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1993 Accord Sedan 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
Owner's Identification Form
Features & Safety ................................................................................................................................
What you should know before driving your car.
Starting & Driving.............................................................................................................................
What gas to use, how to change gears, etc.
The Required Maintenance Schedule and some items you can service.
Emergency Service ..........................................................................................................................
Changing a flat, jump starting, towing.
Specifications ...................................................................................................................................
Dimensions, weights and capacities.
Consumer Information ....................................................................................................................
Reporting Safety Detects, warranty service, vehicle identification numbers, etc.
Index ................................................................................................................................................
Gas Station Information
I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :



  Summary of Contents for Honda Accord Sedan 1993

  • Page 1 1993 Accord Sedan 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 Contents Owner's Identification Form Features & Safety ..........................What you should know before driving your car.
  • Page 2 During the first 200 miles (300 km), try to avoid severe braking. Brake misuse during this period will reduce future braking efficiency, Remember, your Honda Automobile dealer knows your car best, and should be consulted for service assistance and advice.
  • Page 3: Keys And Locks

    Keys and Locks Keys VALET KEY MASTER KEY Your car is supplied with a master key that fits the ignition and all locks, and a valet key that fits the ignition and doors but not the trunk, trunk remote release, rear seat trunk access or glove box.
  • Page 4 Keys and Locks (cont'd) Power Door Locks (US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE) All doors can be simultaneously locked and unlocked by operating the master door lock switch located on each front door. Unlock Lock In addition, the passenger doors will lock automatically when the plunger on the driver's door is pushed down, or when the driver's door is locked from the outside with the key.
  • Page 5 Trunk The trunk can be opened by pulling up the lever at the left side of the driver's seat. To open the trunk lid from the outside, put the master key in the lock and turn clockwise. The trunk lid opener lever is lockable with the master key.
  • Page 6 Seats Front Seat Adjust the seat position by pulling up on the adjustment lever under the front edge of the seat cushion, and sliding the seat to the desired position. Then release the lever and make sure the seat is locked in position by moving it back and forth.
  • Page 7 Front Seat Head Restraints The head restraints are designed to help reduce injuries due to whiplash. They are located at the top of each seat-back and have several height positions. They can be adjusted by pulling up to the recommended position. To lower them, slide the button next to the restraint's height bar, while pushing the restraint down.
  • Page 8 Seats (cont'd) Driver's Lumbar Support (US: EX/SE, Canada: EX-R/SE) Support of the lower back can be adjusted by turning the knob on the driver's armrest to give more or less support. Do not try to adjust lumbar support while driving. Make the adjustment while sitting in your normal driving position before driving away.
  • Page 9 Trunk Access from Rear Seat The rear seat-back can be released by turning the lock on the rear shelf with the master key and pulling down the top of the seat-back. This allows you access to the trunk and makes it possible to carry long objects inside the car.
  • Page 10: Your Occupant Protection System

    Your Occupant Protection System Your Accord is equipped with seat belts and other features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Seat belts are the most important part of your occupant protection system. When worn properly, seat belts can reduce the chance of serious injury or death in a crash.
  • Page 11: The Seat Belt System And How It Works

    The Seat Belt System and How It Works Why Wear Seat Belts Wearing seat belts, and wearing them properly, is fundamental to your safety and the safety of your passengers. During a crash or emergency stop, seat belts can help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the car, against other occupants, or out of the car.
  • Page 12 The Seat Belt System and How It Works (cont'd) Seat Belt System Components Your Accord has seat belts in all five seating positions. The front seats and the outside positions of the rear seat have lap/shoulder belts. The center position of the rear seat has a lap belt. Your seat belt system also includes a light on the instrument panel to remind you to fasten your seat belt, and to make sure your passengers fasten theirs.
  • Page 13 Lap Belt The lap belt has one manually-adjusted belt that fits across the hips. It is similar to safety belts used in airplanes. BELT END BUCKLE LATCH PLATE Wearing Seat Belts Properly You can increase the effectiveness of your seat belts if you take a little time to read the following pages and make sure you know how to wear seat belts properly.
  • Page 14 The Seat Belt System and How It Works (cont'd) Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt Before putting on a front seat belt, be sure your seat is adjusted forward or backward to a good driving or riding position and the back of your seat is upright (see page 1.
  • Page 15 4. Pull up on the shoulder part of the belt to remove any slack. Make sure the belt goes over your collarbone and across your chest. 5. If the belt crosses your neck, you need to adjust the belt anchor height or your seating position.
  • Page 16 The Seat Belt System and How It Works (cont'd) To unlatch the seat belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. Guide the belt across your body to the door pillar. If the belt doesn't retract easily, pull it out and check for twists or kinks. Wearing the Lap Belt 1.
  • Page 17 2. Position the belt as low as possible across your hips and pelvic bones, not across your stomach. Pull the loose end of the belt to adjust for a snug but comfortable fit. To unlatch the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : (cont'd)
  • Page 18 The Seat Belt System and How It Works (cont'd) Advice For Pregnant Women Protecting the mother is the best way to protect her unborn child. Therefore, a pregnant woman should wear a properly-positioned seat belt whenever she drives or rides in a car. If possible, use a lap/shoulder seat belt, remembering to keep the lap portion as low as possible (see page 14).
  • Page 19: Supplemental Restraint System

