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2004 Pilot Online Reference Owner's Manual
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Contents
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Owner's Identification Form
Introduction
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A Few Words About Safety ..........................................................................................................................
ii
Your Vehicle at a Glance
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Driver and Passenger Safety
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Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.
Instruments and
Controls...........................................................................................................................45
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience
Features.........................................................................................................81
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving
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What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving...........................................................................................................................................................135
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance.................................................................................................................................................159
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer.
Taking Care of the
Unexpected...............................................................................................................195
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical
Information...............................................................................................................................215
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada)
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A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us.
Index .................................................................................................................................................................
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Service Information Summary
I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :
A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.

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    ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ..............229 A summary of the warranties covering your new Honda, and how to contact us. Index ................................. Service Information Summary I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...

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    The information and specifications included CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., POSTAL CODE Ltd. reserves the right, however, to V. I. N. discontinue or change specifications or...

  • Page 3

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

  • Page 4

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

  • Page 5: Important Handling Information

    Main Menu Important Handling Information Your Pilot 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.

  • Page 6: Your Vehicle At A Glance

    Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL (P. 47) GAUGES (P. 54) AUDIO SYSTEM (P. 88) POWER DOOR LOCK SWITCHES (P. 65) MIRROR CLIMATE CONTROL CONTROLS SYSTEM (P. 86) (P. 74) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P. 73) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.

  • Page 7

    Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNALS HORN HAZARD WARNING (P. 58) BUTTON (P. 59) LIGHT CONTROL VTM-4 LOCK SWITCH (P. 142) (P. 79) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P. 60) CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH (P. 116) REMOTE AUDIO STEERING WHEEL CRUISE CONTROL WINDSHIELD WIPERS/ CONTROLS...

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    Main Menu I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...

  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important Advice for Pregnant Women ..All Children Should Sit in the information about how to protect Additional Safety Precautions . Back Seat ......... yourself and your passengers. It Additional Information About Your The Passenger’s Front Airbag shows you how to use seat belts Seat Belts...

  • Page 10: Important Safety Precautions

    Main Menu Table of Contents Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety can use the belt properly without a Control Your Speed recommendations throughout this booster (see page Excessive speed is a major factor in section, and throughout this manual. crash injuries and deaths.

  • Page 11: Your Vehicle's Safety Features

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. (10) 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 12: Seat Belts

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Seat Belts When properly worn, seat belts: Of course, seat belts cannot Your vehicle is equipped with seat completely protect you in every belts in all seating positions. Keep you connected to the vehicle crash.

  • Page 13: Airbags

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Airbags The most important things you need to know about your airbags are: Airbags do not replace seat belts. They are designed to supplement the seat belts. Airbags offer no protection in rear impacts, or minor frontal or side collisions.

  • Page 14: Protecting Adults And Teens

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens The rest of this section gives more Close and Lock the Doors Adjust the Front Seats detailed information about how you After everyone has entered the can maximize your safety. vehicle, be sure the doors and tailgate are closed and locked.

  • Page 15: Adjust The Seat-backs

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens The National Highway Traffic Safety Adjust the Seat-Backs Reclining a seat-back so that the Administration and Transport shoulder part of the belt no longer Canada recommend that drivers rests against the occupant’s chest allow at least 10 inches (25 cm) reduces the protective capability of between the center of the steering...

  • Page 16: Adjust The Head Restraints

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Adjust the Head Restraints Fasten and Position the Lap/ Shoulder Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, Improperly positioning head restraints reduces their then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched.

  • Page 17

    If the seat belt touches or crosses Have your Honda dealer check the your neck, or if it crosses your arm belt as soon as possible. instead of your shoulder, you need to adjust the seat belt anchor height.

  • Page 18: Adjust The Steering Wheel

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Adjust the Steering Wheel Maintain a Proper Sitting Never place the shoulder portion of a Position lap/shoulder belt under your arm or This could cause After all occupants have adjusted behind your back. very serious injuries in a crash.

  • Page 19: Advice For Pregnant Women

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens In addition, an occupant who is out of Advice for Pregnant Women When driving, remember to sit position in the front seat can be upright and adjust the seat as far seriously or fatally injured in a crash back as possible while allowing full by striking interior parts of the...

  • Page 20: Additional Safety Precautions

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Additional Safety Precautions reduce the protective capability of Do not attach hard objects on or the seat belt and increase the If a side airbag Never let passengers ride in the near a front door.

  • Page 21: Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components Lap/Shoulder Belt To unlock the belt, push the red Your seat belt system includes lap/ The lap/shoulder belt in the center PRESS button on the buckle. Guide shoulder belts in all eight seating seat of the second and third row the belt across your body so that it...

  • Page 22: Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If the shoulder part of the belt is Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners However, the tensioners can be pulled all the way out, the locking activated during a collision in which mechanism will activate.

  • Page 23: Seat Belt Maintenance

    Two side airbags, one for the driver and one for a front seat belts can result in serious Honda provides a lifetime warranty injury or death if the seat belts passenger. The airbags are stored on seat belts for U.S. models. See...

  • Page 24: How Your Front Airbags Work

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags A sophisticated electronic system How Your Front Airbags Work During a frontal crash, your seat belt that continually monitors and restrains your lower body and torso, records information about the and the airbag helps protect your sensors, the control unit, the head and chest.

  • Page 25

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags After a crash, you may see what Dual-Threshold Airbags looks like smoke. This is actually Your front airbags are also dual- powder from the airbag’s surface. threshold airbags. Airbags with this Although the powder is not harmful, feature have two deployment people with respiratory problems...

  • Page 26: How Your Side Airbags Work

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Airbags Work The passenger’s side airbag has a A front seat passenger should not cutoff system designed to turn off use a cushion or other object as a the passenger’s side airbag if a child’s backrest.

  • Page 27: Works

    Have your vehicle checked by a other time, or does not come on at all, dealer as soon as possible if Although Honda does not encourage you should have the system checked children to ride in front, this system the SRS indicator alerts you to by your dealer.

  • Page 28: Airbag Service

    If water or another liquid any airbag by yourself. This must soaks into a seat-back, it can be done by a Honda dealer or a prevent the side airbag cutoff knowledgeable body shop. system from working properly. The SRS indicator light alerts you Do not cover or replace front seat- to a problem.

  • Page 29: Protecting Children − − General Guidelines

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines If you have children, or if you ever need to drive with a child in your vehicle, be sure to read this section. Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be It begins with important general guidelines, then presents special seriously injured or killed in a...

  • Page 30: All Children Should Sit In The Back Seat

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines inflating airbag when they ride in the Infants and small children must be Small Children back. restrained in an approved child seat Placing a forward-facing child seat in that is properly secured to the the front seat of a vehicle equipped vehicle (see pages...

  • Page 31

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines U.S. Models Canadian Models To remind you of the passenger’s To remind you of the front airbag front airbag hazards, and that hazards, your vehicle has warning children must be properly restrained labels on the driver’s and front in the back seat, your vehicle has passenger’s visors.

  • Page 32: If You Must Drive With Several Children

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines If You Must Drive with Several If a Child Requires Close Additional Safety Precautions Children Attention Never hold an infant or child on Your vehicle has two rows of back Many parents say they prefer to put your lap.

