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2005 Civic 2 Door Online Reference Owner's Manual
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Introduction .......................................................................................................................................
A Few Words About Safety................................................................................................................
Your Vehicle at a Glance...................................................................................................................
Driver and Passenger Safety ............................................................................................................
Seat belts, SRS, and child protection.
Instruments and Controls.................................................................................................................
Indicators, gauges, dashboard, and steering column.
Features ..............................................................................................................................................
Heating and cooling, audio, steering wheel, and cruise control.
Before Driving..................................................................................................................................
Fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading.
Driving ..............................................................................................................................................
Engine and transmission operation.
Maintenance .....................................................................................................................................
Schedules, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage.
Taking Care of the Unexpected ......................................................................................................
Flat tire, dead battery, overheating, fuses.
Technical Information.....................................................................................................................
Vehicle specifications, tires, fuels, and emissions controls.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................
Warranty and contact information.
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)......................................................................................................
How to order.
Fluid capacities and tire pressures.


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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    2005 Civic 2 Door Online Reference Owner's Manual Use these links (and links throughout this manual) to navigate through this reference. For a printed owner's manual, click on authorized manuals or go to Contents Introduction ............................A Few Words About Safety........................

  • Page 2: Introduction

    Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2005 Honda Civic was a wise investment. As you read this manual, you will It will give you years of driving pleasure. find information that is preceded by symbol. This One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to information is intended to help you read this manual.

  • Page 3: A Few Words About Safety

    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: vehicle safely is an important responsibility. Safety Labels on the vehicle. preceded by a safety alert symbol and one of Safety Messages...

  • Page 4: Your Vehicle At A Glance


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  • Page 6: Driver And Passenger Safety

    Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important 6. Maintain a Proper Sitting All Children Should Sit in a information about how to protect Position ........ Back Seat ......... yourself and your passengers. It Advice for Pregnant Women ..The Passenger’s Front Airbag shows you how to use seat belts.

  • Page 7: Important Safety Precautions

    Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety Restrain All Children every additional drink. So don’t drink recommendations throughout this Children age 12 and under should and drive, and don’t let your friends section, and throughout this manual. ride properly restrained in a back drink and drive, either.

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    Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Your vehicle is equipped with many features that work together to protect you and your passengers (10) during a crash. Some features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment;...

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    Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Seat Belts Help keep you from being thrown Your vehicle is equipped with seat against the inside of the vehicle belts in all seating positions. Not wearing a seat belt properly and against other occupants. increases the chance of serious Your seat belt system also includes Keep you from being thrown out injury or death in a crash, even...

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

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    Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Always wear The rest of this section gives more What you should do: your seat belt properly, and sit detailed information about how you upright and as far back from the can maximize your safety. steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the vehicle.

  • Page 12: Protecting Adults And Teens

    Protecting Adults and Teens Introduction Close and Lock the Doors Adjust the Front Seats The following pages provide After everyone has entered the instructions on how to properly vehicle, be sure the doors are closed protect the driver, adult passengers, and locked.

  • Page 13: Adjust The Seat-backs

    Protecting Adults and Teens If you sit too close to the steering Adjust the Seat-Backs wheel or dashboard, you can be seriously injured by an inflating front Sitting too close to a front airbag, or by striking the steering airbag can result in serious wheel or dashboard.

  • Page 14: Adjust The Head Restraints

    Protecting Adults and Teens Adjust the Head Restraints Reclining the seat-back too far Improperly positioning head can result in serious injury or restraints reduces their death in a crash. effectiveness and you can be seriously injured in a crash. Adjust the seat-back to an upright position, and sit well Make sure head restraints are back in the seat.

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    Protecting Adults and Teens Fasten and Position the Seat This spreads the forces of a crash Belts over the strongest bones in your Insert the latch plate into the buckle, upper body. then tug on the belt to make sure the belt is securely latched.

  • Page 16: Maintain A Proper Sitting Position

    Protecting Adults and Teens Maintain a Proper Sitting In addition, an occupant who is out of Never place the shoulder portion of a Position position in the front seat can be lap/shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. This could cause After all occupants have adjusted seriously or fatally injured in a crash...

  • Page 17: Advice For Pregnant Women

    Protecting Adults and Teens Advice for Pregnant Women When driving, remember to sit Additional Safety Precautions upright and adjust the seat as far Two people should never use the back as possible while allowing full If they do, they same seat belt. control of the vehicle.

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    Protecting Adults and Teens Keep your hands and arms away If your from the airbag covers. hands or arms are close to an airbag cover, they could be injured if the airbag inflates. Do not attach or place objects on the front airbag covers.

  • Page 19: Additional Information About Your Seat Belts

    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts All seat belts have an emergency Seat Belt System Components Lap/Shoulder Belt Your seat belt system includes lap/ The lap and shoulder belt goes over locking retractor. In normal driving, shoulder belts in all five seating your shoulder, across your chest, the retractor lets you move freely in positions.

  • Page 20: Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

    When the tensioners are activated, Honda provides a lifetime warranty For added protection, the front seat the seat belts will remain tight until on seat belts for U.S. models. See...

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    Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by your dealer. A belt that has been worn during a Not checking or maintaining crash may not provide the same level seat belts can result in serious of protection in a subsequent crash.

  • Page 22: Additional Information About Your Airbags

    Additional Information About Your Airbags Sensors that can detect a In models with side airbags, an Airbag System Components Your airbag system includes: moderate to severe front impact, indicator on the instrument panel or side impact in models with side that alerts you that the passenger’s Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint side airbag has been turned off...

  • Page 23: How Your Front Airbags Work

    Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Front Airbags Work During a frontal crash, your seat belt restrains your lower body and torso, and the front airbag helps protect your head and chest. Although both airbags normally inflate within split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy.

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    Additional Information About Your Airbags After a crash, you may see what Dual-Stage Airbags Dual-Threshold Airbags looks like smoke. This is actually Your front airbags are dual-stage Your front airbags are also dual- powder from the airbag’s surface. airbags. This means they have two threshold airbags.

  • Page 25: How Your Side Airbags Work

    To get the best protection from the Although Honda does not encourage side airbags, front seat occupants children to ride in front, this system should wear their seat belts and sit is designed to shut off the side upright and well back in their seats.

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    Additional Information About Your Airbags If the Side Airbag Off Indicator How the SRS Indicator Works If you see any of these indications, comes on (see page ), have the The SRS indicator alerts the airbags and seat belt tensioners passenger sit upright.

  • Page 27: Indicator Works

    Additional Information About Your Airbags How the Side Airbag Off Airbag Service Additional Safety Precautions Indicator Works Your airbag systems are virtually Do not attempt to deactivate your In models with side airbags maintenance free, and there are no Together, airbags and airbags.

  • Page 28: Guidelines

    Protecting Children General Guidelines All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because Children who are unrestrained they are either unrestrained or not or improperly restrained can be properly restrained. In fact, vehicle seriously injured or killed in a accidents are the number one cause crash.

  • Page 29: All Children Should Sit In A Back Seat

    Protecting Children General Guidelines All Children Should Sit in a Back The Passenger’s Front Airbag Small Children Seat Poses Serious Risks 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 with a passenger’s front airbag can...

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    must be properly restrained seat, your vehicle has abels on the dashboard dels) and on the front visors ad and follow the ons on these labels. Canadian Models SUN VISOR...

