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1995 Del Sol 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
Owner's Identification Form
Introduction .........................................................................................................................................
A Few Words About Safety.................................................................................................................
Driver and Passenger Safety ..............................................................................................................
Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.
Instruments and Controls.................................................................................................................
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience Features ................................................................................................
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving....................................................................................................................................
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving ................................................................................................................................................
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance .....................................................................................................................................
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer.
Appearance Care..............................................................................................................................
Tips on cleaning and protecting your vehicle. Things to look for if your vehicle ever needs body repairs.
Taking Care of the Unexpected ......................................................................................................
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical Information.....................................................................................................................
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................
A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us.
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)......................................................................................................
How to order manuals and other technical literature.
Gas Station Information
A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.



   Summary of Contents for Honda Del Sol 1995

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    1995 Del Sol 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 Owner's Identification Form Introduction ............................A Few Words About Safety......................... Driver and Passenger Safety ......................

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    Main Menu Introduction Congratulations ! Your selection of a 1995 Honda Civic del Sol was a wise investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. To enhance the enjoyment of your new car, take time to study this manual. In it, you will learn about your car's many conveniences and useful features.

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    A safety message alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others. Each safety message is preceded by a safety alert symbol three signal words: , or Your Honda or other property can be DANGER WARNING CAUTION one of three words, DANGER, WARNING or CAUTION.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important Your Occupant Protection System.. Storing Cargo Safely....information about occupant protec- The Seat Belt System Driving with Pets......tion. It shows how to use seat belts and How It Works...... Child Safety........

  • Page 5: Your Occupant Protection System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Your Occupant Protection System Your Honda is equipped with seat The seats, head restraints, and door To get the maximum protection from belts and other features that work locks also play a role in occupant...

  • Page 6: The Seat Belt System And How It Works

    Main Menu Table of Contents The Seat Belt System and How It Works Why Wear Seat Belts Two people should never use the Wearing seat belts, and wearing same seat belt. If they do, they could Not wearing a seat belt them properly, is fundamental to be very seriously injured in a crash.

  • Page 7: Seat Belt System Components

    Table of Contents The Seat Belt System and How It Works Wearing Seat Belts Properly Seat Belt System Components Lap/Shoulder Belt Your Honda has lap/shoulder seat You can increase the effectiveness of LATCH SHOULDER belts for the driver and the passen-...

  • Page 8: Wearing A Lap/shoulder Belt

    Main Menu Table of Contents The Seat Belt System and How It Works Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt Before putting on the seat belt, move latch is securely locked. 4. Pull up on the shoulder part of the the driver's seat as far back as is belt to remove any slack.

  • Page 9: Advice For Pregnant Women

    Main Menu Table of Contents The Seat Belt System and How It Works Advice for Pregnant Women Each time you have a check-up, ask your doctor if it's okay for you to drive and how you should position a lap/shoulder seat belt. Seat Belt Maintenance For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts regularly.

  • Page 10: Supplemental Restraint System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Supplemental Restraint System Your car is equipped with a INDICATOR PASSENGER'S Supplemental Restraint System AIRBAG (SRS) to help protect the head and Not wearing a seat belt chest of the driver and passenger increases the chance of serious during a severe frontal collision.

  • Page 11: What Happens In A Crash

    Main Menu Table of Contents Supplemental Restraint System A sophisticated electronic system What Happens In a Crash After the crash, you may see what that continually monitors the If you ever have a severe frontal looks like smoke. This is actually control unit (including the collision, the sensors will detect powder from the airbag's surface.

  • Page 12: Important Facts About Airbags

    Main Menu Table of Contents Supplemental Restraint System Important Facts About Airbags Just from viewing the vehicle Frontal collision range Airbags inflate only when needed; in damage after a crash, it is very a severe frontal collision. A severe difficult to accurately determine if collision would be similar to a crash the airbags should or should not into a parked car at 25 mph (40...

  • Page 13: How The Driver's Airbag Works

    Main Menu Table of Contents Supplemental Restraint System How the Driver's Airbag Works To do its job, the airbag inflates with considerable force. So, while it can reduce serious injuries and even save your life, the airbag might cause some facial abrasions or other injuries.