  • Page 33: Protecting Infants

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children − General Guidelines, Protecting Infants Do not leave children alone in a Keep vehicle keys and remote Protecting Infants vehicle. Leaving children without transmitters out of the reach of Child Seat Type adult supervision is illegal in most children.

  • Page 34: Protecting Small Children

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Small Children Child Seat Placement We strongly recommend installing a Child Seat Type rear-facing child seat in a back seat. Placing a rear-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the Never put a rear-facing child seat in passenger’s front airbag inflates.

  • Page 35: Selecting A Child Seat

    Main Menu Table of Contents Selecting a Child Seat We also recommend that a small Selecting a Child Seat Child Seat Placement We strongly recommend placing a child stay in the child seat as long as When buying a child seat, you need forward-facing child seat in a back possible, until the child reaches the to choose between a conventional...

  • Page 36: Installing A Child Seat

    Main Menu Table of Contents Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat Since LATCH-compatible child seats After selecting a proper child seat, The child seat should be of the are easier to install and reduce the and a good place to install the seat, proper type and size to fit the child.

  • Page 37: Installing A Child Seat Using Latch

    Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat A child seat secured with a seat belt Installing a Child Seat Using should be installed as firmly as LATCH possible. However, it does not need Your vehicle is equipped with to be ‘‘rock solid’’.

  • Page 38

    Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat RIGID TYPE FLEXIBLE TYPE Place the child seat on the vehicle Other LATCH-compatible seats have Attach the tether strap hook to the seat, and attach the seat to the a flexible-type connection as shown tether anchorage point on the lower anchors according to the above.

  • Page 39: Installing A Child Seat With A Lap/shoulder Belt

    Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/ Shoulder Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt.

  • Page 40

    Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat To remove slack, it may help to put weight on the child seat, or push on the back of the seat while pulling up on the belt. After confirming that the belt is Push and pull the child seat locked, then grab the shoulder forward and from side to side to...

  • Page 41: Installing A Child Seat With A Tether

    Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Second Seat Installation: Third Seat Installation: Tether Your vehicle has attachment points for a tether-style child seat to be installed on the second or third row as shown.

  • Page 42: Protecting Larger Children

    Main Menu Table of Contents Installing a Child Seat, Protecting Larger Children Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the child should sit in a back seat on a booster and wear a lap/shoulder belt.

  • Page 43: Checking Seat Belt Fit

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children Checking Seat Belt Fit Does the shoulder belt cross Using a Booster Seat between the child’s neck and arm? Is the lap part of the belt as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs? Will the child be able to stay seated like this for the whole trip?

  • Page 44

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children Booster seats can be high-back or When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front Maturity low-back. Whichever style you select, The National Highway Traffic Safety To safely ride in front, a child must make sure the booster meets federal Administration and Transport be able to follow the rules, including...

  • Page 45: Additional Safety Precautions

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Larger Children If you decide that a child can safely Additional Safety Precautions ride up front, be sure to: Do not let a child wear a seat belt This could result in across the neck. Carefully read the owner’s manual serious neck injuries during a crash.

  • Page 46: Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Main Menu Table of Contents 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 interior and create a hazardous Carbon monoxide gas is toxic.

  • Page 47: Safety Labels

    They warn you of potential U.S. models only U.S. models hazards that could cause serious injury. Read these labels carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda dealer for a replacement. HOOD Canadian models RADIATOR CAP BATTERY LABEL...

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    Instrument Panel ......Interior Convenience Items ... contribute to the daily operation of Gauges ..........Beverage Holders ....... your Honda. All the essential Odometer/Trip Meter ....Console Compartment ....controls are within easy reach. Fuel Gauge ........Sunglasses Holder ......

  • Page 50: Control Locations

    Main Menu Table of Contents Control Locations INDICATORS AND GAUGES (P.47) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.88) POWER DOOR LOCK SWITCHES (P.65) CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (P.86) MIRROR CONTROLS (P.74) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.73) HOOD RELEASE HANDLE (P.126) FUEL FILL DOOR PARKING BRAKE REAR A/C CONTROL RELEASE PEDAL (P.87)

  • Page 51: Instrument Panel

    Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel PARKING BRAKE SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR AND BRAKE SYSTEM (P.48) INDICATOR (P.49) BRAKE LAMP INDICATOR (P.50) SIDE AIRBAG CUTOFF INDICATOR CRUISE CONTROL (P.48) INDICATOR (P.51) MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (P.48) LOW OIL PRESSURE LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P.48) (P.51)

  • Page 52: Instrument Panel

    Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel The instrument panel has many Malfunction Indicator Supplemental Restraint indicators to give you important Lamp System Indicator information about your vehicle. See page This indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II). If Seat Belt Reminder Low Oil Pressure it comes on at any other time, it...

  • Page 53

    Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Immobilizer System U.S. Canada U.S. Canada Indicator This indicator comes on for a few Parking Brake and Brake System Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) seconds when you turn the ignition Indicator Indicator switch to ON (II). It will go off if you This indicator has two functions: This indicator normally comes on for have inserted a properly-coded...

  • Page 54

    Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel Turn Signal and Brake Lamp Indicator Door and Tailgate Open Monitor Hazard Warning Indicators If a brake light does not work, the The left or right turn signal indicator BRAKE LAMP indicator comes on blinks when you signal a lane change when you push the brake pedal with or turn.

  • Page 55

    Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel ‘‘Daytime Running High Beam Indicator Washer Level Indicator Lights’’ Indicator This indicator comes on with the Canadian models only Canadian models only This indicator comes on when you high beam headlights. See page This indicator comes on when the turn the ignition switch to ON (II) for information on the headlight...

  • Page 56

    Main Menu Table of Contents Instrument Panel A/T Temperature VTM-4 Indicator Indicator This indicator monitors the This indicator normally comes on for temperature of the automatic a few seconds when you turn the transmission fluid. It comes on for a ignition switch to ON (II).

  • Page 57

    If this maintenance is two seconds when you turn the done by someone other than your ignition switch to ON (II). Honda dealer, reset the indicator as follows. Between 6,000 miles (9,600 km) and 7,500 miles (12,000 km) this Turn off the engine.

  • Page 58: Gauges

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

  • Page 59: Temperature Gauge

    Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Temperature Gauge Outside Temperature Indicator In certain weather conditions, This shows the temperature of the On EX model temperature readings near freezing engine’s coolant. During normal This indicator displays the outside (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is operation, the pointer should rise temperature in Fahrenheit (U.S.

  • Page 60: Controls Near The Steering Wheel

    Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel * HEADLIGHTS/ HORN TURN SIGNALS HAZARD (P.58) WARNING VTM-4 LOCK BUTTON (P.142) LIGHT CONTROL (P.59) SWITCH (P.79) REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER (P.60) CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH (P.116) CRUISE CONTROL (P.116) REMOTE AUDIO WINDSHIELD CONTROLS WIPERS/WASHERS...

  • Page 61: Windshield Wipers And Washers

    Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers The length of the wiper − Rear Window Wiper and Washer interval is varied automatically according to the vehicle’s speed. Vary the delay by turning the INT TIME ring. If you turn it to the shortest delay, the wipers will change to low speed operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 12...

  • Page 62: Turn Signal And Headlights

    Main Menu Table of Contents Turn Signal and Headlights Headlights On Rotating switch Automatic Lighting Off Feature − on the left lever to the ‘‘ ’’ On EX model position turns on the parking lights, This feature turns off the headlights, taillights, instrument panel lights, fog lights, parking lights, taillights, side-marker lights, and rear license...

