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1990 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 www.helminc.com.
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.
Maintenance .......................................................................................................................................
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 ................................................................................................................................................
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   Summary of Contents for Honda 1990 Accord Sedan

  • Page 1

    1990 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 www.helminc.com. Contents Owner's Identification Form Features & Safety ..........................

  • Page 2

    DEALER'S SIGNATURE The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any...

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    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 4: Keys And Locks

    Keys and Locks Keys Your car is supplied with a master key that fits the ignition MASTER KEY VALET KEY 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.

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    Keys and Locks (cont'd) Power Door Locks (LX, EX) 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.

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    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 outside, put the master key in the lock and turn clockwise. The trunk lid opener lever is lockable with the master key.

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    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. Pull up Pull up The angle of the seat-back can be changed by pulling up on the...

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    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 but- ton next to the restraint's height bar, while pushing the restraint down.

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    Seats (cont'd) Trunk Access From Rear Seat The rear seat-back can be opened by turning the lock on the rear shelf with the master key and pulling down the top of the seat-back. This allows access to the trunk and makes it possi- ble to carry long objects inside the car.

  • Page 10: Seat Belts

    Seat Belts Your Honda automobile is provided with seat belts to minimize the chance of injury to yourself and your passengers in a sud- den stop or accident. See pages for precautions on using seat belts for children, babies, and pregnant women. Seat belts are most ef- fective when the driver and passengers are sitting up straight and well back in their seats.

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    Seats Belt (cont'd) Normal movement of the shoulder belt buckle may cause injury. Be sure all parts of your body, especially fingers and hands, are clear of the shoulder buckle while it is moving. NOTE: If the door is not closed completely, the shoulder belt buckle will not move and the door warning light will come on (see page 23).

  • Page 12

    Make sure the strap of the shoulder belt and the lap belt are not crossed. Do not wear the shoulder portion of the belt under your arm or out of position. Such use could increase the chance and amount of injury in an accident. Releasing the Seat Belts 1 .To release the manual lap belt, push the "PRESS"...

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    Seat Belts (cont'd) Buckling the Rear Seat Combination Lap/Shoulder Belts In the rear seat, there are two one-piece combination lap/shoulder belts and a center lap belt. The seat-backs and seat belts provide best restraint when the occupant is sitting well back and straight up in the seat. The combination lap/shoulder belts with emergency locking retractors are designed to lock only during a sudden stop or im- pact.

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    Rear Center Seat Belt Adjust the center lap belt length to fit snugly but comfortably when buckled. A slack belt will greatly reduce the protection afforded to the wearer. Hold the tongue plate perpendicular to the belt as shown. * To shorten, pull the end of the belt away from the tongue plate.

  • Page 15

    Emergency Belt Release (see page 11). When the system does not function by either method, have the system checked by an authorized Honda dealer. If the light and beeper do not function at all, or if they come on even with the belts latched and doors fully clos- ed, it indicates a malfunction in the seat belt system.

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    Child Restraint Children riding in the car should be restrained to minimize the risk of injury in an accident, sudden stop or sudden maneuver. According to accident statistics provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seating positions than in the front seat.

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    When the child restraint system is not in use, remove it from the car or secure it with the seat belt to keep it from becoming a projectile in the event of an accident. NOTE: See your Honda dealer for installation of the child restraint system. Pregnant Women...

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    Inspection All parts of the seat belts, including the belt fabric, should be regularly inspected for fraying, loosening, wear and other damage. Keep the belts in good condition at all times to reduce the chance of being injured in an accident, and to minimize any injuries that do occur.

  • Page 19: Instrument Panel

    Instrument Panel CRUISE WIPER/ HAZARD DIGITAL CONTROL WARNING WASHER CLOCK MASTER SWITCH SWITCH REAR SWITCH WINDOW DEFOGGER SUNROOF SWITCH LIGHT SWITCH SWITCH COIN HEATING/ IGNITION COOLING SWITCH CONTROL FUSE ASHTRAY GLOVE BOX PANEL HOOD PANEL RELEASE BRIGHTNESS HANDLE CONTROL TILT STEERING KNOB CIGARETTE ADJUSTMENT...

