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Congratulations! Your selection of a 2009 Honda Ridgeline was a wise
investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure.
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to
read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and
convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner's manual in your vehicle so
you can refer to it at any time.
Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet
thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights
and responsibilities.
Maintaining your vehicle according to the maintenance minder shown in the
instrument panel helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves
your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that
your dealer's staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique
to your vehicle. Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be
pleased to answer any questions and concerns.
2009 Ridgeline
Introduction
As you read this manual, you will
find information that is preceded by
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information is intended to help you
avoid damage to your vehicle, other
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  • Page 1

    As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by information is intended to help you avoid damage to your vehicle, other property, or the environment. 2009 Ridgeline Introduction symbol. This...

  • Page 2

    This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It may also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 3

    Safety Section − how to use this vehicle correctly and safely. Instructions − This entire book is filled with important safety information carefully. 2009 Ridgeline A Few Words About Safety and one of , or CAUTION please read it −...

  • Page 4: Important Handling Information

    For information on how to reduce the risk of rollover, read ‘‘Driving Guidelines’’ on page of this manual and the section on page . Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result in loss of Off-Highway Driving Guidelines control or an accident. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 5: X31-sjc-6300

    Owner's Identification Form Introduction ... A Few Words About Safety ... Important Handling Information ... Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) ... Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) ... Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, multi-information display, dashboard, and steering column) ... Features (climate control, audio, steering wheel, security, cruise control and Homelink Before Driving (fuel, vehicle break- in, and cargo loading) ...

  • Page 6

    Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and details how to handle them. 2009 Ridgeline Technical Information ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information. Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S.

  • Page 7: Your Vehicle At A Glance

    Vehicle with navigation system is shown. : If equipped * (P.62) DRIVER’S FRONT REAR VIEW MIRROR WITH (P.9, 25) AIRBAG COMPASS CENTER CONSOLE (P.136) 2009 Ridgeline Your Vehicle at a Glance PASSENGER’S FRONT * (P.210) AIRBAG (P.9, 25) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.159) AUXILIARY INPUT *...

  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    SHIFT LEVER (P.271) VTM-4 LOCK (P.276) VOICE CONTROL BLUETOOTH * BUTTONS HANDSFREELINK SYSTEM VOICE CONTROL * (P.218) BUTTONS 2009 Ridgeline * (P.76) * INFO ( ) BUTTON ▲ (P.76) * SEL/RESET BUTTON (P.76) * INFO ( ) BUTTON ▼ (P.76)

  • Page 9

    Additional Safety Precautions . Protecting Children General − Guidelines All Children Must Be Restrained 2009 Ridgeline Driver and Passenger Safety All Children Should Sit in a Back Seat The Passenger’s Front Airbag Can Pose Serious Risks If You Must Drive with Several...

  • Page 10: Important Safety Precautions

    Alcohol and driving don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with 2009 Ridgeline every additional drink. So don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive, either.

  • Page 11: Your Vehicle's Safety Features

    (7) Front Airbags (8) Front Seat Belt Tensioners (9) Door Locks (10) Side Airbags (11) Side Curtain Airbags 2009 Ridgeline Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Some features do not require any action on your part.

  • Page 12: Seat Belts

    In addition, most states and all Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts. 2009 Ridgeline Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash, even though your vehicle has airbags.

  • Page 13: Airbags

    (see page for more information on how your front airbags work). 2009 Ridgeline Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Your vehicle also has side airbags to help protect the upper torso of the driver or a front seat passenger...

  • Page 14

    2009 Ridgeline Always wear What you should do: your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle.

  • Page 15: Protecting Adults And Teens

    You will see the appropriate indicator(s) for each condition. 2009 Ridgeline Protecting Adults and Teens On models with navigation system Your vehicle also has a tailgate, In-...

  • Page 16

    ‘‘DOOR OPEN’’ message will come on. When the In-Bed Trunk is not tightly closed, the ‘‘TRUNK OPEN’’ message will come on. 2009 Ridgeline When the tailgate is not tightly closed, the ‘‘TAILGATE OPEN’’ message will come on.

  • Page 17: Adjust The Front Seats

    This vehicle has auto door locking/ unlocking features. See page how to set them. 2009 Ridgeline Protecting Adults and Teens Adjust the Front Seats Adjust the driver’s seat as far to the rear as possible while allowing you to maintain full control of the vehicle.

  • Page 18: Adjust The Seat-backs

    Once your seat is adjusted correctly, rock it back and forth to make sure it is locked into position. See page for how to adjust the front seats. 2009 Ridgeline Adjust the Seat-Backs Adjust the driver’s seat-back to a comfortable, upright position,...

  • Page 19: Adjust The Head Restraints

    Have passengers adjust their head restraints properly as well. Taller persons should adjust their restraint as high as possible. 2009 Ridgeline Protecting Adults and Teens When a passenger is seated in the rear center seating position, make sure the center head restraint is adjusted to its highest position.

  • Page 20: Fasten And Position The Seat Belts

    This lets your strong pelvic bones take the force of a crash and reduces the chance of internal injuries. 2009 Ridgeline If necessary, pull up on the belt again to remove any slack, then check that the belt rests across the center of your chest and over your shoulder.

  • Page 21: Maintain A Proper Sitting Position

    See page for additional information about your seat belts and how to take care of them. 2009 Ridgeline Protecting Adults and Teens Maintain a Proper Sitting Position After all occupants have adjusted their seats and head restraints, and...

  • Page 22: Advice For Pregnant Women

    2009 Ridgeline When driving, remember to sit upright and adjust the seat as far back as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle.

  • Page 23: Additional Safety Precautions

    2009 Ridgeline Protecting Adults and Teens Keep your hands and arms away If your from the airbag covers.

  • Page 24: Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

    2009 Ridgeline If the indicator comes on or the beeper sounds when the driver’s seat belt is latched and there is no front...

  • Page 25: Lap/shoulder Belt

    To refasten the seat belt, pull it out only as far as needed. 2009 Ridgeline Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners For added protection, the front seat belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners.

  • Page 26: Seat Belt Maintenance

    See your Honda Warranty Information booklet for details. 2009 Ridgeline If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by the dealer. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent crash.

  • Page 27: Additional Information About Your Airbags

    (13) (11) (10) (5) (4) (16) (14) (15) 2009 Ridgeline Your airbag system includes: Two SRS (supplemental restraint system) front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored in the center of (14) the steering wheel; the front passenger’s airbag is stored in the dashboard.

  • Page 28

    ON (II) position. 2009 Ridgeline An indicator on the instrument panel that alerts you to a possible problem with your airbags, sensors, or seat belt tensioners...

  • Page 29: How Your Front Airbags Work

    (see page 2009 Ridgeline After inflating, the front airbags immediately deflate, so they won’t interfere with the driver’s visibility, or the ability to steer or operate other controls.

  • Page 30

    This provides longer airbag inflation time with a little less force. 2009 Ridgeline Dual-Threshold Airbags Your front airbags are also dual- threshold airbags. Airbags with this feature have two deployment...

  • Page 31

    If there is a problem with the sensor, the SRS indicator will come on, and the airbag will inflate in the normal manner regardless of the driver’s seating position. 2009 Ridgeline PASSENGER’S SEAT WEIGHT SENSOR The passenger’s advanced front airbag system has weight sensors under the seat.

  • Page 32: How Your Side Airbags Work

    ). If it is not, the mat may interfere with the proper operation of the sensors and operation of the seat. 2009 Ridgeline How Your Side Airbags Work If you ever have a moderate to severe side impact, sensors will...

  • Page 33

    Objects placed on the front passenger seat can also cause the side airbag to be shut off. 2009 Ridgeline If the side airbag off indicator comes on (see page ), have the passenger sit upright. Once the passenger is out of the airbag’s...

  • Page 34: How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work

    To get the best protection from the side curtain airbags, occupants should wear their seat belts and sit upright and well back in their seats. 2009 Ridgeline How the SRS Indicator Works The SRS indicator alerts you to a potential problem with your airbags or seat belt tensioners.

  • Page 35: How The Side Airbag Off Indicator Works

    On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG OFF’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR U.S. Canada This indicator alerts you that the passenger’s front airbag has been...

  • Page 36: Airbag Service

    Any object(s) touching the rear of the seat-back. If no obstructions are found, have your vehicle checked by a dealer as soon as possible. 2009 Ridgeline Airbag Service Your airbag systems are virtually maintenance free, and there are no parts you can safely service.

  • Page 37: Additional Safety Precautions

    2009 Ridgeline Do not cover or replace front seat- back covers without consulting Improperly replacing your dealer. or covering front seat-back covers can prevent your side airbags from inflating during a side impact.

  • Page 38: Protecting Children General Guidelines

    (see pages vehicle − 2009 Ridgeline Children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained can be seriously injured or killed in a crash. Any child too small for a seat belt should be properly restrained in a child seat.

  • Page 39: All Children Should Sit In A Back Seat

    2009 Ridgeline − General Guidelines Small Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger’s front airbag can...

  • Page 40

    (U.S. models) and on the front visors. Please read and follow the instructions on these labels. U.S. Models SUN VISORS Canadian Models SUN VISORS 2009 Ridgeline DASHBOARD...

  • Page 41: If You Must Drive With Several Children

    2009 Ridgeline − General Guidelines If a child requires close physical attention or frequent visual contact,...

  • Page 42: Additional Safety Precautions

    2009 Ridgeline Lock all doors and the In-Bed Trunk when your vehicle is not in Children who play in vehicles use.

  • Page 43: Protecting Infants And Small Children

    2009 Ridgeline Rear-facing Child Seat Placement A rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the back seat, but not in the front.

  • Page 44: Protecting Small Children

    Of the different seats available, we recommend those that have a five- point harness system as shown. 2009 Ridgeline We also recommend that a small child use the child seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit for the seat.

  • Page 45: Selecting A Child Seat

    Since LATCH-compatible child seats are easier to install and reduce the possibility of improper installation, we recommend selecting this style. 2009 Ridgeline In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCH- compatible child seat can be installed using a seat belt.

  • Page 46: Installing A Child Seat

    A child seat secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, it does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side-to-side 2009 Ridgeline movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat’s effectiveness.

  • Page 47: With Latch

    Make sure there are no objects near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors. 2009 Ridgeline Installing a Child Seat UPPER GUIDE CENTER TETHER ANCHOR On the center seating position When using the tether strap on...

  • Page 48

    Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connector as shown above. 2009 Ridgeline Flexible type Other LATCH-compatible seats have a flexible-type connector as shown above. Whatever type you have, follow the child seat maker’s instructions...

  • Page 49

    (see page UPPER GUIDE Center Position TETHER ANCHOR Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. 2009 Ridgeline Installing a Child Seat...

  • Page 50: With A Lap/shoulder Belt

    2009 Ridgeline To activate the lockable retractor, slowly pull the shoulder part of the belt all the way out until it stops, then let the belt feed back into the retractor.

  • Page 51

    If the child seat is not secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to retract fully, then repeat these steps. 2009 Ridgeline Installing a Child Seat To deactivate the lockable retractor and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let...

  • Page 52: With A Tether

    Since a tether can provide additional security to the lap/shoulder belt installation, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or available. 2009 Ridgeline Using an Outer Tether Anchor UPPER GUIDE OUTER TETHER ANCHOR After properly securing the child...

  • Page 53

    Place the child seat on the rear seat. Push down the rear center head restraint to the lowest position. 2009 Ridgeline Installing a Child Seat UPPER GUIDE CENTER TETHER ANCHOR Route the tether strap over the seat-back, lift the cover, then hook the tether strap through the upper guide as shown.

  • Page 54

    If the tether strap is not routed properly and secured, the child seat may not be secured. This could lead to serious injury or death. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 55: Protecting Larger Children

    2009 Ridgeline Protecting Larger Children Checking Seat Belt Fit To determine if a lap/shoulder belt properly fits a child, have the child...

  • Page 56: Using A Booster Seat

    (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the states or provinces where you intend to drive. 2009 Ridgeline Booster seats can be high-back or low-back. Whichever style you select, make sure the booster seat meets...