  • Page 63: Instrument Panel Brightness

    Main Menu Table of Contents Headlights, Instrument Panel Brightness, Hazard Warning Button The lights will turn on again when Instrument Panel Brightness Hazard Warning Button you unlock or open the driver’s door. If you unlock the door, but do not INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS HAZARD WARNING BUTTON CONTROL KNOB...

  • Page 64: Rear Window Defogger

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Window Defogger EX model LX model The rear window defogger will clear Make sure the rear window is clear fog, frost, and thin ice from the and you have good visibility before window. Push the defogger button to starting to drive.

  • Page 65: Steering Wheel Adjustment

    Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Adjustment Push the lever up to lock the See page for important safety information about how to properly steering wheel in that position. position the steering wheel. Make sure you have securely Make any steering wheel adjustment locked the steering wheel in place before you start driving.

  • Page 66: Keys And Locks

    (BLACK) ever have to get a key replaced. Use Immobilizer System. They will not only Honda-approved key blanks. work to start the engine if the circuits are damaged. Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity.

  • Page 67

    ON (II) again. If you have lost your key and cannot This device complies with Industry start your engine, contact a Honda Canada Standard RSS-210. dealer. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause...

  • Page 68: Ignition Switch

    Main Menu Table of Contents Ignition Switch If the front wheels are turned, the You will hear a reminder beeper if anti-theft lock may make it difficult you leave the key in the ignition to turn the key. Firmly turn the switch in the LOCK (0) or steering wheel to the left or right as ACCESSORY (I) position and open...

  • Page 69: Door Locks

    Main Menu Table of Contents Door Locks Power Door Locks tailgate unlock when you use the key Childproof Door Locks in the passenger’s door. MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH Lockout Prevention With the driver’s door open and the key in the ignition, both master door lock switches are disabled.

  • Page 70: Remote Transmitter

    Align the mark on the ▽ UNLOCK − Press this button once reprogrammed by a Honda dealer. cover with the ◎ mark on the to unlock the driver’s door. Push it transmitter. Set the cover in place twice to unlock the other doors and and turn it clockwise.

  • Page 71: Seats Heaters

    Main Menu Table of Contents Remote Transmitter, Seat Heaters Seat Heaters In HI, the heater turns off when the As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the (If equipped) seat gets warm, and turns back on after the seat’s temperature drops.

  • Page 72: Seats

    Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Power Seat Adjustment Driver’s Lumbar Support On EX model On EX model See pages − for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. The controls for the power adjustable driver’s seat are on the outside edge of the seat bottom.

  • Page 73

    Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Manual Seat Adjustments Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment To change the seat-back angle of the The height of your driver’s seat is On LX model To adjust the seat forward and front seat, pull up on the lever on the adjustable.

  • Page 74

    Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Adjusting the Second Row Seats Folding the Second Row Seats Third Seat Access The left and right halves can be folded separately. If you are folding the left half of the seat, use the ignition key to release the center seat belt from the detachable anchor (see page Lower the head restraint fully.

  • Page 75

    Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Adjusting the Third Row Seat Folding the Third Row Seat Use the ignition key to release the seat belt from the detachable anchor. See page Unlock the seat-back by pulling the handle. Push the seat-back forward.

  • Page 76

    Main Menu Table of Contents Seats Head Restraints They are most effective when you Detachable Seat Belt Anchors See page for important safety adjust them so the back of the occupant’s head rests against the SMALL LATCH PLATE information and a warning about how to properly position the head restraints.

  • Page 77: Power Windows

    Honda dealer. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : Instruments and Controls...

  • Page 78: Mirrors

    Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors Keep the inside and outside mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors Power Mirror Heaters clean and adjusted for best visibility. (If equipped) SELECTOR SWITCH Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving. ADJUSTMENT SWITCH HEATED MIRROR BUTTON Move the selector switch to L (driver’s side) or R (passenger’s...

  • Page 79: Instruments And Controls

    Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Brake NOTICE: Driving the vehicle with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. PARKING BRAKE PEDAL To apply the parking brake, push the parking brake pedal down with your foot. To release the parking brake, push on the pedal again.

  • Page 80: Interior Convenience Items

    Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items ACCESSORY POWER SOCKETS COAT HOOK GLOVE BOX COIN BOX CONSOLE COMPARTMENT BEVERAGE HOLDERS BEVERAGE HOLDERS BEVERAGE HOLDERS (EX ONLY) I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : Instruments and Controls...

  • Page 81: Beverage Holders

    Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items Beverage Holders Accessory Power Sockets Console Compartment Be careful when you are using the These sockets are intended to supply beverage holders. A spilled liquid power for 12 volt DC accessories that is very hot can scald you or your that are rated 120 watts or less (10 passengers.

  • Page 82: Sunglasses Holder

    Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Convenience Items Sunglasses Holder Glove Box Sun Visor Open the glove box by pulling the bottom of the handle. Close it with a EXTENSION firm push. Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key. The glove box light comes on only when the parking lights are on.

  • Page 83: Lights

    Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Light Control Switch The individual map lights in the Individual Interior Lights second and third rows cannot be The courtesy lights in the front turned on. doors and around the ignition switch come on when you open any door. Door After you close the door, the ignition When the switch is in the...

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  • Page 85: Comfort And Convenience Features

    Main Menu Comfort and Convenience Features Vents, Heating, and A/C ....Setting the Clock ......Air Flow Buttons ......Rear Entertainment System ..Climate Control ....... DVD Specifications ....Playing the Radio ......Security System ......Radio Reception ......Cruise Control .......

  • Page 86

    Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C REAR WINDOW FAN CONTROL TEMPERATURE RECIRCULATION DIAL DEFOGGER BUTTON CONTROL DIAL BUTTON LX MODEL SET TEMPERATURE FAN CONTROL BUTTONS INDICATOR FAN SPEED AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON INDICATOR MODE BUTTON MODE CONTROL DIAL EX MODEL WINDSHIELD...

  • Page 87: Air Flow Buttons

    Main Menu Table of Contents Air Flow Buttons Fan Control Recirculation Button Rear Window Defogger Button On LX models , turn this dial clockwise When the light in the button is on, This button turns the rear window to increase fan speed and increase air from the vehicle’s interior is sent defogger off and on (see page the airflow.

  • Page 88

    Main Menu Table of Contents Air Flow Buttons, Vents, Heating, and A/C Air flows from the defroster Using the Heater Turn on the A/C by pressing the vents at the base of the windshield. The heater uses engine coolant to button.

  • Page 89

    Main Menu Table of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Dehumidify the Interior To Defog and Defrost To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice Air conditioning, as it cools, removes To remove fog from the inside of the From the Windows moisture from the air. When used in windows: Select .

  • Page 90: Climate Control

    Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control To Cool or Heat Automatically When you set the temperature to its Semi-automatic Operation On EX models lower or its upper limit, the system You can manually select various The Automatic Climate Control runs at full cooling or heating only.

  • Page 91

    Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control Using the Rear A/C Unit Sunlight and Temperature EX models Sensors TEMPERATURE SENSOR AUTO BUTTON SUNLIGHT SENSOR REAR A/C CONTROL BUTTON Press the RR A/C button to enable The climate control system has two the rear A/C control knob.

