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    This publication includes the latest production information available before printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation.

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    2009 Honda BIG RED OWNER S MANUAL...

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    Honda, to other property, or to the environment. Be sure to read the Warranties Booklet (page 203) so you understand the coverages that protect your new Honda and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. If you have any questions, or if you ever need special service or repairs, remember that your Honda dealer knows your Honda MUV best and is dedicated to your complete satisfaction.

  • Page 5: A Few Words About Safety

    A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating your Honda safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual.

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    A Few Words about Safety Safety Headings –– such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions. Safety Section –– Driver & Passenger Safety, beginning on page 1. Instructions –– how to operate this vehicle correctly and safely. In addition to the above, your owner s manual is full of information that can help you safely operate and maintain your vehicle.

  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Before Driving ...................39 The importance of wearing a seat belt, helmet and protective eyewear, how to make sure you and your Honda are ready to drive, plus load limits and guidelines on carrying cargo and towing a trailer. Basic Operation & Driving Guidelines ...........51 How to start and stop the engine, select a driving mode and gear , plus guidelines for driving on hills and other off-road situations.

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    Technical Information ..............185 ID numbers, technical specifications, and other technical facts. Consumer Information ..............199 Information on warranties, emissions controls, how to get a service manual, and how to contact Honda. Index ....................208 Alphabetical listing of topics in the manual. Quick Reference Handy facts about fuel, engine oil, tire sizes, and tire pressure.

  • Page 10: Driver & Passenger Safety

    Driver & Passenger Safety This section presents some of the most important information and recommendations to help you drive your Honda safely. Please take a few moments to read these pages. This section also shows you the location of safety labels on your vehicle.

  • Page 11: Important Safety Information

    Important Safety Information There is much that you can do to protect yourself and a passenger. You ll find many helpful recommendations throughout this manual. The following are those we consider to be most important. Follow Age and Size Recommendations The driver should be at least 16 years old and tall enough to wear the seat belt properly and reach all the controls.

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    Having a breakdown can be difficult, especially if you are stranded far from your base. To help avoid problems, inspect your Honda before each use and perform all recommended maintenance. Don t Drink and Drive Alcohol and driving don t mix. Even one drink can affect your judgment and your ability to respond to changing conditions.

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    Honda cannot test all other accessories, you must be personally responsible for the proper selection, installation, and use of non-Honda accessories. Check with your Honda dealer for assistance, and always follow these guidelines: • Make sure the accessory does not obscure any lights, reduce ground clearance, limit suspension travel or steering travel, or interfere with operating any controls.

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    Modifications We strongly advise you not to remove any original equipment or modify your Honda in any way that would change its design or operation. Such changes could seriously impair your vehicle s handling, stability, and braking and make it unsafe to drive.

  • Page 15: Safety Labels

    You, and anyone else who operates or rides in the vehicle, should read and understand this information before driving. The labels should be considered permanent parts of the vehicle. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda dealer for a replacement. Indicates something apparent.

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    Safety Labels tire warning & tire information loading warning towing capacity towing warning Driver & Passenger Safety...

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    Driver & Passenger Safety...

  • Page 18: Instruments & Controls

    Instruments & Controls The items listed below are described in this section. Operation Component Locations ............10 Fuel Gauge ................... 13 Indicators ....................14 Neutral Indicator ................14 Reverse Indicator ................14 Parking Brake Indicator ..............14 4WD Indicator ................15 Front Differential Lock Indicator ...........

  • Page 19: Operation Component Locations

    Operation Component Locations Indicates something apparent. Indicates something concealed. indicators (page 14) headlight switch ignition switch (page 17) (page 18) shift lever drive mode lever (page 19) (page 20) seat-back seat-back (page 27) (page 27) parking brake lever (page 22) accessory power socket (page 34) Instruments &...

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    Operation Component Locations side net (page 25) passenger handhold (page 32) seat belt (page 29) fuel gauge (page 13) tilt bed lever (page 36) door (page 23) Instruments & Controls...

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    Operation Component Locations Indicates something apparent. Indicates something concealed. side net (page 25) seat belt (page 29) cargo bed (page 35) tailgate levers (page 35) door (page 23) tilt bed lever (page 36) trailer hitch receiver (page 38) Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 22: Fuel Gauge

    Fuel Gauge The fuel gauge is located on top of the fuel tank next to the fuel filler cap. The gauge indicates approximately how much fuel remains in the tank. The fuel tank capacity is: 7.93 US gal (30.0 ) RIGHT SIDE fuel gauge Instruments &...

  • Page 23: Indicators

    Indicators Your Honda MUV s instrument panel has a number of indicators to keep you informed and alert you to possible problems. Each is described in the following pages. reverse indicator 4WD indicator high coolant/oil temperature indicator PGM-FI malfunction indicator lamp (MIL)

  • Page 24: 4wd Indicator

    Indicators 4WD Indicator This indicator comes on and stays on when the drive mode is in the 4WD rear diff lock mode. Front Differential Lock Indicator When the drive mode is 4WD all diff lock mode, this indicator comes on and stays on along with the 4WD indicator. High Coolant/Oil Temperature Indicator This indicator comes on and stays on when either the coolant temperature or the engine oil temperature is high enough to adversely...

  • Page 25: Pgm-fi Malfunction Indicator Lamp (mil)

    If this happens, reduce speed and take your vehicle to a Honda dealer as soon as possible. The light should also come on for a few seconds when the ignition switch is turned to the ON ( ) position.

  • Page 26: Driver Controls

    Driver Controls Ignition Switch The ignition switch is a three-position, key-operated switch used to start and stop the engine. OFF ( ) The engine and all electrical circuits are off. The key can be inserted and removed only when it is in this position. ON ( ) The electrical circuits are on.

  • Page 27: Headlight Switch

    Driver Controls Headlight Switch The headlight switch is located on the front console, to the left of the steering wheel. This switch turns the headlights and tail lights on and off. It is also used to select high beam ( ) or low beam ( ) for the headlights.

  • Page 28: Shift Lever

    Driver Controls Shift Lever Your vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission. The shift lever, located to the right of the steering wheel, has three positions: drive (D), neutral (N), and reverse (R). shift positions shift lever reverse R neutral N drive D You should move the shift lever only when the vehicle is stopped with your foot on the brake pedal and with the engine idling.

  • Page 29: Drive Mode Lever

    Driver Controls Drive Mode Lever The drive mode lever, located to the right of the shift lever, has three drive mode positions: 2WD, 4WD rear diff lock and 4WD all diff lock. drive mode positions drive mode lever To check your present drive mode, look at the 4WD indicator and front differential lock indicator.

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    After changing the drive mode, drive several yards, making right and left turns, and make sure that indicators work properly. If the indicators do not go out or come on according to the drive mode position, see your Honda dealer. Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 31: Parking Brake Lever

    Driver Controls Parking Brake Lever The parking brake lever is located between the driver s and passenger s seats. To apply the brake, pull the lever up fully. To release it, pull up slightly, push the button at the end of the lever, then lower it. parking brake lever button TO APPLY...

