Honda 2002 CL Owner's Manual

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2002 CL Online Reference Owner's Manual
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Proper use and care of your car's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.
Controls...........................................................................................................................51
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Features.......................................................................................................113
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
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What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new car, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving...........................................................................................................................................................175
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance.................................................................................................................................................205
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your car to the dealer.
Care.........................................................................................................................................265
Tips on cleaning and protecting your car. Things to look for if your car ever needs body repairs.
Unexpected...............................................................................................................273
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Information...............................................................................................................................303
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
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A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us.
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How to order manuals and other technical literature.
A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.

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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    2002 CL Online Reference Owner's Manual Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. Contents For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to www.helminc.com. Owner's Identification Form Introduction ..............................i A Few Words About Safety ..........................
  • Page 2: Owner's Identification Form

    POSTAL CODE The information and specifications included V. I. N. in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., DELIVERY DATE Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or (Date sold to original retail purchaser)
  • Page 3: Introduction

    Main Menu Introduction Congratulations ! Your selection of a 2002 Acura 3.2 CL was a wise As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. symbol. This One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Acura is to read information is intended to help you this manual.
  • Page 4: A Few Words About Safety

    Main Menu A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, is very important. And operating this including: car safely is an important responsibility. Safety Labels on the car.
  • Page 5: Your Car At A Glance

    Main Menu Your Car at a Glance 1 1 0 0 2 2 ) ) 9 9 3 3 ) ) 5 5 3 3 ) ) 9 9 5 5 ) ) 1 1 1 1 4 4 7 7 7 7 ) ) 1 1 2 2 7 7 9 9 9 9 8 8 2 2 ) )
  • Page 6 Main Menu Your Car at a Glance 6 6 8 8 6 6 9 9 ) ) 7 7 0 0 6 6 4 4 1 1 9 9 0 0 1 1 9 9 3 3 ) ) 1 1 0 0 1 1 ) ) 1 1 5 5 1 1 ) ) 6 6 7 7 7 7 0 0 ) )
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  • Page 8: Driver And Passenger Safety

    Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important 2. Adjust the Front Seats ... Protecting Small Children ..information about how to protect 3. Adjust the Seat-Backs .... Protecting Larger Children ..yourself and your passengers. It 4.
  • Page 9: Important Safety Precautions

    Main Menu Table of Contents Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety Be Aware of Airbag Hazards Control Your Speed recommendations throughout this Excessive speed is a major factor in While airbags can save lives, they section, and throughout this manual. can cause serious or fatal injuries to crash injuries and deaths.
  • Page 10: Your Car's Safety Features

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features Your car is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. Some safety features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment;...
  • Page 11: Seat Belts

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features These safety features are designed Seat Belts In addition, most states and all For your safety, and the safety of Canadian provinces require you to to reduce the severity of injuries in a crash.
  • Page 12: Airbags

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features Help keep you from being thrown Airbags against the inside of the car and against other occupants. Keep you from being thrown out of the car. Help keep you in a good position should the airbags ever deploy.
  • Page 13: Seats & Seat-Backs

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features Seats & Seat-Backs Move the front Airbags offer no protection in rear What you should do: impacts, rollovers, or minor Your car’s seats are designed to keep seats as far back as possible, and you in a comfortable, upright keep adjustable seat-backs in an frontal or side collisions.
  • Page 14: Pre-Drive Safety Checklist

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Car’s Safety Features Pre-Drive Safety Checklist Front seat occupants are sitting The rest of this section gives more To make sure you and your upright and as far back as possible detailed information about how you passengers get the maximum from the steering wheel and can maximize your safety.
  • Page 15: Protecting Adults

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Introduction Close and Lock the Doors For security, locked doors can The following pages provide After everyone has entered the car, prevent an outsider from instructions on how to properly be sure the doors are closed and unexpectedly opening a door when protect the driver and other adult locked.
  • Page 16: Adjust The Front Seats

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Adjust the Front Seats To reduce the chance of injury, wear your seat belt properly, sit upright Sitting too close to a front with your back against the seat, and airbag can result in serious move the seat away from the injury or death if the front steering wheel to the farthest...
  • Page 17: Adjust The Seat-Backs

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Adjust the Seat-Backs A front passenger should also adjust the seat-back to an upright position, Reclining the seat-back too far but as far from the dashboard as can result in serious injury or possible.
  • Page 18: Adjust The Head Restraints

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Adjust the Head Restraints Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Improperly positioning head Insert the latch plate into the buckle, restraints reduces their then tug on the belt to make sure the effectiveness and you can be belt is securely latched.
  • Page 19 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults If necessary, pull up on the belt again Never place the shoulder portion of a to remove any slack from the lap/shoulder belt under your arm or shoulder part, then check that the This could cause behind your back.
  • Page 20: Adjust The Steering Wheel

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Adjust the Steering Wheel Maintain a Proper Sitting In addition, an occupant who is out of Position position in the front seat can be After all occupants have adjusted seriously or fatally injured by their seats and put on seat belts, it is striking interior parts of the car, or very important that they continue to...
  • Page 21: Advice For Pregnant Women

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Remember, to get the best Advice for Pregnant Women Pregnant women should also sit upright and as far back as possible protection from your car’s airbags and other safety features, you must from the steering wheel or sit properly and wear your seat belt dashboard.
  • Page 22: Additional Safety Precautions

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Adults Additional Safety Precautions Do not place hard or sharp objects Do not attach hard objects on or Two people should never use the between yourself and a front near a door. If a side airbag If they do, they Carrying hard or sharp inflates, a cup holder or other hard...
  • Page 23: Protecting Children

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured Children who are unrestrained or killed in vehicle crashes because or improperly restrained can be they are either unrestrained or not seriously injured or killed in a properly restrained.
  • Page 24: Children Should Sit In The Back Seat

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Children Should Sit in the Back The Passenger’s Front Airbag Small Children Seat Poses Serious Risks to Children Placing a forward-facing child seat in According to accident statistics, Front airbags have been designed to the front seat of a vehicle equipped children of all ages and sizes are help protect adults in a moderate to...
  • Page 25 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children U.S. Models Canadian Models To remind you of the passenger’s To remind you of the front airbag front airbag hazards, and that hazards, your car has warning labels children must be properly restrained on the driver’s and front passenger’s in the back seat, your car has visors.
  • Page 26: If You Must Drive With Several Children

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children If You Must Drive with Several If a Child Requires Close Additional Safety Precautions Children Attention Do not leave children alone in your Your car has two seating positions in Many parents say they prefer to put Leaving children without vehicle.
  • Page 27: General Guidelines For Using Child Seats

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children General Guidelines for Using Keep car keys and remote transmitters out of the reach of Child Seats Even very young The following pages give general children. children learn how to unlock guidelines for selecting and installing vehicle doors, turn on the ignition, child seats for infants and small and open the trunk, which can...
  • Page 28 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Before purchasing a child seat, we The child seat should fit the recommend that parents test the vehicle seating position (or child seat in the specific vehicle positions) where it will be used. seating position (or positions) where Due to variations in the design of they intend to use the seat.
  • Page 29 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Placing a Child Seat Front Passenger’s Seat This page briefly summarizes Acura’s Infants: Never in the front seat, due recommendations on where to place to the front airbag hazard. rear-facing and forward-facing child seats in your car.
  • Page 30 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To provide security during normal Installing a Child Seat Secure the child in the child seat. After selecting a proper child seat, Make sure the child is properly driving maneuvers as well as during and a good position to install the seat, a collision, we recommend that strapped in the child seat...
  • Page 31: Protecting Infants

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Protecting Infants Rear-Facing Child Seat Placement In this car, a rear-facing child seat Placing a rear-facing child seat can be placed in any seating position in the front seat can result in in the back seat, but not in the front serious injury or death if the seat.
  • Page 32 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation The lap/shoulder belts in the back seats have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. The following pages provide instructions and tips on how to secure a rear-facing child seat with this type of seat belt.
  • Page 33 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To deactivate the locking mechanism and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. After confirming that the belt is Push and pull the child seat locked, grab the shoulder part of forward and from side to side to the belt near the buckle and pull...
  • Page 34 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children When properly installed, a rear- Rear-Facing Child Seat Installation Additional Precautions for Infants Tips facing child seat may prevent the Never hold an infant on your lap. driver or a front-seat passenger from If you are not wearing a seat belt moving the seat as far back as in a crash, you could be thrown...
  • Page 35: Protecting Small Children

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children We also recommend that a small Protecting Small Children child stay in the child seat as long as Improperly placing a forward- possible, until the child reaches the facing child seat in the front weight or height limit for the seat.
  • Page 36 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Child Seat Installation The lap/shoulder belts in the back and front passenger seating positions have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a child seat. The following pages provide instructions on how to secure a forward-facing child seat with this type of seat belt.
  • Page 37 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children To deactivate the locking mechanism in order to remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. After confirming that the belt is Push and pull the child seat locked, grab the shoulder part of forward and from side to side to the belt near the buckle and pull...
  • Page 38: Protecting Larger Children

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Protecting Larger Children Additional Precautions for Small When a child reaches the Children Allowing a larger child to sit recommended weight or height limit Never hold a small child on your improperly in the front seat can If you are not wearing a seat for a forward-facing child seat, the lap.
  • Page 39 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children However, if the belt touches or Checking Seat Belt Fit Do not put any accessories on a seat crosses the child’s neck, the child Devices intended to improve belt. needs to use a booster seat. occupant comfort or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt, severely compromise the protective capability...
  • Page 40 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children A child may continue using a booster Using a Booster Seat When Can a Larger Child Sit in Front seat until the tops of the ears are The National Highway Traffic Safety even with the top of the seat-back. A Administration and Transport child of this height should be tall Canada recommend that all children...
  • Page 41 Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Of course, children vary widely. And If you decide that a child can safely Physical Size while age may be one indicator of ride up front, be sure to: Physically, a child must be large when a child can safely ride in the enough for the lap/shoulder belt to front, there are other important...
  • Page 42: Using Child Seats With Tethers