  • Page 31: If You Must Drive With Several Children

    Protecting Children General Guidelines If You Must Drive with Several If a Child Requires Close Additional Safety Precautions Children Attention Never hold an infant or child on Your vehicle has a back seat where Many parents say they prefer to put If you are not wearing a your lap.

  • Page 32: Protecting Children General Guidelines

    Protecting Children General Guidelines Do not leave children alone in a Keep vehicle keys and remote Leaving children without vehicle. transmitters out of the reach of adult supervision is illegal in most children. Even very young states and Canadian provinces, children learn how to unlock and can be very hazardous.

  • Page 33: Protecting Infants And Small Children

    Protecting Infants and Small Children Two types of seats may be used: a Protecting Infants Rear-facing Child Seat Placement seat designed exclusively for infants, A rear-facing child seat can be placed or a convertible seat used in the rear- in any seating position in the back facing, reclining mode.

  • Page 34: Protecting Small Children

    Protecting Infants and Small Children In either situation, we strongly Protecting Small Children Child Seat Placement recommend that you install the child We strongly recommend placing a seat directly behind the front forward-facing child seat in a back passenger’s seat, move the seat as seat, not the front.

  • Page 35: Selecting A Child Seat

    Protecting Infants and Small Children, Selecting a Child Seat If it is necessary to put a forward- Selecting a Child Seat In seating positions and vehicles not facing child seat in the front, move When buying a child seat, you need equipped with LATCH, a LATCH- the vehicle seat as far to the rear as to choose either a conventional child...

  • Page 36: Installing A Child Seat

    Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat movement can be expected and The child seat should fit the After selecting a proper child seat, should not reduce the child seat’s vehicle seating position (or positions) where it will be used. and a good place to install the seat, effectiveness.

  • Page 37: With Latch

    Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with BUTTONS LATCH Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) at the outer rear seats. The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with Rigid type LATCH.

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    Installing a Child Seat Push and pull the child seat TETHER STRAP HOOK forward and from side to side to verify that it is secure. ANCHOR Flexible type Other LATCH-compatible seats Lift the head restraint (see page have a flexible-type connector as ), then route the tether strap shown above.

  • Page 39: With A Seat Belt

    Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Seat Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt. In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in all seating positions except the driver’s have a locking mechanism that must be activated to secure a...

  • Page 40: Installing A Child Seat

    Installing a Child Seat 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 verify that it is secure enough to...

  • Page 41

    Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Tighten the strap according to the Using an Outer Anchor Tether seat maker’s instructions. Front TETHER ANCHORAGE POINTS Using the Center Anchor TETHER STRAP TETHER HOOK STRAP HOOK ANCHOR COVER After properly securing the child A child seat with a tether can be seat (see page...

  • Page 42: Protecting Larger Children

    Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the Checking Seat Belt Fit recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the Allowing a child age 12 or under child should sit in a back seat on a to sit in front can result in injury booster seat and wear a lap/shoulder or death if the passenger’s front belt.

  • Page 43: Using A Booster Seat

    Protecting Larger Children Does the shoulder belt cross Using a Booster Seat Some states and Canadian provinces between the child’s neck and arm? also require children to use a booster seat until they reach a given age or Is the lap part of the belt as low as weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs).

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    Protecting Larger Children A child may continue using a booster When Can a Larger Child Sit in Of course, children vary widely. And seat until the tops of their ears are Front while age may be one indicator of even with the top of the vehicle’s or The National Highway Traffic Safety when a child can safely ride in front, booster’s seat-back.

  • Page 45: Additional Safety Precautions

    Protecting Larger Children If you decide that a child can safely Additional Safety Precautions Do not put any accessories on a ride up front, be sure to: Devices intended to Do not let a child wear a seat belt seat belt. This could result improve a child’s comfort or across the neck.

  • Page 46: Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your vehicle’s exhaust contains With the trunk open, airflow can pull carbon monoxide gas. You should exhaust gas into your vehicle’s have no problem with carbon Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. interior and create a hazardous monoxide entering the vehicle in condition.

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    hat could cause serious ead these labels carefully. comes off or becomes hard except for the U.S. d label which may be by the owner), contact your a replacement. ADIATOR CAP...

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    U.S. models with side airbags...

  • Page 49: Instruments And Controls

    Instruments and Controls This section gives information about Control Locations ......Power Windows ......the controls and displays that Instrument Panel ......Moonroof ......... contribute to the daily operation of Instrument Panel Indicators ..Mirrors ..........your vehicle. All the essential Gauges ..........

  • Page 50: Control Locations


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  • Page 54: Instrument Panel Indicators

    Instrument Panel Indicators The instrument panel has many Supplemental Restraint Charging System indicators to give you important System Indicator Indicator information about your vehicle. This indicator comes on when you If this indicator comes on when the engine is running, the battery is not turn the ignition switch to ON (II).

  • Page 55

    Instrument Panel Indicators Anti-lock Brake System High Beam Indicator U.S. Canada (ABS) Indicator If equipped This indicator comes on with the This indicator normally comes on for Parking Brake and Brake System high beam headlights. For more Indicator a few seconds when you turn the information, see page This indicator has two functions: ignition switch to ON (II), and when...

  • Page 56

    Instrument Panel Indicators Cruise Control Indicator Trunk-open Indicator This indicator comes on if the trunk Turn Signal and Hazard Warning If equipped Indicators This indicator comes on when you lid is not closed tightly. The left or right turn signal indicator set the cruise control.

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    Instrument Panel Indicators Between 8,000 miles (12,800 km) Maintenance Required Indicator and 10,000 miles (16,000 km), this This indicator reminds you that it is indicator will come on for 2 seconds time to take your vehicle in for when you first turn the ignition scheduled maintenance.

  • Page 58

    Gauges U.S.: HX, LX, EX, and Special Edition, Canada: LX, Si There are two trip meters: Trip A and Trip B. Each trip meter works SPEEDOMETER TEMPERATURE GAUGE independently, so you can keep track of two different distances. TACHOMETER FUEL GAUGE To reset a trip meter, display it and then press and hold the Select/Reset knob until the number resets to ‘‘0.0’’.

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    Gauges U.S. DX, Value Package Temperature Gauge This shows the temperature of the FUEL GAUGE SPEEDOMETER TEMPERATURE engine’s coolant. During normal GAUGE operation, the pointer should rise to about the middle of the gauge. In severe driving conditions, such as very hot weather or a long period of uphill driving, the pointer may rise to the upper zone.

  • Page 60: Controls Near The Steering Wheel


  • Page 61: Windshield Wipers And Washers

    Windshield Wipers and Washers MIST The wipers run at high Windshield Washers Pull the speed until you release the lever. wiper control lever toward you and hold it. The washers spray until you The wipers are not activated. release the lever. The wipers run at low speed, then complete one more The wipers operate every sweep after you release the lever.

  • Page 62: Turn Signal And Headlights

    Turn Signal and Headlights Turn Signal Push down on the return to the low beams. left lever to signal a left turn and up to signal a right turn. To signal a lane To flash the high beams, pull the change, push lightly on the lever and lever back lightly, then release it.

  • Page 63: Instrument Panel Brightness

    Instrument Panel Brightness Adjust the brightness to the desired level with the headlight switch off, SELECT/RESET KNOB and also with the headlight switch on. To reduce glare at night, the instrument panel illumination dims when you turn the light switch to .

