, and push it down until it latches. You can put small items in the tray located in the console compartment lid. To use the tray, pull up on the left lever and lift up the armrest. The tray in the console compartment has a coin holder. 97 Instruments and Controls Beverage Holders Be careful when you are using the beverage holders. A spilled liquid that is very hot can scald you or your passengers. Liquid can also spill from the door pocket beverage holders when you close the doors. Use only resealable containers in the door pockets. Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items Sunglasses Holder Glove Box An open glove box can cause serious injury to your passenger in a crash, even if the passenger is wearing the seat belt. Always keep the glove box closed while driving. GLOVE BOX To open the sunglasses holder, push on the front edge. Make sure the holder is closed while you are driving. Open the glove box by pulling the handle to the left. Close it with a firm push. Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key. The glove box light comes on when the parking lights are on. 98 Main Menu Features 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. The standard audio system has many features. This section describes those features and how to use them. Playing the XMTM Satellite Radio ....................................... 133 Satellite Digital Radio ................ 133 To Play XMTM Satellite Radio.... 134 To Select a Channel................... 134 Satellite Radio Signals ............... 136 Receiving Satellite Radio Service..................................... 137 Steering Wheel Controls .............. 139 Radio Theft Protection.................. 140 Setting the Clock ........................... 141 Security System ............................. 142 Cruise Control ................................ 143 HomeLink Universal Transceiver................................. 146 99 Features The heating and air conditioning systems in your Acura provide a comfortable driving environment in all weather conditions. Vents, Heating, and A/C .............. 100 Dual Temperature Control ........... 109 Climate Control Sensors ............... 111 Playing the Radio ........................... 112 To Play the Radio ...................... 114 To Select a Station ..................... 114 Adjusting the Sound .................. 117 Radio Frequencies ..................... 118 Radio Reception ......................... 118 Playing a CD ................................... 120 Playing a CD, CD Changer ........... 122 To Play a CD .............................. 122 To Stop Playing a CD ................ 125 Removing CDs from the Changer .................................. 125 CD Changer Error Messages ...... 126 Protecting your CDs...................... 127 General Information .................. 127 Protecting CDs........................... 127 Playing a Tape ................................ 128 To Play a Tape ........................... 130 To Stop Playing a Tape ............. 130 Tape Search Functions ............. 131 Caring the Tape and Player...... 132 Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Without Navigation System TEMPERATURE DISPLAY FAN CONTROL BAR A/C BUTTON MODE BUTTON FAN SPEED INDICATOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL BAR (PASSENGER’S SIDE) TEMPERATURE CONTROL BAR (DRIVER’S SIDE) AUTO BUTTON OFF BUTTON DUAL BUTTON REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON WINDSHIELD DEFROST BUTTON RECIRCULATION BUTTON 100 Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C With Navigation System TEMPERATURE DISPLAY AIR CONDITIONING ICONS Features TEMPERATURE CONTROL BAR (DRIVER’S SIDE) TEMPERATURE CONTROL BAR (PASSENGER’S SIDE) AUTO BUTTON RECIRCULATION BUTTON WINDSHIELD DEFROST BUTTON REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER BUTTON OFF BUTTON DUAL BUTTON A/C BUTTON MODE ICONS FAN CONTROL ICONS 101 Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C What Each Control Does See pages 107 − 108 for Automatic Climate Control and Manual Operations information. Fan Control Without the navigation system, you can manually select the fan speed by pressing the fan control buttons. The fan speed is represented by vertical bars in the display. 102 With the navigation system, you can manually select the fan speed by pressing the A/C button next to the display and then, pressing the fan control icons. Press the DUAL button. The indicator will come on. The driver and passenger can each select the temperature control bars (▲ or ▼ side) to the desired setting. Temperature Control The driver and passenger can select independent temperature settings by selecting the DUAL button. When the indicator in the DUAL button is off, both sides adjust to the same temperature. Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Air Conditioning (A/C) Button On vehicles without the navigation system, press the A/C button to turn on the A/C. You will see A/C ON or A/C OFF in the display. When you turn the A/C off, the system cannot regulate the inside temperature if you set the temperature control buttons below the outside temperature. Rear Window Defogger Button This button turns the rear window defogger off and on (see page 69 ). Features On vehicles with the navigation system, press the A/C button to view the display. Touching ‘‘ON’’ or ‘‘OFF’’ in the display turns the air conditioning on and off. You will see A/C ON or A/C OFF in the display. Recirculation Button When the recirculation indicator is on, air from the vehicle’s interior is sent throughout the system again. When the indicator is off, air is brought in from the outside of the vehicle (Fresh Air mode). The outside air intakes for the heating and cooling system are at the base of the windshield. Keep this area clear of leaves and other debris. The system should be left in fresh air mode under almost all conditions. Keeping the system in recirculation mode, particularly with the A/C off, can cause the windows to fog up. Switch to recirculation mode when driving through dusty or smoky conditions, then return to fresh air mode. 103 Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Mode Control Use the mode control buttons or icons to select the vents the air flows from. Some air will flow from the dashboard corner vents in all modes. When you select or , the system automatically switches to Fresh Air mode and turns on the A/C. In these modes, the A/C stays on with the indicator off. Ventilation The flow-through ventilation system draws in outside air, circulates it through the interior, then exhausts it through vents near the rear window. Airflows from the center and corner vents in the dashboard. When you select , the system automatically switches to Fresh Air mode. 1. Set the temperature to the lower limit. 2. Make sure the A/C is off. and Fresh Air mode. 3. Select 4. Set the fan to the desired speed. Airflow is divided between the vents in the dashboard and the floor vents. Airflows from the floor vents. For Vehicles without Navigation System Each time you press the MODE button, the display shows the mode selected. For Vehicles with Navigation System Airflow is divided between the floor vents and the defroster vents at the base of the windshield. Air flows from the defroster vents at the base of the windshield. 104 Press the A/C button to view the display, then touch any of the mode icons on the display. Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Using the Heater The heater uses engine coolant to warm the air. If the engine is cold, it will be several minutes before you feel warm air coming from the system. Using the A/C Air conditioning places an extra load on the engine. Watch the engine coolant temperature gauge (see page 61 ). If it moves near the red zone, turn off the A/C until the gauge reads normally. With Navigation System Without navigation system 1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the A/C button. 2. Make sure the temperature control is set to maximum cool. . 3. Select 4. If the outside air is humid, select Recirculation mode. If the outside air is dry, select Fresh Air mode. 5. Set the fan to the desired speed. If the interior is very warm, you can cool it down more rapidly by partially opening the windows, turning on the A/C, and setting the fan to maximum speed in Fresh Air mode. 1. Press the A/C button, the manual operation of A/C screen will appear. 2. Select the desired mode and fan speed icons on the display. 3. Adjust for warmth with the temperature control bars (▲ or ▼ side). 105 Features Without Navigation System . 1. Select When you select , the system automatically switches to the Fresh Air mode. 2. Set the fan to the desired speed. 3. Adjust the warmth of the air with the temperature control bars (▲ or ▼ side). With Navigation System 1. Press the A/C button, the Manual Operation A/C screen will appear. 2. Select the ON icon on the display. 3. Select the desired temperature and MODE selections. If the outside air is humid, select the Recirculation mode. If the outside air is dry, select Fresh Air mode. Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Dehumidify the Interior Air conditioning, as it cools, removes moisture from the air. When used in combination with the heater, it makes the interior warm and dry. 1. Turn the fan on. 2. Turn on the air conditioning. and Fresh Air mode. 3. Select 4. Adjust the temperature control to your preference. This setting is suitable for all driving conditions whenever the outside temperature is above 32°F (0°C). To Defog and Defrost To remove fog from the inside of the windows: 1. Set the fan to the desired speed or high for faster defrosting. . When you select 2. Select , the system automatically switches to Fresh Air mode and turns on the A/C. The A/C indicator will not come on in U.S. vehicles. 3. Set the temperature control dial or buttons so the airflow feels warm. to help clear the 4. Select rear window. 5. To increase airflow to the windshield, close the side vents. When you switch to another mode from , the A/C stays on. Press the A/C button to turn it off. 106 To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice From the Windows . The system 1. Select automatically switches to Fresh Air mode and turns on the A/C. The A/C indicator will not come on in U.S. vehicles. . 2. Select 3. Set the fan and temperature controls to maximum level. To clear the windows faster, you can close the dashboard corner vents by rotating the wheel below it. This will send more warm air to the windshield defroster vents. Once the windshield is clear, select the fresh air mode to avoid fogging the windows. For your safety, make sure you have a clear view through all the windows before driving. Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Automatic Climate Control The automatic climate control system adjusts the fan speed and airflow levels to maintain the interior temperature you select. Without Navigation System: Set the desired temperature by pressing the temperature control bars (▲ or ▼ side). You will see AUTO in the system’s display. With Navigation System: Set the desired temperature by pressing the temperature control bars (▲ or ▼ side). The selected temperature will show in the upper display. The system automatically selects the proper mix of conditioned and/or heated air to raise or lower the interior temperature to the temperature you selected. If you set the temperature to its lowest limit, (Lo) or its highest limit, (Hi) the system runs at full cooling or heating only. It does not regulate the interior temperature. In cold weather, the fan will not come on automatically until the heater starts to develop warm air. Dual Temperature Control − When the indicator in the Dual button is on, the driver’s side and passenger’s side temperature can be controlled independently (see page 109 ). 107 Features In the AUTO mode, the vehicle’s interior temperature is independently regulated for the driver and passenger. If the driver’s side of the vehicle is getting too much sun, the system will adjust to a lower temperature. Press the AUTO button. Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Manual Operation You can manually select various functions of the automatic climate control system when it is in AUTO. All other features remain automatically controlled. To Turn Everything Off Press the OFF button. However, a lack of airflow can cause the windows to fog up. You should keep the fan on at all times so stale air and moisture do not build up in the interior and cause fogging. If you press OFF, the Climate Control system shuts off completely. −Keep the system completely off for short periods only. −To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. Without Navigation System Making any manual selection causes the word AUTO in the display to go out. With Navigation System If you press the A/C button next to the display, the manual selections will show in the display. Making any manual selection causes the indicator in the AUTO button to turn off. 108 With Navigation System When the Climate Control System is turned OFF, the temperature in the upper display will also turn off. Main Menu Table of Contents Dual Temperature Control Your vehicle has two temperature control bars, one for the driver, and one for the passenger. DUAL BUTTON Temperature Control Bars Push AUTO or . The selected temperatures appear in the upper display. For vehicles with navigation system when the indicator in the DUAL button is off, you can adjust both sides to the same temperature by adjusting the driver’s side temperature control bar (▲ or ▼ side). TEMPERATURE CONTROL BAR (PASSENGER’S SIDE) TEMPERATURE CONTROL BAR (DRIVER’S SIDE) With Navigation System TEMPERATURE CONTROL BAR (DRIVER’S SIDE) TEMPERATURE CONTROL BAR (PASSENGER’S SIDE) DUAL BUTTON CONTINUED 109 Features The driver’s side and the passenger’s side can be controlled independently by adjusting these dials or buttons when the green indicator in the DUAL button is lit. Without Navigation System Main Menu Table of Contents Dual Temperature Control To set the driver’s side temperature to a different value than the passenger’s, press the DUAL button, then press the temperature control bars (▲ or ▼ side) on the driver’s side. To set the passenger’s side to a different value than the driver’s, press the temperature control bars (▲ or ▼ side) on the passenger’s side. You can adjust the passenger’s side without pressing the DUAL button first. When you set the temperature to its lower limit or its upper limit, it will be displayed as or . 110 DRIVER’S SIDE PASSENGER’S SIDE Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control Sensors Sunlight Sensor/Temperature Sensor SUNLIGHT SENSOR TEMPERATURE SENSOR Features The climate control system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is in the top of the dashboard, and a temperature sensor is next to the steering column. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them. 111 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio Without Navigation System AM/FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR A. SEL INDICATOR A. SEL BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BAR SCAN BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB 112 PRESET BUTTONS TUNE/SOUND KNOB Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio With Navigation System UPPER DISPLAY Features PRESET ICONS SCAN ICON AUTO SELECT ICON PWR/VOL KNOB TUNE/SOUND KNOB SEEK/SKIP BAR SCAN BUTTON AUDIO DISPLAY BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON 113 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio To Play the Radio The ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position. Turn the system on by pushing the PWR/VOL knob or the AM/FM button. Adjust the volume by turning the PWR/VOL knob. For Vehicles with Navigation System Pushing the AUDIO DISPLAY button will also turn on the system. 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. Stereo reproduction on AM is not available. On U.S. models XM Satellite Radio information is available on page 133 . 114 To Select a Station You can use any of five methods to find radio stations on the selected band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, AUTO SELECT, and the preset bars or icons. TUNE − Use the TUNE knob to tune the radio to a desired frequency. Turn the knob right to tune to a higher frequency, and turn the knob to the left to tune to a lower frequency. SEEK − The SEEK function searches up and down from the current frequency to find a station with a strong signal. To activate it, press the or side of the bar, then release it. SCAN − The SCAN function samples all stations with strong signals on the selected band. To activate it, press the SCAN button, or touch the SCAN icon (models with navigation system), then release it. You will see SCAN in the display. The system will scan for a station with a strong signal. When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for about 5 seconds. If you do nothing, the system will then scan for the next strong station and play it for 5 seconds. When it plays a station you want to listen to, press the SCAN button or touch the SCAN icon again. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio Preset − Each preset button or icon can store one frequency on AM, and two frequencies on FM. The preset frequencies will be lost if your vehicle’s battery goes dead, is disconnected, or the radio fuse is removed. 4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to store a total of six stations on AM and twelve stations on FM. Features 1. Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each preset button or icon. 3. Pick the preset number (1 − 6) you want for that station. Press the button or icon and hold it until you hear a beep. For Vehicles with Navigation System Push the AUDIO DISPLAY button to view the preset icons. 2. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to tune the radio to a desired station. CONTINUED 115 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio AUTO SELECT − If you are traveling far from home and can no longer receive your preset stations, you can use the auto select feature to find stations in the local area. Press the A. SEL button or touch the Auto Select icon. A. SEL will flash in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds. It stores the frequencies of six AM, and twelve FM stations in the preset buttons (1 − 6) or icons. You will see a ‘‘0’’ displayed after pressing a preset button or icon if Auto Select cannot find a strong station for every preset button or icon. 116 If you do not like the stations Auto Select has stored, you can store other frequencies on the preset buttons or icons. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN function to find stations, then store them in the preset buttons or icons as described previously. To turn off Auto Select, press the A. SEL button or icon. This restores the presets you originally set. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio Balance/Fader − These two modes adjust the strength of the sound coming from each speaker. BAL adjusts the side-to-side strength, while FAD adjusts the front-to-back strength. Treble/Bass − Use the TRE/BAS modes to adjust the tone to your liking. On Vehicles with Navigation System If you want to adjust the sound while the radio/CD is playing, push the AUDIO DISPLAY button, then touch the SOUND icon in the display. For Vehicles without Navigation System Each mode is shown in the display as it changes. Turn the VOLUME knob or touch the icon to adjust the setting to your liking. When the level reaches the center, you will see ‘‘C’’ in the display. The system will automatically return the display to the selected audio mode about five seconds after you stop adjusting a mode. On vehicles with navigation system, touch the RETURN icon to go back to the audio screen. Features Adjusting the Sound Press the SOUND button or icon, or press the TUNE knob repeatedly to display the Bass (BAS), Treble (TRE), Balance (BAL), and Fader (FAD) settings. On vehicles with navigation system, touch the SOUND icon or press the TUNE knob. For Vehicles with Navigation System (U.S. vehicles only) Touch the arrows next to the BAS or TRE icons. The adjustment shows you the current setting. Touch the left or right bars on the sound grid. Balance is equalized when the vertical lines are centered on the grid. Touch the front or rear bars on the sound grid. The fader is equalized when the horizontal lines are centered on the grid. 117 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio Radio Frequencies The radio can receive the complete AM and FM bands. Those bands cover these frequencies: 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). 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.’’ 118 Radio Reception How well the radio receives stations is dependent on many factors, such as the distance from the station’s transmitter, nearby large objects, and atmospheric conditions. A radio station’s signal gets weaker as you get farther away from its transmitter. If you are listening to an AM station, you will notice the sound volume becoming weaker and the station drifting in and out. If you are listening to an FM station, you will see the stereo indicator flickering off and on as the signal weakens. Eventually, the stereo indicator will go off and the sound will fade completely as you get out of range of the station’s signal. Driving very near the transmitter of a station that is broadcasting on a frequency close to the frequency of the station you are listening to can also affect your radio’s reception. You may temporarily hear both stations, or hear only the station you are close to. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio 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. Features Radio signals, especially on the FM band, are deflected by large objects such as buildings and hills. Your radio then receives both the direct signal from the station’s transmitter, and the deflected signal. This causes the sound to distort or flutter. This is a main cause of poor radio reception in city driving. Radio reception can be affected by atmospheric conditions such as thunderstorms, high humidity, and even sunspots. You may be able to receive a distant radio station one day and not receive it the next day because of a change in conditions. Electrical interference from passing vehicles and stationary sources can cause temporary reception problems. 119 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD Without Navigation System CD BUTTON CD LOAD INDICATOR REPEAT BUTTON RANDOM BUTTON LOAD BUTTON 120 CD SLOT EJECT BUTTON Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD With Navigation System UPPER DISPLAY Features TRACK REPEAT ICON DISC REPEAT ICON CH DISC ICONS RANDOM ICON CD LOAD INDICATOR EJECT BUTTON LOAD BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BAR SCAN BUTTON CD/AUX BUTTON CH DISC BAR AUDIO DISPLAY BUTTON CD SLOT 121 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD, CD Changer To Play a CD To load or play CDs, the ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON(II) position. You operate the CD player/CD changer with the same controls used for the radio. To select the CD player/CD changer, press the CD button. The number of the track playing is shown in the display. With the in-dash CD changer, the disc and track numbers are displayed. The system will continuously play a CD until you change modes. Do not use discs with adhesive labels. The label can curl up and cause the disc to jam in the unit. 122 To play the radio when a CD is playing, press the AM/FM button. Press the CD button again to switch back to the CD player. For vehicles with Satellite Radio To listen to satellite radio when a CD is playing, press the CD/AUX XM button. To play the tape when a CD is playing, insert a tape in the player (optional). If a tape is in the player, press the AUX button. Press the CD button again to switch back to the CD player. The cassette player is optional on all U.S. models. If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, either with the PWR/VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the disc will stay in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the CD will begin playing where it left off. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD, CD Changer You can also load a CD into an empty position while a CD is playing. Select the empty position (the disc number indicator is not highlighted) and press the appropriate preset bar or touch a disc icon. The current CD stops playing and starts the loading sequence. The CD just loaded will play. You operate the CD changer with the same controls used for the radio. The numbers of the disc and track playing are shown in the display. On vehicles with navigation system, these numbers also appear in the upper display. To select a different disc, press an appropriate preset button (1−6) or use the Preset 5 (DISC −) to select the previous disc or Preset 6 (DISC +) to select the next disc in sequence. On vehicles with navigation system, touch the appropriate disc icon or press the ▲ or ▼ side of the CH/DISC bar. If you select an empty position in the CD changer, the system will try to load the CD in the next available slot. CONTINUED 123 Features 1. Press the LOAD button until you hear a beep and see ‘‘LOAd’’ in the display. 2. The disc number for an empty position is highlighted and the red light starts blinking. 3. Insert the disc into the CD slot when the green CD load indicator comes on. Insert it only about halfway; the drive will pull it in the rest of the way. You will see ‘‘BUSY’’ in the display as the CD load indicator turns red and blinks as the CD is loaded. 