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1998 CR-V 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.................................................................................................................
Important Handling Information.....................................................................................................
Driver and Passenger Safety ..............................................................................................................
Proper use and care of your vehicle'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 vehicle, 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 vehicle to the dealer.
Appearance Care..............................................................................................................................
Tips on cleaning and protecting your vehicle. Things to look for if your vehicle 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 Acura, 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.
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  • Page 1

    1998 CR-V Online Reference Owner's Manual Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com. Contents Owner's Identification Form Introduction ............................A Few Words About Safety......................... Important Handling Information.....................

  • Page 2

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

  • Page 3: A Few Words About Safety

    A Few Words About Safety A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, Your safety, and the safety of others, You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, is very important.

  • Page 4: Important Handling Information

    Important Handling Information Your CR-V has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher ground clearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and rough terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier. These advantages come at some cost.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Driver and Passenger Safety Head Restraints......Additional Safety Precautions..This section gives you important General Guidelines for Using information about how to protect Door Locks........Child Seats........ yourself and your passengers. It Pre-Drive Safety Checklist... shows you how to use seat belts Protecting Adults......

  • Page 6: Important Safety Precautions

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

  • Page 7: Your Vehicle's Safety Features

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

  • Page 8: Seat Belts

    Your Vehicle's Safety Features 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  Seat Belts In addition, most states and all Help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the vehicle For your safety, and the safety of Canadian provinces require you to your passengers, your vehicle is wear seat belts.

  • Page 9: Airbags

    Your Vehicle's Safety Features Airbags Following are the most important wearing them properly, are sitting things you need to know about your too close to the airbag, or are not airbags: sitting in a proper position. Infants and small children are at an even greater risk of injury or death.

  • Page 10: Seats & Seat-backs

    Your Vehicle's Safety Features Seats & Seat-Backs What you should do: Move the front Your vehicle's seats are designed to seats as far back as possible, and keep adjustable seat-backs in an keep you in a comfortable, upright position so you can take full upright position whenever the vehicle is moving.

  • Page 11: Door Locks

    Your Vehicle's Safety Features Door Locks Pre-Drive Safety Checklist Head restraints are properly Keeping your doors locked reduces adjusted (see page To make sure you and your the chance of being thrown out of passengers get the maximum the vehicle during a crash. It also All doors and the tailgate are protection from your vehicle's safety helps prevent occupants from...

  • Page 12: Protecting Adults

    Protecting Adults 2.Adjust the Front Seats Introduction For safety, locking the doors reduces the chance of a passenger, especially The following pages provide instructions on how to properly a child, opening a door while the protect the driver and other adult vehicle is moving and accidentally falling out.

  • Page 13: Adjust The Seat-backs

    Protecting Adults To reduce the chance of injury, wear Most shorter drivers can get far your seat belt properly, sit upright enough away from the steering with your back against the seat, and wheel and still reach the pedals. move the seat as far back as possible However, if you are concerned about from the steering wheel while still sitting too close, we recommend that...

  • Page 14: Adjust The Head Restraints

    Protecting Adults Reclining a seat-back so that the 4.Adjust the Head Restraints shoulder part of the belt no longer rests against an occupant's chest Improperly positioning head reduces the protective capability of restraints reduces their the belt. It also increases the chance effectiveness and you can be of sliding under the belt and being seriously injured in a crash.

  • Page 15: Fasten And Position The Seat Belts

    Protecting Adults 5.Fasten and Position the Seat If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack from the Belts Using a Lap/Shoulder Belt shoulder part, then check that the belt rests across the center of your Insert the latch plate into the buckle, 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 00...

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    Protecting Adults To adjust the height of a front seat Using the Lap Belt belt anchor, squeeze the two release buttons and slide the anchor up or down as needed (it has four positions). Never place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.

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    No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat belt, Have your Honda dealer check the belt as soon as possible. Position the belt as low as possible across your hips. This lets your...

  • Page 18: Adjust The Steering Wheel

    Protecting Adults 6.Adjust the Steering Wheel 7.Maintain a Proper Sitting Position After all occupants have adjusted Sitting improperly or out of position can result in serious their seats and put on seat belts, it is injury or death in a crash. very important that they continue to sit upright, with their bodies well Always sit upright, well back in...

  • Page 19: Advice For Pregnant Women

    Protecting Adults Advice for Pregnant Women against other occupants, or out of Pregnant women should also sit as far back as possible from the the vehicle. steering wheel or dashboard. This will reduce the risk of injuries to Two people should never use the both the mother and her unborn same seat belt.

  • Page 20

    Protecting Adults Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and an airbag. Carrying hard or sharp objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your airbags inflate.

  • Page 21: Protecting Children

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

  • Page 22: Children Should Sit In The Back Seat

    Protecting Children Children Should Sit in the Back The Passenger's Airbag Poses Small Children Seat Serious Risks to Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in According to accident statistics, Airbags have been designed to help the front seat of a vehicle equipped children of all ages and sizes are protect adults in a severe frontal with a passenger's airbag can be...

  • Page 23

    Protecting Children (U.S. Vehicles) To remind you of the passenger's airbag hazards, and that children must be properly restrained in a back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard and on the driver's and front passenger's visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels.

  • Page 24: If You Must Drive With Several Children

    Protecting Children If You Must Drive with Several If a Child Requires Close Additional Safety Precautions Children Use childproof door locks to Attention Your vehicle has three seating Many parents say they prefer to put prevent children from opening the positions in the back seat where an infant or small child in the front doors.

  • Page 25: General Guidelines For Using Child Seats

    Protecting Children Do not leave children alone in your General Guidelines for Using vehicle. Leaving children without Child Seats adult supervision is illegal in most The following pages give general states and provinces, and can be guidelines for selecting and installing very hazardous.

  • Page 26

    However, Honda is confident that one or more child seat models can fit and be properly installed in all recommended seating positions in Small Children: A child who is too your vehicle.

  • Page 27

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

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    Protecting Children To provide security during normal Installing a Child Seat 3. Secure the child in the child seat. After selecting a proper child seat, Make sure the child is properly driving maneuvers, as well as during and a good position to install the seat, a collision, we recommend that strapped in the child seat there are three main steps in...

  • Page 29: Protecting Infants

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

  • Page 30

    Protecting Children Installing an Infant Seat with a Lap/ See page for how to secure a rear- facing child seat with the lap belt. Shoulder Belt The lap/shoulder belts in the outer back seats have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat.

  • Page 31

    Protecting Children 2. To activate the lockable retractor, 4. After confirming that the belt is 5. Push and pull the child seat slowly pull the shoulder part of the locked, grab the shoulder part of forward and from side to side to belt all the way out until it stops, the belt near the buckle and pull verify that it is secure enough to...

  • Page 32

    Protecting Children When properly installed, a rear- Installing an Infant Seat with the Lap Infant Seat Installation Tips facing child seat may prevent the Belt driver or a front-seat passenger from moving their seat as far back as recommended (see page ).

  • Page 33: Protecting Small Children

    Protecting Children Protecting Small Children We also recommend that a small Additional Precautions for Infants child stay in the child seat as long as Never hold a baby on your lap. If you are not wearing a seat belt in a possible, until they reach the weight crash, you could be thrown or height limit for the seat.

  • Page 34

    Protecting Children Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/ Shoulder Belt Improperly placing a forward- The lap/shoulder belts in the outer facing child seat in the front back and front passenger seating seat can result in serious injury positions have a locking mechanism or death if the airbags inflate.

  • Page 35

    Protecting Children 2. To activate the lockable retractor, 4. After confirming that the belt is 5. Push and pull the child seat slowly pull the shoulder part of the locked, grab the shoulder part of forward and from side to side to belt all the way out until it stops, the belt near the buckle and pull verify that it is secure enough to...

  • Page 36

    Protecting Children To deactivate the locking Installing a Child Seat with the Lap Additional Precautions for Small mechanism in order to remove a Belt Children child seat, unlatch the buckle, Never hold a small child on your unroute the seat belt, and let the belt lap.

  • Page 37: Protecting Larger Children

    Protecting Children Protecting Larger Children Checking Seat Belt Fit When a child reaches the To determine whether a lap/ recommended weight or height limit shoulder belt properly fits a child, Allowing a larger child to sit for a forward-facing child seat, the improperly in the front seat can first have the child put on the seat child should sit in one of the outer...

  • Page 38

    Protecting Children Do not let a child wear a seat belt Using a Booster Seat across their neck. This could result in serious neck injuries during a crash. Do not let a child put the shoulder part of a seat belt behind their back or under their arm.

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    Protecting Children A child may continue using a booster When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front Physical Size seat until the tops of their ears are The National Highway Traffic Safety Physically, a child must be large even with the top of the seat-back. Administration and Transport enough for the lap/shoulder belt to When a child reaches this height,...