  • Page 57: When Can A Larger Child Sit In Front

    To safely ride in front, a child must be able to follow the rules, including sitting properly, and wearing the seat belt properly throughout a ride. 2009 Ridgeline Protecting Larger Children If you decide that a child can safely ride up front, be sure to: Carefully read the owner’s manual,...

  • Page 58: Additional Safety Precautions

    Do not put any accessories on a Devices intended to seat belt. improve a child’s comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can make the belt less effective and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 59: Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Even with the door open, run the engine only long enough to move the vehicle out of the garage. 2009 Ridgeline Carbon Monoxide Hazard With a truck cap installed and the back window open, engine exhaust may enter the vehicle and cause a hazardous condition.

  • Page 60: Safety Labels

    (except for the U.S. dashboard label which may be removed by the owner), contact your dealer for a replacement. RADIATOR CAP DASHBOARD U.S. models only 2009 Ridgeline SUN VISORS U.S. models Canadian models SUN VISOR U.S. models only...

  • Page 61

    Main Menu Table Of Contents HOOD U.S. models Canadian models 2009 Ridgeline Safety Labels DOORJAMBS Canadian models U.S. models PICKUP BED U.S. models Canadian models...

  • Page 62

    Main Menu Table Of Contents 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 63

    Ignition Switch Door Locks Childproof Door Locks Auto Door Locking/ Unlocking Remote Transmitter Dual-Action Tailgate In-Bed Trunk Seats Seat Heaters 2009 Ridgeline Instruments and Controls Power Windows Moonroof Parking Brake Mirrors Interior Convenience Items Center Console Console Compartments Cargo Hooks...

  • Page 64: Control Locations

    RELEASE HANDLE (P.249) Vehicle with navigation system is shown. * : If equipped REAR VIEW MIRROR WITH COMPASS PARKING BRAKE CENTER CONSOLE PEDAL (P.132) (P.136) 2009 Ridgeline * (P.210) AUDIO SYSTEM (P.159) AUXILIARY INPUT * (P.203) JACK HEATING/COOLING (P.146) CONTROLS CLIMATE CONTROL (P.152)

  • Page 65: Instrument Panel

    * DISPLAY (P.82)/ INFORMATION * (P.77) DISPLAY CRUISE CONTROL (P.67) INDICATOR VSA ACTIVATION INDICATOR 2009 Ridgeline Instrument Panel * SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.68) SIDE AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR (P.64) (P.71) MAINTENANCE MINDER INDICATOR IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.66) SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM INDICATOR (P.64)

  • Page 66: Instrument Panel Indicators

    If you do not fasten your seat belts before the beeper stops, the indicator stops flashing but remains on. 2009 Ridgeline If your front passenger does not fasten their seat belt, the indicator comes on about 6 seconds after the ignition switch is turned to the ON (II) position.

  • Page 67

    On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline Instrument Panel Indicators Charging System Indicator If this indicator comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged.

  • Page 68

    For more information, see page On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG SYSTEM’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline U.S. Canada Side Airbag Off Indicator This indicator comes on for several seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position.

  • Page 69

    On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘RELEASE PARKING BRAKE’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline Instrument Panel Indicators If it stays on after you have fully released the parking brake while the engine is running, or if it...

  • Page 70

    This indicator also blinks several times when you turn the ignition switch from the ON (II) position to the ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) position. 2009 Ridgeline Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators The left or right turn signal indicator blinks when you signal a lane change or turn.

  • Page 71

    This indicator comes on when you set the cruise control. See page for information on operating the cruise control. 2009 Ridgeline Instrument Panel Indicators Washer Level Indicator This indicator comes on when the washer fluid level is low. Add washer...

  • Page 72

    On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘FUEL LOW’’ message on the multi-information display. 2009 Ridgeline Security System Indicator On RTS, RTL models, and Canadian EX-L models SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR This indicator comes on when the security system is set.

  • Page 73

    On models with navigation system You will also see an ‘‘A/T TEMP HIGH’’ message on the multi- information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline Instrument Panel Indicators Continuing to drive with the A/T temperature indicator on may cause serious damage to the transmission.

  • Page 74

    VSA traction and stability enhancement. See page for more information on the VSA system. 2009 Ridgeline On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA SYSTEM’’ message on the multi- information display (see page...

  • Page 75

    VSA system. On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA SYSTEM’’ message on the multi- information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline Instrument Panel Indicators Maintenance Minder Indicator This indicator comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position.

  • Page 76

    If two or more tires are underinflated, call a professional towing service (see page ). Refer to page for more information. 2009 Ridgeline Low Tire Pressure/ TPMS Indicator On models with navigation system This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position.

  • Page 77

    (approximately 1 minute), then stays on. If this happens, have your dealer check the system as soon as possible. For more information, see page 2009 Ridgeline Instrument Panel Indicators Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Indicator On models without navigation system...

  • Page 78

    Park position, they come on when you push the light switch on the dashboard, swing open the tailgate, or open the In-Bed Trunk. 2009 Ridgeline If you turn the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) position without turning off the bed lights, this indicator will remain on, and then go off after 20 minutes.

  • Page 79

    Door and Tailgate Open Indicator This indicator comes on if any door or the tailgate is not closed tightly. 2009 Ridgeline Instrument Panel Indicators Back Window Open Indicator This indicator reminds you that the back window is not completely...

  • Page 80: Gauges

    ▲ SEL/RESET BUTTON INFO( )BUTTON ▼ FUEL GAUGE 2009 Ridgeline Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the engine’s coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, the pointer may rise to the upper zone.

  • Page 81

    SELECT button or TRIP/RESET button. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, your last selection display. 2009 Ridgeline Gauges On models with navigation system For information about the multi- information display, see page...

  • Page 82

    TRIP METER B TRIP METER A AVERAGE FUEL AVERAGE FUEL MILEAGE B MILEAGE A CURRENT TRIP METER A FUEL MILEAGE RANGE RANGE TRIP METER A ENGINE OIL LIFE 2009 Ridgeline SELECT button TRIP/RESET button TRIP METER B TRIP METER B...

  • Page 83

    In certain weather conditions, temperature readings near freezing 2009 Ridgeline Gauges (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is forming on the road surface. If the outside temperature is...

  • Page 84

    The average fuel mileage will be reset when you reset the trip meter, or if the vehicle’s battery goes dead or is disconnected. 2009 Ridgeline Range (Estimated Distance) This display shows the estimated distance you can travel on the fuel remaining in the tank.

  • Page 85

    TRIP/RESET button. The ‘‘CHECK FUEL CAP’’ message will appear each time you restart the engine until the system turns the message off. 2009 Ridgeline Gauges If the system still detects a leak in your vehicle’s evaporative emissions system, the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) comes on.

  • Page 86: Multi-information Display

    INFO ( / ) button on the ▲ ▼ dashboard repeatedly until the main menu appears (see page 2009 Ridgeline With the ignition switch in the ON (II) position, the multi-information display changes as shown in the next page each time you press the INFO ( / ) button or SEL/RESET ▲...

  • Page 87

    (See page84) Trip Computer (See page87) Tire Pressure for each tire (See page86) Go to HandsFree-Link Menu (See page86) Go to Language Selection Menu (See page92) INFO ( / ) button ▲ ▼ SEL/RESET button U.S. model is shown. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 88

    To reset a trip meter, display it, and then press and hold the SEL/RESET button until the number resets to ‘‘0.0.’’ 2009 Ridgeline When you reset Trip A, AVERAGE FUEL A, AVERAGE SPEED A, and ELAPSED TIME A are reset at the same time.

  • Page 89

    In certain weather conditions, temperature readings near freezing (32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is forming on the road surface. 2009 Ridgeline Multi-Information Display If the outside temperature is incorrectly displayed, you can adjust it up to 5°F in U.S.

  • Page 90

    If one or more tires are low, inflate them to the correct pressure. For more information, see page 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink You can receive or make phone calls from your cell phone through your vehicle’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (HFL) system without touching your cell phone.

  • Page 91

    Trip Computer Average Fuel Economy/Range Average Vehicle Speed/Elapsed Time Instantaneous Fuel Mileage U.S. model is shown. 2009 Ridgeline Multi-Information Display INFO ( / ) button ▲ ▼ SEL/RESET button CONTINUED...

  • Page 92

    This shows the average speed you are traveling in miles per hour (mph) for U.S. models or kilometers per hour (km/h) for Canadian models. 2009 Ridgeline ELAPSED TIME A/B This shows the time passed traveled since you last reset it. When you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, ELAPSED TIME is reset.

  • Page 93

    You will also hear a beep when the system message comes on for the first time. 2009 Ridgeline Multi-Information Display When there are several messages to be shown, the system switches the messages every 5 seconds.

  • Page 94

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Multi-Information Display See page See page See page See page U.S. See page Canada U.S. See page Canada U.S. See page Canada 2009 Ridgeline U.S. See page Canada See page See page...

  • Page 95

    Main Menu Table Of Contents See page See page See page See page Multi-Information Display See page See page See page See page 2009 Ridgeline See page See page See page See page...

  • Page 96

    Press the SEL/RESET button to see the selections. Select the desired language by pressing the SEL/RESET button, then enter your selection by pressing and holding the SEL/RESET button. 2009 Ridgeline When your selection is successfully completed, the display returns to the ‘‘LANGUAGE SELECTION’’ display.

  • Page 97: Controls Near The Steering Wheel

    (P.271) VTM-4 LOCK (P.276) VOICE CONTROL BLUETOOTH * BUTTONS HANDSFREELINK SYSTEM VOICE CONTROL * BUTTONS (P.218) 2009 Ridgeline Controls Near the Steering Wheel * (P.76) * INFO ( ) BUTTON ▲ (P.76) SEL/RESET BUTTON (P.76) * INFO ( )BUTTON ▼...

  • Page 98: Multi-control Lever

    INT TIME ring. If you turn it to the shortest delay, the wipers change to low speed when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h). 2009 Ridgeline − The wipers run at low speed. The wipers run at high speed. −...

  • Page 99: Headlights

    To flash the high beams, pull the lever back lightly, then release it. The high beams will stay on as long as you hold the lever back. 2009 Ridgeline Multi-Control Lever, Headlights Headlight Control Dial Parking and indicator lights Headlights...

  • Page 100

    ’’ or ‘‘ ’’ position, remove the key, then open and close the driver’s door. 2009 Ridgeline If you remove the key from the ignition switch with the headlight control dial on, but do not open the door, the lights will turn off after 10 minutes.

  • Page 101: Fog Lights

    SYSTEM’’ message on the multi- information display, there is a problem with the daytime running light circuit. Take your vehicle to a dealer to have it checked. 2009 Ridgeline Headlights, Fog Lights Fog Lights If equipped Turn the fog lights on and off by pressing the button.

  • Page 102: Instrument Panel Brightness

    If you insert the key but do not turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, the illumination turns off in about 10 seconds. 2009 Ridgeline The instrument panel brightness is dimmed when you turn the headlight control dial to the ‘‘...

  • Page 103: Hazard Warning Button

    Make sure you can see the instrument panel gauges and indicators. 2009 Ridgeline Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in position. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place...

  • Page 104: Keys

    You will need this key number if you ever have to get a lost key replaced. Use only Honda-approved key blanks. 2009 Ridgeline These keys contain electronic circuits that are activated by the immobilizer system. They will not work to start the engine if the circuits are damaged.

  • Page 105: Immobilizer System

    If you have lost your key and cannot start the engine, contact your dealer. Always take the ignition key with you whenever you leave the vehicle alone. 2009 Ridgeline Immobilizer System As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules.

  • Page 106: Ignition Switch

    ACCESSORY (I) to the ON (II) position. 2009 Ridgeline START (III) − Use this position only to start the engine. The switch returns to the ON (II) position when you let go of the key.

  • Page 107: Door Locks

    You can open or close the side windows by using the key in the driver’s door (see page 2009 Ridgeline Door Locks To lock any passenger’s door when getting out of the vehicle, push the lock tab down, and close the door.