    Supplemental Restraint System All Accords are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) to help protect your head and chest during a severe frontal collision. This system does not replace your seat belt. It supplements, or adds to, the protection offered by your seat belt. The system on the SE model also includes a front passenger's airbag.
  • Page 20 Supplemental Restraint System (cont'd) Important Safety Reminders FRONTAL COLLISION RANGE Even with an airbag, you need to wear a seat belt. The reasons are: Airbags only inflate in severe frontal collisions. They offer no protection in rear impacts, side impacts, rollovers, or moderate frontal collisions.
  • Page 21 How the Driver's Airbag Works If you ever have a severe frontal collision, your airbag will instantly inflate to help protect your head and chest. When the airbag inflates, you may hear a fairly loud noise and you might see smoke and powder. This is normal; it is caused by the inflation of the airbag.
  • Page 22 Supplemental Restraint System (cont'd) How the Passenger's Airbag Works (SE) If you ever have a severe frontal collision, the passenger's airbag will inflate at the same time as the driver's airbag. This airbag is quite large and inflates with considerable force. It can seriously hurt an adult who is not in the proper position and wearing the seat belt properly.
  • Page 23 Scrapping an entire car that has an uninflated airbag can be dangerous. Get assistance from a Honda dealer if your car must be scrapped. If you sell your car, please be sure to tell the new owner that the car has a supplemental restraint system.
  • Page 24: Additional Safety Information

    Additional Safety Information Your seat belts and airbag are obviously important parts of your occupant protection system. In addition, you should know that sitting upright, adjusting the head restraints to the proper positions, locking the doors, and stowing things properly can increase your safety and possibly even save your life.
  • Page 25 Door Locks It is not safe to leave your car doors unlocked. A passenger, especially a child, could open a door and accidentally fall out. Also, there is a greater chance of being thrown out of the car during a crash when the doors are not locked.
  • Page 26 Additional Safety Information (cont'd) Driving With Pets Loose pets can be a hazard while you are driving. An unrestrained pet can interfere with your ability to drive the car. In a crash or sudden stop, loose pets or cages can be thrown around inside the car and hurt you or your passengers.
  • Page 27: Child Safety

    Child Safety Children depend on adults to protect them. To help make sure we do, every state and Canadian province has laws requiring infants and young children to be properly restrained whenever they ride in a car. An infant or child who is not properly restrained can be killed or seriously injured in a crash.
  • Page 28 Child Safety (cont'd) Important Safety Reminders Never hold a baby or child on your lap when riding in a car. If you are wearing your seat belt, the violent forces created during a crash will tear the child from your arms. The child could be seriously hurt or killed.
  • Page 29 Restraining an Infant Who Weighs Less Than 20 Pounds (9 kg) An infant up to about 20 pounds (9 kg) must be restrained in an infant seat or a convertible seat designed for a baby. Because infants must ride in a reclining position, be sure the infant seat always faces the REAR of the car as shown.
  • Page 30 Child Safety (cont'd) Restraining a Child Who Weighs Between 20 and 40 Pounds (9 — 18 kg) Toddler seats are designed for children who weigh between 20 and 40 pounds (9 — 18 kg). The preferred place to put a toddler seat is the center position of the rear seat.
  • Page 31 Restraining a Child Who Weighs Over 40 Pounds (18 kg) We recommend that, whenever possible, a child who has outgrown a toddler seat ride in one of the outside positions of the rear seat and use a lap/shoulder belt. Put the lap/shoulder belt on your child and check its fit. The shoulder belt should fit over the collarbone and across the chest.
  • Page 32 Child Safety (cont'd) Using a Seat Belt Locking Clip Always use a seat belt locking clip when you secure a child seat to your car with a lap/shoulder seat belt. This helps prevent a child seat from shifting position or overturning. A locking clip is usually included with the child seat.
  • Page 33 Using Child Restraints With Tethers Your Honda has three attachment points for tether-style child seats. Remove the plug cover from the attachment points shown in the illustration, then install the tether hardware that came with the child seat. Tighten the bolt to: 22 N .
  • Page 34 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Anti-lock Brakes (US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX-RISE) Your car has an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). This system helps you to maintain stopping and steering control. It does this by helping to prevent the wheels from locking up and skidding. The ABS is always "...
  • Page 35: Instrument Panel

  • Page 36 Gauges Speedometer US Cars: The speed is indicated in miles per hour (outer scale) and kilometers per hour (inner scale). Canada Cars: The speed is indicated in kilometers per hour (outer scale) and miles per hour (inner scale). Odometer The numbers on the odometer indicate miles (US Cars) or kilometers (Canadian Cars).
  • Page 37 Coolant Temperature Gauge Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. The coolant is under pressure and may blow out and scald you. This gauge shows the temperature of the engine coolant. During normal operation, the needle should stay in the middle of the white range.
  • Page 38: Warning And Indicator Lights

    Honda dealer as soon as possible. Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators When the turn signal lever is pushed for left or right turns, the appropriate green indicator arrow on the instrument panel will blink along with the signal.
  • Page 39 NOTE: If necessary, have the charging system checked by an authorized Honda dealer. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : (cont'd)
  • Page 40 If the light comes on while driving, avoid driving at high speed, and have the system checked by a Honda dealer as soon as possible. Low Oil Pressure Light A severe fluctuation in engine oil pressure will cause this light to flash on and off.
  • Page 41 If the light does not go out or lights again while driving, have the system checked by an authorized Honda dealer as soon as possible. NOTE: The light does not indicate a failure of the normal brake system.
  • Page 42 ON, or if it comes on while driving, it indicates a burnt- out high-beam bulb. Have the bulb checked and replaced by your Honda dealer. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 43 If they don't, have the system checked by a Honda dealer. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 44: Maintenance Indicator