  • Page 64

    Hazard Warning Button, Rear Window Defogger Make sure the rear window is clear Hazard Warning Button Rear Window Defogger and you have good visibility before starting to drive. The defogger and antenna wires on the inside of the rear window can be accidentally damaged.

  • Page 65: Steering Wheel Adjustment

    Steering Wheel Adjustment Make any steering wheel adjustment Push the lever up to lock the before you start driving. steering wheel in position. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down. Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the...

  • Page 66: Keys And Locks

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

  • Page 67: Immobilizer System

    Immobilizer System The immobilizer system protects If the system repeatedly does not As required by the FCC: your vehicle from theft. If an recognize the coding of your key, This device complies with Part 15 of the improperly-coded key (or other contact your dealer.

  • Page 68: Ignition Switch

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

  • Page 69: Door Locks

    Door Locks Door Locks Power Door Locks Only the driver’s door unlocks when you use the driver’s door lock tab or the key on the outside driver’s door Unlock lock. Unlock Lock Lock LOCK TAB MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH Each door has a lock tab on the top. If equipped Push the tab down to lock the door To lock the doors, press the master...

  • Page 70

    Trunk Emergency Trunk Opener TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE Pull MASTER KEY MASTER KEY To open the trunk, pull the trunk You can also use the master key to As a safety feature, your vehicle has release handle to the left of the open the trunk lock.

  • Page 71: Remote Transmitter

    Remote Transmitter UNLOCK Press this button once PANIC Press this button for to unlock the driver’s door. Some about 2 seconds to attract attention: LOCK exterior lights will flash twice. Push the horn will sound and the exterior BUTTON it twice to unlock the passenger’s lights will flash for about 30 seconds.

  • Page 72

    Remote Transmitter Replacing the Transmitter As required by the FCC: Battery This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device ROUND may not cause harmful interference, and COVER (2) this device must accept any interference received, including CUSHION...

  • Page 73

    Seats Front Seat Adjustments See pages for important safety information and warnings about how to properly position the seats and seat- backs. Make all seat adjustments before you start driving. To adjust the seat forward and To change the seat-back angle, pull backward, pull up on the bar under up on the lever on the outside of the the seat cushion’s front edge.

  • Page 74

    Seats Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment Rear Seat Access On all other models, push down the release lever at the base of the seat- back. The seat-back will tilt forward and the whole seat will slide forward. RELEASE LEVER SEAT-BACK ADJUSTMENT LEVER To get into the rear seat on the If equipped The height of the driver’s seat is...

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    Seats Head Restraints The head restraints help protect you On HX model in the U.S., and all Canadian models See page for important safety and your passengers from whiplash When you return the seat-back information and a warning about how to and other injuries.

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    Seats Armrest Folding Rear Seat GUIDE CENTER SHOULDER BELT The left and right halves can be When storing cargo, you can move If equipped The lid of the console compartment folded separately from inside the the rear center shoulder belt out of can be used as an armrest.

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    Seats Make sure all rear shoulder belts are positioned in front of the rear seat- back whenever it is in the upright position. Do not put any heavy items on the seat-back when it is folded. Pull Pull Make sure all items in the trunk, or items extending through the opening into the back seat, are secured.

  • Page 78: Power Windows

    Power Windows To open the driver’s AUTO DRIVER’S WINDOW SWITCH window fully, push the window Closing a power window on switch firmly down to the second detent, and release it. The window someone’s hands or fingers can will automatically go down all the cause serious injury.

  • Page 79

    Moonroof To tilt up the back of the moonroof, MOONROOF SWITCH press and hold the center button ). To close the moonroof, If you try to open the moonroof in press and hold the top of the switch below-f reezing temperatures, or when ).

  • Page 80

    Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors Push the appropriate edge of the adjustment switch to move the SELECTOR SWITCH mirror right, left, up, or down. When you finish, move the selector switch to the center (off) position. This turns the adjustment switch off to keep your settings.

  • Page 81: Mirrors, Parking Brake

    Mirrors, Parking Brake Power Mirror Heaters Parking Brake PARKING BRAKE LEVER U.S. : Value Package, LX, EX, Special Edition U.S. : DX, HX PARKING BRAKE Canada: DX Special Edition, REVERB, Canada: DX LEVER LX, Si To apply the parking brake, pull the On Canadian Si models The outside mirrors are heated to lever up fully.

  • Page 82: Interior Convenience Items


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    Interior Convenience Items Beverage Holders Console Compartment Be careful when you are using the beverage holders. A spilled liquid LEVER that is very hot can scald you or your passengers. Spilled liquids can Push damage the upholstery, carpeting, Pull and electrical components in the interior.

  • Page 84

    Interior Convenience Items Glove Box Coat Hook 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. COAT HOOK Open the glove box by squeezing the To use a coat hook, push on the lid.

  • Page 85

    Interior Convenience Items Center Pocket Accessory Power Socket They will not power an automotive type cigarette lighter element. Vanity Mirror To use an accessory power socket, If equipped To open the lid, pull it down. Close it pull up the cover. with a firm push.

  • Page 86: Interior Lights

    Interior Lights Ceiling Light If you leave either door open with the key not in the ignition switch, the DOOR ACTIVATED ceiling light will go off after 3 minutes. FRONT DOOR ACTIVATED On LX models Push on the spotlight lenses to turn The ceiling light has a three-position the light on and off.

  • Page 87: Features

    Features The heating and air conditioning Vents, Heating, and A/C in your vehicle provide a Airflow Controls ......comfortable driving environment in Playing the Radio ......all weather conditions. Radio Reception ......Air conditioning is standard on LX, Playing a Disc ........

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    Vents, Heating, and A/C Airflow Controls The outside air intakes for the Air flows from the center heating and cooling system are at and corner vents in the dashboard. Fan Control Dial the base of the windshield. Keep this area clear of leaves and other debris. Turn this dial to increase or decrease Airflow is divided between the fan speed and airflow.

  • Page 90

    Vents, Heating, and A/C Ventilation Using the A/C Dehumidify the Interior The flow-through ventilation system Air conditioning places an extra load Air conditioning, as it cools, removes draws in outside air, circulates it on the engine. Watch the engine moisture from the air. When used in through the interior, then exhausts it coolant temperature gauge (see page combination with the heater, it...

  • Page 91: Before Driving

    Vents, Heating, and A/C To Defog and Defrost To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice To Turn Everything Off To remove fog from the inside of the From the Windows Turning the fan speed and windows: Select . The system temperature control dials all the way automatically switches to fresh air to the left shuts off the system Set the fan to the desired speed, or...

  • Page 92: Playing The Radio


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    Playing the Radio To Play the Radio SEEK The SEEK function On models with in-dash CD changer The ignition switch must be in the On the AM band, AM noise searches up and down from the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position. reduction turns on automatically.

  • Page 94

    Playing the Radio If you do nothing, the system will The preset frequencies will be lost Press the A. SEL button. ‘‘A.SEL’’ then scan for the next strong station if your vehicle’s battery goes dead, flashes in the display, and the system and play it for 5 seconds.