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    Gauges Speedometer The speed is indicated in miles per hour (outside scale) and kilometers per hour (inside). Odometer The numbers on the odometer indicate miles. The odometer registers total distance traveled, and serves as your guide for determining when periodic maintenance is due. Federal law makes it illegal to alter the odometer of any motor vehicle with the intent to change the number of miles indi- cated.

  • Page 21: Warning And Indicator Lights

    Honda dealer as soon as possible. Turn Signal/Hazard Warning Indicator Lights 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 22

    83). Even if the oil level is correct, the engine should be checked by a Honda dealer before the car is driven again. NOTE: The oil pressure warning light will only light as a result of low oil pressure. It is not directly an oil level indicator.

  • Page 23

    It will also come on, and remain on, if there is a malfunction in the emission control system. 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.

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    Checking the Safety Indicator Lights The door, trunk lid and brake lamp warning lights should come on for about two seconds when the ignition switch is turned on. If they don't, have the system checked by a Honda dealer.

  • Page 25: Tilt Steering

    Tilt Steering The steering wheel position can be adjusted to suit 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.

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    Windshield Wipers/Washer/Defogger Windshield Wipers Switch the wipers to INT for in- termittent 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 temporary high speed operation of the wipers.

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    Windshield Wipers/Washer/Defogger (cont'd) 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.

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    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 posi- tion reduces glare from the headlights of vehicles behind you.

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    Lights Turn Signals Push the turn signal lever down to signal a left turn, and up for RIGHT TURN FIRST a right turn. The indicator and STOP appropriate signal lights will blink. lever will return FIRST automatically original STOP position when steering LEFT TURN...

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    Hazard Warning System This system should be used on- ly when your car is stopped under emergency or hazardous conditions. To activate, push hazard warning switch ). The front and rear turn signals will blink simultaneous- Push ly and both indicator lights will flash.

  • Page 31

    Lights (cont'd) Interior Light The interior light has a three position switch. The light is off all the time in the OFF position. In the middle position, it goes on only when a door is opened. In the ON position, it is on all the time.

  • Page 32

    Cruise Control (LX, EX) Cruise Control The Cruise Control system allows you to set and automatically maintain any speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator. As its name implies, it is meant for cruising on straight, uncongested highways or freeways. It is not recommended to be used in traffic, on winding roads or in bad weather conditions where the driver should have total control.

  • Page 33

    Cruise Control (cont'd) To Change the Set Speed: To a faster speed — For gradual acceleration with your foot off the accelerator, push and hold the RESUME switch until you reach the desired speed; release the switch and the system's memory will be re-programmed to the new speed.

  • Page 34

    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 slight- ly. Release the safety catch under the front center of the hood by pushing the rubber-tipped handle up.

  • Page 35

    Power Windows (LX, EX) Power Windows DRIVER'S WINDOW The power windows can be op- SWITCH erated only when the ignition switch is in the " I I " position. The operation of the windows controlled main switch located in the master control panel on the armrest of MAIN the driver's door.

  • Page 36

    Glove Box and Clock Glove Box Open Open by pulling the handle. Close with a firm push. Lock The glove box door can be locked by using the master key. The glove box light will go on when the glove box door is opened and the headlights are Pull Do not drive the car...

  • Page 37

    Beverage Holder (LX, EX) 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 38: Cigarette Lighter And Ashtrays

    Cigarette Lighter and Ashtrays Cigarette Lighter Push in to heat up. It will auto- Push matically release when the ele- ment is hot. DO NOT hold it in while it is heating up. Front Ashtray Open the ashtray by pulling its bottom edge toward you.

  • Page 39: Heating And Cooling

    Heating and Cooling The vents, heater and air conditioner (optional on DX) are com- bined in one system; adjusting four basic controls to different settings can provide a full range of interior temperatures for safe and comfortable driving. Ventilation The flow-through ventilation system can provide fresh air to the interior when the car is moving or stopped, even with the windows closed.

  • Page 40

    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.

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    Heating and Cooling (cont'd) What the Controls Do: [DX] FUNCTION LEVER RECIRCULATION BUTTON AND FAN SWITCH INDICATOR LIGHT AIR CONDITIONER BUTTON AND INDICATOR LIGHT TEMPERATURE LEVER (optional) [LX/EX] TEMPERATURE FUNCTION BUTTONS AND FAN SWITCH CONTROL DIAL INDICATOR LIGHTS FRESH AIR BUTTON RECIRCULATION BUTTON AIR CONDITIONER BUTTON Fan Switch...