    Main Menu Table of Contents Protecting Children Using Child Seats with Tethers Your car has two tether anchorage The tether anchorage points are points under the rear window for located under plastic covers. Pivot securing a tether-style child seat to the cover backward to access the the car.
  • Page 43: Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components Lap/Shoulder Belt To unlock the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle. Your seat belt system includes lap/ shoulder belts in all four seating positions.
  • Page 44: Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If the shoulder part of the belt is Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners might not cause the airbags to pulled all the way out, the locking deploy. In this case, the airbags mechanism will activate.
  • Page 45: Seat Belt Maintenance

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt Maintenance If a seat belt is worn during a crash, For safety, you should check the it must be replaced by the dealer. A Not checking or maintaining condition of your seat belts regularly.
  • Page 46: Additional Information About Your Airbags

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags SRS Components An indicator light on the How Your Front Airbags Work Your Supplemental Restraint System instrument panel that alerts you to (SRS) includes: a possible problem with the system (see page Two front airbags.
  • Page 47 Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags During a frontal crash, your seat After a crash, you may see what looks like smoke. This is actually belts help restrain your lower body and torso. Your airbag provides a powder from the airbag’s surface.
  • Page 48: How Your Side Airbags Work

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Airbags Work To get the best protection from the Your car is equipped with side side airbags, front seat occupants airbags for the driver and a front should wear their seat belts and sit seat passenger.
  • Page 49: How The Srs Indicator Light Works

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags If the light comes on at any other How the SRS Indicator Light time, or does not come on at all, you Works Ignoring the SRS indicator light The purpose of the SRS should have the system checked by can result in serious injury or indicator light is to alert...
  • Page 50: How The Side Airbag Cutoff Indicator Light Works

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How the Side Airbag Cutoff If a small-statured adult leans A front seat passenger should not sideways, or larger adult slouches Indicator Light Works use a cushion or other object as a This light alerts you that and leans sideways into the backrest.
  • Page 51: Airbag Service

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag Service Additional Safety Precautions Do not cover or replace front seat- Your front and side airbag systems Do not attempt to deactivate your back covers without consulting an are virtually maintenance-free, and Together, airbags and Improperly airbags.
  • Page 52: Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Main Menu Table of Contents Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your car’s exhaust contains carbon With the trunk lid open, air flow can monoxide gas. You should have no pull exhaust gas into your car’s Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. problem with carbon monoxide interior and create a hazardous Breathing it can cause entering the car in normal driving if...
  • Page 53: Safety Labels

    Main Menu Table of Contents Safety Labels These labels are in the locations SUN VISOR shown. They warn you of potential U.S. models Canadian models hazards that could cause serious injury. Read these labels carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Acura dealer for a replacement.
  • Page 54: Instruments And Controls

    Main Menu Instruments and Controls This section gives information about Controls Near the Steering Front Passenger’s Seat the controls and displays that Wheel ........Adjustments ......contribute to the daily operation of Headlights ........Rear Seat Access ......your Acura. All the essential controls Automatic Lighting Off Head Restraints ......
  • Page 55: Control Locations

    Main Menu Table of Contents Control Locations 9 9 5 5 ) ) 9 9 3 3 ) ) 1 1 1 1 4 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 . . 7 7 7 7 9 9 9 9 1 1 2 2 7 7 8 8 2 2 1 1 6 6 3 3...
  • Page 56: Indicator Lights

    Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights 5 5 6 6 5 5 8 8 2 2 9 9 0 0 5 5 6 6 ) ) 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 2 2 8 8 8 8 .
  • Page 57 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights 5 5 6 6 ) ) 5 5 8 8 ) ) 5 5 7 7 2 2 9 9 0 0 ) ) 5 5 6 6 ) ) 5 5 6 6 ) ) 5 5 5 5 2 2 8 8 8 8 ) ) 5 5 6 6 ) )
  • Page 58 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights The instrument panel has many Low Oil Pressure U.S. Canada indicators to give you important Indicator information about your car. The engine can be severely damaged if this light flashes or stays on when Parking Brake and Brake System Seat Belt Reminder Light the engine is running.
  • Page 59 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Immobilizer System Supplemental Restraint U.S. Canada Indicator System Indicator This indicator comes on for a few This indicator lights when you turn seconds when you turn the ignition the ignition switch ON (II). If it Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator switch ON (II).
  • Page 60 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Vehicle Stability Assist VSA Activation Indicator Traction Control System (VSA) System Indicator (TCS) Indicator On Type-S On Type-S On Premium model This indicator normally comes on for This indicator has three functions: This indicator has three functions: a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON (II).
  • Page 61 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Door and Trunk Open Monitor Turn Signal and High Beam Indicator Hazard Warning Indicators This light comes on with the high The left or right turn signal light beam headlights. See page blinks when you signal a lane change information on the headlight or turn.
  • Page 62 Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Low Fuel Indicator Washer Level Indicator This light comes on as a reminder Canadian models only that you must refuel soon. This light comes on when the washer fluid level is low. Add washer Brake Lamp Indicator fluid when you see this light come on (see page...
  • Page 63 Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Speedometer U.S. Models This shows your speed in miles per hour (mph). The smaller inner numbers are the speed in kilometers per hour (km/h). Canadian Models This shows your speed in kilometers per hour (km/h). The smaller inner numbers are the speed in miles per hour (mph).
  • Page 64 Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Odometer Trip Meter The odometer shows the total dis- The trip meter shows the number of tance your car has been driven. It miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada) measures miles in U.S. models and driven since you last reset it.
  • Page 65 Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Outside Temperature Indicator Temperature Gauge Fuel Gauge This indicator displays the outside This shows the temperature of the This shows how much fuel you have. temperature in Fahrenheit in U.S. engine’s coolant. During normal It is most accurate when the car is on models, and in Centigrade in operation, the pointer should rise...
  • Page 66 Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Maintenance Required Indicator Between 6,000 miles (9,600 km) and 7,500 miles (12,000 km) this indicator will light for two seconds when you first turn the ignition switch ON (II), and then flash for ten seconds. If you exceed 7,500 miles (12,000 km) without having the scheduled maintenance performed, this...
  • Page 67: Controls Near The Steering Wheel

    Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel The two levers on the steering column contain controls for driving features you use most often. The left lever controls the turn signals, headlights, and high beams. The right lever controls the windshield washers and wipers.
  • Page 68 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Headlights When you turn on the headlights (low or high beam), the road lamps in the front bumper will also come on. If you leave the lights on with the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) or LOCK (0), you will hear a reminder chime when you open the...
  • Page 69 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel To flash the high beams, pull the Automatic Lighting Off Feature The lights will turn on again when turn signal lever back lightly, then you unlock or open the driver’s door. The Automatic Lighting Off feature release it.
  • Page 70 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Daytime Running Lights Instrument Panel Brightness Turn Signals (Canadian Models) With the headlight switch off, the high beam headlights come on with reduced brightness when you turn the ignition switch to ON (II) and release the parking brake.
  • Page 71 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel To signal a lane change, push lightly Windshield Wipers In intermittent, the wipers operate every few seconds. The sweep on the turn signal lever in the proper direction and hold it. The lever will interval will change slightly with return to the center position as soon speed;...
  • Page 72 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Windshield Washers You can vary how often the wipers To operate the wipers in mist mode, To clean the windshield, pull back on sweep the windshield by turning the push the control lever down. The the wiper control lever.
  • Page 73 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Hazard Warning Rear Window Defogger Push the red button to turn on the The rear window defogger will clear hazard warning lights (four-way fog, frost, and thin ice from the flashers).
  • Page 74 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel The defogger and antenna wires on Steering Wheel Adjustment the inside of the rear window can be See page for important safety accidentally damaged. When information about how to properly cleaning the glass, always wipe side position the steering wheel.
  • Page 75 Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Push the lever up to lock the steering wheel in that position. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down. To adjust the steering wheel upward or downward: Push the lever under the steering...
  • Page 76: Keys And Locks

    Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Keys the plate stored in a safe place. If you need to replace a key, use only an Acura-approved key blank. 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 77 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Immobilizer System The system may not recognize your Remote Transmitter Your car also comes with two remote The Immobilizer System protects key’s coding if another immobilizer transmitters; see page for an your car from theft. A properly- key or other metal object is near the explanation of the operation.
  • Page 78 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks This indicator will also blink several Ignition Switch As required by the FCC: times when you turn the ignition This device complies with Part 15 of the switch from ON (II) to ACCESSORY FCC rules.
  • Page 79 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks LOCK (0) You can insert or ACCESSORY (I) In this position, The engine will not start if the remove the key only in this position. you can operate the audio system Immobilizer System does not To switch from ACCESSORY to and the accessory power sockets.
  • Page 80 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks To lock the passenger’s door when Power Door Locks getting out of the car, push the lock tab down and close the door. To lock the driver’s door, remove the key from the ignition switch and push the lock tab down or push the master switch down, then close the door.
  • Page 81 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks When you push the LOCK button a Lockout Prevention Remote Transmitter If you forget and leave the key in the second time within 5 seconds after ignition switch, Lockout Prevention you have locked the doors, you will will not allow you to lock the driver’s hear a beep to verify that the doors door.
  • Page 82 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks If you unlock the doors with the If the seat and mirrors are already in Recalling a Memorized Driving the proper positions, you will hear remote transmitter, but do not open Position either door within 30 seconds, the three beeps when you open the door.
  • Page 83 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Panic Mode Replacing the Battery Panic mode allows you to remotely activate your car’s security system to attract attention. When activated, the horn will sound, and the exterior lights will flash, for about 30 seconds. To activate panic mode, press and hold the PANIC button for about two seconds.
  • Page 84 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Align the mark on the cover As required by the FCC: Transmitter Care Avoid severe shock to the trans- with the mark on the This device complies with Part 15 of the transmitter, then set the cover in FCC rules.
  • Page 85 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Trunk To close the trunk, press down on the trunk lid. See page for cargo loading and weight limit information. Keep the trunk lid closed at all times while driving to avoid damaging the lid, and to prevent exhaust gas from getting into the interior.
  • Page 86 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Lock the glove box with the master key. Make sure the trunk pass-through cover is locked (see page Give the person the valet key. Even if the trunk main switch is turned off, you can open the trunk with the remote transmitter.
  • Page 87 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Emergency Trunk Opener Parents should decide if their children should be shown how to use this feature. For more information about child safety, see pages U.S. models only As a safety feature, your car has a release lever on the trunk latch so the trunk can be opened from the inside.
  • Page 88 Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Glove Box Rear Console Compartment An open glove box can cause serious injury to your passenger in a crash, even if the passenger is wearing the seat belt. Always keep the glove box closed while driving.
  • Page 89: Seat Adjustments

    Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Driver’s Seat Adjustments See pages for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. Your Acura has power adjustable driver’s seat. The two power seat adjustment switches are on the outside edge of the seat bottom.
  • Page 90 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments The driver’s seat includes a memory feature. Two seat positions can be stored in separate memories. You can then select a memorized position by pushing the appropriate memory button or using the remote transmitter.
  • Page 91 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Driver’s Lumbar Support Front Passenger’s Seat Adjustments See pages for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position seats and seat-backs. Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. You can adjust the seat with the ignition switch in any position.
  • Page 92 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Rear Seat Access After you return the seat-back to the Sitting down heavily in the seat as it upright position, the seat bottom will is moving backward can also cause automatically return to its original the seat to react as if it has run into position.
  • Page 93 Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments Head Restraints To remove a head restraint for See page for important safety cleaning or repair, pull it up as far as information and a warning about how to it will go. Push the release button and pull the restraint out of the seat- properly position the head restraints.
  • Page 94 Main Menu Table of Contents Armrest Make sure the passengers’ hands or fingers are away from the armrest before moving it. The lid of the console compartment The rear seat armrest is located at can be used as an armrest by moving the center of the rear seat.
  • Page 95 Main Menu Table of Contents Armrest Make sure all items in the trunk and Trunk Pass-through Cover those extending through the pass- through are secured. For security, this cover can be locked and unlocked only with the master key. To lock the cover, insert the key and turn it clockwise.
  • Page 96 Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors Keep the inside and outside mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust the mirrors before you start driving. The inside mirror can automatically darken to reduce glare. To turn on Adjust the outside mirrors with the this feature, press the button on the adjustment switch on the driver’s...
  • Page 97 Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns off the adjustment switch so you can’t move a mirror out of position by accidentally bumping the switch. With the selector switch in the center (off) position, the passenger’s side mirror will pivot downward slightly when you shift the...
  • Page 98: Driving Position Memory System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System Your Acura has a memory feature Storing a Driving Position in Memory Store a driving position as explained for the driver’s seat and outside mirror positions. in this section only when the car is parked.
  • Page 99 Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System Doing any of the following after The system will move the seat and Selecting a Memorized Position pressing the MEMO button will outside mirrors to the memorized cancel the storing procedure. positions.
  • Page 100 Main Menu Table of Contents Driving Position Memory System To stop the system’s automatic ad- If desired, you can use the justment; adjustment switches to change the positions of the seat or outside Press any button on the control mirrors after they are in their panel: MEMO, 1 or 2.
  • Page 101: Seat Heaters

    Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Heaters The HI or LO indicator lights and Follow these precautions whenever you use the seat heaters: remains lit until you turn it off by pushing the opposite side of the switch lightly. The indicator will turn Use the HI setting only to heat the off.
  • Page 102: Power Windows

    Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows Your car’s windows are electrically- ’ ’ powered. Turn the ignition switch to Closing a power window on ON (II) to raise or lower either someone’s hands or fingers can window. cause serious injury. Each door has a switch that controls Make sure your passengers are its window.
  • Page 103 Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows The master control panel also con- The MAIN switch controls power to tains these extra features: the passenger’s window. With this switch off, the passenger’s window AUTO To open the driver’s cannot be raised or lowered. The window fully, push the window MAIN switch does not affect the switch firmly down and release it.
  • Page 104 Main Menu Table of Contents Moonroof To tilt up the back of the moonroof, The moonroof has a key-off delay. press and hold the center button You can still open and close the ). To close the moonroof, moonroof for up to ten minutes after press and hold the top of the switch you turn off the ignition.
  • Page 105 Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Brake, Digital Clock Parking Brake Digital Clock Driving the car with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. To apply the parking brake, push the 3.2 CL without Navigation System parking brake pedal down with your The digital clock displays the time foot.
  • Page 106 Main Menu Table of Contents Digital Clock, Sunglasses Holder Press and hold the M button until Sunglasses Holder the numbers advance to the desired time. You can use R to quickly set the time to the nearest hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing R sets the clock back to the previous hour.
  • Page 107: Beverage Holder

    Main Menu Table of Contents Beverage Holder To open the beverage holder, push The beverage holder can be The rear seat also has a beverage on the button. The beverage holder removed. To remove it, lift up the holder in the center armrest. To use lid is spring-loaded and will front of the holder by holding it at it, pivot the armrest down.
  • Page 108 Main Menu Table of Contents Console Compartment, Coin Box Console Compartment Coin Box To open the console compartment, You can put small items in the tray The coin box is located under the pull up on the left lever and lift the located in the console compartment audio system.
  • Page 109: Console Pocket

    Main Menu Table of Contents Console Pocket To open the console pocket, swing To remove the pocket, open it, then the upper edge of the lid down. take it out of its hinges by lifting it up and out. Do not try to pull the pocket out forcibly.
  • Page 110 Main Menu Table of Contents Storage Tray, Coat Hook Storage Tray Coat Hook 3.2 CL without Navigation System You can put a writing pad, pen, and To use a coat hook, push on the lid. The storage tray is located above the small items in the inner box in the Close it with a firm push.
  • Page 111 Main Menu Table of Contents Sun Visor, Vanity Mirror Sun Visor Make sure you put the sun visor Vanity Mirror back in place when you are getting into or out of the car. Do not use the sun visor extension over the rear view mirror.
  • Page 112: Accessory Power Sockets

    Main Menu Table of Contents Accessory Power Sockets These sockets are intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps). They will not power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. Your car has two accessory power To use the socket in the console sockets.
  • Page 113: Interior Lights

    Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Lights Ceiling Light The ceiling light (with the switch in Spotlights the center position) comes on when you remove the key from the ignition switch. If you do not open a door, the light stays on, then fades out in about 10 seconds.
  • Page 114 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Lights Courtesy Lights The courtesy light in each door comes on when the door is opened, and goes out when the door is closed. Your car also has a courtesy light in the ignition switch. This light comes on when you open the driver’s door.
  • Page 115 Main Menu...
  • Page 116: Comfort And Convenience Features