  • Page 95

    Playing the Radio Adjusting the Sound Except for models with in-dash CD On models with in-dash CD changer Adjust the Balance, or side- changer The level gauge on the display also to-side strength of the sound. Turn the SOUND (TUNE) knob to shows you the range.

  • Page 96

    Playing the Radio Audio System Lighting On models with in-dash CD changer On models with in-dash CD changer You can use the instrument panel Spectroscopic Analysis Display brightness You can display the sound with brightness control knob to adjust the You can also select the reduced spectroscopic analysis.

  • Page 97: Radio Reception

    Radio Reception Radio Frequencies Radio Reception The radio can receive the complete How well the radio receives stations AM and FM bands. is dependent on many factors, such Those bands cover these frequen- as the distance from the station’s cies: transmitter, nearby large objects, and atmospheric conditions.

  • Page 98

    Radio Reception Electrical interference from passing vehicles and stationary sources can cause temporary reception problems. 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...

  • Page 99: Playing A Disc


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    Playing a Disc While playing a disc, you can see the To Play a Disc On models with in-dash CD changer Optional on DX model The in-dash CD changer can also playing time in the display by To load or play discs, the ignition play CD-Rs and CD-RWs cancelling the clock display (see compressed in MP3 standard.

  • Page 101

    Playing a Disc To play the tape when a CD is You cannot load and play 3-inch On models with in-dash CD changer playing, insert a tape in the player (8-cm) discs in this unit. Loading Discs in the In-dash CD (optional).

  • Page 102

    Playing a Disc see all characters of the folder or file Folder Name and File Name Display To Change or Select Tracks/Files name, repeat this step. You can use the SEEK/SKIP bar Function In MP3 mode with In-dash CD Changer while a disc is playing to select When you press the TITLE button If you press the TITLE button when...

  • Page 103

    Playing a Disc SEEK/SKIP Each time you In MP3 mode with In-dash CD Changer With In-dash CD Changer press and release the FOLDER SELECTION Pressing either side of the SEEK/ side of the SEEK/SKIP bar, select a different folder, press and SKIP bar or selecting a different disc the player skips forward to the release the ‘‘...

  • Page 104

    Playing a Disc In MP3 mode with In-dash CD Changer In MP3 mode with In-dash CD Changer In MP3 mode with In-dash CD Changer This feature, Each time you press and release the This FOLDER-REPEAT FOLDER-RANDOM when activated, replays all the files RPT button, the mode changes from feature, when activated, plays the on the selected folder in the order...

  • Page 105

    Playing a Disc To Stop Playing a Disc In CD mode with In-dash CD Changer In MP3 mode with In-dash CD Changer SCAN The SCAN function F-SCAN This feature, when Except for models with in-dash CD samples all the tracks on the activated, samples all the files in the changer selected disc in the order they are...

  • Page 106

    Playing a Disc You can also eject discs when the On models with in-dash CD changer Removing Discs from the In-dash CD Press the FM/AM button to switch ignition switch is off. The disc that Changer to the radio while a disc is playing. On models with in-dash CD changer was last selected is ejected first.

  • Page 107

    Playing a Disc Auxiliary Input Jack Operating the Optional CD If you select an empty slot in the On models with in-dash CD changer Changer magazine, the changer will search The auxiliary input jack is on the Except for models with in-dash CD for the next available disc to load and audio panel.

  • Page 108: Protecting Your Discs

    Protecting Your Discs General Information Handle your CDs properly to When using CD-R or CD-RW (only prevent damage and skipping. with in-dash CD changer) discs, use only high quality CDs labeled Protecting Discs for audio use. When a disc is not being played, store it in its case to protect it from When recording a CD-R or dust and other contamination.

  • Page 109: Cd Player Error Messages

    CD Player Error Messages Except for models with in-dash CD Error Message Cause Solution changer If you see an error message in the display while playing a disc, find the Press the EJECT button and pull out the disc. cause in the chart to the right. If you FOCUS Error Check if it is inserted correctly in the disc cannot clear the error message, take...

  • Page 110: Cd Changer Error Messages

    CD Changer Error Messages Except for models with in-dash CD Error Message Cause Solution changer If you see an error message in the display while playing a disc, find the Press the magazine eject button and pull it out. cause in the chart to the right. If you FOCUS Error If the message does not disappear or the cannot clear the error message, take...

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  • Page 112

    Playing a Tape (Optional) To Play a Tape Dolby noise reduction turns on To switch to the radio or CD player Tape player is optional except for when you insert a tape. The while a tape is playing, press the models with in-dash CD changer.

  • Page 113

    Playing a Tape (Optional) Press the RPT button cassette in the player. REPEAT Caring for the Tape and Player to continuously play a song or The tape player picks up dirt and passage. You will see RPT displayed. oxides from the tape. This Store tapes in their cases to protect The track will repeat until you press contamination builds up over time...

  • Page 114: Radio Theft Protection

    Radio Theft Protection do this, you will need the system’s must then leave the system on for 1 Standard for Value Package, HX, LX, EX and Special Edition models in the U.S., serial number. hour before trying again. and DX Special Edition, REVERB, LX and Si models in Canada If your vehicle’s battery is You will have to store your favorite...

  • Page 115: Setting The Clock

    Setting the Clock DX model CLOCK BUTTON U.S.: Special Edition models Canada: REVERB, Si-GA models CLOCK DISPLAY HOUR BUTTON RESET BUTTON MINUTE HOUR BUTTON MINUTE BUTTON BUTTON RESET U.S.: Value Package, HX, LX, EX models BUTTON Canada: DX Special Edition, LX, Si-G models CLOCK BUTTON CLOCK BUTTON...

  • Page 116

    Setting the Clock If your vehicle’s battery is You can quickly set the time to the advance to the desired time. disconnected or goes dead, you will nearest hour. If the displayed time is need to set the clock. before the half hour, pressing the To quickly set the time to the CLOCK (SCAN/RPT, AUX) button nearest hour, press and hold the...

  • Page 117: Cruise Control

    Cruise Control Using Cruise Control If equipped Cruise control allows you to maintain CRUISE BUTTON a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) CANCEL BUTTON without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. It should be used for cruising on straight, open highways.

  • Page 118

    Cruise Control Cruise control may not hold the set You can decrease the set cruising Changing the Set Speed speed when you are going up and You can increase the set cruising speed in any of these ways: down hills. If your speed increases speed in any of these ways: Press and hold the SET/decel going down a hill, use the brakes to...

  • Page 119

    Cruise Control Even with cruise control turned on, Cancelling Cruise Control Resuming the Set Speed you can still use the accelerator You can cancel cruise control in any When you push the CANCEL button, pedal to speed up for passing. After of these ways: or tap the brake or clutch pedal, the completing the pass, take your foot...

  • Page 120: Before Driving

    Before Driving Before you begin driving your Break-in Period ......vehicle, you should know what Fuel Recommendation ....gasoline to use and how to check the Service Station Procedures ..levels of important fluids. You also Refueling ........need to know how to properly store Opening and Closing luggage or packages.

  • Page 121

    Break-in Period, Fuel Recommendation your authorized dealer for service. Break-in Period Fuel Recommendation Help assure your vehicle’s future Your vehicle is designed to operate reliability and performance by paying on unleaded gasoline with a pump Some gasoline today is blended with extra attention to how you drive octane number of 86 or higher.