  • Page 42

    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 Conditioner Switch (optional on DX) With the fan on, push the A/C button to operate the air condi- tioner.

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    Heating and Cooling (cont'd) How to Use the Controls To Ventilate [DX] Move the temperature lever to the left, select the posi- tion and push the button off. Switch the fan on and outside air will flow through the corner and center vents.

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    To Cool with A/C (optional on DX) To cool the car down quickly, start the engine, turn the fan to high, push the A/C button 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 the position and push the...

  • Page 45

    Heating and Cooling (cont'd) 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 outlet. On the LX and EX models, a small amount of warmed air will also flow from the windshield defroster vent.

  • Page 46

    To Dehumidify with A/C (optional on DX) Because an air conditioner 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 button on, select the desired function and adjust the temperature lever/control dial to a comfortable setting.

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    Heating and Cooling (cont'd) To Defrost To defrost or defog the windshield and door windows, slide the temperature lever to the right or turn the temperature con- trol dial clockwise, select (defrost) function, switch to setting, and switch the fan on. Warmed (outside) air will then flow from the windshield and side defroster vents.

  • Page 48

    For extra door window defrosting or defogging, select either (defrost) function, switch to the 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 49

    Sunroof (EX) To open or close the sunroof, push and hold the switch. Release the switch when the sunroof reaches the desired posi- tion. Do not hold the switch on after the sunroof has fully opened or closed, or you may damage the sunroof motor. POP-UP WIND DEFLECTOR Close...

  • Page 50

    If the Sunroof Won't Close Remove plug The sunroof can be closed manually, if the control switch will not close it. 1. Remove the round plug near the rear center of the head- liner. 2. Insert the sunroof wrench (from the tool kit) into the socket.

  • Page 51

    Stereo Sound System (LX, EX) [LX] Bass Control Treble Control [EX] Bass Control Treble Control ON/OFF Switch Turn the switch clockwise on the LX model or push the button on the EX model to switch the unit on. The radio antenna will rise automatically when the unit is turned on.

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    Radio Operation Frequency [LX] Display [EX] Frequency Display AM/FM Band Selector Push to select AM or FM band. The corresponding band in- dicator will light. Manual Tuning Push the button to tune to a lower frequency station. Push the button to tune to a higher frequency station. NOTE: If you hold either button for more than half a second, the tuning frequency will count up or down rapidly.

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    Stereo Sound System (cont'd) Preset Station 1. Make sure the Band Selector is on the band you want...AM or FM. Then, find the station you want by Manual Tuning or Seek Tuning. 2. Press and hold one of the Preset Buttons. 3.

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    Tape Operation [LX] [EX] Tape Direction Indicator With the cassette inserted " A " side up, the indicator ( ) will be displayed when the " A " side is playing; the indicator ( ) will be displayed when the " B " side is playing. Program Selector (PROG) Push to change the direction of tape play.

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    Stereo Sound System (cont'd) Repeat Button (REPEAT) Push the REPEAT button (indicator on) to return to the begin- ning of a song or section of programming and repeat its play. Push the button again (indicator off) to cancel the repeat func- tion and resume normal play.

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    CLEAN Indicator Light After 50 hours of cassette tape play, the 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 below), they should be cleaned immediately.

  • Page 57

    CAUTION: If you notice steady spark knock while holding a steady speed on a level road, try changing brands of gasoline. If the spark knock persists, consult your Honda dealer. Failure to do so is considered misuse, and misuse is not covered under the New Car Warranty.

  • Page 58

    Fuel system damage or vehicle performance problems resulting from the use of such fuels is not covered under the new car warranties. Honda cannot endorse the use of fuels containing methanol since evidence of their suitability is as yet incomplete.

  • Page 59

    Always stop the engine before refueling, and never refuel near sparks or open flames. 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 fuel system problems.

  • Page 60

    You can only get maximum fuel economy if your car is in top running condition. 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.

  • Page 61: 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 62: Starting The Engine

    Starting the Engine Before Starting Manual Transmission: 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. Push the clutch pedal all the way in (see NOTE below). 3. Shift the transmission to neutral. NOTE: On cars equipped with manual transmissions, the engine will not crank unless the clutch pedal is fully depressed. Automatic Transmission: 1.