    Maintenance Indicator When the total mileage of your car approaches the specified maintenance interval for engine oil change, oil filter change or other required service, the indicator will change from green to yellow. The indicator will change to red if it is not reset before you reach the mileage interval.
  • Page 45: Tilt Steering

    Tilt Steering The steering wheel position can be adjusted to suit the driver preference. 1. Push the lever located under the dash, on the left side of the steering column, all the way down and hold it while adjusting the steering wheel to the desired position.
  • Page 46 Windshield Wipers/Washer/Defogger Windshield Wipers Switch the wipers to INT for inter- mittent operation, LO for low speed operation, and HI for high speed operation. In fog or very light rain, push the lever down to the MIST position for temporary high speed operation of the wipers.
  • Page 47 CAUTION: Do not use radiator antifreeze in the windshield washer; it will damage the paint. Do not use a vinegar/water combination in the windshield washer; it will damage the pump. Prolonged operation of the washer without fluid may damage the pump. In freezing weather, warm the windshield with the defrosters before using the washer.
  • Page 48 Mirrors Rearview Mirrors Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust mirror angles before you start driving. The inside mirror has day and night positions. The night position re- duces glare from the headlights of vehicles behind you.
  • Page 49 Lights Turn Signals Push the turn signal lever down to RIGHT TURN signal a left turn, and up for a right turn. The indicator and appropriate FIRST STOP signal lights will blink. The lever will return automatically to its original position when the steering wheel is LEFT TURN returned to straight ahead.
  • Page 50 Lights (cont'd) Hazard Warning System This system should be used only when your car is stopped under emergency or hazardous conditions. To activate, push the hazard warn- ing switch ( ). The front and rear turn signals will blink simultaneously and both indicator lights will flash.
  • Page 51 Interior Light The interior light has a three posi- tion switch. The light is off all the time in the OFF position. In the mid- dle position, it goes on only when a door is opened. In the ON position, it is on all the time.
  • Page 52 Cruise Control (Except US: DX) Cruise Control Cruise control allows you maintain a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. It is not recommended for conditions such as city driving, winding roads, slippery roads, heavy rain, or bad weather.
  • Page 53 To decrease the set cruising speed: Press and hold the SET/decel button. The car will decelerate. Release the button when the desired speed is reached. Tap the brake or clutch pedal lightly with your foot. The CRUISE CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out. When the car slows to the desired speed, press the SET/decel button.
  • Page 54 Hood and Parking Brake Hood To open the hood, pull back on the handle located under the dash on the driver's side. Pull to release The hood latch is spring-loaded, so the hood will pop up slightly. Release the safety catch under the front center of the hood by pushing the rubber-tipped handle up.
  • Page 55: Power Windows

    Power Windows (US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, DRIVER'S Canada: EX/EX-R/SE) WINDOW SWITCH The power windows can be oper- ated only when the ignition switch is in the " I I " position. The operation of the windows is controlled by the main switch located in the master control panel on the armrest of the driver's door.
  • Page 56 Glove Box and Clock Glove Box Open by pulling the handle. Close Open with a firm push. The glove box door can be locked by using the master key. Lock The glove box light will go on when the glove box door is opened and the headlights are on.
  • Page 57: Beverage Holder

    Beverage Holder (US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE) Your car is equipped with a beverage holder for use while the car is stopped. Drinking while driving or driving with a beverage in the holder may be hazardous. Open the holder by pushing it. NOTE: Use only lidded cups or containers that fit snugly in the beverage holder.
  • Page 58: Cigarette Lighter And Ashtrays

    Cigarette Lighter and Ashtrays Cigarette Lighter Push in the lighter to heat up. It will Push automatically release when the element is hot. DO NOT hold it in while it is heating up, it may overheat and damage the lighter and the heating element.
  • Page 59: Heating And Cooling