  • Page 14: How The Passenger's Airbag Works

    Main Menu Table of Contents Supplemental Restraint System The driver's airbag is stored in the How the Passenger's Airbag This airbag is quite large and inflates center of the steering wheel. For Works with considerable force. It can your safety, do not attach any items seriously hurt a passenger who is not to the steering wheel.

  • Page 15: System Service

    Do not try to remove or The light does not come on when discard the airbags by yourself. you turn the ignition ON (II). This must be done by a Honda dealer. The light stays on after the engine starts.

  • Page 16: System Service Precautions

    System Service Precautions Do not modify your steering wheel uninflated airbags can be dangerous. or any other part of the supplemental Get assistance from a Honda dealer restraint system. Modifications could if your car must be scrapped. make the system ineffective.

  • Page 17: Additional Safety Information

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Safety Information The seat belts and airbags are obvi- Seat-back Position Door Locks It is not safe to leave your car doors ously important parts of your occu- The seat-backs should be in an unlocked.

  • Page 18: Storing Cargo Safely

    Main Menu Table of Contents Additional Safety Information Storing Cargo Safely Driving with Pets A small dog, cat, or other small Before you drive, make sure you Loose pets can be a hazard while you animal will be safest in a pet carrier first securely store or tie down any are driving.

  • Page 19: Child Safety

    Main Menu Table of Contents Child Safety We recommend that you secure your child's toddler seat in the passenger's seat with the car's lap/shoulder belt An infant or child who is not and a locking clip (see page 22). The properly restrained can be killed vehicle seat should be moved as far or seriously injured in a crash.

  • Page 20: Important Safety Reminders

    Main Menu Table of Contents Child Safety Important Safety Reminders General Guidelines for To properly route a seat belt through Never hold a baby or child on your Restraining Children Under 18 a child seat, follow the seat maker's kg (40 Ibs) instructions.

  • Page 21: Restraining An Infant Who Weighs Less Than 9 Kg (20 Ibs)

    Main Menu Table of Contents Child Safety Restraining an Infant Who Restraining a Child Who Weighs We recommend that you secure your Weighs Less Than 9 kg Between 9 and 18 kg (20 and 40 child's toddler seat in the passenger's (20 Ibs) Ibs) seat with the car's lap/shoulder belt...

  • Page 22: Over 18 Kg (40 Ibs)

    Main Menu Table of Contents Child Safety Restraining a Child Who Weighs Several styles of booster seats are Over 18 kg (40 Ibs) available. We recommend a design that allows the child to use the car's We recommend that a child who has lap/shoulder belt.

  • Page 23: Using A Seat Belt Locking Clip

    Main Menu Table of Contents Child Safety Using a Seat Belt Locking Clip To install a locking clip, do the Always use a seat belt locking clip following: when you secure a child seat to your car with a lap/shoulder belt. This 1.

  • Page 24: Using Child Restraints With Tethers

    Make sure to route the tether Tethers through the space between the head restraint and seat. Your Honda is equipped with an attachment point for a child restraint system that uses a top tether. The If you are not sure how to install the...

  • Page 25: Storing A Child Seat

    Main Menu Table of Contents Child Safety Canadian Cars Storing a Child Seat When you are not using a child restraint, either remove it or make TOOTHED WASHER sure it is properly secured so it cannot be thrown around the car during a crash.

  • Page 26: Alcohol And Drugs

    Main Menu Table of Contents Alcohol and Drugs Driving a car requires your full at- The safest thing you can do is never If you have no choice but to drive, tention and alertness. Traffic condi- drink and drive. This can be done if stop drinking and give yourself lots tions change rapidly.

  • Page 27: Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Main Menu Table of Contents Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your car's exhaust contains carbon If you must sit in your parked car, High levels of carbon monoxide can monoxide gas. You should have no even in an unconfined area, with the collect rapidly in enclosed areas, problem with carbon monoxide engine running, adjust the heating...

  • Page 28: Reporting Safety Defects (u.s. Cars)

    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 29: Safety Labels

    They warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury. Read these labels carefully and don't remove them. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda dealer for a replacement. RADIATOR CAP BATTERY Driver and Passenger Safety...

