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2003 Accord Coupe 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.
Owner's Identification Form
Introduction .........................................................................................................................................
A Few Words About Safety.................................................................................................................
Your Car at a Glance ...........................................................................................................................
Driver and Passenger Safety ..............................................................................................................
Proper use and care of your car's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.
Instruments and Controls.................................................................................................................
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience Features ..............................................................................................
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving..................................................................................................................................
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving ..............................................................................................................................................
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance .....................................................................................................................................
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer.
Appearance Care..............................................................................................................................
Tips on cleaning and protecting your car. Things to look for if your car ever needs body repairs.
Taking Care of the Unexpected ......................................................................................................
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical Information.....................................................................................................................
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................
A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us.
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)......................................................................................................
How to order manuals and other technical literature.
Index .....................................................................................................................................................
A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.
Navigation System
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    ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ..............A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us. Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................... How to order manuals and other technical literature.

  • Page 2

    This One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda is to information is intended to help you read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and avoid damage to your Honda, other convenience items.

  • Page 3

    A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, is very important. And operating this including: car safely is an important responsibility. on the car. Safety Labels −...

  • Page 4: Your Car At A Glance

    Your Car at a Glance HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS (P.79) INSTRUMENT PANEL (P.61) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.148, 163, 187) (P.153, 171, 193) DIGITAL CLOCK MIRROR CONTROLS (P.108) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH HEATING/COOLING (P.86) CONTROLS (P.122) POWER WINDOW CLIMATE CONTROL SWITCHES SYSTEM (P.129) (P.103) FUEL FILL DOOR/...

  • Page 5

    Your Car at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS WINDSHIELD WIPERS/WASHERS (P.76) (P.77, 79) HEADLIGHTS/ HAZARD TURN SIGNALS WARNING (P.74/77) LIGHTS (P.79) REMOTE AUDIO CONTROLS CRUISE (P.211) CONTROL BUTTONS MOONROOF SWITCH (P.214) (P.107) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P.79) HORN (P.73) TRACTION CONTROL TILT/TELESCOPIC SYSTEM ON/OFF ADJUSTMENT...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs .... Protecting Larger Children ..information about how to protect 4. Adjust the Head Restraints . Using Child Seats with yourself and your passengers. It 5. Fasten and Position the Seat Tethers ........

  • Page 7: Important Safety Precautions

    Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety Be Aware of Airbag Hazards Control Your Speed recommendations throughout this While airbags can save lives, they Excessive speed is a major factor in can cause serious or fatal injuries to crash injuries and deaths. Generally, section, and throughout this manual.

  • Page 8: Your Car's Safety Features

    Your Car’s Safety Features Your car is equipped with many features that work together to (10) protect you and your passengers during a crash. Some safety features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment;...

  • Page 9: Seat Belts

    Your Car’s Safety Features These safety features are designed Seat Belts In addition, most states and all to reduce the severity of injuries in a For your safety, and the safety of Canadian provinces require you to your passengers, your car is wear seat belts.

  • Page 10: Airbags

    Your Car’s Safety Features Help keep you from being thrown Airbags against the inside of the car and against other occupants. Keep you from being thrown out of the car. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy. A good position reduces the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, and allows you to get the best...

  • Page 11

    Your Car’s Safety Features The most important things you need Always wear What you should do: to know about your airbags are: your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or Airbags do not replace seat belts.

  • Page 12: Seats And Seat-backs

    Your Car’s Safety Features Seats & Seat-Backs Move the front Head Restraints What you should do: Your car’s seats are designed to keep seats as far back as possible, and Head restraints can help protect you you in a comfortable, upright keep adjustable seat-backs in an from whiplash and other injuries.

  • Page 13: Pre-drive Safety Checklist

    Your Car’s Safety Features Pre-Drive Safety Checklist Front seat occupants are sitting The rest of this section gives more To make sure you and your upright and as far back as possible detailed information about how you passengers get the maximum from the steering wheel and can maximize your safety.

  • Page 14: Protecting Adults

    Protecting Adults Introduction Close and Lock the Doors For security, locked doors can The following pages provide After everyone has entered the car, prevent an outsider from instructions on how to properly be sure the doors are closed and unexpectedly opening a door when protect the driver and other adult locked.

  • Page 15: Adjust The Front Seats

    Protecting Adults Adjust the Front Seats To reduce the chance of injury, wear your seat belt properly, sit upright with your back against the seat, and Sitting too close to a front move the seat away from the airbag can result in serious steering wheel to the farthest injury or death if the front distance that allows you to maintain...

  • Page 16: Adjust The Seat-backs

    Protecting Adults Adjust the Seat-Backs A front passenger should also adjust the seat-back to an upright position, but as far from the dashboard as Reclining the seat-back too far possible. A passenger who sits too can result in serious injury or close to the dashboard could be death in a crash.

  • Page 17: Adjust The Head Restraints

    Protecting Adults Adjust the Head Restraints Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, Improperly positioning head then tug on the belt to make sure the restraints reduces their belt is securely latched. Also check effectiveness and you can be that the belt is not twisted, because a seriously injured in a crash.

  • Page 18

    Anyone using a seat belt that is not working properly can be seriously injured or killed. Have your Improperly positioning the seat Honda dealer check the belt as soon belts can cause serious injury Position the lap part of the belt as as possible.

  • Page 19: Adjust The Steering Wheel

    Protecting Adults Adjust the Steering Wheel Maintain a Proper Sitting In addition, an occupant who is out of Position position in the front seat can be After all occupants have adjusted seriously or fatally injured by their seats and put on seat belts, it is striking interior parts of the car, or very important that they continue to by being struck by an inflating front...

  • Page 20: Advice For Pregnant Women

    Protecting Adults Remember, to get the best Advice for Pregnant Women Pregnant women should also sit protection from your car’s airbags upright and as far back as possible from the steering wheel or and other safety features, you must sit properly and wear your seat belt dashboard.

  • Page 21: Additional Safety Precautions

    Protecting Adults Additional Safety Precautions Do not place hard or sharp objects On models with side airbags or Two people should never use the between yourself and a front side curtain airbags, do not attach If they do, they Carrying hard or sharp same seat belt.

  • Page 22: Protecting Children

    Protecting Children All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because Children who are unrestrained they are either unrestrained or not or improperly restrained can be properly restrained. In fact, vehicle seriously injured or killed in a accidents are the number one cause crash.

  • Page 23: Children Should Sit In The Back Seat

    Protecting Children Children Should Sit in the Back The Passenger’s Front Airbag Additional Precautions to Parents Never hold an infant or child on Seat Poses Serious Risks to Children If you are not wearing a According to accident statistics, your lap. Front airbags have been designed to seat belt in a crash, you could be children of all ages and sizes are...

  • Page 24

    Protecting Children Small Children U.S. Models Placing a forward-facing child seat in To remind you of the passenger’s front airbag hazards, and that the front seat of a vehicle equipped children must be properly restrained with a passenger’s front airbag can If the vehicle seat is in the back seat, your car has be hazardous.

  • Page 25: If You Must Drive With Several Children

    Protecting Children If You Must Drive with Several Canadian Models To remind you of the front airbag Children hazards, your car has warning labels Your car has three seating positions on the driver’s and front passenger’s in the back seat where children can visors.

  • Page 26: Attention

    Protecting Children If a Child Requires Close Additional Safety Precautions Lock both doors and the trunk Attention Do not leave children alone in your when your car is not in use. Many parents say they prefer to put vehicle. Leaving children without Children who play in cars can an infant or small child in the front adult supervision is illegal in most...

  • Page 27: General Guidelines For Using Child Seats

    Protecting Children General Guidelines for Using Selecting a Child Seat Child Seats To provide proper protection, a child The following pages give general seat should meet three guidelines for selecting and installing requirements: child seats for infants and small children. The child seat should meet safety The child seat should standards.

  • Page 28

    However, Honda is confident that Your car has lower anchors installed one or more child seat models can fit for use with LATCH (Lower...

  • Page 29

    Placing a Child Seat Front Passenger’s Seat This page briefly summarizes Infants: Never in the front seat, due Honda’s recommendations on where to the front airbag hazard. to place rear-facing and forward- facing child seats in your car. Not recommended, Small children: due to the front airbag hazard.

  • Page 30

    Protecting Children If the child seat is not secure, try Installing a Child Seat Make sure the child seat is firmly After selecting a proper child seat, secured. After installing a child installing it in a different seating and a good position to install the seat, seat, push and pull the seat position, or use a different style of there are three main steps in...

  • Page 31: Protecting Infants

    Protecting Children Protecting Infants Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement In this car, a rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position Placing a rear-facing child seat in the back seat, but not in the front in the front seat can result in seat.

  • Page 32

    Protecting Children When properly installed, a rear- Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation facing child seat may prevent the The lap/shoulder belts in the back driver or a front-seat passenger from seats have a locking mechanism that moving the seat as far back as must be activated to secure a child recommended (see page ).

  • Page 33

    Protecting Children 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. To activate the lockable retractor, After confirming that the belt is slowly pull the shoulder part of the...

  • Page 34

    Protecting Children To deactivate the locking Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation mechanism and remove a child seat, Tips unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure enough to For proper protection, an infant must stay upright during normal driving...

  • Page 35: Protecting Small Children

    Protecting Children Protecting Small Children We also recommend that a small Child Seat Placement child stay in the child seat as long as In this car, the best place to install a possible, until the child reaches the forward-facing child seat is in one of weight or height limit for the seat.

  • Page 36

    Protecting Children Child Seat Installation The lap/shoulder belts in the back and front passenger seating positions Improperly placing a forward- have a locking mechanism that must facing child seat in the front be activated to secure a child seat. seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbags The following pages provide inflate.

  • Page 37

    Protecting Children 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. To activate the lockable retractor, After confirming that the belt is slowly pull the shoulder part of the...

  • Page 38

    Protecting Children To deactivate the locking mechanism and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. 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.

  • Page 39: Protecting Larger Children

    Protecting Children Protecting Larger Children Checking Seat Belt Fit When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit Allowing a larger child to sit for a forward-facing child seat, the improperly in the front seat can child should sit in the back seat on a result in injury or death if the booster and wear a lap/shoulder belt.

  • Page 40

    Protecting Children If the shoulder part of the belt rests Do not let a child put the shoulder Using a Booster Seat over the child’s collarbone and part of a seat belt behind the back or This could cause against the center of the chest, and under the arm.

  • Page 41

    Protecting Children A child should continue using a Of course, children vary widely. And When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front booster seat until the child exceeds The National Highway Traffic Safety while age may be one indicator of when a child can safely ride in the the booster seat manufacturer’s Administration and Transport...

  • Page 42

    Protecting Children If you decide that a child can safely Supervise the child. Even mature Physical Size Physically, a child must be large ride up front, be sure to: children sometimes need to be reminded to fasten the seat belts enough for the lap/shoulder belt to properly fit over the hips, chest, and Carefully read the owner’s manual...

  • Page 43: Using Child Seats With Tethers

    Protecting Children Using Child Seats with Tethers COVER TETHER ANCHORAGE POINTS Your car has three tether anchorage The tether anchorage points are To use either outside anchorage points under the rear window for located under plastic covers. Pivot point, lift the rear head restraint, securing a tether-style child seat to the cover backward to access the then route the tether strap over the...

  • Page 44: Using Latch

    Protecting Children Using LATCH To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: TETHER STRAP HOOK Move the seat belt buckle or center seat belt away from the lower anchors. Make sure there are no foreign objects around the anchors. Foreign objects could get in the way of a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors.

  • Page 45

    Protecting Children Flexible type Rigid type Put the child seat in the rear left Follow the child seat maker’s Lift the rear head restraint, then or right vehicle seat and attach the instructions for any additional route the tether strap over the child seat to the lower anchors advice on adjusting or tightening seat-back between the legs of the...

  • Page 46

    Protecting Children Push and pull the child seat Lower Universal Anchorage System forward and from side to side to Symbol verify that it is secure enough to stay upright during normal driving maneuvers. Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchorage point, and Canadian models only tighten the strap according to the...

  • Page 47: Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components Lap/Shoulder Belt To unlock the belt, push the red Your seat belt system includes lap/ PRESS button on the buckle. shoulder belts in all five seating positions. The front seat belts are Guide the belt across your body to also equipped with automatic seat the door pillar.

  • Page 48: Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If the shoulder part of the belt is Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners might not cause the airbags to pulled all the way out, the locking deploy. In this case, the airbags mechanism will activate. The belt would not be needed but the will retract, but it will not allow the additional seat belt tension can be...

  • Page 49: Seat Belt Maintenance

    U.S. Models Honda provides a lifetime warranty it must be replaced by the dealer. A on seat belts. Honda will repair or belt that has been worn during a replace any seat belt component that crash may not provide the same level fails to function properly during of protection in a subsequent crash.

  • Page 50: Additional Information About Your Airbags

    Additional Information About Your Airbags SRS Components A sophisticated electronic system How Your Front Airbags Work Your Supplemental Restraint System that continually monitors and (SRS) includes: records information about the sensors, the control unit, the Two front airbags. The driver’s airbag activators, and driver and airbag is stored in the center of passenger seat belt use when the...

  • Page 51

    Additional Information About Your Airbags If you ever have a moderate to During a frontal crash, your seat severe frontal collision, the sensors belts help restrain your lower body will detect the vehicle’s rapid and torso. Your airbag provides a cushion to help restrain and protect deceleration.