  • Page 92: Playing The Radio

    Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio AM/FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR LX MODEL SCAN BUTTON PWR/VOL AUTO SELECT BUTTON KNOB EX MODEL SEEK/SKIP with RES EX MODEL PRESET BUTTONS TUNE/MODE KNOB TUNE KNOB STEREO INDICATOR PWR/VOL KNOB PWR/VOL KNOB AM/FM BUTTON SCAN INDICATOR...

  • Page 93

    Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio To Play the Radio SEEK The SEEK function Preset Each preset button can − − The ignition switch must be in the searches up and down from the store one frequency on AM, and two ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.

  • Page 94

    Main Menu Table of Contents Playing the Radio AUTO SELECT If you are press the Treble/Bass Use the TRE/BAS − To turn off Auto Select, − traveling far from home and can no A. SEL button. This restores the modes to adjust the tone to your longer receive your preset stations, presets you originally set.

  • Page 95: Radio Reception

    Main Menu Table of Contents Radio Reception 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 96

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

  • Page 97: Playing A Cd

    Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD REPEAT INDICATOR CD BUTTON LX MODEL CD SLOT RPT BUTTON CD EJECT BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB SEEK/SKIP BAR RANDOM INDICATOR RDM BUTTON EX MODEL PWR/VOL CD EJECT CD SLOT EX MODEL with RES CD SLOT KNOB BUTTON...

  • Page 98

    Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a CD, CD Changer To Play a CD REPEAT To continuously replay is playing, either with the PWR/VOL − With the ignition in the a track, press and release the RPT knob or by turning off the ignition, ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position, button.

  • Page 99: Protecting Your Cds

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Your CDs General Information Protecting CDs When using CD-R discs, use only When a CD is not being played, store high quality CDs labeled for audio it in its case to protect it from dust use.

  • Page 100: Cd Player Error Messages

    If you cannot clear the error message, take Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD. your vehicle to a Honda dealer. FOCUS Error Check if it is inserted correctly in the CD player.

  • Page 101: Cd Changer Error Messages

    If you cannot clear the error message, take Press the magazine EJECT button and pull it your vehicle to a Honda dealer. out. Check for an error message, and insert the FOCUS Error magazine again.

  • Page 102

    Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape TAPE BUTTON TAPE DIRECTION LX MODEL BUTTON INDICATOR PWR/VOL KNOB SKIP BAR PLAY/PROG NR BUTTON EX MODEL BUTTON with RES REW BUTTON FF BUTTON EX MODEL TAPE DIRECTION PWR/VOL PWR/VOL INDICATOR KNOB CASSETTE SLOT CASSETTE SLOT KNOB...

  • Page 103

    Main Menu Table of Contents Playing a Tape To Play a Tape Dolby noise reduction turns on * To switch to the radio or CD player Optional on LX models when you insert a tape. The while a tape is playing, press the The ignition switch must be in indicator will light in the AM/FM or CD/CHG (CD/TAPE)

  • Page 104

    Your Honda dealer has a cleaning kit available. Use 100-minute or shorter tapes. Tapes longer than that may break or jam the drive.

  • Page 105: Remote Audio Controls

    Main Menu Table of Contents Remote Audio Controls , use the CH EX Only If you are playing a CD CH BUTTON Three controls for the audio system button to skip to the beginning of the are mounted in the steering wheel next track.

  • Page 106: Radio Theft Protection

    Main Menu Table of Contents Radio Theft Protection If your vehicle’s battery is discon- If the code card is lost, a Honda On EX models Your vehicle’s audio system will nected or goes dead, the audio dealer can access your code with the disable itself if it is disconnected system will disable itself.

  • Page 107: Setting The Clock

    Main Menu Table of Contents Setting the Clock LX MODEL EX MODEL CLOCK CLOCK BUTTON CLOCK BUTTON H BUTTON M BUTTON RESET If your vehicle’s battery is You can quickly set the time to the EX models disconnected or goes dead, you will nearest hour.

  • Page 108

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System REAR SPEAKERS REAR CONTROL OFF ICON SELECTOR KNOB REAR POWER RR LED BUTTON DVD BUTTON PLAY PAUSE SEEK/SKIP BUTTON BUTTON BUTTON BUTTON BUTTONS I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 109

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Rear Speakers To Select Rear Entertainment Optional on EX models With this system, the rear When you turn on the system, the from the Front Control Panel passengers can enjoy a different rear speakers are automatically To operate the rear entertainment entertainment source (radio, tape...

  • Page 110

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Operating the DVD Player from PLAY Press the PLAY button if EJECT Press the eject button to − − the Front Control Panel the DVD does not start playing remove the DVD from the drive. automatically.

  • Page 111

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Using the Rear Control Panel SEEK/SKIP SOURCE REAR CONTROLS Use these buttons to select the MENU SELECTION BUTTONS OFF BUTTON BUTTON entertainment source (radio, tape BUTTON CH/DISK player, CD player, or DVD player/ BUTTON Auxiliary device).

  • Page 112

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System To Play a DVD from the Rear SEEK/SKIP Press the − Control Panel button to skip to the beginning The video screen is for use by rear of the next chapter. Press the seat passengers only.

  • Page 113

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Using the Remote Control SOURCE SELECTION You can use the remote control to BUTTONS select the entertainment source (radio, tape player, CD player, or DVD player/Auxiliary device). The selected source will be shown in the display.

  • Page 114

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System MENU and TITLE Buttons release the SUBTITLE or AUDIO RETURN (T/C) Button In the − − Some DVDs have menus that allow button to scan through all available MENU selection mode, pressing the you to select a dubbed language, languages.

  • Page 115

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Storing the Remote Control Replacing the Remote Control As required by the FCC: This device Batteries complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. To replace the batteries in the Operation is subject to the following two remote control, press down on the ▼...

  • Page 116: Dvd Specifications

    CD player message does not disappear after the DVD is marks on their packages or jackets. ejected, see a Honda dealer. Do not try to force Those packages or jackets should the DVD out of the player. also bear the designation of ‘‘1’’ or...

  • Page 117

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Wireless Headphones To adjust the headphones, slide the Replacing Batteries Some state and local government earpieces up or down the headband. agencies prohibit the use of headphones by the driver of a motor For greater battery life, turn off the COVER vehicle.

  • Page 118

    Main Menu Table of Contents Rear Entertainment System Auxiliary Input Jacks HEADPHONE CONNECTORS AUXILIARY INPUT JACKS VOLUME DIALS Auxiliary input jacks and headphone The system will accept auxiliary There are three headphone connectors for the rear inputs from standard video games connectors for the third seat entertainment system are on the and video equipment.

  • Page 119: Security System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Security System The security system will not set if On EX models SECURITY SYSTEM LIGHT The security system helps to protect the hood, the tailgate, or any door is your vehicle and valuables from theft. not fully closed.

  • Page 120: Cruise Control

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Cruise control allows you to maintain Using the Cruise Control a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH without keeping your foot on the RESUME/ACCEL accelerator pedal. It should be used for cruising on straight, open highways.

  • Page 121

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Changing the Set Speed To slow down in very small Cancelling the Cruise Control You can increase the set cruising amounts, tap the SET/DECEL You can cancel the cruise control in speed in any of these ways: button.