4. When the CD load indicator turns green and ‘‘LOAD’’ appears in the screen again, insert the next CD in the slot. 5. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all six positions are loaded. If you are not loading all six positions, the system begins playing the last CD loaded. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD, CD Changer For Vehicles without Navigation System to SEEK/SKIP − Push the play the next track on the disc. Push the once to replay the track in play, press twice to replay the previous track. To remove rapidly within a track, press and hold the , or the button. REPEAT − Press to continuously replay a track. You will see RPT in the display. Press the RPT button again to turn it off. RANDOM − Press to play the tracks in random order. You will see RDM in the display. Press the RDM button again to return to normal play. SCAN − The SCAN function samples all the tracks on the selected disc in the order they are recorded. To activate it, press and release the SCAN button. You will see SCAN in the display, and you will get a 10 second sampling of each track on the selected CD. Press the SCAN button again to get out of the system. For Vehicles with Navigation System To use the controls, press the AUDIO DISPLAY button, the control icons will appear on the screen. TRACK SCAN − Press the icon or SCAN button, to get a 10 second sampling of each track on the current CD. Press the icon or button again to turn it off. DISC SCAN − Touch to get a 10 second sampling of the first song of each disc in the CD changer. Touch the icon again to turn it off. TRACK RPT − Touch to continuously play the same song on the CD. Press the icon again to stop the function. 124 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD, CD Changer DISC RPT − Touch the icon to continuously replay the current CD. Touch again to turn it off. TRACK RDM − Touch the icon to play the current CD in random order. Touch again to stop. To Stop Playing a CD Press the eject button ( ) to remove the CD. If you eject the CD, but do not remove it from the slot, the system will automatically reload the CD after 15 seconds and put it in pause mode. To begin playing, press the CD button. If a tape is in the optional tape player, press the AUX button to switch to the tape while a CD is playing. Press the CD button again to switch back to the CD player. If you turn the system off while a CD is playing, the CD will stay in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the CD will begin playing where it left off. Removing CDs from the Changer To remove the disc currently playing, press the EJECT button. When a disc is removed from a slot, the system automatically begins the load sequence so you can load another CD in that position. If you do not remove the disc from the changer within 15 seconds, the system returns to the previous mode (AM/ FM or satellite radio). The disc will reload into the system and will remain there in a pause mode. To remove a different disc from the changer, first select it with the appropriate preset bar or icon. When that CD begins playing, press the eject button. Continue pressing the EJECT button to remove all the discs from the changer. 125 Features CH DISC − Selects an icon and plays the disc. Press the AM/FM or CD/AUX button, or CD/AUX XM button to switch to the radio or satellite radio while a CD is playing. Press the CD button again to play the CD. Main Menu Table of Contents CD Changer Error Messages If you see an error message in the display while playing a CD, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error message, take the vehicle to your dealer. Error Message Cause FOCUS Error Mechanical Error No CD in the CD Changer High Temperature 126 Solution Press the CD eject button and pull out the CDs. Check for an error indication. Insert the CDs again. If the code does not disappear or the CDs cannot be pulled out, consult your dealer. Press the CD eject button and pull out the CDs. Check for an error indication. Insert the CDs again. If the code does not disappear or the CDs cannot be pulled out, consult your dealer. Insert CDs. Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Your CDs General Information When using CD-R discs, use only high quality CDs labeled for audio use. CD-RW discs will not work in this unit. Play only standard round CDs. Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. Handle your CDs properly to prevent damage and skipping. See this page. To clean a CD, use a clean soft cloth. Wipe across the CD from the center to the outside edge. A new CD may be rough on the inner and outer edges. The small plastic pieces causing this roughness can flake off and fall on the recording surface of the CD, causing skipping or other problems. Remove these pieces by rubbing the inner and outer edges with the side of a pencil or pen. Features When recording a CD-R, the recording must be closed for it to be used by the system. Protecting CDs When a CD is not being played, store it in its case to protect it from dust and other contamination. To prevent warpage, keep CDs out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Handle a CD by its edges; never touch either surface. Do not place stabilizer rings or labels on the CD. These, along with contamination from fingerprints, liquids, and felt-tip pens, can cause the CD to not play properly, or possibly jam in the drive. Never try to insert foreign objects in the CD player or the magazine. 127 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape (Optional) Without Navigation System AM/FM BUTTON REPEAT INDICATOR REPEAT BUTTON CD/AUX BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BAR PWR/VOL KNOB 128 PRESET BUTTONS Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape (Optional) With Navigation System REPEAT INDICATOR TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR Features REPEAT ICON PLAY/PROG ICON NR ICON PWR/VOL KNOB SEEK/SKIP BAR CD/AUX BUTTON CH DISC BAR AM/FM BUTTON AUDIO DISPLAY BUTTON 129 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape (Optional) To Play a Tape The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). Make sure the open side of the tape is facing right, then insert the tape most of the way into the slot. The system will pull the tape in the rest of the way, and begin to play it. The tape direction indicator will light to show you which side of the tape is playing. The ▲ indicates the side you inserted upward in now playing. If you want to play the other side, press the Preset 3 (PLAY/PROG) side of the preset bar or press the AUDIO DISPLAY button and touch the PROG icon. When the player reaches the end of the tape, it will automatically reverse direction and play the other side. 130 Dolby* noise reduction turns on when you insert a tape. The indicator will light in the display. If the tape was not recorded in Dolby, turn it off by pressing the Preset 4 (NR) side of the preset bar or touching the NR icon. Dolby remains off until you press the preset bar or the icon again. * Dolby noise reduction manufactured under license from Dolby laboratories licensing Corporation. ‘‘Dolby’’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of the Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. To Stop Playing a Tape To remove the tape, press the EJECT button on the cassette player. If you want to turn the player off, press the PWR/VOL knob or turn off the ignition. The tape will remain in the drive. When you turn the system back on, the tape player will be in pause mode. Press the Preset 3 (PLAY/PROG) or touch the PROG icon on vehicles with navigation system to resume play. To switch to the radio or CD player while a tape is playing, press the AM/FM, or CD/AUX button or CD/ AUX XM button. To change back to the tape player, push the CD/AUX button or CD/AUX XM button. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape (Optional) Tape Search Functions Without Navigation System With Navigation System FF/REW − To rewind the tape push the upper side (▲) of the CH DISC bar. To fast forward the tape, push the lower side (▼) of the CH DISC bar. Press either side of the PROG icon in the audio display to take the system out of rewind or fast forward. If you see the error message ‘‘ ’’ on the display, press the tape eject button to remove the tape from the unit. Make sure the tape is not damaged. If the tape will not eject or the error message stays on after the tape ejects, take your vehicle to your dealer. REPEAT − Press the RPT button or icon to continuously play a song or passage. You will see RPT displayed. The track will repeat until you press the RPT button or icon again. NOTE: The SKIP and REPEAT functions use silent periods on the tape to find the end of a song or passage. These features may not work if there is almost no gap between selections, a high noise level, or a silent period in the middle of a selection. 131 Features FF/REW − To rewind the tape, push the Preset 1 (REW). You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape, push the Preset 2 (FF). You will see FF displayed. Press the Preset 1, 2, or 3 to take the system out of rewind or fast forward. SKIP − Press the side to find the beginning of the current song or passage. Press the side to find the beginning of the next song or passage. When the system reaches the beginning of a song or passage, it begins to play it. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape (Optional) Caring for the Tape and Player The tape 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. If you do not clean the tape player regularly, it may eventually become impossible to remove the contamination with a normal cleaning kit. Your dealer has a cleaning kit available. Use 100-minute or shorter tapes. Tapes longer than that may break or jam the drive. If the tape is loose, tighten it by turning the hub with a pencil or your finger. If the label is peeling off, remove it or it could cause the tape to jam in the player. Never try to insert a warped or damaged tape in the player. Store tapes in their cases to protect them from dust and moisture. Never place tapes where they will be exposed to direct sunlight, high heat, or high humidity. If a tape is exposed to extreme heat or cold, let it reach a moderate temperature before inserting it into the player. Never try to insert foreign objects into the tape player. 132 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the XMTM Satellite Radio Satellite Digital Radio U.S. Models only Your vehicle is capable of receiving XMTM Satellite Radio anywhere in the United States except Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada. with Navigation System SCAN BUTTON CATEGORY/CHANNEL MODE INDICATOR SRT RADIO BUTTON CATEGORY/CHANNEL MODE INDICATOR PWR/VOL PRESET ICONS KNOB UPPER DISPLAY SCAN ICON DISP BUTTON Satellite radio is available in U.S. models only. MODE ICON PWR/VOL KNOB PRESET BUTTONS TUNE/ SOUND KNOB SEEK/SKIP/BAR SCAN BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BAR TUNE/ SOUND KNOB AUDIO DISPLAY BUTTON SRT RADIO BUTTON 133 Features XM is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio, Inc. without Navigation System Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the XMTM Satellite Radio To Play XMTM Satellite Radio The ignition must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position. Turn the system on: Vehicles with Navigation System Push any of the following: PWR/ VOL knob, the CD/AUX XM, or AUDIO button. Vehicles without Navigation System Push any of the following: PWR/ VOL knob or the CD/AUX XM button. Turn the PWR/VOL knob to adjust the volume. To Select a Channel When in the satellite radio mode, you can use any of three methods to find channels: TUNE, SEEK/SKIP (CATEGORY), and SCAN. 134 DISP − Vehicles with Navigation System Press and release this button to change the display. The display will change in the following sequence: channel name, channel number, category, artist name, and music title. TUNE − Turn the TUNE knob to change channels. Turn the knob right for higher numbered channels and left for lower numbered channels. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the XMTM Satellite Radio SCAN − The scan function samples all channels for 5 seconds. To activate the function, push the SCAN button. Push it again to get out of the sequence. For Vehicles with Navigation System Once your XM channels are preset, pressing the CH DISC button will select your preset channels. Preset − Each preset icon or button can store one channel in XM1 and one in XM2. 1. Push the CD/AUX XM button. (You will see XM1 or XM2.) 2. Use the TUNE, SEEK or SCAN function to tune the radio to a desired channel. 3. Pick a preset icon or button and hold it until you hear a beep. 4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total of six stations on XM1 and XM2. Features SEEK/SKIP (CATEGORY) − The SEEK/SKIP function selects the various categories in XM, such as Jazz/Blues, Rock, Classical, etc. Push the to change the category forward. Push the to change the category backward. To search for channels within a category, turn the TUNE knob clockwise. CONTINUED 135 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the XMTM Satellite Radio Satellite Radio Signals Satellite radio receives signals from two satellites to produce clear, highquality digital reception. It offers many channels in several categories. Along with a large selection of different types of music, satellite radio also allows you to view channel and category selections in the audio display. Signal may be blocked by mountains or large obstacles to the south. The XM satellites are in orbit over the equator; therefore, objects south of the vehicle may cause satellite reception interruptions. To help compensate for this, ground-based repeaters are placed in major metropolitan areas. Satellite signals are more likely to be blocked by tall buildings and mountains the farther north you travel from the equator. SATELLITE GROUND REPEATER 136 Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the XMTM Satellite Radio Depending on where you drive, you may experience reception problems. Interference can be caused by any of these conditions: Receiving Satellite Radio Service If your XM Radio service has expired or you purchased your vehicle from a previous owner, you can listen to a sampling of the broadcasts available on XM Satellite Radio. With the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position, push the PWR/VOL knob to turn on the audio system and press the CD/AUX XM button. A variety of music types and styles will play. There may be other geographic situations that could affect satellite radio reception. CONTINUED 137 Features Driving on an east/west road with a mountain on the south side of the road. Driving on the north side of a large commercial truck on an east/west road. Driving in the tunnels. Driving on a road beside a vertical wall, steep cliff, or hill to the south of you. Driving on the lower level of a multi-tiered road. Driving on a single lane road alongside dense trees taller than 50 ft. (15 m) to the south of you. 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the XMTM Satellite Radio If you decide to purchase XM Satellite Radio service, contact XM Radio at www.xmradio.com, or at 1-800-852-9696. You will need to give them your radio I.D. number and your credit card number. To get your XM Satellite radio ID number: Turn the TUNE knob until ‘‘0’’ appears in the display. Your I.D. will appear in the display. After you have registered with XM Radio, keep your audio system in the SAT Radio mode while you await activation. This should take about 30 minutes. 138 While awaiting activation, make sure your vehicle remains in an open area with good reception. Once your audio system is activated, ‘‘category’’ or ‘‘CH’’ will appear in the display and you will be able to listen to XM Radio broadcasts. XM Radio will continue to send an activation signal to your vehicle for at least 12 hours from activation request. If the service has not been activated after 36 hours, contact XM Radio. Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls MODE BUTTON The VOL button adjusts the volume up (▲) or down (▼). Press the top or bottom of the button and hold it until the desired volume is reached, then release it. VOL BUTTON CH BUTTON Three controls for the audio system are mounted in the steering wheel hub. These let you control basic functions without removing your hand from the wheel. If you are listening to the radio, use the CH button to change stations. Each time you press the top (+) of the button, the system goes to the next preset station on the band you are listening to. Press the bottom (−) to go back to the previous station. If you are playing a tape in the optional tape player, press the top (+) of the CH button to advance to the next selection. Press the bottom (−) to go back to the previous selection. The system senses a silent period, then resumes playing. 139 Features The MODE button changes the mode. Pressing the button repeatedly selects FM1, FM2, AM, XM1, XM2, CD, or a tape. If you are playing a CD, the system skips to the beginning of the next track each time you press the top (+) of the CH button. Press the bottom (−) to return to the beginning of the current track. Press it twice to return to the previous track. You will see the disc and track numbers in the display. Main Menu Table of Contents Radio Theft Protection Your vehicle’s audio system will disable itself if it is disconnected from electrical power for any reason. To make it work again, you must enter a specific five-digit code using the preset bars or the TUNE knob. Because there are hundreds of number combinations possible from the five-digit, making the system work without knowing the exact code is nearly impossible. If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, the audio system will disable itself. If this happens, you will see ‘‘CODE’’ in the frequency display the next time you turn on the system. Use the preset buttons to enter the five-digit code. The code is on the radio code card included in your Owner’s Manual kit. When it is entered correctly, the radio will start playing. You should have received a card that lists your audio system code number and serial number. It is best to store this card in a safe place at home. In addition, you should write the audio system’s serial number in this owner’s manual. If your vehicle is equipped with a navigation system, press and release the TUNE knob; the number ‘‘0’’ appears on the display. If you lose the card, you must obtain the code number from a dealer. To do this, you will need the system’s serial number. 140 If ‘‘0’’ is the first digit in your code, press and release the TUNE knob to store it. If ‘‘0’’ is not the first digit in your code, turn the TUNE knob left or right until the first digit is displayed. Press and release the TUNE knob to store it. Enter the remaining three digits the same way. If you make a mistake entering the code, do not start over; complete the five-digit sequence, then enter the correct code. You have ten tries to enter the correct code. If you are unsuccessful in ten attempts, you must then leave the system on for 1 hour before trying again. If the code card is lost, a dealer can access your code with the your radio’s serial number. To access the serial number, turn the radio on. It must display ‘‘CODE’’, then turn the radio off. Push the preset 1, preset 6, and power buttons at the same time, then quickly release. You will have to store your favorite stations on each side of the preset buttons (1 − 6) after the system begins working. Your original settings were lost when power was disconnected. Main Menu Table of Contents Setting the Clock On models without Navigation System DIGITAL CLOCK Press and hold the TUNE/SOUND knob. Change the hours by pressing the until you hear a beep. The displayed time begins to blink. Press on the H (Preset 4) until the numbers advance to the desired time. Change the minutes by pressing the M (Preset 5) until the numbers advance to the desired time. When you are finished, press the TUNE/ SOUND knob again to set the time. TUNE/SOUND KNOB H BUTTON R BUTTON M BUTTON You can quickly set the time to the nearest hour. Pressing and holding the TUNE/SOUND knob, then pressing the R (Preset 6) sets the clock back to the previous hour. If the displayed time is after the half hour, the clock 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. On models with Navigation System Refer to the Navigation System Owner’s Manual to set up the time. 141 Features If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, you will need to set the clock. Main Menu Table of Contents Security System The security system helps to protect your vehicle and valuables from theft. The horn sounds and a combination of headlights, parking lights, side marker lights and taillights flashes if someone attempts to break into your vehicle or remove the radio. This alarm continues for two minutes, then the system resets. To reset an alarming system before the two minutes have elapsed, unlock either front door with the key or the remote transmitter. The security system automatically sets 15 seconds after you lock the doors, hood, and trunk. For the system to activate, you must lock the doors from the outside with the key, lock tab, door lock switch, or remote transmitter. The security system light on the instrument panel starts blinking immediately to show you the system is setting itself. 142 SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR Once the security system is set, opening any door (without using the key or the remote transmitter), the hood, or the trunk will cause it to sound. It also sounds 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 handle. 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 Monitor on the instrument panel (see page 56 ), to see if the doors and trunk are fully closed. Since it is not part of the monitor display, manually check the hood. Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it. Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Improper use of the cruise control can lead to a crash. Use the cruise control only when traveling on open highways in good weather. Using the Cruise Control CRUISE CONTROL MASTER BUTTON 3. Press and release the DECEL/ SET button on the steering wheel. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel comes on to show the system is now activated. Features Cruise control allows you to maintain a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. It should be used for cruising on straight, open highways. It is not recommended for city driving, winding roads, slippery roads, heavy rain, or bad weather. CANCEL BUTTON DECEL/SET BUTTON RES/ACCEL BUTTON 1. Push in the Cruise Control Master Button on the steering wheel. The CRUISE MAIN light on the instrument panel comes on. 2. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed above 25 mph (40 km/h). CONTINUED 143 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control The cruise control may not hold the set speed when you are going up and down hills. If your speed increases going down a hill, use the brakes to slow down. This will cancel the cruise control. To resume the set speed, press the RES/ACCEL button. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will come back on. Changing the Set Speed You can increase the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the RES/ACCEL button. When you reach the desired cruising speed, release the button. Push on the accelerator pedal. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed and press the DECEL/SET button. To increase the speed in very small amounts, tap the RES/ ACCEL button. Each time you do this, your vehicle will speed up about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). You can decrease the set cruising speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the DECEL/SET button. Release the button when you reach the desired speed. To slow down in very small amounts, tap the DECEL/SET button repeatedly. Each time you do this, your vehicle will slow down about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). 144 Tap the brake or clutch pedal lightly with your foot. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out. When the car slows to the desired speed, press the DECEL/SET button. Even with the cruise control turned on, you can still use the accelerator pedal to speed up for passing. After completing the pass, take your foot off the accelerator pedal. The vehicle will return to the set cruising speed. Resting your foot on the brake or clutch pedal causes the cruise control to cancel. Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Cancelling the Cruise Control You can cancel the cruise control in any of these ways: Tap the brake or clutch pedal. Push the cruise control master button. Pressing the Cruise Control Master Button turns the system off and erases the previous cruising speed. Features Push the CANCEL button on the steering wheel. Resuming the Set Speed When you push the CANCEL button, or tap the brake or clutch pedal, the system will remember the previously-set cruising speed. To return to that speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h) then press and release the RES/ACCEL button. The CRUISE CONTROL indicator comes on. The vehicle will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before. 