  • Page 63

    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 64

    Engine Exhaust Gas Warning A properly maintained car is your best protection against ex- haust gas entering the passenger compartment. The exhaust system should be thoroughly inspected by a com- petent mechanic whenever: The car is raised for oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust.

  • Page 65

    Shifting the 5 Speed 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 descend- ing steep grades, select a lower gear to help maintain a...

  • Page 66

    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.

  • Page 67

    Neutral. 4. Return the key to the ignition switch, depress the brake pedal and restart the engine. NOTE: If you encounter any problem shifting out of Park, have your authorized Honda dealer check the system as soon as possible.

  • Page 68

    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 69

    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 70

    2-2nd Use 2nd gear for increased engine braking when driving downhill, and increased power when driving uphill; also for driving on slippery roads, and freeing the car from mud or sand, where 1 st gear could provide too much power and cause skidding or wheelspin.

  • Page 71: 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, brak- ing, 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 72

    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 73

    For information regarding trailer hitch and trailer electrical wir- ing availability, contact your Honda dealer. CAUTION: Connections to your car's electrical system should be made by your Honda dealer or a qualified electrician. Improper installation may damage your vehicle's electrical system and cause a malfunction of the lights.

  • Page 74

    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. Check also for excessive cargo weight, worn suspension or other causes and correct the pro- blem before driving.

  • Page 75

    Towing a Trailer (cont'd) 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 76

    Parking with a Trailer Whenever parking your car on an incline with a trailer attach- ed, place and seat chocks at each wheel of the car and trailer. This is in addition to the normal parking preparations of firmly applying the parking brake and placing the transmission in first or reverse (manual transmission) or P (automatic transmis- sion).

  • Page 77

    The Required Maintenance Schedule * specifies all mainte- nance 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 78

    Check the following items at each fuel stop: 1. Engine oil level. 2. Radiator coolant level. Check the following items periodically: 1. Brakes: for braking efficiency, brake pedal travel and hydraulic fluid level. 2. Lights: for operation of headlights, taillights, side marker lights, stoplights, turn signals and back-up lights.

  • Page 79

    Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd) Check oil and coolant level at each fuel stop. Under severe driving conditions, service these items twice as often. (See page...

  • Page 80

    Required Maintenance Record Have your servicing dealer record all Required Maintenance below. Keep receipts for all work done on your car. (cont'd)

  • Page 81

    Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd) Severe Driving Conditions CAUTION: The following items must be serviced more fre- quently 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...

  • Page 83: Fluid Locations

    Fluid Locations AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR ENGINE OIL FILLER CAP RADIATOR CLUTCH FLUID RESERVE RESERVOIR TANK RADIATOR ENGINE OIL POWER STEERING DIPSTICK WASHER FLUID FLUID RESERVOIR RESERVOIR CAP...

  • Page 84: 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 and wipe it clean. Re-insert it all the way down, then pull it out and read the level. The level should be between the upper and lower marks.

  • Page 85

    Engine Oil and Filter (cont'd) Fuel Efficient Oil For the best fuel economy from your car, it is recommended that you use a fuel efficient SG oil. This oil is usually identified by the words such as: "Energy Conserving I I , " "Gas Saving," and "Fuel Saving,"...

  • Page 86

    NOTE: Please dispose of used motor oil in a manner that is compatible with the environment. We suggest you take it in a sealed container to your local service station for reclamation. Do not throw it in the trash or pour it on the ground. CAUTION: Used motor oil may cause skin cancer if repeatedly left in contact with the skin for prolonged periods.

  • Page 87

    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 bum 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 88

    Use the proper viscosity oil for climate which you drive: Ambient Temperature Automatic The automatic transmission fluid level is checked (with the engine off and the car on level ground) using the dipstick in the right end of the transmission housing. Remove the dipstick and wipe it off.

  • Page 89: 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 90

    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 91

    Cooling System (cont'd) 1. Set the heater temperature control dial 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 BOLT DRAIN PLUG 3.

  • Page 92

    Both front and rear brakes should be inspected for wear at the intervals shown in the Maintenance Schedule on page 78. 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. When the brake pads need to be replaced, the wear indicators will make a "screeching"...

  • Page 93

    Brakes/Clutch Fluid (cont'd) NOTE: Due to some driving habits or climates, brakes may "squeal" when you first apply them or when you have them partially applied; this is normal, and does not indicate ex- cessive wear. The wear indicator makes a "screeching" sound while the brakes are applied.