  • Page 40: Using Child Seats With Tethers

    Check that the child's seat belt is Your Honda has two attachment properly positioned and secured. points for securing a tether-style child seat to the vehicle.

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    16 lbf . ft (22 N . m,2.2kgf . m) If a torque wrench was not used, see your Honda dealer as soon as possible to verify proper installation. To attach the tether to the child seat, follow the child seat maker's instructions.

  • Page 42: Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components Lap/Shoulder Belt way and will not get closed in the Your seat belt system includes lap/ door. shoulder belts in the front seats and the outer back seats, and a lap belt in All lap/shoulder belts have an the center back seat.

  • Page 43: Lap Belt

    Honda provides a lifetime warranty CENTER, then tug on the belt to on seat belts. Honda will repair or make sure the buckle is latched. replace any seat belt component that fails to function properly during To unlock the belt, push the red normal use.

  • Page 44

    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts For information on how to clean your seat belts, see page Not checking or maintaining seat belts can result in serious injury or death if the seat belts do not work properly when needed. Check your seat belts regularly and have any problem corrected as soon as possible.

  • Page 45: Additional Information About Your Srs

    Additional Information About Your SRS SRS Components How Your Airbags Work During a crash, your seat belts will Your Supplemental Restraint System help to restrain your lower body and (SRS) includes: torso, while the tensioners tighten Two frontal airbags. The driver's and lock the seat belts to help keep airbag is stored in the center of you in place.

  • Page 46: How The Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners Work

    About Airbags that came with your After inflating, the airbags owner's manual. immediately deflate, so they won't Your Honda has automatic seat belt interfere with the driver's visibility, tensioners for added protection Canada Owners or the ability to steer or operate during a severe frontal collision.

  • Page 47: How Your Srs Indicator Light Works

    However, you must have Supplemental Restraint System. may not deploy when you need them. your vehicle serviced if: See your Honda dealer as soon as When you turn the ignition ON (II), possible. Your airbags ever inflate. The this indicator will light up briefly airbags and the control unit must then go out.

  • Page 48: Additional Safety Precautions

    Additional Information About Your SRS Additional Safety Precautions Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, airbags and seat belts provide the best protection in a severe frontal collision. Do not tamper with SRS components or wiring for any reason. Tampering could cause the airbags to deploy, possibly causing very serious injury.

  • Page 49: Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your vehicle's exhaust contains With the tailgate open, air flow can carbon monoxide gas. You should pull exhaust gas into your vehicle's have no problem with carbon Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. interior and create a hazardous monoxide entering the vehicle in Breathing it can cause condition.

  • Page 50: Safety Labels

    U.S. models only hazards that could cause serious SUN VISOR injury. Read these labels carefully. U.S. models If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda dealer for a replacement. HOOD U.S. models Canadian models Canadian models...

  • Page 51: Instruments And Controls

    Instrument Panel Brightness..Rear Seat Armrest....... the controls and displays that contribute to the daily operation of Turn Signals......... Reclining the Front and your Honda. All the essential Windshield Wipers...... Rear Seat-backs....... Windshield Washers....Folding Rear Seat......controls are within easy reach.

  • Page 52: Control Locations

    Control Locations POWER WINDOW MIRROR CONTROLS AUDIO SYSTEM SWITCHES (P.84) (P. 104) (P.82) TAILGATE RELEASE (P.73) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.138) FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HEATING/COOLING CONTROL (P.137) (P.96) Instruments and Controls...

  • Page 53: Indicator Lights

    Indicator Lights TAILGATE-OPEN INDICATOR HIGH BEAM INDICATOR The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important information about your vehicle. CHARGING SYSTEM SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT INDICATOR Lamp Check LOW FUEL LOW OIL These indicator lights come on when INDICATOR PRESSURE you turn the ignition switch ON (II),...

  • Page 54

    Indicator Lights Low Oil Pressure Canada Parking Brake and Supplemental Restraint U.S. Indicator Brake System System Indicator BRAKE The engine can be severely damaged Indicator This indicator lights when you turn if this light flashes or stays on when This light has two functions: the ignition switch ON (II).

  • Page 55

    Indicator Lights U.S. Canada Anti-lock Brake High Beam Indicator System (ABS) A B S Indicator This light comes on with the high Turn Signal and Hazard Warning beam headlights. See page Indicators Only on cars equipped with ABS (see information on the headlight The left or right turn signal light page 161) This light normally comes on when...

  • Page 56

    Gauges Odometer TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER FUEL GAUGE TRIP METER The odometer shows the total dis- tance your vehicle has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian models. It is illegal under federal law (in the U.S.) and provincial regulations (in Canada) to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change the number of miles or...

  • Page 57

    Gauges Temperature Gauge TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER FUEL GAUGE TRIP METER This shows the temperature of the engine's coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise from the bottom white mark to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill driving, the pointer may rise to the upper white zone.

  • Page 58

    Gauges Maintenance Required Indicator When the distance driven since the last scheduled maintenance nears 7,500 miles (12,000 km), the indicator will turn yellow. If you exceed 7,500 miles (12,000 km), the indicator will turn red. Your dealer will reset the indicator when he performs the scheduled maintenance.

  • Page 59: Controls Near The Steering Wheel, Controls Near The Steering Wheel

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS The two levers on the steering HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS column contain controls for driving SHIFT LEVER WINDSHIELD features you use most often. The left MIRROR CONTROLS WIPERS/WASHERS lever controls the turn signals, headlights, and high beams. The right lever controls the windshield washers and wipers.

  • Page 60

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Headlights To flash the high beams, pull the If you leave the lights on with the turn signal lever back lightly, then ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0), you will hear a release it. The high beams will come on and go off.

  • Page 61

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Instrument Panel Brightness Turn Signals To signal a lane change, push lightly on the turn signal lever in the proper direction and hold it. The lever will return to the center position as soon as you release it. TURN SIGNAL LEVER The dial on the dashboard to the left Signal a turn or lane change with this...

  • Page 62

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Windshield Wipers Windshield Washers The right lever controls the wind- To operate the wipers in mist mode, To clean the windshield, pull back on shield wipers and washers. The push the control lever down. The the wiper control lever.

  • Page 63

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Rear Window Wiper and Washer Hazard Warning Rear Window Defogger The rear window wiper switch is The rear window defogger will clear Push the red button between the located next to the windshield wiper center air vents to turn on the hazard fog, frost, and thin ice from the switch.

  • Page 64

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel Make sure the rear window is clear Steering Wheel Adjustment and you have good visibility before See page for important safety starting to drive. information about how to properly Adjusting the steering wheel position the steering wheel. position while driving may The defogger wires on the inside of Make any steering wheel adjustment...

  • Page 65

    Controls Near the Steering Wheel 3. Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in that position. 4. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down. To adjust the steering wheel upward or downward: 1.

  • Page 66: Steering Wheel Controls

    Steering Wheel Controls Cruise Control Using the Cruise Control NOTICE Cruise control allows you to maintain a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) The cruise control, as it operates, without keeping your foot on the moves the accelerator pedal. You can accelerator pedal.

  • Page 67

    Steering Wheel Controls You can decrease the set cruising Changing the Set Speed You can increase the set cruising speed in either of two ways: speed in either of two ways: Press and hold the SET/decel Press and hold the RESUME/ button.

  • Page 68

    Steering Wheel Controls Even with the cruise control turned (40 km/h) and press the RESUME/ Cancelling the Cruise Control on, you can still use the accelerator You can cancel the cruise control in accel button until the CRUISE CON- pedal to speed up for passing. After any of these ways: TROL light comes on.

  • Page 69: Keys And Locks

    Keep the plate stored in a safe place. NUMBER PLATE When replacing keys, use only Honda-approved key blanks. Your vehicle comes with two kinds The ignition switch is on the right of keys: a master key and a valet key.

  • Page 70

    Keys and Locks LOCK (0) — You can insert or ACCESSORY (I) — In this position, Door Locks remove the key only in this position. you can operate the audio system To switch from ACCESSORY to and the accessory power socket. LOCK TAB LOCK, you must push the key in slightly as you turn it.

  • Page 71

    Keys and Locks Power Door Locks All doors lock when you push down the lock tab on the driver's door, or lock the driver's door from the outside with the key. Only the driver's door unlocks when you use the key or lock tab.

  • Page 72

    Keys and Locks Remote Transmitter The ceiling light (if the ceiling light Horn Operation The horn will sound when you push switch is in the center position) will LOCK come on when you press the the LOCK button twice within five BUTTON seconds after first push.

  • Page 73

    Keys and Locks Panic Mode Replacing the Battery Panic mode allows you to remotely When the remote transmitter's activate your vehicle's security battery begins to get weak, it may system to attract attention. When take several pushes on the button to activated, the horn will sound for lock or unlock the doors, and the about 30 seconds.