  • Page 32: Doors

    Be sure both doors are securely closed before driving your Honda MUV, and never remove a door. If a door is damaged or does not close securely, see your Honda dealer for repair or replacement.

  • Page 33: Door (page

    Doors If the doors are shaky when closed, turn the door stopper counterclockwise to adjust the doors. The left and right doors can be adjusted in the same manner. Adjust 1. Open the door (page 23). 2. Turn the door stopper counterclockwise. 3.

  • Page 34: Side Nets

    Be sure the side nets are properly latched before driving your Honda MUV, and never remove a side net. If a side net is damaged or does not close securely, see your Honda dealer for repair or replacement. Instruments & Controls...

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    2. Hook the side net ring onto the side net hook while lifting the side net. Close 1. Unhook the side net ring from the side net hook. 2. Fasten the side net buckle. Do not drive the Honda MUV the side net open. LEFT SIDE LEFT SIDE OUTSIDE INSIDE...

  • Page 36: Seats

    Seats Seats Your Honda MUV is equipped with individual seats for the driver and a passenger. The seat bottoms have only one position, but the seat-backs are adjustable. Adjustable Seat-Backs The driver s and passenger s seat-backs can be adjusted to allow an occupant to sit a little closer to, or farther from, the driver s controls or the passenger handhold.

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    Seats 3. Lift the seat-back off the support rod. support rod 4. Reposition the seat-back, placing the upper hooks over the support rod and lining up the upper bolt holes with the mounting plate. 5. Screw the bolts into the upper row of bolt holes and tighten them to the specified torque: 9 lbf ft (12 N m , 1.2 kgf m) upper hook...

  • Page 38: Seat Belts

    Seat Belts Your Honda is equipped with lap/shoulder seat belts in both seating positions. A seat belt keeps you connected to the vehicle so you cannot be thrown out of it during a crash or rollover. Together with a proper...

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    Seat Belts How you wear a seat belt also matters. For the best protection: 1. Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then tug on the belt to make sure it is securely latched. latch plate buckle 2. Check that the belt is not twisted, because a twisted belt can cause injuries.

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    If a seat belt is worn in a crash, the belt must be replaced by a Honda dealer. A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of protection in a subsequent incident.

  • Page 41: Passenger Handhold

    Passenger Handhold Passenger Handhold The right-front occupant protective structure (OPS) has a handhold to give a passenger extra support when the vehicle travels over rough or bumpy terrain. A passenger can also brace their feet against the floorboard. passenger handhold Instruments &...

  • Page 42: Storage Compartments

    Storage Compartments Your vehicle has a glove box and two side pockets where you can carry small, lightweight items. It also has two drink holders. drink holder drink holder glove box side pocket side pocket Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 43: Accessory Power Socket

    Accessory Power Socket The accessory power socket is located directly behind the parking brake lever. The socket is intended for 12-volt DC accessories rated for 120 watts (10 amps) or less. Exceeding the limit can blow the accessory socket fuse (see page 176). The socket can be used to power such items as a trouble light, spotlight, CB radio, or cell phone, but not a heat-generating accessory, such as a car cigarette lighter.

  • Page 44: Cargo Bed Controls

    PULL THE LEVER. TILT GENTLY. Do not drive the Honda MUV with the tailgate lowered . Tie-Down Hooks Before using the tie-down hooks, select a firm level surface and set the parking brake. The cargo bed has four tie-down hooks for securing items in the bed.

  • Page 45: Tilt Bed Levers

    1. Pull up the tilt bed lever on each side, then grasp the top of the bed rail. 2. Raise the front end of the cargo bed. Do not drive the Honda MUV with the front end of the cargo bed raised. SLOWLY LIFT UP THE CARGO BED.

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    Cargo Bed Controls To lower the cargo bed, make sure that the area under the front of the cargo bed is clear, then manually push down on the top of the bed rail. Check that the bed is securely lowered. top of the bed rail LOWER THE CARGO BED SLOWLY.

  • Page 47: Trailer Hitch

    Trailer Hitch Your Honda is equipped with a trailer hitch receiver for a standard Class 1 hitch. You can purchase a hitch from your Honda dealer. See page 49 for Towing a Trailer . trailer hitch receiver Instruments & Controls...

  • Page 48: Before Driving

    Before Driving Before driving your MUV, you need to make sure you and your vehicle are both ready. This section discusses how to evaluate your driving readiness and what items you should check on your vehicle. It also includes important information about loading cargo. Are You Ready to Drive? ..............

  • Page 49: Are You Ready To Drive

    Are You Ready to Drive? Before driving your Honda MUV for the first time, we urge you to carefully read this owner s manual and the labels on your vehicle and make sure you understand all the safety information. Age & Size Recommendations The driver should be at least 16 years old and tall enough to wear their seat belt properly (page 29) and operate all the controls.

  • Page 50: Protective Apparel

    Are You Ready to Drive? Protective Apparel To help prevent head injury from striking an occupant protective structure (OPS) or other hard object, we recommend that occupants always wear a helmet secured with a chin strap. To protect the eyes from brush and flying objects, we also recommend that occupants wear impact-resistant goggles or a face shield.

  • Page 51: Get To Know Your Vehicle

    Are You Ready to Drive? Get to Know Your Vehicle Because all vehicles have unique characteristics, it s important to learn how this one operates and handles. We recommend that you take time to practice using the different controls, and get accustomed to how the vehicle accelerates, brakes, and turns in different driving modes and different terrain conditions.

  • Page 52: Is Your Vehicle Ready To Drive

    If your vehicle has overturned or been involved in a crash, do not drive it until it has been inspected by your Honda dealer. There may be damage or other problems you cannot see. Improperly maintaining this vehicle or failing...

  • Page 53: Pre-drive Inspection

    Is Your Vehicle Ready to Drive? Pre-drive Inspection Check the following items before driving your Honda MUV: Oil Level Check the engine oil level and add oil, if needed (page 91). Also check under the vehicle for leaks. Coolant Check the coolant level (page 104). If it is low, add a 50/50 mixture of silicate-free coolant and distilled water.

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    Is Your Vehicle Ready to Drive? Driveshafts Inspect the driveshafts and boots for damage, tears, or leaks. If any tears are found, see your Honda dealer. Steering Check the steering to make sure it turns smoothly in both gearbox directions. Check for any tears in the boots.

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    The latch plates should click securely into the buckles and release when the release buttons are pushed firmly. Remember to take care of any problem you find or have your Honda dealer correct it before you drive your Honda MUV.

  • Page 56: Loading Cargo

    Loading Cargo Your vehicle was designed to carry cargo. However, carrying a load that is too heavy or improperly loaded can adversely affect your vehicle s handling, stability, and stopping distance and make it unsafe. Before carrying any type of cargo, be sure to read the following pages. Cargo Limit See page 60 for guidelines on driving with cargo.

  • Page 57: Loading Guidelines

    Loading Cargo Loading Guidelines Make sure the tires are properly inflated (page 135). Place all items on the floor of the cargo bed, and as far forward and centered as possible. Use the tie-down hooks (page 35) to secure any items that could shift position while you are driving.