  • Page 94: Power Steering

    Do not overfill. CAUTION: Use only genuine Honda power steering fluid. The use of other fluids such as A.T.F. or other manufacturer's power steering fluid will damage the system.

  • Page 95

    It should be replaced at 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 48 months whichever comes first, or any time you suspect contaminated gas may have clogged it. CAUTION: Because the fuel system is under pressure, the filter should be replaced only by a qualified Honda technician.

  • Page 96: 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 (ND) (for all normal driving) ZFR6F-11 (NGK), KJ20CR-L11 (ND) (for hot climates or continuous high speed driving) Keep hands away from the radiator fan.

  • Page 97: 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 the base of the Push...

  • Page 98

    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.

  • Page 99: Fuse Replacement

    Fuse Replacement The fuse box 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. If any of your car's lights, accessories, or controls don't work, check their fuses.

  • Page 100

    CAUTION: 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.

  • Page 101: Bulb Replacement

    Bulb Replacement See page for bulb specifications. Front side marker and Front turn signal lights turn signal lights/posi- tion lights Rear turn signal/brake and taillights License plate lights Brake and taillights/ back-up lights...

  • Page 102

    Interior light Sunvisor light (LX, EX) Door courtesy lights (LX, EX) (Front) (Rear) High mount brake light Trunk light...

  • Page 103

    Tires The factory-installed tires on your car were selected to provide the best performance for normal driving. Inflation Pressures The tire label on the driver's door jamb shows recommend- ed tire pressures for carrying loads up to the limit shown. These pressures were chosen to provide you with the best combination of tread life, riding...

  • Page 104

    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. Tire Rotation Tires may wear unevenly when used for a long time in the same position on the car.

  • Page 105

    When replacing tires, use only the recommended tire size. Wheel rim widths and offsets must be those recommended by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Contact the Zone Office nearest you as shown on the inside of the back cover. Tires and wheels other than those recommended may be unsafe.

  • Page 106

    Air Conditioner Care Condenser and Radiator Check the engine radiator and the air conditioner 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 easi- ly damaged;...

  • Page 107

    Air Conditioner Care (cont'd) System Maintenance Run your air conditioner 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.

  • Page 108: Appearance Care

    During wiping, inspect the surface for stone chips and scrat- ches; 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 109

    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 abrassive cleaners or stiff brushes.

  • Page 110

    Salt used for road de-icing will coat the bottom of the car and hasten rusting. Localities with high humidity have greater potential for rust problems, especially where salt is also present on the road or in moist sea air. Industrial pollution will accelerate the deterioration of paint finishes and promote rusting.

  • Page 111: Body Repair

    Imitation sheet metal parts are not covered by the Honda Limited Warranty. To ensure your continued satisfaction with your Honda vehicle in the event of an accident, contact your insurance adjuster and insist on Genuine Honda parts in the repair of your vehicle.

  • Page 112: 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 COM- PACT 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 113

    Spare Tire (cont'd) INDICATOR TREAD LOCATION WEAR COMPACT spare tire MARK INDICATOR has a much shorter tread life than regular 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 construc- tion.

  • Page 114: 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 and put the transmission in gear, (Park for automatic).

  • Page 115

    Changing a Flat Tire (cont'd) Follow tire changing preparations and procedures carefully to reduce the possibility of injury. The jack is design- ed 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.

  • Page 116

    The recommend- ed torque is: 110 N.m (80 Ib. ft). If a torque wrench used, authorized Honda dealer to verify the torque as soon as possible. TIGHTENING TORQUE 12. Repair or replace the dam- 110 N.m (80 lb-ft)

  • Page 117: 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. Never connect the jumper cable directly to the negative post of the "dead"...

  • Page 118

    3. Use the other cable to connect the negative terminal of the booster battery to the engine at the ground cable as shown. 4. To remove the cables, reverse the above procedures exact- DO NOT push or tow a car to start it. The forward surge when the engine starts could cause a collision.

  • Page 119

    We recommend the following: Flat Bed Equipment — Entire car is winched on a flat bed vehi- cle. This is the best way of transporting your Honda. Wheel Lift Type — Tow with the front wheels off the ground. If the car can only be towed with the front wheels on the ground: make sure the transmission is full of fluid (see pages —...