145 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver The HomeLink Universal Transceiver built into your vehicle can be programmed to operate up to three remote controlled devices around your home, such as garage doors, lighting, or home security systems. General Information If you are training HomeLink to operate a garage door or gate, you should unplug the motor for that device during training. Repeatedly pressing the remote control button could burn out the motor. HomeLink is a registered trademark of Johnson ControlsTM. 146 HomeLink stores the code in a permanent memory. There should be no need to retrain HomeLink if your vehicle’s battery goes dead or is disconnected. If your garage door opener was manufactured before April 1982, you may not be able to program HomeLink Universal Transceiver to operate it. They do not have a safety feature that causes the motor to stop and reverse if an obstacle is detected during closing, increasing the risk of injury. Important Safety Precautions Always refer to the opening instructions and safety information that came with your garage door opener or other equipment you intend to operate with HomeLink. If you do not have this information, contact the manufacturer of the equipment. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver If you are training the second or third buttons, go directly to step 1. 1. Unplug the garage door opener motor from the house current. 2. Hold the end of the garage door opener remote control 2 to 5 inches from HomeLink. Make sure you are not blocking your view of the red indicator in HomeLink. Features Training HomeLink Before you begin − If you just received your vehicle and have not trained any of the buttons in HomeLink before, you should erase any previously learned codes before training the first button. To do this, press and hold the two outside buttons on the HomeLink Transceiver for about 20 seconds, or until the red indicator flashes. Release the buttons, then go to step 1. 3. Press and hold the remote control button and one of the HomeLink buttons at the same time. CONTINUED 147 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Canadian Owners: The remote control you are training f rom may stop transmitting af ter 2 seconds. This is not enough f or HomeLink to learn the code. Release and press the button on the remote control every 2 seconds until HomeLink has learned the code. 4. The red indicator in HomeLink should begin flashing. It will flash slowly at first, then rapidly. 5. When the red indicator flashes rapidly, release both buttons. HomeLink should have learned the code from the remote control. 6. Plug in the garage door opener motor, then test the HomeLink button by pushing it. 148 If the button does not work, repeat this procedure to train it again. If it still does not work, you may have a variable or rolling code garage door opener. See if you do by pressing and holding the HomeLink button you just trained. If the red indicator blinks for 2 seconds, then stays on, you have a rolling code garage door opener. Go to ‘‘Training With a Rolling Code System’’. 7. Repeat these steps to train the other two HomeLink buttons to operate any other remotelycontrolled devices around your home (lighting, automatic gate, security system, etc.). Training With a Rolling Code System For security purposes, newer garage door opening systems use a ‘‘rolling’’ or variable code. Information from the remote control and the garage door opener are needed before HomeLink can operate the garage door opener. The ‘‘Training HomeLink’’ procedure trains HomeLink to the proper garage door opener code. The following procedure synchronizes HomeLink to the garage door opener so it sends and receives the correct codes. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver 1. Make sure you have properly completed the ‘‘Training HomeLink’’ procedure. TRAINING BUTTON 4. Press and hold the button on HomeLink for 3 to 4 seconds. 6. Press the HomeLink button again. It should operate the garage door. 3. Press the training button on the garage door opener unit until the indicator next to the button comes on, then release it. The indicator may blink, or come on and stay on. You then have approximately 30 seconds to complete the following steps. 149 Features 5. Press and hold the HomeLink button again for 3 to 4 seconds. This should turn off the training indicator on the garage door opener unit. (Some systems may require you to press the button up to three times.) 2. Find the ‘‘Training’’ button on your garage door opener unit. The location will vary, depending on the manufacturer. Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Erasing Codes To erase the codes stored in all three buttons, press and hold the two outside buttons until the red light begins to flash, then release the buttons. You should erase all three codes before selling the vehicle. Retraining a Button To train an already programmed HomeLink button with a new device, you do not have to erase all the memory. Train the selected button over the existing memory code following the steps under ‘‘Training HomeLink’’. 150 Customer Assistance If you have problems with training the HomeLink Wireless Control System, or would like information on home products that can be operated by HomeLink, call (800) 355-3515. On the Internet, go to www. homelink.com. HomeLink is a registered trademark of Johnson Controls, Inc. As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Industry Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. Main Menu Before Driving Break-in Period .............................. 152 Fuel Recommendation .................. 152 Service Station Procedures .......... 154 Refueling..................................... 154 Opening and Closing the Hood ........................................ 155 Oil Check .................................... 157 Engine Coolant Check .............. 158 Fuel Economy ................................ 159 Improving Fuel Economy ......... 159 Accessories and Modifications .... 160 Accessories................................. 160 Modifying Your Vehicle............ 161 Additional Safety Precautions .. 161 Carrying Cargo .............................. 162 Load Limits................................. 163 Carrying Cargo in the Trunk or on a Roof Rack .................. 164 Carrying Items in the Passenger Compartment ...... 164 151 Before Driving Before you begin driving your vehicle, you should know what gasoline to use and how to check the levels of important fluids. You also need to know how to properly store luggage or packages. The information in this section will help you. If you plan to add any accessories to your vehicle, please read the information in this section first. Main Menu Table of Contents Break-in Period, Fuel Recommendation Break-in Period Help assure your vehicle’s future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first 600 miles (1,000 km). During this period: Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration. Fuel Recommendation Your vehicle is designed to operate on premium unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 91 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise that can lead to engine damage. On vehicles with manual transmission Do not change the oil until the scheduled maintenance time. Avoid hard braking for the first 200 miles (300 km). Do not tow a trailer. You should also follow these recommendations with an overhauled or exchanged engine, or when the brakes are replaced. 152 You may hear a knocking noise from the engine if you drive the vehicle at low engine speed (below about 1,000 rpm) in a higher gear. To stop this, raise the engine speed by shifting to a lower gear. We recommend quality gasoline containing detergent additives that help prevent fuel system and engine deposits. In addition, in order to maintain good performance, fuel economy, and emissions control, we strongly recommend, in areas where it is available, the use of gasoline that does NOT contain manganese-based fuel additives such as MMT. Main Menu Table of Contents Fuel Recommendation Some gasoline today is blended with oxygenates such as ethanol or MTBE. Your vehicle is designed to operate on oxygenated gasoline containing up to 10 percent ethanol by volume and up to 15 percent MTBE by volume. Do not use gasoline containing methanol. If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline. For further important fuel-related information, please refer to your Quick Start Guide. Before Driving 153 Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedure Refueling Push 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. 1. Park with the driver’s side closest to the gas pump. TETHER ATTACHMENT 2. To open the fuel fill door, push down on the lever located to the left of the driver’s seat. FUEL FILL CAP 154 3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as pressure inside the tank escapes. The fuel fill cap is attached to the fuel filler with a tether. Put the attachment on the fuel fill cap into the slit 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. If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off even though the tank is not full, there may be a problem with your vehicle’s fuel vapor recovery system. The system helps keep fuel vapors from going into the atmosphere. Try filling at another pump. If this does not fix the problem, consult your dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedure 5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on until it clicks at least three times. If you do not properly tighten the cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may come on (see page 248 ). Opening and Closing the Hood HOOD RELEASE HANDLE LATCH 6. Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches. 2. Put your fingers under the front edge of the hood near the center. Slide your hand to the left until you feel the hood latch handle. Push this handle up to release it. Lift up the hood. If the hood latch handle moves stiffly, or if you can open the hood without lifting the handle, the mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated. CONTINUED 155 Before Driving To Open the Hood: 1. Park the vehicle, and set the parking brake. Pull the hood release handle located under the lower left corner of the dashboard. The hood will pop up slightly. Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedure SUPPORT ROD 3. Pull the support rod out of its clip and insert the end into the hole on the front of the hood near the center. 156 To Close the Hood: Lift it up slightly to remove the support rod from the hole. Put the support rod back into its holding clip. Lower the hood to about a foot (30 cm) above the fender, then let it drop. Make sure it is securely latched. Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedure 2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or paper towel. Oil Check 3. Insert it all the way back in its hole. UPPER MARK DIPSTICK (orange handle) Wait a few minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil. 1. Remove the dipstick (orange handle). 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 202 . 157 Before Driving LOWER MARK Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedure Engine Coolant Check RESERVE TANK 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 207 for information on adding the proper coolant. 158 Refer to Owner’s Maintenance Checks on page 192 for information about checking other items on your vehicle. Main Menu Table of Contents Fuel Economy Improving Fuel Economy Always maintain your vehicle according to the maintenance schedule. See Owner’s Maintenance Checks (see page 192 ). The build-up of snow or mud on your vehicle’s underside adds weight and rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning helps your fuel mileage and reduces the chance of corrosion. Try to maintain a constant speed. Every time you slow down and speed up, your vehicle uses extra fuel. Use the cruise control when appropriate. Combine several short trips into one. Before Driving For example, an underinflated tire causes more ‘‘rolling resistance,’’ which uses more fuel. Always drive in the highest gear possible. The air conditioning puts an extra load on the engine which makes it use more fuel. Use the fresh-air ventilation when possible. Drive moderately. Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering and hard braking use more fuel. 159 Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories and Modifications Modifying your vehicle, or installing some non-Acura accessories, can make your vehicle unsafe. Before you make any modifications or add any accessories, be sure to read the following information. Accessories Your dealer has Acura accessories that allow you to personalize your vehicle. These accessories have been designed and approved for your vehicle, and are covered by warranty. Although aftermarket accessories may fit on your vehicle, they may not meet factory specifications, and could adversely affect your vehicle’s handling and stability (see next page for additional information). 160 Before installing any accessory: Improper accessories or modifications can affect your vehicle’s handling, stability, and performance, and cause a crash in which you can be hurt or killed. Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding accessories and modifications. When properly installed, cellular phones, alarms, two-way radios, and low-powered audio systems should not interfere with your vehicle’s computer controlled systems, such as your airbags and anti-lock brakes. Make sure the accessory does not obscure any lights, or interfere with proper vehicle operation or performance. Be sure electronic accessories do not overload electrical circuits (see page 254 ) or interfere with proper operation. Before installing any electronic accessory, have the installer contact your dealer for assistance. If possible, have your dealer inspect the final installation. Do not install accessories on the side pillars or across the rear windows as these may interfere with proper operation of the side curtain airbags. Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories and Modifications Modifying Your Vehicle Removing parts from your vehicle, or replacing components with aftermarket components could seriously affect your vehicle’s handling, stability, and reliability. Raising your vehicle with an aftermarket suspension kit can affect the handling and stability. Aftermarket wheels, because they are a universal design, can cause excessive stress on suspension components. Modifying your steering wheel or any other part of your vehicle’s safety features can make the systems ineffective. If you plan to modify your vehicle, consult your dealer. Do not attach hard objects on or near a front door. If a side airbag or a side curtain airbag (if equipped) inflates, a cup holder or other hard object attached on or near the door could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone. Do not place any objects over or replace the outside edge of a front seat-back. This could prevent the airbag from inflating properly. Additional Safety Precautions Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers. Any object attached to or placed on the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’ in the center of the steering wheel and on top of the dashboard, could interfere with the proper operation of the airbags. Or, if the airbags inflate, the objects could be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone. 161 Before Driving Some examples are: Lowering the vehicle with an aftermarket suspension kit that significantly reduces ground clearance can allow the undercarriage to hit speed bumps or other raised objects, which could cause the airbags to deploy. Larger or smaller wheels and tires can interfere with the operation of your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and other systems. Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Your vehicle has several convenient storage areas: DOOR POCKET CENTER POCKET SEAT-BACK POCKET Glove box Door and seat-back pockets Trunk, including the back seats when folded down Center pocket Console compartment Roof-rack (if installed) However, carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicle’s handling, stability, stopping distance, and tires, and make it unsafe. Before carrying any type of cargo, be sure to read the following pages. CONSOLE COMPARTMENT TRUNK 162 SEAT-BACK POCKET GLOVE BOX Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Steps for determining correct load limit: Overloading or improper loading can affect handling and stability and cause a crash in which you can be hurt or killed. 2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle. Follow all load limits and other loading guidelines in this manual. 1. Locate the statement, ‘‘the combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 850 lbs’’ on your vehicle’s placard. [The placard is on the driver’s doorjamb.] 3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from 850 pounds or 395 kilograms. 4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if the maximum load is 850 lbs and there will be five 150 lb. passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 100 lbs. (850 − 750 (5 × 150) = 100 lbs.) 5. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity in Step 4. 6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle (see page 183 ). CONTINUED 163 Before Driving Load Limits The maximum load for your vehicle is 850 lbs (395 kg). This figure includes the total weight of all occupants, cargo, and accessories, and the tongue load if you are towing a trailer. Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo In addition, the total weight of the vehicle, all passengers and accessories must not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). Both are on a label on the driver’s doorjamb. 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 48 . 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. Tie down items that could be thrown about the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop. If you carry any items on a roof rack, be sure the total weight of the rack and the items does not exceed 165 lbs (75 kg). 164 If you use an accessory roof rack, the roof rack weight limit may be lower. Refer to the information that came with your roof rack. Carrying Items in the Passenger Compartment Store or secure all items that could be thrown around and hurt someone during a crash. Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the seats and interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the pedals or the seat. Keep the glove box closed while driving. If it is open, a passenger could injure their knees during a crash or sudden stop. Main Menu Driving This section gives you tips on starting the engine under various conditions, and how to operate the manual and automatic transmissions. It also includes important information on parking your vehicle, the braking system, the vehicle stability assist (VSA) system, and facts you need if you are planning to tow a trailer. Towing a Trailer ............................ 183 Driving Preparing to Drive ......................... 166 Starting the Engine........................ 167 Manual Transmission.................... 168 Recommended Shift Points ...... 169 Engine Speed Limiter ............... 169 Automatic Transmission............... 170 Shift Lever Position Indicators ................................ 170 Shifting ........................................ 170 Sequential SportShift Mode ..... 172 Engine Speed Limiter ............... 174 Shift Lock Release ..................... 175 Parking ............................................ 177 Braking System.............................. 178 Brake System Design................ 178 Brake Wear Indicators .............. 178 Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ............ 179 Activating the Anti-lock Brakes ................................. 179 ABS Indicator ......................... 179 Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System..................................... 181 VSA Activation Indicator .......... 181 VSA System Indicator ............... 181 VSA OFF Switch ........................ 182 VSA and Tire Sizes .................... 182 165 Main Menu Table of Contents Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks and adjustments before you drive your vehicle. 1. Make sure all windows, mirrors, and outside lights are clean and unobstructed. Remove frost, snow, or ice. 6. Check the seat adjustment (see pages 83 to 84 ). 7. Check the adjustment of the inside and outside mirrors (see pages 87 and 88 ). 8. Check the steering wheel adjustment (see page 70 ). 2. Check that the hood is fully closed. 3. Check that the trunk is fully closed. 4. Visually check the tires. If a tire looks low, use a gauge to check its pressure. 5. Check that any items you may be carrying are stored properly or fastened down securely. 166 9. Make sure the doors are securely closed and locked. 10. Fasten your seat belt. Check that your passengers have fastened their seat belts (see page 16 ). 11. When you start the engine, check the gauges and indicators in the instrument panel (see pages 53 to 63 ). Main Menu Table of Contents Starting the Engine 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. In cold weather, turn off all electrical accessories to reduce the drain on the battery. 3. Manual Transmission: Push the clutch pedal down all the way. Automatic Transmission: The immobilizer system protects your vehicle f rom thef t. If an improperlycoded key (or other device) is used, the engine’s f uel system is disabled. See Immobilizer System on page 72 . 6. If the engine fails to start, press the accelerator pedal all the way down and hold it there while starting to clear flooding. Return to step 5 if the engine does not start. The engine is harder to start in cold weather. Also, the thinner air f ound at altitudes above 8,000 f eet (2,400 meters) adds to this problem. 5. If the engine does not start within 15 seconds, or starts but stalls right away, repeat step 4 with the accelerator pedal pressed halfway down. If the engine starts, release pressure on the accelerator pedal so the engine does not race. 167 Driving Make sure the shift lever is in Park. Press on the brake pedal. 4. Turn the ignition key to the START (III) position. Do not hold the key in START (III) for more than 15 seconds at a time. If the engine does not start right away, pause for at least 10 seconds before trying again. Main Menu Table of Contents Manual Transmission Come to a full stop before you shift into Reverse. You can damage the transmission by trying to shift into Reverse with the vehicle moving. Push down the clutch pedal, and pause for a few seconds before shifting into Reverse, or shift into one of the forward gears for a moment. This stops the gears so they won’t ‘‘grind.’’ The manual transmission is synchronized in all forward gears for smooth operation. When shifting up or down, make sure you push the clutch pedal down all the way, shift to the next gear, and let the pedal up gradually. When you are not shifting, do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal. This can cause your clutch to wear out faster. 168 When slowing down, you can get extra braking from the engine by shifting to a lower gear. This extra braking can help you maintain a safe speed and prevent your brakes from overheating while going down a steep hill. Before downshifting, make sure the engine speed will not go into the tachometer’s red zone in the lower gear. Downshift one gear at a time. Rapid slowing or speeding-up can cause loss of control on slippery surfaces. If you crash, you can be injured. Use extra care when driving on slippery surfaces. Main Menu Table of Contents Manual Transmission Recommended Shift Points Drive in the highest gear that lets the engine run and accelerate smoothly. This will give you the best fuel economy and effective emissions control. The following shift points are recommended: Normal acceleration 1st to 2nd 2nd to 3rd 3rd to 4th 4th to 5th 5th to 6th 12 mph (19 km/h) 23 mph (37 km/h) 34 mph (54 km/h) 45 mph (72 km/h) 56 mph (90 km/h) Before downshifting, make sure the engine will not go into the tachometer’s red zone. Driving Shift up 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. 169 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Position Indicators If the malfunction indicator lamp comes on along with the ‘‘D’’ indicator, there is a problem in the automatic transmission control system. Avoid rapid acceleration, and have the transmission checked by your dealer as soon as possible. To shift from any position, move the shift lever. You cannot shift out of Park when the ignition switch is in LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I) position. To shift from: P to R Shifting SHIFT LEVER These indicators in the tachometer show which position the shift lever is in. The ‘‘D’’ indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If it flashes while driving (in any shift position), it indicates a possible problem in the transmission. 170 R to P N to R D3 to D D to N D to D3 N to D R to N Do this: Press the brake pedal and move the lever. Move the lever. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Park (P) − This position mechanically locks the transmission. Use Park whenever you are turning off or starting the engine. To shift out of Park, you must press on the brake pedal and have your foot off the accelerator pedal. You must also press the release button to shift into Park. 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. Neutral (N) − Use Neutral if you need to restart a stalled engine, or if it is necessary to stop briefly with the engine idling. Shift to the Park position if you need to leave your vehicle and apply the parking brake. Press on the brake pedal when you are moving the shift lever from Neutral to another gear. Drive (D3) −This position is similar to D, except only the first three gears are selected instead of all five. 