    Heating and Cooling The vents, heater and air conditioning are combined in one system; adjusting four basic controls to different settings can provide a full range of interior temperatures for safe and comfortable driving. (Air conditioning is optional on US: DX, Canada: LX.) Ventilation The flow-through ventilation system can provide fresh air to the interior when the car is moving or stopped, even with the windows...
  • Page 60 Heating and Cooling (cont'd) Dash Vents The corner vents can be used for flow-through ventilation, or during the heating and air conditioning operation. The corner and center vents can be tilted up or down, and their louvers turned right or left, to change the direction of air flow. The amount of air flow from the corner and center vents can be regulated by the control located beside each vent.
  • Page 62 Heating and Cooling (cont'd) Temperature Lever/Control Dial Slide the lever from left to right or turn the dial clockwise to make air warmer when the appropriate function is selected. Air Conditioning Switch (opitonal on US: DX, Canada: LX) With the fan on, push the A/C switch to operate the air conditioning. The indicator light will come on.
  • Page 63 How to Use the Controls To Ventilate (US: DX, Canada: LX) Move the temperature lever to the left, select the position and push the button off. Switch the fan on and outside air will flow through the corner and center vents. To change air distribution, switch to the posi- tion and outside air will also flow from the heater ducts at the floor level.
  • Page 64 Heating and Cooling (cont'd) To Cool with A/C (optional on US: DX, Canada: LX) To cool the car down quickly, start the engine, turn the fan to high, push the A/C switch and open the windows briefly. Then close the windows, slide the temperature lever all the way to the left or turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise all the way, select position and push the...
  • Page 65 To Heat Switch the fan on, slide the temperature lever to the right or turn the temperature control dial clockwise, select the position, and warmed air will begin flowing from the floor outlets. (US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE) A small amount of warmed air will also flow from the windshield defroster vent.
  • Page 66 Heating and Cooling (cont'd) To Dehumidify with A/C (optional on US: DX, Canada: LX) Because air conditioning dehumidifies as it works, you can use it in cool or cold weather to help defog the windows. Just switch the fan on, push the A/C switch on, select the desired function and adjust the temperature lever/control dial to a comfortable setting.
  • Page 67 To Defrost To defrost or defog the windshield and door windows, slide the temperature lever to the right or turn the temperature control dial clockwise, select the function, and switch the fan on. If there is actual frost on the windows, first select the posi- tion.
  • Page 68 Heating and Cooling (cont'd) For extra door window defrosting or defogging, select either the f u n c t i o n , s w i t c h setting, and turn the fan on. Air will flow to the side door windows from the vents at each end of the dash when the vertical fins of the dash corner vents are pointed toward the windows, and the horizontal fins are moved upward.
  • Page 69 Seat Heater (Canada: SE) Both front seats in your car are equipped with seat heaters. The ignition must be in the II (ON) position when using the seat heaters. Push the seat heater switch, the light in the switch will come on and remain on while the heaters are working.
  • Page 70 Moonroof (US: EX/SE, Canada: EX-R/SE) To open or close the moonroof, push and hold the switch. Release the switch when the moonroof reaches the desired position. Do not hold the switch on after the moonroof has fully opened or closed, or you may damage the moonroof motor. POP-UP WIND DEFLECTOR Close...
  • Page 71 If the Moonroof Won't Close Remove plug The moonroof can be closed manually, if the control switch will not close it. 1. Remove the round plug near the rear center of the headliner. 2. Insert the moonroof wrench (from the tool kit) into the socket. 3.Turn the wrench until the moonroof seats in the closed...
  • Page 72: Stereo Sound System

    Stereo Sound System (Canada: LX) Tone Control (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada:EX) Treble Control Bass Control (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) Treble Control Bass Control (SE) Treble Control Bass Control I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 73 ON/OFF Switch Turn the switch clockwise to turn the unit on; turn it counterclock- wise to turn the unit off. (SE) Push the switch to turn the unit on; push it again to turn the unit off. NOTE: The antenna will rise or retract automatically when the unit is turned on or off.
  • Page 74 Stereo Sound System (cont'd) Frequency Display Radio Operation (Canada: LX) (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada:EX) Frequency Display (US: EX, Frequency Display Canada: EX-R) Frequency Display (SE) I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 75 AM/FM Band Selector Push to select AM or FM band. The corresponding band indicator will light. Manual Tuning (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: LX/EX) Push the button to tune to a lower frequency station. Push the button to tune to a higher frequency station. (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) Push the TUNE/SEEK switch up to change to a higher frequency, and down to change to a lower frequency.
  • Page 76 Stereo Sound System (cont'd) Frequency Display (Canada: LX) (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Frequency Display Canada: EX) (US:EX, Frequency Display Canada: EX-R) Frequency Display (SE) I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 77 (SE) When you push the SEEK bar, the radio scans the selected band and stops on the next station with a strong signal. Push to scan higher frequencies, and to scan lower frequencies. Preset Station Selection 1.Make sure the Band Selector is on the band you want ... AM or FM.
  • Page 78 Stereo Sound System (cont'd) Tape Operation (Canada: LX) (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX) (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) (SE) I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 79 Tape Direction Indicator Load the cassette into the slot with the tape opening to the right. The ( ) will light when the upper side is playing. The ( ) will light when the bottom side is playing. Program Selector (PROG) Push to change the direction of tape play.
  • Page 80 Stereo Sound System (cont'd) (Canada: LX) (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada:EX) (US:EX, Canada: EX-R) (SE) I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 81 TMS function (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) The TMS function lets you skip to the beginning of a song or other passage. The tape skips forward or backward, depending on which direction you push the FF/REW/TMS switch. Activate TMS by pushing the FF/REW/TMS button and holding it until you hear a beep.
  • Page 82 Stereo Sound System (cont'd) (Canada: LX) (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX) (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) (SE) I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 83 Skip Function (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX) The circuit senses silent passages between songs or programs on a tape. Push upward to automatically advance to the beginning of the next song, or downward to return to the beginning of the song just played.
  • Page 84 Stereo Sound System (cont'd) (Canada:LX) (US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada:EX) (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) (SE) I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 85 CLEAN Indicator Light (US: SE, Canada: LX/SE) After 50 hours of cassette tape play, the CLEAN indicator light will come on as a reminder to clean the tape heads. If the light comes on and the tape heads were not cleaned at the recommended 30 hours of usage (see maintenance section on the next page), they should be cleaned immediately.
  • Page 86 Stereo Sound System (cont'd) Maintenance The head in the cassette tape player can pick up dirt or tape deposits each time a cassette is played. The result is low or "muddy" sound from one or both channels, as if the treble tone control were turned all the way down.
  • Page 87 Operating the CD Changer (Optional for SE) A trunk-mounted Compact Disc changer is available for your car. It holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous programming. You operate the CD changer with the same buttons, used for the radio and cassette player. Load the desired CD's in the magazine and bad the magazine in the changer according to the instructions that came with the unit.
  • Page 88 Stereo Sound System (cont'd) ON-OFF/VOL KNOB SEEK/TUNE Bar You can use the SEEK bar or TUNE bar while a disc is playing to select passages and change tracks. To move rapidly within a track, press and hold the side of the TUNE bar to move forward or the side to move backward.
  • Page 89 Repeat Button (REPEAT) If you push the REPEAT button, the system will continuously play the track you are listening to. The light in the button stays on as a reminder. — If you change modes to radio or tape while a CD is playing, then change back to CD mode, the same disc and track will play.
  • Page 90 If you see an error indication on the display, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the car to your Honda dealer. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 91 Entering the Security Code for the Anti-theft Radio (US: EX, Canada: EX-R/SE) The Honda anti-theft radio will not operate if the radio is stolen. Even if the radio is electrically reconnected, it will be inoperable unless a five-digit security code is entered.
  • Page 92 Gasoline Gasoline Your Honda operates most effectively on unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 86 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise in the engine that can lead to mechanical damage.
  • Page 93 These fuels may not be available in other countries. If you intend taking your car outside the U.S. or Canada, write to Honda (stating the year and model of your car) at the address shown for information regarding modifications you may need to have done.
  • Page 94 CAUTION: If you replace the cap, use only a genuine Honda replacement part or its equivalent. Failure to use the proper part could cause serious I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 95 Have all required maintenance done at the proper intervals. Check tire pressures and tire wear frequently. If tire wear is uneven, have the alignment checked by your Honda dealer. Proper alignment saves gasoline and prolongs tire life. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 96: Ignition Switch