  • Page 108: Childproof Door Locks

    Make all settings before you start driving. With the auto door locking and unlocking, the In-Bed Trunk also locks and unlocks. 2009 Ridgeline Auto Door Locking The auto door locking feature has three possible settings: The auto door locking is deactivated all the time.

  • Page 109

    (after about 5 seconds). Release the switch, and within 5 seconds, turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. 2009 Ridgeline Door Locks To program the Park Lock mode: Locks all doors when the shift lever is moved out of the Park (P) position.

  • Page 110

    Park (P) position. Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, and make sure to close the driver’s door. 2009 Ridgeline Push and hold the brake pedal, and move the shift lever out of the Park (P) position. Push and hold the front of the master door lock switch on the driver’s door.

  • Page 111

    Park (P) position. Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position, and open the driver’s door. 2009 Ridgeline Door Locks Push and hold the rear of the master door lock switch on the driver’s door. You will hear a click, and after about 5 seconds, you will hear another click.

  • Page 112

    Release the switch, and within 5 seconds, turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. 2009 Ridgeline To program the Ignition Switch Unlock mode: Unlocks the driver’s door or all doors when the ignition switch is moved out of the ON (II) position.

  • Page 113

    Move the shift lever to the Park (P) position. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. 2009 Ridgeline Door Locks If your vehicle’s battery is removed or goes dead, the auto door lock/ unlock setting is reset to the...

  • Page 114: Remote Transmitter

    In-Bed Trunk with the remote transmitter before 30 seconds have elapsed, the lights will go off immediately. 2009 Ridgeline If you do not open any door within 30 seconds, the doors automatically relock, and the security system sets (if equipped).

  • Page 115

    Battery type: CR1616 To replace the battery: Remove the screw at the base of the transmitter with a small Phillips-head screwdriver. 2009 Ridgeline Remote Transmitter BATTERY Separate the transmitter by prying its middle seam with your fingernail. Inside the transmitter, separate...

  • Page 116

    This device complies with Industry Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 117: Dual-action Tailgate

    2009 Ridgeline Dual-Action Tailgate To Drop Open the Tailgate UPPER HANDLE To drop open the tailgate, pull up the upper handle, then pull down the tailgate.

  • Page 118

    Before opening or closing the tailgate, check that passengers, especially children, are not in the tailgate’s path. 2009 Ridgeline Do not drive with the tailgate swung open. This could damage the tailgate. Swinging the tailgate open or closed while anyone is in its path can cause serious injury.

  • Page 119

    On models with navigation system The tailgate open indicator appears on the multi-information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline Dual-Action Tailgate If you do not fasten the seat belt, you first hear the seat belt reminder alarm, then the tailgate reminder beeper sounds.

  • Page 120: In-bed Trunk

    When the In-Bed Trunk is closed securely, it can be locked or unlocked along with the power door locks (see page 2009 Ridgeline If your vehicle’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, the release button on the In-Bed Trunk lid is disabled. To open the In-Bed Trunk, use the master key.

  • Page 121

    In-Bed Trunk Open Indicator This indicator on the instrument panel reminds you that the In-Bed Trunk is open (see page 2009 Ridgeline In-Bed Trunk Emergency Opener RELEASE LEVER As a safety feature, your vehicle has a release lever on the latch of the In-Bed Trunk lid so it can be opened from the inside.

  • Page 122

    When you are finished washing the In-Bed Trunk, dry it with a soft cloth, and reinstall the drain plug. 2009 Ridgeline Cargo Hooks CARGO HOOKS There are two cargo hooks for plastic grocery bags at the back of the In-Bed Trunk.

  • Page 123: Seats

    Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. 2009 Ridgeline Seats To adjust the seat forward or backward, pull up on the bar under the seat cushion’s front edge. Move the seat to the desired position, and release the bar.

  • Page 124

    To raise the seat, repeatedly pull up the lever on the outside of the seat cushion. To lower the seat, push the lever down repeatedly. 2009 Ridgeline Make sure to pull the lever upward or downward to its full range.

  • Page 125

    Moves the seat forward and backward. Moves the front of the seat up or down. Raises or lowers the seat. 2009 Ridgeline Seats Moves the whole seat up and forward, or down and backward. The front of the seat also tilts up or down at the same time.

  • Page 126

    REAR The rear seat armrest is in the center of the rear seats. Pivot it down to use it. 2009 Ridgeline Head Restraints See page for important safety information and a warning about improperly positioning head restraints.

  • Page 127

    You need both hands to adjust the restraint. Do not attempt to adjust it while driving. To raise it, pull upward. To lower the restraint, push the release button sideways, and push the restraint down. 2009 Ridgeline Seats Rear Center Position CUSHION LEGS RELEASE BUTTON...

  • Page 128

    2009 Ridgeline This reduces the distance between the restraint and the occupant’s head. It also helps protect the occupants against whiplash and injuries to the neck and upper spine.

  • Page 129

    Remove any items from the seat before you fold up the seat cushion. 2009 Ridgeline Seats To fold a rear seat cushion, pull up the lever on the outside of the cushion.

  • Page 130: Seat Heaters

    (See Carrying Cargo on page You can also store small items under the rear seats. Make sure to secure the items so they will not shift while you are driving. 2009 Ridgeline Seat Heaters Passenger’s Seat Driver’s HEATERS Seat...

  • Page 131: Seat Heaters

    In the LO setting, the heater runs continuously. It does not cycle with temperature changes. 2009 Ridgeline Seat Heaters Follow these precautions when using the seat heaters: Use the HI setting only to heat the...

  • Page 132: Power Windows

    Make sure your passengers are away from the windows before closing them. 2009 Ridgeline AUTO − To open or close the driver’s window, push or pull the window switch firmly down or up to the second detent, and release it.

  • Page 133

    2 seconds. If the power windows do not operate properly after resetting, have your vehicle checked by your dealer. 2009 Ridgeline Power Windows Back Window Your vehicle has a power back window. Back Window Open...

  • Page 134

    To open the windows further, press the button again, within about 3 seconds. You cannot close the windows with the remote transmitter. 2009 Ridgeline UNLOCK BUTTON Close Open Opening/Closing the Side Windows with the Key You can open and close the side windows with the key in the driver’s...

  • Page 135: Moonroof

    (within 10 seconds). If the windows stop before NOTE: the desired position, repeat steps 2 and 3. 2009 Ridgeline Power Windows, Moonroof Moonroof MOONROOF SWITCH If equipped The moonroof has two positions: it can be tilted up in the back for ventilation, or it can slide back into the roof.

  • Page 136: Parking Brake

    If you try to open the moonroof in below-f reezing temperatures, or when it is covered with snow or ice, you can damage the moonroof panel or its motor. 2009 Ridgeline Parking Brake RELEASE HANDLE PARKING BRAKE PEDAL To apply the parking brake, push the pedal down with your foot.

  • Page 137: Mirrors

    Flip the tab on the bottom edge of the mirror to select the day or night position. 2009 Ridgeline Parking Brake, Mirrors If equipped The rear view mirror has a compass function to indicate the vehicle’s direction.

  • Page 138

    When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns the adjustment switch off to keep your settings. 2009 Ridgeline Heated Mirrors HEATED MIRROR BUTTON If equipped The outside mirrors are heated to remove fog and frost. With the...

  • Page 139: Interior Convenience Items

    HOLDER CENTER UPPER * POCKET GLOVE BOX ACCESSORY POWER SOCKETS CENTER POCKET CENTER LOWER POCKET * : On vehicle without navigation system CENTER CONSOLE CONSOLE COMPARTMENT BEVERAGE HOLDER BEVERAGE HOLDERS 2009 Ridgeline Interior Convenience Items COAT HOOK ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET...

  • Page 140: Center Console

    To close, squeeze the knob and pull the compartment backward until the beverage holder latches. 2009 Ridgeline To open the rear of the compartment, push the button at the end of the tray, then slide the tray forward. To close, slide the tray back in place.

  • Page 141: Cargo Hooks

    They are designed to hold light items. Heavy objects may damage the hooks. 2009 Ridgeline Interior Convenience Items Beverage Holders The center console has two beverage holders on the front. Your vehicle...

  • Page 142: Glove Box

    Always keep the glove box closed while driving. Coat Hooks These hooks are not designed for large or heavy items. 2009 Ridgeline Sunglasses Holder SUNGLASSES HOLDER To open the sunglasses holder, push on the rear edge. Make sure the holder is closed while you are driving.

  • Page 143: Accessory Power Sockets

    To use an accessory power socket, the ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position. 2009 Ridgeline Interior Convenience Items None of the sockets will power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. When both sockets are...

  • Page 144: Sun Visor

    Make sure you put the sun visor back in place when you are getting into or out of the vehicle. 2009 Ridgeline Vanity Mirror Pull up the vanity mirror cover to use The light comes on when you pull up the cover.

  • Page 145: Ac Power Outlet

    100 watts, it automatically stops supplying the power. If this happens, turn the ignition switch off and turn it on again. 2009 Ridgeline Interior Convenience Items The AC power outlet is not NOTE: designed for electric appliances...

  • Page 146: Interior Lights

    With any door left open and the key removed from the ignition switch, the lights stay on about 3 minutes, then go out. 2009 Ridgeline When the switch is in the OFF position: None of the lights come on when a door is opened.

  • Page 147

    After you close the doors, the light fades out. 2009 Ridgeline Interior Lights Courtesy Light If equipped The courtesy light between the front map lights comes on when you turn the parking lights on.

  • Page 148: Bed Lights

    When you move the shift lever out of the Park position, the bed lights go off and cannot be used. 2009 Ridgeline If you turn the ignition switch to ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0) without turning off the bed lights,...

  • Page 149: Remote Audio Controls

    (Models with navigation system) Protecting Your CDs CD Player/Changer Error Messages Remote Audio Controls Auxiliary Input Jack Radio Theft Protection Setting the Clock Security System Cruise Control Compass HomeLink Universal Transceiver Bluetooth HandsFreeLink 2009 Ridgeline Features Rearview Camera and Monitor .

  • Page 150

    See page for automatic climate control and semi-automatic operation information. RT, Canadian DX, and VP models AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON FAN CONTROL DIAL MAX A/C BUTTON RECIRCULATION BUTTON WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER BUTTON 2009 Ridgeline TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIAL MODE BUTTONS MODE BUTTONS...

  • Page 151

    Air Conditioning (A/C) Button This button turns the air conditioning on and off. You will see A/C ON or A/C OFF in the display. 2009 Ridgeline Vents, Heating, and A/C Recirculation Button When the indicator in the button is on, air from the vehicle’s interior is sent throughout the system again.

  • Page 152

    When you select , the system automatically switches to fresh air mode and turns on the A/C. 2009 Ridgeline MAX A/C Button The system automatically turns on the A/C and switches to Recirculation mode. Air flows from the center and side vents in the dashboard.

  • Page 153

    Set the fan to the desired speed. Adjust the warmth of the air with the temperature control dial. 2009 Ridgeline Vents, Heating, and A/C Using the A/C Air conditioning places an extra load on the engine. Watch the engine coolant temperature gauge (see page ).

  • Page 154

    When you switch to another mode from , the A/C turns off. But if it was on to start with, it stays on. 2009 Ridgeline Automatic Heated Wiper Zone Your vehicle has heating wires at the bottom of the windshield to help heat the wiper blades and the windshield.

  • Page 155

    Keep the system off for short periods only. To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. 2009 Ridgeline Vents, Heating, and A/C Rear Ventilation DIAL TABS You can adjust the direction of the...

  • Page 156: Climate Control System

    BUTTONS RECIRCULATION BUTTON WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER BUTTON PASSENGER’S SIDE TEMPERATURE DISPLAY 2009 Ridgeline Voice Control System On models with navigation system The climate control system can also be operated by voice control. See the Navi section in your quick start guide for an overview of this system, and the navigation system manual for complete details.

  • Page 157

    Turn the desired dial clockwise to increase the airflow temperature of that side, and counterclockwise to decrease it. 2009 Ridgeline Climate Control System When you set either side temperature to its lower limit ) or its upper limit ( the system runs at full cooling or heating only.