  • Page 52: How Your Side Airbags Work

    Additional Information About Your Airbags After a crash, you may see what How Your Side Airbags Work In a moderate to severe side impact, looks like smoke. This is actually the sensors will detect rapid deceleration and signal the control powder from the airbag’s surface.

  • Page 53: How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work

    Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Curtain Airbags In a moderate to severe side impact, How the SRS Indicator Works Work sensors will detect rapid deceleration The SRS indicator alerts and signal the control unit to you to a potential problem instantly inflate the side curtain with your front airbags.

  • Page 54: How The Side Airbag Cutoff Indicator Light Works

    See your the passenger’s side airbag come on after you turn the ignition Honda dealer as soon as possible. has been automatically shut off. switch to ON (II). To reduce the risk of injury from an...

  • Page 55

    Additional Information About Your Airbags Although Honda does not encourage A front seat passenger should not children to ride in the front, this use a cushion or other object as a backrest. It may prevent the cutoff system is designed to shut off the side airbag if a child leans sideways system from working properly.

  • Page 56: Airbag Service

    Do not expose the front seat-backs any airbag by yourself. This must If rain or spilled water to water. be done by a Honda dealer or a soaks into a seat-back, it can knowledgeable body shop. prevent the side airbag system from working properly.

  • Page 57: Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your car’s exhaust contains carbon With the trunk lid open, air flow can monoxide gas. You should have no pull exhaust gas into your car’s problem with carbon monoxide Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. interior and create a hazardous entering the car in normal driving if condition.

  • Page 58: Safety Labels

    Read these labels carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S. dashboard label which is removed by the owner), contact your Honda dealer for a replacement. HOOD On models with side curtain airbags On models without side airbags U.S.

  • Page 59

    Safety Labels SUN VISOR DOORJAMBS U.S. models On cars with side airbags U.S. models Canadian models Canadian models On cars with side curtain airbags U.S. models Canadian models Driver and Passenger Safety...

  • Page 60: Instruments And Controls

    ........Adjustments ......contribute to the daily operation of Daytime Running Lights .... Driver’s Lumbar Support ... your Honda. All the essential Instrument Panel Brightness ..Rear Seat Access ......controls are within easy reach. Turn Signals ........ Head Restraints ......

  • Page 61: Control Locations

    Control Locations HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS (P.79) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.108) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.148, 163, 187) DIGITAL CLOCK (P.153, 171, 193) POWER DOOR LOCK MASTER SWITCH (P.86) HEATING/COOLING CONTROLS POWER WINDOW (P.122) SWITCHES CLIMATE CONTROL (P.103) SYSTEM (P.129) FUEL FILL DOOR/ HOOD RELEASE TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE HANDLE (P.226)

  • Page 62: Indicator Lights

    Indicator Lights ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM TCS ACTIVATION INDICATOR (P.64) INDICATOR (P.64) CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR (P.67) (P.67) LOW OIL PRESSURE CRUISE MAIN INDICATOR INDICATOR (P.62, 379) TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM (TCS) INDICATOR (P.64) HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.67) CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.62, 380) IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.65) MAINTENANCE REQUIRED INDICATOR...

  • Page 63

    Indicator Lights The instrument panel has many Seat Belt Reminder Light Low Oil Pressure indicators to give you important Indicator information about your car. This indicator lights when you turn The engine can be severely damaged the ignition switch ON (II). It is a if this light flashes or stays on when reminder to you and your passengers the engine is running.

  • Page 64

    Indicator Lights Supplemental Restraint Side Airbag Cutoff U.S. Canada System Indicator Indicator This indicator lights briefly when Only on models equipped with side you turn the ignition switch to ON Parking Brake and Brake System airbags Indicator (II). If it comes on at any other time, This indicator lights briefly when This light has two functions: it indicates a potential problem with...

  • Page 65

    Indicator Lights Anti-lock Brake System TCS Activation Indicator Traction Control System (ABS) Indicator (TCS) Indicator This light normally comes on for a On all V6 models On all V6 models few seconds when you turn the This indicator has three functions: This indicator normally comes on for ignition switch ON (II).

  • Page 66

    Indicator Lights Immobilizer System Door and Trunk Open Monitor Turn Signal and Indicator Hazard Warning This indicator comes on for a few Indicators seconds when you turn the ignition The left or right turn signal light switch ON (II). It will then go off if blinks when you signal a lane change you have inserted a properly-coded or turn.

  • Page 67

    Indicator Lights Lights On Indicator Low Fuel Indicator Security System Indicator This indicator reminds you that the SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR exterior lights are on. It comes on when the light switch is in either the position. If you turn the ignition switch to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) without turning off the light switch, this indicator will...

  • Page 68

    Indicator Lights ‘‘Daytime Running Cruise Main Indicator Washer Level Indicator Lights’’ Indicator Canadian models only This indicator comes on when you Canadian models only This indicator lights when you turn turn on the Cruise Control System This light comes on when the the ignition switch to ON (II) with by pressing the Master Button.

  • Page 69

    Gauges The gauges illuminate when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). SPEEDOMETER TACHOMETER Speedometer FUEL GAUGE U.S. Models This shows your speed in miles per MAINTENANCE hour (mph). The smaller inner REQUIRED numbers are the speed in kilometers INDICATOR per hour (km/h).

  • Page 70

    Gauges Odometer Outside Temperature Indicator In certain weather conditions, The odometer shows the total dis- On 4-cylinder EX model with leather temperature readings near freezing tance your car has been driven. It interior and 6-cylinder EX model (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is measures miles in U.S.

  • Page 71

    Gauges Trip Meter Temperature Gauge Fuel Gauge This meter shows the number of This shows the temperature of the This shows how much fuel you have. miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada) engine’s coolant. During normal It is most accurate when the car is on driven since you last reset it.

  • Page 72

    Gauges Maintenance Required Indicator 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models For the first 8,000 miles (12,800 km) For the first 6,000 miles (9,600 km) after the Maintenance Required after the Maintenance Required Indicator is reset, it will come on for Indicator is reset, it will come on for two seconds when you turn the two seconds when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II).

  • Page 73

    Your dealer will reset this indicator after completing the scheduled maintenance. If this maintenance is SELECT/RESET KNOB done by someone other than your Honda dealer, reset the indicator as follows. Turn off the engine. Press and hold the Select/Reset knob in the instrument panel, then turn the ignition switch ON (II).

  • Page 74: Controls Near The Steering Wheel

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel The two levers on the steering INSTRUMENT PANEL column contain controls for driving BRIGHTNESS features you use most often. The left (P.76) WINDSHIELD lever controls the turn signals, WIPERS/WASHERS * headlights, and high beams. The HEADLIGHTS/ HORN (P.77,...

  • Page 75

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Headlights If you leave the lights on with the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0), you will hear a reminder chime when you open the driver’s door. When the light switch is in either of these positions, the Lights On indicator comes on as a reminder.

  • Page 76

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Automatic Lighting Off Feature The lights will turn on again when The Automatic Lighting Off feature you unlock or open the driver’s door. turns off the headlights, parking If you unlock the door, but do not lights, taillights and license plate open it within 15 seconds, the lights lights within 15 seconds of removing...

  • Page 77

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Daytime Running Lights Instrument Panel Brightness brightness when you turn the (Canadian Models) ignition switch to ON (II). With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights and the high If you do not insert the key in the beam indicator come on with ignition switch after opening the reduced brightness when you turn...

  • Page 78

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Turn Signals To signal a lane change, push lightly Windshield Wipers on the turn signal lever in the proper direction and hold it. The lever will return to the center position as soon as you release it. TURN SIGNAL LEVER Signal a turn or lane change with this This lever controls the windshield...

  • Page 79

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel In intermittent, the wipers operate every few seconds. The sweep interval will change slightly with speed; getting shorter as you drive faster. While the car is stopped and in gear, the wipers sweep the windshield whenever you remove your foot from the brake pedal.

  • Page 80

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Windshield Washers Hazard Warning Rear Window Defogger Manual A/C type shown To clean the windshield, pull back on Push the button between the center The rear window defogger will clear the wiper control lever. The washers vents to turn on the hazard warning fog, frost, and thin ice from the spray until you release the lever.

  • Page 81

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Steering Wheel Adjustment See page for important safety information about how to properly position the steering wheel. Make any steering wheel adjustment before you start driving. Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the Cars with navigation system Auto A/C type shown car and be seriously injured in a...

  • Page 82

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Move the steering wheel up or down, and in or out to the desired position, making sure the wheel points toward your chest, not toward your face. Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and the indicator lights.

  • Page 83: Keys And Locks

    If you need to replace a key, use only Keep the keys away from liquids. Your car comes with two master Honda-approved key blanks. If they get wet, dry them keys and a valet key. immediately with a soft cloth.

  • Page 84

    LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert it, and turn the switch to ON (II) If the system repeatedly does not again. recognize the coding of your key, contact your Honda dealer. CONTINUED Instruments and Controls...

  • Page 85

    Keys and Locks As required by the FCC: Ignition Switch LOCK (0) − You can insert or This device complies with Part 15 of the remove the key only in this position. To switch from ACCESSORY to FCC rules. Operation is subject to the LOCK, you must push the key in following two conditions: (1) This device slightly as you turn it.

  • Page 86

    Keys and Locks ACCESSORY (I) − In this position, The engine will not start if the you can operate the audio system Immobilizer System does not and the accessory power sockets. recognize the key’s coding (see page Removing the key from the ignition switch while driving This is the normal key locks the steering.

  • Page 87

    Keys and Locks Power Door Locks To lock the passenger’s door when getting out of the car, push the lock MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH LOCK TAB tab down and close the door. To lock the driver’s door, remove the key from the ignition switch and push the lock tab down or push the top of the master switch, then close the...

  • Page 88

    Keys and Locks Remote Transmitter When you push the LOCK button a Lockout Prevention If you forget and leave the key in the second time within 5 seconds after ignition switch, Lockout Prevention you have locked the doors, you will will not allow you to lock the driver’s hear a beep to verify that the doors UNLOCK...

  • Page 89

    Keys and Locks The ceiling light (if the ceiling light If you unlock the doors with the Panic Mode switch is in the center position) and remote transmitter, but do not open Panic mode allows you to remotely the spotlights (if the switch is in the either door within 30 seconds, the activate your car’s horn and exterior Door position) will come on when...

  • Page 90

    Keys and Locks Replacing the Battery When the remote transmitter’s battery begins to get weak, it may take several pushes on the button to lock or unlock the doors, and the BATTERY LED will not light. Replace the battery as soon as possible. Battery type: CR1616 SCREW To replace the battery:...

  • Page 91

    Canada Standard RSS-210. programmed to your car’s system by Operation is subject to the following two your Honda dealer. Any other conditions: (1) this device may not cause transmitters you have will also need to be reprogrammed.

  • Page 92

    Keys and Locks Trunk To close the trunk, press down on the trunk lid. Pull See page 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.

  • Page 93

    Keys and Locks Emergency Trunk Opener To open the trunk, push the release lever to the left. Parents should decide if their children should be shown how to use this feature. For more information about child safety, see page As a safety feature, your car has a release lever on the trunk latch so the trunk can be opened from the inside.

  • Page 94

    Keys and Locks Glove Box An open glove box can cause serious injury to your passenger in a crash, even if the passenger is wearing the seat belt. Always keep the glove box closed while driving. GLOVE BOX Open the glove box by pulling the handle to the left.

  • Page 95: Seat Adjustments

    Seat Adjustments All V6 models, and the 4-cylinder EX Front Seat Adjustments model with leather interior have a See pages for important safety − power adjustable driver’s seat. information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. The 4-cylinder EX model without Make all seat adjustments before leather interior has a power seat you start driving.

  • Page 96

    Seat Adjustments Driver’s Seat Manual Height Make sure to pull the lever upward Driver’s Seat Power Height Adjustment or downward to its full range. Adjustment On 4-cylinder LX model On 4-cylinder EX model without leather The height of your driver’s seat is interior adjustable.

  • Page 97

    Seat Adjustments Driver’s Seat Power Adjustments On all V6 models, and the 4-cylinder EX model with leather interior See pages for important safety − information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. The two power seat adjustment switches are on the outside edge of the seat bottom.

  • Page 98

    Seat Adjustments Driver’s Lumbar Support Pull the center of the horizontal Adjust the seat-back angle by switch up to raise the seat. Push it pushing the rear switch in the On all EX and EX-V6 models down to lower the seat. direction you want to move.

  • Page 99

    Seat Adjustments Rear Seat Access Driver’s Side Passenger’s Side RELEASE LEVER RELEASE LEVER SEAT-BACK ADJUSTMENT LEVER On all V6 models and the 4-cylinder EX On LX and EX models To get into the rear seat on the model with leather interior To get into the rear seat on the passenger’s side, push downward on To get into the rear seat on the...

  • Page 100

    Seat Adjustments After a passenger gets into the back Head Restraints seat, push the seat-back to the See page for important safety FRONT upright position and push the whole information and a warning about how to seat backwards until it latches. Make properly position the head restraints.

  • Page 101

    Seat Adjustments Folding Rear Seat REAR The back of the rear seat folds down to give you direct access to the trunk. Each side folds down separately. With only half the seat folded, you can still carry a passenger in the back seat.

  • Page 102

    Seat Adjustments Make sure all rear shoulder belts are positioned in front of the rear seat- back 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. GUIDE Loose items can fly forward and cause injury if you have to brake...

  • Page 103: Seat Heaters

    Seat Heaters The HI or LO indicator lights and Follow these precautions whenever remains lit until you turn it off by you use the seat heaters: pushing the opposite side of the switch lightly. The indicator will turn Use the HI setting only to heat the off.