    Ignition Switch The combined ignition switch/anti-theft lock is located on the right side of the steering column and has four positions: 0-LOCK position: The key can be removed or inserted in this position. To remove the key, push it in at position I, then turn it to 0 and pull it out.
  • Page 97: Starting The Engine

    Starting the Engine Before Starting When starting in cold weather, keep all unnecessary electrical circuits off (lights, defogger, etc.) for the best battery output. Manual Transmission: 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. Push the clutch pedal all the way in (see NOTE below). 3.
  • Page 98 Safety Items Before driving away, check that: The doors are closed properly. The mirrors are properly adjusted, and the windows clean. The driver and passengers are wearing properly adjusted seat belts. The front seat head restraints are properly adjusted. The warning and indicator lights are operating properly. The brake pedal feels normal.
  • Page 99 Engine Exhaust Gas Warning A properly maintained car is your best protection against exhaust gas entering the passenger compartment. The exhaust system should be thoroughly inspected by a compe- tent mechanic whenever: The car is raised for oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The exhaust system or the rear or underside of the car is damaged.
  • Page 100 Shifting the 5-Speed Manual Transmission The fully synchronized manual transmission is very easy to shift up or down. When you slow down for traffic, steep hills, or corners, shift to a lower gear before the engine starts to labor. When de- scending steep grades, select a lower gear to help maintain a safe speed and to prevent the brakes...
  • Page 101 Recommended Shift Speeds For best fuel economy, and effective emission control, shift at the speeds shown: Maximum Allowable Speeds The speeds shown are the maximum at which the car can be driven or downshifted in each gear without over-revving the engine. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 102 If you encounter any problem shifting out of Park, have your authorized Honda dealer check the system as soon as possible. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 103 Operating Tips For smoother operation, apply the brakes when shifting from Neutral or Park to a forward or reverse gear. When parking: bring the car to a stop with the foot brake, hold the brake on, and shift into Park, set the hand brake and then turn off the engine.
  • Page 104 Shifting the Automatic (cont'd) Driving Technique -4th Use the D range for normal in-town and highway driving. The car will start off in 1st and shift automatically to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The further down you push the accelerator, the later the transmission will shift and the faster the car will accelerate.
  • Page 105: Towing A Trailer

    Towing a Trailer Your car is designed primarily to carry passengers and a normal amount of luggage. Although your car is capable of towing a trailer, there will be an effect on handling, performance, braking, general vehicle and tire durability and fuel economy. The weight of the trailer plus its cargo must not exceed a total of 1,000 Ibs.
  • Page 106 Towing a Trailer (cont'd) Hitches Use only a hitch recommended by your Honda dealer. The hitch should be bolted securely to the car and installed by a qualified technician. Do not use a hitch designed for temporary installation and never use one that attaches only to the bumper.
  • Page 107 For information regarding trailer hitch and trailer electrical wiring availability, contact your Honda dealer or American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (for US cars), or Honda Canada (for Canada cars). See page for American Honda and Honda Canada addresses. CAUTION: Connections to your car's electrical system should be made by your Honda dealer or a qualified electrician.
  • Page 108 Towing a Trailer (cont'd) Before Towing With the car and trailer completely loaded and parked on a level surface, confirm that the tongue loading is correct. If the car has an abnormal nose-up or nose-down attitude, check for improper cargo distribution.
  • Page 109 CAUTION: Before starting out, check the operation of the lights and all car/ trailer connections. After driving a short distance, stop and recheck the lights and connections. Reversing is difficult and requires practice. While backing-up, the trailer may pivot off-course. To correct for this, grip the bottom of the steering wheel and move your hand to the left to move the trailer to the left;...
  • Page 110 The Required Maintenance Schedule* specifies all maintenance required to keep your car in peak operating condition. Work should be done by a Honda dealer but may be done by any qualified service facility or individual who is competent in this type of work.
  • Page 111 8. Battery condition. The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) must be inspected by an authorized Honda dealer ten years after the date of manufacture printed on the certification label attached to the left rear door jamb. To serve as a reminder, note the date of manufacture and SRS...
  • Page 112 Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd) (see page Check oil and coolant level at each fuel stop. Under severe driving conditions, service These items more often. (See page 114.) I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 113 Required Maintenance Record Have your servicing dealer record all Required Maintenance below. Keep receipts for all work done on your car. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : (cont'd)
  • Page 114 Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd) Severe Driving Conditions CAUTION: The following items must be serviced more frequently on cars normally used under severe driving conditions. Refer to the chart below for the appropriate maintenance intervals. Severe driving conditions include: A: Repeated short distance driving B: Driving in dusty conditions C: Driving in severe cold weather D: Driving in areas with road salt or other corrosive materials...
  • Page 115 I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 116: Fluid Locations