  • Page 122: Homelink Universal Transceiver

    Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver the motor to stop and reverse if an If you are training the second or On EX Models The HomeLink Universal obstacle is detected during closing, third buttons, go directly to Step 1. Transceiver built into your vehicle increasing the risk of injury.

  • Page 123

    Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Press and hold the remote control Plug in the garage door opener button and one of the HomeLink motor, then test the HomeLink buttons at the same time. Transceiver button by pushing it. If the button does not work, repeat The remote the procedure to train it again.

  • Page 124

    Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Training With a Rolling Code This should turn off the training TRAINING BUTTON System light on the garage door opener For security purposes, newer garage unit. (Some systems may require door opening systems use a ‘‘rolling’’ you to press the button up to three or variable code.

  • Page 125

    Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Customer Assistance As required by the FCC: If you have problems with training This device complies with Part 15 of the the HomeLink Universal Transceiver, FCC rules. Operation is subject to the or would like information on home following two conditions: (1) This device products that can be operated by the...

  • Page 126

    Main Menu I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...

  • Page 127: Before Driving

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

  • Page 128: Break-in Period

    Break-in Period, Fuel Recommendation Break-in Period Fuel Recommendation come on. If this happens, contact Help assure your vehicle’s future Your Honda is designed to operate your authorized Honda dealer for reliability and performance by paying on unleaded gasoline with a pump service.

  • Page 129: Service Station Procedures

    Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Refueling Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel. Pull Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flames away. Handle fuel only outdoors. Wipe up spills immediately.

  • Page 130: Handle P

    Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Opening the Hood To Close the Hood HOOD RELEASE HANDLE CLIP SUPPORT ROD LATCH Park the vehicle, and set the If the hood latch handle moves Lift it up slightly to remove the parking brake.

  • Page 131

    Insert it all the way back into its Checks on page for information tube. on checking other items in your Honda. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : Before Driving...

  • Page 132: Fuel Economy

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuel Economy Improving Fuel Economy Try to maintain a constant speed. Always maintain your vehicle Every time you slow down and according to the maintenance speed up, your vehicle uses extra schedule. See Owner’s fuel. Use the cruise control when Maintenance Checks (see page appropriate.

  • Page 133: Accessories And Modifications

    Be sure electronic accessories do crash in which you can be hurt Accessories or killed. not overload electrical circuits Your dealer has Honda accessories (see page ) or interfere with that allow you to personalize your Follow all instructions in this proper operation.

  • Page 134

    If you plan to modify your vehicle, vehicle and hurt someone. clearance can allow the consult your Honda dealer. undercarriage to hit speed bumps Do not attach hard objects on or or other raised objects, which If a side airbag near a front door.

  • Page 135: Carrying Cargo

    Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Your vehicle has several convenient storage areas: GLOVE BOX Glove box DOOR POCKET Door and seat-back pockets Rear cargo area, including the second and third row seats when folded flat Roof-rack (if installed) However, carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicle’s handling, stability,...

  • Page 136

    Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo The maximum load for your vehicle The resulting figure equals the If your vehicle will be towing a is 1,323 lbs (600 kg). This figure available amount of cargo and trailer, the load from your trailer includes the total weight of all luggage load capacity.

  • Page 137

    Main Menu Table of Contents Carrying Cargo Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area came with your roof rack. or on a Roof Rack Distribute cargo evenly on the Carrying Items in the Passenger floor of the cargo area, placing the Compartment heaviest items on the bottom and Store or secure all items that could...

  • Page 138

    Main Menu I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...

  • Page 139

    Main Menu Driving This section gives you tips on Driving Guidelines ......starting the engine under various Starting the Engine ....... conditions, and how to operate the Automatic Transmission ....automatic transmission. It also VTM-4 System ......includes important information on Parking Tips ........

  • Page 140: Driving Guidelines

    Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Guidelines Your vehicle has a higher ground Do not modify your vehicle in any Check that any items you may be clearance that allows you to travel way that would raise the center of carrying are stored properly or over bumps, obstacles, and rough gravity.

  • Page 141: Starting The Engine

    Main Menu Table of Contents Starting the Engine Apply the parking brake. If the engine fails to start, press the accelerator pedal all the way In cold weather, turn off all down and hold it there while electrical accessories to reduce starting to clear flooding.

  • Page 142: Automatic Transmission

    Avoid rapid acceleration and have the transmission checked by a Honda dealer as soon as possible. SHIFT LEVER These indicators on the instrument To shift from any position, pull the panel show which position the shift lever toward you.

  • Page 143

    Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Park (P) This position mechani- Neutral (N) Use Neutral if you To shift from: Do this: − − Press the brake pedal and cally locks the transmission. Use need to restart a stalled engine, or if Park whenever you are turning off or it is necessary to stop briefly with P to R...

  • Page 144

    Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Drive (D ) This position is When driving downhill with a Engine Speed Limiter − similar to D, except only the first trailer. If you exceed the maximum speed three gears are selected. Use D for the gear you are in, the engine when towing a trailer in hilly terrain, First (1)

  • Page 145

    Release, it means your vehicle is and pulling the shift lever does not developing a problem. Have it shift the transmission out of Park: checked by a Honda dealer. Set the Parking brake. Make sure the key is in the ignition switch LOCK (0) position.

  • Page 146

    Main Menu Table of Contents VTM-4 System The Variable Torque Management To Engage the VTM-4 Lock To Disengage the VTM-4 Lock, 4WD System (VTM-4) automatically The vehicle must be stopped with one of the following: transfers varying amounts of engine the engine running.

  • Page 147: Parking Tips

    Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Tips Always use the parking brake when Make sure the parking brake is Parking Tips you park your vehicle. Make sure Make sure the windows are closed. fully released before driving away. the parking brake is set firmly or Driving with the parking brake your vehicle may roll if it is on an Turn off the lights.

  • Page 148: Braking System

    Braking System Check the brakes after driving Braking System Braking System Design Your Honda is equipped with disc through deep water. Apply the brakes on all four wheels. A power brakes moderately to see if they feel assist helps reduce the effort needed normal.

  • Page 149

    Main Menu Table of Contents Braking System, Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Brake Wear Indicators Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Activating the Anti-lock Brakes If the brake pads need replacing, you The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) ABS INDICATOR will hear a distinctive, metallic helps prevent the brakes from screeching sound when you apply locking up and helps you retain the brake pedal.

  • Page 150

    Honda dealer as into oncoming traffic or off the road. soon as possible. Avoid sudden hard braking which could cause the rear wheels to lock up and possibly lead to a loss of control.

  • Page 151: Towing A Trailer

    Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer To safely tow a trailer, you should Load Limits Tongue Load observe the load limits, use the The total trailer weight and tongue The weight that the tongue of a fully proper equipment, and follow the load vary depending on the number loaded trailer puts on the hitch guidelines in this section.

  • Page 152

    Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Estimating Loads To Estimate the Total Trailer Weight (GVWR) − The maximum The best way to confirm that all Add the weight of your trailer (as allowable weight of the vehicle, all loads are within limits is to check quoted by the manufacturer) with occupants, all cargo and the tongue...

  • Page 153

    Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Subtract the second measurement If the estimated trailer weight and from the first measurement. Refer tongue load do not exceed the limits, to Fig. 1. drive your trailer to a public scale fully loaded with all occupants and cargo you plan to take on the road.