  • Page 104: Power Windows

    Power Windows Your car’s windows are electrically- powered. Turn the ignition switch to ON (II) to raise or lower either Closing a power window on window. someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Each door has a switch that controls its window.

  • Page 105

    Power Windows The master control panel also con- The MAIN switch controls power to Auto Reverse tains these extra features: the passenger’s window. When you If the driver’s window runs into any push in the MAIN switch, the obstacle while it is closing To open the driver’s automatically, it will reverse AUTO...

  • Page 106

    Pull back on the driver’s window switch to close the window completely, then hold the switch for a second or two more. If the power windows do not operate properly after resetting, have your car checked by a Honda dealer. Instruments and Controls...

  • Page 107

    Power Windows Opening the Windows with the Turn the key clockwise again, and UNLOCK BUTTON Remote Transmitter hold it. Both windows start to open. You can open both windows from the To stop the windows, release the outside with the remote transmitter. key.

  • Page 108

    Power Windows, Moonroof To close: Moonroof To tilt up the back of the moonroof, Insert the key in the driver’s door press and hold the center button ). To close the moonroof, lock. press and hold the upper part of the Turn the key counterclockwise, switch ( ).

  • Page 109

    Moonroof, Mirrors The moonroof has a key-off delay. Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors You can still open and close the ADJUSTMENT KNOB moonroof for up to ten minutes after you turn off the ignition. The key-off delay cancels as soon as you open either door.

  • Page 110

    Mirrors HEATED MIRROR BUTTON ADJUSTMENT KNOB Push or pull the adjustment knob On all Canadian models in the appropriate direction to The outside mirrors are heated to re- move the mirror right, left, up, or move fog and frost. With the ignition down.

  • Page 111: Parking Brake

    Parking Brake Driving the car with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. 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.

  • Page 112

    Console Compartment, Armrest Console Compartment Armrest RIGHT LEVER LEFT LEVER CONSOLE COMPARTMENT To open the console compartment, You can put small items in the tray To use the console lid as an armrest, pull up on the right lever and lift the located in the console compartment slide it to the desired position.

  • Page 113: Beverage Holders

    Beverage Holders DOOR Be careful when you are using the Spilled liquids can also damage the The rear seat also has a beverage beverage holders. A spilled liquid upholstery, carpeting, and electrical holder in the side panel. that is very hot can scald you or your components in the interior.

  • Page 114

    Center CD Pocket, Coin Pocket Center CD Pocket Coin Pocket Push To open the coin pocket, pull the lid On cars without navigation system To open the center CD pocket, push- down on the center of the lid to To close it, push the lid down until it unlatch it.

  • Page 115: Sun Visor

    Sun Visor To use the sun visor, pull it down. Make sure you put the sun visor SUN VISOR You can also use the sun visor at the back in place when you are getting side window. Remove the support into or out of the car.

  • Page 116

    Vanity Mirror, Coat Hook Vanity Mirror Coat Hook COAT HOOK To use a vanity mirror on the back of To use a coat hook, pull it down. the sun visor, pull up the cover. Close it with a firm push. The lights beside the mirror come Make sure the coat hook is closed on when you pull up the cover.

  • Page 117

    Sunglasses Holder, Accessory Power Sockets Sunglasses Holder Accessory Power Sockets COVER ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET To open the sunglasses holder, push Some larger styles of sunglasses Your car has two accessory power on the front edge. It will unlatch and may not fit in the holder. sockets, one is located in the front of swing down.

  • Page 118

    Accessory Power Sockets, Interior Lights Ceiling Light After both doors are closed tightly, the light dims slightly, then fades out in about 30 seconds. In the ON DOOR ACTIVATED position, the ceiling light stays on continuously. The ceiling light (with the switch in the center position) also comes on when you unlock the door with the remote transmitter (see page...

  • Page 119: Interior Lights

    Interior Lights The ceiling light (with the switch in Spotlights the center position) comes on when you remove the key from the ignition switch. If you do not open a door, the light stays on, then fades out in about 30 seconds. If you leave either door open with the key not in the ignition switch, the ceiling light will go off after three...

  • Page 120

    Interior Lights The spotlights (with the switch in Courtesy Lights the DOOR position) also come on when you unlock the door with the IGNITION SWITCH LIGHT remote transmitter, and when you DOOR remove the key from the ignition ACTIVATED switch.(See Ceiling Light on page DOOR LIGHT On EX and EX-V6 models The courtesy light in each door...

  • Page 121

    Interior Lights COURTESY LIGHT On EX and EX-V6 models 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. Instruments and Controls...

  • Page 122: Comfort And Convenience Features

    Comfort and Convenience Features Heating and Cooling ..... Operating the Cassette Digital Clock ......What Each Control Does ..Player ........Radio Frequencies ....How to Use the System .... Tape Search Functions ... Radio Reception ....... To Turn Everything Off ..

  • Page 123: Heating And Cooling

    Heating and Cooling On LX, EX and LX-V6 models FAN CONTROL DIAL RECIRCULATION BUTTON Proper use of the Heating and Cooling system can make the TEMPERATURE interior dry and comfortable, and CONTROL DIAL keep the windows clear for the best visibility.

  • Page 124

    Heating and Cooling Mode Buttons Use the MODE buttons to select the vents the air flows from. Some air will flow from the dashboard corner vents in all modes. Air flows from the center and corner vents in the dashboard. Air flow is divided between the vents in the dashboard and the floor vents.

  • Page 125

    Heating and Cooling Vent Controls CENTER VENTS SIDE VENT TABS Close Open The direction of air flow from the The vents in the corners of the vents in the center and each side of dashboard can be opened and closed the dashboard is adjustable.

  • Page 126

    Heating and Cooling How to Use the System RECIRCULATION BUTTON This section covers how to set up the system controls for ventilation, heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and TEMPERATURE FAN CONTROL CONTROL DIAL defrosting. DIAL The engine must be running for the heater and air conditioning to generate hot and cold air.

  • Page 127

    Heating and Cooling To Cool with A/C Turn on the A/C by pressing the RECIRCULATION BUTTON A/C button. The light above the button comes on when a fan speed FAN CONTROL TEMPERATURE is selected. DIAL CONTROL DIAL Make sure the temperature control dial is all the way to the left.

  • Page 128

    Heating and Cooling Air conditioning places an extra load To Heat and Dehumidify with Air To Defog and Defrost on the engine. Watch the engine Conditioning To remove fog from the inside of the Air conditioning, as it cools, removes windows: coolant temperature gauge (see page moisture from the air.

  • Page 129

    Heating and Cooling To remove exterior frost or ice from These settings direct all the air flow To Turn Everything Off the windshield and side windows to the defroster vents at the base of To shut off the system temporarily, the windshield and the side window turn the fan speed and temperature after the car has been sitting out in...

  • Page 130: Climate Control System

    CENTER VENTS DRIVER’S SIDE VENT interior and EX-V6 model only TABS The automatic climate control system in your Honda picks the proper combination of air conditioning, heating, and ventilation to maintain the interior temperature you select. The system also adjusts the fan speed and air flow levels.

  • Page 131

    Climate Control System The climate control system draws air through the exterior vents at the bottom of the windshield. Keep these vents clear of leaves and other debris. For the climate control system to provide heating and cooling, the engine must be running. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 132

    Climate Control System Without Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation TEMPERATURE DISPLAY To put the Automatic Climate DRIVER’S SIDE FAN CONTROL PASSENGER’S SIDE Control in fully-automatic mode, TEMPERATURE BUTTONS TEMPERATURE press the AUTO button, then set the CONTROL DIAL CONTROL DIAL desired temperature by turning the driver’s temperature control dial.

  • Page 133

    Climate Control System When you set the temperature to its Semi-automatic Operation Recirculation Button lower limit ‘‘ ’’ or its upper You can manually select various This button controls the source of air functions of the Climate Control going into the system. When the limit ‘‘...

  • Page 134

    Climate Control System Fan Control Buttons You can manually select the fan speed by pressing the fan control buttons: to increase the fan’s ▲ FAN CONTROL BUTTONS MODE BUTTON speed, or to decrease the fan’s ▼ speed. AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON Dual Button Press the DUAL button to select the dual temperature control mode (see...

  • Page 135

    Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and de- froster vents at the base of the wind- shield. The main air flow comes from the floor vents. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 136

    Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the dashboard vents and the floor vents. The main air flow comes from the dashboard vents. CONTINUED Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 137

    Climate Control System button directs the main air flow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any MODE selection you may have made. When you select , the A/C turns on automatically and the system selects Fresh Air mode. For faster defrosting, manually set the fan speed to high.

  • Page 138

    Climate Control System Dual Temperature Control DRIVER’S SIDE PASSENGER’S SIDE Your car is equipped with two temperature control dials, one for the driver, and one for the passenger. The driver’s side and the passenger’s side can be controlled independently by adjusting these dials when the green indicator in the DUAL button is lit.

  • Page 139

    Climate Control System With Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation TEMPERATURE DISPLAY To put the Automatic Climate Control in fully-automatic mode, press the AUTO button. The indicator in the button will light. Then set the desired temperature by pressing the temperature buttons: ▲...

  • Page 140

    Climate Control System When you set the temperature to its Pressing the OFF button shuts the Semi-automatic Operation lower limit ‘‘ ’’ or its upper climate control system completely You can manually select various functions of the Climate Control limit ‘‘ ’’, the system runs at off.

  • Page 141

    Climate Control System Air Conditioning (A/C) Icons Touching ‘‘ON’’ or ‘‘OFF’’ in the DRIVER’S SIDE PASSENGER’S SIDE display turns the air conditioning on TEMPERATURE DISPLAY TEMPERATURE DISPLAY and off. You will see A/C ON or A/C OFF in the display. When you turn the A/C off, the sys- tem cannot regulate the inside tem- perature if you set it below the out-...

  • Page 142

    Climate Control System Mode Icons Use the MODE icons in the display to select the vents the air flows from. Some air will flow from the dashboard corner vents and the side vents in all modes. The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and de- froster vents at the base of the wind- shield.

  • Page 143

    Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the dashboard vents and the floor vents. The main air flow comes from the dashboard vents. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 144

    Climate Control System Fan Control Icons You can manually select the fan speed by touching any of the fan control icons on the display. Recirculation Button This button controls the source of air going into the system. When the indicator in this button is lit, air from the car’s interior is sent through the system again (Recirculation mode).

  • Page 145

    Climate Control System button directs the main air flow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any MODE selection you may have made. When you select , the A/C turns on automatically and the system selects Fresh Air mode. For faster defrosting, manually set the fan speed to high.

  • Page 146

    Climate Control System Dual Temperature Control Your car has four temperature control buttons on the climate control panel, two for the driver and two for the passenger. The driver’s and passenger’s sides can be controlled independently by pushing these buttons when the green indicator in the DUAL button is lit.

  • Page 147

    Climate Control System To set the driver’s side temperature to a different value than the passenger’s, press the DUAL button, then press the buttons on ▲ ▼ DRIVER’S SIDE PASSENGER’S SIDE the driver’s side. To set the passenger’s side to a different value than the driver’s, press the ▲...

  • Page 148

    Climate Control System Sunlight Sensor/Temperature Sensor TEMPERATURE SENSOR SUNLIGHT SENSOR The climate control system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is located in the top of the dashboard and a temperature sensor is next to the steering column. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them.

  • Page 149: Audio System

    Audio System AM/FM/CD Audio System LX model Your Honda’s audio system provides clear reception on both AM and FM STEREO INDICATOR bands, while the preset bars allow you to easily select your favorite stations. AM/FM SCAN Operating the Radio BUTTON...

  • Page 150

    Audio System You can use any of five methods to SEEK − The SEEK function SCAN − The SCAN function find radio stations on the selected searches the band for a station with samples all the stations with strong signals on the selected band. To band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, AUTO a strong signal.

  • Page 151

    Audio System Preset − You can store the frequencies of your favorite radio stations in the three preset bars. A.SEL INDICATOR Each side of the bars (1 6) will − store one frequency on the AM band, and two frequencies on the FM band. SCAN To store a frequency: BUTTON...

  • Page 152

    Audio System Once a station’s frequency is stored, AUTO SELECT − If you are If you do not like the stations Auto simply press and release the left or traveling far from home and can no Select has stored, you can store other frequencies in the preset bars.

  • Page 153

    Audio System Adjusting the Sound Adjustment Level LEVEL GAUGE Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are each adjustable. You select which of these you want to adjust by pressing the SOUND button. The mode changes from BAS to TRE to FAD to BAL, and then back to the selected audio mode, each time you press the SOUND BUTTON...

  • Page 154

    Audio System Digital Clock DIGITAL CLOCK The audio system usually shows the time when the ignition switch is in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). PRESET BARS To set the time, press the Clock Set button (SOUND) until you hear a CLOCK SET beep.

  • Page 155

    Audio System Operating the CD Player You operate the CD player with the same controls used for the radio. Play only standard round discs. Odd- AM/FM BUTTON shaped CDs may jam in the drive or cause other problems. You can also play 3-inch (8-cm) discs without BUTTON using an adapter ring.

  • Page 156

    Audio System For best results when using CD-R Press the eject button to remove the backward to the beginning of the discs, use only high quality discs disc from the drive. current track. Press it again to skip labeled for audio use. When to the beginning of the previous If you eject the disc, but do not track.