  • Page 58: Towing A Trailer

    Towing a Trailer Your vehicle can pull a trailer as well as carry cargo, provided you follow the load limits and guidelines below. Towing Limits There are two main types of limits that apply to towing a trailer: Maximum total trailer weight = 1,200 lbs (544 kg) This includes the weight of the trailer and everything in it or on it.

  • Page 59: Loading A Trailer

    Towing a Trailer To achieve a proper tongue load, start by placing 60 percent of the load toward the front of the trailer and 40 percent toward the rear, then readjust the load as needed. Loading a Trailer Always use a proper trailer hitch. Do not tow by attaching a rope or cable to the vehicle s frame.

  • Page 60: Basic Operation & Driving Guidelines

    Basic Operation & Driving Guidelines This section gives information on how to start and stop your engine. It also provides guidelines for operating on different types of terrain, driving with cargo, and towing a trailer. Basic Operation ..................52 Starting & Stopping the Engine ............52 Selecting a Shift Position ..............

  • Page 61: Basic Operation

    Basic Operation Starting & Stopping the Engine For safety, we recommend that you start the engine in a well-ventilated area. If that is not practical, move the vehicle outdoors as soon as possible. The engine s exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that can cause illness and even death.

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    Basic Operation Starting the engine: 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. Make sure the shift lever is in neutral. Press on the brake pedal. 3. To start the engine, without touching the accelerator pedal, insert the key and turn the ignition switch to the START ( ) position. Immediately after the engine starts, you let go of the key.

  • Page 63: Selecting A Shift Position

    Basic Operation To stop the engine, turn the ignition switch to the OFF ( ) position. Remember to apply the parking brake and remove the key if you plan to leave the vehicle. Selecting a Shift Position You can drive your vehicle either forward or backward by moving the shift lever from neutral (N) to drive (D) or reverse (R).

  • Page 64: Parking

    Basic Operation Parking Look for a level parking area with a firm surface. Avoid parking on a slope or on loose or slippery surfaces when possible. If you must park on a slope, block the wheels to help keep the vehicle from sliding. After bringing your vehicle to a stop: 1.

  • Page 65: Driving Guidelines

    (page 39), and the precautions below. Off-highway Use Only Your Honda was designed for use on a wide variety of terrain and situations. However, it should not be driven on any public road, paved or unpaved, because it is not equipped to legally or safely drive on such roads.

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    Driving Guidelines Control Speed Driving at excessive speed for the terrain or other conditions increases the chance of a crash. Always reduce speed when driving on hilly terrain, or when carrying cargo or towing a trailer. Use Extra Care on Unfamiliar Terrain When driving in a new area, keep your speed low and check the terrain ahead for possible problems, such as large rocks, bumps, holes, or drop-offs.

  • Page 67: Off-road Driving Considerations

    Driving Guidelines Off-road Driving Considerations Your Honda MUV can be driven both on and off pavement. However, if you haven t driven off-road before, you should be aware that your vehicle will handle somewhat differently than it does on pavement. You should also be aware that while Honda MUV's controls are similar to those in cars, driving on paved surfaces will also feel different.

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    Driving Guidelines Surface Considerations The kind of surface you drive on can have important effects on how your vehicle handles. For example, on loose or soft surfaces you ll need more time and distance to accelerate, turn, or brake to a stop. Avoid any sudden sharp turn, particularly on pavement and other hard surfaces.

  • Page 69: Basic Driving

    • Do not drive across a steep slope with a trailer. Basic Driving Making Turns The basic turning technique for Honda MUV is to drive at low speed and gradually adjust the amount of steering to suit the surface. Do not make sudden sharp turns, either off-road or on pavement.

  • Page 70: Driving On Hills

    Driving Guidelines Driving on Hills Hills present some of the greatest challenges and hazards, especially if you are carrying cargo or pulling a trailer. If you are new to off-road driving, start with gentle inclines, take time to learn how your vehicle handles on slopes, and read the information that follows.

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    Driving Guidelines Driving Up a Hill If you decide that it is safe to drive your Honda MUV up a hill: • Select an appropriate drive mode for the hill. • Approach the hill with enough speed to smoothly start up the hill.

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    Driving Guidelines If you decide it is safe to drive down a hill: • Hold the steering wheel firmly and drive straight back down the hill. • Gently apply the brakes to help control speed, but do not ride the brakes.

  • Page 73: Driving Through Water

    Driving at Night If you drive your Honda MUV at night, always drive slower and more cautiously than you would in daylight. Also remember to lower your headlight beam if another vehicle comes toward you (see page 18).

  • Page 74: Servicing Your Honda

    Servicing Your Honda To help keep your Honda MUV in good shape, this section includes a Maintenance Schedule for required service and step-by-step instructions for specific maintenance tasks. You ll also find important safety precautions, information on fuels and oils, and tips for keeping your Honda looking good.

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    Servicing Your Honda Service Procedures Fluids, Filters & Lubricants Fuel ....................... 85 Engine Oil & Filter ................88 Front Differential Oil ................99 Rear Differential Oil ................101 Coolant ....................103 Air Cleaner ..................108 Lubrication ..................113 Engine Accelerator Pedal ................118 Spark Plug ...................

  • Page 76: The Importance Of Maintenance

    Frequent servicing of the air cleaner is especially important to help you avoid a possible costly engine repair. If your Honda MUV overturns or is involved in a crash, be sure your Honda dealer inspects all major parts, even if you are able to make some repairs.

  • Page 77: Maintenance Safety

    This section includes instructions on how to perform some important maintenance tasks. If you have basic mechanical skills, you can perform many of these tasks with the tools provided with your Honda MUV. Other tasks that are more difficult and require special tools are best performed by professionals.

  • Page 78: Important Safety Precautions

    Keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away from all fuel-related parts. Remember that your Honda dealer knows your Honda MUV best and is fully equipped to maintain and repair it. To ensure the best quality and reliability, use only new Honda Genuine Parts or other equivalents for repair and replacement.

  • Page 79: Maintenance Schedule

    The required Maintenance Schedule that follows specifies how often you should have your Honda MUV serviced, and what things need attention. It is essential to have your Honda MUV serviced as scheduled to maintain safe, dependable performance, and proper emission control.

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    Consult your Honda dealer. * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data, and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page 200).

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    Check front and rear brakes Check front and rear differential oil 99,101 * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data, and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page 200).

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    (regardless of mileage) Engine coolant Brake fluid * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data, and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page 200). ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

  • Page 83: Maintenance Record

    Honda MUV is properly maintained. Retain detailed receipts to verify the maintenance was performed. If the Honda MUV is sold, these receipts should be transferred with the Honda MUV to the new owner. Make sure whoever performs the maintenance completes this record. All...

  • Page 84: Maintenance Component Locations

    (page 118) brake pedal parking brake lever (page 131) (page 132) tool kit seat (page 83) (page 80) engine oil dipstick spark plug engine oil filter engine oil filler cap (page 120) (page 93) (page 91, 92) Servicing Your Honda...

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    Indicates something apparent. Indicates something concealed. owner s manual (page 81) front hood fuel filler cap (page 82) (page 86) coolant reserve tank (page 104) front differential oil filler cap front differential oil drain bolt (page 99, 100) Servicing Your Honda...