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    Ignition Switch......the controls and displays that Indicator Lights........ Door Locks........contribute to the daily operation of Gauges..........Power Door Locks....... your Honda. All the essential Speedometer........ Trunk..........controls are within easy reach. Tachometer........Rear Locking Compartment..Odometer........Seat Adjustments......

  • Page 31: Control Locations


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    Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights The instrument panel has many indicators to give you important PARKING BRAKE AND information about your car. BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR* ROOF AND TRUNK MONITOR HIGH BEAM INDICATOR Lamp Check Many of the indicator lights come on SUPPLEMENTAL SEAT BELT REMINDER LIGHT RESTRAINT...

  • Page 33: Indicator Lights

    Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Seat Belt Reminder Light Charging System Parking Brake Canada Indicator and Brake BRAKE This indicator lights when you turn This light indicates the battery is not System the ignition ON (II). It is a reminder Indicator being charged.

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Supplemental Restraint Roof and Trunk Monitor S R S System Indicator Malfunction Indicator ROOF UNLATCHED TRUNK OPEN The SRS light normally comes on for Lamp INDICATOR INDICATOR a few seconds when you turn the Canada ignition ON (II).

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Roof Unlatched Indicator: This Turn Signal and High Beam Indicator indicator lights when you turn the Hazard Warning ignition ON (II) if the roof panel is Indicators This light comes on with the high not fastened securely.

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Indicator Lights Canada Shift Lever Position Indicator (Automatic Transmission only) Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator Only on cars equipped with ABS (see page 111) This light normally comes on when you turn the ignition ON (II) and goes off after the engine starts.

  • Page 37: Tachometer

    Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Odometer TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER ODOMETER The odometer shows the total dis- tance your car has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian models. It is illegal under federal law (in the U.S.) and provincial regulations (in Canada) to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to...

  • Page 38: Fuel Gauge

    Main Menu Table of Contents Gauges Temperature Gauge FUEL GAUGE This shows the temperature of the engine's coolant. During normal operation, the pointer should rise from the bottom white mark 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 white mark.

  • Page 39: Controls Near The Steering Wheel

    Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel The two levers on the steering AUXILIARY CRUISE REAR WINDOW HAZARD column contain controls for driving DEFOGGER WARNING LIGHT CONTROL features you use most often. The left lever controls the turn signals, headlights, and high beams.

  • Page 40: Headlights

    Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel To flash the high beams, pull back Headlights and hold the turn signal lever. Release the lever and the high beams will go off. The high beams will stay on for as long as you hold the lever, no matter what position the headlight switch is Daytime Running Lights...

  • Page 41: Instrument Panel Brightness

    Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Instrument Panel Brightness Turn Signals To signal a lane change, push lightly on the turn signal lever in the proper direction and hold it. The lever will return to the center position as soon as you release it.

  • Page 42: Windshield Wipers

    Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Windshield Wipers Windshield Washers The right lever controls the wind- To operate the wipers in mist mode, To clean the windshield, pull back on shield wipers and washers. The push the control lever down. The the wiper control lever.

  • Page 43: Auxiliary Lights

    Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Auxiliary Lights Hazard Warning Rear Window Defogger Push the switch to operate the Push the red button on the dash The rear window defogger will clear auxiliary lights. The auxiliary lights above the instrument panel to turn fog, frost, and thin ice from the will light only when the headlights...

  • Page 44: Steering Wheel Adjustment

    Main Menu Table of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel Make sure the rear window is clear Steering Wheel Adjustment and you have good visibility before You can adjust the steering wheel starting to drive. height to suit your preference. Do this before you begin driving.

  • Page 45: Steering Wheel Controls

    Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls Cruise Control Using the Cruise Control NOTICE Available only on US Si and VTEC CRUISE CONTROL models The cruise control, as it operates, MASTER SWITCH Cruise control allows you to maintain moves the accelerator pedal. You can a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) damage your car's accelerator without keeping your foot on the...

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls Changing the Set Speed You can decrease the set cruising You can increase the set cruising speed in either of two ways: speed in either of two ways: Press and hold the SET/decel Press and hold the RESUME/ button.

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls Even with the cruise control turned Cancelling the Cruise Control If you use the brake or clutch pedal on, you can still use the accelerator Any of these actions cause the cruise to cancel cruise control, the system pedal to speed up for passing.