  • Page 74

    Honda dealer. Any other transmitters you have will also need to be reprogrammed. Reinstall the 0-ring. Align the mark on the cover with the...

  • Page 75

    Keys and Locks Childproof Door Locks Tailgate LEVER TAILGATE UNLOCK BUTTON The childproof door locks are 1. You can open the tailgate in two Push the tailgate unlock button designed to prevent children seated on the dashboard under the left ways: air vent.

  • Page 76

    Keys and Locks HATCH GLASS HANDLE DOOR STOP 2. The hatch glass will pop up 4. Pull the handle on the door and To keep the tailgate door open on an slightly. incline, use the stop in the tool kit. pull the door open.

  • Page 77

    Keys and Locks, Seats Glove Box Front Seat Adjustments — Seepages for important safety information and warnings about how to An open glove box can cause serious injury to your passenger properly position seats and seat-backs. Adjust the seat before you start in a crash, even if the passenger is wearing the seat driving.

  • Page 78

    Seats Driver's Seat Height Adjustment To adjust the seat forward and To change the angle of the seat-back, backward, pull up on the lever under pull up on the lever on the outside of To adjust the height of the driver's the seat cushion's front edge.

  • Page 79

    The head restraints are designed to back. help reduce the risk of neck injuries. Your Honda has adjustable head restraints in all the outside seating positions. Adjust the head restraint so the top is even with the tops of your ears.

  • Page 80

    Seats Rear Seat-back Adjustment Rear Seat Armrest — See pages for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. The angle of the rear seat-backs can be adjusted separately. To change The rear seat armrest is located at the angle of the seat-back, pull up on the center of the rear seat.

  • Page 81

    Seats Reclining the Front and Rear EX model Seat-backs 3. Pull up the lever on the side of the You can recline the seat-backs on the rear seat. Lift the rear edge of the 2. Lift the lever and slide the front seat bottom until the seat latches.

  • Page 82

    Seats Reverse this procedure to return the Folding Rear Seat seats to their upright positions. Make sure you install the head restraints, and that the seats are locked securely in place before driving. 4. Pull up on the knob on top of the The left and right halves of the rear seat-back and pivot the rear seat- seat can be folded up separately to...

  • Page 83

    Seats STRAP 2. Pull the strap to release the seat 3. Remove the head restraint and Put the head restraint behind the bottom. Pivot the seat bottom pull up on the knob on the top of seat bottom as shown. forward.

  • Page 84

    Seats, Power Windows Make sure any items stored in the Power Windows DRIVER'S WINDOW SWITCH cargo area are tied down. Loose Your vehicle's windows are electri- items can fly forward and cause cally-powered. Turn the ignition injury if you have to brake hard. switch to ON (II) to raise or lower any window.

  • Page 85

    Power Windows, Mirrors The AUTO function only works to Mirrors lower the driver's window. To raise the window, you must push the Closing a power window on a child's hands or fingers can window switch up and hold it until cause serious injury.

  • Page 86: Mirrors, Parking Brake

    Mirrors, Parking Brake Parking Brake Adjusting the Power Mirrors SELECTOR SWITCH ADJUSTMENT SWITCH PARKING BRAKE LEVER Adjust the outside mirrors with the 3. Push the appropriate edge of the To apply the parking brake, pull the adjustment switch on the left side of adjustment switch to move the lever up fully.

  • Page 87

    Digital Clock, Center Table Digital Clock You can use the RESET button to Center Table quickly set the time to the nearest R (RESET) hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing RESET button sets the clock back to the previous hour.

  • Page 88

    Center Table, Beverage Holder Beverage Holder Sitting on or getting under the table, Automatic Transmission model only The center table also has a beverage or putting heavy objects on the table To use the beverage holder, pull on holder. may damage or deform the table. the front.

  • Page 89

    Beverage Holder, Built-in Table Built-in Table HANDLE Use the beverage holder only when The cargo area floor can be taken To remove the table, pull up the the vehicle is parked. If you place carpet. Lift and pull on the handle to out and used as a table.

  • Page 90

    Built-in Table Unfold the legs. Lock them in place Put the projections on the table into To fold the legs, pull on the middle by pushing on the middle of the of each locking arm. the holes in the cargo area floor. locking arms.

  • Page 91

    Center Pocket, Storage Box, Cargo Floor Pockets Center Pocket Storage Box Cargo Floor Pockets Automatic Transmission model only A storage box is located under the You can store small items in the Open the center pocket by pushing front passenger's seat. To use it, pull pockets located on both sides of the the handle down.

  • Page 92

    Accessory Power Socket, Tailgate Pocket Accessory Power Socket Tailgate Pocket There are two accessory power To use the accessory power socket, To use the tailgate pocket, turn the sockets: one in the dashboard by the pull down the cover. The ignition knobs and remove the lid.

  • Page 93

    Cargo Hooks, Ashtrays Cargo Hooks Ashtrays ASHTRAY HOOKS The hooks on the floor of the cargo The hook on the tailgate door pivots, Open the front ashtray by pulling on area enable you to tie down items allowing items to be stored in the bottom edge.

  • Page 94

    Ashtrays, Interior Lights Ceiling Light NOTICE Use the ashtrays only for cigarettes, cigars and other smoking materials. To prevent a possible fire and damage to your vehicle, don 't put paper or other things that can burn in the ashtrays. DOOR ACTIVATED ASHTRAY The rear ashtrays are in the front...

  • Page 95: Interior Lights

    Interior Lights Spotlights Cargo Area Light Ignition Switch Light IGNITION SWITCH LIGHT DOOR ACTIVATED Turn on the spotlight by pushing the The cargo area light has a three- The ignition switch light comes on button next to each light. Push the position switch.

  • Page 96

    The heating and air conditioning Heating and Cooling......Audio System (EX Model).... A M / F M / C D Audio System..systems in your Honda provide a What Each Control Does.... comfortable driving environment in How to Use the System....

  • Page 97: Comfort And Convenience Features

    Heating and Cooling Proper use of the Heating and MODE CONTROL DIAL Cooling system can make the interior dry and comfortable, and keep the windows clear for best RECIRCULATION visibility. BUTTON What Each Control Does CONDITIONING SWITCH Fan Control Dial Turning this dial clockwise increases the fan's speed, which increases air flow.

  • Page 98: Heating And Cooling

    Heating and Cooling Mode Control Dial Use the MODE control dial to select the vents the air flows from. 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 99

    Heating and Cooling Vent Controls How to Use the System This section covers how to set up the CENTER VENT SIDE VENT system controls for ventilation, heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and defrosting. The engine must be running for the Open heater and air conditioning to generate hot and cold air.

  • Page 100

    Heating and Cooling It is best to leave the system in Fresh AIR CONDITIONING SWITCH Air mode under almost all conditions. MODE CONTROL Keeping the system in Recirculation DIAL mode, particularly with the A / C off, can cause the windows to fog up. Switch to Recirculation mode when you are driving through smoky or dusty conditions, then switch back to...

  • Page 101

    Heating and Cooling MODE CONTROL DIAL To Cool with A/C 1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the button. The light in the button RECIRCULATION should come on. BUTTON 2. Make sure the temperature control dial is all the way CONDITIONING counterclockwise.

  • Page 102

    Heating and Cooling To Heat To Heat and Dehumidify with Air To Defog and Defrost To warm the interior: To remove fog from the inside of the Conditioning Air conditioning, as it cools, removes windows: 1. Start the engine. moisture from the air. When used in 2.

  • Page 103

    Heating and Cooling To remove exterior frost or ice from the windshield and side windows after the vehicle has been sitting out MODE CONTROL DIAL in cold weather: 1. Start the engine. 2. Select When you select system automatically switches to RECIRCULATION Fresh Air mode and turns on the BUTTON...

  • Page 104

    Heating and Cooling These settings direct all the air flow To Turn Everything Off 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 defroster vents.

  • Page 105: Audio System

    Audio System Your vehicle should have one of the LX Model audio systems described in this section. Read the appropriate pages in this section for operation of the audio systems installed in your vehicle. page for LX Model page for EX Model Also, read page for how to take care of your cassette player.

  • Page 106

    The ignition switch must be in frequency. The frequency numbers For LX model will start to change rapidly. Release Your Honda's audio system provides ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to the bar when the display reaches the clear reception on both AM and FM operate the audio system.

  • Page 107

    Audio System To store a frequency: LX Model 1. Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store PWR/VOL KNOB STEREO AM/FM BUTTON INDICATOR two frequencies with each Preset button. 2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function to tune the radio to a desired station.