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    Maintenance Component Locations air cleaner (page 109) air cleaner housing drain tube rear differential oil filler cap (page 112) rear differential oil drain bolt (page 101, 102) engine oil drain bolt (page 93) Servicing Your Honda...

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    Maintenance Component Locations Indicates something apparent. Indicates something concealed. battery brake light switch (page 146) (page 133) fuse box (page 177) brake fluid reservoir tank (page 127) driveshaft boots (page 143) front brake caliper (page 130) Servicing Your Honda...

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    Maintenance Component Locations driveshaft boots (page 143) rear brake caliper (page 130) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 89: Tool Kit

    To access the tool kit, open the left door (page 23), left side net (page 25) and remove the left seat (page 83), and then remove the rubber dust cover. An optional, larger tool kit may be available. Check with your Honda dealer s parts department. UNDER LEFT SEAT...

  • Page 90: Owner S Manual Storage

    Owner s Manual Storage Your Honda MUV provides storage for the owner s manual so you ll have it with you for easy reference. Store your owner s manual in the storage compartment on inside of the battery box cover.

  • Page 91: Front Hood

    2. Press down on the front hood until the hood lock plate fits into the console cover frame. 3. Hook the front hood band securely. CLOSE THE FRONT HOOD hood lock plate console cover frame prongs console cover Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 92: Seat Removal

    3. Slide the seat slightly forward and lift it. seat seat latch prongs Installation 1. Insert the prongs into the frame. 2. Press down on the seat until it locks. 3. Close the side net and door. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 93: Jack Up Point & Support Point

    Place the jack only at the specified jack-up point. Do not leave any person or cargo in the vehicle. Do not place any object above or under the jack. support point FRONT jack up point support point Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 94: Fuel

    If pinging or spark knock occurs at a steady engine speed under normal load, change brands of gasoline. If pinging or spark knock persists, consult your Honda dealer. Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gasoline mixture. Avoid getting dirt, dust, or water in the fuel tank.

  • Page 95

    Fuel tank capacity: 7.93 US gal (30.0 ) The tank should be refilled as soon as possible when the Fuel indicator light turns on. Refueling Procedure Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. RIGHT SIDE fuel filler cap Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 96

    flame away. • Handle fuel only outdoors. • Wipe up spills immediately. 3. After refueling, turn the fuel fill cap clockwise until it clicks. If you replace the fuel fill cap, use only a Honda Genuine replacement part. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 97: Engine Oil & Filter

    Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause serious damage to the engine and transmission. Change the engine oil as specified in the maintenance schedule on page 72. When running in very dusty conditions, oil changes should be performed more frequently than specified in the maintenance schedule. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 98

    * Suggested oils are equal in performance to SJ oils that are not labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label. • Your Honda MUV does not need oil additives. Use the recommended oil. • Do not use oils with graphite or molybdenum additives. They may adversely affect clutch operation.

  • Page 99

    There are two classes: MA and MB. Oil conforming to the standard is labeled on the oil container. For example, the following label shows the MA classification. (1) code number of the sales company of the oil (2) oil classification Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 100

    Engine Oil & Filter Checking & Adding Oil Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Check the engine oil level each day before operating your Honda MUV and add, if needed. 1. Park your Honda MUV on a firm, level surface.

  • Page 101

    filler cap hole, up to the upper level mark on the dipstick. Do not overfill. 7. Reinstall the oil filler cap, dipstick, rubber dust cover and left seat. Running the engine with an improper oil level can cause serious engine damage. UNDER LEFT SEAT oil filler cap Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 102

    Honda dealer. Drain the Engine Oil: 1. Make sure the Honda MUV is parked on level ground. Set the parking brake, and jack up and support your Honda MUV (page 84). 2. Remove the left seat (page 83) and rubber dust cover.

  • Page 103

    Engine Oil & Filter 4. Remove the maintenance lid by removing the bolts. 5. Place an oil drain pan under the crankcase. 6. Remove the engine oil drain plug. UNDER BODY maintenance lid bolts drain plug Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 104

    A and collars B. 10. Remove the under panel by removing the screws C. bolts B screws B collars B center panel bolt A collar A screws A right seat mount pipe screws C under panel Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 105

    14. Check the O-rings are in good condition, then insert a new oil filter to the oil filter cover. Use only the Honda Genuine oil filter or a filter of equivalent quality specified for your model. Using the wrong Honda filter or a non- Honda filter which is not of equivalent quality may cause engine...

  • Page 106

    18. Install the center panel by tightening the screws B and screws A. 19. Install the right seat. 20. Pour the drained oil into a suitable container and dispose of it in an approved manner (page 162). Improper disposal of drained fluids is harmful to the environment. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 107

    32. Reinstall the oil filler cap, dipstick and rubber dust cover. 33. Reinstall the left seat. 34. Check that there are no oil leaks. If a torque wrench is not used for installation, see your Honda dealer as soon as possible to verify proper assembly. UNDER BODY...

  • Page 108: Front Differential Oil

    Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Check the differential oil level every 1,800 miles (3,000 km) or 300 hours of operating your Honda MUV and add, if needed. 1. Park your Honda MUV on a firm, level surface. 2. Remove the oil filler cap.

  • Page 109: Changing Oil

    Change the oil with the Front Differential at normal operating temperature to assure complete and rapid draining. 1. Park the Honda MUV on a firm, level surface. 2. Place an oil drain pan under the oil drain plug. 3. Remove the oil filler cap and the drain plug.

  • Page 110: Rear Differential Oil

    Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Check the differential oil level every 1,800 miles (3,000 km) or 300 hours of operating your Honda MUV, and add if needed. 1. Park your Honda MUV on a firm, level surface. 2. Remove the oil filler cap.

  • Page 111

    Change the oil with the rear differential at normal operating temperature to assure complete and rapid draining. 1. Park the Honda MUV on a firm, level surface. 2. Place an oil drain pan under the oil drain plug. 3. Remove the oil filler cap and the drain plug.

  • Page 112: Coolant

    The factory provides a 50/50 solution of antifreeze and distilled water in this Honda MUV. This coolant solution is recommended for most operating temperatures and provides good corrosion protection. Decreasing the concentration of antifreeze to less than 40% will not provide proper corrosion protection.

  • Page 113

    Checking & Adding Coolant Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Check the engine coolant level every day before operating your Honda MUV and add, if needed. 1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on a firm, level surface.

  • Page 114

    RIGHT FRONT 5. Add coolant to the reserve tank as required to bring the coolant level to the MAX level mark. 6. After adding coolant, install the reserve tank cap and close the front hood. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 115

    Coolant Coolant Replacement Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Coolant should be replaced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data, and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual. Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you.

  • Page 116

    Check the air passages for clogging or damage. Remove insects, mud, or any obstruction with low water pressure. Have the radiator checked by your Honda dealer if more than 20% of the radiator surface air flow is restricted. Clean the radiator core after driving your Honda MUV in mud.

  • Page 117: Air Cleaner

    Service the air cleaner more frequently if you drive in unusually wet or dusty areas. Your Honda dealer can help you determine the correct service interval for your driving conditions.