  • Page 157

    Audio System REPEAT − To activate the Repeat Operating the CD Changer To select the CD changer, press the feature, press and release the RPT (Optional) CD button. The disc and track button. You will see RPT in the A Compact Disc changer is available numbers will be displayed.

  • Page 158

    Audio System If you load a CD in the in-dash player When you switch back to CD mode, Protecting Compact Discs while the changer is playing a CD, the system selects the same unit (in- For information on how to handle the system will stop the changer and dash or changer) that was playing and protect compact discs, see page...

  • Page 159

    Mechanical Error If the CD cannot be pulled out or the error indication does not disappear after the disc is ejected, see your Honda dealer. Do not try to force the disc out of the player. High Temperature Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal.

  • Page 160

    FOCUS Error Insert the magazine again. If the code does not your Honda dealer. disappear or the magazine cannot be pulled out, consult your Honda dealer. No CD in the CD Insert CD. Magazine Press the magazine eject button and pull out the magazine.

  • Page 161

    Audio System Operating the Cassette Player (Optional) The cassette system features Dolby * AM/FM BUTTON TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR noise reduction, automatic sensing of RPT INDICATOR chromium-dioxide (CrO ) tape, and auto-reverse for continuous play. To operate the cassette player, the ignition switch must be in BUTTON ACCESSORY(I) or ON(II).

  • Page 162

    Audio System The tape direction indicator will light If you turn the system off while a Tape Search Functions to show you which side of the tape is playing, either with the PWR/ With a cassette playing, you can use cassette is playing.

  • Page 163

    Audio System SKIP − The Skip function allows REPEAT − The Repeat function Caring for the Cassette Player you to find the beginning of a song continuously replays the current Damaged cassettes can jam inside song or passage. Press the RPT the drive or cause other problems.

  • Page 164

    EX with leather interior and EX-V6 For LX-V6, EX and EX-V6 without STEREO INDICATOR AM/FM BUTTON Navigation System Your Honda’s audio system provides clear reception on both AM and FM bands, while the preset bars allow you to easily select your favorite stations.

  • Page 165

    Audio System Operating the Radio EX and LX-V6 The ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to AM/FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR operate the audio system. Turn the system on by pressing the PWR/ VOL knob or the AM/FM button. Adjust the volume by turning the knob.

  • Page 166

    Audio System You can use any of five methods to SEEK − The SEEK function SCAN − The SCAN function find radio stations on the selected searches the band for a station with samples all the stations with strong band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, AUTO a strong signal.

  • Page 167

    Audio System Preset − You can store the Once a station’s frequency is stored, AUTO SELECT − If you are frequencies of your favorite radio simply press and release the left or traveling far from home and can no stations in the three preset bars. right side of the proper preset bar to longer receive the stations you Each bar will store two frequencies...

  • Page 168

    Audio System If you are in a remote area, Auto Select may not find six strong AM EX with leather interior and EX-V6 stations or twelve strong FM stations. If this happens, you will see a ‘‘0’’ AM/FM BUTTON A. SEL INDICATOR A.

  • Page 169

    Audio System If you do not like the stations Auto Select has stored, you can store EX and LX-V6 other frequencies in the preset bars. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN AM/FM A.SEL INDICATOR BUTTON function to find the desired frequencies, then store them in the selected preset bars as described previously.

  • Page 170

    Audio System Adjusting the Sound Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are EX with leather interior and EX-V6 each adjustable. You select which of these you want to adjust by pressing Adjustment Level LEVEL GAUGE the SOUND button, then turn the VOLUME knob.

  • Page 171

    Audio System Select BAL or FAd by pressing the EX and LX-V6 SOUND button. Adjust the Balance or Fader to your liking by turning the VOLUME knob. Adjustment Level LEVEL GAUGE The displayed number shows you the current setting. When the adjustment level reaches the center, you will see ‘‘...

  • Page 172

    Audio System Digital Clock The audio system usually shows the EX with leather interior and EX-V6 time when the ignition switch is in ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II). DIGITAL CLOCK To set the time, press the Clock Set button (SOUND) until you hear a beep.

  • Page 173

    Audio System You can use the R (Preset 6) side of EX and LX-V6 the bar to quickly set the time to the nearest hour. Press the Clock Set DIGITAL CLOCK button (SOUND) until you hear a beep, then press the R (Preset 6) side of the bar.

  • Page 174

    Audio System Operating the CD Changer Your Honda’s audio system has an EX with leather interior and EX-V6 in-dash CD changer that holds up to CD LOAD INDICATOR six discs, providing several hours of CD BUTTON continuous entertainment. You DISC AND TRACK...

  • Page 175

    Audio System For best results when using CD-R way. You will see ‘‘BUSY’’ in the To load a single CD: discs, use only high quality discs display. The CD load indicator Press and release the LOAD labeled for audio use. When turns red and blinks as the CD is recording a CD-R, the recording loaded.

  • Page 176

    Audio System If you press the LOAD button while a CD is playing, the system will stop EX and LX-V6 playing that CD and start the loading DISC AND TRACK NUMBERS sequence. It will then play the CD CD BUTTON CD LOAD INDICATOR RPT BUTTON just loaded.

  • Page 177

    Audio System To move rapidly within a track, press SCAN − This feature, when Operation Select the CD changer by pressing and hold the left or right side of the activated, samples all the tracks on the CD button. You will see ‘‘CD’’ in SKIP bar.

  • Page 178

    Audio System D-SCAN − This feature, when EX with leather interior and EX-V6 activated, samples each first track of CD BUTTON SCAN INDICATOR RDM INDICATOR all the discs in the CD changer in the order they are stored. To activate SKIP BAR RPT INDICATOR RPT BUTTON...

  • Page 179

    Audio System REPEAT − To activate the Repeat EX and LX-V6 feature, press and release the RPT CD BUTTON SCAN INDICATOR button. You will see RPT in the display as a reminder. The system SKIP BAR RPT INDICATOR RPT BUTTON continuously replays the current RDM INDICATOR track.

  • Page 180

    Audio System D-REPEAT − This feature, when RANDOM PLAY − This feature, To take the system out of CD mode, activated, replays all the tracks on when activated, plays the tracks press the AM/FM button. Each time the selected disc in the order they you press the AM/FM button, the within a CD in random order, rather are recorded on the CD.

  • Page 181

    Audio System Removing CDs from the Changer To remove the disc that is currently EX with leather interior and EX-V6 playing, press the eject button. You will see ‘‘EJEC’’ in the display. When AM/FM BUTTON CD SLOT EJECT BUTTON you remove the disc from the slot, the system automatically begins the Load sequence so you can load another CD in that position.

  • Page 182

    Audio System If you press the eject button while EX and LX-V6 listening to the radio, or with the audio system turned off, the disc AM/FM BUTTON CD SLOT EJECT BUTTON that was last selected is ejected. After that disc is ejected, pressing the eject button again will eject the next disc in numerical order.

  • Page 183

    FOCUS Error again. If the code does not disappear or the Honda dealer. CDs cannot be pulled out, consult your Honda dealer. Press the CD eject button and pull out the CDs. Check for an error indication. Insert the CDs Mechanical Error again.

  • Page 184

    Audio System Operating the Cassette Player EX with leather interior and EX-V6 (Optional) The cassette system features Dolby * NOISE REDUCTION INDICATOR noise reduction, automatic sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO ) tape, and AM/FM BUTTON RPT INDICATOR TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR auto-reverse for continuous play. To operate the cassette player, the ignition switch must be in BUTTON...

  • Page 185

    Audio System The tape direction indicator will light EX and LX-V6 to show you which side of the cassette is playing. The indicates ▲ NOISE REDUCTION INDICATOR the side you inserted facing upward AM/FM BUTTON RPT INDICATOR TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR is now playing.

  • Page 186

    Audio System When the system reaches the end of Tape Search Functions SKIP − The Skip function allows the tape, it will automatically reverse With a cassette playing, you can use you to find the beginning of a song or passage. To activate SKIP, press direction and play the other side.

  • Page 187

    Audio System REPEAT − The Repeat function The SKIP and REPEAT functions Caring for the Cassette Player continuously replays the current use silent periods on the tape to find Damaged cassettes can jam inside song or passage. Press the RPT the end of a song or passage.

  • Page 188

    Audio System With Navigation System AM/FM BUTTON AM/FM/CD Changer Audio System Your Honda’s audio system provides clear reception on both AM and FM bands, while the preset icons in the UPPER DISPLAY Navigation System display allow you to easily select your favorite stations.

  • Page 189

    Audio System Operating the Radio You can use any of five methods to SCAN − The SCAN function The ignition switch must be in find radio stations on the selected samples all the stations with strong ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, AUTO signals on the selected band.

  • Page 190

    Audio System Preset − You can store the Repeat steps 2 to 4 to store a total AUTO SELECT − If you are frequencies of your favorite radio of six stations on AM and twelve traveling far from home and can no stations in the six preset icons.

  • Page 191

    Audio System If you are in a remote area, Auto AM/FM BUTTON A.SEL INDICATOR Select may not find six strong AM stations or twelve strong FM stations. If this happens, you will not see a station number on the corresponding preset icon.

  • Page 192

    Audio System Adjusting the Sound Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are each adjustable. To adjust them, enter the sound grid by touching the FADER ADJUST SOUND icon on the display or ICONS pressing the TUNE knob. Treble/Bass To adjust the bass −...

  • Page 193

    Audio System To adjust the balance, touch the left DIGITAL CLOCK or right arrows on the sound grid. When you touch an arrow, the pink bars on the grid move toward it, changing the balance left or right. To equalize the balance, touch the left UPPER or right arrow until each side has a DISPLAY...

  • Page 194

    Audio System If you want to adjust the sound while Digital Clock the radio/CD is playing, push the The upper display shows the time AUDIO DISPLAY button, then touch when the ignition switch is in the SOUND icon in the display. ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II).

  • Page 195

    Audio System Radio Frequencies Radio Reception Your Honda’s radio can receive the How well your Honda’s radio complete AM and FM bands. receives stations is dependent on Those bands cover these frequen- many factors, such as the distance cies: from the station’s transmitter,...

  • Page 196

    Audio System As required by the FCC: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. Radio signals, especially on the FM Radio reception can be affected by band, are deflected by large objects atmospheric conditions such as such as buildings and hills.

  • Page 197

    Audio System Operating the CD Changer UPPER DISPLAY Your Honda’s audio system has an in-dash CD changer that holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment. You operate this CD changer with the same controls used for the radio.

  • Page 198

    Audio System For best results when using CD-R When ‘‘LOAd’’ appears again in To load a single CD: discs, use only high quality discs the display, insert the next disc Press and release the LOAD labeled for audio use. When into the CD slot.

  • Page 199

    Audio System If you press the LOAD button while DISC NUMBER a CD is playing, the system will stop playing that CD and start the loading sequence. It will then play the CD just loaded. You can also load a CD into an empty position while a CD is playing by touching the appropriate disc icon.

  • Page 200

    Audio System To move rapidly within a track, press Track Scan Operation Select the CD changer by pressing and hold the top or bottom of the When you touch the TRACK SCAN the CD/AUX button. You will see SKIP bar. You will hear a beep and icon on the audio display or press the ‘‘CD’’...

  • Page 201

    Audio System Disc Scan Track Repeat Random Play When you touch the DISC SCAN When you touch the TRACK RPT When you touch the RANDOM icon icon on the audio display, the first icon on the audio display, the system on the audio display, the system track of the current CD plays for continuously replays the current...

  • Page 202

    Audio System To take the system out of CD mode, press the AM/FM button. Each time you press the AM/FM button, the system changes to the next mode (AM, FM1, or FM2). When you return to CD mode by pressing the CD button, play will continue at the same point that it left off.

  • Page 203

    Audio System Removing CDs from the Changer To remove the disc that is currently playing, press the eject button. You will see ‘‘EJEC’’ in the upper and audio displays. When you remove the disc from the slot, the system automatically begins the load sequence so you can load another CD in that position.

  • Page 204

    Audio System If you press the eject button while Protecting Compact Discs listening to the radio, or with the For information on how to handle audio system turned off, the disc and protect compact discs, see page that was last selected is ejected. After that disc is ejected, pressing the eject button again will eject the next disc in numerical order.

  • Page 205

    FOCUS Error again. If the code does not disappear or the Honda dealer. CDs cannot be pulled out, consult your Honda dealer. Press the CD eject button and pull out the CDs. Check for an error indication. Insert the CDs Mechanical Error again.

  • Page 206

    Audio System Protecting Compact Discs Handle a CD by its edges; never When a CD is not being played, store A new CD may be rough on the touch either surface. Do not place it in its case to protect it from dust inner and outer edges.

  • Page 207

    Audio System Operating the Cassette Player RPT INDICATOR TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR (Optional) The cassette system features Dolby * noise reduction, automatic sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO ) tape, and auto-reverse for continuous play. To operate the cassette player, the ignition switch must be in ACCESSORY(I) or ON(II).

  • Page 208

    Audio System The tape direction indicator will light Dolby noise reduction turns on when If you turn the system off while a on the upper display to show you you insert a cassette. If the tape was tape is playing, either with the PWR/ not recorded with Dolby noise reduc- which side of the cassette is playing.

  • Page 209

    Audio System Tape Search Functions FF/REW − Fast Forward and Re- SKIP − The Skip function allows With a cassette playing, you can use wind move the tape rapidly. To re- you to find the beginning of a song the FF, REW, SKIP, or REPEAT or passage.