  • Page 108

    Audio System Adjusting the Sound LX Model MODE BUTTON Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are each adjustable. You select which of these you want to adjust by pressing the MODE button. The mode changes from BAS to TRE to FAD to BAL, and then back to VOL each time you press the button.

  • Page 109

    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 110

    Audio System Electrical interference from passing vehicles and stationary sources can cause temporary reception problems. 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. Your thunderstorms, high humidity, and radio then receives both the direct even sunspots.

  • Page 111

    Audio System the other side, press the PROG press the A M / F M or CD/TAPE Operating the Optional Cassette button. button. To change back to the Player cassette player, press the CD/TAPE The cassette system features Dolby Dolby B noise reduction turns on button.

  • Page 112

    Audio System TMS — The Tape Music Search LX Model function allows you to find the TUNE/SEEK PROG TAPE DIRECTION BUTTON BUTTON INDICATOR beginning of a song or passage. To activate TMS, press FF or REW until you hear a beep. You will see TMS AM/FM displayed.

  • Page 113

    Your dealer has a cleaning kit Never try to insert a warped or ejects, take the vehicle to your damaged cassette in the player. Honda dealer. available. If you do not clean the cassette When they are not in use, store...

  • Page 114

    Audio System Operating the Optional CD LX Model REPEAT INDICATOR AM/FM BUTTON Player/Changer PWR/VOL KNOB A Compact Disc changer is available through your dealer. It holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment. You operate the CD changer with the same controls used for the radio.

  • Page 115

    Audio System Press the EJECT button to remove To select a different disc, press the REPEAT — When you activate the the disc from the player. appropriate preset button (1 — 6). If Repeat feature by pressing the RPT button, the system continuously you select an empty slot in the replays the current track.

  • Page 116

    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. Contamination it in its case to protect it from dust inner and outer edges.

  • Page 117

    If you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD changer, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the vehicle to your Honda dealer. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 118

    Audio System A M / F M / C D Audio System EX Model Your Honda's audio system provides TUNE BAR AM/FM1-2 BUTTON clear reception on both AM and FM bands, while the preset buttons allow you to easily select your favorite stations.

  • Page 119

    Audio System Operating the Radio You can use any of three methods to SEEK — The SEEK function The ignition switch must be in find radio stations on the selected searches the band for a station with ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to band: TUNE, SEEK, or the Preset a strong signal.

  • Page 120

    Audio System To store a frequency: EX Model TUNE BAR A M / F M 1 2 BUTTON 1. Select the desired band, AM or FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store two frequencies with each Preset button. 2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function to tune the radio to a desired station.

  • Page 121

    Audio System AUTO SELECT — If you are EX Model SEEK BAR TUNE BAR traveling far from home and can no longer receive the stations you preset, you can use the Auto Select feature to find stations in the local area.

  • Page 122

    Audio System Adjusting the Sound EX Model Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are MODE BUTTON each adjustable. You select which of these you want to adjust by pressing the MODE button several times. The selected mode, BAS, TRE, FAD, or BAL is shown in the display.

  • Page 123

    Audio System Lighting Radio Reception Radio Frequencies You can use the MODE button to Your Honda's radio can receive the How well your Honda's radio turn the illumination on the audio complete AM and FM bands. receives stations is dependent on...

  • Page 124

    Audio System Driving very near the transmitter of Radio signals, especially on the FM Radio reception can be affected by a station that is broadcasting on a band, are deflected by large objects atmospheric conditions such as frequency close to the frequency of such as buildings and hills.

  • Page 125

    Audio System Operating the CD Player EX Model You operate the CD player with the AM/FM1-2 CD BUTTON CD SLOT CD INDICATOR same controls used for the radio. BUTTON With the system on, insert the disc into the CD slot. Push the disc in halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way and begin to play.

  • Page 126

    Audio System RANDOM PLAY — This feature, If you turn the system off while a CD You can use the TUNE and SEEK when activated, plays the tracks on is playing, either with the PWR/VOL bars while a disc is playing to select the CD in random order, rather than knob or by turning off the ignition, passages and change tracks.

  • Page 127

    Audio System Operating the CD Changer To select a different disc, press the When you switch back to CD mode, (Optional) appropriate preset button (1 — 6). If the system selects the same unit (in- A trunk-mounted Compact Disc you select an empty slot in the dash or changer) that was playing changer is available for your vehicle.

  • Page 128

    Audio System Protecting Compact Discs Handle a CD by its edges; never To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth. A new CD may be rough on the inner and outer edges. The small touch either surface. Contamination Wipe across the disc from the center from fingerprints, liquids, felt-tip to the outside edge.

  • Page 129

    If you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD player, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the vehicle to your Honda dealer. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 130

    If you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD changer, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the vehicle to your Honda dealer. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 131

    Audio System Operating the Cassette Player EX Model FAST FORWARD/ (Optional) REWIND The cassette system features Dolby B * noise reduction, automatic sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO tape, and autoreverse for continuous play. Make sure the tape opening on the cassette is facing to the right, then insert the cassette most of the way into the slot.

  • Page 132

    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 133

    Audio System TMS — The Tape Music Search EX Model FAST FORWARD/ function allows you to find the REWIND beginning of a song or passage. To activate TMS, press the SEEK bar. Press the side to advance to the beginning of the next song or passage, or the side to return to the beginning of the current song or...

  • Page 134

    Audio System Caring for the Cassette Player The player automatically ejects If the label is peeling off, remove it The cassette player picks up dirt and cassettes that do not play properly. If from the cassette or it could cause oxides from the tape.

  • Page 135

    Owner's Manual. If you should again. happen to lose the card, you must obtain the code number from your Honda dealer. To do this, you will need the system's serial number. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 136

    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....know how to properly store luggage Opening the Hood.....

  • Page 137: Before Driving

    Break-in Period, Gasoline Break-in Period Gasoline Help assure your vehicle's future Your Honda is designed to operate reliability and performance by paying on unleaded gasoline with a pump extra attention to how you drive octane number of 86 or higher. Use during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).

  • Page 138

    Service Station Procedures Filling the Fuel Tank 3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as pressure inside the tank escapes. Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be Pull burned or seriously injured 4.

  • Page 139

    Service Station Procedures Opening the Hood HOOD RELEASE HANDLE LATCH SUPPORT ROD 1. Shift to Park or Neutral and set 2. Standing in front of the vehicle, 3. Pull the support rod out of its clip the parking brake. Pull the hood put your fingers under the front and insert the end into the hole on release handle located under the...

  • Page 140

    Service Station Procedures Oil Check DIPSTICK Check the engine oil level every time 2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean 3. Insert it all the way back in its tube. you fill the vehicle with fuel. Wait a cloth or paper towel. few minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil.

  • Page 141

    Engine Coolant Check Checks on page for information RESERVE TANK on checking other items in your Honda. UPPER MARK LOWER MARK 4. Remove the dipstick again and Look at the coolant level in the check the level. It should be radiator reserve tank.

  • Page 142: Fuel Economy

    Fuel Economy The condition of your vehicle and Driving Habits A cold engine uses more fuel than a your driving habits are the two most warm engine. It is not necessary to You can improve fuel economy by important things that affect the fuel driving moderately.

  • Page 143: Accessories And Modifications

    Accessories with proper vehicle operation or performance. Your dealer has Genuine Honda accessories that allow you to Follow all instructions in this personalize your vehicle. These owner's manual regarding Be sure electronic accessories do accessories and modifications.

  • Page 144

    Accessories and Modifications Modifications In addition, any modifications that Additional Safety Precaution Do not remove any original decrease ground clearance increase Do not attach or place objects on the the chance of undercarriage parts airbag covers. Any object attached to equipment or modify your vehicle in any way that would alter its design or striking a curb, speed bump, or other...

  • Page 145: Carrying Cargo

    Carrying Cargo CARGO FLOOR POCKET Your vehicle has several convenient SEAT UNDER-BOX storage areas so you can stow cargo TAILGATE DOOR POCKET safely. POCKET The glove box, and the pockets in the front doors and seat-backs, are designed for small, lightweight items. The cargo area is intended for larger, heavier items.

  • Page 146

    Carrying Cargo Load Limit Carrying Items in the Passenger The maximum load for your vehicle Compartment is 850 Ibs (395 kg). Overloading or improper Store or secure all items that could loading can affect handling and be thrown around and hurt This figure includes the total weight stability and cause a crash in someone during a crash.

  • Page 147

    If you can carry any items on a roof rack, be sure the total weight of the rack and the items does not exceed the maximum allowable weight. Please contact your Honda dealer for further information. Before Driving...

  • Page 148

    Driving Driving Guidelines......Off-Highway Guidelines....This section gives you tips on General Information....starting the engine under various Preparing to Drive......conditions, and how to operate the Starting the Engine......Important Safety Precautions......5-speed manual and automatic Starting in Cold Weather transmissions.