  • Page 118

    Air Cleaner Cleaning 1. Lift the cargo bed (page 36). 2. Unlatch the retainer clips. 3. Remove the air cleaner housing cover. UNDER CARGO BED retainer clips air cleaner housing cover retainer clips (cont d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 119

    This can tear the foam. 8. Inspect for tears or cracks in the foam or seams of the air cleaner. Replace the air cleaner if it is damaged. UNDER CARGO BED clamp air cleaner screw air cleaner assembly air cleaner body Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 120

    9. Allow the air cleaner to dry thoroughly before applying oil. A wet air cleaner will not fully absorb the oil. 10. Pour clean Pro Honda Foam Filter Oil or an equivalent over the entire surface of the air cleaner. Use both hands to evenly spread the oil into the air cleaner.

  • Page 121

    3. Drain the deposits. 4. Reinstall the air cleaner housing drain tube, securing it with the clip. 5. Lower the cargo bed (page 37). RIGHT REAR air cleaner housing clip air cleaner housing drain tube Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 122: Lubrication

    6-56 or equivalent). Provide lubrication when moving parts do not work smoothly. Also lubricate according to the maintenance schedule (page 73). Consult your Honda dealer for more information about lubrication procedures. Apply grease to each pivot to prevent corrosion. Check for smooth movement after lubrication.

  • Page 123

    Lubrication Lubricate the cargo bed pivots as shown in following illustration. cargo bed pivot Lubricate the cargo bed hook pivots as shown in the following illustration. Lift the cargo bed (page 36). cargo bed hook pivots Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 124

    Lubricate the cargo bed strikers as shown in the following illustration. Lift the cargo bed (page 36). UNDER CARGO BED RIGHT SIDE cargo bed strikers Lubricate the tailgate pivots as shown in following illustration. Open the tailgate (page 35). tailgate pivot Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 125

    Lubricate the brake pedal pivot and accelerator pedal pivot as shown in the following illustration. brake pedal pivot accelerator pedal pivot Lubricate the parking brake pivot as shown in the following illustration. Remove the center panel (page 120). parking brake pivot Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 126

    Lubricate the drive mode lever pivot and shift lever pivot as shown in the following illustration. Open the front hood (page 82). UNDER FRONT HOOD drive mode lever pivot shift lever pivot Lubricate the door latch as shown in following illustration. Open the door (page 23). door latch Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 127: Accelerator Pedal

    Check the accelerator pedal play periodically in accordance with the Periodic Maintenance Chart, and adjust the play if necessary. Inspection Check freeplay of the accelerator pedal. Freeplay: 3/16-3/8 in (5.0-10.0 mm) accelerator pedal 3/16-3/8 in 5.0-10.0 mm Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 128

    4. Turn the adjuster to obtain the correct freeplay. 5. Tighten the lock nut and reinstall the sleeve. 6. After adjustment, check for smooth operation of the accelerator pedal. UNDER FRONT HOOD LEFT FRONT sleeve throttle cable adjuster decrease increase freeplay freeplay lock nut Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 129: Spark Plug

    Spark Plug Inspection & Replacement Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. 1. Remove the left and right seat (page 83). 2. Remove the center panel by removing the screws A and screws B. center panel screws B screws A Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 130

    8. Using a wire-type feeler gauge, check the spark plug gap. If adjustment is necessary, bend the side electrode carefully. The gap should be: 0.039-0.043 in (1.00-1.10 mm) UNDER CENTER PANEL spark plug gap spark plug cap 0.039-0.043 in (1.00-1.10 mm) side electrode center electrode (cont d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 131

    If a plug is too tight, the threads may be damaged. 11. Connect the spark plug cap. Take care to avoid pinching any cables or wires. 12. Install the remaining parts in the reverse order of removal. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 132: Spark Arrester

    1. Allow the engine and muffler to cool. 2. Remove the bolts, the spark arrester and the gasket from the muffler. REAR bolts gasket spark arrester muffler (cont d) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 133

    Check the gasket and replace it if necessary. spark arrester screen 4. Install the spark arrester and the gasket in the muffler, and tighten the bolts to the specified torque: 9 lbf ft (12 N m , 1.2 kgf m) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 134: Exhaust System

    Exhaust System Exhaust System Inspection Stop the engine and check for any sign of exhaust gas leakage. Listen for exhaust leaks near the muffler, which is located by the left rear wheel well. check for exhaust leakage Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 135: Brakes

    Honda DOT 3 or DOT 4 Brake Fluid The recommended brake fluid is Honda DOT 3 or DOT 4 Brake Fluid, or any brake fluid of equal quality and performance. Use fresh brake fluid from a sealed container. Be sure to read the label before opening the sealed container.

  • Page 136

    Fluid Level Inspection Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Brake Fluid Level If your inspection indicates a low fluid level, have your Honda dealer add the recommended fluid. The brake fluid level will drop as the brake pads wear.

  • Page 137

    Other Inspections • Make sure there are no fluid leaks. • Check for deterioration or cracks in the hoses and fittings. If the hoses are worn or cracked, have them replaced by your Honda dealer. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 138

    The pads will wear faster in wet or muddy conditions. Inspect the pads visually during all regular service intervals to determine the pad wear. Note that the pads are designed to make a metallic noise during braking when they reach the wear limit. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 139

    1. Remove the wheels (page 172). 2. Check the wear indicator groove in the pad. If pad is worn to the bottom of the grooves, replace both pads as a set. See your Honda dealer for this service. FRONT REAR...

  • Page 140

    Brake Pedal Inspection Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Check that the brake pedal moves smoothly and does not feel abnormally spongy. Refer to the Maintenance schedule. CHECK THAT THE BRAKE PEDAL MOVES SMOOTHLY. brake pedal Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 141

    2. Measure the distance the parking brake starts to take hold. Parking brake lever freeplay is: 2 9/16-3 3/8 in (65-85 mm) parking brake lever 2 9/16-3 3/8 in (65-85 mm) If adjustment is necessary, have the parking brake adjusted by your Honda dealer. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 142: Brake Light Switch Adjustment

    Adjustment is done by turning the adjusting nut. Turn the nut in direction (A) if the switch operates too late, and in direction (B) if the switch operates too soon. UNDER FRONT HOOD LEFT SIDE brake light switch Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 143: Tires

    Tires To safely operate your Honda MUV, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated. Using tires that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

  • Page 144

    Generally, underinflated tires wear unevenly, adversely affect handling, and are more likely to fail from being overheated. Overinflated tires make your Honda MUV drive harshly, are more prone to damage from surface hazards, and wear unevenly.

  • Page 145

    Always check air pressure when your tires are cold. If you check air pressure when your tires are warm even if your Honda MUV has only been driven for a few miles the readings will be higher. If you let air out of warm tires to match the recommended cold tire pressures, the tires will be underinflated.

  • Page 146

    Operating this Honda MUV with improper tires, or with uneven tire pressure may cause loss of control, and you could be seriously injured or killed.

  • Page 147

    For best performance, you should replace a tire before the tread depth at the center reaches the following limits: front 3/16 in (4 mm) rear 3/16 in (4 mm) Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 148: Tire Repair

    If you choose to have a tire repaired, be sure the repair work is performed by a professional. If you have a tire professionally repaired at a non-Honda facility, we recommend that you have the work checked by your Honda dealer.