  • Page 120

    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 121

    Shoulder Belt Buckle Proceed as follows if the shoulder belt buckle stalls. 1. Lift the hood and remove the cover from the engine com- partment fuse box. 2. Remove the fuse for the automatic ("passive") shoulder belt buckle motor that does not work. LEFT MOTOR RIGHT MOTOR 3.

  • Page 122

    4. Remove the cover located on the center pillar. COVER 5. Set the wrench extension into the wrench grip (both provid- ed in the tool bag) then insert the wrench into the socket and turn it counterclockwise until the shoulder belt buckle reaches its rear locked position.

  • Page 123: Specifications

    Specifications 1 : Including the coolant in reserve tank (0.6 /0.6 US qt) and that remaining in the engine. 2: Excluding the oil remaining in the engine, but including that in the oil filter.

  • Page 124

    page 95.

  • Page 125: 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 attached to the left rear door jamb, as well as under the hood on the body, directly behind the engine.

  • Page 126

    DOT Tire Quality Grades The tires on all Honda cars meet Federal Safety Requirements. All tires on the ACCORD are also " g r a d e d " according to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards for tread wear, traction and temperature.

  • Page 127

    DOT Tire Quality Grades (cont'd) Temperature The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C represen- ting the tire's resistance to the generation of heat and its abili- ty 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 128: Emission Controls

    Federal regulations implementing the Clean Air Act. Honda recom- mends 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 129

    Emission Controls (cont'd) Engine Exhaust Controls The engine exhaust emission control systems are designed to control combustion during idle, acceleration, cruise, and decel- eration. These systems are entirely separate from the crankcase and evaporative emission control systems describ- ed previously. PGM-FI System The PGM-FI system consists of three independent sub- systems;...

  • Page 130: Catalytic Converter

    — Don't change the ignition timing, or remove any emission control parts. — Use only the spark plugs specified in this manual. — Don't keep driving your car if it isn't running properly, or if its CHARGE warning light comes on; have it checked by your Honda dealer.

  • Page 131: Warranty Service

    After following these steps, if you wish to have the matter reviewed by American Honda you should contact the Zone Of- fice serving your area, as shown on the map on the inside of the back cover. When contacting American Honda, please pro-...

  • Page 132: Reporting Safety Defects

    If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying American Honda Motor Co., Inc. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an in- vestigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign.

  • Page 133: Authorized Manuals

    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 134

    Index Bulb Replacement ....Air Conditioner Specification ....Care ......Buzzer ..See "Beeper System" Operation ...... Air Filter ......Air Pressure, Tires ....Capacities ......Aluminum Alloy Wheels ..Care and Cleaning ....Antenna ......Catalytic Converter ..... Antifreeze Certification Label ....

  • Page 135

    Index (cont'd) If Your Car Gets Stuck ..Jump Starting ....Gasoline ....See " F u e l " Shoulder Belt Buckle ..Gas Station Towing ......Information ..Back cover Warning and Indicator Gauges ......Lights ....... Glove Box ......Emission Controls ....

  • Page 136

    Numbers, Identification ..Keys Door Locks ....Glove Box ...... Ignition ......Octane Rating, Key Reminder Beeper ..Gasoline ..... See " F u e l " Keys ......Odometer ......Trunk Lock ..... Clutch Fluid ....Engine Oil ...... Fluid Locations ....

  • Page 137

    Index (cont'd) Replacement Spare Tire Air Filter ......Changing a Flat Tire ..Bulbs ......COMPACT Spare Tire ..Engine Oil ...... Specifications ....Fuel Filter ....... Spark Plugs ......Fuses ......Specifications ....Oil Filter ......Speedometer ...... Radiator Coolant ..... Starting the Engine ....

  • Page 138

    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 ........

  • Page 139

    P.O. Box 190816 1500 Morrison Parkway San Juan, PR 00919-0816 Alpharetta, Georgia 30201 (809) 250-8070 (770) 442-2045 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 140: Gas Station Information

    ATF or any other brand of power steering fluid, because it will damage the system. AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC. 1919 Torrance Blvd., Torrance California 90501 1989 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. - A l l Rights Reserved 31SM4606 PL 25009608 N 00X31-SM4-6060...

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1990 accord coupe, Accord ex 1990

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