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. Driving If you have done all of the above and still cannot move the lever out of Park, see Shift Lock Release on page 175 . Reverse (R) − Press the brake pedal and press the release button to shift from Park to Reverse. To shift from Reverse to Neutral, come to a complete stop and then shift. Drive (D) − Use this position for your normal driving. The transmission automatically selects a suitable gear for the vehicle 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. CONTINUED 171 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Sequential SportShift Mode − With the shift lever in ‘‘D’’ position, you can select the Sequential SportShift Mode to shift gears; much like a manual transmission, but without a clutch pedal. To enter the Sequential SportShift mode, move the shift lever further to the driver’s side. To return to ‘‘D’’, move the shift lever to the passenger’s side. + Up shift SELECTED GEAR When you move the shift lever from ‘‘D’’ to the Sequential SportShift mode, the display shows the selected gear. In Sequential SportShift mode, each time you push forward on the shift lever, the transmission shifts to a higher gear. Pull back on the lever to downshift. The number of the gear selected is displayed on the instrument panel. 172 − Down shift When you accelerate away from a stop, the transmission will be in first gear. The transmission will not automatically upshift. Watch the tachometer and upshift manually before the engine reaches redline. The transmission remains in the selected gear (5, 4, 3, 2, or 1). There is no automatic downshift when you push the accelerator pedal to the floor. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission The transmission may automatically downshift from the higher gear to the lower gear under the following conditions: The transmission will also shift automatically as the vehicle comes to a complete stop. It will downshift to first gear when the vehicle speed is under 6 mph (10 km/h). If you try to manually downshift at a speed that would cause the engine to exceed the redline in a lower gear, the transmission will not downshift. The gear indicator will flash the number of the lower gear several times, then return to the higher gear. If the vehicle speed slows to below the redline of the selected lower gear position while the indicator is flashing, the transmission will downshift and the display will show the selected lower gear. The table shows the speed ranges for upshifting and downshifting. To shift from Speed range 1→2 over 0 mph (0 km/h) 2→3 over 6 mph (10 km/h) 3→4 over 20 mph (32 km/h) 4→5 over 33 mph (52 km/h) Driving The vehicle speeds drops below 5 → 4: 33 mph (52 km/h) 4 → 3: 20 mph (32 km/h) If you drive uphill between 5 → 4: 45−33 mph (72−52 km/h) 4 → 3: 33−20 mph (52−32 km/h) 3 → 2: 20−10 mph (32−16 km/h) If you press the brake pedal as you drive downhill. Downshifting gives you more power when climbing, and provides engine braking when going down a steep hill. CONTINUED 173 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission To shift from Speed range 2→1 under 31 mph (50 km/h) 3→2 under 69 mph (110 km/h) 4→3 under 88 mph (140 km/h) 5→4 under 131 mph (210 km/h) 174 Starting in Second Gear When you are in Sequential SportShift mode, and the vehicle is stopped, push forward on the shift lever to shift to second gear. You will see ‘‘2’’ in the display. Starting out in second gear will help to reduce wheelspin in deep snow or on a slippery surface. Engine Speed Limiter If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometer’s red zone. If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out. This is caused by a limiter in the engine’s computer controls. The engine will run normally when you reduce the RPM below the red zone. Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release This allows you to move the shift lever out of Park if the normal method of pushing on the brake pedal and pressing the release button does not work. COVER 4. Insert the key in the Shift Lock Release slot. 1. Set the parking brake. 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. Driving 3. Put a cloth on the edge of the Shift Lock Release slot cover next to the shift lever. Use a small flattipped screwdriver or finger nail file to remove the cover. Carefully pry off the edge of the cover. CONTINUED 175 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission If you need to use the Shift Lock Release, it means your vehicle is developing a problem. Have the vehicle checked by your dealer. SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT 5. Push down on the key while you 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 left side. Depress the brake pedal and restart the engine. 176 Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Always use the parking brake when you park your vehicle. Make sure the parking brake is set firmly or your vehicle may roll if it is parked on an incline. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, put it in first gear. If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn the front wheels away from the curb. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, put it in first gear. 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 instrument panel to verify that the security system is set. If the vehicle is facing downhill, turn the front wheels toward the curb. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, put it in reverse gear. 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. Never park over dry leaves, tall grass, or other flammable materials. The hot three way catalytic converter could cause these materials to catch on fire. 177 Driving If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, set the parking brake before you put the transmission in Park. This keeps the vehicle from moving and putting pressure on the parking mechanism in the transmission. Parking Tips Make sure the moonroof and the windows are closed. Main Menu Table of Contents Braking System Your vehicle is equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. A power assist helps reduce the effort needed on the brake pedal. The ABS helps you retain steering control when braking very hard. Put your foot on the brake pedal only when you intend to brake. Resting your foot on the pedal keeps the brakes applied lightly, builds up heat, increases wear and reduces their effectiveness. 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 taking your foot off the accelerator and downshifting to a lower gear. 178 Check the brakes after driving through deep water. Apply the brakes moderately to see if they feel normal. If not, apply them gently and frequently until they do. Be extra cautious in your driving. Braking System Design The hydraulic system that operates the brakes has two separate circuits. Each circuit works diagonally across the vehicle (the left-front brake is connected with the right-rear brake, etc.). If one circuit should develop a problem, you will still have braking at two wheels. Brake Wear Indicators All four brakes have audible brake wear indicators. If the brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive, metallic screeching sound when you apply the brake pedal. If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will screech all the time. It is normal for the brakes to occasionally squeal or squeak when you apply them. Main Menu Table of Contents Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) The anti-lock brake system (ABS) helps prevent the brakes from locking up, and helps you retain steering control by pumping the brakes rapidly, much faster than a person can do it. The ABS also balances the front-torear braking distribution according to vehicle loading. ABS Indicator If the ABS indicator comes on, the anti-lock function of the braking system has shut down. The brakes still work like a conventional system, but without anti-lock. You should have your dealer inspect your vehicle as soon as possible. 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 be shut down. CONTINUED 179 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.’’ Activating the Anti-lock Brakes 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. On dry pavement, you will need to press on the brake pedal very hard before the ABS activates. However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately if you are trying to stop on snow or ice. Main Menu Table of Contents Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Important Safety Reminders ABS does not reduce the time or distance it takes to stop the vehicle. It only helps with the steering control during braking. ABS INDICATOR Test your brakes as instructed on page 250 . If the brakes feel normal, drive slowly and have your vehicle 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. 180 ABS will not prevent a skid that results from changing direction abruptly, such as trying to take a corner too fast or making a sudden lane change. Always drive at a safe speed for the road and weather conditions. ABS cannot prevent a loss of stability. Always steer moderately when you are braking hard. Severe or sharp steering wheel movement can still cause your vehicle to veer into oncoming traffic or off the road. A vehicle with ABS may require a longer distance to stop on loose or uneven surfaces, such as gravel or snow, than a vehicle without antilock. Slow down and allow a greater distance between vehicles under those conditions. The VSA indicator will come on along with the ABS indicator. Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System The vehicle stability assist (VSA) system helps to stabilize the vehicle during cornering if the vehicle turns more or less than desired. It also assists you in maintaining traction while accelerating on loose or slippery road surfaces. It does this by regulating the engine’s output, and by selectively applying the brakes. The VSA system cannot enhance the vehicle’s driving stability in all situations and does not control your vehicle’s entire braking system. It is still your responsibility to drive and corner at reasonable speeds and to leave a sufficient margin of safety. VSA System Indicator VSA SYSTEM INDICATOR VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR When VSA activates, you will see the VSA activation indicator blink. If the VSA system indicator comes on while driving, pull to the side of the road when it is safe, and turn off the engine. Reset the system by restarting the engine. If the VSA system indicator stays on, or comes back on while driving, have the VSA system inspected by your dealer. CONTINUED 181 Driving When VSA activates, you may notice that the engine does not respond to the accelerator in the same way it does at other times. VSA Activation Indicator Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System If the indicator does not come on when the ignition switch is turned to ON (II), there may be a problem with the VSA system. Have your dealer inspect your vehicle as soon as possible. VSA Off Switch VSA OFF SWITCH VSA and Tire Sizes Driving with varying tire or wheel sizes may cause the VSA to malfunction. When replacing tires, make sure they are of the same size and type as your original tires (see page 182 ). Without VSA, your vehicle will have normal braking and cornering ability, but it will not have VSA traction and stability enhancement. This switch is under the left vent. Press it to turn the vehicle stability assist system on and off. When VSA is off, the VSA activation indicator comes on as a reminder. 182 VSA is turned on every time you start the engine, even if you turned it off the last time you drove the vehicle. Deactivate the VSA system if you need to drive with the compact spare tire installed (see page 236 ). If you install winter tires, make sure they are the same size as those that were originally supplied with your vehicle. Exercise the same caution during winter driving as you would if your vehicle was not equipped with VSA. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Your vehicle has been designed to primarily carry passengers and their cargo. You can also use it to tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper equipment, and follow the guidelines in this section. Check the loading of your vehicle and trailer carefully before starting to drive. Total Trailer Weight: The maximum allowable weight of the trailer and everthing in or on it must not exceed 1,000 lbs (450 kg). Towing a load that is too heavy can seriously affect your vehicle’s handling and performance. It can also damage the engine and drivetrain. Tongue Load: The weight that the tongue of a fully-loaded trailer puts on the hitch should be approximately 10 percent of the total trailer weight. Too much tongue load reduces front-tire traction and steering control. Too little tongue load can make the trailer unstable and cause it to sway. CONTINUED 183 Driving Exceeding any load limit or improperly loading your vehicle and trailer can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Load Limits Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer To achieve a proper tongue load, start by loading 60 percent of the load toward the front of the trailer and 40 percent toward the rear, then re-adjust the load as needed. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle, all occupants, all cargo, and the tongue is: 4,300 Ibs (1,950 kg) 184 Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle axles is: 2,335 Ibs (1,060 kg) on the front axle 2,030 Ibs (920 kg) on the rear axle 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. 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, how much load you are towing, and where you tow. Trailer Brakes Acura recommends that any trailer having a total weight of 1,000 lbs (450 kg) or more be equipped with its own electric or surge-type brakes. Safety Chains Always use safety chains when you tow a trailer. Make sure the chains are secured to the trailer and hitch, and that they cross under the tongue and can catch the trailer if it becomes unhitched. Leave enough slack to allow the trailer to turn corners easily, but do not let the chains drag on the ground. If you choose electric brakes, be sure they are electrically 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. See your trailer dealer for more information on installing electric brakes. CONTINUED 185 Driving Discuss your needs with your trailer sales or rental agency, and follow the guidelines in the rest of this section. Also make sure that all equipment is properly installed and that it meets federal, state, province, and local regulations. Hitches Any hitch used on your vehicle must be properly bolted to the underbody. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Trailer Lights Additional Towing Equipment Trailer lights and equipment must comply with federal, state, and local regulations. Check with your local recreational vehicle dealer for the requirements in your area, and use only equipment designed for your vehicle. 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. Since lighting and wiring vary by trailer type and brand, you should have a qualified technician install a suitable connector between the vehicle and the trailer. Improper equipment or installation can cause damage to your vehicle’s electrical system and affect your vehicle warranty. 186 Ask your trailer sales or rental agency if any other items are recommended or required for your towing situation. Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer 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, cooling system, and lights are in good operating condition. The hitch, safety chains, and any other attachments are secure. Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting 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. 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. Parking Follow all normal precautions when parking, including firmly setting the parking brake and putting the transmission in Park (automatic) or in 1st or Reverse (manual). Also, place wheel chocks at each of the trailer’s tires. All items in or on the trailer are properly secured and cannot shift while you drive. The lights and brakes on your vehicle and the trailer are working properly. 187 Driving All weights and loads are within limits (see pages 183 and 184 ). Your vehicle tires and spare are properly inflated (see page 227 ), and the trailer tires and spare are 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 below. Towing Speeds and Gears Drive slower than normal in all driving situations, and obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers. If you have an automatic transmission, use D position when towing a trailer on level roads. D3 is the proper shift lever position to use when towing a trailer in hilly terrain. (See ‘‘Driving on Hills’’ in the next column for additional gear information.) 188 Making Turns and Braking Make turns more slowly and wider than normal. The trailer tracks a smaller arc than your vehicle, and it can hit or run over something the vehicle misses. Allow more time and distance for braking. Do not brake or turn suddenly as this could cause the trailer to jackknife or turn over. Driving on Hills When climbing hills, closely watch your temperature gauge. If it nears the red (hot) mark, turn the air conditioning off, reduce speed and, if necessary, pull to the side of the road to let the engine cool. If the automatic transmission shifts frequently while going up a hill, shift to D3. 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. Main Menu Maintenance This section explains why it is important to keep your vehicle well maintained and how to follow basic maintenance safety precautions. This section also includes Maintenance Schedules for normal driving and severe driving conditions, a Maintenance Record, and instructions for simple maintenance tasks you may want to take care of yourself. Seat Belts ........................................ 223 Floor Mats ...................................... 223 Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 223 Wiper Blades .................................. 224 Tires ................................................ 226 Inflation Guidelines ................... 226 Recomended Tire Pressures .... 227 Tire Inspection ........................... 228 Tire Maintenance ...................... 228 Tire Rotation .............................. 229 Replacing Tires .......................... 229 Wheels and Tires ....................... 230 Winter Driving ........................... 230 Snow Tires .............................. 230 Tire Chains ............................. 231 Checking the Battery .................... 232 Vehicle Storage .............................. 233 189 Maintenance If you have the skills and tools to perform more complex maintenance tasks on your vehicle, you may want to purchase the Service Manual. See page 277 for information on how to obtain a copy, or see your dealer. Maintenance Safety ....................... 190 Maintenance Schedule .................. 191 Servicing Your Vehicle ............. 192 Owner’s Maintenance Checks .................................... 192 Maintenance Record ..................... 197 Fluid Locations............................... 201 Adding Engine Oil ......................... 202 Recommended Engine Oil........ 202 Synthetic Oil ............................... 203 Engine Oil Additives ................. 203 Changing the Oil and Filter .......... 204 Windshield Washers ..................... 206 Engine Coolant ............................... 207 Adding Engine Coolant ............. 207 Transmission Fluid ........................ 209 Automatic Transmission.......................... 209 Manual Transmission.......................... 211 Brake and Clutch Fluid ................. 212 Brake Fluid ................................. 212 Clutch Fluid ................................ 213 Power Steering Fluid..................... 213 Hood Latch ..................................... 214 Lights .............................................. 215 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety All service items not detailed in this section should be performed by a certified technician or other qualified mechanic. Important Safety Precautions To eliminate potential hazards, read the instructions before you begin, and make sure you have the tools and skills required. Make sure your vehicle is parked on level ground, the parking brake is set, and the engine is off. To clean parts, use a commercially available degreaser or parts cleaner, not gasoline. To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away from the battery and all fuel-related parts. Wear eye protection and protective clothing when working near the battery or when using compressed air. 190 Improperly maintaining this vehicle or failing to correct a problem before driving can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Always follow the inspection, maintenance recommendations, and schedules in this owner’s manual. Potential Vehicle Hazards Carbon Monoxide poison from engine exhaust. Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine. Burns from hot parts. Let the engine and exhaust system cool before touching any parts. Injury from moving parts. Do not run the engine unless instructed to do so. Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed. Always follow the procedures and precautions in this owner’s manual. Some of the most important safety precautions are given here. However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you should perform a given task. Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule The maintenance schedule assumes you will use your vehicle as normal transportation for passengers and their possessions. You should also follow these recommendations: Avoid exceeding your vehicle’s load limit. This puts excess stress on the engine, brakes, and many other vehicle parts. The load limit is shown on the tire information label on the driver’s doorjamb. Drive your vehicle regularly over a distance of several miles (kilometers). Always use unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating (see page 152 ). U.S. Owners − Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions if you drive your vehicle 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. Trailer towing, driving with a loaded roof top carrier, or driving in mountainous conditions. Driving on muddy, dusty, or deiced roads. 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. Driving in extremely hot [over 90°F (32°C)] conditions. Used primarily as a delivery vehicle or taxi that is driven mostly in stop-and-go traffic and/ or parked with the engine idling. 191 Maintenance Operate your vehicle on reasonable roads within the legal speed limit. Which Schedule to Follow Service your vehicle according to the time and mileage periods on one of the Maintenance Schedules on the following pages. Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule Servicing Your Vehicle Your authorized dealer knows your vehicle best and can provide competent, efficient service. However, service at a dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranties in effect. Maintenance may be done by any qualified service facility or skilled person to keep your warranties in effect. Keep all the receipts as proof of completion, and have the person who does the work fill out the Maintenance Record. Check your warranty booklet for more information. We recommend the use of Acura parts and fluids whenever you have maintenance done. 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, all maintenance services should be performed at the recommended time or mileage period to ensure longterm reliability. Owner’s Maintenance Checks You should check the following items at the specified intervals. If you are unsure of how to perform any check, turn to the appropriate page listed. 192 Engine oil level − Check every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 157 . Engine coolant level − Check the radiator reserve tank every time you fill the fuel tank. See page 158 . Automatic transmission − Check the fluid level monthly. See pages 209 − 210 . Brakes − Check the fluid level monthly. See page 212 . Tires − Check the tire pressure monthly. Examine the tread for wear and foreign objects. See page 226 . Lights − Check the operation of the headlights, parking lights, taillights, high-mount brake light, and license plate lights monthly. Main Menu Table of Contents Follow the Normal Maintenance Schedule if the severe driving conditions specified in the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule on page 195 do not apply. NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY drive under ‘‘severe’’ conditions, you should follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule. #: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 192 . CONTINUED Maintenance 193 Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). miles x 1,000 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 km x 1,000 16 32 48 64 80 96 112 128 144 160 176 192 208 224 240 Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Check engine oil and coolant Check inflation and condition once a month Check tires Replace engine oil (Or every 1 year, whichever comes first) Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 175 ) Replace engine oil filter Check front and rear brakes Check parking brake adjustment Inspect the following items: Tie-rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots Suspension components (Or every 1 year, whichever comes first) Driveshaft boots Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids Exhaust system# Fuel lines and connections# Inspect drive belts (Or every 2 years, whichever comes first) Replace dust and pollen filter Replace air cleaner element Main Menu Table of Contents Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). miles x 1,000 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 km x 1,000 16 32 48 64 80 96 112 128 144 160 176 192 208 224 240 Replace spark plugs Inspect valve clearance (Otherwise adjust only if noisy) Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions Replace automatic transmission fluid*1 Replace manual transmission fluid Inspect idle speed Replace engine coolant Replace brake fluid (Or every 6 years, whichever comes first) Every 160,000 miles (256,000 km) 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 3 years (independent of mileage) *1: Replace at 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 6 years, then every 90,000 miles (144,000 km) or 5 years. 