  • Page 149

    Tires Tire Replacement Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. The tires that came on your Honda MUV were designed to match the performance capabilities of the vehicle and provide the best combination of handling, braking, and comfort. It is best to replace all four tires. However, if that is not possible, you must replace the tires in pairs (front or rear) with tires of the same size and type as the originals.

  • Page 150

    If you do not have the skills or the tools, see your Honda dealer. Jack up and support the Honda MUV (page 84). To help increase tire life and distribute wear more evenly, rotate the tires according to the Maintenance Schedule.

  • Page 151: Wheels

    Wheels Inspection Check that the wheel nuts are tight and there is no crack or deformation in the wheel. CHECK FOR CRACKS OR DEFORMATION. CHECK THE WHEEL NUTS. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 152: Driveshaft Boots

    Driveshaft Boots Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Check the rubber driveshaft boots for tears or traces of splattered grease. If necessary, have your Honda dealer replace them. FRONT driveshaft boots REAR driveshaft boots Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 153: Battery

    (see Battery Charging, page 148). If you do not expect to drive your Honda MUV for at least two weeks, we recommend you remove the battery, or at least disconnect the battery cables (negative cable first).

  • Page 154: Battery Storage

    Battery Battery Storage Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. If you plan to store your Honda MUV, we recommend you remove the battery and store it where it can be charged every 30 days to maintain its service life.

  • Page 155

    2. Open the front hood (page 82). 3. Remove the battery box cover. 4. Release the rings and remove the rubber band. 5. Disconnect the negative ( ) terminal lead from the battery first, then disconnect the positive ( ) terminal lead. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 156

    10. Slow (trickle) charge the battery (see following section) once every 30 days. Installation 1. Reinstall in the reverse order of removal. Be sure to connect the positive ( ) terminal first, then the negative ( ) terminal. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 157: Battery Charging

    However, do not intentionally leave the charger connected longer than the time period recommended in the charger s instructions. Avoid using an automotive-type battery charger. An automotive charger can overheat a Honda MUV battery and cause premature damage. Servicing Your Honda...

  • Page 158: Appearance Care

    • Clean your Honda MUV regularly to protect surface finishes. • We recommend the use of a garden hose to wash your Honda MUV. High pressure washers (like those at coin-operated car washers) can damage certain parts of your Honda MUV.

  • Page 159

    3. Wash your Honda MUV with a sponge or soft towel. As you wash, check for heavy grime. If necessary, use a mild cleaner/degreaser to remove the grime.

  • Page 160

    Appearance Care Spray Cleaning Your Honda MUV Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. Avoid using spray cleaner products on the tires or suspension components. Suggestions for using spray cleaner (s) follow: Honda MUV condition Recommended Cleaning Dust and fingerprint Apply a spray cleaner/polish smudges.

  • Page 161

    If a surface on your Honda MUV is chipped or scratched, your Honda dealer has touch-up paint to match your Honda MUV s color. Be sure to use your Honda MUV s color code (page 187) when you buy touch-up paint.

  • Page 162: Tips

    Tips Here s some helpful advice on how to prepare for an off-road adventure, how to transport and store your Honda, and how to be an environmentally responsible Honda MUV owner. Preparing for a Drive ................. 154 What to Take to the Operating Area ..........154 What to Take on the Trail .............

  • Page 163: Preparing For A Drive

    What to Take to the Operating Area Along with your Honda MUV and personal safety gear, you should take along some tools and supplies in case you have a problem. For some of the difficulties you might encounter, see Taking Care of the Unexpected , which begins on page 163.

  • Page 164: What To Take On The Trail

    Preparing for a Drive What to Take on the Trail What you take with you during a drive depends on the kind of terrain, how long you expect to drive, how far you might go from help, and how experienced you or your companions are in making repairs. If you decide to take some tools, spare parts, or other supplies on the trail, be sure you can carry them safely and know how to use them.

  • Page 165: Transporting Your Honda

    Transporting Your Honda Do not tow your Honda MUV behind a car or other vehicle. When you transport your Honda MUV, we recommend that you carry the vehicle in its normal operating position (on all four wheels). Follow these procedures: 1.

  • Page 166

    • Suitable tie-down straps are available from your Honda dealer. • Ordinary rope is not recommended because it can stretch under load. • Using tie-down straps in any other areas can damage your Honda MUV. 3. Rock the vehicle back and forth to make sure the tie-down straps are tight and the vehicle is secure.

  • Page 167: Storing Your Honda

    That way, needed repairs won t be forgotten and it will be easier to get your Honda MUV running again. We suggest you perform the following procedures to keep your Honda MUV in top condition. These storage procedures will reduce the deterioration that can occur during storage.

  • Page 168: Preparation For Storage

    Storing Your Honda Preparation for Storage Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. 1. Change the engine oil and filter (page 93). 2. Make sure the cooling system is filled with a 50/50% antifreeze solution (page 103). 3. Fill the fuel tank. Make sure the fuel fill cap is properly installed.

  • Page 169

    8. Store your Honda MUV in an unheated area, free of dampness, away from sunlight, with a minimum of daily temperature variation. 9. Place your Honda MUV on blocks to lift all tires off the floor. 10. Cover your Honda MUV with a porous material. Avoid using plastic or similar non-breathing, coated materials that restrict air flow and...

  • Page 170: Removal From Storage

    Refer to Safety Precautions on page 69. 1. Uncover and clean your Honda MUV. 2. If your Honda MUV has been stored for more than four months change the engine oil (page 93). 3. If your Honda MUV has been stored for more than two months ask your Honda dealer to drain and replace the fuel.

  • Page 171: You & The Environment

    You & the Environment Owning and operating a Honda MUV can be enjoyable, but you must do your part to protect nature. When you show respect for the land, wildlife, and other people, you also help preserve off-road driving. Following are tips on how you can be an environmentally responsible Honda MUV owner.

  • Page 172: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Taking Care of the Unexpected With all the challenges you can encounter off-road, there s a chance that sometime something may go wrong. This section gives practical advice to help you deal with a wide range of problems. Take time to read this section before you drive.

  • Page 173: General Guidelines

    Do not continue driving if you have a flat tire, or you hear an unusual noise, or your Honda MUV just doesn t feel right. If you continue driving, you could cause more damage and endanger your own safety.

  • Page 174

    • Do not continue driving if you are hurt or your Honda MUV is not in safe driving condition. Additional recommendations for specific problems follow.

  • Page 175: If Your Engine Quits Or Won T Start

    If you can t correct the problem, see your Honda dealer. If your MUV won t start, listen as you turn the ignition key to the START position. If you don t hear the starter motor turning, refer to the Starter motor doesn’t operate symptom.

  • Page 176

    If charging doesn t help, see your Honda dealer. faulty starter motor If all possible causes are negative, the starter motor may be faulty. See your Honda dealer. SYMPTOM: Starter motor works, but the engine won t start. POSSIBLE CAUSE WHAT TO DO out of fuel Fill the fuel tank.