  • Page 158

    To keep stale air and mustiness from collecting, you should have the fan running at all times. 2009 Ridgeline Semi-automatic Operation You can manually select various functions of the climate control system when it is in fully automatic mode.

  • Page 159

    Airflow is divided between the floor and corner vents and the defroster vents at the base of the windshield. 2009 Ridgeline Climate Control System Windshield Defroster Button This button directs the main airflow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any mode selection you may have made.

  • Page 160

    This function helps to increase wiper performance when the wiper arms sit in the parked position in snowy or icy conditions. 2009 Ridgeline Rear Ventilation DIAL TABS You can adjust the direction of the air coming from the rear vents in the...

  • Page 161

    To adjust each temperature, turn either of the temperature control dials on the climate control panel. When you set each temperature to its lower limit or its upper limit, it will be displayed as ‘‘ ’’ or ‘‘ ’’. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 162

    TEMPERATURE SENSOR The climate control system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is in the top of the dashboard, and a temperature sensor is under the steering column. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 163: Playing The Am/fm Radio

    BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BAR PRESET BARS RTS model POWER VOLUME KNOB BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON SOUND SCAN BUTTON BUTTON TUNE BAR SEEK/SKIP BAR 2009 Ridgeline Playing the AM/FM Radio STEREO INDICATOR AM/FM BUTTON A.SEL (AUTO SELECT) BUTTON PRESET BARS TUNE BAR CONTINUED...

  • Page 164

    RTL and Canadian EX-L models with navigation system VOLUME KNOB POWER BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON SOUND BUTTON A.SEL (AUTO SELECT) SEEK/SKIP BAR BUTTON TUNE BAR 2009 Ridgeline AM/FM BUTTON STEREO INDICATOR SCAN BUTTON PRESET BARS TUNE BAR A.SEL (AUTO SELECT) BUTTON...

  • Page 165

    SCAN button, then release it. You will see SCAN in the display. The system will scan for a station 2009 Ridgeline Playing the AM/FM Radio with a strong signal. When it finds one, it will stop and play that station for about 10 seconds.

  • Page 166

    Press the SOUND button repeatedly to display the SUBWOOFER (if equipped), BASS, TREBLE, FADER, and BALANCE settings. 2009 Ridgeline Each mode is shown in the display as it changes. Turn the VOLUME knob to adjust the setting to your liking.

  • Page 167

    Touch the SCAN icon to − activate the scan function. You will see SCAN on the display. Touch the icon again to deactivate it. 2009 Ridgeline Playing the AM/FM Radio Adjusting the Sound AUDIO BUTTON To adjust the sound, push the...

  • Page 168

    To see the audio display when you are finished adjusting the sound, wait 5 seconds. 2009 Ridgeline Voice Control System On models with navigation system The audio system can also be operated by voice control. See the...

  • Page 169: Am/fm Radio Reception

    Eventually, the stereo indicator will go off and the sound will fade completely as you get out of range of the station’s signal. 2009 Ridgeline AM/FM Radio Reception Driving very near the transmitter of a station that is broadcasting on a...

  • Page 170

    Electrical interference from passing vehicles and stationary sources can cause temporary reception problems. 2009 Ridgeline As required by the FCC: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s...

  • Page 171

    SCAN BUTTON CATEGORY BAR PRESET BARS RTL and Canadian EX-L models with navigation system DISPLAY/MODE BUTTON POWER BUTTON CATEGORY BAR TUNE BAR 2009 Ridgeline Playing the XM Satellite Radio XM BUTTON VOLUME DISPLAY/MODE BUTTON KNOB SCAN BUTTON PRESET BARS TUNE BAR...

  • Page 172

    DISP/MODE button, the display changes in the following sequence: Channel name, channel number, category, artist name, and music title. 2009 Ridgeline On vehicles with navigation system On the audio display, you will see the selected CHANNEL (number), CATEGORY, NAME (artist name), and TITLE (music title).

  • Page 173

    In category mode, only channels within that category can be selected. In channel mode, all channels can be selected. 2009 Ridgeline Playing the XM Satellite Radio Pick a preset number (icon) you want for that channel. Press and hold the bar (icon) until you hear a beep.

  • Page 174

    − number does not exist, or is not part of your subscription, or this channel has no artist or title information at this time. There is a problem ‘‘ANTENNA’’ − with the XM antenna. Please consult your dealer. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 175

    SATELLITE GROUND REPEATER Signal weaker in these areas. 2009 Ridgeline Playing the XM Satellite Radio The XM satellites are in orbit over the equator; therefore, objects south of the vehicle may cause satellite reception interruptions. To help...

  • Page 176

    , or call 1-877-438-9677. You will need to give them your radio I.D. number and 2009 Ridgeline your credit card number. To get your radio I.D. number, press the TUNE bar until ‘‘0’’ appears in the display. Your I.D. will appear in the display.

  • Page 177: Playing Cds

    A disc can support a maximum number of 100 folders, and each folder can hold 255 playable files. 2009 Ridgeline Playing CDs If you have a disc that is a combination of CD-DA tracks and MP3/WMA files, you can choose the...

  • Page 178

    WMA files are: Sampling frequency: − 32/44.1/48 kHz Bitrate: − 48/64/80/96/128/160/192 kbps − Compatible with variable bitrate and multi-session − Maximum layers (including ROOT): On models without navigation system 8 layers On models with navigation system 99 layers 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 179

    You will see ‘‘CD’’ in the AM/FM display. BUTTON DISPLAY BUTTON Do not use discs with adhesive labels. REPEAT BUTTON The label can curl up and cause the disc to jam in the unit. RANDOM BUTTON TUNE/FOLDER BAR 2009 Ridgeline CD Player CONTINUED...

  • Page 180

    DISP button while a disc without text data is playing, you will see ‘‘NO INFO’’ on the display. 2009 Ridgeline The display shows up to about 16 characters of selected text data (the folder name, file name, etc.). If the...

  • Page 181

    To move rapidly within a track, press and hold the side of the SEEK/SKIP bar. 2009 Ridgeline CD Player In MP3 or WMA mode FOLDER SELECTION − select a different folder, press either side of the TUNE/FOLDER bar.

  • Page 182

    Each time you press and release the RPT button, the mode changes from file repeat to folder repeat, then to normal playing. 2009 Ridgeline RANDOM (Random within a This feature plays the disc) − tracks within a disc (the files in MP3 or WMA mode) in random order.

  • Page 183

    Pressing either side of the SEEK/ SKIP bar also turns off the scan feature. 2009 Ridgeline CD Player In MP3 or WMA mode FOLDER SCAN − This feature, when activated, samples the first file of each folder on the disc.

  • Page 184

    Load the desired CDs into the magazine, and load the magazine into the changer according to the instructions that came with the unit. 2009 Ridgeline To select the CD changer, press the AUX button. The disc and track numbers will be displayed. To select...

  • Page 185

    RTL and Canadian EX-L models without navigation system LOAD BUTTON EJECT BUTTON PWR BUTTON DISPLAY BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON SCAN BUTTON AM/FM BUTTON RANDOM BUTTON SEEK/SKIP BAR 2009 Ridgeline CD SLOT EJECT BUTTON CD/AUX BUTTON TUNE/FOLDER BAR PRESET BARS RANDOM BUTTON DISPLAY BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON CONTINUED...

  • Page 186

    CD load indicator will come on. 2009 Ridgeline Insert a CD into the CD slot. Insert it only about halfway; the drive will pull it in the rest of the way.

  • Page 187

    INFO’’ on the display. The display shows up to about 16 characters of selected text data (the folder name, file name, etc.). 2009 Ridgeline If the text data has more than 17 characters, you will see the first 15 characters and the indicator in the display.

  • Page 188

    To select a different disc, use the appropriate preset buttons (1 through 6). If you select an empty position, the system will go into the loading sequence (see page 2009 Ridgeline − Each time you press and SKIP release the side of the SEEK/...

  • Page 189

    RPT button to turn it off. Pressing the RDM button, or selecting a different folder with the TUNE/ FOLDER bar also turns off the repeat feature. 2009 Ridgeline DISC REPEAT This feature − continuously replays the current disc. To activate disc repeat, press and release the RPT button repeatedly until you see ‘‘...

  • Page 190

    Each time you press and release the RDM button, the mode changes from folder random play, to within a disc random play, then to normal play. 2009 Ridgeline The SCAN function SCAN − samples all the tracks on the disc in...

  • Page 191

    SCAN button again. 2009 Ridgeline When the first track in the last disc, or the first file in the last main folder in the last disc begins to play, the disc scan mode will be canceled.

  • Page 192

    Continue pressing the eject button to remove all the discs from the changer. 2009 Ridgeline You can also eject discs when the ignition switch is on or off: To eject one disc, press and release the eject button.

  • Page 193

    DISPLAY BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON SCAN BUTTON RANDOM BUTTON 2009 Ridgeline On RTL and Canadian EX-L models with navigation system To Play a Disc Your audio system has an in-dash CD changer that holds up to six CDs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment.

  • Page 194

    Do not use the folded screen as a tray. If you put a cup, for example, on the screen, the liquid inside the cup may spill on the screen when you go over a bump. 2009 Ridgeline Loading Discs LOAD BUTTON LOAD INDICATOR CD SLOT...

  • Page 195

    The system will stop playing the current CD and start the loading sequence. It will then play the CD just loaded. 2009 Ridgeline Text Data Display Function Each time you press the DISP button, the display shows you the text data on a disc, if the disc was recorded with text data.

  • Page 196

    When you turn on the audio system next time, the system keeps your selection with the DISP button. 2009 Ridgeline To Change or Select Tracks/Files You can use the SEEK/SKIP bar while a disc is playing to select passages and change tracks (files in MP3/WMA mode).

  • Page 197

    Press and hold the RPT button, or touch the DISC REPEAT icon again to turn it off. 2009 Ridgeline Each time you press and release the RPT button, the mode changes from file repeat to folder repeat, to disc repeat then to normal playing.

  • Page 198

    Press and hold the SCAN button or touch the TRACK SCAN icon again to get out of scan mode and play the last track sampled. 2009 Ridgeline In MP3 or WMA mode This feature, when F-SCAN −...

  • Page 199

    In MP3 or WMA mode Each time you press and release the SCAN button, the mode changes from file scan, folder scan, disc scan, then to normal play. 2009 Ridgeline Using a Track List FOLDER ICON TRACK FILE ICON FOLDER NUMBER...

  • Page 200

    PWR button or the ignition switch, play will continue at the same point when you turn it back on. 2009 Ridgeline Removing CDs from the In-dash CD Changer To remove the disc that is currently playing, press the eject button.

  • Page 201

    To eject all discs, press and hold the eject button until the LOAD indicator begins to blink. CD Changer (Models with navigation system) Protecting Discs For information on how to handle and protect discs, see page 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 202: Protecting Your Cds

    Never try to insert foreign objects in the CD player or the CD changer. 2009 Ridgeline Handle a CD by its edges; never touch either surface. Do not place stabilizer rings or labels on the CD.

  • Page 203

    Examples of these discs are shown to the right: Bubbled, wrinkled, labeled, and excessively thick discs Bubbled/ With Label/ Using Printer Wrinkled Sticker Label Kit Damaged discs Chipped/ Warped Cracked 2009 Ridgeline Protecting Your CDs Sealed With Plastic Ring Poor quality discs Burrs CONTINUED...

  • Page 204

    CD-R or CD-RW may not play due to the recording conditions. Scratches and fingerprints on the discs may cause the sound to skip. 2009 Ridgeline Recommended discs are printed with the following logo. Audio unit may not play the following formats.

  • Page 205

    DISC ERROR Disc Error * On models without navigation system On models with navigation system * 2009 Ridgeline Solution Will disappear when the temperature returns to normal. Current track will be skipped. The next supported track or file plays automatically.