  • Page 149: Driving

    Driving Guidelines Your CR-V has higher ground Four-wheel Drive Models Avoid sharp turns and abrupt clearance than a passenger vehicle Your CR-V is equipped with a unique maneuvers whenever possible. four-wheel drive (4WD) system. designed only for use on pavement. Normally, power is delivered only to Higher ground clearance has many Do not modify your vehicle in any...

  • Page 150: Preparing To Drive

    Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks 5. Check the adjustment of the seat 1O.Turn the ignition switch ON (II). (see page Check the indicator lights in the and adjustments every day before you drive your vehicle. instrument panel. 6.

  • Page 151: Starting The Engine

    Starting the Engine 1. Apply the parking brake. 4. Without touching the accelerator 6. If the engine still does not start, pedal, turn the ignition key to the press the accelerator pedal all the 2. In cold weather, turn off all START (III) position.

  • Page 152

    Starting the Engine Starting in Cold Weather at High 3. If the engine fails to start in step 2, Altitude (Above 8,000 feet/ push the accelerator pedal to the 2,400 meters) floor and hold it there while you An engine is harder to start in cold try to start the engine for no more weather.

  • Page 153: 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 can cause loss of control on Reverse with the vehicle moving. Push down the clutch pedal, and slippery surfaces.

  • Page 154

    5-speed Manual Transmission Recommended Shift Points Maximum Allowable Speeds Drive in the highest gear that lets The speeds in this table are the the engine run and accelerate maximum allowable speeds in each smoothly. This will give you the best gear.

  • Page 155: Automatic Transmission

    Automatic Transmission Your Honda's transmission has four Shift Lever Positions Shift Lever Position Indicator forward speeds, and is electronically controlled for smoother shifting. It also has a "lock-up" torque converter for better fuel economy. You may feel what seems like another shift when the converter locks.

  • Page 156

    Automatic Transmission If you have done all of the above and still cannot move the lever out of Park, see Shift Lock Release on page 158. You must also pull the shift lever towards you to shift into Park. To avoid transmission damage, come to a complete stop before shifting into Park.

  • Page 157

    Automatic Transmission For faster acceleration when in D Reverse (R) — To shift to Reverse Drive (D ) — Use this position for from Park, see the explanation under your normal driving. The transmis- , you can get the transmission to Park.

  • Page 158

    Automatic Transmission Second (2) — To shift to Second, First (1) — To shift from Second to Maximum Allowable Speeds pull the shift lever towards you, then First, pull the shift lever towards you, The speeds in this table are the shift to the lower gear.

  • Page 159

    If you need to use the Shift Lock not work. Release, it means your vehicle is developing a problem. Have the 1. Set the Parking brake. vehicle checked by your Honda dealer. 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT 3.

  • Page 160

    Parking Always use the parking brake when If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn Parking Tips you park your vehicle. The indicator the front wheels away from the curb. Make sure the windows are closed. on the instrument panel shows that Turn off the lights.

  • Page 161: 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 disc brakes on all vehicles wheels are drum. The braking up heat and reduces their effective- have audible brake wear indicators.

  • Page 162

    The Braking System Brake System Design Anti-lock Brakes When the front tires skid, you lose steering control; the vehicle The hydraulic system that operates (Optional) the brakes has two separate circuits. ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) helps continues straight ahead even Each circuit works diagonally across to prevent the wheels from locking though you turn the steering wheel.

  • Page 163

    The Braking System You should never pump the Important Safety Reminders A vehicle with ABS may require a longer distance to stop on loose or brake pedal, this defeats the ABS does not reduce the time or purpose of the ABS. Let the ABS distance it takes to stop the uneven surfaces, such as gravel or snow, than a vehicle without anti-...

  • Page 164

    The Braking System If anything goes wrong, the ABS ABS Indicator indicator on the instrument panel ABS INDICATOR* comes on (see page ). This means the anti-lock function of the braking system has shut down. The brakes still work like a conventional system without anti-lock, providing normal stopping ability.

  • Page 165: Driving In Bad Weather

    Driving in Bad Weather Driving Technique — Always drive Visibility — Being able to see clearly in all directions and being slower than you would in dry weather. It takes your vehicle longer visible to other drivers are important to react, even in conditions that may in all weather conditions.

  • Page 166

    Driving in Bad Weather Traction — Check your tires frequently for wear and proper pressure. Both are important in preventing "hydroplaning" (loss of traction on a wet surface). In the winter, mount snow tires on all four wheels for the best handling. Watch road conditions carefully, they can change from moment to moment.

  • Page 167: Towing A Trailer

    Towing a Trailer Your Honda is designed primarily to The total weight of the trailer and The combined weight of the carry passengers and their cargo. everything loaded in it must not vehicle, all passengers and their You can use it to tow a trailer if you exceed 1,000 Ibs (450 kg).

  • Page 168

    Towing a Trailer The best way to confirm that your Trailer Hitches total towing package is within these Your Honda dealer, or the Honda Improperly loading your vehicle specifications is to get it weighed. Customer Relations Zone Office, can and trailer can seriously affect...

  • Page 169

    Towing a Trailer Mirrors Connecting the Trailer Always use a safety chain when Many states and provinces have laws Most trailers that have a gross towing a trailer. Connect the safety chain securely at both ends. Make requiring special outside mirrors weight of 1,000 Ibs (450 kg) do not when you are towing a trailer.

  • Page 170

    Towing a Trailer Before Starting Out GROUND BACK-UP LIGHT LEFT TURN SIGNAL As you are preparing to tow your (BLACK) (GREEN/BLACK) (GREEN/RED) trailer, do the following: Measure the trailer's tongue load. You can do this with a bathroom scale. Verify that the hitch and safety chain are securely fastened.

  • Page 171

    Towing a Trailer Towing Safety The vehicle/trailer combination is This extra load is magnified when you are driving in hilly terrain. Your vehicle will not stop as quickly more affected by crosswinds and with a trailer in tow. Leave extra buffeting.

  • Page 172: Towing A Trailer, Towing Your Vehicle Behind A Motorhome

    Towing a Trailer, Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome into the accessory power sockets When parking your vehicle and The vehicle must be "flat towed" trailer, especially on a hill, be sure to with all four wheels on the ground. are turned off so you do not run down the battery.

  • Page 173

    Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome NOTICE The steering system can he damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I), and make sure the steering wheel turns freely before you begin towing. NOTICE Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission.

  • Page 174

    Off-Highway Guidelines General Information Your CR-V has been designed primarily for use on pavement. But its higher ground clearance allows you to occasionally travel on unpaved roads, to campgrounds, picnic sites, and similar locations. It is not designed for trailblazing, mountain climbing, or other challenging off- road activities.

  • Page 175

    Off-Highway Guidelines Important Safety Precautions The route presents limits (some Remember that your CR-V has roads are too steep and bumpy for higher ground clearance and a Improperly operating this example). You have limits (in driving higher center of gravity than vehicle on or off-pavement can skills and comfort).

  • Page 176

    Off-Highway Guidelines Driving Tips speeds, you have less time to assess Test your brakes from time to time The following pages contain practical conditions and make good decisions. to make sure they are operating There's also a greater chance of properly.

  • Page 177

    Off-Highway Guidelines Driving on Slopes Avoiding Obstacles Before driving up or down a hill, stop Bumps, holes, rocks, and other and assess the situation. If you can't obstacles can be hazardous. Debris clearly see all road conditions (good in the road can damage your traction, no bumps, holes or other suspension or other components.

  • Page 178

    Off-Highway Guidelines If You Get Stuck Avoid driving on soft sand, deep mud, or other surfaces where you could get stuck. If you do happen to get stuck because of inclement weather or other conditions, choose a safe and appropriate course of action. You should never use a jack to try getting unstuck.

  • Page 179

    Adding Engine Coolant..... If you have the skills and tools to per- Driving......218 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 180: Maintenance Safety

    3/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  performing maintenance. Only you safety of your passengers. It will also should be performed by a Honda can decide whether or not you reward you with more economical, technician or other qualified should perform a given task.

  • Page 181: Maintenance

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

  • Page 182: Maintenance Schedule

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

  • Page 183

    According to state and federal Your authorized Honda dealer We recommend the use of Genuine knows your vehicle best and can Honda parts and fluids whenever you regulations, failure to perform maintenance on the items marked provide competent, efficient service.

  • Page 184

    Maintenance Schedule (Normal Conditions) Follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule if the severe driving conditions specified in the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule do not apply. NOTE: If you only OCCASIONALLY drive under a "severe" condition, you should follow the Normal Conditions Maintenance Schedule.