194 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Follow the Severe Maintenance Schedule if you drive your vehicle 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, such as a taxi or a commercial delivery vehicle. Trailer towing, driving with a roof rack, or driving in mountainous conditions. Driving on muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads. For Canadian Owners − Follow the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions. *1 : See dust and pollen filter on page 223 for replacement information under special driving conditions. # : See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 192 . CONTINUED Maintenance 195 Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). miles x 1,000 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 km x 1,000 16 32 48 64 80 96 112 128 144 160 176 192 208 224 240 Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Check inflation and condition once a month Check tires Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or every 6 months, Replace engine oil whichever comes first Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 175 ) Replace engine oil filter Check front and rear brakes Lubricate all hinges, locks and latches Inspect the following items: (Or every 1 year, whichever comes first) Tie-rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots Suspension components Driveshaft boots Check parking brake adjustment Inspect the following items: Brake hoses and lines (including ABS) All fluid levels and condition of fluids (Or every 1 year, whichever comes first) Exhaust system# Fuel lines and connections# Lights and controls/vehicle underbody Inspect drive belts (Or every 2 years, whichever comes first) Replace dust and pollen filter*1 Replace air cleaner element Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) (Use normal schedule except in dusty conditions) Main Menu Table of Contents Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). miles x 1,000 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 km x 1,000 16 32 48 64 80 96 112 128 144 160 176 192 208 224 240 Replace spark plugs Inspect valve clearance (Otherwise adjust only if noisy) Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions Replace automatic transmission fluid*2 Replace manual transmission fluid Inspect idle speed Replace engine coolant Replace brake fluid (Or every 3 years, whichever comes first) Every 160,000 miles (256,000 km) 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 10 years, then every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 5 years Every 3 years (independent of mileage) *2: Replace at 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 3 years, then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years. 196 Maintenance Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (pages 193 , 194 ) or severe conditions (pages 195 , 196 ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle. 3,750 mi 6,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 22,250 mi 36,000 km Date 5,000 mi 8,000 km mi/km mi/km 25,000 mi 40,000 km mi/km 30,000 mi 48,000 km Date 33,750 mi 54,000 km Date 15,000 mi 24,000 km mi/km mi/km mi/km Date mi/km Date 37,500 mi 60,000 km Date 20,000 mi 32,000 km mi/km Date 35,000 mi 56,000 km Date 18,750 mi 30,000 km mi/km Maintenance mi/km mi/km Date Date 11,250 mi 18,000 km mi/km Date 26,250 mi 42,000 km Date 10,000 mi 16,000 km mi/km Date Date 7,500 mi 12,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 40,000 mi 64,000 km mi/km Date CONTINUED 197 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 41,250 mi 66,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 63,750 mi 102,000 km Date 45,000 mi 72,000 km mi/km mi/km 65,000 mi 104,000 km mi/km 67,500 mi 108,000 km mi/km 70,000 mi 112,000 km mi/km 71,250 mi 114,000 km mi/km 75,000 mi 120,000 km mi/km Date 198 mi/km Date 78,750 mi 126,000 km Date 60,000 mi 96,000 km mi/km Date Date 56,250 mi 90,000 km mi/km Date Date 55,000 mi 88,000 km mi/km Date Date 52,500 mi 84,000 km mi/km Date Date 50,000 mi 80,000 km mi/km Date Date 48,750 mi 78,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 80,000 mi 128,000 km mi/km Date Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 82,500 mi 132,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 101,250 mi 162,000 km Date 85,000 mi 136,000 km mi/km mi/km 105,000 mi 168,000 km mi/km 108,750 mi 174,000 km mi/km 110,000 mi 176,000 km 112,500 mi 180,000 km Date 115,000 mi 184,000 km Date 97,500 mi 156,000 km mi/km mi/km Date mi/km Date 116,250 mi 186,000 km Date 100,000 mi 166,000 km mi/km Maintenance mi/km mi/km Date Date 95,000 mi 152,000 km mi/km Date Date 93,750 mi 150,000 km mi/km Date Date 90,000 mi 144,000 km mi/km Date Date 86,250 mi 138,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km Date 120,000 mi 192,000 km mi/km Date CONTINUED 199 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 123,750 mi 198,000 km Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 142,500 mi 228,000 km Date 125,000 mi 200,000 km mi/km mi/km 145,000 mi 232,000 km mi/km Date 131,250 mi 210,000 km mi/km Date 135,000 mi 216,000 km mi/km Date 138,750 mi 222,000 km mi/km Date 140,000 mi 224,000 km mi/km Date 200 mi/km Date 146,250 mi 234,000 km mi/km Date Date 130,000 mi 208,000 km mi/km Date Date 127,500 mi 204,000 km Signature or dealer stamp 150,000 mi 240,000 km mi/km Date Main Menu Table of Contents Fluid Locations CLUTCH FLUID (Manual Transmission only) (Light gray cap) ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Orange handle) ENGINE OIL FILL CAP WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop) POWER STEERING FLUID (Red cap) COOLANT RESERVOIR Maintenance BRAKE FLUID (Black cap) RADIATOR CAP 201 Main Menu Table of Contents Adding Engine Oil ENGINE OIL FILL CAP Unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on top of the valve cover. Pour in the oil slowly and carefully so you do not spill. Clean up any spills immediately. Spilled oil could damage components in the engine compartment. 202 Install the engine oil fill cap, and tighten it securely. Wait a few minutes, and recheck the oil level. Do not fill above the upper mark; you could damage the engine. Recommended Engine Oil Oil is a major contributor to your engine’s performance and longevity. Always use a premium-grade 5W-30 detergent oil displaying the API Certification Seal. This seal indicates the oil is energy conserving, and that it meets the American Petroleum Institute’s latest requirements. Main Menu Table of Contents Adding Engine Oil Honda Motor Oil is the preferred 5W-30 lubricant for your vehicle. It is highly recommended that you use Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for optimum engine protection. Make sure the API Certification Seal says ‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’ The oil viscosity or weight is provided on the container’s label. 5W-30 oil is formulated for yearround protection of your Acura to improve cold weather starting and fuel economy. Synthetic Oil You may use a synthetic motor oil if it meets the same requirements given for a conventional motor oil, it displays the API Certification Seal and it is the proper weight. You must follow the oil and filter change intervals given in the maintenance schedule. Ambient Temperature API CERTIFICATION SEAL 203 Maintenance Engine Oil Additives Your vehicle does not require any oil additives. Additives may adversely affect your engine’s or transmission’s performance and durability. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing the Oil and Filter Always change the oil and filter according to the recommendations in the maintenance schedule. The oil and filter collect contaminants that can damage your engine if they are not removed regularly. Changing the oil and filter requires special tools and access from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle should be raised on a service stationtype hydraulic lift for this service. Unless you have the knowledge and proper equipment, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic. 1. Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature, then shut it off. 204 OIL DRAIN BOLT BOLT MAINTENANCE COVER 2. Open the hood and remove the engine oil fill cap. 3. Remove the bolt with a wrench, then remove the maintenance cover. WASHER 4. Remove the oil drain bolt and washer from the bottom of the engine. Drain the oil into an appropriate container. 5. Remove the oil filter and let the remaining oil drain. A special wrench (available from your dealer) is required. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing the Oil and Filter OIL FILTER 8. Refill the engine with the recommended oil. Engine oil change capacity (including filter): 4.4 US qt (4.2 ) 9. Replace the engine oil fill cap. Start the engine. The oil pressure indicator should go out within 5 seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine, and check your work. 10.Let the engine run for several minutes, then check the drain bolt and oil filter for leaks. 12.Install the maintenance cover and tighten the bolt securely. Improper disposal of engine oil can be harmf ul to the environment. If you change your own oil, please dispose of the used oil properly. Put it in a sealed container and take it to a recycling center. Do not discard it in a trash bin or dump it on the ground. 7. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt. Tighten it to: 33 lbf·ft (45 N·m , 4.6 kgf·m) 205 Maintenance 6. Install a new oil filter according to the instructions that come with it. Make sure to clean off any dirt and dust on the connecting surface of a new oil filter. 11.Turn off the engine, let it sit for several minutes, then check the oil level on the dipstick. If necessary, add more oil. Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Washers Check the level in the windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal use. LEVEL GAUGE Do not use engine antif reeze or a vinegar/water solution in the windshield washer reservoir. Antif reeze can damage your vehicle’s paint, while a vinegar/water solution can damage the windshield washer pump. Use only commercially-available windshield washer f luid. Check the reservoir’s fluid level by removing the cap and looking at the level gauge attached to the cap. Canadian Models: The low washer level indicator will light when the level is low (see page 59 ). Fill the reservoir with a good-quality windshield washer fluid. This increases the cleaning capability and prevents freezing in cold weather. 206 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. Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Coolant Adding Engine Coolant RESERVE TANK 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. Maintenance 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. Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or plain water. If Honda antifreeze/coolant is not available, you may use another major-brand non-silicate coolant as a temporary replacement. Make sure it is a high-quality coolant recommended for aluminum engines. Continued use of any non-Honda coolant can result in corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail. Have the cooling system flushed and refilled with Honda antifreeze/coolant as soon as possible. If the reserve tank is completely empty, you should also check the coolant level in the radiator. CONTINUED 207 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Coolant RADIATOR CAP 4. The coolant level should be up to the base of the filler neck. Add coolant if it is low. Pour the coolant slowly and carefully so you do not spill. Clean up any spill immediately; it could damage components in the engine compartment. 5. Put the radiator cap back on and tighten it. 1. Make sure the engine and radiator are cool. 2. Relieve any pressure in the cooling system by turning the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pressing down. 3. Remove the radiator cap by pushing down and turning counterclockwise. 208 6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank. Fill it to halfway between the MAX and MIN marks. Put the cap back on the reserve tank. Do not add any rust inhibitors or other additives to your vehicle’s cooling system. They may not be compatible with the coolant or engine components. Main Menu Table of Contents Transmission Fluid 4. Remove the dipstick and check the fluid level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. Automatic Transmission 5. If the level is below the lower mark, remove the fill plug and add fluid into the tube to bring it to the upper mark. DIPSTICK 1. Park the vehicle on level ground. Shut off the engine. 2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) from the transmission, and wipe it with a clean cloth. 3. Insert the dipstick all the way into the transmission. Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so you do not spill any. Clean up any spills immediately; it could damage components in the engine compartment. Make sure the rubber cap on the dipstick fits in the dipstick guide and that you push the dipstick in all the way. CONTINUED 209 Maintenance Check the fluid level with the engine at normal operating temperature. UPPER MARK LOWER MARK Main Menu Table of Contents Transmission Fluid Always use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid). If it’s not available, you may use a DEXRON III automatic transmission fluid as a temporary replacement. However, continued use can affect the shift quality. Have the transmission flushed and refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as soon as it is convenient. 210 To thoroughly flush the transmission, the technician should drain and refill it with Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid), then drive the vehicle for a short distance. Do this three times. Then drain and refill the transmission a final time. 6. Insert the dipstick all the way back into the transmission securely as shown in the illustration. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. If you are not sure how to add fluid, contact your dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Transmission Fluid Manual Transmission BOLT BOLT UNDER COVER Correct level Check the fluid level with the transmission at normal operating temperature and the vehicle sitting on level ground. Remove the transmission filler bolt, and carefully feel inside the bolt hole with your finger. The fluid level should be up to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is not, add Honda Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall the filler bolt, and tighten it securely. If Honda MTF is not available, you may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 viscosity motor oil with the API Certification seal that says ‘‘FOR GASOLINE ENGINES’’ as a temporary replacement. However, motor oil does not contain the proper additives, and continued use can cause stiffer shifting. Replace as soon as it is convenient. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. 211 Maintenance To check the transmission fluid level, remove the two bolts, then pull the left part of the under cover down. FILLER BOLT After checking and adding the fluid, put the under cover back in place and tighten the bolts securely. Main Menu Table of Contents Brake and Clutch Fluid Check the fluid level in the reservoirs monthly. There are up to two reservoirs, depending on the model. They are: Brake fluid reservoir (all models) Clutch fluid reservoir (manual transmission only) Replace the brake fluid according to the recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Always use Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3. If it is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement. Using any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system. Have the brake system flushed and refilled with Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 as soon as possible. Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not compatible with your vehicle’s braking system and can cause extensive damage. 212 Brake Fluid MAX MIN The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If the level is at or below the MIN mark, your brake system needs attention. Have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. Main Menu Table of Contents Brake and Clutch Fluid, Power Steering Fluid Clutch Fluid Power Steering Fluid MAX MIN LOWER LEVEL Maintenance The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If it is not, add brake fluid to bring it up to that level. Use the same fluid specified for the brake system. UPPER LEVEL Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so you do not spill any. Clean up any spills immediately; it could damage components in the engine compartment. Check the level on the side of the reservoir when the engine is cold. The fluid should be between the UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL. If not, add power steering fluid to the UPPER LEVEL. Low fluid level can indicate a leak in the clutch system. Have this system inspected as soon as possible. CONTINUED 213 Main Menu Table of Contents Power Steering Fluid, Hood Latch Always use Honda Power Steering Fluid. You may use another power steering fluid as an emergency replacement, but have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible. Hood Latch PIVOTS 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. LATCH ASSEMBLY Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t or right lock and holding it there can damage the power steering pump. 214 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 dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Headlight Aiming The headlights were properly aimed when your vehicle was new. If you regularly carry heavy items in the trunk or pull a trailer, readjustment may be required. Adjustments should be performed by your dealer or other qualified mechanic. NOTE: Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the glass can cause the bulb to overheat and shatter. Maintenance Low Beam Headlight Bulb Replacement 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 vehicle to your dealer to have it replaced. Replacing a High Beam Headlight Bulb Your vehicle has two bulbs on each side, four in total. Make sure you are replacing the bulb that is burned out. Your vehicle uses halogen headlight bulbs. When replacing a bulb, handle it by its plastic case and protect the glass from contact with your skin or hard objects. If you touch the glass, clean it with denatured alcohol and a clean cloth. CONTINUED 215 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights FASTENER BULB RUBBER WEATHER SEAL 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 tabs are in their slots. Pivot the hold-down wire back in place, and clip the end into the slot. AIR INTAKE COVER 1. Open the hood. To change a bulb on the driver’s side, undo the three fasteners and remove the air intake cover. HOLD-DOWN WIRE CONNECTOR 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. 216 6. Install the rubber weather seal over the back of the headlight assembly. Make sure it is right side up; it is marked with an arrow. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 7. Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb. Make sure it is connected securely. Replacing the Front Side Marker/ Turn Signal Light Bulb 3. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. 4. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 8. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb. 9. On the driver’s side, reinstall the air intake cover. Reinstall the three fasteners and secure them by pushing on the heads until they lock. 5. Turn on the lights to test the new bulb. Maintenance SOCKET 1. Open the hood. 2. Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 217 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Front Parking Light Bulb 1. To change 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. To change the bulb on the passenger’s side, turn the steering wheel to the left. HOLDING CLIPS 2. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to remove the two holding clips from the inner fender. 3. Pull the inner fender cover away from the fender and bumper. 4. Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 218 5. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 6. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Replacing Rear Bulbs (in Fenders) 7. Turn on the lights to test the new bulb. 8. Put the inner fender cover in place. Install and lock each holding clip by pushing on the center. 1. Open the trunk. 2. Remove the light assembly cover by pulling its outside edge. 3. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise, and pull the bulb straight out of its socket. 4. Push a new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms, and reinstall the socket into the light assembly by turning it clockwise until it locks. 5. Test the new bulb to make sure it works. 6. Reinstall the light assembly cover. 219 Maintenance COVER Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 5. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. Replacing Rear Bulbs (in Trunk Lid) BULBS TRIM CLIPS 1. Open the trunk. 2. To replace a bulb on the left side, remove the two trim clips. On the right side, remove a trim clip. 3. Pull the lining back carefully. 220 SOCKETS 4. Determine which of the two bulbs is burned out: taillight or back-up light. 6. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 7. Insert the socket back into the light assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 9. Reinstall the trunk lid trim. Make sure it is installed under the edge of the trunk lid seal. 8. Turn on the lights to test the new bulb. 10.Press the trim clips back into their holes. Replacing a High-mount Brake Light Bulb 2. Remove the burned-out bulb by pulling it straight out of the socket. 3. Install the new bulb and reinstall the socket. Make sure the new bulb is working. 221 Maintenance 1. Open the trunk and remove the socket from the light assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Side Turn Signal Light Each outside mirror has side turn signal lights. The lights should be replaced by your Acura dealer. 222 Rear License Plate Bulb The license plate has two lights above it. The bulbs should be replaced by your Acura dealer. Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Belts, Floor Mats, Dust and Pollen Filter Seat Belts Floor Mats LOOP If you use aftermarket floor mats make sure they fit properly and that they can be used with the floor mat anchors. Do not put additional floor mats on top of the anchored mats. Dust and Pollen Filter This filter removes the dust and pollen that is brought in from the outside through the heating and cooling system/climate control system. The driver’s floor mat that came with your vehicle hook over the floor mat anchors. This keeps the floor mats from sliding forward and possibly interfering with the pedals. If you remove the floor mats, make sure to re-anchor them when you put them back in your vehicle. Have your Acura dealer replace this filter 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, or if the airflow from the climate control system becomes less than usual. 223 Maintenance Clean dirty seat belts with a soft brush and a mixture of mild soap and warm water. Do not use bleach, dye, or cleaning solvents that can weaken the belt material. Let the belts air dry before you use the vehicle. Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the insides of the loops with a clean cloth dampened in mild soap and warm water or isopropyl alcohol. Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months. Look for signs of cracking in the rubber, or areas that are getting hard. Replace the blades if you find these signs, or if they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used. WIPER ARMS LOCK TAB To replace a wiper blade: 1. Raise the wiper arm off the windshield. Raise the driver’s side first, then the passenger’s side. Do not open the hood when the wiper arms are raised, or you will damage the hood and wiper arms. 224 2. Disconnect the blade assembly from the wiper arm by pushing in the lock tab. Hold the lock tab in while you push the blade assembly toward the base of the arm. 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. REINFORCEMENT 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. Maintenance 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. 7. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield. Lower the passenger’s side first, then the driver’s side. 225 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires To safely operate your vehicle, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated. The following pages give more detailed information on how to take care of your tires and what to do when they need to be replaced. Using tires that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding tire inflation and maintenance. 226 Inflation Guidelines Keeping the tires properly inflated provides the best combination of handling, tread life, and riding comfort. Underinflated tires wear unevenly, adversely affect handling and fuel economy, and are more likely to fail from being overheated. Overinflated tires can make your vehicle ride more harshly, are more prone to damage from road hazards, and wear unevenly. We recommend that you visually check your tires every day. If you think a tire might be low, check it immediately with a tire gauge. Use a gauge to measure the air pressure in each tire at least once a month. Even tires that are in good condition may lose one to two psi (10 to 20 kPa, 0.1 to 0.2 kgf/cm ) per month. Remember to check the spare tire at the same time. Check the air pressures when the tires are cold. This means the vehicle has been parked for at least three hours, or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km). Add or release air, if needed, to match the recommended cold tire pressures on the next page. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires If you check air pressures when the tires are hot (driven for several miles), you will see readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4 kgf/cm ) higher than the cold readings. This is normal. Do not let air out to match the recommended cold air pressure. The tire will be underinflated. Tire Size P215/50R17 93V Cold Tire Pressure for Normal Driving Front: 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) The compact spare tire pressure is: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) For convenience, the recommended tire sizes and cold air pressures are on a label on the driver’s doorjamb. For additional information about your tires, see page 264 . Rear: 30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1 kgf/cm ) Maintenance You should get your own tire pressure gauge 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 The following chart shows the recommended cold tire pressures for most normal driving conditions. While tubeless tires have some ability to self-seal if they are punctured, you should look closely for punctures if a tire starts losing pressure. 227 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Tire Inspection Every time you check inflation, you should also examine the tires for damage, foreign objects, and wear. INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS You should look for: Bumps or bulges in the tread or side of the tire. Replace the tire if you find either of these conditions. Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side of the tire. Replace the tire if you can see fabric or cord. Excessive tread wear. TREAD WEAR INDICATORS Your tires have wear indicators molded into the tread. When the tread wears down, you will see a band 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide across the tread. This shows there is less than 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of tread left on the tire. A tire this worn gives very little traction on wet roads. You should replace the tire if you can see three or more tread wear indicators. 228 Tire Maintenance In addition to proper inflation, correct wheel alignment helps to decrease tire wear. If you find a tire is worn unevenly, have your dealer check the wheel alignment. Have your dealer check the tires if you feel a consistent vibration while driving. A tire should always be rebalanced if it is removed from the wheel. When you have new tires installed, make sure they are balanced. This increases riding comfort and tire life. For best results, have the installer perform a dynamic balance. Improper wheel weights can damage your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use only genuine Acura wheels weights f or balancing. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Tire Rotation Front Front (For Non-directional (For Directional Tires and Wheels) Tires and Wheels) Replacing Tires and Wheels Replace your tires with radial tires of the same size, load range, speed rating, and maximum cold tire pressure rating (as shown on the tire’s sidewall). Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on your vehicle can reduce braking ability, traction, and steering accuracy. Using tires of a different size or construction can cause the ABS to work inconsistently. It is best to replace all four tires at the same time. If that is not possible or necessary, replace the two front tires or two rear tires as a pair. Replacing just one tire can seriously affect your vehicle’s handling. CONTINUED 229 Maintenance To help increase tire life and distribute wear more evenly, rotate the tires at these intervals: Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) Move the tires to the positions shown in the illustration each time they are rotated. If you purchase directional tires, rotate only front-toback. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires If you ever replace a wheel, make sure that the wheel’s specifications match those of the original wheels. Replacement wheels are available at your dealer. Installing improper tires on your vehicle can affect handling and stability. This can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed. Always use the size and type of tires recommended in this owner’s manual. 230 Wheels and Tires Wheel: 17 x 7 JJ Tire: P215/50R17 93V See page 265 for DOT tire quality grading information, and page 267 for tire size information. Winter Driving Tires marked ‘‘M + S’’ or ‘‘All Season’’ on the sidewall have an allweather tread design suitable for most winter driving conditions. For the best performance in snowy or icy conditions, you should install snow tires or tire chains. They may be required by local laws under certain conditions. Snow Tires If you mount snow tires on your vehicle, make sure they are radial tires of the same size and load range as original tires. Mount snow tires on all four wheels. The traction provided by snow tires on dry roads may be lower than your original tires. Check with the tire dealer for maximum speed recommendations. Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Tire Chains Mount snow chains on your tires when required by driving conditions or local laws. Install them only on the front tires. Because your vehicle has limited tire clearance, Acura strongly recommends using the chains listed below, made by Security Chain Company (SCC). When installing cables, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and mount them as tight as you can. Make sure they are not contacting the brake lines or suspension. Drive slowly with them installed. If you hear them coming into contact with the body or chassis, stop and investigate. Remove them as soon as you begin driving on cleared roads. Using the wrong chains, or not properly installing chains, can damage the brake lines and cause a crash in which you can be seriously injured or killed. Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding the selection and use of tire chains. CH2412T Maintenance 231 Main Menu Table of Contents Checking the Battery TEST INDICATOR WINDOW Check the condition of the battery monthly by looking at the test indicator window. The label on the battery explains the test indicator’s colors. 232 Check the terminals for corrosion (a white or yellowish powder). To remove it, cover the terminals with a solution of baking soda and water. It will bubble up and turn brown. When this stops, wash it off with plain water. Dry off the battery with a cloth or paper towel. Coat the terminals with grease to help prevent future corrosion. If additional battery maintenance is needed, see your dealer or a qualified technician. WARNING: Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash your hands after handling. If you need to connect the battery to a charger, disconnect both cables to prevent damaging your vehicle’s electrical system. Always disconnect the negative (−) cable first, and reconnect it last. Main Menu Table of Contents Checking the Battery, Vehicle Storage The battery gives off explosive hydrogen gas during normal operation. A spark or flame can cause the battery to explode with enough force to kill or seriously hurt you. Vehicle Storage If you need to park your vehicle for an extended period (more than one month), there are several things you should do to prepare it for storage. Proper preparation helps prevent deterioration and makes it easier to get your vehicle back on the road. If possible, store your vehicle indoors. Fill the fuel tank. Change the engine oil and filter. Wash and dry the exterior completely. Clean the interior. Make sure the carpeting, floor mats, etc., are completely dry. Maintenance Wear protective clothing and a face shield, or have a skilled mechanic do the battery maintenance. CONTINUED 233 Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Storage Leave the parking brake off. Put the transmission in Reverse (6-speed manual) or Park (automatic). Block the rear wheels. If the vehicle is to be stored for a longer period, it should be supported on jackstands so the tires are off the ground. Leave one window open slightly (if the vehicle is being stored indoors). Disconnect the battery. 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. Cover the vehicle with a ‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made from a porous material such as cotton. Non-porous materials, such as plastic sheeting, trap moisture, which can damage the paint. If possible, periodically run the engine until it reaches full operating temperature (the cooling fan cycles twice). Preferably, do this once a month. 234 If you store your vehicle for 12 months or longer, have your dealer perform the inspections called for in the 24 months maintenance schedule (Normal Conditions) as soon as you take it out of storage (see page 193 ). The replacements called for in the maintenance schedule are not needed unless the vehicle has actually reached that time or mileage. Main Menu Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers the more common problems that motorists experience with their vehicles. It gives you information about how to safely evaluate the problem and what to do to correct it. If the problem has stranded you on the side of the road, you may be able to get going again. If not, you will also find instructions on getting your vehicle towed. 235 Taking Care of the Unexpected Compact Spare Tire....................... 236 Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 237 If Your Engine Won’t Start ........... 241 Nothing Happens or the Starter Motor Operates Very Slowly............................. 241 The Starter Operates Normally ................................. 242 Jump Starting ................................. 243 If Your Engine Overheats............. 245 Low Oil Pressure Indicator .......... 247 Charging System Indicator........... 248 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 248 Readiness Codes ........................ 249 Brake System Indicator ................ 250 Closing the Moonroof ................... 251 Emergency Towing ....................... 252 Fuses ............................................... 254 Checking and Replacing ........... 254 Main Menu Table of Contents Compact Spare Tire Use the compact spare tire as a temporary replacement only. Get your regular tire repaired or replaced, and put it back on your vehicle as soon as you can. Do not mount snow chains on the compact spare tire. Check the inflation pressure of the compact spare tire every time you check the other tires. It should be inflated to: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) Do not use your compact spare tire on another vehicle unless it is the same make and model. Follow these precautions: Do not use the compact spare tire if you are towing a trailer. Turn off the VSA system (see page 182 ). Driving with the compact spare tire may activate the VSA system. Never exceed 50 mph (80 km/h). This tire gives a harsher ride and less traction on some road surfaces. Use greater caution while driving. 236 INDICATOR LOCATION MARK On models with manual transmission, do not drive for a long period with the compact spare tire mounted on a front wheel; it will damage the limited slip differential. TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR Replace the tire when you can see the tread wear indicator bars. The replacement should be the same size and design tire, mounted on the same wheel. The spare tire is not designed to be mounted on a regular wheel, and the spare wheel is not designed for mounting a regular tire. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, stop in a safe place to change it. Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area that is far away from the traffic lanes. 2. Turn on the hazard warning lights, and turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0). Have all the passengers get out of the vehicle while you change the tire. TRUNK FLOOR The vehicle can easily roll off the jack, seriously injuring anyone underneath. JACK TOOL TRAY TOOLS 1. Park the vehicle on firm, level and non-slippery ground. Put the transmission in Park (automatic) or Reverse (manual). Apply the parking brake. CONTINUED 237 Taking Care of the Unexpected Follow the directions for changing a tire exactly, and never get under the vehicle when it is supported only by the jack. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire 5. Unscrew the wing bolt and take the spare tire out of the trunk. 6. Loosen each wheel nut 1/2 turn with the wheel wrench. TOOL TRAY 3. Open the trunk. Raise the trunk floor by lifting up on the back edge. 4. Take the tool tray out of the trunk, and remove the tools and the jack. 238 JACKING POINT 7. Place the jack under the jacking point nearest the tire you need to change. 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 NUT WRENCH BRAKE HUB 10.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 239 Taking Care of the Unexpected 8. Use the extension and the wheel nut wrench as shown to raise the vehicle until the flat tire is off the ground. 9. Remove the wheel nuts and flat tire. Place the flat tire on the ground with the outside surface of the wheel facing up. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire 14.Remove the center cap before storing the flat tire in the trunk well. WING BOLT 15.Place the flat tire face down in the spare tire well. For For spare normal tire tire SPACER CONE 11.Put on the spare tire. Put the wheel nuts back on finger-tight, then tighten them in a crisscross pattern with the wheel nut wrench until the wheel is firmly against the hub. Do not try to tighten them fully. 12.Lower the vehicle to the ground and remove the jack. 240 13.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in the same crisscross pattern. Have the wheel nut torque checked at the nearest automotive service facility. Tighten the wheel nuts to: 80 lbf·ft (108 N·m , 11 kgf·m) 16.Remove the spacer cone from the wing bolt, turn it over, and put it back on the bolt. 17.Secure the flat tire by screwing the wing bolt back into its hole. 18.Store the jack and tools in the tool tray, and place the tool tray back in the trunk. Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire, If the Engine Won’t Start 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. 19.Store the wheel cover or center cap in the trunk. Make sure it does not get scratched or damaged. Lower the trunk floor, then close the trunk lid. If the Engine Won’t Start Diagnosing why the engine won’t start falls into two areas, depending on what you hear when you turn the key to START (III): You hear nothing, or almost nothing. The engine’s starter motor does not operate at all, or operates very slowly. Check these things: Check the transmission interlock. If you have a manual transmission, the clutch pedal must be pushed all the way to the floor or the starter will not operate. With an automatic transmission, it must be in Park or Neutral. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II). Turn on the headlights, and check their brightness. If the headlights are very dim or do not come on at all, the battery is discharged. See Jump Starting on page 243 . CONTINUED 241 Taking Care of the Unexpected 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. Main Menu Table of Contents If the Engine Won’t Start Turn the ignition switch to START (III). If the headlights do not dim, check the condition of the fuses. If the fuses are OK, there is probably something wrong with the electrical circuit for the ignition switch or starter motor. You will need a qualified technician to determine the problem (see Emergency Towing on page 252 ). 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 connections (see page 232 ). You can then try jump starting the vehicle from a booster battery (see page 243 ). 242 The Starter Operates Normally In this case, the starter motor’s speed sounds normal, or even faster than normal, when you turn the ignition switch to START (III), but the engine does not run. Are you using the proper starting procedure? Refer to Starting the Engine on page 167 . Are you using a properly coded key? An improperly coded key will cause the immobilizer system indicator in the instrument panel to blink rapidly (see page 72 ). Do you have fuel? Check the fuel gauge; the low fuel indicator may not be working. There may be an electrical problem, such as no power to the fuel pump. Check all the fuses (see page 254 ). If you find nothing wrong, you will need a qualified technician to find the problem. See Emergency Towing on page 252 . Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting Although this seems like a simple procedure, you should take several precautions. A battery can explode if you do not follow the correct procedure, seriously injuring anyone nearby. To jump start your vehicle: 1. Open the hood, and check the physical condition of the battery. In very cold weather, check the condition of the electrolyte. If it seems slushy or frozen, do not try jump starting until it thaws. If a battery sits in extreme cold, the electrolyte inside can f reeze. Attempting to jump start with a f rozen battery can cause it to rupture. You cannot start your vehicle by pushing or pulling it. 2. Turn off all the electrical accessories: heater, A/C, climate control, stereo system, lights, etc. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park, and set the parking brake. BOOSTER BATTERY The numbers in the illustration show the order to connect the jumper cable. 3. Connect one jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal on your battery. Connect the other end to the positive (+) terminal on the booster battery. CONTINUED 243 Taking Care of the Unexpected Keep all sparks, open flames, and smoking materials away from the battery. Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting 5. If the booster battery is in another vehicle, have an assistant start that vehicle and run it at a fast idle. 6. Start the vehicle. If the starter motor still operates slowly, check that the jumper cables have good metal-to-metal contact. 4. Connect the second jumper cable to the negative (−) terminal on the booster battery. Connect the other end to the grounding strap as shown. Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of the engine. 244 7. Once your vehicle is running, disconnect the negative cable from your vehicle, then from the booster battery. Disconnect the positive cable from your vehicle, then from the booster battery. Keep the ends of the jumper cables away from each other and any metal on the vehicle until everything is disconnected. Otherwise, you may cause an electrical short. Main Menu Table of Contents If the Engine Overheats The pointer of the vehicle’s temperature gauge should stay in the midrange. If it climbs to the red mark, you should determine the reason (hot day, driving up a steep hill, etc.). If your vehicle overheats, you should take immediate action. The only indication may be the temperature gauge climbing to or above the red mark. Or you may see steam or spray coming from under the hood. Do not open the hood if steam is coming out. 1. Safely pull to the side of the road. Put the transmission in Neutral or Park, and set the parking brake. Turn off all accessories, and turn on the hazard warning indicators. 2. If you see steam and/or spray coming from under the hood, turn off the engine. Wait until you see no more signs of steam or spray, then open the hood. 4. If the temperature gauge stays at the red mark, turn off the engine. 5. Look for any obvious coolant leaks, such as a split radiator hose. Everything is still extremely hot, so use caution. If you find a leak, it must be repaired before you continue driving (see Emergency Towing on page 252 ). CONTINUED 245 Taking Care of the Unexpected 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. 3. If you do not see steam or spray, leave the engine running, and watch the temperature gauge. If the high heat is due to overloading, the engine should start to cool down almost immediately. If it does, wait until the temperature gauge comes down to the midpoint, then continue driving. Main Menu Table of Contents If the Engine Overheats 6. If you do not find an obvious leak, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Add coolant if the level is below the MIN mark. 7. If there was no coolant in the reserve tank, you may need to add coolant to the radiator. Let the engine cool down until the pointer reaches the middle of the temperature gauge, or lower, before checking the radiator. Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap. 246 8. Using gloves or a large heavy cloth, turn the radiator cap counterclockwise, without pushing down, to the first stop. After the pressure releases, push down on the cap, and turn it until it comes off. 9. Start the engine and set the temperature control dial to maximum (climate control to FULL AUTO at 90°F/32°C). Add coolant to the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. If you do not have the proper coolant mixture available, you can add plain water. Remember to have the cooling system drained and refilled with the proper mixture as soon as you can. 10.Put the radiator cap back on tightly. Run the engine, and watch the temperature gauge. If it goes back to the red mark, the engine needs repair (see Emergency Towing on page 252 ). 11.If the temperature stays normal, check the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. If it has gone down, add coolant to the MAX mark. Put the cap back on tightly. Main Menu Table of Contents Low Oil Pressure Indicator LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR Running the engine with low oil pressure can cause serious mechanical damage almost immediately. Turn of f the engine as soon as you can saf ely get the vehicle stopped. 4. Start the engine and watch the oil pressure indicator. If it does not go out within 10 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 252 ). 1. Safely pull off the road, and shut off the engine. Turn on the hazard warning indicators. 2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute. Open the hood, and check the oil level (see page 157 ). An engine very low on oil can lose pressure during cornering and other driving maneuvers. Taking Care of the Unexpected This indicator should never come on when the engine is running. If it starts flashing or stays on, the oil pressure has dropped very low or lost pressure. Serious engine damage is possible and you should take immediate action. 3. If necessary, add oil to bring the level back to the full mark on the dipstick (see page 202 ). 247 Main Menu Table of Contents Charging System Indicator, Malfunction Indicator Lamp Charging System Indicator CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR If the charging system indicator comes on brightly when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged. 248 Immediately turn off all electrical accessories. Try not to use other electrically operated controls such as the power windows. Keep the engine running; starting the engine will discharge the battery rapidly. Go to a service station or garage where you can get technical assistance. Malfunction Indicator Lamp MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP If the indicator comes on while driving, it means one of the engine’s emission control systems may have a problem. Even though you may feel no difference in your vehicle’s performance, continued operation may cause serious damage. Main Menu Table of Contents Malfunction Indicator Lamp If you have recently refueled your vehicle, the cause of this indicator coming on could be a loose or missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap or replace it. Tightening the cap will not make the indicator turn off immediately; it takes at least three days of normal driving. Readiness Codes Your vehicle has certain ‘‘readiness codes’’ that are part of the on-board diagnostics for the emissions systems. In some states, part of the emissions testing is to make sure these codes are set. If they are not set, the test cannot be completed. If the indicator remains on or the fuel cap was not loose or missing, have the vehicle checked by the dealer as soon as possible. If your vehicle’s battery has been disconnected or gone dead, these codes are erased. It takes at least three days of driving under various conditions to set the codes again. To check if they are set, turn the ignition to ON (II), without starting the engine. The Malfunction Indicator Lamp will come on for 20 seconds. If it then goes off, the readiness codes are set. If it blinks 5 times, the readiness codes are not set. If possible, do not take your vehicle for a state emissions test until the readiness codes are set. Refer to State Emissions Testing for more information (see page 271 ). Taking Care of the Unexpected If you keep driving with the Malf unction Indicator Lamp on, you can damage your vehicle’s emissions controls and engine. Those repairs may not be covered by your vehicle’s warranties. This indicator may also come on with the ‘‘D’’ indicator. 