  • Page 48: Horn

    Main Menu Table of Contents Steering Wheel Controls, Keys and Locks Pressing the Cruise Control Master Horn Keys Switch turns the system completely off and erases the previous cruising HORN BUTTONS VALET KEY MASTER KEY NUMBER speed from memory. To use the PLATE system again, refer to Using the Cruise Control.

  • Page 49: Keys And Locks

    Store this plate in a safe place. When replacing keys, use only The ignition switch is on the right Honda-approved key blanks. side of the steering column. It has Removing the key from the four positions: LOCK (0), ACCES- ignition switch while driving SORY (I), ON(II), and START (III).

  • Page 50: Door Locks

    Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Door Locks ACCESSORY (I) — In this position, you can operate the audio system and cigarette lighter. ON (II) — This is the normal key position when driving. All features and accessories on the car are usable. Several of the lights on the instru- ment panel come on as a test when you turn the ignition switch from...

  • Page 51: Power Door Locks

    Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks Power Door Locks Both doors lock when you push in Trunk the lock tab on the driver's door, or MASTER DOOR LOCK lock the driver's door from the SWITCH outside with the key. Only the driver's door unlocks when you use the key or lock tab.

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks ROOF HOLDER TRUNK RELEASE HANDLE MASTER KEY You cannot put any luggage in the Except for Canadian S model To protect items in the trunk when trunk without lifting up the roof You can also open the trunk by you need to give the key to someone else, lock the trunk release handle...

  • Page 53: Rear Locking Compartment

    Main Menu Table of Contents Keys and Locks, Seat Adjustments Rear Locking Compartment Seat Adjustments To open either rear locking Adjust the seat before you start To change the angle of the seat-back, compartment, put the master key in driving. pull up on the lever on the outside of the lock, turn it counterclockwise To adjust the seat forward and...

  • Page 54

    Main Menu Table of Contents Seat Adjustments, Power Windows Power Windows MAIN SWITCH Your car's windows are electrically- Reclining the seat-back can powered. Turn the ignition switch to decrease the protection you get ON (II) to raise or lower any window. from your seat belt in a crash.

  • Page 55: Power Windows

    Main Menu Table of Contents Power Windows The master control panel also con- The MAIN switch controls power to the passenger's and rear windows. tains these extra features: Closing a power window on a With this switch off, the passenger's child's hands or fingers can and rear windows cannot be raised AUTO —...

  • Page 56: Removable Roof Panel

    Main Menu Table of Contents Removable Roof Panel Your Honda's roof panel has a single release handle on each side, making it easy to remove and install. When not in use, the roof can be stored in a special holder in the trunk.

  • Page 57: Removing And Storing

    Main Menu Table of Contents Removable Roof Panel Removing and Storing ROOF LOCKS RELEASE LEVER LOCK TAB 1. Open both windows. 4. Release each side of the roof by 5. Place the roof in the roof holder pushing the lock tab sideways and with the front facing forward.

  • Page 58: Installing

    Main Menu Table of Contents Removable Roof Panel Installing 1. Open both windows. 2. Turn off the engine and set the parking brake. 3. Open the trunk. LOCK LEVER 4. Release the roof from the holder 6. Lock the roof in the holder by by pushing the tabs and pivoting pivoting the lock levers toward the the lock levers forward.

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Removable Roof Panel 5. Lift the roof out of the holder. 6. Set the roof in place on the car. 7. Secure the roof by turning each Make sure the release levers are Make sure all four corners are release lever until the lock tab in the unlocked (down) position.

  • Page 60: Roof Holder

    Main Menu Table of Contents Removable Roof Panel Roof Holder Roof Unlatched Indicator ROOF UNLATCHED INDICATOR To reach items in the trunk when To secure the roof holder, push This indicator lights when you turn the roof is stored, pull the roof down on it until it locks.

  • Page 61: Mirrors

    Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors SELECTOR SWITCH ADJUSTMENT SWITCH Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Available only on Si and VTEC models 3. Push the appropriate edge of the Adjust the outside mirrors with the Be sure to adjust the mirrors before adjustment switch to move the...

  • Page 62: Parking Brake

    Main Menu Table of Contents Mirrors, Parking Brake Parking Brake NOTICE Driving the car with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. PARKING BRAKE LEVER The outside mirror on the passenger's To apply the parking brake, pull the side has curved glass.