  • Page 117: Engine Oil And Filter

    Engine Oil and Filter Checking Check the engine oil a couple of minutes after shutting the engine off, with the car parked on level ground. Remove the dipstick (orange marking) and wipe it clean. Re-insert it all the way down, then pull it out and read the level.
  • Page 118 Ambient Temperature An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is preferred for improved fuel economy and year-round protection in your Honda. You may use a 10W-30 oil if the climate in your area is limited to the temperature range shown on the chart.
  • Page 119 3. Remove the oil filter and let the remaining oil drain out. 4. Install a new filter according to the instructions on or with the filter. 5. Reinstall the drain bolt with a new washer and tighten it securely. Refill the engine with the recom- mended oil, to the upper mark on the dipstick.
  • Page 120 Transmission Oil/Fluid Check Transmission oil/fluid must be checked with the engine off and the car on level ground. If the engine has been running, some engine components may be hot enough to burn you. Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start automatically without warning and run for up to 15 minutes, even after the engine is turned off.
  • Page 121 UPPER LOWER Insert the dipstick and remove it. The fluid level should be between the upper and lower marks. If necessary, add fluid and recheck. Use Honda Premium Formula ® Automatic Transmission Fluid or an equivalent DEXRON Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) only when adding or changing fluid.
  • Page 122: Cooling System

    Cooling System The engine in your Honda contains a number of aluminum parts. Therefore, it requires an antifreeze/coolant specifically formulated to protect the aluminum parts from corrosion. Failure to use a suitable antifreeze/coolant may seriously shorten the life of the engine as the result of rapid corrosion damage.
  • Page 123 Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot; the coolant is under pressure and could severely scald you. Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start automatically without warning and run for up to 15 minutes, even after the engine is turned off.
  • Page 124 Cooling System (cont'd) 1. Set the heater temperature control dial/lever to maximum heat. 2. Remove the radiator cap and loosen the drain plug when the radiator is cool, and drain the radiator. BLEED BOLT RADIATOR CAP DRAIN PLUG DRAIN BOLT 3.
  • Page 125 Brake Wear Both front and rear brakes should be inspected for wear at the intervals shown in the Maintenance Schedule on page 112. When the brakes require maintenance, use only genuine Honda replacement parts or their equivalent. Brake Wear Indicators Your car is equipped with audible brake wear indicators.
  • Page 126 Follow the manufacturer's instructions printed on the can. If the level is more than 10 mm (0.4 in) above the MAX mark, it may indicate a malfunction of ABS. Have an authorized Honda dealer check the system as soon as possible.
  • Page 127 Clutch Fluid (5-Speed Manual Transmission) Check the fluid level in the clutch CLUTCH FLUID reservoir periodically; it should be RESERVOIR between the MAX and MIN marks on the reservoir. If the level is near the MIN mark, add fluid to raise it to the MAX mark. Do not overfill.
  • Page 128: Power Steering

    Do not overfill. CAUTION: Use only GENUINE HONDA Power Steering Fluid-V. The use of other fluids such as A.T.F. or other manufacturer's power steering fluid will damage the system. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 129 Because the fuel system is under pressure, the filter should be replaced only by a qualified Honda technician. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 130: Spark Plugs

    Spark Plugs Spark plugs should be replaced every 24 months or 30,000 miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first. Recommended spark plugs: ZFR5F-11 (NGK) KJ16CR-L11 (NIPPONDENSO) (for all normal driving) ZFR6F-11 (NGK) KJ20CR-L11 (NIPPONDENSO) (for hot climates or continuous high speed driving) Keep hands away from the radiator fan.
  • Page 131: Wiper Blades

    Wiper Blades For maximum visibility, replace worn or cracked wiper blades when you notice they do not wipe the windshield cleanly or smoothly. To Replace Worn-out Blades Press Lock Tab in 1. Detach the blade assembly from the arm by pressing the lock tab in, then pushing the blade toward Push the base of the arm.
  • Page 132 Battery The condition of the battery can be determined by checking the test indicator. Service as required according to the label on the battery. Any corrosion around the positive and negative terminals should be washed off with a solution of baking soda and warm water. Dry the terminals and then coat them with grease.
  • Page 133: Fuse Replacement

    Fuse Replacement One of the t w o fuse boxes in your car is located under the dashboard on the driver's side. The circuits protected by each fuse are listed inside the fuse box cover. To open the fuse box, turn the knob as shown.
  • Page 134 A blown fuse may be just a symptom of some other problem. If a new fuse blows right away, the cause should be diagnosed and corrected by a qualified Honda technician. Never replace a fuse with anything but another fuse of the same or lower rating. A higher capacity fuse could cause damage and even start a fire.
  • Page 135: Bulb Replacement