  • Page 206: Remote Audio Controls

    ( ) or bottom ( ) of the button for + − 1 second. 2009 Ridgeline If you are playing a disc, the system skips to the beginning of the next track each time you press the top ( ) of the CH button. Press the +...

  • Page 207

    The auxiliary input jack is on the tray above the glove box. The system will accept auxiliary input from standard audio accessories. When the appropriate audio unit is connected to the auxiliary input jack, press the CD/AUX or AUX button to select the unit. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 208: Radio Theft Protection

    You have ten tries to enter the correct code. If you are unsuccessful in ten attempts, you must then leave the system on for 1 hour before trying again. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 209: Setting The Clock

    If the displayed time is after the half hour, the clock sets forward to the beginning of the next hour. 2009 Ridgeline Setting the Clock PRESET BARS For example: 1:06 will reset to 1:00...

  • Page 210: Security System

    It also alarms if the radio and navigation components are removed from the dashboard or the wiring is cut. 2009 Ridgeline The security system will not set if the hood, In-Bed Trunk, or any door is not fully closed. If the system will...

  • Page 211: Cruise Control

    The cruise control system can be left on, even when it is not in use. Accelerate to the desired cruising speed above 25 mph (40 km/h). 2009 Ridgeline Cruise Control Press and release the SET/ DECEL button on the steering wheel.

  • Page 212

    RES/ ACCEL button. Each time you do this, your vehicle will speed up about 1 mph (1.6 km/h). 2009 Ridgeline You can decrease the set cruising speed in any of these ways: If you need to decrease your...

  • Page 213

    Tap the brake pedal. Push the CANCEL button on the steering wheel. Push the CRUISE button on the steering wheel. 2009 Ridgeline Cruise Control Resuming the Set Speed When you push the CANCEL button or tap the brake pedal, the system remembers the previously set speed.

  • Page 214

    To turn the compass on or off, press the compass button on the back of the rear view mirror. 2009 Ridgeline The compass can be affected by driving near power lines or stations, across bridges, through tunnels,...

  • Page 215

    (see page ). Each zone number (1 through 15) corresponds to a compass zone on the table (see page 2009 Ridgeline Compass Press and hold the compass button for about 3 seconds. When all of the direction icons begin to blink, release the button.

  • Page 216

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Compass Zone Map Compass Display for Each Zone 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 217: Homelink Universal Transceiver

    2009 Ridgeline Do not use HomeLink with any garage door opener that lacks safety stop and reverse features.

  • Page 218

    When programming a garage door opener, park just outside the garage. 2009 Ridgeline Training HomeLink Before you begin − If you just...

  • Page 219

    Main Menu Table Of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver If you are training the second or third buttons, go directly to step 1. CONTINUED 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 220

    This device complies with Industry Canada Standard RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 221: Bluetooth Handsfreelink

    You can also find an approved phone by visiting , or by calling handsfreelink.honda.com 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink the Hands Free Link consumer support at (888) 528-7876. In Canada, visit , or call (888) 9- www.honda.ca...

  • Page 222

    HFL over-rides the audio system. To change the volume level, use the audio system volume knob, or the steering wheel volume controls. 2009 Ridgeline HFL Buttons HFL TALK BUTTON HFL BACK BUTTON To operate the HFL, use the HFL Talk and Back buttons on the left side of the steering wheel.

  • Page 223

    When you are operating the HFL, dialing or receiving calls with the audio system in use, you will see the above screen on the navigation display. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink You will also see ‘‘HANDS FREE LINK’’ on the audio display. ‘‘...

  • Page 224

    Five bars equals full strength. * ROAM Status Indicates your − phone is roaming. 2009 Ridgeline Battery Level Status * Indicates − the power currently remaining in your phone’s battery. Five bars equals full battery strength.

  • Page 225

    Adjust the airflow from both the dashboard and side vents so they do not blow against the microphone on the ceiling. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Give a voice command in a clear natural speaking voice without pausing between words or numbers.

  • Page 226

    Talk button, wait for the beep, and say, ‘‘Cancel.’’ The next time you press the Talk button, the HFL begins from its main menu. 2009 Ridgeline When you finish a command sequence, the HFL goes back to its main menu. For example, when you store the name, ‘‘Eric,’’...

  • Page 227

    The audio system will still mute, and a message will be displayed. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Ring tone’’ or ‘‘Prompt.’’ The HFL response is ‘‘A ring tone will be used’’...

  • Page 228

    ON (II) position and you press the Talk button. You will only be asked for the passcode once per ignition 2009 Ridgeline cycle. If the passcode is set, its response is ‘‘The system is locked. What is the four-digit passcode?’’...

  • Page 229

    For safety, only perform this function while the vehicle is stopped. State a four- digit code for pairing. Note this 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink code. It will be requested by the phone.’’ Press and release the Talk button.

  • Page 230

    For example, say ‘‘Lisa’s phone.’’ The HFL response is, ‘‘The name has been changed. Returning to the main menu.’’ 2009 Ridgeline To delete a paired phone, do this: Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Phone setup.’’...

  • Page 231

    Signal strength is five bars, and the phone is roaming. Returning to the main menu.’’ 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink To change from the currently linked phone to another paired phone, do this: Press and release the Talk button.

  • Page 232

    For more information on how to make a call, see page 2009 Ridgeline Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Call’’ or ‘‘Dial.’’ The HFL response is ‘‘Calling’’ or ‘‘Dialing.’’...

  • Page 233

    To change the volume, use the audio system volume knob, or the steering wheel volume controls. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Sending Numbers or Names During a Call The HFL allows you to send numbers or names during a call.

  • Page 234

    If you want to hang up the original call and answer the new call, press the Back button. 2009 Ridgeline Transferring a Call During a call, you can transfer it from the HFL to your phone, or from your phone to the HFL.

  • Page 235

    Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Store.’’ The HFL response is, ‘‘What name would you like to store?’’ 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say the name you would like to store. For example, say ‘‘Eric’’...

  • Page 236

    After the beep, say the name you would like to delete. For example, say ‘‘Eric.’’ The HFL response is ‘‘Would you like to delete Eric?’’ 2009 Ridgeline Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Yes.’’ The HFL response is, ‘‘The name has been deleted.

  • Page 237

    Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Phonebook.’’ The HFL response is, ‘‘Phonebook options are store, edit, delete, receive contact and 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink list.’’ Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Receive contact.’’...

  • Page 238

    What name would you like to store for the mobile number? To discard this number, say ‘Discard.’ ’’ 2009 Ridgeline Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say the name you would like to store. For example, say ‘‘Susan at work.’’...

  • Page 239

    If any phonebook is not stored and your phone is not linked to the HFL, Cellular Phonebook is grayed out. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink PIN Number: This option allows you to add, change, or remove a PIN number for any phonebook that has been imported.

  • Page 240

    ‘‘Select an option’’ screen. When the message ‘‘The import was successful.’’ is displayed, touch the screen to select ‘‘OK.’’ Example 2009 Ridgeline NOTE: HFL does not allow you to pair your phone if the vehicle is moving. Up to six phones can be paired to the HFL.

  • Page 241

    Enter the PIN number. You cannot access a PIN protected phonebook if you do not use the correct PIN number. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Enter the keyword for a person’s name, such as the first name or last name, using the joystick. If the system does not find an exact match, say or select ‘‘LIST’’...

  • Page 242

    The following category icons will appear: Preference Home Mobile Work Pager After selecting a person, the system will display a list of the person’s phone numbers. Select the desired number from the list to make a call. Voice Other 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 243

    ‘‘Delete Imported Phonebook’’ from the ‘‘Select an option’’ screen. The display will change as shown above. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Select a phonebook from the displayed list. If the phonebook you select has a PIN icon, you will need the 4-digit PIN number to access the phonebook.

  • Page 244

    PIN number from any phonebook. Select ‘‘PIN Number’’ from the ‘‘Select an Option’’ screen. The display will change as shown above. 2009 Ridgeline To add a PIN number Select the phonebook you wish to add the PIN number to. The phonebook you select cannot already have a PIN icon.

  • Page 245

    PIN to verify. To change a PIN number Select the phonebook that you wish to change the PIN number for. The display will change as shown above. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Enter your current PIN number. CONTINUED...

  • Page 246

    Is this what you would like to do?’’ 2009 Ridgeline Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Yes.’’ The HFL response is ‘‘Preparing to...

  • Page 247

    English mode will not be accessible in French mode. Would you like to continue? ’’ 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Oui’’ or ‘‘Yes.’’ If there are no paired phones without French name tags, the HFL response is ‘‘Venillez...

  • Page 248

    English mode. Would you like to continue?’’, then the system repeats the response in English. 2009 Ridgeline Press and release the Talk button. After the beep, say ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘Oui.’’ If there are no paired phones without English name tags, the HFL response is ‘‘Please wait...

  • Page 249

    (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. 2009 Ridgeline Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

  • Page 250: Rearview Camera And Monitor

    To avoid scratching the lens when you clean it, use a moist, soft cloth. Since the rearview camera display area is limited, you should always back up slowly and carefully, and look behind you for obstacles. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 251: Before Driving

    Break-in Period Fuel Recommendation Service Station Procedures Refueling Opening and Closing the Oil Check Engine Coolant Check Fuel Economy Accessories and Modifications . Carrying Cargo 2009 Ridgeline Before Driving Hood...

  • Page 252: Break-in Period

    If this happens, contact 2009 Ridgeline your authorized dealer for service. Some gasoline today is blended with oxygenates such as ethanol or MTBE. Your vehicle is designed to...

  • Page 253: Service Station Procedures

    Handle fuel only outdoors. Wipe up spills immediately. TETHER FUEL FILL CAP ATTACHMENT 2009 Ridgeline Service Station Procedures Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as pressure inside the tank escapes. The fuel fill cap is attached to the fuel filler with a tether.

  • Page 254

    The message should go off after several days of 2009 Ridgeline normal driving once you tighten or replace the fuel fill cap. To scroll to another message, press the INFO button.

  • Page 255

    Your vehicle has a warning label for filling a portable fuel container on the left rear side of the pickup bed. 2009 Ridgeline Service Station Procedures Do not fill a portable fuel container in the pickup bed. Static electricity can ignite gas...

  • Page 256: Opening And Closing The Hood

    If the hood latch handle moves stiffly, or you can open the hood without lifting the handle, the mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated. 2009 Ridgeline SUPPORT ROD GRIP Holding the grip, pull the support rod out of its clip. Insert the end into the designated hole in the hood marked by an arrow.

  • Page 257: Oil Check

    If it is near or below the lower mark, Adding Engine Oil on page 2009 Ridgeline Service Station Procedures Engine Coolant Check RESERVE TANK Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines.

  • Page 258: Fuel Economy

    − Represents a combination of city and highway driving. The scale represents the range of combined fuel economy for other vehicles in the class. 2009 Ridgeline Highway MPG Estimated Annual Fuel Cost Estimated Annual Fuel Cost − Provides an estimated annual fuel...

  • Page 259

    Keep your vehicle clean − particular, a build-up of snow or mud on your vehicle’s underside adds weight and rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning helps your fuel economy. 2009 Ridgeline Fuel Economy Drive Efficiently Drive moderately − Rapid acceleration, abrupt cornering, and hard braking increase fuel consumption.

  • Page 260

    Fill the fuel tank until the nozzle automatically clicks off. Reset trip counter to zero. Record the total gallons (liters) needed to refill. Follow one of the simple calculations above. 2009 Ridgeline Miles per Gallon Kilometers L per 100 km...

  • Page 261: Accessories And Modifications

    If you install a truck cap, be sure it is properly installed and does not exceed your vehicle’s load limits (see page 2009 Ridgeline Accessories and Modifications When properly installed, cellular phones, alarms, two-way radios, and low-powered audio systems should not interfere with your vehicle’s...

  • Page 262

    (TPMS). 2009 Ridgeline Larger or smaller wheels and tires can interfere with the operation of your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes and other systems.

  • Page 263: Carrying Cargo

    COMPARTMENTS FOLD-UP REAR SEAT WITH UNDER-SEAT STORAGE IN-BED TRUNK SEAT-BACK POCKETS PICKUP BED 2009 Ridgeline Carrying Cargo The pickup bed on your vehicle allows you to carry heavy and large cargo. You can also store items in the In-Bed Trunk and on a roof-rack (if equipped).