  • Page 185

    Maintenance Schedule for Normal Conditions (listed by distance/time) Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C as required for each distance/time interval. Follow this schedule if the severe driving conditions described in the Severe Conditions Schedule on the next page do not apply. Canadian owners: Follow the schedule for Severe Conditions.

  • Page 186

    Maintenance Schedule (Severe Conditions) Follow the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule if you drive your vehicle MAINLY under one or more of the following conditions: Driving less than 5 miles (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles (16 km) per trip. Driving in extremely hot [over 90°F (32°...

  • Page 187

    Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time) Use this schedule if your vehicle is MAINLY driven in any of the following Severe Conditions, or normally driven in Canada; otherwise use the Normal Schedule. Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C as required for each distance/time. Severe Conditions: Driving less than 5 mi (8 km) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 mi (16 km) per trip.

  • Page 188

    Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions (listed by distance/time) See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 183. 1: See Timing Belt on page to determine need for replacement. 2 : See Air Conditioning Filter on page for information under special conditions.

  • Page 189

    Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page ) or severe conditions (page ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle. CONTINUED Maintenance...

  • Page 190

    Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) Maintenance...

  • Page 191: 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 monthly. Examine the tread for time you fill the fuel tank. See you are unsure of how to perform page wear and foreign objects.

  • Page 192: Fluid Locations

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

  • Page 193: Engine Oil

    API Service label on the oil container. A fuel-efficient oil is recommended for your Honda. This is shown on the API Service label by the words To add oil, unscrew and remove the "Energy Conserving." This oil is...

  • Page 194

    An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is cost of operating your vehicle. preferred for improved fuel economy and year-round protection in your Honda. You may use a 10W-30 oil if the temperature in your area never goes below 20°F( — 7°C). Maintenance...

  • Page 195

    (available from your this maintenance done by a skilled Honda dealer) is required to mechanic. 2. Open the hood and remove the remove the filter. engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil drain bolt and washer from the 4.

  • Page 196

    Engine Oil 5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, 7. Replace the engine oil fill cap. NOTICE then reinstall the drain bolt. Start the engine. The oil pressure Tighten it to: indicator light should go out within Improper disposal of engine oil can be 33 Ibf .

  • Page 197: Cooling System

    Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can However, continued use of any non- Honda coolant can result in cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you. corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail. Have...

  • Page 198

    Cooling System Do not add any rust inhibitors or other additives to your vehicle's RESERVE TANK cooling system. They may not be RADIATOR CAP compatible with the coolant or engine components. 2. Turn the radiator cap counter- 4. The coolant level should be up to clockwise, without pressing down the base of the filler neck.

  • Page 199

    Only use Genuine Honda antifreeze/coolant. Draining the coolant requires access to the underside of the vehicle. Unless you have the tools and...

  • Page 200

    Cooling System 6. When the coolant stops draining, RESERVE TANK CAP FILLER NECK tighten the drain plug in the bottom of the radiator. Apply non-hardening sealant to the drain bolt threads, put a new washer on the drain bolt, and reinstall the bolt in the engine block.

  • Page 201

    Cooling System 9. Start the engine and let it run until 14.Remove the radiator cap. RESERVE TANK it warms up (for about 30 seconds). 15.Pour coolant into the radiator up 10.Turn off the engine. Check the to the base of the filler neck and level in the radiator, add coolant if into the reserve tank up to the needed.

  • Page 202: Windshield Washers

    Windshield Washers Check the level in the windshield NOTICE LEVEL GAUGE washer reservoir at least monthly during normal usage. In bad weather, Do not use engine antifreeze or a when you use the washers often, vinegar/water solution in the check the level every time you stop windshield washer reservoir.

  • Page 203: Transmission Fluid

    UPPER MARK quality. Have the transmission LOWER MARK drained and refilled with Honda ATF as soon as it is convenient. DIPSTICK 6. Insert the dipstick all the way back Check the fluid level with the engine 3.

  • Page 204

    Transmission Fluid 5-speed Manual Transmission If Honda MTF is not available, you may use an API service SG, SH or SJ FILLER BOLT Correct level grade motor oil with a viscosity of SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 as a temporary replacement. An SG...

  • Page 205: Rear Differential Fluid

    ATF as a temporary replacement. However, continued use can cause noise, vibration and performance problems. Have the differential Correct drained and refilled with Honda CVT level Fluid as soon as it is convenient. The rear differential should be drained and refilled with new fluid...

  • Page 206: Brake And Clutch Fluid

    They are: temporary replacement. However, the use of any non-Honda brake fluid Brake fluid reservoir (all models) can cause corrosion and decrease Clutch fluid reservoir the life of the system. Have the...

  • Page 207

    Have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible. A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system. Check the fluid level frequently and have...

  • Page 208: Air Cleaner Element

    Air Cleaner Element The air cleaner element should be Replacement replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the AIR CLEANER ELEMENT maintenance schedule. CLIPS The air cleaner element is inside the 2. Remove the old air cleaner air cleaner housing on the right side element.

  • Page 209: Spark Plugs

    Spark Plugs The spark plugs in your vehicle need Replacement to be replaced every 2 years or SPARK PLUG CAP 30,000 miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first. 1. Clean up any dirt and oil around 4. Put the new spark plug into the the spark plug caps.

  • Page 210

    Spark Plugs Specifications: NOTICE NGK: ZFR5F-11 Tighten the spark plugs carefully. A KJ16CR-L11 DENSO: spark plug that is too loose can overheat and damage the engine. Overtightening can cause damage to Spark Plug Gap: the threads in the cylinder head. 0.04 in (1.1 mm 6.

  • Page 211

    Battery Check the condition of your vehicle's Check the battery terminals for TEST INDICATOR WINDOW battery monthly. You should check corrosion (a white or yellowish the color of the test indicator window, powder). To remove it, cover the and for corrosion on the terminals. terminals with a solution of baking soda and water.

  • Page 212

    Battery 03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  If you need to connect the battery to NOTICE a charger, disconnect both cables to prevent damage to the vehicle's Charging the battery with the cables electrical system. connected can seriously damage your vehicle's electronic controls. Detach the battery cables before connecting the battery to a charger.

  • Page 213: 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 LOCK TAB rubber, or areas that are getting hard. Replace the blades if you find these signs, or they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used.

  • Page 214

    Wiper Blades 5. Slide the new wiper blade into the BLADE BLADE holder until the tabs lock. 6. Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. 7. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield.

  • Page 215: Air Conditioning System

    Air Conditioning System Your vehicle's air conditioning is a If the air conditioning does not get as sealed system. Any major mainte- cold as before, have your dealer nance, such as recharging, should be check the system. Recharge the done by a qualified mechanic. You system with Refrigerant HFC-134a can do a couple of things to make (R-134a).

  • Page 216

    Examine the edges of than usual. Have the air conditioning each belt for cracks or fraying. filter replaced by your Honda dealer. Check the tension of each belt by pushing on it with your thumb midway between the pulleys.

  • Page 217

    Timing Belt, Tires Timing Belt Tires Inflation The timing belt should normally be To safely operate your vehicle, your Keeping the tires properly inflated replaced at the intervals shown in tires must be the proper type and provides the best combination of the maintenance schedule.

  • Page 218

    Tires Use a gauge to measure the air If you check the pressure when the Recommended Tire Pressures for pressure at least once a month. Even tires are hot (the vehicle has been Normal Driving tires that are in good condition may The following chart shows the driven several miles), you will see lose one to two psi (10 to 20 kPa, 0.1...

  • Page 219

    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 220

    Improper wheel weights can damage To help increase tire life and your vehicle's aluminum wheels. Use distribute wear more evenly, you only Genuine Honda wheel weights for should have the tires rotated every balancing. 7,500 miles (12,000 km). Move the tires to the positions shown in the chart each time they are rotated.

  • Page 221

    Re- sidewall). Mixing radial and bias-ply placement wheels are available at tires on your vehicle can reduce its your Honda dealer. braking ability, traction, and steering It is best to replace all four tires at accuracy.

  • Page 222

    Tires that are marked " M + S " or If you mount snow tires on your Wheels: "All Season" on the sidewall have an Honda, make sure they are radial 15 x 6JJ tires of the same size and load range all-weather tread design. They should be suitable for most winter as the original tires.

  • Page 223

    Honda dealer about the designs and suspension, body, and wheels. Stop brands that will work on your CR-V. driving if they are hitting any part of Also, make sure you purchase the the vehicle.

  • Page 224

    Lights Check the operation of your vehicle's FRONT PARKING LIGHT exterior lights at least once a month. A burned out bulb can create an unsafe condition by reducing your vehicle's visibility and the ability to signal your intentions to other drivers.

  • Page 225

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

  • Page 226

    Lights Headlight Aiming To check these settings: HORIZONTAL ANGLE GAUGE The headlights were properly aimed when your vehicle was new. You 1. Make sure the fuel tank is full. should check their aim if you Park the vehicle on level ground. regularly carry heavy items in the trunk.