  • Page 63: Glove Box

    Main Menu Table of Contents Glove Box, Digital Clock Digital Clock 3. Press and hold the M button until Glove Box the numbers advance to the desired time. You can use the R button to quickly set the time to the nearest hour. If the displayed time is before the half hour, pressing the R button sets the clock back to the previous hour.

  • Page 64: Console Compartment

    Main Menu Table of Contents Console Compartment, Beverage Holder Console Compartment Beverage Holder LOCKING TAB CONSOLE COMPART- MENT To open the console compartment, The beverage holder is located Use the beverage holder only when pull up the edge of the driver's side. inside the center console compart- the car is parked.

  • Page 65: Sun Visor

    Main Menu Table of Contents Sun Visor, Cigarette Lighter, Ashtrays Sun Visor Cigarette Lighter Ashtrays CIGARETTE LIGHTER ASHTRAY Use of the sun visors will help cut off The cigarette lighter is next to the Open the ashtray by lifting the lid up. To remove it for emptying, open the annoying glare while driving.

  • Page 66: Interior Light

    Main Menu Table of Contents Ashtrays, Interior Light Interior Light NOTICE DOOR ACTIVATED Use the ashtray only for cigarettes, cigars and other smoking materials. To prevent a possible fire and damage to your car, don't put paper or other things that can burn in the ashtray. The interior light has a three- position switch.

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    Main Menu Comfort and Convenience Features The heating/ventilation system in Heating and Cooling......your car, when combined with the What Each Control Does.... optional air conditioning, provides a How to Use the System....comfortable driving environment in Controlling Air Flow all weather conditions.

  • Page 68: Comfort And Convenience Features

    If you purchased your car without air conditioning, it can be installed at any time. A Genuine Honda air conditioning system is available from your dealer. It meets Honda's high quality standards and is designed to...

  • Page 69: Heating And Cooling

    Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling The heating and cooling system draws air through the exterior vents at the bottom of the windshield. Keep these vents clear of leaves and other debris. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 70: What Each Control Does

    Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling What Each Control Does MODE BUTTONS RECIRCULATION Fan Control Dial BUTTON Turning this dial clockwise increases the fan speed, which increases air flow. Temperature Control Lever Sliding this lever to the right increases the temperature of air flowing from the system.

  • Page 71: How To Use The System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling How to Use the System The engine must be running for the Ventilation This section covers the best way to heater and air conditioning to pro- Your car has a flow-through use the system for ventilation, vide hot and cold air.

  • Page 72: To Cool With A/c

    Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling To Cool with A/C (Optional) MODE BUTTONS To operate the air conditioning system, press the air conditioning switch. Set the fan to the desired speed. You can also use the mode button to direct air out of the dash and heater vents.

  • Page 73: To Heat

    Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling To Heat MODE BUTTONS To warm the interior: 1. Start the engine. 2. Select the Fresh Air mode and 3. Switch the fan to the desired speed. 4. Adjust the warmth of the air with the temperature control lever.

  • Page 74: To Defog And Defrost

    Main Menu Table of Contents Heating and Cooling To Defog and Defrost To rapidly remove exterior frost or To Turn Everything Off To remove fog from the inside of the ice from the windshield (on very cold To shut off the system temporarily, windows: days), first select the Recirculation turn off the fan and slide the...

  • Page 75: Audio System

    CASSETTE SLOT AM BUTTON System For Si and VTEC models Your Honda audio system is easy to use, and will give clear A M / F M reception. The preset buttons allow you to select six stations on AM and twelve stations on FM.

  • Page 76: Audio System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the Radio AM BUTTON ON/VOL KNOB STEREO INDICATOR The ignition switch must be in AC- CESSORY (I) or ON (II) to operate the audio system. Turn the system on by turning the ON/VOL knob clockwise.

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    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System You can use any of three methods to find radio stations on the selected band: TUNE, SEEK, or the Preset buttons. The TUNE function lets you find a desired frequency. Use the TUNE/SEEK bar to change the frequency in small increments.

  • Page 78: Presetting

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Presetting The preset buttons allow you to store AM BUTTON radio frequencies for later selection. Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and two on the FM band. To store a frequency: 1.