  • Page 154

    Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Total Trailer Weight and Tongue Load Limits: BOAT TRAILERS Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler. Number of Occupants Max. Trailer Weight Max. Tongue Load 4,500 lbs (2,045 kg) 450 lbs (205 kg) 4,500 lbs (2,045 kg) 450 lbs (205 kg) 4,500 lbs (2,045 kg)

  • Page 155

    Towing a Trailer Towing Equipment and chains drag on the ground. Trailer Brakes Accessories Honda requires that any trailer with Towing generally requires a variety a total trailer weight of 1,000 lbs (455 Transmission Fluid Cooler and of supplemental equipment. To kg) or more have its own brakes.

  • Page 156

    Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer, Trailer Driving Tips If you use a non-Honda trailer Driving Safely With a Trailer Trailer Lights lighting harness and converter, you For your safety and the safety of GROUND LEFT TURN SIGNAL...

  • Page 157

    Main Menu Table of Contents Trailer Driving Tips Allow more time and distance for Do not park on an incline unless it Driving on Hills braking. Do not brake or turn is unavoidable. If you must, turn When climbing hills, closely watch suddenly the trailer could the vehicle’s wheels toward the...

  • Page 158

    Main Menu Table of Contents Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome Your Pilot can be towed behind a Press on the brake pedal. Move Extended Towing motorhome at legal highway speeds the shift lever through all its If you tow more than 8 hours in one up to 65 mph (100 km/h).

  • Page 159

    Main Menu Table of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines Your vehicle has been designed Important Safety Precautions primarily for use on pavement. But To avoid loss of control or rollover, its higher ground clearance and four- be sure to follow all precautions and Improperly operating this wheel drive VTM-4 system allow you vehicle on or off-pavement can...

  • Page 160

    Main Menu Table of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines Check Out Your Vehicle Accelerating and Braking Avoiding Obstacles Before you leave the pavement, be For better traction on all surfaces, Debris in the road can damage your sure to do all scheduled maintenance accelerate slowly and gradually build suspension or other components.

  • Page 161

    Main Menu Table of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines Crossing a Stream If you decide it is safe to drive If You Get Stuck Before driving through water, stop through water, choose a suitable If you get stuck, engage the VTM-4 and make sure that: speed and engage the VTM-4 Lock.

  • Page 162

    Main Menu Table of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines You should never use a jack to try to Towing a Trailer Off-Road get unstuck. Your vehicle could You may be able to safely tow a easily slip off the jack and hurt you lightweight trailer (such as a or someone else.

  • Page 163

    ....If you have the skills and tools to per- Lights ..........form more complex maintenance Floor Mats ........tasks on your Honda, you may want Cleaning Seat Belts ....... to purchase the Service Manual. See Wiper Blades ......... page...

  • Page 164: Maintenance Safety

    All service items not detailed in this with the battery or compressed air. Injury from moving parts. section should be performed by a not run the engine unless Honda technician or other qualified instructed to do so. mechanic. Improperly maintaining this Important Safety Precautions...

  • Page 165: Maintenance Schedule

    Table of Contents Main Menu Maintenance Schedule Maintenance Schedule Which Schedule to Follow Trailer towing, driving with a roof The maintenance schedule assumes Service your vehicle according to the top carrier, or driving in you will use your vehicle as normal time and mileage periods on one of mountainous conditions.

  • Page 166

    Table of Contents Main Menu Maintenance Schedule Servicing Your Vehicle We recommend the use of Honda According to state and federal Your authorized Honda dealer parts and fluids whenever you have regulations, failure to perform knows your vehicle best and can maintenance done.

  • Page 167

    Table of Contents Main Menu Maintenance Schedule Owner’s Maintenance Checks Brakes Check the fluid level − You should check the following monthly. See page items at the specified intervals. If you are unsure of how to perform Tires − Check the tire pressure any check, turn to the appropriate monthly.

  • Page 168

    Table of Contents Main Menu Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). Follow the Normal Maintenance miles x 1,000 Schedule if the severe driving km x 1,000 conditions specified in the Severe Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Conditions Maintenance Schedule on Check tires...

  • Page 169

    Table of Contents Main Menu Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). Follow the Severe Maintenance miles x 1,000 Schedule if you drive your vehicle km x 1,000 MAINLY under one or more of the Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop following conditions:...

  • Page 170

    Table of Contents Main Menu * See dust and pollen filter on page for replacement information under special driving conditions. * At every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) up to 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or every 6 months, then every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 1 year.

  • Page 171: Maintenance Record

    Table of Contents Main Menu 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. 3,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km...

  • Page 172

    Table of Contents Main Menu Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 63,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 93,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 102,000 km 150,000 km Date Date 67,500 mi mi/km 97,500 mi mi/km 108,000 km 156,000 km Date Date...

  • Page 173

    Table of Contents Main Menu Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 123,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 198,000 km Date 127,500 mi mi/km 204,000 km Date 131,250 mi mi/km 210,000 km Date 135,000 mi mi/km 216,000 km Date 138,750 mi mi/km 222,000 km...

  • Page 174

    Table of Contents Main Menu Fluid Locations BRAKE FLUID ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Gray cap) (Orange loop) WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) COOLANT RESERVOIR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK POWER STEERING (Yellow loop) FLUID (Red cap) ENGINE OIL FILL CAP RADIATOR CAP I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : Maintenance...

  • Page 175: Adding Engine Oil

    5W-20 lubricant for your vehicle. It is engine’s performance and longevity. highly recommended that you use Always use a premium-grade 5W-20 Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for detergent oil displaying the API optimum engine protection. Make Certification Seal. This seal indicates...

  • Page 176

    Changing the oil and filter requires special tools and access from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle Engine Oil Additives Your Honda does not require any oil should be raised on a service station- WASHER DRAIN BOLT additives. Additives may adversely type hydraulic lift for this service.

  • Page 177: Changing The Oil And Filter

    5 seconds. If it does not, turn off wrench (available from your the engine and check your work. Honda dealer) is required. Let the engine run for several Install a new oil filter according to minutes, then check the drain bolt the instructions that come with it.

  • Page 178: Engine Coolant

    Table of Contents Main Menu Engine Coolant If Honda antifreeze/coolant is not If the reserve tank is completely Adding Engine Coolant available, you may use another empty, you should also check the major-brand non-silicate coolant as a coolant level in the radiator.

  • Page 179

    Table of Contents Main Menu Engine Coolant, Windshield Washers The coolant level should be up to Windshield Washers the base of the filler neck. Add Check the fluid level in the coolant if it is low. windshield washer reservoir at least Pour the coolant slowly and monthly during normal use.

  • Page 180: Automatic Transmission Fluid

    UPPER MARK Have the transmission flushed and LOWER MARK refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as DIPSTICK soon as it is convenient. Check the fluid level with the engine Insert the dipstick all the way into at normal operating temperature.

  • Page 181

    If you are not sure how to add fluid, differential fluid filler bolt and contact your Honda dealer. washer, and carefully feel inside the In very high temperatures bolt hole with your finger. The fluid (over 110°F, 43°C).

  • Page 182: Brake Fluid

    DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed schedule. container, as a temporary replacement. Using any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system. Have the brake system flushed and refilled with Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3 as soon as possible.

  • Page 183: Power Steering Fluid

    Honda PSF as soon as possible. NOTICE: Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t or right lock and holding it there can damage the power steering pump.