  • Page 210

    Audio System REPEAT − The Repeat function The SKIP and REPEAT functions continuously replays the current use silent periods on the tape to find song or passage. Press the AUDIO the end of a song or passage. These DISPLAY button to change to the features may not work to your audio display, and touch the RPT satisfaction if there is almost no gap...

  • Page 211

    If you do not clean the cassette When they are not in use, store Honda dealer. player regularly, it may eventually cassettes in their cases to protect become impossible to remove the them from dust and moisture.

  • Page 212

    Audio System Remote Audio Controls The VOL button adjusts the volume If you are playing a CD, the system up ( ) or down ( ). Press the top ▲ ▼ skips to the beginning of the next MODE BUTTON or bottom of the button and hold it track each time you press the top until the desired volume is reached,...

  • Page 213

    Press and release the Honda dealer. To do this, you will TUNE knob to store it. Enter the need the system’s serial number. remaining digits the same way.

  • Page 214: Security System

    Security System On all models except for 4-cylinder LX With the system set, you can still SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR model open the trunk with the remote transmitter without triggering the The security system helps to protect your car and valuables from theft. alarm.

  • Page 215: Cruise Control

    Cruise Control Cruise control allows you to maintain Using the Cruise Control Press and release the DECEL/ a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) SET button on the steering wheel. without keeping your foot on the CRUISE CONTROL MASTER BUTTON The CRUISE CONTROL light on accelerator pedal.

  • Page 216

    Cruise Control Changing the Set Speed You can decrease the set cruising Even with the cruise control turned You can increase the set cruising speed in any of these ways: on, you can still use the accelerator speed in any of these ways: pedal to speed up for passing.

  • Page 217

    Cruise Control Cancelling the Cruise Control When you push the CANCEL button, Pressing the Cruise Control Master or tap the brake or clutch pedal, the button turns the system completely CRUISE CONTROL MASTER BUTTON CRUISE CONTROL light on the off and erases the previous cruising instrument panel will go out and the speed from memory.

  • Page 218: Homelink Wireless Control System

    HomeLink Wireless Control System On EX-V6 model Important Safety Precautions HomeLink stores the code in a The HomeLink Wireless Control Always refer to the operating permanent memory. There should be no need to retrain HomeLink if System built into your car can be instructions and safety information programmed to operate remotely- your car’s battery goes dead or is...

  • Page 219

    HomeLink Wireless Control System Training HomeLink − If you just took Before you begin Before you can use HomeLink to delivery of your car and have not operate devices around your home, it trained any of the buttons in must ‘‘learn’’ the proper codes. For HomeLink before, you should erase example, to train HomeLink to open any previously learned codes before...

  • Page 220

    HomeLink Wireless Control System Canadian Owners: If the button does not work, repeat Training With a Rolling Code The remote control you are training this procedure to train it again. If it System For security purposes, newer garage may stop transmitting after two still does not work, you may have a seconds.

  • Page 221

    HomeLink Wireless Control System It may be helpful to have someone Press and hold the button on TRAINING BUTTON assist you with this procedure. HomeLink for 3 − 4 seconds. (The same button you trained with Make sure you have properly the ‘‘Training HomeLink’’...

  • Page 222

    HomeLink Wireless Control System Retraining a Button Release both buttons. HomeLink As required by the FCC: To train an already programmed should now be trained to operate This device complies with Part 15 of the HomeLink button to operate a new the device.

  • Page 223

    Before Driving Before you begin driving your Honda, Break-in Period ......you should know what gasoline to Gasoline ......... use, and how to check the levels of Service Station Procedures ..important fluids. You also need to Filling the Fuel Tank ....

  • Page 224: Before Driving

    Break-in Period Gasoline In Canada, some gasolines contain Help assure your car’s future Your Honda is designed to operate an octane-enhancing additive called reliability and performance by paying on unleaded gasoline with a pump MMT. If you use such gasolines, extra attention to how you drive octane number of 86 or higher.

  • Page 225

    Service Station Procedures Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. Filling the Fuel Tank You may hear a hissing sound as pressure inside the tank escapes. Gasoline is highly flammable The fuel fill cap is attached to the and explosive. You can be fuel filler with a tether.

  • Page 226

    Service Station Procedures Screw the fuel fill cap back on, Opening the Hood tighten it until it clicks several LATCH times. If you do not properly HOOD RELEASE HANDLE tighten the cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may come on (see page Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches.

  • Page 227

    Service Station Procedures If you can open the hood without To close the hood, lift it up slightly to lifting the hood latch handle, or the remove the support rod from the hole. Put the support rod back into hood latch handle moves stiffly or does not spring back as before, the its holding clip.

  • Page 228

    Service Station Procedures Oil Check DIPSTICK DIPSTICK 4-cylinder models (Orange Handle) 6-cylinder models (Orange Loop) Check the engine oil level every time Wipe the dipstick with a clean you fill the car with fuel. Wait a few cloth or paper towel. minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil.

  • Page 229

    Service Station Procedures UPPER MARK LOWER MARK 4-cylinder models 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models Insert it all the way back in its tube. 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, Adding Oil on page CONTINUED...

  • Page 230

    Make sure it is Checks on page for information between the MAX and MIN lines. If on checking other items in your it is below the MIN line, see Adding Honda. on page Engine Coolant information on adding the proper coolant. Before Driving...

  • Page 231: Fuel Economy

    Fuel Economy The condition of your car and your Driving Habits A cold engine uses more fuel than a driving habits are the two most You can improve fuel economy by warm engine. It is not necessary to driving moderately. Rapid acceler- ‘‘warm-up’’...

  • Page 232: Accessories And Modifications

    Accessories Before installing any accessory: or killed. Your dealer has Honda accessories that allow you to personalize your car. Follow all instructions in this Make sure the accessory does not These accessories have been owner’s manual regarding...

  • Page 233

    If you plan to modify your vehicle, clearance can allow the outside edge of a front seat-back. undercarriage to impact speed consult with your Honda dealer. Covering the outside edge of a bumps or other raised objects, front seat-back, with a non-Honda...

  • Page 234: Carrying Cargo

    Carrying Cargo Your car has several convenient CONSOLE COMPARTMENT DOOR POCKET storage areas so you can stow cargo safely. CENTER POCKET The glove box, and the pockets in the doors and seat-backs, are designed for small, lightweight items. The trunk is intended for larger, heavier items.

  • Page 235

    Carrying Cargo Load Limit Carrying Items in the Passenger The maximum load for your car is Compartment Store or secure all items that could 850 lbs in U.S. models and 395 kg in Overloading or improper Canadian models. be thrown around and hurt loading can affect handling and someone during a crash.

  • Page 236

    Please contact your Honda as far forward as possible. dealer for further information. If you fold down the back seat, tie...

  • Page 237

    Carrying Cargo Cargo Net On all EX and EX-V6 models The cargo net can be used to help hold down items stored in the trunk. To use the cargo net, hook it to the buttons on the floor and sides of the trunk.

  • Page 238

    Driving This section gives you tips on Preparing to Drive ......Traction Control System ....starting the engine under various Starting the Engine ....... TCS ON/OFF Switch ....conditions, and how to operate the Starting in Cold Weather TCS Activation Indicator ..

  • Page 239: Preparing To Drive

    Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks Check the adjustment of the seat Turn the ignition switch ON (II). and adjustments every day before (see page Check the indicator lights in the you drive your car. instrument panel. Check the adjustment of the Make sure all windows, mirrors, inside and outside mirrors (see...

  • Page 240: Starting The Engine

    Starting the Engine Apply the parking brake. Without touching the accelerator If the engine still does not start, pedal, turn the ignition key to the press the accelerator pedal all the In cold weather, turn off all way down and hold it there while START (III) position.

  • Page 241

    Starting the Engine Starting in Cold Weather at High Turn off all electrical accessories Altitude (Above 8,000 feet/ to reduce the drain on the battery. 2,400 meters) An engine is harder to start in cold Push the accelerator pedal half- weather.

  • Page 242: Speed Manual Transmission

    5-speed Manual Transmission Come to a full stop before you shift into Reverse. You can damage the transmission by trying to shift into Rapid slowing or speeding-up Reverse with the car moving. Push can cause loss of control on down the clutch pedal, and pause for slippery surfaces.

  • Page 243

    5-speed Manual Transmission Recommended Shift Points Engine Speed Limiter Drive in the highest gear that lets If you exceed the maximum speed the engine run and accelerate for the gear you are in, the engine smoothly. This will give you the best speed will enter into the tachometer’s fuel economy and effective emis- red zone.

  • Page 244

    6-speed Manual Transmission out faster. Come to a full stop before you shift Rapid slowing or speeding-up into Reverse. You can damage the can cause loss of control on transmission by trying to shift into slippery surfaces. If you crash, Reverse with the car moving.

  • Page 245

    6-speed Manual Transmission Recommended Shift Points Engine Speed Limiter Reverse Lockout Drive in the highest gear that lets If you exceed the maximum speed The 6-speed manual transmission the engine run and accelerate for the gear you are in, the engine has an electric lockout so you cannot smoothly.

  • Page 246

    Reverse, your car may be With the clutch pedal depressed, developing a problem. Have the car move the shift lever to the First/ checked by your Honda dealer. Second gear side of the Neutral gate, then shift to Reverse. Driving...

  • Page 247: Automatic Transmission

    Shift Lever Position Indicator Honda dealer as soon as possible. The malfunction indicator lamp may come on along with the ‘‘D’’ indicator if there is a problem in the automatic RELEASE BUTTON transmission control system.

  • Page 248

    Automatic Transmission Do this: Park (P) − This position mechani- To shift from: P to R Press the brake pedal and cally locks the transmission. Use Park whenever you are turning off or press the release button. starting the engine. To shift out of R to P Park, you must press on the brake N to R...

  • Page 249

    Automatic Transmission Neutral (N) − Use Neutral if you Drive (D ) − This position is similar Second (2) − To shift to Second, need to restart a stalled engine, or if to D, except only the first three press the release button on the side of the shift lever.

  • Page 250

    Automatic Transmission Engine Speed Limiter Shift Lock Release COVER If you exceed the maximum speed This allows you to move the shift for the gear you are in, the engine lever out of Park if the normal speed will enter into the tachometer’s method of pushing on the brake red zone.

  • Page 251

    If you need to use the Shift Lock Release, it means your car is developing a problem. Have the car checked by your Honda dealer. SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT Insert the key in the Shift Lock Release slot.

  • Page 252

    Parking Always use the parking brake when If the car is facing uphill, turn the Parking Tips you park your car. The indicator on front wheels away from the curb. If Make sure the moonroof (if the instrument panel shows that the you have a manual transmission, put equipped) and the windows are parking brake is not fully released;...

  • Page 253: The Braking System

    The Braking System Your Honda is equipped with front Constant application of the brakes Brake Wear Indicators disc brakes. The brakes on the rear when going down a long hill builds The front and rear disc brakes on all up heat and reduces their effective-...

  • Page 254

    The Braking System Brake System Design Anti-lock Brakes You should never pump the The hydraulic system that operates Your car has an Anti-lock Brake brake pedal; this defeats the purpose of the ABS. Let the ABS the brakes has two separate circuits. System (ABS) as standard Each circuit works diagonally across equipment.

  • Page 255

    The Braking System A vehicle with ABS may require a Important Safety Reminders ABS Indicator ABS does not reduce the time or longer distance to stop on loose or distance it takes to stop the car; uneven surfaces, such as gravel or ABS INDICATOR only helps with steering control snow, than a vehicle without anti-...

  • Page 256

    The Braking System If the ABS indicator and the brake system indicator come on together, and the parking brake is fully released, the front-to-rear braking distribution system may also shut down. Test your brakes as instructed on page . If the brakes feel normal, drive slowly and have your car repaired by your dealer as soon as possible.

  • Page 257: Traction Control System

    Traction Control System On all V6 models The TCS indicator (see page TCS ACTIVATION INDICATOR Your Honda is equipped with a comes on and stays on when there is Traction Control System (TCS) to a problem with the TCS. The TCS assist you in maintaining traction Activation indicator will also come on.

  • Page 258

    Traction Control System TCS ON/OFF Switch Deactivate the system by pressing TCS Activation Indicator the TCS On/Off switch. The TCS The TCS Activation indicator comes Activation indicator light comes on on or flashes under the following as a reminder. Pressing the switch conditions: again turns the system back on.

  • Page 259

    If the TCS indicator comes on along driving, have the system inspected with the Brake System indicator, it by your Honda dealer. You can still indicates a problem in the brake drive the car without TCS. system (see...

  • Page 260: Driving In Bad Weather

    Driving in Bad Weather Driving Technique − Always drive Exercise extra caution when driving slower than you would in dry in rain after a long dry spell. After weather. It takes your car longer to months of dry weather, the first react, even in conditions that may rains bring oil to the surface of the seem just barely damp.

  • Page 261

    Driving in Bad Weather Visibility − Being able to see Traction − Check your tires clearly in all directions and being frequently for wear and proper visible to other drivers are important pressure. Both are important in in all weather conditions. This is preventing ‘‘hydroplaning’’...

  • Page 262: Towing A Trailer

    Towing a Trailer Your Honda has been designed Load Limits primarily to carry passengers and their cargo. You can use it to tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper equipment, and follow the guidelines in this section.

  • Page 263

    Towing a Trailer To achieve a proper tongue load, Gross Axle Weight Rating start by loading 60 percent of the (GAWR): load toward the front of the trailer The total weight of the vehicle, all Exceeding load limits or and 40 percent toward the rear, then occupants, all cargo, and the improperly loading your vehicle re-adjust the load as needed.