    Main Menu Comfort and Convenience Features The climate control system in your Climate Control System ....Audio System ........ Acura provides a comfortable driving 3.2 CL without Navigation System Operating the Radio ....environment in all weather condi- Fully-automatic Operation ..
  • Page 117: Climate Control System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The automatic climate control ’ ’ system in your Acura picks the proper combination of air condi- tioning, heating, and ventilation to maintain the interior temperature you select. The system also adjusts the fan speed and air flow levels.
  • Page 118 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System ’ ’ Comfort and Convenience Features...
  • Page 119 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System 3.2 CL without Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation To put the Automatic Climate Control in fully-automatic mode, press the AUTO button and set the fan control dial to AUTO, then set the desired temperature by turning the temperature control dial.
  • Page 120 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Semi-automatic Operation You can manually select various functions of the Climate Control system when it is in FULL AUTO. All other features remain auto- matically controlled. Making any manual selection causes the word FULL to go out.
  • Page 121 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Fan Control Dial You can manually select the fan speed by turning the fan control dial. When you turn the dial clockwise, the fan is taken out of automatic mode and starts to run at its lowest speed.
  • Page 122 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and de- froster vents at the base of the wind- shield. The main air flow comes from the floor vents. The main air flow is divided between the dashboard vents and the floor vents.
  • Page 123 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System button directs the main air flow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any MODE selection you may have made. When you select , the A/C turns on automatically and the system selects Fresh Air mode.
  • Page 124 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System 3.2 CL with Navigation System Fully-automatic Operation To put the Automatic Climate Control in fully-automatic mode, press the AUTO button. The indicator in the button will light. Then set the desired temperature by pressing either side of the TEMP button: to raise the temperature...
  • Page 125 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Semi-automatic Operation You can manually select various functions of the Climate Control system when it is in FULL AUTO. All other features remain automatically controlled. Some of these functions appear in the Navigation System display.
  • Page 126 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Recirculation Button This button controls the source of the air going into the system. When the indicator in this button is lit, air from the car’s interior is sent through the system again (Recirculation mode).
  • Page 127 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System The main air flow is divided between the floor vents and de- froster vents at the base of the wind- shield. The main air flow comes from the floor vents. The main air flow is divided between the dashboard vents and the floor vents.
  • Page 128 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System button directs the main air flow to the windshield for faster defrosting. It also overrides any MODE selection you may have made. When you select , the A/C turns on automatically, the system selects Fresh Air mode, and the fan speed increases.
  • Page 129 Main Menu Table of Contents Climate Control System Sunlight Sensor/Temperature Sensor The climate control system has two sensors. A sunlight sensor is located in the top of the dashboard and a temperature sensor is next to the steering column. Do not cover the sensors or spill any liquid on them.
  • Page 130: Audio System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System AM/FM/Cassette/CD Changer Audio System Your Acura’s audio system provides clear reception on both AM and FM bands, while the preset buttons allow you to easily select your favorite stations. The cassette system features Dolby noise reduction, automatic sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO ) tape, and autoreverse for continuous play.
  • Page 131 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System You can use any of four methods to The SCAN function Operating the Radio SCAN The ignition switch must be in find radio stations on the selected samples all the stations with strong ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN or the signals on the selected band.
  • Page 132 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Preset You can store the frequencies of your favorite radio stations in the six preset buttons. Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and two frequencies on the FM band. To store a frequency: Select the desired band, AM or FM.
  • Page 133 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System If you are AUTO SELECT traveling far from home and can no longer receive the stations you preset, you can use the Auto Select feature to find stations in the local area. To activate Auto Select, press the A.
  • Page 134 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Adjusting the Sound Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are each adjustable. You select which of these you want to adjust by pressing the TUNE knob. The mode changes from BAS to TRE to FAD to BAL, and then back to the selected audio mode, each time you press the TUNE knob.
  • Page 135 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Stations must use these exact go off and the sound will fade Audio System Lighting You can use the instrument panel frequencies. It is fairly common for completely as you get out of range of brightness control dial to adjust the il- stations to round-off the frequency in the station’s signal.
  • Page 136 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System As required by the FCC: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. Radio signals, especially on the FM Radio reception can be affected by band, are deflected by large objects atmospheric conditions such as such as buildings and hills.
  • Page 137 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Dolby noise reduction turns on when If you turn the system off while a Operating the Cassette Player The ignition switch must be in you insert a cassette. The indi- tape is playing, either with the PWR/ ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II).
  • Page 138 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Tape Search Functions With a cassette playing, you can use the FF, REW, SKIP, or REPEAT function to find a desired program. FF/REW Fast Forward and Rewind move the tape rapidly. To rewind the tape, push the REW button.
  • Page 139 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System SKIP The SKIP function allows you to find the beginning of a song or passage. To skip to the beginning of a song or passage currently playing, push the button. You will see REW flashing in the display as the tape rewinds.
  • Page 140 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System REPEAT The Repeat function The SKIP and REPEAT functions continuously replays the current use silent periods on the tape to find song or passage. Press the RPT the end of a song or passage. These button to activate it;...
  • Page 141 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Look at the cassette before you If you see the error indication Caring for the Cassette Player The cassette player picks up dirt and insert it. If the tape is loose, tighten ‘‘ ’’...
  • Page 142 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the CD Changer Your Acura’s audio system has an in- dash CD changer that holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous entertainment. You operate this CD changer with the same controls used for the radio and cassette player.
  • Page 143 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Repeat this until all six positions To load a single CD: Loading CDs in the Changer To load multiple CDs in one are loaded. The system will then operation: begin playing the last CD loaded. Press and release the Load button.
  • Page 144 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System If you press the Load button while a CD is playing, the system will stop playing that CD and start the loading sequence. It will then play the CD just loaded. You can also load a CD into an empty position while a CD is playing by pressing the appropriate preset button.
  • Page 145 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System To move rapidly within a track, press REPEAT To activate the Repeat Operation Select the CD changer by pressing and hold the appropriate SKIP feature, press and release the RPT the CD button. You will see ‘‘Cd’’ in button.
  • Page 146 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System To take the system out of CD mode, press the AM or FM button, or insert a cassette in the player. If a tape is already in the cassette player, press the TAPE button. When you return to CD mode by pressing the CD button, play will continue at the same point that it left off.
  • Page 147 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Removing CDs from the Changer To remove the disc that is currently playing, press the Eject button. You will see ‘‘EJEC’’ in the display. When you remove the disc from the slot, the system automatically begins the Load sequence so you can load another CD in that position.
  • Page 148 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System If you press the Eject button while listening to the radio or tape, or with the audio system turned off, the disc that was last selected is ejected. After that disc is ejected, pressing the Eject button again will eject the next disc in the numerical order.
  • Page 149 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Protecting Compact Discs Handle a CD by its edges; never When a CD is not being played, store A new CD may be rough on the touch either surface. Do not place it in its case to protect it from dust inner and outer edges.
  • Page 150 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System CD Changer Error Indications Indication Cause Solution If you see an error indication in the display while operating the CD changer, find the cause in the chart Disc-changer Consult your Acura dealer. to the right. If you cannot clear the malfunction.
  • Page 151 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System The top and bottom buttons adjust If you are playing a cassette, use the Remote Audio Controls the volume up ( ) or down ( ). AUDIO/CH button to advance to the Press the proper button and hold it next selection.
  • Page 152 Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System If your car’s battery is disconnected You will have to store your favorite Theft Protection Your car’s audio system will disable stations in the Preset buttons after or goes dead, or the radio fuse is itself if it is disconnected from removed, the audio system will the system begins working.
  • Page 153: Security System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Security System The security system helps to protect With the system set, you can still your car and valuables from theft. open the trunk with the remote The horn sounds and a combination transmitter without triggering the of headlights, parking lights, side alarm.
  • Page 154: Cruise Control

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control Cruise control allows you to maintain Using the Cruise Control a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) Improper use of the cruise without keeping your foot on the control can lead to a crash. accelerator pedal.
  • Page 155 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control The cruise control may not hold the Changing the Set Speed You can increase the set cruising set speed when you are going up and down hills. If your speed increases speed in any of these ways: going down a hill, use the brakes to slow down to the desired speed.
  • Page 156 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control You can decrease the set cruising Even with the cruise control turned Cancelling the Cruise Control speed in any of these ways: on, you can still use the accelerator pedal to speed up for passing. After Press and hold the SET/decel completing the pass, take your foot button.
  • Page 157 Main Menu Table of Contents Cruise Control When you push the CANCEL button, Pressing the Cruise Control Master or tap the brake pedal, the CRUISE Switch turns the system completely CONTROL light on the instrument off and erases the previous cruising panel will go out and the car will speed from memory.
  • Page 158: Homelink Universal Transceiver

    Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver The HomeLink Universal Important Safety Precautions HomeLink stores the code in a Transceiver built into your car can Always refer to the operating permanent memory. There should be programmed to operate remotely- instructions and safety information be no need to retrain HomeLink if controlled devices around your home,...
  • Page 159 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Training HomeLink If you just took Before you begin Before you can use HomeLink to delivery of your vehicle and have not operate devices around your home, it trained any of the buttons in must ‘‘learn’’...
  • Page 160 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver variable or rolling code garage Canadian Owners: Training With a Rolling Code The remote control you are training door opener. Test this by pressing System from may stop transmitting after two and holding the HomeLink For security purposes, newer garage seconds.
  • Page 161 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver It may be helpful to have someone Press and release the button on assist you with this procedure. HomeLink. (The same button you trained with the ‘‘Training Make sure you have properly HomeLink’’...
  • Page 162 Main Menu Table of Contents HomeLink Universal Transceiver Retraining a Button Release both buttons. HomeLink As required by the FCC: To train an already programmed should now be trained to operate This device complies with Part 15 of the HomeLink button to operate a new the device.
  • Page 163 Main Menu...
  • Page 164: Before Driving

    Main Menu Before Driving Before you begin driving your Acura, Break-in Period ......you should know what gasoline to Gasoline ......... use, and how to check the levels of Service Station Procedures ..important fluids. You also need to Filling the Fuel Tank ....
  • Page 165 Table of Contents Main Menu Break-in Period, Gasoline Break-in Period Gasoline In Canada, some gasolines contain Your Acura is designed to operate on an octane-enhancing additive called Help assure your car’s future reliability and performance by paying premium unleaded gasoline with a MMT.
  • Page 166 Table of Contents Main Menu Service Station Procedures Filling the Fuel Tank Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as Gasoline is highly flammable pressure inside the tank escapes. and explosive. You can be Place the cap in the holder on the burned or seriously injured fuel fill door.
  • Page 167 Table of Contents Main Menu Service Station Procedures Screw the fuel fill cap back on, Opening the Hood tighten it until it clicks several times. If you do not properly tighten the cap, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may come on (see page Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches.
  • Page 168 Table of Contents Main Menu Service Station Procedures If you can open the hood without Oil Check sliding the hood latch handle, or the hood latch handle moves stiffly or does not spring back as before, the mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated (see page Lift the hood up most of the way.
  • Page 169 Table of Contents Main Menu Service Station Procedures Wipe the dipstick with a clean Insert it all the way back in its tube. Remove the dipstick again and cloth or paper towel. check the level. It should be between the upper and lower marks.
  • Page 170 Table of Contents Main Menu Service Station Procedures Refer to Owner Maintenance Engine Coolant Check on page for information Checks on checking other items in your Acura. Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines.
  • Page 171: Fuel Economy

    Table of Contents Main Menu Fuel Economy The condition of your car and your A cold engine uses more fuel than a Driving Habits warm engine. It is not necessary to driving habits are the two most You can improve fuel economy by important things that affect the fuel driving moderately.
  • Page 172: Accessories And Modifications

    Table of Contents Main Menu Accessories and Modifications Modifying your car, or installing However, if electronic accessories some non-Acura accessories, can are improperly installed, or exceed Improper accessories or make your car unsafe. Before you your car’s electrical system capacity, modifications can affect your make any modifications or add any they can interfere with the operation...
  • Page 173 Table of Contents Main Menu Accessories and Modifications Do not modify your steering wheel Modifications Do not attach hard objects on or Do not remove any original or any other part of your near a door. If a side airbag equipment or modify your car in any Supplemental Restraint System.
  • Page 174: Carrying Cargo

    Table of Contents Main Menu Carrying Cargo Your car has several convenient storage areas so you can stow cargo safely. The glove box, and the pockets in the doors and seat-backs, are designed for small, lightweight items. The trunk is intended for larger, heavier items.
  • Page 175 Table of Contents Main Menu Carrying Cargo Load Limit Carrying Items in the Passenger The maximum load for your car is Compartment Overloading or improper 700 lbs (325 kg). Store or secure all items that could loading can affect handling and be thrown around and hurt stability and cause a crash in This figure includes the total weight...
  • Page 176 Table of Contents Main Menu Carrying Cargo Carrying Cargo in the Trunk or on Cargo Net a Roof Rack Distribute cargo evenly on the floor of the trunk, placing the heaviest items on the bottom and as far forward as possible. If you carry large items that prevent you from closing the trunk lid, exhaust gas can enter the...
  • Page 177 Main Menu...
  • Page 178: Driving