249 Main Menu Table of Contents Brake System Indicator BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* * U.S. indicator shown If this indicator comes on while driving, the brake fluid level is probably low in the 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 212 ). If the fluid level is low, take the vehicle to your dealer and have the brake system inspected for leaks or worn brake pads. 250 However, if the brake pedal does not feel normal, you should take immediate action. A problem in one part of the system’s dual circuit design will still give you braking at two wheels. You will feel the brake pedal go down much farther before the vehicle begins to slow down, and you will have to press harder on the pedal. Slow down by shifting to a lower gear, and pull to the side of the road when it is safe. Because of the long distance needed to stop, it is hazardous to drive the vehicle. You should have it towed and repaired as soon as possible (see Emergency Towing on page 252 ). If you must drive the vehicle a short distance in this condition, drive slowly and carefully. If the ABS indicator comes on with this indicator, have the vehicle inspected by your Acura dealer immediately. Main Menu Table of Contents Closing the Moonroof If the electric motor will not close the moonroof, do the following: ROUND PLUG SOCKET 1. Check the fuse for the moonroof motor (see page 258 ). 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. 4. Use a screwdriver or coin to remove the round plug in the center of the headliner. 5. Insert the moonroof wrench into the socket behind this plug. Turn the wrench until the moonroof is fully closed. If you need to close the moonroof manually, it means the moonroof opening/closing function is developing a problem. Have your vehicle checked by your dealer. 6. Remove the wrench. Reinstall the round plug. 251 Taking Care of the Unexpected 3. Get the moonroof wrench out of the tool kit in the trunk. Main Menu Table of Contents Emergency Towing If your vehicle needs to be towed, call a professional towing service or an organization. Never tow your vehicle with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous. There are two ways to tow your vehicle. Flat-bed Equipment − The operator loads your vehicle on the back of a truck. This is the best way to transport your vehicle. 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 vehicle. 252 If, due to damage, your vehicle must be towed with the front wheels on the ground, do the following: Manual Transmission Release the parking brake. Shift the transmission to Neutral. Automatic Transmission: Release the parking brake. Start the engine. Shift to D, then to N. Turn off the engine. Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shif t the transmission or start the engine (automatic transmission), your vehicle must be transported with the f ront wheels of f the ground. Main Menu Table of Contents Emergency Towing With the front wheels on the ground, it is best to tow the vehicle no farther than 50 miles (80 km), and keep the speed below 35 mph (55 km/h). If your vehicle is equipped with a front spoiler, remove it before towing so it is not damaged. Trying to lif t or tow your vehicle by the bumpers will cause serious damage. The bumpers are not designed to support the vehicle’s weight. If you decide to tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properlydesigned and attached tow bar. Prepare the vehicle 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. The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I), and make sure the steering wheel turns f reely bef ore you begin towing. Taking Care of the Unexpected 253 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses INTERIOR NOTCH The interior fuse box is on the driver’s lower left side. To remove the fuse box lid, pull it toward you and take it out of its hinges. UNDER-HOOD TAB The under-hood fuse box is located near the back of the engine compartment on the driver’s side. To open it, push the tabs as shown. Checking and Replacing Fuses If something electrical in your vehicle stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse. Determine from the chart on pages 257 and 258 , 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 if the device works. 1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0). Make sure the headlights and all other accessories are off. 2. Remove the cover from the fuse box. 254 Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses BLOWN BLOWN 4. Check the smaller fuses in the under-hood fuse box and all the fuses in the interior fuse box by pulling out each one with the fuse puller provided in the under-hood fuse box. 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. CONTINUED 255 Taking Care of the Unexpected 3. Check each of the large fuses in the under-hood fuse box by looking at the wire inside. Removing these fuses requires a Phillips-head screwdriver. BLOWN Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses FUSE PULLER If you cannot drive the vehicle without fixing the problem, and you do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the same rating or a lower rating from one of the other circuits with the fuse puller provided in the underhood fuse box. Make sure you can do without that circuit temporarily (such as the accessory power socket or radio). 256 If you replace the blown fuse with a spare fuse that has a lower rating, it might blow out again. This does not indicate anything wrong. Replace the fuse with one of the correct rating as soon as you can. Replacing a f use with one that has a higher rating greatly increases the chances of damaging the electrical system. If you do not have a replacement f use with the proper rating f or the circuit, install one with a lower rating. 6. If the replacement fuse of the same rating blows in a short time, there is probably a serious electrical problem with your vehicle. Leave the blown fuse in that circuit, and have your vehicle checked by a qualified mechanic. Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses UNDER-HOOD FUSE/RELAY BOX No. Amps. 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 20 A − 20 A 40 A 40 A 15 A 30 A 40 A 40 A 40 A 40 A 100 A 1 2 3 4 5 15 A (30A) 10 A 15 A 10 A Circuits Protected Left Headlight Low (Rear Defroster Coil) Left Headlight Hi Small Light Right Headlight Hi No. Amps. 6 7 8 9 10 15 A 7.5 A 15 A 20 A − Circuits Protected 23 50 A 50 A Cooling Fan Not Used Horn, Stop Rear Defroster Back Up, ACC Hazard VSA Motor VSA OP 1 OP 2 Heater Motor Battery Not Used +B IG1 Main Power Window Main Right Headlight Low Back Up FI ECU Condenser fan Not Used CONTINUED 257 Taking Care of the Unexpected − No. Amps. Circuits Protected Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses INTERIOR FUSE BOX No. Amps. No. Amps. 1 2 3 4 5 6 (15 A) 15 A (10 A) 10 A 20 A 10 A Circuits Protected DBW Ignition Coil Day Light* LAF Audio Amp Interior Light No. Amps. 7 8 9 10 11 12 10 A 20 A 15 A 7.5 A 30 A − Circuits Protected Back-Up Lights Door Lock Front Accessory Sockets OPDS Wiper Not Used 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 20 A 20 A (20 A) 20 A 20 A 15 A 15 A 7.5 A 7.5 A 10 A 7.5 A 20 A 20 A 20 A 20 A 20 A − 7.5 A − 7.5 A (7.5 A) Circuits Protected AS P/SEAT (REC) Driver’s Power Seat Sliding Heated Seat Driver’s Power Seat Reclining AS P/SEAT (SLIDE) ACG Fuel Pump Washer Meter SRS IGP (PGM-FI ECU) Left Rear Power Window Right Rear Power Window Right Front Power Window Driver’s Power Window Moonroof Not Used A/C Not Used ACC OPTION * : On Canadian models 258 Main Menu Technical Information The diagrams in this section give you the dimensions and capacities of your vehicle, and the locations of the identification numbers. It also includes information you should know about your vehicle’s tires and emissions control systems. State Emissions Testing ............... 271 Technical Information Identification Numbers ................. 260 Specifications ................................. 262 DOT Tire Quality Grading (U. S. Vehicles) ...................... 265 Uniform Tire Quality Grading ................................... 265 Treadwear .................................. 265 Traction....................................... 265 Temperature .............................. 266 Tire Labeling .................................. 267 Emissions Controls........................ 268 The Clean Air Act ...................... 268 Crankcase Emissions Control System..................................... 268 Evaporative Emissions Control System..................................... 268 Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery ................................. 268 Exhaust Emissions Controls .... 269 PGM-FI System ..................... 269 Ignition Timing Control System................................. 269 Three Way Catalytic Converter ............................ 269 Replacement Parts..................... 269 Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 270 259 Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers Your vehicle has several identifying numbers in various places. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your Acura dealer uses to register your vehicle for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your vehicle. The easiest place to find the VIN is on a plate fastened to the top of the dashboard. You can see it by looking through the windshield on the driver’s side. It is also on the Certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb, and is stamped on the engine compartment bulkhead. The VIN is also provided in bar code on the Certification label. CERTIFICATION LABEL 260 Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into the engine block. It is on the front. ENGINE NUMBER AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER The transmission number is on a label on top of the transmission. Technical Information MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER 261 Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Dimensions Length Width Height Wheelbase Track Front Rear Weights Gross vehicle weight rating Air Conditioning Refrigerant type Charge quantity Lubricant type Capacities Fuel tank 183.3 in (4,657 mm) 69.4 in (1,762 mm) 57.3 in (1,456 mm) 105.1 in (2,670 mm) 59.6 in (1,515 mm) 59.6 in (1,515 mm) See the certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb. HFC-134a (R-134a) 25−27 oz (700−750 g) ND-OIL8 Approx. 17.1 US gal (64.7 ) Capacities Engine coolant Change*1 Manual Automatic Total Manual Automatic Engine oil Change*2 Including filter Without filter Total Manual trans- Change mission oil Total Automatic Change transmission Total fluid Windshield U.S. Vehicles washer Canada Vehicles reservoir 1.43 US gal (5.4 ) 1.40 US gal (5.3 ) 1.96 US gal (7.4 ) 1.93 US gal (7.3 ) 4.4 US qt (4.2 ) 4.2 US qt (4.0 ) 5.6 US qt (5.3 2.1 US qt (2.0 2.3 US qt (2.2 3.0 US qt (2.8 6.9 US qt (6.5 ) ) ) ) ) 2.6 US qt (2.5 ) 4.8 US qt (4.5 ) *1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine. Reserve tank capacity: 0.16 US gal (0.6 ) *2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine. 262 Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Lights Headlights − − − − − − − − − − − − − − − − High Low Front turn signal Front parking lights Rear turn signal lights Stop/Taillights Taillights High-mount brake light Back-up lights Rear side marker light License plate light Ceiling light Spotlights/Front ceiling lights Trunk light Door courtesy light Vanity mirror lights 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V 12 V Battery Capacity 12 V − 38 AH/5 HR Under-hood Engine Type Bore x Stroke Displacement Compression ratio Spark plugs Alignment Toe-in Camber Caster Front Rear Front Rear Front Water cooled 4-stroke, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder, gasoline engine 3.43 x 3.90 in (87.0 x 99.0 mm) 144 cu-in (2,354 cm ) 10.5 : 1 NGK: IZFR6K-11 DENSO: SKJ20DR-M11 0.00 in (0.0 mm) 0.08 in (2.0 mm) 0° −1° 3°13’ Technical Information Fuses Interior 55 W 35 W 21 W 3 CP 21 W 21/5 W 5W 21 W 21 W 3 CP 3 CP 8W 8W 5W 2 CP 1.1 W See page 258 or the fuse label attached to the inside of the fuse box door on each side of the dashboard. See page 257 or the fuse box cover. CONTINUED 263 Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Tires Size Pressure 264 Front/Rear Spare Front Rear Spare P215/50R17 93V T135/80D16 101M 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) 30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1 kgf/cm ) 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles) The tires on your vehicle meet all U.S. Federal Safety Requirements. All tires are also graded for treadwear, traction, and temperature performance according to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. The following explains these gradings. Traction − AA, A, B, C The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance. Warning: The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on straight-ahead braking traction tests, and does not include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics. Technical Information 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 onehalf (1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices, and differences in road characteristics and climate. All passenger vehicle tires must conform to Federal Safety Requirements in addition to these grades. 265 Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles) Temperature − A, B, C The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance, which all passenger vehicle tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. 266 Warning: The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. Main Menu Table of Contents Tire Labeling Tire Labeling The tires that came on your vehicle have a number of markings. Those you should be aware of are described below. 16 − Rim diameter in inches. Tire Size V Whenever tires are replaced, they should be replaced with tires of the same size. Following is an example of tire size with an explanation of what each component means. P225/55R16 94V P − Vehicle type (P indicates passenger vehicle). 55 − Aspect ratio (the tire’s section height as a percentage of its width). R − Tire construction code (R indicates radial). − Speed symbol (an alphabetical code indicating the maximum speed rating). Tire Identification Number Maximum Tire Pressure Max Press − The maximum air pressure the tire can hold. Maximum Tire Load Max Load − The maximum load the tire can carry at maximum air pressure. Tire Identification Number (TIN) is a group of numbers and letters that look like the following example TIN. DOT B97R FW6X 2202 DOT − This indicates that the tire meets all requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Technical Information 225 − Tire width in millimeters. 94 − Load index (a numerical code associated with the maximum load the tire can carry). 2202 − Date of manufacture. B97R − Manufacturer’s identification mark. FW6X − Tire type code. 267 Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls The burning of gasoline in your vehicle’s engine produces several byproducts. Some of these are carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC). Gasoline evaporating from the tank also produces hydrocarbons. Controlling the production of NOx, CO, and HC is important to the environment. Under certain conditions of sunlight and climate, NOx and HC react to form photochemical ‘‘smog.’’ Carbon monoxide does not contribute to smog creation, but it is a poisonous gas. The Clean Air Act The United States Clean Air Act* sets standards for automobile emissions. It also requires that automobile manufacturers explain to owners how their emissions controls work and what to do to maintain them. This section summarizes how the emissions controls work. * In Canada, Acura vehicles comply with the Canadian emission requirements, as specified in an agreement with Environment Canada, at the time they are manufactured. Crankcase Emissions Control System Your vehicle has a positive crankcase ventilation system. This keeps gasses that build up in the engine’s crankcase from going into the atmosphere. The positive crankcase ventilation valve routes them from the crankcase back to the 268 intake manifold. They are then drawn into the engine and burned. Evaporative Emissions Control System As gasoline evaporates in the fuel tank, an evaporative emissions control canister filled with charcoal adsorbs the vapor. It is stored in this canister while the engine is off. After the engine is started and warmed up, the vapor is drawn into the engine and burned during driving. Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery The onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) system captures the fuel vapors during refueling. The vapors are adsorbed in a canister filled with activated carbon. While driving, the fuel vapors are drawn into the engine and burned off. Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls Exhaust Emissions Controls The exhaust emissions controls include four systems: PGM-FI, ignition timing control, exhaust gas recirculation and three way catalytic converter. These four systems work together to control the engine’s combustion and minimize the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust emissions control systems are separate from the crankcase and evaporative emissions control systems. PGM-FI System Ignition Timing Control System This system constantly adjusts the ignition timing, reducing the amount of HC, CO, and NOx produced. Three Way Catalytic Converter The three way catalytic converter is in the exhaust system. Through chemical reactions, it converts HC, CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust to carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen (N2), and water vapor. Replacement Parts The emissions control systems are designed and certified to work together in reducing emissions to levels that comply with the Clean Air Act. To make sure the emissions remain low, you should use only new Acura replacement parts or their equivalent for repairs. Using lower quality parts may increase the emissions from your vehicle. The emissions control systems are covered by warranties separate from the rest of your vehicle. Read your warranty manual for more information. Technical Information 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) in automatic transmission vehicles or the engine control module (ECM) in manual transmission vehicles 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. 269 Main Menu Table of Contents Three Way Catalytic Converter The three way catalytic converter contains precious metals that serve as catalysts, promoting chemical reactions to convert the exhaust gasses without affecting the metals. The catalytic converter is referred to as a three-way catalyst, since it acts on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement unit must be an original Acura part or its equivalent. The three way catalytic converter must operate at a high temperature for the chemical reactions to take place. It can set on fire any combustible materials that come near it. Park your vehicle away from high grass, dry leaves, or other flammables. Keep the engine tuned-up. Have your vehicle 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 vehicle’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. 270 Main Menu Table of Contents State Emissions Testing Testing of Readiness Codes If you take your vehicle for a state emissions test shortly after the battery has been disconnected or gone dead, it may not pass the test. This is because of certain ‘‘readiness codes’’ that must be set in the onboard diagnostics for the emissions systems. These codes are erased when the battery is disconnected, and set again only after several days of driving under a variety of conditions. If the testing facility determines that the readiness codes are not set, you will be requested to return at a later date to complete the test. If you must get the vehicle retested within the next two or three days, you can condition the vehicle for retesting by doing the following. Make sure the gas tank is nearly, but not completely full (around 3/4). Without touching the accelerator pedal, start the engine, and let it idle for 20 seconds. Keep the vehicle in Park (automatic transmission) or Neutral (manual transmission). Increase the engine speed to 2,000 rpm, and hold it there until the temperature gauge rises to at least 1/4 of the scale (about 3 minutes). Make sure the vehicle has been parked with the engine off for 8 hours or more. CONTINUED 271 Technical Information Make sure the ambient temperature is between 20° and 95°F. Main Menu Table of Contents State Emissions Testing Select a nearby lightly traveled major highway where you can maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph (80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20 minutes. Drive on the highway in D (A/T) or 6th (M/T). Do not use the cruise control. When traffic allows, drive for 90 seconds without moving the accelerator pedal. (Vehicle speed may vary slightly; this is okay.) If you cannot do this for a continuous 90 seconds because of traffic conditions, drive for at least 30 seconds, then repeat it two more times (for a total of 90 seconds). 272 Then drive in city/suburban traffic for at least 10 minutes. When traffic conditions allow, let the vehicle coast for several seconds without using the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal. If the testing facility determines the readiness codes are still not set, see your dealer. Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations 273 Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Service Information..... 274 Warranty Coverages ..................... 275 Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicle) ............................. 276 Authorized Manuals ...................... 277 Main Menu Table of Contents Customer Service Information Acura dealership personnel are trained professionals. They should be able to answer all your questions. If you encounter a problem that your dealership does not solve to your satisfaction, please discuss it with the dealership’s management. The service manager or general manager can help. Almost all problems are solved in this way. If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership’s management, contact the Acura Customer Service Office. U.S. Owners: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Acura Client Services Mail Stop 500-2N-7E 1919 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501-2746 Tel: (800) 382-2238 Canadian Owners: CUSTOMER RELATIONS RELATIONS AVEC LA CLIENTÉLE Honda Canada Inc. 715 Milner Avenue Toronto, ON M1B 2K8 Tel: 1-888-9-ACURA-9 Fax: Toll-free 1-877-939-0909 Toronto (416) 287-4776 274 In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Bella International P.O. Box 190816 San Juan, PR 00919-0816 (787) 250-4327 When you call or write, please give us this information: Vehicle Identification Number (see page 260 ) Name and address of the dealer who services your vehicle Date of purchase Mileage on your vehicle Your name, address, and telephone number A detailed description of the problem Name of the dealer who sold the vehicle to you Main Menu Table of Contents Warranty Coverages U.S. Owners Your new vehicle is covered by these warranties: 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 your warranty manual for exact information. Original Equipment Battery Limited Warranty − this warranty gives up to 100 percent credit toward a replacement battery. Rust Perforation Limited Warranty − all exterior body panels are covered for rust-through from the inside for the specified time period with no mileage limit. Accessory Limited Warranty − Acura accessories are covered under this warranty. Time and mileage limits depend on the type of accessory and other factors. Please read your warranty manual for details. Replacement Parts Limited Warranty − covers all Acura replacement parts against defects in materials and workmanship. Replacement Battery Limited Warranty − provides prorated coverage for a replacement battery purchased from your dealer. Replacement Muffler Lifetime Limited Warranty − provides coverage for as long as the purchaser of the muffler owns the vehicle. Restrictions and exclusions apply to all these warranties. Please read the 2005 Acura Warranty Information booklet that came with your vehicle for precise information on warranty coverages. Your vehicle’s original tires are covered by their manufacturer. Tire warranty information is in a separate booklet. Canadian Owners Please refer to the 2005 Warranty Manual that came with your vehicle. 