  • Page 122

    Service Station Procedures Refueling Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as Gasoline is highly flammable pressure inside the tank escapes. Push Place the cap in the holder on the and explosive. You can be fuel fill door.

  • Page 123

    Service Station Procedures Screw the fuel fill cap back on Opening and Closing the Hood until it clicks at least three times. LATCH If you do not properly tighten the HOOD RELEASE cap, the Malfunction Indicator HANDLE Lamp may come on (see page Push the fuel fill door closed until it latches.

  • Page 124

    Service Station Procedures Oil Check SUPPORT ROD UPPER MARK LOWER MARK DIPSTICK CLIP Pull the support rod out of its clip Wait a few minutes after turning the Remove the dipstick again, and and insert the end into the engine off before you check the oil. check the level.

  • Page 125

    Service Station Procedures Engine Coolant Check Refer to Owner’s Maintenance Checks on page for information RESERVE about checking other items on your TANK vehicle. Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines. If it is below the MIN line, see Adding on page...

  • Page 126: Fuel Economy

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

  • Page 127: Accessories And Modifications

    Accessories or killed. Be sure electronic accessories do Your dealer has Honda accessories not overload electrical circuits that allow you to personalize your (see page ) or interfere with Follow all instructions in this vehicle, or improve its performance.

  • Page 128

    Some examples are: safety features can make the systems ineffective. Lowering your vehicle with a non-Honda suspension kit that If you plan to modify your vehicle, significantly reduces ground consult your dealer. clearance can allow the...

  • Page 129: Carrying Cargo

    Carrying Cargo Your vehicle has several convenient storage areas: CONSOLE COMPARTMENT DOOR POCKET Glove box Door and seat-back pockets Console compartment Trunk, including the rear seats when folded down Roof-rack (if installed) However, carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicle’s handling, stability, stopping distance, and tires, and make it unsafe.

  • Page 130

    Carrying Cargo Load Limits Steps for determining correct load The resulting figure equals the The maximum load for your vehicle limit: available amount of cargo and is 850 lbs (395 kg). This figure luggage load capacity. For includes total weight of all occupants, Locate the statement, ‘‘the example, if the maximum load is cargo, and accessories.

  • Page 131

    Carrying Cargo Carrying Items in the Passenger Carrying Cargo in the Trunk or on If you use an accessory roof rack, Compartment a Roof Rack the roof rack weight limit may be Store or secure all items that could Distribute cargo evenly on the lower.

  • Page 132: Driving

    Driving This section gives you tips on Preparing to Drive ......starting the engine under various Starting the Engine ....... conditions, and how to operate the Manual Transmission ....manual and automatic transmissions. Automatic Transmission ....It also includes important Automatic Transmission (CVT) .

  • Page 133: Preparing To Drive

    Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks Check that any items you may be Fasten your seat belt. Check that and adjustments before you drive carrying are stored properly or your passengers have fastened your vehicle. fastened down securely. their seat belts (see page Make sure all windows, mirrors, Check the seat adjustment (see...

  • Page 134: Starting The Engine

    Starting the Engine Apply the parking brake. In cold weather, turn off all The immobilizer system protects your The engine is harder to start in cold electrical accessories to reduce vehicle f rom thef t. If an improperly- weather. Also, the thinner air f ound at the drain on the battery.

  • Page 135: Manual Transmission

    Manual Transmission Come to a full stop before you shift into Reverse. You can damage the transmission by trying to shift into Rapid slowing or speeding-up Reverse with the vehicle moving. can cause loss of control on Push down the clutch pedal, and slippery surfaces.

  • Page 136

    Manual Transmission Recommended Shift Points Engine Speed Limiter U.S. DX and Value Package models Drive in the highest gear that lets All models except U.S. DX and Value If you exceed the maximum speed the engine run and accelerate Package for the gear you are in, you may feel smoothly.

  • Page 137: Automatic Transmission

    Automatic Transmission Shift Lever Position Indicators U.S.: LX, EX, Special Edition Canada: DX, Canada: LX, Si U.S.: DX, Value Package DX Speical Edition, REVERB These indicators on the instrument The ‘‘D’’ indicator comes on for a panel show which position the shift few seconds when you turn the lever is in.

  • Page 138

    Automatic Transmission Shifting If you have done all of the above and To shift from: Do this: still cannot move the lever out of P to R Press the brake pedal and SHIFT LEVER press the release button. Park, see Shift Lock Release R to P page...

  • Page 139

    Automatic Transmission Neutral (N) Use Neutral if you Drive (D ) This position is similar Engine Speed Limiter need to restart a stalled engine, or if to D, except only the first three All models except U.S. DX and Value it is necessary to stop briefly with gears are selected.

  • Page 140

    Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release metal fingernail file, carefully pry Remove the key from the shift Do this if pushing on the brake pedal on the edge of the cover to remove lock release slot, then install the and pressing the release button does cover.

  • Page 141

    Automatic Transmission (CVT) Continuously Variable Shift Lever Position Indicators Avoid rapid acceleration and have Transmission (CVT) the transmission checked by your On HX model dealer as soon as possible. The continuously variable transmission’s unique design Shifting provides a smooth, constant flow of SHIFT LEVER power.

  • Page 142

    Automatic Transmission (CVT) If you have done all of the above and Reverse (R) To shift to Reverse To shift from: Do this: still cannot move the lever out of from Park, see the explanation under P to R Press the brake pedal and press the release button.

  • Page 143

    Automatic Transmission (CVT) Drive (D) Use this position for Low (L) To shift to Low, press Maximum Allowable Speeds your normal driving. The the release button on the front of the The CVT shifts automatically to transmission automatically adjusts to shift lever.

  • Page 144

    Parking Always use the parking brake when If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn Parking Tips you park your vehicle. Make sure Make sure the moonroof (if the front wheels away from the the parking brake is set firmly or equipped) and the windows are curb.

  • Page 145: Braking System

    Braking System Your vehicle is equipped with front Check the brakes after driving Brake Wear Indicators disc brakes. The brakes on the rear through deep water. Apply the The front disc brakes on all models wheels are drum. A power assist brakes moderately to see if they feel have audible brake wear indicators.

  • Page 146: Anti-lock Brakes (abs)

    Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) feel the ABS activate immediately if If the ABS indicator comes on while If equipped The anti-lock brake system (ABS) you are trying to stop on snow or ice. driving, test the brakes as shown on helps prevent the brakes from page locking up, and helps you retain ABS Indicator...

  • Page 147

    Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Towing a Trailer Important Safety Reminders A vehicle with ABS may require a Towing a Trailer ABS does not reduce the time or longer distance to stop on loose or Your vehicle is not designed to tow a distance it takes to stop the uneven surfaces, such as gravel or trailer, attempting to do so can void...

  • Page 148: Maintenance

    Maintenance This section explains why it is Maintenance Safety ...... important to keep your vehicle well Maintenance Schedule ....maintained and how to follow basic Maintenance Record ....maintenance safety precautions. Fluid Locations ......Adding Engine Oil ......This section also includes Recommended Engine Oil ..

  • Page 149: Maintenance Safety

    Maintenance Safety All service items not detailed in this Injury from moving parts. section should be performed by a not run the engine unless certified technician or other qualified Improperly maintaining this instructed to do so. mechanic. vehicle, or failing to correct a problem before driving can Important Safety Precautions cause a crash in which you can...