  • Page 227

    7. If either indicator is not aligned 8. If you cannot get an indicator to The bubble should be centered align, have your Honda dealer with its "0" mark as described, an underneath the longest scribe inspect the vehicle for body adjustment can be made using a mark on the gauge.

  • Page 228

    Lights Replacing a Headlight Bulb NOTICE Your vehicle has halogen headlight bulbs, one on each side. When Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot replacing a bulb, handle it by its steel when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch base and protect the glass from on the glass can cause the bulb to contact with your skin or hard overheat and shatter.

  • Page 229

    Lights 4. Unclip the end of the hold-down Replacing the Front Side Marker/ FASTENER wire from its slot. Pivot it out of Turn Signal and Parking Light the way and remove the bulb. Bulb 1. If you are changing the bulb on 5.

  • Page 230

    Lights 6. Install the new bulb in the socket. Replacing Rear Bulbs 7. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 8. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 9.

  • Page 231

    Lights Replacing a Rear License Bulb 7. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 8. Reinstall the rear light assembly into the rear pillar. Reinstall the three screws and tighten them securely. 3. Remove the socket by turning it 1.

  • Page 232

    Lights 3. Pull the bulb straight out of its Replacing a Rear Side Marker socket. Push the new bulb in until Light Bulb it bottoms in the socket. 4. Turn on the parking lights and check that the new bulb is working.

  • Page 233

    Lights 5. Install the new bulb in the socket. Replacing a High-mount Brake Light Bulb 6. Insert the socket back into the rear side marker light assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 7. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working.

  • Page 234

    Lights Replacing Ceiling/Cargo Area SPOTLIGHT CEILING/CARGO AREA LIGHT Lights and Spotlight Bulbs The ceiling light, cargo area light and spotlight come apart the same way. They do not all use the same bulb. 1. Remove the lens by carefully 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it prying on the edge of the lens with straight out of its metal tabs.

  • Page 235: Storing Your Vehicle

    Disconnect the battery. (see page If you store your vehicle for 12 Support the front and rear wiper months or longer, have your Honda Wash and dry the exterior blade arms with a folded towel or dealer perform the inspections called completely.

  • Page 236

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

  • Page 237: Exterior Care

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

  • Page 238

    You solution, and rinse them thoroughly. form into beads or droplets after should use a polish on your Honda if waxing. the finish does not have its original The wheels have a protective clear- shine after using a wax.

  • Page 239: Appearance Care

    Exterior Care Paint Touch-up Inspect your vehicle frequently for Your dealer has touch-up paint to chips or scratches in the paint. match your vehicle's color. The color Repair them right away to prevent code is printed on a sticker on the corrosion of the metal underneath.

  • Page 240: Interior Care

    Interior Care Carpeting Fabric Vinyl Vacuum the carpeting frequently to Vacuum dirt and dust out of the Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make material frequently. For general cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft the carpet wear out faster.

  • Page 241

    Interior Care Seat Belts Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat NOTICE belt anchors can cause the belts to LOOP retract slowly. Wipe the insides of The rear window defogger wires are the loops with a clean cloth bonded to the inside of the glass. dampened in mild soap and warm Wiping vigorously up-and-down can water or isopropyl alcohol.

  • Page 242: Corrosion Protection

    Two factors normally contribute to Many corrosion-preventive measures Use a high-pressure spray to clean causing corrosion in your vehicle: are built into your Honda. You can the underside of your vehicle. This help keep your vehicle from is especially important in areas 1.

  • Page 243: Body Repairs

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

  • Page 244: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Taking Care of the Unexpected Changing a Flat Tire..... 246 This section covers the more- common problems that motorists If Your Engine Won't Start... experience with their vehicles. It Nothing Happens or the Starter gives you information about how to Motor Operates Very safely evaluate the problem and what Slowly........

  • Page 245: Changing A Flat Tire

    Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, HOOK stop in a safe place to change it. Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder TOOL KIT 3/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  of a busy road is dangerous. Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area to stop that is far away from the traffic lanes.

  • Page 246

    Changing a Flat Tire CLIPS STOP 7. Zip the cover open. 5. The jack is under the cargo 6. Turn the jack's end bracket counterclockwise to loosen it, then storage bin. Remove each of the four clips holding the bin by remove the jack by lifting it pulling straight up on the ring.

  • Page 247

    Changing a Flat Tire WHEEL NUTS 8. Pull out the cover's two lower flaps. 11.Peel off the spare tire cover from 13.Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2 Don't pull the top of the cover, or turn with the wheel wrench. the back of the spare tire and you will tear it.

  • Page 248

    Changing a Flat Tire EXTENSION JACKING POINT WHEEL WRENCH 14.Locate the jacking point nearest 15.Use the extension and wheel 16.Remove the wheel nuts and flat the tire you need to change. It is wrench as shown to raise the tire. Temporarily place the flat tire pointed to by an arrow molded into vehicle until the flat tire is off the on the ground with the outside...

  • Page 249

    Changing a Flat Tire BRAKE HUB 17.Before mounting the spare tire, 18.Put on the spare tire. Put the 19.Lower the vehicle to the ground wipe any dirt off the mounting wheel nuts back on finger-tight, and remove the jack. surface of the wheel and hub with then tighten them in a crisscross a clean cloth.

  • Page 250

    Changing a Flat Tire Loose items can fly around the interior in a crash and could seriously injure the occupants. Store the wheel, jack and tools securely before driving. 20.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in 21.Put the flat tire on the spare tire the same crisscross pattern.

  • Page 251

    Changing a Flat Tire OUTSIDE SEAM TOP SLIT 23.Hold the cover at the 10 o'clock 24.Step back to check the alignment 25.Starting at the top of the tire, position the outside seam of the and 2 o'clock positions, then place of the logo.

  • Page 252

    Changing a Flat Tire UPPER FLAP SLIT SPARE TIRE BRACKET 29.Replace the cargo storage bin. 26.Pull the bottom of the cover over 28.Zip the cover closed. the tire, and make sure the two Secure it with the four clips. Push slits on the lower flaps of the cover each clip down securely, and pivot the ring down flat.

  • Page 253: 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 ON (II). start falls into two areas, depending Motor Operates Very Slowly Turn on the headlights and check on what you hear when you turn the When you turn the ignition switch to their brightness.

  • Page 254

    If Your Engine Won't Start If the headlights dim noticeably or The Starter Operates Normally There may be an electrical go out when you try to start the problem, such as no power to the In this case, the starter motor's engine, either the battery is dis- speed sounds normal, or even faster fuel pump.

  • Page 255: Jump Starting

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

  • Page 256

    ( + ) terminal make sure they have good metal- other end to the ground wire on on your Honda's battery. the right side of the engine as to-metal contact. shown. Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of the 7.

  • Page 257: If Your Engine Overheats

    03/07/10 16:11:09 31S5A930 0021  If Your Engine Overheats The pointer of your vehicle's 3. If you do not see steam or spray, temperature gauge should stay in leave the engine running and the midrange under most conditions. Steam and spray from an watch the temperature gauge. If It may go higher if you are driving up overheated engine can the high heat is due to overloading...

  • Page 258

    If Your Engine Overheats 6. Look for any obvious coolant leaks, 10. Start the engine and set the such as a split radiator hose. temperature control dial to Everything is still extremely hot, maximum. Add coolant to the Removing the radiator cap so use caution.

  • Page 259: Low Oil Pressure Indicator

    Low Oil Pressure Indicator 3. If necessary, add oil to bring the NOTICE LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR level back to the full mark on the dipstick (see page Running the engine with low oil pressure can cause serious mechanical 4. Start the engine and watch the oil damage almost immediately.

  • Page 260: Charging System Indicator

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

  • Page 261: Malfunction Indicator Lamp

    Malfunction Indicator Lamp If you have recently refueled your NOTICE vehicle, the cause of this indicator coming on could be a loose or If you keep driving with the missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap malfunction indicator lamp on, you can and tighten it until it clicks.

  • Page 262: Brake System Indicator

    Brake System Indicator service station (see page ). If the page 269.) BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* fluid level is low, take the vehicle to your dealer and have the brake If you must drive the vehicle a short system inspected for leaks or worn distance in this condition, drive brake pads.

  • Page 263

    Fuses UNDER-HOOD ABS FUSE BOX INTERIOR All the electrical circuits in your The interior fuse box is underneath Vehicles equipped with ABS have a vehicle have fuses to protect them the dashboard on the driver's side. third fuse box for the ABS. It is in from a short circuit or overload.

  • Page 264

    Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses If something electrical in your FUSE PULLER vehicle stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse. Determine from the chart on pages , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that component.