  • Page 264

    Towing a Trailer Checking Loads Towing Equipment and Hitches Any hitch used on your car must be The best way to confirm that vehicle Accessories Towing can require a variety of properly bolted to the underbody. and trailer weights are within limits is to have them checked at a public equipment, depending on the size of scale.

  • Page 265

    Safety Chains Trailer Brakes Trailer lights and equipment must Always use safety chains. Make sure Honda recommends that any trailer comply with federal, state, and they are secured to both the trailer having a total weight of 1,000 lbs local regulations. Check with your...

  • Page 266

    Towing a Trailer Pre-Tow Checklist Your car tires and spare are Additional Trailer Equipment Many states and Canadian provinces When preparing to tow, and before properly inflated (see page require special outside mirrors when driving away, be sure to check the and the trailer tires and spare are towing a trailer.

  • Page 267

    Towing a Trailer Driving Safely With a Trailer If you must stop when facing uphill, Making Turns and Braking The added weight, length, and Make turns more slowly and wider use the foot brake or parking brake. height of a trailer will affect your car’s than normal.

  • Page 268

    Towing a Trailer Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting Parking Crosswinds and air turbulence Follow all normal precautions when parking, including firmly setting the caused by passing trucks can disrupt your steering and cause trailer parking brake and putting the swaying. When being passed by a transmission in Park (automatic) or large car, keep a constant speed and in 1st or Reverse (manual).

  • Page 269: Table Of Contents

    Adding Engine Coolant .... Inflation ........form more complex maintenance Replacing Engine Coolant ..Inspection ........tasks on your Honda, you may want Windshield Washers ....Maintenance ......to purchase the Service Manual. See Transmission Fluid ....... Tire Rotation ......

  • Page 270: Maintenance Safety

    It will also reward you should be performed by a Honda performing maintenance. Only you with more economical, trouble-free technician or other qualified can decide whether or not you driving, and help reduce air pollution.

  • Page 271

    Maintenance Safety Important Safety Precautions Read the instructions before you Before you begin any maintenance, begin, and make sure you have the make sure your car is parked on tools and skills required. level ground and that the parking brake is set. Also, be sure the engine To reduce the possibility of fire or is off.

  • Page 272: Maintenance Schedule

    Maintenance Schedule The Maintenance Schedule specifies The services and time or distance Which Schedule to Follow: how often you should have your car intervals shown in the maintenance Service your car according to the serviced and what things need schedule assume you will use your time and mileage periods on one of attention.

  • Page 273

    Maintenance Schedule for Severe more information. warranties. However, Honda Conditions. recommends that all maintenance We recommend the use of Honda services be performed at the parts and fluids whenever you have recommended time or mileage maintenance done. These are period to ensure long-term reliability.

  • Page 274

    4-cylinder Models Service at the indicated distance miles x 1,000 or time − whichever comes first. km x 1,000 months Replace engine oil Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 1 year Replace engine oil filter Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Replace air cleaner element Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km)

  • Page 275

    4-cylinder Models Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D as required for each distance/time interval. U.S. Owners − Refer to page to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners −...

  • Page 276

    4-cylinder Models Service at the indicated distance miles x 1,000 or time − whichever comes first. km x 1,000 months Replace engine oil Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or 6 months Replace engine oil filter Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 1 year Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Replace air cleaner element...

  • Page 277

    4-cylinder Models Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D, E, F as required for each distance/time. U.S. Owners − Refer to page to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners −...

  • Page 278

    4-cylinder Models 75,000 mi/120,000 km Do items in A, C. NOTE: 80,000 mi/128,000 km/4 yrs Do items in A, B, D. Check engine oil and coolant at each fuel stop. Do item in A. 85,000 mi/136,000 km Check and adjust valve clearance, cold engine, only if noisy. 90,000 mi/144,000 km/5 yrs □...

  • Page 279

    Required Maintenance Record for 4-cylinder Models (Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page ) or severe conditions (page ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your car. 5,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp 30,000 mi...

  • Page 280

    Required Maintenance Record for 4-cylinder Models (Normal and Severe Schedules) 55,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp 80,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km mi/km 88,000 km 128,000 km (or 4 years) Date Date 60,000 mi 85,000 mi mi/km mi/km 96,000 km 136,000 km (or 3 years) Date...

  • Page 281

    Required Maintenance Record for 4-cylinder Models (Normal and Severe Schedules) 105,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 168,000 km Date 110,000 mi mi/km 176,000 km Date 115,000 mi mi/km 184,000 km Date 120,000 mi mi/km 192,000 km (or 6 years) Date Maintenance...

  • Page 282

    6-cylinder Models Service at the indicated distance miles x 1,000 or time − whichever comes first. km x 1,000 months Replace engine oil Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 1 year Replace engine oil filter Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Replace air cleaner element Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km)

  • Page 283

    6-cylinder Models Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C as required for each distance/time interval. U.S. Owners − Refer to page to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners − Use the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions.

  • Page 284

    6-cylinder Models Service at the indicated distance miles x 1,000 or time − whichever comes first. km x 1,000 months Replace engine oil and oil filter Every 3,750 miles (6,000 km) or 6 months Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Replace air cleaner element −...

  • Page 285

    6-cylinder Models Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D as required for each distance/time interval. U.S. Owners − Refer to page to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners −...

  • Page 286

    6-cylinder Models 67,500 mi/108,000 km Do items in A, B. ♯ See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last 71,250 mi/114,000 km Do item in A. column, page 75,000 mi/120,000 km/5 yrs Do items in A, B, C. * See timing belt on page to determine need for replacement.

  • Page 287

    Required Maintenance Record for 6-cylinder Models (Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page ) or severe conditions (page ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your car. 3,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km...

  • Page 288

    Required Maintenance Record for 6-cylinder Models (Normal and Severe Schedules) 63,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 93,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 102,000 km 150,000 km Date Date 67,500 mi mi/km 97,500 mi mi/km 108,000 km 156,000 km Date Date 71,250 mi...

  • Page 289: Owner Maintenance Checks

    Owner Maintenance Checks You should check the following Engine oil level − Check every Tires − Check the tire pressure items at the specified intervals. If time you fill the fuel tank. See monthly. Examine the tread for you are unsure of how to perform page wear and foreign objects.

  • Page 290: Fluid Locations

    Fluid Locations 4-cylinder Models BRAKE FLUID CLUTCH FLUID (Gray cap) (5-speed Manual Transmission only) (Light gray cap) ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK ENGINE OIL (Orange handle) FILL CAP WASHER FLUID AUTOMATIC (Blue cap) TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop) POWER STEERING ENGINE FLUID (Red cap) COOLANT RESERVOIR RADIATOR CAP...

  • Page 291

    Fluid Locations 6-cylinder Models ENGINE OIL FILL CAP BRAKE FLUID ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Gray cap) (Orange loop) CLUTCH FLUID (Gray cap) (6-speed Manual Transmission only) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop) WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) ENGINE COOLANT RESERVOIR POWER STEERING FLUID (Red cap) RADIATOR CAP Maintenance...

  • Page 292: Engine Oil

    ENGINE OIL FILL CAP highly recommended that you use 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for To add oil, unscrew and remove the Pour the oil slowly and carefully so optimum engine protection. engine oil fill cap on top of the valve you do not spill.

  • Page 293: Synthetic Oil

    Ambient Temperature 5W-20 oil is formulated for year- round protection of your Honda, to improve cold weather starting, and to help your engine use less fuel. Maintenance...

  • Page 294

    Engine Oil Additives Changing the Oil and Filter Run the engine until it reaches Your Honda does not require any oil Always change the oil and filter normal operating temperature, then shut it off. additives. Additives may adversely according to the time and distance affect your engine’s or transmission’s...

  • Page 295

    (available from your Make sure to clean off any dirt bottom of the engine. Drain the oil Honda dealer) is required to and dust on the connecting into an appropriate container. remove the filter.

  • Page 296

    Engine Oil Refill the engine with the recom- Turn off the engine, let it sit for OIL FILTER mended oil. several minutes, then check the oil level. If necessary, add oil to bring Engine oil change capacity the level to the upper mark on the (including filter): dipstick.

  • Page 297: Cooling System

    6-cylinder models RESERVE TANK while the engine is hot can If the coolant level in the reserve Always use Honda All Season cause the coolant to spray out, tank is at or below the MIN line, add Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This seriously scalding you.

  • Page 298

    Cooling System RADIATOR CAP 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models RADIATOR CAP 4-cylinder models RESERVE TANK Make sure the engine and radiator The coolant level should be up to Pour coolant into the reserve tank. are cool. the base of the filler neck. Add Fill it to halfway between the MAX coolant if it is low.

  • Page 299

    Only use Honda All Season Antifreeze/ Coolant Type 2. Draining the coolant requires access to the underside of the car. Unless you have the tools and knowledge,...

  • Page 300

    Cooling System DRAIN PLUG DRAIN PLUG 6-cylinder models 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models Loosen the drain plug on the On car with Climate Control System Turn the ignition ON (II).Make bottom of the radiator. The sure the DUAL indicator is off. coolant will drain through the Turn the driver’s side temperature splash guard.

  • Page 301

    Cooling System MOUNTING RESERVE TANK RESERVE MOUNTING RESERVE BOLT TANK CAP BOLT TANK RESERVE TANK CAP RUBBER HOSE DRAIN BOLT 4-cylinder models HOLDERS 6-cylinder models HOLDERS 6-cylinder models only Remove the reserve tank Remove the reserve tank from its Install a rubber hose on the drain mounting bolt with a wrench.

  • Page 302

    7 lbf·ft (9.8 N·m , 1.0 kgf·m) Fill up to here Fill up to here 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models Pour Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 into the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. This coolant is a mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water.

  • Page 303

    Cooling System The cooling system capacity is: Start the engine and let it run for Start the engine and hold it at about 30 seconds. Then turn off 1,500 rpm until the cooling fan the engine. 4-cylinder models comes on. Turn off the engine. Check the coolant level in the With 5-speed manual transmission: Fill the radiator with coolant up to...

  • Page 304: Windshield Washers

    Windshield Washers Check the level in the windshield LEVEL GAUGE LEVEL GAUGE washer reservoir at least monthly during normal usage. In bad weather, when you use the washers often, check the level every time you stop for fuel. The windshield washer reservoir is located behind the right headlight.

  • Page 305: Transmission Fluid

    However, continued Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) the way. use can affect shift quality. Have from the transmission, and wipe it the transmission flushed and with a clean cloth. refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as soon as it is convenient. CONTINUED Maintenance...

  • Page 306

    To thoroughly flush the transmission, Automatic Transmission the technician should drain and refill 6-cylinder models it with Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the vehicle a short distance. Do this three times. Then drain and refill the transmission a final time. Insert the dipstick all the way back into the transmission securely as shown in the illustration.

  • Page 307

    Remove the dipstick and check To thoroughly flush the transmission, the fluid level. It should be the technician should drain and refill it with Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the between the upper and lower marks. vehicle a short distance. Do this three times.

  • Page 308

    5-speed Manual Transmission filler bolt and tighten it securely. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according If Honda MTF is not available, you FILLER BOLT to the time and distance recommen- may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 dations in the maintenance schedule.

  • Page 309

    Remove the check bolt and look for If no fluid comes out, remove the transmission fluid coming out of the filler bolt. Slowly add Honda Manual bolt hole. If a small amount of fluid Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it drips out of the bolt hole, reinstall starts to run out of the check bolt the check bolt.

  • Page 310

    If you are not sure how to check and add fluid, contact your Honda dealer. 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’’...

  • Page 311: Brake And Clutch Fluid

    Brake fluid reservoir (all models) replacement. However, the use of Clutch fluid reservoir any non-Honda brake fluid can cause (manual transmission only) corrosion and decrease the life of the system. Have the brake system The brake fluid should be replaced...

  • Page 312

    Brake and Clutch Fluid Clutch System Low fluid level can indicate a leak in the clutch system. Have this system inspected as soon as possible. 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.

  • Page 313: Power Steering

    However, continued use can cause increased wear and poor steering in cold weather. Have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible. A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system. Check 4-cylider models...

  • Page 314: Air Cleaner Element

    Air Cleaner Element The air cleaner element should be Replacement replaced according to the distance recommendation in the maintenance BOLTS schedule. AIR CLEANER ELEMENT Carefully clean the inside of the 4-cylinder Models The air cleaner element is inside the air cleaner housing with a damp air cleaner housing on the driver’s rag.

  • Page 315

    Air Cleaner Element Replacement BOLTS 6-cylinder Models The air cleaner element is inside the air cleaner housing on the driver’s side of the engine compartment. To replace it: AIR CLEANER ELEMENT Loosen the four bolts, and remove Place the new air cleaner element the air cleaner housing cover.

  • Page 316

    Lubricate all cover. 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 Honda dealer. Maintenance...

  • Page 317

    Spark Plugs (4-cylinder Models) BOLT CONNECTOR IGNITION COIL LOCK TAB Clean up any dirt and oil that have Remove the ignition coil. Torque the spark plug. (If you do collected around the ignition coils. not have a torque wrench, tighten Remove the spark plug with the spark plug two-thirds of a turn Use a wrench to remove the bolt...

  • Page 318

    Spark Plugs (4-cylinder Models) Install the ignition coil into the Specifications: hole. NGK: IZFR6K-11 DENSO: SKJ20DR-M11 Tighten the spark plugs caref ully. A Connect the wire connector to the spark plug that is too loose can ignition coil. Make sure it locks in overheat and damage the engine.