  • Page 184

    Insert the new bulb and make sure Adjustments should be performed by it is right side up. The tabs on the a Honda dealer or other qualified base fit into the indentations in the mechanic. headlight assembly. Pivot the hold-...

  • Page 185

    Table of Contents Main Menu Lights Replacing a Front Turn Signal/ Insert the socket back into the Parking Light Bulb headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Turn on the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. Remove the socket from the headlight assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

  • Page 186

    Table of Contents Main Menu Lights Replacing Rear Bulbs Install a new bulb into the socket Replacing the High-mount Brake and reinstall the socket into the Light light assembly. SCREW Open the tailgate. Place a cloth on the middle edge Remove the two screws, then pull of a part of the lens on the the rear light assembly straight...

  • Page 187

    Table of Contents Main Menu Lights Pull the light assembly out of the Replacing a Front Side Marker Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to tailgate. Light Bulb remove the five holding clips from the inner fender. Remove the socket from the light HOLDING CLIP assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

  • Page 188

    Table of Contents Main Menu Lights Pull the burned out bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Turn on the lights to make sure the new bulb is working.

  • Page 189

    Table of Contents Main Menu Floor Mats, Cleaning Seat Belts Floor Mats If you use a non-Honda floor mat, Cleaning Seat Belts make sure it fits properly and that it can be used with the floor mat LOOP anchor. Do not put additional floor mats on top of the anchored mat.

  • Page 190: Wiper Blades

    Table of Contents Main Menu Wiper Blades Check the condition of the wiper WIPER ARMS blades at least every six months. Replace them if you find signs of cracking in the rubber, areas that are getting hard, or if they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used.

  • Page 191

    Table of Contents Main Menu Wiper Blades Slide the new wiper blade into the BLADE BLADE holder until the tabs lock. Front only: Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield.

  • Page 192

    Table of Contents Main Menu Tires Tires Inflation Tire Size Cold Tire Pressure for Normal Driving To safely operate your vehicle, your Keeping the tires properly inflated tires must be the proper type and provides the best combination of P235/70R16 104S 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 size, in good condition with adequate handling, tread life, and riding...

  • Page 193

    Table of Contents Main Menu Tires Check the pressure in the tires when Tubeless tires have some ability to Tire Inspection they are cold. This means the vehicle self-seal if they are punctured. You Every time you check inflation, you has been parked for at least three should look closely for punctures if a should also examine the tires for...

  • Page 194

    Table of Contents Main Menu Tires Tire Maintenance Tire Rotation INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS In addition to proper inflation, correct wheel alignment helps to Front Front decrease tire wear. If you find a tire is worn unevenly, have your dealer check the wheel alignment. Have your dealer check the tires if you feel a consistent vibration while driving.

  • Page 195

    If you mount snow tires on your the same time. If that is not possible Wheels: Honda, make sure they are radial or necessary, replace the two front 16 x 6 1/2 JJ tires of the same size and load range tires or two rear tires as a pair.

  • Page 196

    Tires Tire Chains When installing cables, follow the NOTICE: Traction devices that are the Because your Honda has limited tire manufacturer’s instructions, and wrong size or improperly installed can clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’ mount them as tight as you can.

  • Page 197

    The battery gives off explosive hydrogen gas during normal If additional battery maintenance is operation. needed, see your Honda dealer or a Check the condition of the battery qualified technician. A spark or flame can cause the monthly by looking at the test battery to explode with enough indicator window.

  • Page 198: Vehicle Storage

    Change the engine oil and filter. Disconnect the battery. If you store your vehicle for 12 months or longer, have your Honda Wash and dry the exterior Support the front wiper blade dealer perform the inspections called completely.

  • Page 199: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Main Menu Taking Care of the Unexpected Compact Spare Tire ...... Changing a Flat Tire ....If Your Engine Won’t Start ..Jump Starting ........ If Your Engine Overheats .... Low Oil Pressure Light ....Charging System Indicator ..Malfunction Indicator ....

  • Page 200: Compact Spare Tire

    Main Menu Table of Contents Compact Spare Tire Use the compact spare tire as a Follow these precautions: INDICATOR LOCATION MARK temporary replacement only. Get your regular tire repaired or replaced Never exceed 50 mph (80 km/h). and put it back on your vehicle as soon as you can.

  • Page 201: Changing A Flat Tire

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, JACK stop in a safe place to change it. Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area that is far away from the traffic lanes.

  • Page 202

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire BRACKET SPARE TIRE WRENCH JACKING POINT The spare tire is stored Put the wheel nut wrench on the Place the jack under the jacking underneath the rear cargo area. hoist shaft. Turn the wrench point nearest the tire you need to Remove the plastic cover on the counterclockwise to lower the...

  • Page 203

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire EXTENSION WHEEL WRENCH BRAKE HUB Use the extension and wheel Before mounting the spare tire, Lower the vehicle to the ground wrench as shown to raise the wipe any dirt off the mounting and remove the jack.

  • Page 204

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire NOTICE: Always raise the spare tire hoist, even if you are not stowing a tire. If the hoist is lef t down, it will be damaged during driving and need to be replaced.

  • Page 205

    Main Menu Table of Contents If the Engine Won’t Start Diagnosing why your engine won’t Check the transmission interlock. If the headlights dim noticeably or start falls into two areas, depending The transmission must be in Park go out when you try to start the on what you hear when you turn the or Neutral or the starter will not engine, either the battery is dis-...

  • Page 206

    Put the transmission in Neutral or the problem. See Emergency You cannot start a Honda by pushing Park, and set the parking brake. Towing on page or pulling it.

  • Page 207: Jump Starting

    Main Menu Table of Contents Jump Starting Start your vehicle. If the starter motor still operates slowly, check that the jumper cables have good metal-to-metal contact. Once your vehicle is running, disconnect the negative cable from your vehicle, then from the booster battery.

  • Page 208: If The Engine Overheats

    Main Menu Table of Contents If the Engine Overheats The pointer of your vehicle’s If you do not see steam or spray, NOTICE: Driving with the temperature temperature gauge should stay in leave the engine running and gauge pointer at the red mark can the midrange.

  • Page 209

    Main Menu Table of Contents If the Engine Overheats If there was no coolant in the Start the engine and set the reserve tank, you may need to add temperature control dial to coolant to the radiator. Let the maximum (climate control to engine cool down until the pointer FULL AUTO at 90°F/32°C).

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Low Oil Pressure Light, Charging System Indicator Safely pull off the road, and shut Low Oil Pressure Indicator Charging System Indicator This light should never off the engine. Turn on the hazard If the charging system come on when the engine is warning lights.

  • Page 211: Malfunction Indicator

    Main Menu Table of Contents Malfunction Indicator If your vehicle battery has been Malfunction Indicator Lamp NOTICE: If you keep driving with the If the indicator comes on disconnected or gone dead, these Malf unction Indicator Lamp on, you while driving, it means one codes are erased.

  • Page 212

    Main Menu Table of Contents Brake System Indicator, Emergency Towing However, if the brake pedal does not Brake System Indicator Emergency Towing If the brake system feel normal, you should take If your vehicle needs to be towed, indicator comes on while immediate action.