275 Warranty and Customer Relations New Vehicle Limited Warranty − covers your new vehicle, except for the battery, emissions control systems, and accessories, against defects in materials and workmanship. Seat Belt Limited Warranty − a seat belt that fails to function properly is covered for the useful life of the vehicle. 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 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 276 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 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline. Main Menu Table of Contents Authorized Manuals Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals (U.S. only) The publications shown below can be purchased from Helm Incorporated. You can order in any of three ways: Detach and mail the order form on the right half of this page Call Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-4356 (credit card orders only) Go online at www. helminc. com If you are interested in other years or models, contact Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-4356. Publication Form Number 61SEA01 61SEA01EL 31SEA910 31SEAQ10 ACU-R * 2004-2005 Acura TSX Service Manual 2004-2005 Acura TSX Electrical Troubleshooting Manual 2004-2005 Acura TSX Body Repair Manual 2005 Acura TSX Owner’s Manual 2005 Acura TSX Navigation System Owner’s Manual 2005 Acura TSX Maintenance Journal 2005 Acura TSX Quick Start Guide Order Form for Previous YearsIndicate Year and Model Desired Price Each* $69.00 $47.00 ORDER TOLL FREE: 1-800-782-4356 (NOTE: For Credit Card Holder Orders Only) Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. − 6:00 P.M. EST MINIMUM CREDIT CARD PURCHASE $10.00 OR By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to Helm Incorporated at the address shown on the back of the order form. VEHICLE MODEL $44.00 $37.00 $29.00 2 0 0 5 $12.00 $10.00 FREE A C U Prices are subject to change without notice and without incurring obligation. 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Box Number Apartment Number City State & Zip Code Daytime Telephone Number P A Y M E N T ( Electrical Troubleshooting Manual: This manual complements the service manual by providing in-depth troubleshooting information for each electrical circuit in your vehicle. ) Body Repair Manual: This manual describes the procedures involved in the replacement of damaged body parts. Check or money order enclosed payable to Helm Inc − U.S. funds only. Do not send cash Master Card VISA Check here if your billing address is different from the shipping address shown above. Account Number Expiration: Mo. Yr. − CUSTOMER SIGNATURE DATE These Publications cannot be returned for credit without receiving advance authorization within 14 days of delivery. On returns, a restocking fee may be applied against the original order. P.O. BOX 07280·DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48207·1-800-782-4356 278 Service Manual: This manual covers maintenance and recommended procedures for repair to engine and chassis components. It is written for the journeyman mechanic, but is simple enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to understand. Main Menu Index A Battery Charging System Indicator............................ 54, 248 Jump Starting ............................. 243 Maintenance ............................... 232 Specifications ............................. 263 Before Driving ............................... 151 Belts, Seat ......................................... 10 Brakes Anti-lock System (ABS) ............ 179 Break-in, New Linings .............. 152 Bulb Replacement ..................... 219 Fluid ............................................ 212 Parking .......................................... 93 System Indicator .......................... 54 Wear Indicators ......................... 178 Braking System.............................. 178 Break-in, New Car ......................... 152 Brightness Control, Instruments ... 68 Brights, Headlights ......................... 66 Bulb Replacement Brake Lights............................... 219 Front Parking Lights ................. 217 Headlights .................................. 215 High-mount Brake Light .......... 221 Specifications ............................. 263 Turn Signal Lights............. 217, 219 Bulbs, Halogen ............................... 215 C Capacities Chart............................. 262 Carbon Monoxide Hazard .............. 48 Carrying Cargo .............................. 162 CAUTION, Explanation of ............... ii CD Changer.................................... 122 CD Player........................................ 120 CD Pocket, Center........................... 96 Certification Label ......................... 260 Chains ............................................. 231 Changing a Flat Tire ..................... 237 Changing Oil How to ......................................... 204 When to .............................. 193, 195 Charging System Indicator .... 54, 248 Checklist, Before Driving ............. 166 Childproof Door Locks ................... 76 CONTINUED I INDEX Accessories..................................... 160 ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Position) ........................................ 73 Accessory Power Socket ................ 97 Additives, Engine Oil..................... 202 Airbag (SRS) .................................... 11 Airbag System Components ........... 23 Air Conditioning............................. 103 Usage .......................................... 105 Air Pressure, Tires ........................ 227 Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Indicator ................................ 55, 179 Operation .................................... 179 Anti-theft Steering Column Lock .. 73 Audio System ......... 112, 120, 128, 133 Automatic Speed Control.............. 143 Automatic Transmission............... 170 Capacity, Fluid ........................... 262 Sequential SportShift Mode ..... 172 Shifting ........................................ 170 Shift Lever Position Indicator .. 170 Shift Lever Positions ................. 170 Shift Lock Release ..................... 175 B Main Menu Index Child Seats ........................................ 30 Lower Anchorage Points ............ 39 Tether Anchorage Points ........... 43 Climate Control Sensors ............... 111 Clock, Setting the .......................... 141 Clutch Fluid .................................... 213 Cold Weather, Starting in ............. 167 Compact Spare ............................... 236 Console Compartment .................... 97 Consumer Information.................. 274 Coolant Adding ......................................... 207 Checking ..................................... 158 Proper Solution .......................... 207 Temperature Gauge .................... 61 Crankcase Emissions Control System......................................... 268 Cruise Control Operation ............. 143 Customer Service Office .............. 277 D DANGER, Explanation of ................. ii Dashboard .................................... 4, 52 Daytime Running Lights................. 68 Defects, Reporting Safety............. 276 II Defogger, Rear Window ................. 69 Dimensions ..................................... 262 Dimming the Headlights ................ 66 Dipstick Automatic Transmission........... 209 Engine Oil ................................... 157 Directional Signals ........................... 66 Disc Brake Wear Indicators ......... 178 Disposal of Used Oil ...................... 205 Doors Locking and Unlocking ............... 74 DOT Tire Quality Grading ........... 265 Downshifting, 5-speed Manual Transmission .............................. 168 Driver and Passenger Safety ............ 7 Driving ............................................ 165 Economy ..................................... 159 Dual Temperature Control ........... 109 Dust and Pollen Filter ................... 223 E Economy, Fuel ............................... 159 Emergencies on the Road............. 235 Battery, Jump Starting .............. 243 Brake System Indicator ............ 250 Changing a Flat Tire ................. 237 Charging System Indicator ...... 248 Checking the Fuses................... 254 Low Oil Pressure Indicator ...... 247 Malfunction Indicator Lamp .... 248 Manually Closing Moonroof .... 251 Overheated Engine ................... 245 Emergency Brake ............................ 93 Emergency Flashers ....................... 69 Emergency Towing ....................... 252 Emissions Controls........................ 268 Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge ..... 61 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ....................................... 248 Oil Pressure Indicator ............... 247 Oil, What Kind to Use ............... 202 Overheating................................ 245 Specifications ............................. 262 Speed Limiter ..................... 169, 174 Starting........................................ 167 Engine Speed Limiter ........... 169, 174 Evaporative Emissions Controls .. 268 Exhaust Fumes ................................ 48 Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Belts by ......................................... 18 Main Menu Index F G Gas Mileage, Improving................ 159 Gasoline .......................................... 152 Gauge ............................................ 62 Octane Requirement ................. 152 Tank, Filling the......................... 154 Gas Station Procedures................. 154 Gauges Engine Coolant Temperature .... 61 Fuel ................................................ 62 Speedometer ................................ 60 Tachometer .................................. 60 Gearshift Lever Positions Automatic Transmission........... 170 Manual Transmission ............... 168 Glove Box ..................................... 98 H Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 215 Hazard Warning Flashers............... 69 Headlights......................................... 66 Aiming ......................................... 215 Automatic Lighting Off ............... 67 Daytime Running Lights............. 68 Low Beams, Turning on ............. 66 Reminder Chime .......................... 66 Replacing Halogen Bulbs ......... 215 Turning on .................................... 66 Head Restraints ............................... 84 Heating and Cooling ...................... 100 Heated Mirror .................................. 88 HomeLink Universal Transceiver................................. 146 Hood, Opening and Closing the ... 155 Hydraulic Clutch ............................ 213 I Identification Number, Vehicle.... 260 Ignition Keys............................................... 71 Switch ............................................ 73 Timing Control System ............. 269 CONTINUED III INDEX Fan, Interior.................................... 102 Features ............................................ 99 Filling the Fuel Tank ..................... 154 Filter Dust and Pollen .......................... 223 Oil ................................................ 204 Manual Transmission Checking Fluid Level ................ 211 Manual Transmission Shifting the ................................. 168 Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 69 Flat Tire, Changing a .................... 237 Fluids Automatic Transmission........... 209 Brake ........................................... 212 Clutch .......................................... 213 Manual Transmission ............... 211 Power Steering........................... 213 Windshield Washer ................... 206 Folding Rear Seat ............................ 85 Four-way Flashers ........................... 69 Fuel .................................................. 152 Cap Message ................................ 62 Fill Door and Cap....................... 154 Gauge ............................................ 62 Octane Requirement ................. 152 Tank, Filling the......................... 154 Fuses, Checking the ...................... 254 Main Menu Index Immobilizer System......................... 72 Important Safety Precautions .......... 8 Indicators, Instrument Panel .......... 54 Infant Restraint ................................ 35 Infant Seats ....................................... 35 Tether Anchorage Points ........... 43 Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 226 Inside Mirror .................................... 87 Inspection, Tire .............................. 228 Installing a Child Seat ..................... 39 Tether Anchorage Points ........... 43 Using LATCH .............................. 39 Instrument Panel ............................. 53 Instrument Panel Brightness ......... 68 Introduction ......................................... i J Jacking up the Vehicle .................. 238 Jack, Tire ........................................ 237 Jump Starting ................................. 243 K Keys ................................................... 71 IV L Label, Certification ........................ 260 Lane Change, Signaling .................. 66 Lap/Shoulder Belts ......................... 20 Lights Bulb Replacement ..................... 215 Indicator ........................................ 53 Parking ........................................ 218 Turn Signal ................... 57, 217, 219 LOCK (Ignition Key Position) ....... 73 Locks Anti-theft Steering Column ........ 73 Fuel Fill Door ............................. 154 Glove Box ..................................... 98 Lockout Prevention ..................... 75 Power Door .................................. 75 Trunk ............................................ 81 Low Coolant Level ......................... 158 Lower Gear, Downshifting to a.... 169 Low Oil Pressure Indicator ............ 54 Lubricant Specifications Chart .... 262 Luggage .......................................... 162 M Maintenance ................................... 189 Owner Maintenance Checks.... 192 Record ......................................... 197 Required Indicator ....................... 62 Safety........................................... 190 Schedule .............................. 193-196 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........ 248 Manual Transmission.................... 168 Manual Transmission Fluid ......... 211 Meters, Gauges ................................ 60 Mirrors, Adjusting ........................... 88 Modifications.................................. 161 Moonroof .......................................... 92 Closing Manually ....................... 251 Operation ...................................... 92 N Neutral Gear Position.................... 171 New Vehicle Break-in ................... 152 Normal Shift Speeds...................... 169 NOTICE, Explanation of .................... i Numbers, Identification ................ 260 Main Menu Index O Octane Requirement, Gasoline .... 152 Odometer .......................................... 60 Oil Change, How to ......................... 204 Change, When to ................ 193-196 Checking Engine ....................... 157 Pressure Indicator ............... 54, 247 Selecting Proper Viscosity Chart ....................................... 203 ON (Ignition Key Position) ............ 73 Outside Mirrors ............................... 88 Outside Temperature ...................... 60 Overheating, Engine ..................... 245 Owner Maintenance Checks ........ 192 P R Radiator Overheating .................... 245 Radio/CD Sound System ................ 112, 120, 128, 133 Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement .............. 219-220 Rear Seat, Folding ........................... 85 Rear View Mirror ............................. 91 Rear Window Defogger .................. 69 Reclining the Seat Backs ................ 83 Recommended Shift Speeds ........ 169 Reminder Lights .............................. 54 Remote Transmitter ........................ 76 Replacement Information Engine Oil and Filter ................. 204 Fuses ........................................... 254 Light Bulbs ................................. 215 Schedule .............................. 193-196 Tires ............................................ 229 Wiper Blades .............................. 224 Replacing Seat Belts After a Crash ............................................. 21 Reserve Tank, Coolant .................. 207 Restraint, Child ................................ 30 Reverse Gear Position................... 171 Rotation, Tire ................................. 229 S Safety Belts....................................... 10 Safety Defects, Reporting............. 276 Safety Features .................................. 9 Airbags .......................................... 11 Seat Belts ...................................... 10 Safety Labels, Location of .............. 49 Safety Messages ................................ ii Satellite Radio................................. 133 CONTINUED V INDEX Panel Brightness Control ............... 68 Park Gear Position......................... 171 Parking Brake .................................. 93 Parking Lights.................................. 66 Parking Over Things that Burn ... 270 Parking Tips ................................... 177 PGM-FI System.............................. 269 Pollen Filter .................................... 223 Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts .......... 18 Protecting Adults and Teens.......... 13 Additional Safety Precautions .... 19 Advice for Pregnant Women...... 18 Protecting Children ......................... 30 Protecting Infants and Small Children ........................................ 35 Protecting Larger Children ............ 44 Using Booster Seat ...................... 45 Main Menu Index Seat Belts .......................................... 10 Additional Information ................ 20 Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ................................ 21 Lap/Shoulder Belt ....................... 20 Maintenance ................................. 21 Reminder Light and Beeper ................................. 20, 54 System Components.................... 20 Use During Pregnancy................ 18 Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt .... 20 Seats, Adjusting the ......................... 83 Security System ............................. 142 Selecting a Child Seat ...................... 37 Select/Reset Knob .................... 63, 68 Serial Number ................................ 260 Service Intervals ..................... 193-196 Service Manual .............................. 277 Service Station Procedure ............ 154 Setting the Clock ........................... 141 Sequential SportShift Mode ......... 172 Shift Lever Position Indicator ...... 170 Shift Lock Release ......................... 175 Side Airbags ............................... 11, 26 How Your Side Airbags Work.... 26 VI How the Side Airbag Off Indicator Works ....................... 28 Side Curtain Airbags ................. 11, 27 How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work ........................... 27 Signaling Turns ................................ 66 Snow Tires ...................................... 230 Sound System ........ 112, 120, 128, 133 Spare Tire Inflating ....................................... 236 Specifications ............................. 264 Specifications Charts..................... 262 Speed Control ................................. 143 Speed Limiter ......................... 169, 174 Speedometer .................................... 60 SRS, Additional Information........... 20 Additional Safety Precautions .... 29 Airbag Service .............................. 28 How Your SRS Indicator Works ........................................ 27 How Your Front Airbags Work.......................................... 24 How Your Side Airbags Work.......................................... 26 SRS Components ......................... 20 SRS Indicator.............................. 27, 55 START (Ignition Key Position) ..... 73 Starting the Engine........................ 167 With a Dead Battery ................. 243 Steam Coming from Engine ......... 245 Steering Wheel Adjustment ................................... 70 Anti-theft Column Lock .............. 73 Stereo Sound System ................ 112, 120, 128, 133 Sun Visor........................................... 94 Sunglasses Holder ........................... 98 Supplemental Restraint System................................. 11, 23 Servicing ....................................... 28 SRS Indicator.......................... 27, 55 System Components.................... 23 Synthetic Oil ................................... 203 T Tachometer ...................................... 60 Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ....... 219 Taking Care of the Unexpected .. 235 Technical Descriptions DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 265 Emissions Control Systems ...... 268 Main Menu Index Transmission Checking Fluid Level, Automatic ............................... 209 Checking Fluid Level, Manual .................................... 211 Fluid Selection ........... 210, 211, 212 Identification Number ............... 260 Shifting the Automatic .............. 170 Shifting the Manual ................... 168 Treadwear ...................................... 265 Trip Meter ........................................ 61 Trunk................................................. 80 Emergency Opener ..................... 81 Main Switch .................................. 81 Opening the .................................. 80 Open Monitor Light .................... 56 Turn Signals ..................................... 66 U Unexpected, Taking Care of the ........................................... 235 Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..... 265 Unleaded Gasoline......................... 152 Upholstery Cleaning...................... 223 Used Oil, How to Dispose of ........ 205 V Vanity Mirror ................................... 94 Vehicle Capacity Load .................. 163 Vehicle Dimensions....................... 262 Vehicle Identification Number..... 260 Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System..................................... 181 VSA Activation Indicator .......... 181 VSA Off Switch .......................... 182 VSA System Indicator ............... 181 Vehicle Storage .............................. 233 VIN .................................................. 260 Viscosity, Oil................................... 203 W WARNING, Explanation of .............. ii Warning Labels, Location of .......... 49 Warranty Coverages ..................... 275 Washer, Windshield Checking the Fluid Level ......... 206 Operation ...................................... 65 CONTINUED VII INDEX Three Way Catalytic Converter ................................ 270 Temperature Gauge ........................ 61 Tether Anchorage Points ............... 43 Three Way Catalytic Converter ... 270 Time, Setting the ........................... 141 Tire Chains ..................................... 231 Tire, How to Change a Flat .......... 237 Tire Labeling .................................. 267 Tires ................................................ 226 Air Pressure ............................... 227 Checking Wear .......................... 228 Compact Spare ........................... 236 DOT Tire Quality Grading ....... 265 Inflation ....................................... 226 Inspection ................................... 228 Replacing .................................... 229 Rotating....................................... 229 Snow ............................................ 230 Specifications ............................. 264 Tools, Tire Changing .................... 237 Towing A Trailer ...................................... 183 Emergency Wrecker ................. 252 Main Menu Index Wheels Adjusting the Steering ................ 70 Alignment and Balance ............. 228 Compact Spare ........................... 236 Wrench ....................................... 237 Windows Operating the Power ................... 89 Rear, Defogger ............................ 69 Windshield Cleaning ........................................ 65 Washers ........................................ 65 Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades ........................ 224 Operation ...................................... 65 Worn Tires ..................................... 228 Wrecker, Emergency Towing ...... 252 VIII Main Menu Service Information Summary Gasoline: Premium unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 91 or higher. Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.1 US gal (64.7 ) Recommended Engine Oil: API Premium grade 5W-30 detergent oil (see page 202 ). Oil change capacity (including filter): 4.4 US qt (4.2 ) Automatic Transmission Fluid: Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid) preferred, or a DEXRON III ATF as a temporary replacement (see page 210 ). 6-speed Manual Transmission Fluid: Honda Manual Transmission Fluid preferred, or an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 motor oil as a temporary replacement (see page 211 ). Capacity: 2.1 US qt (2.0 ) Power Steering Fluid: Honda Power Steering Fluid preferred, or another brand of power steering fluid as a temporary replacement. Do not use ATF (see page 213 ). Brake Fluid: Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary replacement (see page 212 ). Tire Pressure (measured cold): Front: 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) Rear: 30 psi (210 kPa , 2.1 kgf/cm )