    Bulb Replacement See page for bulb specifications. Front side marker and turn signal Front turn signal lights lights/position lights Rear turn signal/brake and taillights License plate lights Brake and taillights/ back-up lights I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : (cont'd)
  • Page 136 Bulb Replacement (cont'd) Vanity mirror light Interior light (US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE) Door courtesy lights (US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE) (Front) (Rear) Trunk light High-mount brake light I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 137 If you have any questions about your car's tires, please contact your Honda dealer. Inflation Pressures TIRE LABEL The tire label on the driver's door...
  • Page 138 If you need further information on snow tires, please contact your Honda dealer. Tire Chains Use chains only when conditions require them. Check with local authorities for requirements prior to installing tire chains.
  • Page 139 Tire Replacement Honda recommends that you replace tires in sets of four, or in pairs, front or rear. If you need to replace only one tire, mount the new tire opposite the tire showing the least amount of wear. For instance, if the left front tire shows the least amount of wear, mount the new tire on the front right side.
  • Page 140 Tire balancing for the COMPACT spare is not necessary. CAUTION: Use only Genuine Honda aluminum wheel weights if your car is equipped with aluminum wheels. Non genuine Honda wheel weights may corrode and damage the aluminum wheel.
  • Page 141: Air Conditioning Care

    Air Conditioning Care Condenser and Radiator Check the engine radiator and the air conditioning condenser (in front of the radiator) for accumulated dirt, insects or leaves. Carefully brush or hose them off to assure maximum cooling performance. CAUTION: Radiator and condenser fins are very thin and easily damaged; do not bend them with the high water pressure or brush.
  • Page 142 Air Conditioning Care (cont'd) System Maintenance Run your air conditioning at least once a week for about ten minutes, even during the off season, to lubricate the seals and the inside of the compressor and, to verify that the system is functional. If the air conditioning is not cooling properly, it may indicate an undercharged system.
  • Page 143: Appearance Care

    Appearance Care Interior Trim Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Stains can be removed with a commercially available vinyl cleaner. Leather Upholstery (SE) Clean the leather upholstery with a mild soap and lukewarm water; wipe with a damp cloth, then dry with a soft cloth.
  • Page 144 During wiping, inspect the surface for stone chips and scratches; paint them with touch-up paint so they won't rust (touch-up paint is available through your Honda dealer). For further instructions on corrosion protection, refer to the Rust Prevention section on the next pages.
  • Page 145 Install tire chains carefully. Improperly installed chains can cause damage to the wheels. Honda aluminum wheels are treated with a protective finish. Wash them with a low-phosphate detergent and sponge. Do not use abrasive cleaners or stiff brushes.
  • Page 146 Appearance Care (cont'd) Preventive Service Check all drain holes in the doors and body panels for clogging and clear if necessary. When washing your car, also clean the underside of the car by using high pressure water; above subframe, inside front fender, rear suspension, inside rear wheel housing, under rear bumper.
  • Page 147: Body Repair

    Replacement Body and Fender Parts If your vehicle incurs body damage and requires replacement parts, we encourage you to use only Genuine Honda sheet metal body and fender parts. Many insurance companies are specifying imitation sheet metal parts for collision repairs in an effort to reduce claim costs;...
  • Page 148: Spare Tire

    Spare Tire COMPACT Spare Tire Your car is supplied with a COMPACT spare tire and wheel for temporary use only in the event of a flat tire. Use the COMPACT spare only when you have to, and only to go as far as the next garage or dealer to have the regular tire repaired and reinstalled.
  • Page 149 INDICATOR TREAD The COMPACT spare tire has a LOCATION WEAR MARK INDICATOR much shorter tread life than regu- lar tires. Replace the tire as soon as tread wear indicators appear as solid bands across the tread. Replace with a tire of exactly the same size and construction.
  • Page 150: Changing A Flat Tire

    Changing a Flat Tire Do not attempt to change a tire unless the car is on firm, level ground and well out of the flow of traffic. Park the car on a firm, level surface, apply the parking brake, turn on the hazard warning switch, turn the ignition off and put the transmission in gear (Park for automatic transmission).
  • Page 151 Follow tire changing preparations and procedures carefully to reduce the possibility of injury. The jack is designed for changing tires only. STAND CLEAR, DO NOT get under the car and DO NOT run the engine when the car is supported only by the jack. 7.
  • Page 152 " X " pattern as shown. 12. Tighten the lug nuts to the recommended torque: 110 N.m (11 kg-m, 80 Ib-ft) If a torque wrench was not used, ask an authorized Honda dealer to verify the torque as soon as possible. TIGHTENING TORQUE 110 N.m (11 kg-m, 80 lb-ft)
  • Page 153 13. Repair or replace the damaged tire as soon as you can, reinstall it in its original position, then put the spare back in the car. CAUTION: Always stow the jack, tools, and tire securely to prevent them from becoming dangerous projectiles in an accident. 14.
  • Page 154: Jump Starting

    Jump Starting To start a car with a dead battery, use another battery of the same voltage, and the proper jumper cables. Procedures other than those below could cause injury or damage from battery acid spray, explosion or charging system overload.
  • Page 155 ABS indicator should indicate that the ABS is OK, by coming on for a few seconds each time the engine is started. If the indicator remains on after recharging, have it checked by a Honda dealer. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 156 Towing If towing is necessary, contact a professional towing service. Your authorized Honda dealer can assist you with detailed towing instructions. Never use tow chains or rope to tow a car; your ability to safely control the car may be adversely affected.
  • Page 157 If Your Car Gets Stuck If your car gets stuck in sand, mud, or snow, call a professional towing service for assistance in getting your car out. CAUTION: Do not rev up the engine and allow the wheels to spin freely at high speed.
  • Page 158: Specifications