  • Page 319

    Spark Plugs (6-cylinder Models) The spark plugs in your car are a Replacement special iridium-tipped design for CONNECTOR longer life. The spark plugs should be replaced according to the distance recommendation in the maintenance schedule. HOLDING CLIP IGNITION COIL Loosen the two holding clips by Clean off any dirt and oil that has turning the heads one-quarter turn collected around the ignition coil.

  • Page 320

    Spark Plugs (6-cylinder Models) HEXAGON SOCKET HEAD CAP BOLT Use a wrench to remove the Put the new spark plug into the Torque the spark plug. (If you do hexagon socket head cap bolt socket, then screw it into the hole. not have a torque wrench, tighten holding the ignition coil.

  • Page 321

    Spark Plugs (6-cylinder Models) Install the ignition coil. Reinstall Specifications: the hexagon socket head cap bolt. NGK: IZFR6K-11 Tighten the spark plugs caref ully. A Push the wire connector onto the DENSO: spark plug that is too loose can SKJ20DR-M11 ignition coil.

  • Page 322

    Battery Check the condition of your car’s TEST INDICATOR WINDOW TEST INDICATOR WINDOW battery monthly. You should check the color of the test indicator window, and for corrosion on the terminals. 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models Check the battery condition by Check the battery terminals for looking at the test indicator window corrosion (a white or yellowish...

  • Page 323

    Battery WARNING: Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after handling. 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models If the terminals are severely cor- If you need to connect the battery to roded, clean them with baking soda a charger, disconnect both cables to and water.

  • Page 324

    Battery The battery gives off explosive Charging the battery with the cables hydrogen gas during normal connected can seriously damage your operation. car’s electronic controls. Detach the battery cables bef ore connecting the A spark or flame can cause the battery to a charger.

  • Page 325: Wiper Blades

    Wiper Blades Check the condition of the wiper WIPER ARMS 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.

  • Page 326

    Wiper Blades Slide the new wiper blade into the BLADE holder until the tabs lock. Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield. Lower the passenger’s side first, then the driver’s side.

  • Page 327: Air Conditioning System

    Air Conditioning System Your car’s air conditioning is a sealed If the air conditioning does not get as AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER system. Any major maintenance, cold as before, have your dealer such as recharging, should be done check the system. Recharge the by a qualified mechanic.

  • Page 328: Dust And Pollen Filter

    Dust and Pollen Filter The dust and pollen filter removes Replacement Push the stop on the right side of pollen and dust that is brought in the glove box to detach it from the from the outside through the heating glove box.

  • Page 329

    If you are not sure how to replace the dust and pollen filter, have it replaced by your Honda dealer. Push in the tabs on the corners of Remove the filter from the case. the dust and pollen filter case. Pull out the case.

  • Page 330

    Examine the edges of the belt for you see signs of wear, have the drive cracks or fraying. belt replaced by your Honda dealer as soon as possible. An auto-tensioner adjusts the tension of the drive belt. The pointer on the auto-tensioner should be in the proper range.

  • Page 331

    Tires To safely operate your car, your tires Inflation Use a gauge to measure the air must be the proper type and size, in Keeping the tires properly inflated pressure at least once a month. Even tires that are in good condition may good condition with adequate tread, provides the best combination of handling, tread life, and riding...

  • Page 332

    Tires If you check the pressure when the 4-cylinder LX model Recommended Tire Pressures for tires are hot [the car has been driven Normal Driving Tire Size Cold Tire Pressure several miles (kilometers)], you will The following chart shows the for Normal Driving see readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, recommended cold tire pressures for...

  • Page 333

    Tires Inspection Maintenance INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS Every time you check inflation, you In addition to proper inflation, should also examine the tires for correct wheel alignment helps to damage, foreign objects, and wear. decrease tire wear. If you find a tire is worn unevenly, have your dealer You should look for: check the wheel alignment.

  • Page 334

    Use only To help increase tire life and You should replace them with radial Honda wheel weights f or balancing. distribute wear more evenly, you tires of the same size, load range, should have the tires rotated every...

  • Page 335

    See page for information about that came on your car. Replacement DOT Tire Quality Grading. wheels are available at your Honda It is best to replace all four tires at dealer. the same time. If that is not possible or necessary, then replace the two...

  • Page 336

    If you mount snow tires on your Mount snow chains on your tires ‘‘All Season’’ on the sidewall have an Honda, make sure they are radial when required by driving conditions all-weather tread design. They tires of the same size and load range or local laws.

  • Page 337

    Honda for cause a crash in which you can use on your car. Since Honda cannot be seriously injured or killed. test all chains, you must be personally responsible for proper...

  • Page 338

    Lights Check the operation of your car’s exterior lights at least once a month. HIGH BEAM HEADLIGHT A burned out bulb can create an unsafe condition by reducing your car’s visibility and the ability to signal your intentions to other drivers.

  • Page 339

    Lights Check the following: HIGH-MOUNT BRAKE LIGHT TURN SIGNAL LIGHT Headlights (low and high beam) Parking lights Taillights Brake lights High-mount brake light Turn signals Back-up lights Hazard light function License plate lights Side marker lights Daytime running lights (Canadian models) If you find any bulbs are burned out, replace them as soon as possible.

  • Page 340: Headlight Aiming

    When replacing a bulb, handle headlights should be performed by a it by its plastic case and protect the Honda technician or other qualified glass from contact with your skin or mechanic. hard objects. If you touch the glass, clean it with denatured alcohol and a clean cloth.

  • Page 341

    Lights AIR INTAKE COVER FASTENERS BULB BULB 6-cylinder models 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models Remove the electrical connector Push the electrical connector back from the bulb by squeezing the onto the bulb. Make sure it is on connector to unlock the tab, then all the way.

  • Page 342

    Lights Turn on the headlights to test the Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to Low Beam Headlight new bulb. remove the two holding clips from the inner fender. HOLDING CLIPS (Passenger’s side) Reinstall the air intake cover. Pull the inner fender cover away Reinstall the two fasteners and from the fender and bumper.

  • Page 343

    Lights Insert the new bulb into the hole and turn it one-quarter turn clock- wise to lock it in place. AIR INTAKE DUCT Push the electrical connector back onto the bulb. Make sure it is on all the way. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb.

  • Page 344

    Lights Replacing a Front Turn Signal/ HOLDING CLIPS Parking/Side Marker Light Bulb If you are changing the bulb on the passenger’s side, start the engine, turn the steering wheel all the way to the left, and turn off the engine. If you are changing the bulb on the driver’s side, turn the steering wheel to the right.

  • Page 345

    Lights Remove the burned out bulb from the socket by pushing it in and turning the bulb counterclockwise until it unlocks. Install the new bulb in the socket. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly.

  • Page 346

    Lights Replacing Rear Bulbs Determine which of the three bulbs is burned out: stop/taillight/ side marker, back-up or turn signal. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms.

  • Page 347

    Lights Replacing a Rear License Plate Turn on the parking lights and Bulb check that the new bulb is working. Reinstall the socket back in place by pushing it in until it latches. 6-cylinder models Reinstall the trunk lid trim. Make sure it is installed under the edge of the trunk lid seal.

  • Page 348

    Lights Replacing a High-mount Brake Reinstall the socket. Turn it clock- Light Bulb wise until it locks. Turn on the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. BULB SOCKET Open the trunk and remove the socket from the light assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counter- clockwise.

  • Page 349

    Lights Replacing Bulbs in the Interior On LX and LX-V6 models CEILING LIGHT Lights The ceiling light, spotlight, door light SPOTLIGHTS and vanity mirror light come apart the same way, but they do not use the same type of bulb. BULB Remove the lens by carefully prying on the edge of the lens with...

  • Page 350

    Lights DOOR COURTESY LIGHT VANITY MIRROR LIGHTS BULB BULBS Maintenance...

  • Page 351

    Lights Replacing the Trunk Light Bulb Pull the bulb straight out of the holder. Push the new bulb straight into the holder until it bottoms. TRUNK LIGHT BULB Put the light assembly back into the hole, left side first. Push on the right side until it snaps into place.

  • Page 352: Storing Your Car

    If you store your car for 12 months (see page Support the front wiper blade or longer, have your Honda dealer arms with a folded towel or rag so perform the inspections called for in Wash and dry the exterior they do not touch the windshield.

  • Page 353

    Appearance Care Regular cleaning and polishing of Exterior Care ......... your Honda helps to keep it ‘‘new’’ Washing ........looking. This section gives you Waxing ........information on how to clean your car Aluminum Wheels ....and preserve its appearance: the Paint Touch-up ......

  • Page 354: Exterior Care

    Exterior Care Washing Rinse the car thoroughly with cool When you have washed and rinsed Frequent washing helps preserve water to remove loose dirt. the whole exterior, dry it with a your car’s beauty. Dirt and grit can chamois or soft towel. Letting it scratch the paint, while tree sap and Fill a bucket with cool water.

  • Page 355

    Exterior Care Waxing should use a polish on your Honda if Paint Touch-up Always wash and dry the whole car the finish does not have its original Your dealer has touch-up paint to before waxing it. You should wax shine after using a wax.

  • Page 356: Interior Care

    Interior Care Carpeting Floor Mats If you replace it, use a Honda floor Vacuum the carpeting frequently to mat that is designed to be used with remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make the floor mat anchors in your car. the carpet wear out faster.

  • Page 357

    Interior Care Fabric Leather Seat Belts Vacuum dirt and dust out of the On EX with leather interior and EX-V6 material frequently. For general models LOOP cleaning, use a solution of mild soap Vacuum dirt and dust from the and lukewarm water, letting it air dry. leather frequently.

  • Page 358

    Interior Care Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat Windows Air Fresheners belt anchors can cause the belts to Clean the windows, inside and out, If you want to use an air freshener/ retract slowly. Wipe the insides of with a commercially-available glass deodorizer in the interior of your car, the loops with a clean cloth...

  • Page 359: Corrosion Protection

    Two factors normally contribute to Many corrosion-preventive measures Use a high-pressure spray to clean causing corrosion in your car: are built into your Honda. You can the underside of your car. This is help keep your car from corroding especially important in areas that Moisture trapped in body cavities.

  • Page 360: Body Repairs

    If your car insurance company, tell them you needs repairs after a collision, pay want Honda parts used in the repair. close attention to the parts used in Although most insurers recognize the repair and the quality of the the quality of original parts, some work.

  • Page 361: Table Of Contents

    Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers the more- Compact Spare Tire ...... common problems that motorists Changing a Flat Tire ....experience with their cars. It gives If Your Engine Won’t Start ..you information about how to safely Nothing Happens or the evaluate the problem and what to do Starter Motor Operates...

  • Page 362: Compact Spare Tire

    Compact Spare Tire Your car has a compact spare tire Follow these precautions whenever INDICATOR LOCATION MARK that takes up less space. Use this you are using the compact spare tire: spare tire as a temporary replace- ment only. Get your regular tire Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) repaired or replaced and put it back under any circumstances.

  • Page 363

    Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, Open the trunk. Raise the trunk TRUNK FLOOR stop in a safe place to change it. floor by lifting up on the back edge. Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder of a busy road is dangerous.

  • Page 364: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Changing a Flat Tire WHEEL NUT JACK WHEEL WRENCH The jack is behind a cover in the Turn the jack’s end bracket Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2 right fender. Remove the cover by counterclockwise to loosen it, then turn with the wheel wrench. turning the handle counterclock- remove the jack.

  • Page 365: Changing A Flat Tire

    Changing a Flat Tire WHEEL WRENCH EXTENSION JACKING POINT Locate the jacking point nearest Use the extension and wheel Remove the wheel nuts, then the tire you need to change. Place wrench as shown to raise the car remove the flat tire. Temporarily the jack under the jacking point.

  • Page 366

    Changing a Flat Tire WHEEL COVER WHEEL NUTS Before mounting the spare tire, Put on the spare tire. Put the On LX and LX-V6 models Do not attempt to forcibly pry the wipe any dirt off the mounting wheel nuts back on finger-tight, wheel cover off with a screwdriver or surface of the wheel and hub with then tighten them in a crisscross...

  • Page 367

    Changing a Flat Tire Lower the car to the ground and Tighten the wheel nuts securely in EX and EX-V6 models remove the jack. the same crisscross pattern. Have Remove the center cap before the wheel nut torque checked at storing the flat tire in the trunk the nearest automotive service well.

  • Page 368

    Changing a Flat Tire Store the jack in its holder. Turn Store the wheel cover or center WING BOLT the jack’s end bracket to lock it in cap in the trunk. Make sure it does place. Replace the cover. Store the not get scratched or damaged.

  • Page 369: If Your Engine Won't Start

    If Your Engine Won’t Start Diagnosing why your engine won’t Nothing Happens or the Starter Turn the ignition switch to START start falls into two areas, depending Motor Operates Very Slowly (III). If the headlights do not dim, on what you hear when you turn the When you turn the ignition switch to check the condition of the fuses.

  • Page 370

    If Your Engine Won’t Start The Starter Operates Normally Do you have fuel? Turn the If you find nothing wrong, you will In this case, the starter motor’s ignition switch to ON (II) for a need a qualified technician to find speed sounds normal, or even faster minute and watch the fuel gauge.

  • Page 371: Jump Starting

    You cannot start a Honda with an automatic transmission by pushing If a battery sits in extreme cold, the or pulling it.

  • Page 372

    Connect the second jumper cable positive ( ) terminal on your to the negative ( ) terminal on + − Honda’s battery. Connect the the booster battery. Connect the other end to the positive ( ) + other end to the grounding strap terminal on the booster battery.