  • Page 177

    Check the high coolant/oil temperature temperature indicator. Refer to If the High Coolant/Oil Temperature Indicator Lights, page 174. runs erratically, misfires See your Honda dealer. blubbers (rich fuel See your Honda dealer. mixture) sooty exhaust (rich fuel See your Honda dealer. mixture)

  • Page 178: If The Transmission Is Not Functioning Properly

    Honda dealer. When the PGM-FI malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) returns to normal: You may drive the vehicle as usual after restarting the engine. However, we urge you to have your Honda MUV inspected by your Honda dealer. (cont d)

  • Page 179

    Although the PGM-FI malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) is not blinking , the vehicle does not move: If your Honda MUV won t move, it is possible the transmission is locked. Use the following procedure to unlock the transmission. 1. Shift the shift lever to the neutral (N) position.

  • Page 180: If You Have A Flat Tire

    We strongly recommend that you do not try to drive with a flat tire. The Honda MUV will be hard to handle, and if the tire comes off the rim, it may lock up the wheel and cause you to crash.

  • Page 181

    Removal 1. Park your Honda MUV on a firm, level surface. 2. Loosen-but do not remove-the wheel nuts. 3. Raise the front (or rear) wheels off the ground (page 84). 4. Remove the wheel nuts.

  • Page 182

    79.7 lbf·ft (108 N·m , 11.0 kgf·m) If a torque wrench was not used for installation, see your Honda dealer as soon as possible to verify proper assembly. Improper assembly may lead to loss of braking capability.

  • Page 183: If The High Coolant/oil Temperature Indicator Lights

    If the High Coolant/Oil Temperature Indicator Lights Normally, the high coolant/oil temperature indicator will only light momentarily when you turn the ignition ON ( ). Occasionally, it may flicker at or near idling speed. High coolant/oil temperature may be caused by restriction of air flow to the radiator (such as mud caked on the radiator), extended idling, an oil leak, a coolant leak, a low oil level, a low coolant level, or extended operation under adverse conditions.

  • Page 184

    • Check for an oil leak. • Check the oil level. If necessary, add the recommended oil (page 89) to the upper level mark. If you must leave your Honda MUV to get oil, secure it as much as possible.

  • Page 185: If A Fuse Blows

    If a Fuse Blows All of the electrical circuits on your Honda MUV have fuses to protect them from damage caused by excess current flow (short circuit or overload). If something electrical on your Honda MUV stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse.

  • Page 186

    If a Fuse Blows Main Fuse Access 1. To prevent an accidental short circuit, turn the ignition switch OFF ( ) before checking or replacing the fuses. 2. Open the front hood (page 82) . 3. Remove the battery box cover (page 146) . 4.

  • Page 187

    If a Fuse Blows Circuit Fuse Access 6. To check or replace a circuit fuse, pull the old fuse out of its retaining clips. If the fuse is blown, replace it with a spare fuse of the same rating. If you do not have a replacement fuse with the proper rating for the circuit, install one with a lower rating.

  • Page 188

    If a Fuse Blows If you do not have a spare fuse and you cannot drive the Honda MUV without fixing the problem, take a fuse of the same rating or a lower rating from one of the other circuits that you can do without temporarily.

  • Page 189: If You Crash

    If there is minor damage, or you are unsure about possible damage but decide to try driving the Honda MUV back to your base, drive slowly and cautiously. Sometimes, crash damage is hidden or not immediately apparent. When you get home, thoroughly check your Honda MUV and correct any problems you find.

  • Page 190: If You Lose Your Key

    If you don t know your key number, call the dealer where you purchased your Honda MUV. They may have it listed in their records. If they don t, transport your Honda MUV to them or the nearest Honda dealer. The dealer will probably have to remove the ignition switch assembly to find the key number so they can make a key for you.

  • Page 191: If The Battery Is Low

    If the battery is low, the starter motor doesn't operate or works poorly, and you can't start the engine. Jump starting your Honda MUV should be avoided. Instead, the battery should be removed and recharged (page 148). If you can't charge the battery or it appears unable to hold a charge, contact your Honda dealer.

  • Page 192

    If the Battery Is Low 1. To prevent an accidental short circuit, turn the ignition switch OFF ( ). 2. Open the front hood (page 82). 3. Remove the battery box cover (page 146). 4. Using a fully charged 12-volt battery, connect the positive (+) side of the jumper cable to the charged battery, and connect the positive (+) side on the other end of the jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of vehicle battery.

  • Page 193: If A Component Fails

    • If you damage the accelerator cable or other critical component, your Honda MUV may be unsafe to drive. Carefully assess the damage and make any repairs that you can. But if there is any doubt, it s best to be conservative and safe.

  • Page 194

    Technical Information This section contains dimensions, capacities, and other technical data, plus information on government requirements and how to break-in your Honda MUV. Vehicle Identification ................ 186 Specifications ..................188 Break-in Guidelines ................192 Emission Control Systems ..............193 Oxygenated Fuels ................197...

  • Page 195: Vehicle Identification

    Vehicle Identification Serial Numbers The VIN, engine serial number, and key number may be required when ordering replacement parts. You may record these numbers in the Quick Reference section at the rear of this manual. The VIN is stamped on the front side of the frame, located under the front hood.

  • Page 196

    Vehicle Identification Color Label & Code The color label is attached to the front side of the frame. The color code is helpful when ordering replacement parts. You may record the color and code in the Quick Reference section at the rear of this manual.

  • Page 197: Specifications

    3.1 US qt (2.9 ) engine oil API Service Classification SG recommendation or higher except oils labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label, SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard Pro Honda GN4 4-stroke oil or an equivalent motorcycle oil Technical Information...

  • Page 198

    Specifications Fuel & Lubricants (cont d) cooling system Pro Honda HP Coolant or recommendation an equivalent high quality ethylene glycol antifreeze containing corrosion protection inhibitors specifically recommended for use in aluminum engines cooling system capacity 3.5 US qt (3.3 )

  • Page 199

    Specifications Power Transmission primary reduction 1.333 secondary reduction forward 2.562 reverse 3.153 final reduction front 3.462 rear 3.462 transmission ratio 2.053 1.417 0.933 reverse 2.138 final drive shaft Chassis & Suspension caster 1.7˚ trail 0.35 in (8.9 mm) tire size, front & rear 10.00 –...

  • Page 200

    Specifications Lights (cont'd) PGM-FI malfunction 12 V 3.4 W indicator lamp (MIL) parking brake indicator 12 V 3.4 W 4WD indicator 12 V 3.4 W front differential lock 12 V 3.4 W indicator Fuses main 30 A circuit 15 A 2 , 10 A 4 Torque Specification seat-back mount bolts 9 lbf ft (12 N m , 1.2 kgf m)

  • Page 201: Break-in Guidelines

    Break-in Guidelines Help assure your Honda MUV s future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first operating day or 15 miles (25 km). During this period, avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration. Technical Information...

  • Page 202: Emission Control Systems

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and Environment Canada (EC) require that your Honda off-road utility vehicle comply with applicable emissions standards during its useful life, when operated and maintained according to the instructions provided.