    Main Menu Driving This section gives you tips on Preparing to Drive ......starting the engine under various Starting the Engine ....... conditions, and how to operate the Starting in Cold Weather automatic transmission. It also at High Altitude ....includes important information on Automatic Transmission ....
  • Page 179: Preparing To Drive

    Main Menu Table of Contents Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks Check the adjustment of the seat Turn the ignition switch ON (II). and adjustments every day before (see page Check the indicator lights in the you drive your car. instrument panel.
  • Page 180: Starting The Engine

    Main Menu Table of Contents Starting the Engine Apply the parking brake. If the engine still does not start, Push the accelerator pedal half- way to the floor and hold it there press the accelerator pedal all the In cold weather, turn off all way down and hold it there while while starting the engine.
  • Page 181: Automatic Transmission

    Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Your Acura’s transmission has five Shift Lever Position Indicator The ‘‘D ’’ indicator comes on for a forward speeds, and is electronically few seconds when you turn the controlled for smoother shifting. It ignition switch ON (II).
  • Page 182 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Positions To select the Sequential SportShift To shift from: Do this: mode, slide the shift lever toward the P to R Press the brake pedal, then left from the ‘‘D ’’ position. move the shift lever.
  • Page 183 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Park (P) This position mechani- Reverse (R) To shift to Reverse cally locks the transmission. Use from Park, see the explanation under Park whenever you are turning off or Park. To shift to Reverse from starting the engine.
  • Page 184 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Neutral (N) Use Neutral if you With Sequential SportShift Mode need to restart a stalled engine, or if the shift lever in ‘‘D ’’ position, you it is necessary to stop briefly with can select the Sequential SportShift the engine idling.
  • Page 185 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission When you accelerate away from a The transmission may automatically Downshifting gives you more power stop, the transmission will start in downshift from the higher gear to when climbing or provides engine first gear and then automatically the lower gear under the following braking when going down a steep hill.
  • Page 186 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission If the car speed slows to below the Drive (D , D ) These positions redline of the selected lower gear To shift from Speed range are similar to D , except when you position while the indicator is select the D position, only the first flashing, the transmission will...
  • Page 187 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission For faster acceleration when in D , First (1) With the lever in this Engine Speed Limiter D or D , you can get the position, the transmission locks in If you exceed the maximum speed transmission to automatically First gear.
  • Page 188 Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release This allows you to move the shift lever out of Park if the normal method of pushing on the brake pedal does not work. This procedure also releases the Reverse Lockout. Set the Parking brake.
  • Page 189 Main Menu Table of Contents Parking Always use the parking brake when If the car is facing uphill, turn the Parking Tips Make sure the moonroof and the you park your car. The indicator on front wheels away from the curb. the instrument panel shows that the windows are closed.
  • Page 190: The Braking System

    Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Your Acura is equipped with disc Constant application of the brakes Brake Wear Indicators brakes at all four wheels. A power when going down a long hill builds All four brakes have audible brake assist helps reduce the effort needed up heat and reduces their effective- wear indicators.
  • Page 191 Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Brake System Design Anti-lock Brakes You should never pump the this defeats the The hydraulic system that operates Your car has an Anti-lock Brake brake pedal, the brakes has two separate circuits. System (ABS) as standard purpose of the ABS.
  • Page 192 Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System A vehicle with ABS may require a Important Safety Reminders ABS Indicator ABS does not reduce the time or longer distance to stop on loose or distance it takes to stop the car, uneven surfaces, such as gravel or only helps with steering control snow, than a vehicle without anti-...
  • Page 193 Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System, Traction Control System Traction Control System On Premium model The TCS indicator will come on On Premium model along with the ABS indicator. Your Acura is equipped with a Traction Control System (TCS) to On Type-S assist you in maintaining traction The VSA system indicator may come...
  • Page 194: Traction Control System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Traction Control System When starting out or driving at low If the brakes overheat while TCS is TCS ON/OFF Switch speeds on a loose or slippery road activating, the TCS indicator will surface, you may notice that the stop flashing and stay on temporarily.
  • Page 195 Main Menu Table of Contents Traction Control System The Traction Control System turns If the TCS indicator comes on and TCS Indicator on every time you start the engine, The TCS indicator comes on or stays on for more than 10 minutes even if you turned it off the last time flashes under the following condi- while driving, pull to the side of the...
  • Page 196: Vehicle Stability Assist (Vsa) System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System The VSA system cannot enhance the On Type-S VSA Activation Indicator car’s driving stability in all situations The Vehicle Stability Assist system helps to stabilize the vehicle during and does not control your vehicle’s cornering if the car turns more or entire braking system.
  • Page 197 Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System If the VSA indicator comes on while VSA Off Switch VSA System Indicator driving, pull to the side of the road when it is safe and turn off the engine. Reset the system by restarting the engine, and watch the VSA system indicator.
  • Page 198 Main Menu Table of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System VSA is turned on every time you VSA and Tire Sizes start the engine, even if you turned it Driving with varying tire or wheel off the last time you drove the car. sizes may cause the VSA to malfunction.
  • Page 199: Driving In Bad Weather

    Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Bad Weather Always drive Exercise extra caution when driving Driving Technique in rain after a long dry spell. After slower than you would in dry weather. It takes your car longer to months of dry weather, the first react, even in conditions that may rains bring oil to the surface of the seem just barely damp.
  • Page 200 Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Bad Weather Being able to see Check your tires Visibility Traction clearly in all directions and being frequently for wear and proper visible to other drivers are important pressure. Both are important in in all weather conditions.
  • Page 201: Towing A Trailer

    Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Your Acura has been designed Load Limits primarily to carry passengers and their cargo. You can use it to tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper equipment, and follow the guidelines in this section.
  • Page 202 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer To achieve a proper tongue load, Gross Axle Weight Rating start by loading 60 percent of the (GAWR): Exceeding load limits or load toward the front of the trailer The total weight of the vehicle, all improperly loading your vehicle and 40 percent toward the rear, then occupants, all cargo, and the...
  • Page 203 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Checking Loads Towing Equipment and Safety Chains Always use safety chains. Make sure The best way to confirm that vehicle Accessories and trailer weights are within limits Towing can require a variety of they are secured to both the trailer is to have them checked at a public equipment, depending on the size of...
  • Page 204 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Trailer Lights Your car has a trailer lighting connector located in the trunk by the left taillight. To use the connector, undo the fastener and unscrew the cargo net mounting button on the left side of the trunk lining.
  • Page 205 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Pre-Tow Checklist Your vehicle tires and spare are Additional Trailer Equipment When preparing to tow, and before properly inflated (see page Many states and Canadian provinces require special outside mirrors when driving away, be sure to check the and the trailer tires and spare are towing a trailer.
  • Page 206 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Driving Safely With a Trailer When towing a trailer in the Making Turns and Braking The added weight, length, and Sequential SportShift mode, select Make turns more slowly and wider height of a trailer will affect your Fourth, Third, Second, or First gear;...
  • Page 207 Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer If you must stop when facing uphill, Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting Parking Crosswinds and air turbulence Follow all normal precautions when use the foot brake or parking brake. Do not try to hold the vehicle in caused by passing trucks can disrupt parking, including putting the place by pressing on the accelerator,...
  • Page 208: Maintenance

    Main Menu Maintenance This section explains why it is Maintenance Safety ...... Wiper Blades ......... important to keep your car well Important Safety Precautions . Air Conditioning System ....maintained and to follow basic Maintenance Schedule ....Dust and Pollen Filter ....
  • Page 209: Maintenance Safety

    Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety Regularly maintaining your car is the This section includes instructions for Some of the most important safety simple maintenance tasks, such as precautions are given here. However, best way to protect your investment. Proper maintenance is essential to checking and adding oil.
  • Page 210 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety Important Safety Precautions Read the instructions before you begin, and make sure you have the Before you begin any maintenance, make sure your car is parked on tools and skills required. level ground and that the parking brake is set.
  • Page 211: Maintenance Schedule

    Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule The Maintenance Schedule specifies The services and time or distance Which Schedule to Follow: how often you should have your car intervals shown in the maintenance Service your car according to the serviced and what things need schedule assume you will use your time and mileage periods on one of attention.
  • Page 212 Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule Your authorized Acura dealer knows We recommend the use of genuine According to state and federal your car best and can provide regulations, failure to perform Acura parts and fluids whenever you competent, efficient service. have maintenance done.
  • Page 213 Main Menu Table of Contents Service at the indicated miles x 1,000 U.S. Owners distance or time whichever km x 1,000 Follow the Normal Conditions comes first. months Maintenance Schedule if the Replace engine oil Replace every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 1 year severe driving conditions Replace engine oil filter specified in the Severe...
  • Page 214 Main Menu Table of Contents Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C as required for each distance/time interval. U.S. Owners Refer to page to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners Use the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions.
  • Page 215 Main Menu Table of Contents Service at the indicated miles x 1,000 U.S. Owners distance or time whichever km x 1,000 Follow the Severe Conditions comes first. months Maintenance Schedule if you Replace engine oil and oil filter Replace every 3,750 miles (6,000 km) or 6 months drive your car under MAINLY...
  • Page 216 Main Menu Table of Contents Service at the indicated distance or time, whichever comes first. Do the items in A, B, C, D as required for each distance/time interval. U.S. Owners Refer to page to determine which schedule to use. Canadian Owners Use the Maintenance Schedule for Severe Conditions.
  • Page 217 Main Menu Table of Contents 82,500 mi/132,000 km Do items in A, B. See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last 86,250 mi/138,000 km Do items in A. column, page 6 yrs Replace brake fluid (independent of mileage). Premium model only 90,000 mi/144,000 km/6 yrs Do items in A, B, C, D.
  • Page 218 Main Menu Table of Contents Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page ) or severe conditions (page ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your car. 3,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km...
  • Page 219 Main Menu Table of Contents Required Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 63,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 93,750 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km 102,000 km 150,000 km Date Date 67,500 mi mi/km 97,500 mi mi/km 108,000 km 156,000 km Date Date...
  • Page 220: Owner Maintenance Checks