  • Page 79: Adjusting The Sound

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Adjusting the Sound Use the Balance and Fader controls to adjust the sound "direction". The Balance control moves it left-to-right. The Fader control moves it front-to- back. To use either control, push on the knob to get it to pop out.

  • Page 80: Radio Frequencies

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Radio Frequencies AM BUTTON Your Honda's radio can tune in all frequencies in both the AM and FM bands. Those bands cover these frequen- cies: AM band: 530 kilohertz to 1,710 kilohertz FM band: 87.7 megahertz to 107.9 mega-...

  • Page 81: Operating The Cassette Player

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the Cassette Player EJECT BUTTON TAPE DIRECTION INDICATOR Turn the system ON. Insert the cassette into the slot with the tape opening to the right. Push the cassette in most of the way. The drive will pull it in the rest of the way and begin to play.

  • Page 82: Cassette Search Functions

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Cassette Search Functions PLAY Once a cassette is playing, you can BUTTON BUTTON BUTTON use the FF, REW or TMS function to look for desired songs or passages. Press the REW button to rewind the cassette.

  • Page 83: Caring For Cassettes

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System The TMS function uses silent periods on the tape to find the end of a selection. This feature may not work satisfactorily on tapes that have almost no gap between songs, a high noise level between songs, or silent periods in the middle of songs.

  • Page 84: Operating The Cd Player

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System Operating the CD Player ON/VOL KNOB CD BUTTON (Optional) A Compact Disc changer is available for your car. It holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continu- ous programming. You operate the CD changer with the same controls used for the radio and cassette player.

  • Page 85

    Main Menu Table of Contents Audio System You can use the TUNE/SEEK bar ON/VOL KNOB CD BUTTON while a disc is playing to select passages and change tracks. To move rapidly forward within a track, press and hold the side of the TUNE/SEEK bar.

  • Page 86: Cd Error Indications

    Audio System CD Error Indications If you see an error indication on the display, find the cause in the chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the car to your Honda dealer. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 87: Caring For The Cassette Player

    Main Menu Table of Contents Caring for the Cassette Player regularly cleaning the tape drive at Use 100-minute or shorter cassettes. CLEAN INDICATOR least every 30 hours, reset the Cassettes longer than 100 minutes indicator by pressing the Reset use thinner tape that may break or button while the system is in the jam the drive.

  • Page 88: Theft Protection

    Owner's Manual. If you should happen to lose both cards, you must obtain the code number from your Honda dealer. To do this, you will need the system's serial number. Comfort and Convenience Features...

  • Page 89: Before Driving

    Main Menu Before Driving Before you begin driving your Honda, Break-in Period........ you should know what gasoline to Gasoline..........use, and how to check the levels of Oxygenated Fuels......important fluids. You also need to Driving in Foreign Countries..know how to properly stow luggage Service Station Procedures ....

  • Page 90

    Table of Contents Break-in Period, Gasoline Break-in Period Gasoline (VTEC model) Your Honda is designed to operate Use a premium unleaded gasoline Help assure your car's future most effectively on unleaded with a pump octane number of 91 or reliability and performance by paying gasoline.

  • Page 91

    The following are the EPA-approved percentages of oxygenates: more than 5% methanol by volume the U.S. or Canada, write to Honda at may cause starting and/or perform- the address shown for information ance problems. It may also damage...

  • Page 92

    Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Filling the Fuel Tank 3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly. You may hear a hissing sound as Gasoline is highly flammable pressure inside the tank escapes. and explosive. You can be Pull burned or seriously injured 4.

  • Page 93

    Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Opening the Hood LATCH HOOD RELEASE HANDLE Canadian S model 1. Shift to Park or Neutral and set 2. Standing in front of the car, put The fuel fill opener handle is the parking brake.

  • Page 94

    Main Menu Table of Contents Service Station Procedures Oil Check DIPSTICK SUPPORT ROD Check the engine oil level every time 2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean 3. Pull the support rod out of its clip you fill the car with fuel. Wait at least cloth or paper towel.

  • Page 95

    Engine Coolant on page see page for information on the information on adding the proper proper oil and how to add it. coolant. Refer to Periodic Checks on page for information on checking other items in your Honda. Before Driving...