  • Page 264

    Follow all load limits and other loading guidelines in this manual. 2009 Ridgeline Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit: Locate the statement ‘‘The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs.’’...

  • Page 265

    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). Both are on a label on the driver’s doorjamb. 2009 Ridgeline Carrying Cargo Passenger Weight Cargo Weight (150 lbs x 2 = 300 lbs)

  • Page 266

    Tie down items that could be thrown about the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop. 2009 Ridgeline Carrying Cargo in the In-Bed Trunk or on a Roof Rack Distribute cargo evenly on the floor in the In-Bed Trunk, placing the heaviest items on the bottom and as far forward as possible.

  • Page 267

    Tie down and secure all items that could be thrown out of the vehicle during a crash or sudden stop. 2009 Ridgeline Carrying Cargo If you stack items higher than the bed sides, tailgate, or back window, secure them with a net or cover.

  • Page 268

    Do not use any other parts of the pickup bed to secure cargo or nets. 2009 Ridgeline You can also support motorcycles on the pickup bed floor with the cleats. The floor panel of the pickup bed is designed to hold motorcycle tires.

  • Page 269

    More extensive damage should be repaired by your dealer. To avoid problems with the bed surface and the In-Bed Trunk lid, do not use spray-in bed liner products. 2009 Ridgeline Carrying Cargo...

  • Page 270

    Main Menu Table Of Contents 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 271

    Automatic Transmission Variable Torque Management 4WD (VTM-4) System Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Parking Braking System Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA ) System Towing Weight Limits Towing Weight Guidelines Towing a Trailer Off-Highway Driving Guidelines 2009 Ridgeline Driving...

  • Page 272: Driving Guidelines

    Do not carry heavy cargo on the roof. 2009 Ridgeline With heavy cargo on the pickup bed, your vehicle has a higher center of gravity. Drive slowly and cautiously, and allow more time and distance for braking.

  • Page 273: Preparing To Drive

    (see page When you start the engine, check the gauges and indicators in the instrument panel, and the messages on the information display or multi-information display (depending on models) (see pages , and 2009 Ridgeline Preparing to Drive...

  • Page 274: Starting The Engine

    (or other device) is used, the engine’s f uel system is disabled. For more inf ormation, see page 2009 Ridgeline If the engine does not start within 15 seconds, or starts but stalls right away, repeat step 4 with the accelerator pedal pressed halfway down.

  • Page 275: Shift Lever P

    When the ‘‘D’’ indicator warns of a possible problem with the transmission, you will see a ‘‘CHECK TRANSMISSION’’ message on the multi-information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline Automatic Transmission Shifting SHIFT LEVER To shift from Park to any position, press firmly on the brake pedal, and pull the shift lever toward you.

  • Page 276: Automatic Transmission

    Park. The shift lever must be in Park for you to remove the key from the ignition switch. 2009 Ridgeline Reverse (R) − Press the brake pedal and pull the shift lever towards you to shift from Park to reverse.

  • Page 277

    This helps the engine warm up faster. 2009 Ridgeline Automatic Transmission D3 SWITCH Press the D3 switch on the end of the shift lever to turn this mode on or off;...

  • Page 278

    The D3 indicator also comes on for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. 2009 Ridgeline − To shift to second, Second (2) pull the shift lever towards you, then shift to the lower gear. This position locks the transmission in second gear.

  • Page 279

    The engine will run normally when you reduce the rpm below the red zone. 2009 Ridgeline Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release This allows you to move the shift lever out of Park if the normal...

  • Page 280

    If you need to use the shift lock release, it means your vehicle is developing a problem. Have it checked by your dealer. 2009 Ridgeline VTM-4 System VTM-4 LOCK BUTTON Your vehicle is equipped with a variable torque management...

  • Page 281

    VTM-4 Lock ON may damage the rear dif f erential when making a turn. Strange noise and vibration can also result. 2009 Ridgeline VTM-4 System The VTM-4 Lock will temporarily disengage when the vehicle speed exceeds 18 mph (30 km/h). The indicator in the button will remain on.

  • Page 282

    2009 Ridgeline Driving on a significantly under inflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure.

  • Page 283

    See Low Tire Pressure Indicator on page 2009 Ridgeline Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Indicator This indicator comes on and stays on if there is a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.

  • Page 284

    If used, you will have to replace the tire pressure sensor. Have the flat tire repaired by your dealer as soon as possible. 2009 Ridgeline As required by the FCC: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the...

  • Page 285

    2009 Ridgeline If you think you can safely drive a short distance to a service station, proceed slowly to the station, then inflate the tire to the recommended pressure.

  • Page 286

    (see page 2009 Ridgeline Tire Pressure Monitor To select the tire pressure monitor, press the INFO button several times with the ignition switch in the ON (II) position.

  • Page 287

    Canadian models Each tire pressure is shown in PSI (U.S. models) or in kPa (Canadian models). 2009 Ridgeline Each tire has its own pressure sensor. If the air pressure of a tire becomes significantly low, the sensor in that tire immediately sends...

  • Page 288

    If you see this message, the system is off and is not monitoring the tire pressures. Have the system checked by your dealer as soon as possible. 2009 Ridgeline Also, the low tire pressure/TPMS indicator begins to flash, then stays on (see page...

  • Page 289

    Manually check the spare tire pressure to be sure it is correct. 2009 Ridgeline This indicator and the warning message on the multi-information display will go off, after several miles (kilometers) driving, when the spare...

  • Page 290

    (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. 2009 Ridgeline Parking Always use the parking brake when you park your vehicle. Make sure the parking brake is set firmly, or your vehicle may roll if it is parked on an incline.

  • Page 291

    Never park over dry leaves, tall grass, or other flammable materials. The hot three way catalytic converter could cause these materials to catch on fire. 2009 Ridgeline Parking If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn the front wheels away from the curb.

  • Page 292: Braking System

    If not, apply them gently and frequently until they do. Be extra cautious and alert in your driving. 2009 Ridgeline Braking System Design The hydraulic system that operates the brakes has two separate circuits.

  • Page 293: Anti-lock Brakes (abs)

    ABS activates. However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately if you are trying to stop on snow or ice. 2009 Ridgeline Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ABS Indicator If this indicator comes on, the anti- lock function of the braking system has shut down.

  • Page 294

    Severe or sharp steering wheel movement can still cause your vehicle to veer into oncoming traffic or off the road. 2009 Ridgeline A vehicle with ABS may require a on loose or longer distance to stop...

  • Page 295: Vehicle Stability Assist (vsa ) System

    ON (II) position, there may be a problem with the VSA system. Have your dealer inspect your vehicle as soon as possible. 2009 Ridgeline On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA SYSTEM’’ message on the multi- information display if there is a problem with the VSA system.

  • Page 296

    VSA is turned on every time you start the engine, even if you turned it off the last time you drove the vehicle. 2009 Ridgeline VSA and Tire Sizes Driving with varying tire or wheel sizes may cause the VSA to malfunction.

  • Page 297: Towing Weight Limits

    Check the loading of your vehicle and trailer carefully before starting to drive. 2009 Ridgeline Towing Weight Limits Load Limits Total Trailer Weight The maximum allowable weight of the trailer and everything in or on it...

  • Page 298

    (4,575 kg) with the proper hitch. The GCWR must be reduced 2 percent for every 1,000 feet (305 meters) of elevation. 2009 Ridgeline Estimating Loads The best way to confirm that all loads are within limits is to check them at a public scale (see page...

  • Page 299

    ** Recommended tongue load should be 5 15% of the total trailer weight for boat trailers, and 10 15% of the total trailer weight for all other trailers. − 2009 Ridgeline Towing Weight Guidelines Max. Tongue Load ** 600 lbs (272 kg)

  • Page 300: Towing A Trailer

    1 from the weight in step 2. Limit: 2,945 lbs (1,335 kg) 2009 Ridgeline Check the gross combined weight. Limit: 10,088 lbs (4,575 kg) Remember, maximum gross Remember, maximum gross...

  • Page 301

    2009 Ridgeline Towing a Trailer Hitch Read the trailer manufacturer’s instructions, and select the appropriate draw bar for the height of the trailer you will be towing.

  • Page 302

    2009 Ridgeline Use this illustration to identify each terminal in the trailer brake controller connector. ELECTRIC BRAKE...

  • Page 303

    Remember to unhitch the trailer before changing a flat. Ask your trailer sales or rental agency where and how to store the trailer’s spare tire. 2009 Ridgeline Towing a Trailer...

  • Page 304

    You can get this optional connector from your dealer. 2009 Ridgeline Refer to the above illustration for wiring information. We recommend that you have your dealer install a Honda wiring harness and converter.

  • Page 305

    Make sure the connector and the socket are free of dirt, moisture, or other foreign material. Open the socket lid by pulling it up. 2009 Ridgeline Towing a Trailer Insert the connector securely into the socket. Hook the retaining tab on the...

  • Page 306

    The trailer jumper harness is used to install the controller for the electric trailer brakes. For more information, on page Trailer Brakes 2009 Ridgeline Trailer Brake Fuse Insert the trailer brake fuse into the secondary under-hood fuse box (see page...

  • Page 307

    91 or higher) is recommended when towing more than 3,500 lbs (1,590 kg). 2009 Ridgeline Towing a Trailer Driving Safely With a Trailer The added weight, length, and height of a trailer will affect your vehicle’s handling and performance,...

  • Page 308

    2009 Ridgeline If you must stop when facing uphill, use the foot brake or parking brake. Do not try to hold the vehicle in...

  • Page 309

    It also makes it easier to move the shift lever out of Park when you want to drive away. 2009 Ridgeline Towing a Trailer Retrieving a Boat If the vehicle’s tires slip when retrieving a boat from the water,...

  • Page 310

    2009 Ridgeline Improperly operating this vehicle on or off-pavement can cause an accident or rollover in which you and your passengers could be seriously injured or killed.

  • Page 311

    Driving off-highway can be hazardous if you fail to recognize limits and take the proper precautions. 2009 Ridgeline Check Out Your Vehicle Before you leave the pavement, be sure to do all scheduled maintenance and service, and inspect your vehicle for any problems.

  • Page 312

    2009 Ridgeline Driving on Slopes If you can’t clearly see all conditions or obstacles on a slope, walk the slope before you drive on it.

  • Page 313

    If the water is deeper than the wheel hubs, some additional service may be required. This service is not covered by your warranties. 2009 Ridgeline If You Get Stuck If you get stuck, and cannot get unstuck with the VTM-4 system,...

  • Page 314

    Do not exceed the trailer weight or tongue limits (see page Stay on smooth, level dirt roads, and avoid driving in hilly terrain. Allow extra room for starting, stopping, and turning. Slow down if you encounter bumps or other obstacles. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 315

    See page obtain a copy, or see your dealer. for information on how to 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Maintenance Safety Maintenance Minder Fluid Locations Adding Engine Oil...

  • Page 316: Maintenance Safety

    Burns from hot parts. Let the engine and exhaust system cool down before touching any parts. 2009 Ridgeline Injury from moving parts. not run the engine unless instructed to do so. Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed.

  • Page 317: Maintenance Minder

    15 % 11 % 15 % − 10 % 6 % − 10 % 5 % 1 % − 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Minder Engine Oil Life Display On models without navigation system ENGINE OIL SELECT BUTTON LIFE DISPLAY U.S. model is shown.

  • Page 318

    The 15 and 10 percent oil life indicator reminds you that the time is coming soon to take your vehicle in for the required maintenance. 2009 Ridgeline ‘‘SERVICE’’ MESSAGE When the remaining engine oil life is 5 to 1 percent, you will see a ‘‘SERVICE’’...

  • Page 319

    ) also comes on and remains on in the instrument panel. When you see this message, immediately have the indicated maintenance done by your dealer. 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Minder U.S. model is shown. If you do not perform the indicated maintenance, negative mileage is...