  • Page 373

    Jump Starting BOOSTER BOOSTER BATTERY BATTERY 6-cylinder models 4-cylinder models 6-cylinder models The numbers in the illustrations Once your car is running, discon- show you the order to connect the nect the negative cable from your jumper cables. car, then from the booster battery. Disconnect the positive cable from If the booster battery is in another your car, then the booster battery.

  • Page 374: If Your Engine Overheats

    If Your Engine Overheats The pointer of your car’s tempera- Your car can overheat for several Safely pull to the side of the road. ture gauge should stay in the mid- reasons, such as lack of coolant or a Put the transmission in Neutral or range under most conditions.

  • Page 375

    If Your Engine Overheats If you do not see steam or spray, Wait until you see no more signs If there was no coolant in the leave the engine running and of steam or spray, then open the reserve tank, you may also have to watch the temperature gauge.

  • Page 376

    If Your Engine Overheats Using gloves or a large heavy Start the engine and set the Put the radiator cap back on cloth, turn the radiator cap temperature control dial to tightly. Run the engine and watch counterclockwise, without pushing maximum (climate control to the temperature gauge.

  • Page 377: Low Oil Pressure Indicator

    Low Oil Pressure Indicator Start the engine and watch the oil LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR pressure indicator. If the light does not go out within ten seconds, Running the engine with low oil pressure can cause serious mechanical turn off the engine. There is a mechanical problem that needs to damage almost immediately.

  • Page 378: Charging System Indicator

    Charging System Indicator Immediately turn off all electrical By eliminating as much of the accessories: radio, heater, A/C, electrical load as possible, you can drive several miles (kilometers) climate control, rear defogger, cruise control, etc. Try not to use other before the battery is too discharged electrically-operated controls such as to keep the engine running.

  • Page 379: Malfunction Indicator Lamp

    Malfunction Indicator Lamp If you have recently refueled your You should also have the dealer MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP car, the cause of this indicator inspect your car if this indicator coming on could be a loose or comes on repeatedly, even though it missing fuel fill cap.

  • Page 380

    Malfunction Indicator Lamp Readiness Codes If possible, do not take your car for a Your car has certain ‘‘readiness state emissions test until the codes’’ that are part of the on-board readiness codes are set. Refer to diagnostics for the emissions State Emissions Testing for more systems.

  • Page 381: Brake System Indicator

    ON (II). It is a feel normal, you should take by your Honda dealer immediately. reminder to check the parking brake. immediate action. Because of the It comes on and stays lit if you do not brake system’s dual-circuit design, a...

  • Page 382: Closing The Moonroof

    Closing the Moonroof On EX and EX-V6 models SOCKET NOTCH If the electric motor will not close the moonroof, do the following: Check the fuse for the moonroof motor (see page ). If the fuse is blown, replace it with one of the same or lower rating.

  • Page 383

    Closing the Moonroof Remove the wrench. Reinstall the round plug. If you need to close the moonroof manually, it means your car’s moonroof opening/closing function is developing a problem. Have your car checked by a Honda dealer. Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 384

    Fuses All the electrical circuits in your car Checking and Replacing Fuses UNDER-HOOD have fuses to protect them from a If something electrical in your car short circuit or overload. These stops working, the first thing you fuses are located in two fuse boxes. should check for is a blown fuse.

  • Page 385

    Fuses BLOWN BLOWN FUSE PULLER Check each of the large fuses in Check the smaller fuses in the the under-hood fuse box by under-hood fuse box and all the looking through the side window fuses in the interior fuse box by at the wire inside.

  • Page 386

    Fuses If you cannot drive the car without BLOWN fixing the problem, and you do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the Replacing a f use with one that has a same rating or a lower rating from higher rating greatly increases the one of the other circuits.

  • Page 387

    Fuses UNDER-HOOD FUSE/RELAY BOX Amps. Circuits Protected 20 A Cooling Fan * 30 A Cooling Fan 7.5 A MG. Clutch Horn, Stop 20 A Rear Defroster 40 A 40 A Back Up, ACC 15 A Hazard 30 A ABS Motor *...

  • Page 388

    Fuses INTERIOR FUSE BOX Amps. Circuits Protected Not Used − (20 A) Driver’s Power Seat Sliding (20 A) Heated Seats (20 A) Driver’s Power Seat Reclining Not Used − 15 A IG ACG 15 A IG Fuel Pump 7.5 A IG Washer 7.5 A IG Meter...

  • Page 389: Emergency Towing

    There are three popular types of unacceptable. Improper towing preparation will professional towing equipment. damage the transmission. Follow the If your Honda cannot be transported above procedure exactly. If you cannot The operator by flat-bed, it should be towed by Flat-bed Equipment −...

  • Page 390

    Emergency Towing If you decide to tow your car with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properly-designed and Trying to lif t or tow your car by the attached tow bar. Prepare the car for bumpers will cause serious damage.

  • Page 391

    Identification Numbers ....Oxygenated Fuels ......you the dimensions and capacities of Specifications Driving in Foreign Countries ..your Honda, and the locations of the (4-cylinder Models) ....Emissions Controls ....... identification numbers. It also Specifications The Clean Air Act .....

  • Page 392: Identification Numbers

    VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your Honda dealer uses to register your car for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your car. The easiest place to find the VIN is on a plate fastened to the top of the dashboard.

  • Page 393

    Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into 4-cylinder Models the engine block. It is on the front. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. ENGINE NUMBER MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER 6-cylinder Models ENGINE NUMBER AUTOMATIC/MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER Technical Information...

  • Page 394: Technical Information

    Specifications (4-cylinder Models) Dimensions Capacities Length 187.6 in (4,766 mm) Fuel tank Approx. Width 71.3 in (1,810 mm) 17.09 US gal (64.7 ) * Height 55.7 in (1,415 mm) Engine Change Wheelbase 105.1 in (2,670 mm) coolant Manual 1.40 US gal (5.3 ) Track Front 61.1 in (1,553 mm)

  • Page 395

    Specifications (4-cylinder Models) Lights Engine Headlights High 12 V − 60 W (HB3) Type Water cooled 4-stroke i-VTEC 12 V − 51 W (HB4) 4-cylinder gasoline engine Front turn signal/parking/side 12 V − 24/2.2 CP Bore x Stroke 3.43 x 3.90 in (87.0 x 99.0 mm) marker lights Displacement 144 cu-in (2,354 cm )

  • Page 396

    Specifications (6-cylinder Models) Dimensions Capacities Length 187.6 in (4,766 mm) Fuel tank Approx. Width 71.3 in (1,810 mm) 17.09 US gal (64.7 ) * Height 55.7 in (1,415 mm) Engine Change Wheelbase 105.1 in (2,670 mm) coolant Manual 1.74 US gal (6.6 ) Track Front 61.1 in (1,553 mm)

  • Page 397

    Specifications (6-cylinder Models) Lights Engine Headlights High 12 V − 63 W (HB3) Type Water cooled 4-stroke 12 V − 51 W (HB4) SOHC VTEC Front turn signal/parking/side 12 V − 24/2.2 CP 6-cylinder gasoline engine marker lights Bore x Stroke 3.39 x 3.39 in (86.0 x 86.0 mm) Rear turn signal lights 12 V...

  • Page 398

    DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) The tires on your car meet all U.S. Treadwear Traction − AA, A, B, C Federal Safety Requirements. All The treadwear grade is a compara- The traction grades, from highest to tive rating based on the wear rate of tires are also graded for treadwear, lowest, are AA, A, B, and C.

  • Page 399

    DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) Temperature − A, B, C Warning: The temperature grade for The temperature grades are A (the this tire is established for a tire that highest), B, and C, representing the is properly inflated and not over- tire’s resistance to the generation of loaded.

  • Page 400: Oxygenated Fuels

    Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are The following are the U.S. EPA and If you notice any undesirable being blended with alcohol or an Canadian CGSB approved operating symptoms, try another ether compound. These gasolines percentages of oxygenates: service station or switch to another are collectively referred to as brand of gasoline.

  • Page 401: Driving In Foreign Countries

    Driving in Foreign Countries If you are planning to take your Honda outside the U.S. or Canada, contact the tourist bureaus in the areas you will be traveling in to find out about the availability of unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating.

  • Page 402: Emissions Controls

    ‘‘smog.’’ Carbon canister while the engine is off. After monoxide does not contribute to * In Canada, Honda vehicles comply the engine is started and warmed up, smog creation, but it is a poisonous with the Canadian emission the vapor is drawn into the engine gas.

  • Page 403

    Act. To make sure the emissions systems work together to control the remain low, you should use only new engine’s combustion and minimize genuine Honda replacement parts or Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that their equivalent for repairs. Using System comes out the tailpipe.

  • Page 404: Three Way Catalytic Converter

    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 Honda part or its equivalent. THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTERS...

  • Page 405: State Emissions Testing

    State Emissions Testing Testing of Readiness Codes If the testing facility determines that Without touching the accelerator If you take your car for a state the readiness codes are not set, you pedal, start the engine and let it emissions test shortly after the idle for 20 seconds.

  • Page 406

    If the testing facility determines the without moving the accelerator readiness codes are still not set, see pedal. (Vehicle speed may vary your Honda dealer. slightly; this is okay.) If you cannot do this for a continuous 90 seconds because of traffic...

  • Page 407

    Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Relations Information ........ Warranty Coverages ....Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. vehicles) ......Authorized Manuals ..... Warranty and Customer Relations...

  • Page 408

    Honda dealership personnel are U.S. Owners: In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin trained professionals. They should Islands: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. be able to answer all your questions. Automobile Customer Service Bella International If you encounter a problem that your Mail Stop 500-2N-7A P.O.

  • Page 409: Warranty Coverages

    Warranty Coverages U.S. Owners − a seat Seat Belt Limited Warranty Replacement Battery Limited Your new Honda is covered by these belt that fails to function properly is Warranty − provides prorated warranties: coverage for a replacement battery covered for the useful life of the car.

  • Page 410

    NHTSA, U.S. Department of Administration (NHTSA) in addition However, NHTSA cannot become Transportation, Washington, to notifying American Honda Motor involved in individual problems D.C. 20590. You can also obtain Co., Inc. between you, your dealer, or other information about motor American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

  • Page 411: Authorized Manuals

    0 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual 0 61SDA30 2003 Honda Accord $44.00 3 Body Repair Manual H 31SDN601 2003 Honda Accord 2 Door $34.00 O Owner’s Manual N 31SDA700 2003 Honda Accord Navigation $29.00 System Owner’s Manual * Prices are subject to change without...

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    Authorized Manuals Service Manual: NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name, and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should This manual covers maintenance and recommended be sent. For purchases outside U.S.A. please write to the address shown procedures for repair to engine and chassis components.

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    Index Audio System ....148, 163, 187 Bulb Replacement ....Automatic Lighting Off Feature . Fluid ........... Accessories and Modifications . Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners . Parking ........Accessories ........ Automatic Speed Control ..... System Indicator ....63, 383 Additional Safety Precautions . Automatic Transmission ....

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    Index Exterior ........Customer Relations Office ..Fabric ......... Capacities Chart ....396, 398 Interior ........Carbon Monoxide Hazard ....56 Leather ........Cargo Net ........Seat Belts ........DANGER, Explanation of ....Carrying Cargo ......Vinyl ........... Dashboard ........

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    Index Driver and Passenger Safety ... Emissions Testing, State ..... Filling the Fuel Tank ....Driving ........... Engine Filters Economy ........Belt ..........Air Cleaner ........ In Bad Weather ......Coolant Temperature Gauge ..Dust and Pollen ......In Foreign Countries ....

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    Index Fuel ..........6-speed Manual Hood, Opening the ....... Fill Door and Cap ...... Transmission ......Hydraulic Clutch ......Gauge ........... Glass Cleaning ......Hydroplaning ......... Octane Requirement ....Glove Box ........Oxygenated ....... Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Tank, Filling the ......

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    Index Glove Box ........Moonroof ........Trunk ........... Closing Manually ...... Jacking up the Car ......Low Coolant Level ....230, 299 Operation ........Jack, Tire ........Lower Gear, Downshifting Jump Starting ........ to a ........243, 245 Low Oil Pressure Indicator . 62, 379 Lubricant Specifications Neutral Gear Position...

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    Index Pre-Drive Safety Checklist .... Recommended Shift Change, How to ......Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts ..Speeds ........ 244, 246 Change, When to ....276, 284 Protecting Adults ......Reminder Lights ......Checking Engine ...... Additional Safety Precautions . Remote Transmitter .......

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    Index Safety Features ......... Service Station Procedures ..Speedometer ........Airbags ........9, 49 Setting the Clock ..153, 171, 193 SRS, Additional Information ..Door Locks ........Shift Lever Position Indicator ..Additional Safety Precautions . Head Restraints ......

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    Index Supplemental Restraint System Checking Wear ......Treadwear ........Servicing ........Compact Spare ......Trip Meter ........SRS Indicator ......52, DOT Tire Quality Grading ..Trunk ..........System Components ....Inflation ........Emergency Opener ....Synthetic Oil ........Inspection ........

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    Index ..........Washers ........79 Vinyl Cleaning ....... Wipers, Windshield Viscosity, Oil ........Changing Blades ....... Operation ........77 Worn Tires ........Wrecker, Emergency Towing ..WARNING, Explanation of ..... * Warning Labels, Location of ..: U.S. only *...

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    Transmission Fluid) preferred, or Brake Fluid: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) a DEXRON III ATF as a Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid temporary replacement (see DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or pages DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary...

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