  • Page 150: Maintenance Schedule

    Maintenance Schedule The maintenance schedule assumes Which Schedule to Follow Driving with a loaded roof rack, or you will use your vehicle as normal Service your vehicle according to the driving in mountainous conditions. transportation for passengers and time and mileage periods on one of the Maintenance Schedules on the their possessions.

  • Page 151

    Tires Check the tire pressure We recommend the use of Honda term reliability. monthly. Examine the tread for parts and fluids whenever you have wear and foreign objects. See page maintenance done.

  • Page 152

    Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). miles x 1,000 km x 1,000 Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Check tires Check inflation and condition once a month Replace engine oil Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or every 1 year, whichever comes first Rotate tires (follow pattern on page...

  • Page 153

    Service the items listed at the indicated distance (or time, if given). miles x 1,000 km x 1,000 Check engine oil and coolant Check oil and coolant at each fuel stop Check tires Check inflation and condition once a month Replace engine oil Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or every 6 months, whichever comes first Rotate tires (follow pattern on page...

  • Page 154

    Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) You or the servicing dealer can record all completed maintenance here, whether you follow the schedule for normal conditions (page ) or severe conditions (page ). Keep the receipts for all work done on your vehicle. 5,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp 30,000 mi...

  • Page 155: Maintenance Record

    Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 55,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp 80,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km mi/km 88,000 km 128,000 km Date Date 60,000 mi 85,000 mi mi/km mi/km 96,000 km 136,000 km Date Date 65,000 mi 90,000 mi mi/km mi/km...

  • Page 156

    Maintenance Record (for Normal and Severe Schedules) 105,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp 130,000 mi Signature or dealer stamp mi/km mi/km 168,000 km 208,000 km Date Date 110,000 mi 135,000 mi mi/km mi/km 176,000 km 216,000 km Date Date 115,000 mi 140,000 mi mi/km mi/km...

  • Page 157: Fluid Locations


  • Page 158: Adding Engine Oil

    FILL CAP engine’s performance and longevity. highly recommended that you use Always use a premium-grade 5W-20 Honda Motor Oil in your vehicle for detergent oil displaying the API optimum engine protection. Make Certification Seal. This seal indicates sure the API Certification Seal says the oil is energy conserving, and that ‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’...

  • Page 159

    Adding Engine Oil, Changing the Oil and Filter Synthetic Oil Changing the Oil and Filter DRAIN BOLT WASHER You may use a synthetic motor oil if Always change the oil and filter it meets the same requirements according to the recommendations in the maintenance schedule.

  • Page 160: Changing The Oil And Filter

    Changing the Oil and Filter Put a new washer on the drain bolt, Replace the engine oil fill cap. OIL FILTER then reinstall the drain bolt. Start the engine. The oil pressure Tighten the drain bolt to : indicator should go out within 5 seconds.

  • Page 161: Engine Coolant

    Engine Coolant Always use Honda All Season Adding Engine Coolant Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This RESERVE TANK coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent Removing the radiator cap antifreeze and 50 percent water. while the engine is hot can Never add straight antifreeze or cause the coolant to spray out, plain water.

  • Page 162

    Engine Coolant The coolant level should be up to the base of the filler neck. Add RESERVE TANK RADIATOR CAP coolant if it is low. Pour the coolant slowly and carefully so you do not spill. Clean up any spill immediately; it could damage components in the engine compartment.

  • Page 163: Windshield Washers

    Windshield Washers Check the fluid level in the The low washer On Canadian models: windshield washer reservoir at least level indicator comes on when the monthly during normal use. level is low (see page Do not use engine antif reeze or a vinegar/water solution in the Fill the reservoir with a good-quality windshield washer reservoir.

  • Page 164: Automatic Transmission Fluid

    Automatic Transmission Fluid DIPSTICK (A/T) DIPSTICK (CVT) UPPER MARK LOWER MARK DIPSTICK (A/T) Check the fluid level with the engine Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) Remove the dipstick and check at normal operating temperature. from the transmission, and wipe it the fluid level.

  • Page 165

    (On it with Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the CVT model, the HOT side’s upper vehicle for a short distance. Do this mark).

  • Page 166: Manual Transmission Fluid

    Manual Transmission Fluid If Honda MTF is not available, you FILLER BOLT may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 viscosity motor oil with the API Certification seal that says ‘‘FOR GASOLINE ENGINES’’ as a temporary replacement. However, motor oil does not contain the proper additives, and continued use can cause stiffer shifting.

  • Page 167: Brake And Clutch Fluid

    DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement. Using any non-Honda brake fluid can The fluid level should be between cause corrosion and decrease the life the MIN and MAX marks on the side The fluid level should be between of the system.

  • Page 168

    Replace the steering system flushed and refilled belt at 60,000 miles (100,000 km) if with Honda PSF as soon as possible. you regularly drive your vehicle in one or more of these conditions: A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system.

  • Page 169

    Lights Headlight Aiming Replacing a Headlight Bulb The headlights were properly aimed Your vehicle has halogen headlight when your vehicle was new. If you bulbs. When replacing a bulb, handle regularly carry heavy items in the it by its base, and protect the glass trunk, readjustment may be required.

  • Page 170

    Lights Insert the new bulb into the hole and turn it one-quarter turn clock- wise to lock it in place. Push the electrical connector back onto the bulb. Make sure it is on all the way. Turn on the headlights to test the BULB new bulb.

  • Page 171

    Lights Replacing the Front Side Marker/ Remove the bulb from the socket Turn Signal and Parking Light by pushing it in and turning the Bulb bulb counterclockwise until it unlocks. BULB Install the new bulb in the socket. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Insert the socket back into the headlight assembly.

  • Page 172

    Lights Replacing Rear Bulbs Pull the bulb straight out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight BULBS into the socket until it bottoms. Reinstall the socket into the light assembly by turning it clockwise SOCKET until it locks. Turn on the lights to make sure the new bulb is working.

  • Page 173

    Lights, Cleaning the Seat Belts Replacing a High-mount Brake Reinstall the socket. Turn it Cleaning the Seat Belts Light Bulb clockwise until it locks. Make sure the new bulb is working. LOOP BULB SOCKET If your seat belts get dirty, use a soft brush with a mixture of mild soap EXcept U.S.

  • Page 174

    Cleaning the Seat Belts, Floor Mats Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat Floor Mats If you use a non-Honda floor mat, belt anchors can cause the belts to make sure it fits properly and that it retract slowly. Wipe the insides of...

  • Page 175

    Dust and Pollen Filter, Wiper Blades Dust and Pollen Filter Wiper Blades If equipped with A/C Check the condition of the wiper This filter removes the dust and blades at least every six months. Replace them if you find signs of pollen that is brought in from the outside through the heating and cracking in the rubber, areas that are...

  • Page 176: Wiper Blades

    Wiper Blades Slide the new wiper blade into the BLADE 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. BLADE REINFORCEMENT Remove the blade from its holder Examine the new wiper blades.

  • Page 177

    Tires To safely operate your vehicle, your Inflation Guidelines Use a gauge to measure the air tires must be the proper type and Keeping the tires properly inflated pressure in each tire at least once a size, in good condition with adequate provides the best combination of month.