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses DRIVER’ S SIDE INTERIOR PASSENGER’ S SIDE INTERIOR UNDER- HOOD FUSE BOXES The vehicle’s fuses are located in To open the passenger’s side, pull four fuse boxes. The interior fuse the right edge of the cover. boxes are located under the dashboard on the driver’s and The primary under-hood fuse box is...

  • Page 214

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses If something electrical in your BLOWN 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 device.

  • Page 215

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses If you cannot drive the vehicle If the replacement fuse of the Trailer Fuses without fixing the problem, and you same rating blows in a short time, If a trailer light is burned out, check do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse there is probably a serious if these fuses are blown when you...

  • Page 216: Fuse Locations

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuse Locations PRIMARY UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX No. Amps. Circuits Protected No. Amps. Circuits Protected 20 A Spare Fuse 30 A Rear A/C 30 A Spare Fuse 40 A Heater Motor 20 A Right Headlight 30 A Cooling Fan 15 A ACG S...

  • Page 217

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuse Locations INTERIOR FUSE BOX Driver’s Side Passenger’s Side No. Amps. Circuits Protected No. Amps. Circuits Protected Front Front 15 A Fuel Pump 20 A Driver’s Power Window 10 A 20 A Driver’s Power Seat Reclining 7.5 A Heater Control, A/C Clutch 20 A...

  • Page 218

    Main Menu I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...

  • Page 219: Technical Information

    Emissions Controls ....... you the dimensions and capacities of Specifications ........ The Clean Air Act ..... your Honda, and the locations of the DOT Tire Quality Grading ..Crankcase Emissions Control identification numbers. It also Uniform Tire Quality System ........

  • Page 220: 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 221

    Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into the engine block. It is on the front. ENGINE NUMBER The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : Technical Information...

  • Page 222: Specifications

    Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Dimensions Capacities Length 188.0 in (4,775 mm) Fuel tank Approx. Width 76.3 in (1,938 mm) 19.3 US gal (73 ) * Height 70.6 in (1,793 mm) Engine Change 1.74 US gal (6.6 ) Wheelbase 106.3 in (2,700 mm) coolant Total...

  • Page 223

    Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Lights Fuses Headlights 12 V − 60 W/55 W (HB2) Interior Driver’s side See page or the fuse label Front side marker lights 12 V − (168) attached to the dashboard. Front turn signal lights/ 12 V −...

  • Page 224

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

  • Page 225

    Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles), Tire Labeling Warning: The temperature grade for Vehicle type (P indicates Temperature − A, B, C − The temperature grades are A (the this tire is established for a tire that passenger vehicle).

  • Page 226: Tire Labeling

    Main Menu Table of Contents Tire Labeling Tire Identification Number Tire Identification Number (TIN) is a group of numbers and letters that look like the following example TIN. DOT B97R FW6X 2202 − This indicates that the tire meets all requirements of the U.S.

  • Page 227: Emissions Controls

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

  • Page 228

    System engine’s combustion and minimize The Exhaust Gas Recirculation Honda replacement parts or their the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that (EGR) system takes some of the equivalent for repairs. Using lower comes out the tailpipe.

  • Page 229: 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 230: State Emissions Testing

    Main Menu Table of Contents State Emissions Testing Make sure the gas tank is nearly, Keep the vehicle in Park. Increase Testing of Readiness Codes If you take your vehicle for a state but not completely, full (around the engine speed to 2,000 rpm and emissions test shortly after the 3/4).

  • Page 231

    If the testing facility determines the readiness codes are still not set, see your Honda dealer. I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : Technical Information...

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    Main Menu I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y :...

  • Page 233: Warranty And Customer Relations

    Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Service Information ........ Warranty Coverages ....Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) ......Authorized Manuals ..... I n f o r ma t i o n P r o v i d e d b y : Technical Information...

  • Page 234: Customer Service Information

    Main Menu Table of Contents Customer Service Information Honda dealership personnel are U.S. Owners: In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin trained professionals. They should Islands: American Honda Motor Co. be able to answer all your questions. Honda Customer Service...

  • Page 235: Warranty Coverages

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

  • Page 236

    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 237: Authorized Manuals

    Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should (U.S.only) contact their authorized Honda dealer. The publications shown below can be purchased from Helm ORDER TOLL FREE: 1-800-782-4356 Incorporated. You can order in any of three ways:...

  • Page 238

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

  • Page 239

    Main Menu Index Brakes Anti-theft Steering Column Lock . Audio System ........Anti-lock System (ABS) ... Accessories and Modifications . Break-in, New Linings ..... Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners . ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Automatic Lighting Off Feature . Fluid ........... Position) ........

  • Page 240

    Main Menu Index Child Seats ........Proper Solution ......Important Safety Reminders ..Temperature Gauge ....Cancel Button ........ Infants .......... Crankcase Emissions Control Capacities Chart ......Larger Children ......System ........Carbon Monoxide Hazard ..... LATCH ......... Cruise Control Indicator ....

  • Page 241

    Main Menu Index Disc Brake Wear Indicators ..Low Oil Pressure Indicator ..Disposal of Used Oil ..... Malfunction Indicator Lamp . Doors Fan, Interior ........Overheated Engine ....Locking and Unlocking ....Emergency Brake ......Features, Comfort and Lockout Prevention ....

  • Page 242

    Main Menu Index Fuel ..........GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight HomeLink Universal Fill Door and Cap ...... Rating) ........Transceiver ........ Gauge ........... Hood, Opening the ....... Octane Requirement ....Horn ..........Reserve Indicator ......Tank, Filling the ......Halogen Headlight Bulbs .....

  • Page 243

    Main Menu Index Low Fuel ........Low Oil Pressure Indicator . 48, Low Oil Pressure ......Lower Anchor ......... Side Airbag Off ......Keys ..........Lubricant Specifications Chart ..........Luggage, Storing (Cargo) ....Turn Signal and Hazard Warning ........VTM-4 ..........

  • Page 244

    Main Menu Index Parking ........... Parking Brake ......... Octane Requirement, Gasoline . Parking Brake and Brake System Radiator Overheating ....Odometer ......... Indicator ....... . 49, Radio/CD Sound Odometer, Trip ....... Parking Lights ......... System .......... Off-Highway Driving ....Parking Over Things that Burn . Readiness Codes ......

  • Page 245

    Main Menu Index Schedule ......164-166 Cleaning ........Shift Lock Release ......Seat Belts ........Lap/Shoulder Belt ...... Side Marker Lights, Bulb Timing Belt ........ Maintenance ........ Replacement in ......Tires ........... Reminder Light and Side Airbags ........ . 9, Wiper Blades ......

  • Page 246

    Main Menu Index START (Ignition Key Position) ..Technical Descriptions Inspection ........Starting the Engine ....... DOT Tire Quality Grading ..Maintenance ......In Cold Weather at High Emissions Control Systems ..Replacing ........Altitude ........State Emissions Testing ..Rotating ........

  • Page 247

    Main Menu Index Turn Signals ........Washer, Windshield Checking the Fluid Level ..Level Indicator ......Operation ........Unexpected, Taking Care Wheels of the .......... Adjusting the Steering ....Uniform Tire Quality Grading ..Alignment and Balance .... Unleaded Gasoline ......

  • Page 248: Service Information Summary

    ATF (see page Recommended Engine Oil: Brake Fluid: API Service SJ ‘‘Energy Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid Conserving’’ oil, SAE 5W-20 DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or viscosity (see page DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary...

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