    Main Menu Table of Contents Owner Maintenance Checks You should check the following Engine oil level Check every Tires Check the tire pressure items at the specified intervals. If time you fill the fuel tank. See monthly. Examine the tread for you are unsure of how to perform page wear and foreign objects.
  • Page 221: Fluid Locations

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fluid Locations Maintenance...
  • Page 222: Engine Oil

    American Petroleum Institute’s latest requirements. It is highly recommended that you use Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for as long as you own it. To add oil, unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on top of the valve cover.
  • Page 223 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil The oil’s viscosity or weight is Synthetic Oil Additives provided on the container’s label. You may use a synthetic motor oil if Your Acura does not require any oil Select the oil for your vehicle it meets the same requirements additives.
  • Page 224 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Changing the Oil and Filter Always change the oil and filter according to the time and distance (miles/kilometers) recommenda- tions in the maintenance schedule. The oil and filter collect contami- nants that can damage your engine if they are not removed regularly.
  • Page 225 Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Install a new oil filter according to Replace the engine oil fill cap. instructions that come with it. Start the engine. The oil pressure Improper disposal of engine oil can be indicator light should go out within harmf ul to the environment.
  • Page 226: Cooling System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Adding Engine Coolant Always use Honda All Season If the reserve tank is completely Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This empty, you should also check the coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent coolant level in the radiator.
  • Page 227 Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Turn the radiator cap counter- The coolant level should be up to Pour coolant into the reserve tank. clockwise, without pressing down the base of the filler neck. Add Fill it to halfway between the MAX on it, until it stops.
  • Page 228 Only use Honda All Season Antifreeze/ Coolant Type 2. Draining the coolant requires access to the underside of the car. Unless you have the tools and knowledge, you should have this maintenance done by a skilled mechanic.
  • Page 229 Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Install a rubber hose on the drain Before removing the reserve tank, Remove the reserve tank from its bolt at the rear of the engine remove the cruise control cable holder by pulling it straight up. cylinder block.
  • Page 230 Tightening torque: 7 lbf·ft (10 N·m , 1.0 kgf·m) Pour Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 into the radiator up to the base of the Start the engine and let it run for Fill the reserve tank to the MAX filler neck.
  • Page 231 Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Install the radiator cap, and tighten it to the first stop. Start the engine and let it run until the radiator cooling fan comes on at least twice. Then stop the engine. Remove the radiator cap. Pour coolant into the radiator up to the base of the filler neck and into the reserve tank up to the MAX mark.
  • Page 232: Windshield Washers

    Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Washers Check the level in the windshield Fill the reservoir with a good-quality washer reservoir at least monthly windshield washer fluid. This during normal usage. In bad weather, increases the cleaning capability and when you use the washers often, prevents freezing in cold weather.
  • Page 233: Automatic Transmission Fluid

    However, continued use can affect shift quality. Have the transmission flushed and refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as soon as it is Check the fluid level with the engine Insert the dipstick all the way into convenient.
  • Page 234 DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement. However, the use of any non-Honda brake fluid can cause The fluid level should be between corrosion and decrease the life of the the MIN and MAX marks on the side system.
  • Page 235: Power Steering

    Fluid. If it is not available, you may use another power steering fluid as an emergency replacement. However, continued use can cause increased wear and poor steering in cold weather. Have the power steering system flushed and refilled with Honda PSF as soon as possible. Maintenance...
  • Page 236 Main Menu Table of Contents Hood Latch, Air Cleaner Element Hood Latch Air Cleaner Element The air cleaner element should be cleaned or replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Cleaning (Severe Conditions) Premium model Clean the air cleaner element by blowing compressed air through it in the opposite direction to normal air...
  • Page 237: Air Cleaner Element

    Main Menu Table of Contents Air Cleaner Element Remove the old air cleaner On Type-S On Premium model Loosen the two bolts with a element. Reinstall the air cleaner housing Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove cover, tighten the four bolts. the air cleaner housing cover by Carefully clean the inside of the lifting and pivoting it out of the air cleaner housing with a damp...
  • Page 238: Spark Plugs

    Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs The spark plugs in your car are a Replacement special platinum-tipped design for longer life. The spark plugs should be replaced according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Loosen the two holding clips by Disconnect the wire connector turning the heads one-quarter turn from the ignition coil by pushing...
  • Page 239 Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs Use a wrench to remove the Put the new spark plug into the Torque the spark plug. (If you do hexagon socket head cap bolt socket; then screw it into the hole. not have a torque wrench, tighten holding the ignition coil.
  • Page 240 Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs Install the ignition coil. Reinstall Specifications: the hexagon socket head cap bolt. Tighten the spark plugs caref ully. A Premium model spark plug that is too loose can Push the wire connector onto the NGK: PZFR5F-11 overheat and damage the engine.
  • Page 241 Main Menu Table of Contents Battery Check the condition of your car’s To remove the battery cover, pull up Check the battery condition by battery monthly. You should check on the right side of the cover to looking at the test indicator window the color of the test indicator window, remove it from the bolt, then pull the on the battery.
  • Page 242 Main Menu Table of Contents Battery Check the battery terminals for If you need to connect the battery to corrosion (a white or yellowish a charger, disconnect both cables to powder). To remove it, cover the prevent damage to the car’s terminals with a solution of baking electrical system.
  • Page 243 Main Menu Table of Contents Battery If your car’s battery is disconnected If your car’s battery is disconnected or goes dead, the audio system will or goes dead, all stored driving Charging the battery with the cables disable itself. The next time you turn positions will be lost.
  • Page 244: Wiper Blades

    Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months. Look for signs of cracking in the rubber, or areas that are getting hard. Replace the blades if you find these signs, or they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used.
  • Page 245 Main Menu Table of Contents Wiper Blades Slide the new wiper blade into the holder until the tabs lock. Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield.
  • Page 246: Air Conditioning System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Air Conditioning System Your car’s air conditioning is a sealed If the air conditioning does not get as system. Any major maintenance, cold as before, have your dealer such as recharging, should be done check the system. Recharge the by a qualified mechanic.
  • Page 247 Main Menu Table of Contents Dust and Pollen Filter, Drive Belts The belt should have the following Dust and Pollen Filter Drive Belts The dust and pollen filter removes ‘‘play’’ or deflection. pollen and dust that is brought in from the outside through the climate Power steering belt: control system.
  • Page 248 Main Menu Table of Contents Timing Belt, Tires Timing Belt Tires Inflation To safely operate your car, your tires The timing belt should normally be Keeping the tires properly inflated replaced at the intervals shown in must be the proper type and size, in provides the best combination of the maintenance schedule.
  • Page 249 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Use a gauge to measure the air If you check the pressure when the Recommended Tire Pressures for pressure at least once a month. Even tires are hot (the car has been driven Normal Driving tires that are in good condition may several miles), you will see readings The following chart shows the...
  • Page 250 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires The compact spare tire pressure is: Inspection Every time you check inflation, you 60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) should also examine the tires for These pressures are also given on damage, foreign objects, and wear. the tire information label on the You should look for: driver’s doorjamb.
  • Page 251 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Make sure the installer balances the Maintenance Tire Rotation In addition to proper inflation, wheels when you have new tires correct wheel alignment helps to installed. This increases riding decrease tire wear. If you find a tire comfort and tire life.
  • Page 252 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires When shopping for replacement Replacing Tires and Wheels tires, you may find that some tires The tires that came with your car Installing improper tires on your are ‘‘directional.’’ This means they were selected to match the perform- car can affect handling and are designed to rotate only in one ance capabilities of the car while...
  • Page 253 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires The ABS and VSA system work by Wheels and Tires Winter Driving Tires that are marked ‘‘M S’’ or comparing the speed of the wheels. Wheels: When replacing tires, use the same Premium model ‘‘All Season’’...
  • Page 254 Main Menu Table of Contents Tires Remove them as soon as you begin Snow Tires Tire Chains If you mount snow tires on your Premium model only driving on cleared roads. Acura, make sure they are radial Because your Acura has limited tire tires of the same size and load range clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’...
  • Page 255 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Check the operation of your car’s exterior lights at least once a month. A burned out bulb can create an unsafe condition by reducing your car’s visibility and the ability to signal your intentions to other drivers.
  • Page 256 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Check the following: Headlights (low and high beam) Road lamps Parking lights Taillights Brake lights Turn signals Back-up lights Hazard light function License plate light Side marker lights High-mount brake light Daytime running lights (Canadian models) If you find any bulbs are burned out, replace them as soon as possible.
  • Page 257 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Headlight Aiming Replacing a High Beam Headlight Halogen bulbs are used for the high beam headlight bulbs. When The headlights were properly aimed Bulb when your car was new. If you The low beam headlight bulbs are a replacing a high beam headlight bulb, regularly carry heavy items in the type of high voltage discharge tube.
  • Page 258 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Open the hood. Push the electrical connector back onto the bulb. Make sure it is on If you need to change a bulb on all the way. the driver’s side, remove the radiator reserve tank. Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb.
  • Page 259 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Road Lamp Bulb Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb. Put the splash shield in place. Reinstall the three holding clips. Lock each clip in place by pushing on the center. Use a flat-tipped screwdriver to Pull the bulb straight out of its remove the three holding clips...
  • Page 260 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing Front Turn Signal/ To remove the front turn signal/ Parking and Side Marker Light parking light bulb, push it in Bulbs slightly and turn it counterclockwise. To remove the side marker bulb, pull it straight out of its socket.
  • Page 261 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing Rear Bulbs Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Reinstall the socket into the light assembly by turning it clockwise until it locks. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working.
  • Page 262 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Put the fastener in the hole on the Replacing a High-mount Brake Reinstall the socket. Turn it side of the trunk lining and push clockwise until it locks. Light Bulb on the center until it locks (the center is flush with the head).
  • Page 263 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Rear License Plate Remove the bulb by pulling it Replacing Bulbs in the Interior straight out. Push the new bulb Bulb Courtesy Lights into the socket. Put the lens back in place and tighten the two screws securely.
  • Page 264 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Door light: Remove the bulb by pulling it Pry on the top middle of the lens. straight out of its metal tabs. Ceiling light: Push the new bulb into the metal Pry on the front edge of the lens tabs.
  • Page 265 Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing the Trunk Light Bulb Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. Push the cover back in place. Open the trunk. Pull down the trunk light cover. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs.
  • Page 266: Storing Your Car