  • Page 178

    This is normal. Do not let speeds. Canadian DX models only air out to match the recommended Honda strongly recommends that U.S.: DX, Value Package, HX, Canada: DX cold air pressure. The tire will be you not drive faster than posted underinflated.

  • Page 179

    Tires Tire Inspection U.S. LX, EX, Special Edition and INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS Canadian REVERB, LX, Si models Every time you check inflation, you Tire pressure for high-speed driving should also examine the tires for is the same as for normal driving. damage, foreign objects, and wear.

  • Page 180

    Replacing just one tire can seriously are rotated. If you purchase affect your vehicle’s handling. For vehicles equipped with aluminum directional tires, rotate only front-to- wheels: back. Improper wheel weights can damage your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use only Honda wheel weights f or balancing. CONTINUED...

  • Page 181

    Tires The ABS works by comparing the Wheel and Tire Specifications Winter Driving speed of the wheels. When replacing Wheels: Tires marked ‘‘M S’’ or ‘‘All tires, use the same size originally U.S.: DX, Value Package, HX Season’’ on the sidewall have an all- supplied with the vehicle.

  • Page 182

    Tires Tire Chains Because your vehicle has limited tire clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’ Traction devices that are the wrong cable-type traction devices, with size or improperly installed can rubber chain tensioners, on the front damage your vehicle’s brake lines, tires.

  • Page 183: Checking The Battery

    Checking the Battery Check the terminals for corrosion (a If you need to connect the battery to TEST INDICATOR WINDOW white or yellowish powder). To a charger, disconnect both cables to remove it, cover the terminals with a prevent damaging your vehicle’s electrical system.

  • Page 184: Vehicle Storage

    Vehicle Storage If you need to park your vehicle for Block the rear wheels. Cover the vehicle with a an extended period (more than one ‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made month), there are several things you If the vehicle is to be stored for a from a porous material such as should do to prepare it for storage.

  • Page 185: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    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 the Engine Won’t Start ..... gives you information about how to Jump Starting ........

  • Page 186: Compact Spare Tire

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

  • Page 187

    Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, SPARE TIRE TRUNK FLOOR stop in a safe place to change it. Drive slowly along the shoulder until The vehicle can easily roll off you get to an exit or an area that is the jack, seriously injuring far away from the traffic lanes.

  • Page 188

    Changing a Flat Tire JACK JACKING POINTS WHEEL NUT WRENCH Turn the jack’s end Loosen each wheel nut 1/2 turn Place the jack under the jacking counterclockwise to loosen it, then with the wheel nut wrench. point nearest the tire you need to remove the jack.

  • Page 189: Changing A Flat Tire

    Changing a Flat Tire WHEEL NUTS BRAKE HUB WHEEL NUTS WHEEL COVER WHEEL NUT WRENCH EXTENSION Use the extension and the wheel Before mounting the spare tire, DX, Value Package, and LX models nut wrench as shown to raise the Do not attempt to forcibly pry the wipe any dirt off the mounting vehicle until the flat tire is off the...

  • Page 190

    Changing a Flat Tire Put on the spare tire. Put the Tighten the wheel nuts securely in On HX, Special Edition, and EX wheel nuts back on finger-tight, the same crisscross pattern. Have models in the U.S., REVERB and Si then tighten them in a crisscross the wheel nut torque checked at models in Canada...

  • Page 191

    Changing a Flat Tire Store the jack in the trunk with the WING BOLT SPACER end bracket on the left side. Turn CONE the jack’s end bracket to lock it in place. Store the tool kit. Loose items can fly around the interior in a crash and could seriously injure the occupants.

  • Page 192

    If the Engine Won’t Start Diagnosing why the engine won’t Turn the ignition switch to START Nothing Happens or the Starter start falls into two areas, depending (III). If the headlights do not dim, Motor Operates Very Slowly on what you hear when you turn the When you turn the ignition switch to check the condition of the fuses.

  • Page 193

    If the Engine Won’t Start The Starter Operates Normally Do you have fuel? Check the fuel In this case, the starter motor’s gauge; the low fuel indicator may speed sounds normal, or even faster not be working. than normal, when you turn the ignition switch to START (III), but There may be an electrical the engine does not run.

  • Page 194: Jump Starting

    Jump Starting Although this seems like a simple To Jump Start Your Vehicle: procedure, you should take several Open the hood, and check the precautions. physical condition of the battery. In very cold weather, check the condition of the electrolyte. If it seems slushy or frozen, do not try jump starting until it thaws.

  • Page 195: Jump Starting, If The Engine Overheats

    Jump Starting, If the Engine Overheats Start your vehicle. If the starter If the Engine Overheats motor still operates slowly, check The pointer of the vehicle’s that the jumper cables have good temperature gauge should stay in the midrange. If it climbs to the red metal-to-metal contact.

  • Page 196: If The Engine Overheats

    If the Engine Overheats If you do not see steam or spray, Look for any obvious coolant leaks, leave the engine running, and such as a split radiator hose. Steam and spray from an watch the temperature gauge. If Everything is still extremely hot, the high heat is due to overloading, overheated engine can so use caution.

  • Page 197

    If the Engine Overheats If there was no coolant in the Using gloves or a large heavy Put the radiator cap back on reserve tank, you may need to add cloth, turn the radiator cap tightly. Run the engine, and watch coolant to the radiator.

  • Page 198

    Low Oil Pressure Indicator, Charging System Indicator Safely pull off the road, and shut Low Oil Pressure Indicator Charging System Indicator This indicator should never off the engine. Turn on the hazard If the charging system come on when the engine is warning indicators.

  • Page 199: Malfunction Indicator Lamp

    Malfunction Indicator Lamp If the indicator comes on If the indicator comes on repeatedly, If your vehicle battery has been while driving, it means one even though it may turn off as you disconnected or gone dead, these of the engine’s emissions control continue driving, have the vehicle codes are erased.

  • Page 200: Brake System Indicator

    Brake System Indicator The brake system However, if the brake pedal does not On models equipped with ABS U.S. Canada indicator normally feel normal, you should take If the ABS indicator comes on with comes on when immediate action. A problem in one the brake system indicator, have part of the system’s dual circuit you turn the ignition switch to ON...

  • Page 201: Closing The Moonroof

    Closing the Moonroof If equipped ROUND PLUG If the electric motor will not close the moonroof, do the following: SOCKET 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 202

    Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses INTERIOR UNDER-HOOD If something electrical in your vehicle stops working, check for a blown fuse first. Determine from the chart on pages , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that device. Check those fuses first, but check all the fuses before deciding that a blown fuse is the cause.

  • Page 203

    Fuses BLOWN FUSE BLOWN FUSE PULLER Check each of the large fuses in Check the smaller fuses in the Look for a burned wire inside the the under-hood fuse box by under-hood fuse box and all the fuse. If it is burned, replace it with looking through the top at the wire fuses in the interior fuse box by one of the spare fuses of the same...

  • Page 204

    Fuses If you cannot drive the vehicle Standard for Value Package, HX, LX, EX without fixing the problem, and you and Special Edition models in the U.S., do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse and DX Special Edition, REVERB, LX Replacing a f use with one that has a of the same rating or a lower rating and Si models in Canada...

  • Page 205: Fuse Locations

    Fuse Locations UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX No. Amps. Circuits Protected 20 A Condenser Fan 15 A Small Light 7.5 A Interior Light 20 A Cooling Fan 10 A Hazard, Turn Signals 15 A FI ECU (ECM/PCM) 15 A Horn, Brake Light ABS F/S 20 A 10 A...