  • Page 265

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

  • Page 266

    Fuses INTERIOR FUSE BOX : Canadian model CONTINUED Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 267

    Fuses UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX ABS FUSE BOX (For some types) Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 268

    Towing If your vehicle needs to be towed, NOTICE NOTICE call a professional towing service or, if you belong to one, an organization Towing a 4WD CR-V with only two Improper towing preparation will that provides roadside assistance. tires on the ground will damage parts damage the transmission.

  • Page 269

    The diagrams in this section give Identification Numbers....Oxygenated Fuels......you the dimensions and capacities of Driving in Foreign Countries..Specifications......... your Honda, and the locations of the Tire Information......Emissions Controls......identification numbers. The expla- Tire Size Designation....The Clean Air Act......

  • Page 270: Identification Numbers

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

  • Page 271

    Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into TRANSMISSION NUMBER the engine block. The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. ENGINE NUMBER Technical Information...

  • Page 272: Specifications

    Specifications page 210. 1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine. Reserve tank capacity: 0.16 US gal (0.6 ,0.13 Imp gal) 2 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine. Technical Information...

  • Page 273: Technical Information

    Specifications page page Technical Information...

  • Page 274: Tire Information

    Tire Information Tire Size Designation 95 — Load Index, a numerical code Tire Speed Ratings A tire's sidewall is marked with a tire associated with the maximum load The chart below shows many of the size designation. You will need this the tire can carry.

  • Page 275

    Tire Information DOT Tire Quality Grading Treadwear Traction (U.S. Vehicles) The treadwear grade is a compara- The traction grades, from highest to The tires on your car meet all U.S. tive rating based on the wear rate of lowest, are A, B, and C, and they Federal Safely Requirements.

  • Page 276

    Tire Information Warning: The temperature grade for Temperature 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 277: Oxygenated Fuels

    Oxygenated Fuels parts of your fuel system. Some conventional gasolines are The following are the U.S. EPA and being blended with alcohol or an Canada CGSB approved percentages ether compound. These gasolines of oxygenates: If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels.

  • Page 278: 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 279: Emissions Controls

    NOx and HC drawn into the engine and burned. react to form photochemical "smog." Carbon monoxide does not contri- * In Canada, Honda vehicles comply Evaporative Emissions Control bute to smog creation, but it is a with the Canadian Motor Vehicle System poisonous gas.

  • Page 280

    HC, CO, and (PCM) uses various sensors to Genuine Honda replacement parts or NOx that comes out the tailpipe. The determine how much air is going their equivalent for repairs. Using exhaust emissions control systems into the engine.

  • Page 281: Three Way Catalytic Converter

    The catalytic converter is referred to running properly. 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. The three way catalytic converter THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER...

  • Page 282

    Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Relations Information......... U.S. Zone Office Map....Canada Zone Office Map....Warranty Coverages..... Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles)......Authorized Manuals...... Warranty and Customer Relations...

  • Page 283

    Customer Relations Information When you call or write, please give Honda dealership personnel are If you are dissatisfied with the us this information: trained professionals. They should decision made by the dealership's be able to answer all your questions. management, contact your Honda...

  • Page 284

    The addresses and telephone numbers are subject to change. If you cannot Moorestown, New Jersey 08057 Bella International reach your Zone office, ask your Honda dealer for the current information. (609) 235-5533 P.O. Box 190816 Includes: NYC Metro area and...

  • Page 285: Canada Zone Office Map

    Canada Zone Office Map Quebec Zone Western Zone Honda Canada Inc. Honda Canada Inc. 13240 Worster Court 1750 rue Eiffel Richmond, B.C. Boucherville, Quebec J4B 7W1 V6V 2B8 (514) 655-6161 (604) 278-7121 Atlantic Zone Central Zone Honda Canada Inc. Honda Canada Inc.

  • Page 286: Warranty Coverages

    Warranty Coverages U.S. Owners Seat Belt Limited Warranty — a seat 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 vehicle.

  • Page 287

    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 288: Authorized Manuals (u.s. Only)

    Authorized Manuals Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals contact their authorized Honda dealer. (U.S. only) The following publications covering the operation and servicing of your vehicle can be obtained from Helm Incorporated, either by filling out the attached form or, for credit card holders, calling toll-free phone number on the form.

  • Page 289: Authorized Manuals

    Authorized Manuals Service Manual This manual covers maintenance and recommended procedures for repair to engine and chassis components. It is written for the journeyman mechanic, but is simple enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to understand. Electrical Troubleshooting Manual This manual complements the Service Manual by providing in-depth troubleshooting information for each electrical circuit in your vehicle.

  • Page 290

    Index Additional Information About Antifreeze........Your SRS........Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Accessories and Modifications..Additional Safety Precautions..Indicator Light..... 53, 163 Accessories......... How the Automatic Seat Belt Operation........Additional Safety Precautions.. Tensioners Work..... Anti-theft Steering Column Modifications......How Your Airbags Work.... Lock..........

  • Page 291

    Index Brights, Headlights......Cargo Hooks........Carrying Cargo......Built-in Table........87 Battery Bulb Replacement Cassette Player Charging System Back-up Lights......Care........112, Indicator......52, Brake Lights....... Operation......110, Jump Starting......Cargo Area Light....... CAUTION, Explanation of....Maintenance....... CD Changer......113, Ceiling Light....... Specifications......

  • Page 292

    Index Engine Oil........Checking........Engine Oil........Fuses........... Proper Solution......Directional Signals......Manual Transmission Fluid ..Replacing........Disabled, Towing Your Car If..Power Steering Fluid....Temperature Gauge....Disc Brake Wear Indicators..Rear Differential Fluid....Disposal of Used Oil...... Corrosion Protection..... Checklist, Before Driving..... Crankcase Emission Control Doors Childproof Door Locks....

  • Page 293

    Index Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Rear Differential......Belts by......... Windshield Washer....Economy, Fuel....... Exterior, Cleaning the....FM Stereo Radio Emergencies on the Road..... Reception......108, Battery, Jump Starting....Folding Rear Seat......Brake System Indicator.... Foreign Countries, Driving in..Changing a Flat Tire....Fabric, Cleaning......

  • Page 294

    Index Tank, Filling the......Heating and Cooling......Inspection, Tire......Gas Station Procedures....High Altitude, Starting at....Instrument Panel......High-Low Beam Switch ....Instrument Panel Brightness..Gauges High-mount Brake Light....Interior Cleaning......Engine Coolant Temperature ..Interior Light........Fuel..........55 Hood, Opening the ......Gearshift Lever Positions Horn...........

  • Page 295

    Index Lights Manual Transmission....Pressure Indicator....52, Manual Transmission Fluid ..Selecting Proper Viscosity Bulb Replacement..... Chart........Indicator........Maximum Allowable Shift Speeds......... 153, ON (Ignition Key Position) .... Parking.......... Opening the Hood......Turn Signal........Meters, Gauges........ 54 LOCK (Ignition Key Position)..Methanol in Gasoline....

  • Page 296

    Index Pre-Drive Safety Checklist....Remote Transmitter......Safety Features........Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts..Replacement Information Airbags..........Air Cleaner Element....Protecting Adults......Door Locks........Additional Safety Precautions..Air Conditioning Filter....Head Restraints......8 Advice for Pregnant Women..Coolant........199 Seat Belts........6 Protecting Children......Engine Oil and Filter....

  • Page 297

    Index Seat Belts SRS, Additional Information... System Components....Use During Pregnancy....Additional Safety Precautions..Tensioners, Seat Belts ....Synthetic Oil........Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt..How the Automatic Seat Belt Wearing the Lap Belt....Tensioners Work..... Seats, Adjusting the......How Your Airbags Work.... Serial Number........

  • Page 298

    Index Tires..........Vehicle Dimensions....... Transmission Air Pressure....... Checking Fluid Level, Vehicle Identification Number..Checking Wear......Vehicle Storage......Automatic....... DOT Tire Quality Grading..Checking Fluid Level, Ventilation......... Inflation........VIN..........Manual........Inspection........Vinyl Cleaning........ Fluid Selection ....203, Maintenance....... Identification Number....Viscosity, Oil........Replacing........

  • Page 299

    Index Wheels : U.S. and Canada only Adjusting the Steering....Alignment and Balance..... Wrench........Windows Cleaning........Operating the Power....Rear, Defogger......Windshield Cleaning........Defroster........Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades......Operation........Worn Tires........Wrecker, Emergency Towing..

  • Page 300: Service Information Summary

    Service Information Summary Gasoline: 5-speed Manual Transmission Brake Fluid: Genuine Honda DOT 3 Brake Fluid Unleaded gasoline, pump octane Fluid: preferred, or a DOT 3 or DOT 4 number of 86 or higher. Honda Manual Transmission brake fluid as a temporary...

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