    Main Menu Table of Contents Storing Your Car If you need to park your car for an Block the rear wheels. Cover the car with a ‘‘breathable’’ extended period (more than one cover, one made from a porous month), there are several things you If the car is to be stored for a material such as cotton.
  • Page 267 Main Menu...
  • Page 268: Appearance Care

    Main Menu Appearance Care Regular cleaning and polishing of Exterior Care ......... your Acura helps to keep it ‘‘new’’ Washing ........looking. This section gives you hints Waxing ........on how to clean your car and Aluminum Wheels ....preserve its appearance: the paint, Paint Touch-up ......
  • Page 269: Exterior Care

    Main Menu Table of Contents Exterior Care Washing Rinse the car thoroughly with cool When you have washed and rinsed the whole exterior, dry it with a Frequent washing helps preserve water to remove loose dirt. your car’s beauty. Dirt and grit can chamois or soft towel.
  • Page 270 Main Menu Table of Contents Exterior Care Waxing should use a polish on your Acura if Paint Touch-up Always wash and dry the whole car the finish does not have its original Your dealer has touch-up paint to before waxing it. You should wax shine after using a wax.
  • Page 271: Interior Care

    Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care If you remove the floor mat, make Carpeting Floor Mats Vacuum the carpeting frequently to sure to re-anchor it when you put it remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make back in your car. the carpet wear out faster.
  • Page 272 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care Fabric Leather Seat Belts Vacuum dirt and dust out of the Vacuum dirt and dust from the material frequently. For general leather frequently. Pay particular cleaning, use a solution of mild soap attention to the pleats and seams. and lukewarm water, letting it air dry.
  • Page 273 Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat Windows Air Fresheners belt anchors can cause the belts to Clean the windows, inside and out, If you want to use an air freshener/ retract slowly. Wipe the insides of with a commercially-available glass deodorizer in the interior of your car, the loops with a clean cloth...
  • Page 274: Corrosion Protection

    Main Menu Table of Contents Corrosion Protection Two factors normally contribute to Many corrosion-preventive measures Use a high-pressure spray to clean causing corrosion in your car: are built into your Acura. You can the underside of your car. This is help keep your car from corroding especially important in areas that Moisture trapped in body cavities.
  • Page 275: Body Repairs

    Main Menu Table of Contents Body Repairs Body repairs can affect your car’s When reporting your collision to the resistance to corrosion. If your car insurance company, tell them you needs repairs after a collision, pay want genuine Acura parts used in the close attention to the parts used in repair.
  • Page 276: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Main Menu Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers the more- Compact Spare Tire ...... common problems that motorists Changing a Flat Tire ....experience with their vehicles. It If Your Engine Won’t Start ..gives you information about how to Nothing Happens or the safely evaluate the problem and what Starter Motor Operates...
  • Page 277: Compact Spare Tire

    Table of Contents Main Menu Compact Spare Tire Your car has a compact spare tire Do not mount snow chains on the that takes up less space. Use this compact spare. spare tire as a temporary replace- ment only. Get your regular tire The wheel of the compact spare repaired or replaced and put it back tire is designed especially to fit...
  • Page 278: Changing A Flat Tire

    Table of Contents Main Menu Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, stop in a safe place to change it. Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder of a busy road is dangerous. Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area to stop that is far away from the traffic lanes.
  • Page 279 Table of Contents Main Menu Changing a Flat Tire The jack is behind a cover in the Turn the jack’s end bracket Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2 right fender. Remove the cover by counterclockwise to loosen it, then turn with the wheel wrench. turning the handle counterclock- remove the jack.
  • Page 280 Table of Contents Main Menu Changing a Flat Tire Locate the jacking point nearest Use the extension and wheel Remove the wheel nuts and flat the tire you need to change. It is wrench as shown to raise the tire. Temporarily place the flat tire pointed to by a mark molded vehicle until the flat tire is off the...
  • Page 281 Table of Contents Main Menu Changing a Flat Tire Before mounting the spare tire, Put on the spare tire. Put the Lower the car to the ground and wipe any dirt off the mounting wheel nuts back on finger-tight, remove the jack. surface of the wheel and hub with then tighten them in a crisscross a clean cloth.
  • Page 282 Table of Contents Main Menu Changing a Flat Tire Tighten the wheel nuts securely in Remove the center cap before Place the flat tire face down in the the same crisscross pattern. Have storing the flat tire in the trunk spare tire well.
  • Page 283 Table of Contents Main Menu Changing a Flat Tire, If Your Engine Won’t Start Store the jack in its holder. Turn Store the center cap in the trunk. If Your Engine Won’t Start the jack’s end bracket to lock it in Diagnosing why your engine won’t Make sure it does not get scratch- place.
  • Page 284: If Your Engine Won't Start

    Table of Contents Main Menu If Your Engine Won’t Start Nothing Happens or the Starter Turn the ignition switch to START If the headlights dim noticeably or Motor Operates Very Slowly (III). If the headlights do not dim, go out when you try to start the When you turn the ignition switch to check the condition of the fuses.
  • Page 285 Table of Contents Main Menu If Your Engine Won’t Start Do you have fuel? Turn the If you find nothing wrong, you will The Starter Operates Normally In this case, the starter motor’s ignition switch to ON (II) for a need a qualified technician to find speed sounds normal, or even faster minute and watch the fuel gauge.
  • Page 286: Jump Starting

    Table of Contents Main Menu Jump Starting If your car’s battery has run down, you may be able to start the engine A battery can explode if you do If a battery sits in extreme cold, the by using a booster battery. Although not follow the correct procedure, electrolyte inside can f reeze.
  • Page 287 Table of Contents Main Menu Jump Starting Connect one jumper cable to the Connect the second jumper cable positive ( ) terminal on your to the negative ( ) terminal on Acura’s battery. Connect the other the booster battery. Connect the end to the positive ( ) terminal other end to the grounding strap on the booster battery.
  • Page 288 Table of Contents Main Menu Jump Starting Start your car. If the starter motor still operates slowly, check the jumper cable connections to make sure they have good metal-to- metal contact. Once your car is running, discon- nect the negative cable from your car, then from the booster battery.
  • Page 289: If Your Engine Overheats

    Table of Contents Main Menu If Your Engine Overheats The pointer of your car’s tempera- Your car can overheat for several Safely pull to the side of the road. ture gauge should stay in the mid- reasons, such as lack of coolant or a Put the transmission in Neutral or range under most conditions.
  • Page 290 Table of Contents Main Menu If Your Engine Overheats If the temperature gauge stays at reaches the middle of the tempera- Start the engine and set the the red mark, turn off the engine. ture gauge, or lower, before check- temperature control dial to ing the radiator.
  • Page 291: Low Oil Pressure Indicator

    Table of Contents Main Menu Low Oil Pressure Indicator Start the engine and watch the oil pressure indicator. If the light Running the engine with low oil does not go out within ten seconds, pressure can cause serious mechanical turn off the engine. There is a damage almost immediately.
  • Page 292: Charging System Indicator

    Table of Contents Main Menu Charging System Indicator Immediately turn off all electrical By eliminating as much of the accessories: radio, climate control, electrical load as possible, you can rear defogger, cruise control, etc. drive several miles (kilometers) Try not to use other electrically- before the battery is too discharged operated controls such as the power to keep the engine running.
  • Page 293: Malfunction Indicator Lamp

    Table of Contents Main Menu Malfunction Indicator Lamp If you have recently refueled your car, the cause of this indicator If you keep driving with the coming on could be a loose or malf unction indicator lamp on, you can missing fuel fill cap.
  • Page 294 Table of Contents Main Menu Malfunction Indicator Lamp Readiness Codes If possible, do not take your car for a Your car has certain ‘‘readiness state emissions test until the codes’’ that are part of the on-board readiness codes are set. Refer to diagnostics for the emissions State Emissions Testing for more systems.
  • Page 295: Brake System Indicator

    Table of Contents Main Menu Brake System Indicator If it comes on at any other time, it Slow down by shifting to a lower indicates a problem with the car’s gear, and pull to the side of the road brake system. In most cases, the when it is safe.
  • Page 296: Closing The Moonroof