  • Page 206

    Fuse Locations INTERIOR FUSE BOX No. Amps. Circuits Protected 7.5 A Power Window Relay 20 A Moonroof 7.5 A Accessory, Radio 10 A SIDE SRS 7.5 A Meter 7.5 A 7.5 A Daytime Running Lights 10 A 10 A Power Mirrors 10 A (Security) Not Used...

  • Page 207: Emergency Towing

    Emergency Towing If your vehicle needs to be towed, If, due to damage, your vehicle must call a professional towing service or be towed with the front wheels on organization. Never tow your vehicle the ground, do the following: Improper towing preparation will with just a rope or chain.

  • Page 208

    Emergency Towing If you decide to tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properly- Trying to lif t or tow your vehicle by the designed and attached tow bar. bumpers will cause serious damage. Prepare the vehicle for towing as The bumpers are not designed to described previously, and leave the...

  • Page 209: Technical Information

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

  • Page 210: Identification Numbers

    Identification Numbers Your vehicle has several identifying numbers located in various places. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER The vehicle identification number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your dealer uses to register your vehicle for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your vehicle.

  • Page 211

    Identification Numbers The engine number is stamped into AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER the engine block. It is on the front. MANUAL TRANSMISSION The transmission number is on a NUMBER label on top of the transmission. ENGINE NUMBER...

  • Page 212: Specifications

    Specifications Dimensions Capacities Length 174.7 in (4,438 mm) Engine Change Width 66.7 in (1,695 mm) coolant Manual 1.03 US gal (3.9 ) Height 55.1 in (1,399 mm) Automatic 1.00 US gal (3.8 ) Wheelbase 103.1 in (2,620 mm) 1.00 US gal (3.8 ) Track Front 57.9 in (1,470 mm)

  • Page 213

    Specifications Air Conditioning Fuses Refrigerant type HFC-134a (R-134a) Interior See page or the fuse label Charge quantity 17.6 19.4 oz (500 550 g) attached to the inside of the fuse Lubricant oil type SP-10 box door under the steering column. Lights Under-hood See page...

  • Page 214

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

  • Page 215

    DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles) Warning: The temperature grade for Temperature A, B, C 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 216: Tire Labeling

    Tire Labeling The tires that came on your vehicle Rim diameter in inches. FW6X Tire type code. have a number of markings. Those you should be aware of are described Load index (a numerical code 2202 Date of manufacture. below. associated with the maximum load the tire can carry).

  • Page 217: Emissions Controls

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

  • Page 218

    HC, CO, and NOx produced. remain low, you should use only new combustion and minimize the Honda replacement parts or their equivalent for repairs. Using lower amount of HC, CO, and NOx that Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) comes out the tailpipe.

  • Page 219: Three Way Catalytic Converter

    Keep the engine tuned-up. on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement A defective three way catalytic unit must be an original Honda part converter contributes to air pollution, Have your vehicle diagnosed and or its equivalent.

  • Page 220: State Emissions Testing

    State Emissions Testing Make sure the vehicle has been the cruise control. When traffic Testing of Readiness Codes If you take your vehicle for a state parked with the engine off for 8 allows, drive for 90 seconds emissions test shortly after the hours or more.

  • Page 221

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

  • Page 222: Customer Service Information

    Bella International P.O. Box 190816 U.S. Owners: A detailed description of the San Juan, PR 00919-0816 problem American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Automobile Customer Service Tel: (787) 250-4327 Name of the dealer who sold the Mail Stop 500-2N-7A vehicle to you...

  • Page 223: Warranty Coverages

    Restrictions and exclusions apply to Emissions Control Systems Defects Accessory Limited Warranty Warranty and Emissions Honda Accessories are covered all these warranties. Please read the these two under this warranty. Time and 2005 Honda Warranty Information Performance Warranty warranties cover your vehicle’s...

  • Page 224

    NHTSA, U.S. Department of Administration (NHTSA) in addition However, NHTSA cannot become Transportation, Washington, to notifying American Honda Motor involved in individual problems D.C. 20590. You can also obtain Co., Inc. between you, your dealer, or other information about motor American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

  • Page 225: Index

    Index Fluid ........... Automatic Speed Control ..... Automatic Transmission ....Parking ......... Accessories and Modificatons ..Capacity, Fluid ......System Design ......ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Checking Fluid Level ....System Indicator ....Position) ........Wear Indicators ......Shifting ........Accessory Power Socket ....

  • Page 226

    Index Carrying Cargo ......LATCH ......... Checking ........Cassette Player Risks with Airbags ...... Proper Solution ......Care ..........Small Children ......Temperature Gauge ....Operation ........Tethers ......... Crankcase Emissions Control CAUTION, Explanation of ....Warning Labels ......System ........

  • Page 227

    Index Directional Signals ......Low Oil Pressure Indicator ..Exhaust Fumes ....... Disc Brake Wear Indicators ..Malfunction Indicator Lamp . Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Disc Care ........Manually Closing Moonroof . Belts by ........Disposal of Used Oil .....

  • Page 228

    Index Four-way Flashers ......Gauges High Altitude, Starting at ..... Front Airbags ....... 9, Engine Coolant Temperature . High Beam Lever ......Front Seat Fuel ..........High-mount Brake Light ....Adjusting ........Gearshift Lever Positions Hood, Opening and Closing the . Airbags ........

  • Page 229

    Index High Beam ........Interior Lights ......... Locks Key (Immobilizer System) ..Introduction ........Anti-theft Steering Column ..Low Fuel ........Fuel Fill Door ......Low Oil Pressure ....54, Power Door ......... Malfunction Lamp ....Trunk ........... Side Airbag Off ......

  • Page 230

    Index Manual Transmission ....Odometer, Trip ....... PGM-FI System ......Checking Fluid Level ....Playing a Disc ........Shifting ........Change, How to ......Pollen Filter ........Manual Transmission Fluid ..Change, When to ...... Power Door Locks ......Mats, Floor ........

  • Page 231: Safety Labels

    Index Radio/CD/Cassette Replacing Seat Belts After a Reminder Indicator and Sound System ......Crash ..........Beeper ........ . 18, Recommended Tire Pressures . Reporting Safety Defects ..System Components ....Radio Theft Protection ....Reserve Tank, Engine Use During Pregnancy ....

  • Page 232

    Index Sound System ........Steering Wheel Theft Protection, Radio ....Spare Tire Adjustment ........Three Way Catalytic Inflating ........Anti-theft Column Lock ..... Converter ......220, Specifications ......Steering Wheel Buttons ....Tilt the Steering Wheel ....Spark Plugs ........Stereo Sound System .....

  • Page 233

    Index Transmission Wrench, Nut ......Checking Fluid Level, Windows Automatic ......Vanity Mirror ........Operating the Power ....Vehicle Capacity Load ....Checking Fluid Level, Rear, Defogger ......Vehicle Dimensions ...... Windshield Manual ........Fluid Selection ....166, Vehicle Identification Number ..

  • Page 234: Service Information Summary

    HX model (CVT) only: Brake Fluid: API Premium grade 5W-20 Use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid detergent oil (see page Transmission Fluid) only DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary...

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