    Specifications *1 Including the coolant in the reserve tank 0.6 (0.16 US gal, 0.13 Imp gal) and that remaining in the engine. *2 Excluding the oil remaining in the engine. *3 US Cars *4 Canada Cars I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 159 page 130. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 160: Identification Numbers

    Identification Numbers The Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.) is stamped on a plate attached to the top left side of the dashboard. It also appears on the Certification label (Canada cars: Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Compliance Label) attached to the left rear door jamb, as well as under the hood on the body, directly behind the engine.
  • Page 161 DOT Tire Quality Grades US Cars The tires on your car meet Federal Safety Requirements. All tires are also "graded" according to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards for tread wear, traction and temperature. Three grades are shown on the tire sidewall. TIRE WHEEL RIM Tread Wear...
  • Page 162 DOT Tire Quality Grades (cont'd) Temperature The temperature grades are A (the highest), B and C representing the tire's resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure.
  • Page 163: Emission Controls

    The emission control systems on your new Honda were designed, built and certified to conform with the Federal regulations implementing the Clean Air Act. Honda recommends only the use of new, Genuine Honda parts or their equivalent. The use of other replacement parts which are not of equivalent quality may impair the effectiveness of your car's emission control systems.
  • Page 164 Emission Controls (cont'd) Engine Exhaust Controls The engine exhaust emission control systems are designed to control combustion during idle, acceleration, cruise, and deceleration. These systems are entirely separate from the crankcase and evaporative emission control systems described previously. PGM-FI System The PGM-FI system on this model is a sequential multiport fuel injection.
  • Page 165: Three Way Catalytic Converter

    — Don't keep driving your car if it isn't running properly, or if its CHARGING system light comes on; have it checked by your Honda dealer. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...
  • Page 166: Warranty Service

    If you are unable to obtain warranty service or are dissatisfied with the warranty decision or service you received at an authorized Honda dealership, you should review the matter with that dealership's Service Manager. This will normally resolve your problem. If it does not resolve your problem you should appeal the decision with the owner of the dealership.
  • Page 167 After following these steps, if you wish to have the matter reviewed by American Honda you should contact the Zone Office serving your area, as shown on the map on the inside of the back cover. When contacting American Honda, please provide the Zone...
  • Page 168: Reporting Safety Defects

    However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or American Honda Motor Co., Inc. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll- free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S.
  • Page 169 Index Brake Fluid......Brake System Design .... Brake Wear ......Airbag..........Brake Wear Indicators... "Supplemental Restraint System" Parking Brake......Air Conditioning Parking Brake Light....Break-in Period........ Care........Bulb Operation........Replacement......Air Cleaner........Air Pressure, Tires ...... Specification ......Aluminum Alloy Wheels....Buzzer...
  • Page 170 Index (cont'd) Doors Fuse Checking and Replacing..Child Proof Door Lock ....Specification......Locks...........3 Power Door Locks..... Warning Light......Gasoline......See " F u e l " Gas Station Information. Back cover Emergency Gauges..........Changing Flat Tire ....Glove Box........Hazard Warning System ..
  • Page 171 Rearview Mirrors..... Moonroof If the Moonroof Won't Close.. Keys Maintenance......Door Locks......... Operation........Glove Box ......... Ignition ........Key Reminder Beeper ..... Keys..........Numbers, Identification....Trunk Lock ......... Lap Belt........... Octane Rating, Gasoline..... See "Fuel" Lap/Shoulder Belt......Odometer........Lights Bulb Replacement....Daytime Running Lights ..
  • Page 172 Index (cont'd) Steering Replacement Anti-theft Column Lock ..Air Cleaner......Power Steering...... Bulbs........Tilt Steering......Engine Coolant....... Stereo Sound System Engine Oil........ Operation........Fuel Filter........ Stuck Car........Fuses ........Sunshade........Oil Filter........Supplemental Restraint Spark Plugs ......Tires........System(SRS)....Wiper Blades......Components......
  • Page 173 Tools..........Towing.......... Towing a Trailer......Transmission Capacity........Identification Number.... Oil/Fluid........Shifting the Automatic..Shifting the Manual....Tread Wear........Trip Meter........Trunk Access From Rear Seat.... Lid..........Lid Warning Light..... Turn Signals........Vehicle Identification Number ... Ventilation........Warning Lights....... Warranty Service......Washer Reservoir Capacity....
  • Page 174: Authorized Manuals

    Authorized Manuals Purchasing Factory Authorized Manual (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 reverse side of this form or, for credit card holders, calling the toll-free phone number on the form.
  • Page 175 Authorized Manuals Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should contact their authorized Honda dealer. By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to Helm, Incorporated at the address shown below.
  • Page 176 I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : The above addresses and telephone numbers are subject to change. If you cannot reach your Zone office, ask your Honda dealer for the current information.
  • Page 177: Canada Zone Office Map

    Canada Zone Office Map WESTERN ZONE QUEBEC ZONE CENTRAL ZONE ATLANTIC ZONE Quebec Zone Western Zone Honda Canada Inc. Honda Canada Inc. 13240 Worster Court 1750 rue Eiffel Richmond, B.C. Boucherville, Quebec V6V 2B8 J4B 7W1 (604) 278-7121 (514) 655-6161...
  • Page 178: Gas Station Information

    AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC. 1919 Torrance Blvd., Torrance California 90501 I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : 1992 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. - All Rights Reserved 31SM4640 40009705 P 00X31-SM4-6400 PRINTED IN U.S.A.

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