  • Page 203

    Carbon monoxide does not react in the same way, but it is toxic. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. utilizes various systems to reduce carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and hydrocarbons. Exhaust Emission Control System The exhaust emission control system includes a PGM-FI system.

  • Page 204

    Problems That May Affect Off-road Utility Vehicle Exhaust Emissions If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have the vehicle inspected and repaired by your Honda off-road utility vehicle dealer. Symptoms: 1. Hard starting or stalling after starting 2.

  • Page 205

    Emission Control Systems Noise Emission Control System TAMPERING WITH THE NOISE CONTROL SYSTEM IS PROHIBITED: State laws prohibit, or Canadian provincial laws may prohibit, the following acts or the causing thereof: (1) The removal or rendering inoperative by any person, other than for purposes of maintenance, repair or replacement, of any device or element of design incorporated into any new vehicle for the purpose of noise control prior to its sale or delivery to the ultimate purchaser or while it is in use;...

  • Page 206: Oxygenated Fuels

    Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions. If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirement.

  • Page 207

    Oxygenated Fuels If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline. Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages of oxygenates mentioned above are not covered under warranty.

  • Page 208

    This section contains information on your warranty and how to get an official Honda service manual. Authorized Manuals ................200 Warranty Coverage ................203 Warranty Service ................204 Contacting Honda ................205 Your Honda Dealer ................206 The Honda Rider s Club (USA only) ..........207 Consumer Information...

  • Page 209: Authorized Manuals

    Authorized Manuals The Service Manual used by your authorized Honda dealer is available from Helm, Inc. (In Canada: See your Honda dealer to order authorized manuals). Also available but not necessary to service your model is the Honda Common Service Manual which explains theory of operation and basic service information for various systems common to all Honda motorcycles, motor scooters and Honda MUVs.

  • Page 210

    Mail to Helm, Inc. at the address shown on the back of this order form (USA only). Canada: See your Honda dealer to order authorized manuals. Publication Item Description Qty.

  • Page 211

    NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name, and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should be sent. Customer Name Attention Street address/P.O. BOX Apartment Number City State Zip Code Daytime Telephone Number Check or money order enclosed payable to Helm Inc.

  • Page 212: Warranty Coverage

    There are responsibilities, restrictions, and exclusions which apply to these warranties. Please read the Warranties Booklet given to you by your Honda dealer at the time of purchase. Be sure to keep your Honda owner s card with your Warranties Booklet (USA only).

  • Page 213: Warranty Service

    If you have questions about warranty coverage or the nature of the repair, it is best to talk to the Service Manager of your Honda dealer. Sometimes, in spite of the best intentions of all concerned, a misunderstanding may occur.

  • Page 214: Contacting Honda

    Your owner s manual was written to cover most of the questions you might ask about your Honda. Any questions not answered in the owner s manual can be answered by your Honda dealer. If your dealer doesn t have the answer right away, they will get it for you.

  • Page 215: Your Honda Dealer

    The sales department offers the Honda Protection Plan to extend almost all of your warranty coverage (USA only). We re sure you ll be as pleased with the service your Honda dealer continues to provide after the sale as you are with the quality and dependability of your Honda.

  • Page 216: The Honda Rider S Club (usa Only)

    The Honda Rider s Club (USA only) You may be eligible for a Honda Rider s Club of America (HRCA) membership with the purchase of your new Honda. You can log on to the HRCA Clubhouse website for details at www.hrca.honda.com .

  • Page 217

    ..............2 air cleaner, body ....................110 filter ....................108 housing drain tube................112 air pressure, tire ................... 135 American Honda, contacting .............. 205 apparel, protective ................. 41 appearance care ................... 149 authorized manuals ................200 Battery ....................144 Brakes, fluid ....................

  • Page 218

    Index capacity, fuel ..................86 care, appearance .................. 149 cargo, bed....................35 limit ....................3,47 climbing hills ..................61 color label .................... 187 compartment, owner's manual ................81 storage ....................33 tool kit ....................80 component fails ................... 184 consumer information ................. 199 crash, if you ..................

  • Page 219

    Index driving, basic operations ................51 clothing ..................2,41 precautions ..................56 preparing for .................. 154 safety ....................2 through water ................... 64 emission control system ..............193 engine, number ................... 186 oil ..................... 89 pinging ..................... 85 starting ..................... 52 stopping....................

  • Page 220

    Index gap, spark plug ..................121 gasohol ....................197 gasoline ....................85 headlight switch ..................18 hill, approaching a hill ................61 crossing a hill ................... 63 driving down a hill ................62 driving up a hill ................62 stopping on a hill ................62 identification, vehicle ................

  • Page 221

    Index key, lost....................181 number ................... 181 kit, tool ....................80 labels, safety .................... 6 limit, cargo ..................3,47 loading guidelines ................. 48 lubrication, differential oil ................99,101 engine oil ..................89 points....................113 maintenance, importance ..................67 precautions ..................69 record ....................

  • Page 222

    Index neutral indicator ..................14 noise emission control systems ............196 numbers, serial ..................186 obstacles, avoiding ................63 oil, differential ................. 99,101 engine ....................89 high coolant/oil temperature indicator ........15,174 owner's manual storage ................. 81 oxygenated fuels ................. 197 parking ....................

  • Page 223

    Index removal, seat ..................83 reverse indicator ..................14 safety, driving precautions ................56 important precautions ..............69 labels ....................6 schedule, maintenance ................70 seat, belts ....................29 removal .................... 83 serial numbers ..................186 service, customer ..................205 manuals ..................

  • Page 224

    ....................80 trailer hitch .................... 34 trailer towing, operational guidelines ..............49 weight limits ..................49 transporting your Honda ..............156 trouble, unexpected ................163 troubleshooting, starting ..............166 turning, on level ground ................ 60 vehicle identification no. (VIN) ............186...

  • Page 225

    Index warning labels ..................6 warranty, coverage ..................203 extended ..................203 service .................... 204 washing your MUV ................150 water, driving through ................64 weight limit ................... 47 wheel removal ..................172 Index...

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    Quick Reference The following is a brief, but important collection of information you need to know about your Honda. You ll also find space to record important notes. How To Avoid Costly Repairs The engine of your Honda can be the most expensive component to repair.

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    Quick Reference Engine No. Ignition Key No. Color Label Owner s Name Address City/State Phone Dealer s Name Address City/State Phone Service Mgr. Quick Reference...

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    API service label, SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA, Pro Honda GN4 4-stroke oil or equivalent Maximum Weight Capacity 1,190 lbs (540 kg) operator, passenger, all cargo and accessories...

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    Spark Plugs standard: BKR5E-11 (NGK) or K16PR-U11 (DENSO) Coolant Ethylene glycol antifreeze (silicate- free) for aluminum engines in 50/50 solution with Pro Honda HP Coolant or an equivalent distilled water main: 30A Fuses circuit: 15A 2 , 10A 4 Quick Reference...

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    Quick Reference These symbols are used in Driver Controls section: SYMBOL COMPONENT SEE PAGE START ignition switch ignition switch ignition switch headlight switch headlight switch headlight switch Drive Neutral Reverse D, N, R shift lever Quick Reference...

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