    Table of Contents Main Menu Closing the Moonroof If the electric motor will not close the moonroof, do the following: Check the fuse for the moonroof motor (see page ). If the fuse is blown, replace it with one of the same or lower rating.
  • Page 297 Table of Contents Main Menu Fuses All the electrical circuits in your car have fuses to protect them from a short circuit or overload. These fuses are located in three fuse boxes. The under-hood fuse box is located On Type-S The VSA fuse box is located under in the back of the engine compart- the interior fuse box on the...
  • Page 298 Table of Contents Main Menu Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses If something electrical in your car stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse. Determine from the chart on pages , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that component.
  • Page 299 Table of Contents Main Menu Fuses If you cannot drive the car without fixing the problem, and you do not Replacing a f use with one that has a have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the higher rating greatly increases the same rating or a lower rating from chances of damaging the electrical one of the other circuits.
  • Page 300 Table of Contents Main Menu Fuses UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX Amps. Circuits Protected No. Amps. Circuits Protected 20 A Condenser Fan 20 A Cooling Fan 30 A Condenser Fan 30 A Cooling Fan Battery 7.5 A MG Clutch 120 A 60 A IG1 Main 30 A Spare Fuse...
  • Page 301 Table of Contents Main Menu Fuses INTERIOR FUSE BOXES DRIVER’S SIDE PASSENGER’S SIDE Amps. Circuits Protected No. Amps. Circuits Protected 30 A 15 A Fuel Pump Moonroof Motor 10 A Main SRS 20 A Driver’s Power Seat Reclining, Memory Seat 7.5 A Heater Control, A/C Clutch Relay, Cooling Fan Relay...
  • Page 302 Table of Contents Main Menu Fuses VSA FUSE BOX No. Amps. Circuits Protected On Type-S 20 A VSA F/S Relay 20 A VSA Throttle Motor Not Used Taking Care of the Unexpected...
  • Page 303: Emergency Towing

    Table of Contents Main Menu Emergency Towing If your car needs to be towed, call a The tow Sling-type Equipment professional towing service or, if you truck uses metal cables with hooks Improper towing preparation will belong to one, an organization that on the ends.
  • Page 304 Table of Contents Main Menu Emergency Towing If you decide to tow your car with all four wheels on the ground, make Trying to lif t or tow your car by the sure you use a properly-designed and bumpers will cause serious damage. attached tow bar.
  • Page 305 Main Menu...
  • Page 306: Technical Information

    Main Menu Technical Information The diagrams in this section give Identification Numbers ....Emissions Controls ....... you the dimensions and capacities of Specifications ........ The Clean Air Act ..... your Acura, and the locations of the DOT Tire Quality Grading Crankcase Emissions Control identification numbers.
  • Page 307: Identification Numbers

    Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers Your car has several identifying numbers located in various places. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your Acura dealer uses to register your car for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your car.
  • Page 308 Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into the engine block. It is on the front left. The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. Technical Information...
  • Page 309: Specifications

    Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Dimensions Capacities Length 192.0 in (4,877 mm) Fuel tank Approx. Width 70.4 in (1,789 mm) 17.17 US gal (65.0 , 14.30 Imp gal) Height 55.5 in (1,409 mm) Engine Change 1.48 US gal (5.6 , 1.23 Imp gal) Wheelbase 106.9 in (2,715 mm) coolant...
  • Page 310 Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications Lights Engine Headlights (High beam) 12 V 60 W (HB3) Type Water cooled 4-stroke Front turn signal/parking lights 12 V 24/2.2 CP SOHC VTEC 6-cylinder (V6) Rear turn signal lights 12 V 21 W gasoline engine Stop/Taillights 12 V...
  • Page 311 Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) The tires on your car meet all U.S. Treadwear Traction AA, A, B, C The treadwear grade is a compara- Federal Safety Requirements. All The traction grades, from highest to tires are also graded for treadwear, tive rating based on the wear rate of lowest, are AA, A, B, and C.
  • Page 312 Main Menu Table of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Cars) Temperature A, B, C Warning: The temperature grade for The temperature grades are A (the this tire is established for a tire that highest), B, and C, representing the is properly inflated and not over- tire’s resistance to the generation of loaded.
  • Page 313: Oxygenated Fuels

    Main Menu Table of Contents Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are The following are the U.S. EPA and If you notice any undesirable being blended with alcohol or an Canadian CGSB approved operating symptoms, try another ether compound. These gasolines percentages of oxygenates: service station or switch to another are collectively referred to as...
  • Page 314: Driving In Foreign Countries

    Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Foreign Countries If you are planning to take your Acura outside the U.S. or Canada, contact the tourist bureaus in the areas you will be traveling in to find out about the availability of unleaded gasoline with the proper octane rating.
  • Page 315: Emissions Controls

    Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls The burning of gasoline in your car’s the crankcase back to the intake The Clean Air Act The United States Clean Air Act engine produces several byproducts. manifold. They are then drawn into Some of these are carbon monoxide sets standards for automobile the engine and burned.
  • Page 316 Main Menu Table of Contents Emissions Controls Exhaust Emissions Controls Replacement Parts Ignition Timing Control System The exhaust emissions controls This system constantly adjusts the The emissions control systems are include four systems: PGM-FI, ignition timing, reducing the amount designed and certified to work to- Ignition Timing Control, Exhaust of HC, CO and NOx produced.
  • Page 317: Three Way Catalytic Converter

    Main Menu Table of Contents Three Way Catalytic Converter The three way catalytic converter Keep the engine tuned-up. contains precious metals that serve as catalysts, promoting chemical Have your car diagnosed and reactions to convert the exhaust repaired if it is misfiring, back- gasses without affecting the metals.
  • Page 318: State Emissions Testing

    Main Menu Table of Contents State Emissions Testing Testing of Readiness Codes If the testing facility determines that Without touching the accelerator If you take your vehicle for a state the readiness codes are not set, you pedal, start the engine and let it emissions test shortly after the will be requested to return at a later idle for 20 seconds.
  • Page 319 Main Menu Table of Contents State Emissions Testing Select a nearby lightly traveled If the testing facility determines the major highway where you can readiness codes are still not set, see maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph your Acura dealer. (80 to 97 km/h) for at least 20 minutes.
  • Page 320: Warranty And Customer Relations (U.s. And Canada)

    Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Relations Information ........ Warranty Coverages ....Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) ......Authorized Manuals ..... Warranty and Customer Relations...
  • Page 321 715 Milner Avenue vehicle to you Toronto, ON U.S. Owners: M1B 2K8 Acura Automobile Division Client Services Office Tel:1-888-9-ACURA-9 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Fax:Toll-free 1-877-939-0909 1919 Torrance Blvd. Toronto (416) 287-4776 Torrance, CA 90501-2746 Tel: (800) 382-2238 Warranty and Customer Relations...
  • Page 322: Warranty Coverages

    Main Menu Table of Contents Warranty Coverages U.S. Owners a seat Seat Belt Limited Warranty Replacement Battery Limited Your new Acura is covered by these belt that fails to function properly is Warranty provides prorated warranties: covered for the useful life of the coverage for a replacement battery vehicle.
  • Page 323 However, NHTSA cannot become Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain to notifying Acura Automobile involved in individual problems Division, American Honda Motor Co., between you, your dealer, or Acura other information about motor Inc. Automobile Division, American vehicle safety from the Hotline.
  • Page 324: Authorized Manuals (U.s. Only)

    Main Menu Table of Contents Authorized Manuals Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should (U.S. only) contact their authorized Acura dealer. The following publications covering the operation and servicing of your vehicle can be obtained from Helm ORDER TOLL FREE: 1-800-782-4356 Incorporated, either by filling out the attached form or, (NOTE: For Credit Card Holder Orders Only)
  • Page 325 Main Menu Table of Contents Authorized Manuals Service Manual: NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name, and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should This manual covers maintenance and recommended be sent. For purchases outside U.S.A. please write to the address shown procedures for repair to engine and chassis components.
  • Page 326: Index

    Main Menu Index Anti-theft System ......Maintenance ......Appearance Care ......Specifications ......Accessories and Modifications . Armrest ..........Before Driving ......Accessories ........ Audio Controls, Remote ....Belts, Seat ........8, Additional Safety Precautions . Audio System ........ Beverage Holder ......
  • Page 327 Main Menu Index Bulb Replacement Chains ..........Code, Audio System ..... Back-up Lights ......Changing Oil CO in the Exhaust ......Brake Lights ......How to ........Coin Box ........Front Side Marker Lights ..When to ........Cold Weather, Starting in ....
  • Page 328 Main Menu Index Daytime Running Lights ....Overheating ....... Defects, Reporting Safety .... Specifications ......Defogger, Rear Window ....Economy, Fuel ......Speed Limiter ......Emergencies on the Road .... Starting ........Defrosting the Windows ..120, Dimensions ........Battery, Jump Starting .....
  • Page 329 Main Menu Index Flat Tire, Changing a ....Gauge ........... Feature ........Floor Mats ........Octane Requirement ....Daytime Running Lights .... Fluids Tank, Filling the ......High Beam Indicator ....Automatic Transmission ..Gas Station Procedures ....Reminder Chime ......
  • Page 330 Main Menu Index Indicators, Instrument Panel ..Lane Change, Signaling ....Luggage ......... Infant Restraint ....... Lap/Shoulder Belt ......Infant Seats ........Leather, Cleaning ......Tether Anchorage Points ..Lights Inflation, Proper Tire ....Bulb Replacement ....Maintenance ........Inside Mirror ........
  • Page 331 Main Menu Index Park Gear Position ......Readiness Codes ......Parking ........... Rear Console Compartment ..Octane Requirement, Gasoline . Parking Brake ....... Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement . Odometer ......... Parking Brake and Brake Rear Seat Access ......Odometer, Trip .......
  • Page 332 Main Menu Index Road Lamps ........Use During Pregnancy ....Speed Control ........ Rotation, Tire ........ Seat Heaters ........Speedometer ........Seat Position Memory ....Spotlights ........Seats, Adjusting the ......SRS, Additional Information ..Security System ......Additional Safety Precautions . Safety Belts ........
  • Page 333 Main Menu Index Sunglasses Holder ......Tire Chains ........Fluid Selection ......Supplemental Restraint Tire, How to Change a Flat ..Identification Number ....System ........9, Tires ..........Shifting the Automatic ..... Servicing ........Air Pressure ......Treadwear ........
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  • Page 335: Service Information Summary

    60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm ) 17.17 US gal (65.0 , 14.30 Imp gal) Brake Fluid: Recommended Engine Oil: Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid API Premium grade 5W-20 DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or detergent oil (see page...

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