  • Page 320

    MAINTENANCE MAIN ITEM All maintenance items displayed on the information display are in code. For an explanation of these maintenance codes, see page 2009 Ridgeline Resetting the Engine Oil Life Display On models without navigation system Your dealer will reset the display after completing the required maintenance service.

  • Page 321

    Press the TRIP/RESET button for another 5 seconds. The maintenance item code(s) will disappear, and the engine oil life will reset to ‘‘100.’’ 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Minder On models with navigation system SEL/RESET BUTTON ENGINE OIL LIFE DISPLAY U.S. model is shown.

  • Page 322

    U.S. model is shown. The system message indicator on the instrument panel will also come on, and a beeper will sound. 2009 Ridgeline To cancel the system message, press and release the INFO ( / ) button ▲ ▼ on the dashboard. At this time, the system message indicator will also be turned off.

  • Page 323

    The system message indicator on the instrument panel will also come on, and a beeper will sound. 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Minder To cancel the system message, press and release the INFO ( / ) button ▲...

  • Page 324

    At this time, the system message indicator will turned off. Then the display will change to the engine oil life display. 2009 Ridgeline The system message will appear again by pressing the INFO ( / ) button after canceling it.

  • Page 325

    Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position. Press the SEL/RESET button on the dashboard until you see the engine oil life display. 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Minder Press and hold the SEL/RESET button for 10 seconds. The multi- information display will ask for a confirmation.

  • Page 326

    Honda Service History or Canadian Maintenance Log. Check your warranty booklet for more information. 2009 Ridgeline We recommend the use of Honda parts and fluids whenever you have maintenance done. These are manufactured to the same high-...

  • Page 327

    − radiator reserve tank every time you fill the fuel tank. See page Automatic transmission Check − the fluid level monthly. See page 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Minder Brakes Check the fluid level − monthly. See page Tires Check the tire pressure −...

  • Page 328

    If you regularly drive your vehicle under these conditions, have the differential fluid changed at 7,500 miles (12,000 km), then every 15,000 miles (24,000 km). 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Sub Items 29°C), or towing a trailer, replace every...

  • Page 329: Fluid Locations

    (Orange loop) WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) ENGINE COOLANT RESERVOIR POWER STEERING FLUID * (Red cap) * : Under the gray cover RADIATOR CAP ENGINE OIL FILL CAP 2009 Ridgeline Fluid Locations BRAKE FLUID (Gray cap) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK (Yellow loop)

  • Page 330: Adding Engine Oil

    American Petroleum Institute’s latest requirements. API CERTIFICATION SEAL 2009 Ridgeline Honda Motor Oil is the preferred 5W-20 lubricant for your vehicle. It is highly recommended that you use Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for optimum engine protection.

  • Page 331

    Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature, then shut it off. 2009 Ridgeline WASHER DRAIN BOLT Open the hood, and remove the engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil drain bolt and washer from the bottom of the engine.

  • Page 332

    Engine oil change capacity (including filter): 4.5 US qt (4.3 ) 2009 Ridgeline Reinstall the engine oil fill cap. Start the engine. The oil pressure indicator should go out within 5 seconds. If it does not, turn off the engine, and check your work.

  • Page 333: Engine Coolant

    Have the cooling system flushed and refilled with Honda antifreeze/coolant as soon as possible. 2009 Ridgeline Engine Coolant If the reserve tank is completely empty, you should also check the coolant level in the radiator.

  • Page 334

    Do not add any rust inhibitors or other additives to your vehicle’s cooling system. They may not be compatible with the coolant or engine components. 2009 Ridgeline Windshield Washers Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal use.

  • Page 335

    For accurate results, wait about 60 seconds (but no longer than 90 seconds) before doing step 2. 2009 Ridgeline DIPSTICK Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) from the transmission, and wipe it with a clean cloth.

  • Page 336: Automatic Transmission Fluid

    Always use Honda Genuine ATF-Z1 (automatic transmission fluid). 2009 Ridgeline Use only Honda Genuine ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid). Do not mix with other transmission f luids. Using transmission f luid other than...

  • Page 337

    Rear Differential Fluid, Transfer Assembly Fluid Always use Honda VTM-4 Differential Fluid, and have your dealer replace the rear differential fluid. 2009 Ridgeline Transfer Assembly Fluid The transfer assembly should be drained and refilled with new fluid when this service is indicated by a...

  • Page 338: Brake Fluid

    Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not compatible with your vehicle’s braking system and can cause extensive damage. 2009 Ridgeline The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks on the side of the reservoir. If the level is at or below the MIN mark, your brake system needs attention.

  • Page 339: Power Steering Fluid

    If you are not sure how to add fluid, contact your dealer. 2009 Ridgeline Power Steering Fluid Turning the steering wheel to f ull lef t or right lock and holding it there can...

  • Page 340

    Adjustments should be done by your dealer or other qualified technician. 2009 Ridgeline Replacing a Headlight Bulb Your vehicle has halogen headlight bulbs. When replacing a bulb, handle it by its base, and protect the glass from contact with your skin or hard objects.

  • Page 341

    Install the rubber weather seal over the back of the headlight assembly. Make sure it is right side up. 2009 Ridgeline Lights Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb. Make sure it is connected securely. Turn on the...

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    Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. 2009 Ridgeline Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

  • Page 343: Fog Lights

    Remove the bolts and use the flat- tipped screwdriver to remove the holding clip located under the front bumper. Push down the inner fender. 2009 Ridgeline Lights INNER FENDER CONNECTOR Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pushing on the tab and pulling the connector down.

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    Determine which of the three bulbs is burned out: brake/ taillight, turn signal/hazard light, or back-up light. 2009 Ridgeline BULB SOCKET Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. Remove the burned-out bulb by...

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    Remove the screw under each lens. Pull the high-mount brake light assembly out of the vehicle. 2009 Ridgeline Lights SCREW BULB Remove the three mounting screws from the light assembly.

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    Remove the socket from the light assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 2009 Ridgeline BULB SOCKET Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms.

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    Pull out the light assembly. Remove the socket from the light assembly by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 2009 Ridgeline Lights BULB SOCKET Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms.

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    Do not use bleach, dye, or cleaning solvents. Let the belts air-dry before you use the vehicle. 2009 Ridgeline Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the insides of...

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    We recommend using genuine Honda floor mats. Do not put additional floor mats on top of the anchored mats. 2009 Ridgeline Dust and Pollen Filter This filter removes the dust and pollen that is brought in from the...

  • Page 350: Wiper Blades

    ). When the wipers are in the upright position, turn the ignition switch off to stop the wipers in that position. 2009 Ridgeline WIPER ARMS Raise the wiper arm off the windshield. Do not open the hood when the wiper arms are raised, or you will damage the hood and the wiper arms.

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    BLADE Remove the blade from its holder by grabbing the tabbed end of the blade. Pull up firmly until the tabs come out of the holder. 2009 Ridgeline Wiper Blades BLADE REINFORCEMENT Examine the new wiper blades. If they have no plastic or metal...

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    To clean the wheels, use a mild detergent and a soft brush or sponge. 2009 Ridgeline Tires To safely operate your vehicle, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated.

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    1 mile (1.6 km). Add or release air, if needed, to match the recommended cold tire pressures on page 2009 Ridgeline Tires If you check air pressures when the tires are hot [driven for several miles (kilometers)], you will see readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3 to 0.4...

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    Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side of the tire. Replace the tire if you can see fabric or cord. Excessive tread wear. 2009 Ridgeline INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS TREAD WEAR INDICATORS Your tires have wear indicators molded into the tread. When the tread wears down, you will see a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide band across the...

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    On vehicles with aluminum wheels, improper wheel weights can damage your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use only Honda wheel weights f or balancing. 2009 Ridgeline Tires Tire Rotation Front Front (For Non-directional (For Directional...

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    If you do not, the tire pressure monitoring system will not work. Replacement wheels are available at your dealer. 2009 Ridgeline Installing improper tires on your vehicle can affect handling and stability. This can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

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    For the best performance in snowy or icy conditions, you should install snow tires or tire chains. They may be required by local laws under certain conditions. 2009 Ridgeline Tires Snow Tires If you mount snow tires on your vehicle, make sure they are radial tires of the same size and load range as the original tires.

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    Make sure the chains are installed tightly, and that they are not contacting the brake lines or suspension. Remove the chains as soon as you start driving on cleared roads. 2009 Ridgeline Premium Cobra Cable Chain # 1046P with accessory adjusters *...

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    Remove the chains as soon as you begin driving on cleared roads. 2009 Ridgeline Tires Traction devices that are the wrong size or improperly installed can damage your vehicle’s brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels.

  • Page 360: Checking The Battery

    Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash your hands after handling. 2009 Ridgeline If you need to connect the battery to a charger, disconnect both cables to prevent damaging your vehicle’s electrical system. Always disconnect the negative ( ) cable first, and −...

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    Leave the parking brake off. Put the transmission in Park. 2009 Ridgeline Block the rear wheels. If the vehicle is to be stored for a longer period, it should be supported on jackstands so the tires are off the ground.

  • Page 362: Vehicle Storage

    Non-porous materials, such as plastic sheeting, trap moisture, which can damage the paint. If possible, periodically run the engine until it reaches full operating temperature (the cooling fans cycle on and off twice). Preferably, do this once a month. 2009 Ridgeline...

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    Changing a Flat Tire If the Engine Won’t Start Jump Starting If the Engine Overheats Low Oil Pressure Indicator Charging System Indicator Malfunction Indicator Lamp Brake System Indicator Fuses Fuse Locations Emergency Towing If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 364: Compact Spare Tire

    You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TPMS SYSTEM’’ message on the multi- information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline INDICATOR LOCATION MARK TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR Replace the tire when you can see the tread wear indicator bars. The...

  • Page 365: Changing A Flat Tire

    Park the vehicle on firm, level, and non-slippery ground. Put the transmission in Park. Apply the parking brake. If you are towing a trailer, unhitch 2009 Ridgeline Changing a Flat Tire SPARE TIRE Turn on the hazard warning lights, and turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position.

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    In-Bed Trunk. If you are using a cargo net or a cargo cover in the In-Bed Trunk, remove it before pulling out the tire tray. 2009 Ridgeline WING BOLT TOOL BOX STRAP Unfasten the strap to remove the tool box, and unscrew the wing bolt.

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    JACKING POINT Place the jack under the jacking point nearest the tire you need to change. 2009 Ridgeline Changing a Flat Tire DIAL Turn the dial at the bottom of the jack clockwise until the top of the jack contacts the jacking point.

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    Insert the hook at the end of the stay into the opening on the dial at the bottom of the jack. 2009 Ridgeline Turn the jack dial (wheel nut wrench) clockwise as shown to raise the vehicle until the flat tire...

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    Wipe the hub carefully; it may be hot from driving. 2009 Ridgeline Changing a Flat Tire Put on the spare tire. Put the wheel nuts back on finger-tight, then tighten them in a crisscross...

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    Secure the flat tire by screwing the wing bolt back into its hole. 2009 Ridgeline Release the tire tray and slide it back in place. Tighten the tire tray holding bolts...

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    Store the wheel, jack, and tools securely before driving. Store the wheel cap or center cap in the In-Bed Trunk. Make sure it does not get scratched or damaged. Refer to Changing a Tire with TPMS (see page 2009 Ridgeline Changing a Flat Tire...

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    Place the spacer cone in the wheel hub, and secure the spare tire to the pickup bed with the wing bolt. Store or secure the tool box. 2009 Ridgeline If you remove the spare tire from the pickup bed, reinstall the clip back into its hole.

  • Page 373: If The Engine Won't Start

    You will need a qualified technician to determine the problem. See Emergency Towing on page 2009 Ridgeline If the Engine Won’t Start If the headlights dim noticeably or go out when you try to start the engine, either the battery is discharged or the connections are corroded.

  • Page 374: Jump Starting

    You cannot start your vehicle by pushing or pulling it. 2009 Ridgeline To Jump Start Your Vehicle: Open the hood, and check the physical condition of the battery. In very cold weather, check the condition of the electrolyte.

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    Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of the engine. 2009 Ridgeline Jump Starting If the booster battery is in another vehicle, have an assistant start that vehicle and run it at a fast idle.

  • Page 376: If The Engine Overheats

    Do not open the hood if steam is coming out. 2009 Ridgeline Safely pull to the side of the road. Put the transmission in Park, and set the parking brake. Turn off all accessories, and turn on the hazard warning indicators.

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    After the pressure releases, push down on the cap, and turn it until it comes off. 2009 Ridgeline If the Engine Overheats Start the engine, and set the temperature to maximum heat (climate control to AUTO at ‘‘...

  • Page 378: Low Oil Pressure Indicator

    (see Emergency Towing on page 2009 Ridgeline Charging System Indicator If the charging system indicator comes on brightly when the engine is running, the battery is not being charged.

  • Page 379: Malfunction Indicator Lamp

    On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘TIGHTEN FUEL CAP’’ message on the multi- information display. 2009 Ridgeline Malfunction Indicator Lamp If the indicator comes on repeatedly, even though it may turn off as you continue driving, have your vehicle checked by the dealer as soon as possible.

  • Page 380: Brake System Indicator

    If possible, do not take your vehicle for an emissions test until the readiness codes are set. Refer to Emissions Testing more information (see page 2009 Ridgeline Brake System Indicator U.S. Canada The brake system indicator normally...

  • Page 381

    On models with navigation system You will also see a ‘‘CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM’’ message on the multi- information display (see page 2009 Ridgeline Brake System Indicator Slow down by shifting to a lower gear, and pull to the side of the road when it is safe.

  • Page 382: Fuses

    The secondary fuse box is next to the brake fluid reservoir. To open them, push the tabs as shown. 2009 Ridgeline UNDER-HOOD (SECONDARY) Checking and Replacing Fuses If something electrical in your vehicle stops working, check for a blown fuse first.

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    Removing these fuses requires a Phillips-head screwdriver. 2009 Ridgeline Fuses FUSE PULLER Check the smaller fuses in the under-hood fuse boxes and all the fuses in the interior fuse box by...

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    If you do not have a replacement f use with the proper rating f or the circuit, install one with a lower rating. 2009 Ridgeline If the replacement fuse of the same rating blows in a short time, there is probably a serious electrical problem in your vehicle.

  • Page 385: Fuse Locations

    VSA FSR 40 A VSA MTR 20 A VTM-4 15 A Front Accessory Sockets (20 A) Electric Brake * 2009 Ridgeline Fuse Locations Amps. Circuits Protected 20 A Horn, Stop 20 A Defroster 40 A Back Up, ACC 15 A...

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    20 A Driver’s Window 7.5 A VBSOL2 10 A IG HAC 7.5 A IG VSA/ABS 7.5 A (7.5 A) Not Used * If equipped 2009 Ridgeline INTERIOR FUSE BOX UPPER AREA Driver’s Side * * No. Amps. Circuits Protected 7.5 A...

  • Page 387: Emergency Towing

    FRONT For very short distances, such as freeing the vehicle, you can use the tie down hooks on the lower of the front and rear bumpers. 2009 Ridgeline TIE DOWN HOOK REAR ‘‘Rocking’’ your vehicle between f orward and reverse gear or revving up...

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    If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck To avoid damage to your vehicle, use the tie down hooks f or straight, f lat ground towing only. Do not tow at an angle. These hooks should not be used f or open-road towing. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 389: Technical Information

    Evaporative Emissions Control System Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery Exhaust Emissions Controls . PGM-FI System Ignition Timing Control System 2009 Ridgeline Technical Information Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System Three Way Catalytic Converter Replacement Parts Three Way Catalytic Converter . Emissions Testing...

  • Page 390: Identification Numbers

    It is also on the certification label attached to the driver’s doorjamb, and is stamped on the engine compartment bulkhead. The VIN is also provided in bar code on the certification label. CERTIFICATION LABEL 2009 Ridgeline...

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    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 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 392: Specifications

    Reserve tank capacity: 0.16 US gal (0.6 ) * Excluding the oil remaining in the engine HFC-134a (R-134a) − − ND-OIL8 2009 Ridgeline Approx. 22.01 US gal (83.3 ) * Change 1.64 US gal (6.2 ) Total 2.14 US gal (8.1 ) *...

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    60 AH/5 HR * U.S. RT, RTS models, and Canadian DX, VP models * U.S. RTL models, and Canadian EX-L models 2009 Ridgeline Specifications See page or the fuse label attached to the inside of the fuse box lid under the dashboard.

  • Page 394: Dot Tire Quality Grading (u.s. Vehicles)

    2009 Ridgeline Traction The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent the tire’s ability to...

  • Page 395: Temperature

    Warning: The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 396: Tire Labeling

    Aspect ratio (the tire’s section − height as a percentage of its width). Tire construction code (R − indicates radial). 2009 Ridgeline Rim diameter in inches. − Load index (a numerical code − associated with the maximum load the tire can carry).

  • Page 397: Tire Labeling

    Date of manufacture. Year Week Maximum Tire Pressure Max Press − The maximum air pressure the tire can hold. Maximum Tire Load Max Load The maximum load the − tire can carry at maximum air pressure. 2009 Ridgeline Tire Labeling...

  • Page 398: Tire Pressure Monitoring System (tpms) − Required Federal Explanation

    2009 Ridgeline Driving on a significantly under- inflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure.

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    Always check the TPMS malfunction telltale after replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the TPMS to continue to function properly. 2009 Ridgeline Required Federal Explanation...

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    TPMS from functioning properly. Always check the TPMS malfunction telltale after replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the TPMS to continue to function properly. 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 401: Emissions Controls

    This keeps gasses that build up in the engine’s crankcase from going into the atmosphere. The positive 2009 Ridgeline Emissions Controls crankcase ventilation valve routes them from the crankcase back to the intake manifold. They are then drawn into the engine and burned.

  • Page 402: Exhaust Emissions Controls

    HC, CO, and NOx in the engine’s exhaust to carbon dioxide (CO ), nitrogen (N ), and water vapor. 2009 Ridgeline Replacement Parts The emissions control systems are designed and certified to work to- gether in reducing emissions to levels that comply with the Clean Air Act.

  • Page 403: Three Way Catalytic Converter

    Always use unleaded gasoline. Even a small amount of leaded gasoline can contaminate the catalyst metals, making the three way catalytic converter ineffective. 2009 Ridgeline Three Way Catalytic Converter WARM UP THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTERS Keep the engine well maintained.

  • Page 404: Emissions Testing

    (about 3 minutes). Without touching the accelerator pedal, let the engine idle for 20 seconds. 2009 Ridgeline Select a nearby lightly traveled major highway where you can maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph (80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20 minutes.

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    Make sure the vehicle has been parked with the engine off for 30 minutes. If the testing facility determines the readiness codes are still not set, see your dealer. 2009 Ridgeline Emissions Testing...

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    Main Menu Table Of Contents 2009 Ridgeline...

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    Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Service Information . Warranty Coverages Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) Authorized Manuals 2009 Ridgeline...

  • Page 408: Customer Service Information

    Islands: Vortex Motor Corp. Bella International P.O. Box 190816 San Juan, PR 00919-0816 Tel: (787) 620-7546 2009 Ridgeline When you call or write, please give us this information: Vehicle identification number (see page Name and address of the dealer who services your vehicle...

  • Page 409: Warranty Coverages

    Replacement Parts Limited covers all Honda Warranty − replacement parts against defects in materials and workmanship. 2009 Ridgeline Warranty Coverages Replacement Battery Limited − provides prorated Warranty coverage for a replacement battery purchased from your dealer.

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    However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 2009 Ridgeline To contact NHTSA, you may call the Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); go to ;...

  • Page 411: Authorized Manuals

    2009 Honda Ridgeline Owner’s Manual 31SJC820 2009 Honda Ridgeline Navigation Manual 2009 Honda Ridgeline Quick Start Guide 31SJCQ30 31SJCM30 2009 Ridgeline Honda Service History HON-R Order Form for Previous Years-Indicate Year and Model Desired (U.S. only) Service Manual: Covers maintenance and recommended procedures for repair to engine and chassis components.

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    Main Menu 2009 Ridgeline...

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    Auxiliary Input Jack Back Window Indicator Operation . 128, Battery Charging System Indicator Jump Starting Maintenance Specifications 2009 Ridgeline Bed Lights Indicator Operation Before Driving Belts, Seat Beverage Holders Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Booster Seats Brakes Anti-lock System (ABS) Break-in, New Linings...

  • Page 414

    Larger Children LATCH Risks with Airbags Small Children Tether Where Should a Child Sit? Child Seats LATCH Tether Anchorage Points 2009 Ridgeline Climate Control System Clock Coat Hooks Code, Audio System CO in the Exhaust Compact Spare Tire Compass Console Compartment...

  • Page 415

    Low Oil Pressure Indicator Malfunction Indicator Lamp . Overheated Engine Stuck Vehicle Towing Emergency Brake Emissions Controls Emissions Testing 2009 Ridgeline Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge Malfunction Indicator Lamp Oil Life Display . 11, Oil Pressure Indicator Oil, What Kind to Use...

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    Fuel Reserve Indicator Gauge Octane Requirement Tank, Filling the Gas Station Procedures Gauges Engine Coolant Temperature . Fuel Speedometer 2009 Ridgeline Tachometer GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) Gearshift Lever Positions Glove Box GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight...

  • Page 417

    Cruise Control Cruise Main Door Open DRL (Daytime Running Lights) High Beam In-Bed Trunk Open Key (Immobilizer System) Lights On 2009 Ridgeline Low Fuel Low Oil Pressure Low Tire Pressure Maintenance Minder Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) Side Airbag Off Seat Belt...

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    Power Door Low Coolant Level Low Fuel Indicator Low Oil Pressure Indicator . 63, Lubricant Specifications Chart . 388, Luggage, Storing (Cargo) 2009 Ridgeline Maintenance Owner’s Maintenance Checks Minder Minder Indicator Safety Malfunction Indicator Lamp . 63, Manual Seat Adjustments...

  • Page 419

    Using Child Seats with Tethers Using LATCH Radiator Overheating Radio/CD Sound System . 159, 167, 2009 Ridgeline Rear Differential Fluid Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement . Rearview Mirror Rearview Mirror with Compass . Rear (Back) Window Reclining the Seat-Backs Remote Audio Controls...

  • Page 420

    Signaling Turns Snow Tires Sound System . 159, 167, Spare Tire Inflating Specifications Specifications Charts Speed Control 2009 Ridgeline Speedometer . 119, SRS, Additional Information Additional Safety Precautions . Airbag System Components Airbag Service How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works How the Side Airbag Off *...

  • Page 421

    DOT Tire Quality Grading Inflation Inspection Maintenance Replacing Rotating Snow Specifications . 353, Tire Chains Tools, Tire Changing 2009 Ridgeline Towing A Trailer Emergency Wrecker Equipment Equipment and Accessories Weight Limit Trailer Loading . 72, Trailer Towing Tips Transfer Assembly Fluid...

  • Page 422

    Wheels Adjusting the Steering Wrench Windows Operating the Power Windshield Defroster Washers Wiper Zone, Heated . 95, 150, Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades Operation Worn Tires Wrecker, Emergency Towing * XM Satellite Radio * : U.S. only 2009 Ridgeline . 148,...

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    Main Menu 2009 Ridgeline...

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    Main Menu 2009 Ridgeline...

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  • Page 426: Service Information Summary

    (see page Transfer Assembly Fluid: SAE 90 or SAE 80W-90 viscosity hypoid gear oil, API service classified GL4 or GL5 only. 2009 Ridgeline Tire Pressure (measured cold): Front/Rear: 32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm ) Compact Spare Tire: 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm )

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    DEALER NO. STREET STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ POSTAL CODE 2009 Ridgeline This owner’s manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle and should remain with the vehicle when it is sold. This owner’s manual covers all models of the Ridgeline. You may find descriptions of equipment and features that are not on your particular model.

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