  • Page 96: Maintenance

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

  • Page 97

    Main Menu Table of Contents Accessories Your Honda dealer has many acces- Some non-Honda accessories you Electronic communications equip- ment, such as cellular telephones sories available to personalize your can buy in the "aftermarket" are and two-way radios are regulated by car.

  • Page 98

    The maximum load you can carry in This final number is the total weight If you must carry large objects that your Honda is 185 kg (400 Ibs). It of cargo you can load in or on the car. prevent you from closing the trunk...

  • Page 99

    Main Menu Driving This section gives you tips on Preparing to Drive......starting the engine under various Starting the Engine......conditions, and how to operate the 5-speed Manual manual and automatic transmissions. Transmission......It also includes important Automatic information on your car's braking Transmission......

  • Page 100

    Main Menu Table of Contents Preparing to Drive You should do the following checks 5. Check the adjustment of the seat 10. Turn the ignition ON (II). Check and adjustments every day before (see page the indicator lights in the instru- you drive your car.

  • Page 101

    Main Menu Table of Contents Starting the Engine 5-speed Manual Transmission 5. If the engine does not start within Automatic Transmission 15 seconds, or starts but stalls 1. Apply the parking brake. 1. Apply the parking brake. right away, repeat step 4 with the 2.

  • Page 102

    Main Menu Table of Contents Starting the Engine 5. If the engine does not start within Starting in Cold Weather at High 3. If the engine fails to start in step 2, 15 seconds, or starts but stalls Altitude (Above 2,400 meters/ push the accelerator pedal to the right away, repeat step 4 with the 8,000 feet)

  • Page 103

    Main Menu Table of Contents 5-speed Manual Transmission Come to a full stop before you shift into reverse. You can damage the Rapid slowing or speeding-up transmission by trying to shift into can cause loss of control on reverse with the car moving. slippery surfaces.

  • Page 104: Speed Manual Transmission

    Main Menu Table of Contents 5-speed Manual Transmission Recommended Shift Points Maximum Speeds (VTEC) Drive in the highest gear that lets The speeds in this table are the the engine run and accelerate maximums for the given gears. If smoothly. This will give you the best you exceed these speeds, the engine fuel economy and effective emis- speed will enter into the tachometer's...

  • Page 105

    Main Menu Table of Contents 5-speed Manual Transmission, Automatic Transmission Automatic Transmission (VTEC) Your Honda's transmission has four forward speeds. It has a "lock-up" torque converter for better fuel economy. You may feel what seems like another shift when the converter locks.

  • Page 106: Automatic Transmission

    Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission If you have done all of the above and still cannot move the lever out of Park, see Shift Lock Release on page 108. You must also press the release button to shift into Park. To avoid transmission damage, come to a complete stop before shifting into Park.

  • Page 107

    Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Reverse (R) — To shift to Reverse Drive (D ) —This position is similar gear when starting out on a slippery from Park, see the explanation under to D except only the first three surface or in deep snow.

  • Page 108: Automatic Transmission

    Main Menu Table of Contents Automatic Transmission Maximum Speeds (Si) Shift Lock Release The speeds in this table are the This allows you to move the shift maximums for the given position. If lever out of Park if the normal you exceed these speeds, the engine method of pushing on the brake speed will enter into the tachometer's...

  • Page 109

    Automatic Transmission, The Braking System The Braking System Check your brakes after driving RELEASE BUTTON Your Honda is equipped with front through deep water. Apply the disc brakes. The brakes on the rear brakes moderately to see if they feel wheels may be disc or drum, normal.

  • Page 110

    Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System Brake System Design If this happens, you will immediately Brake Wear Indicators The hydraulic system that operates notice that the brake pedal goes The front disc brakes on all cars the brakes has two separate circuits. down much farther and you need to have audible brake wear indicators.

  • Page 111: The Braking System

    Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System The ABS is always "On". It requires Anti-lock Brakes ABS INDICATOR* no special effort or driving technique. The VTEC model has an Anti-lock You will feel a pulsation in the brake Brake System (ABS) as standard pedal when the ABS activates.

  • Page 112

    Main Menu Table of Contents The Braking System, Driving in Bad Weather A car with ABS may require a longer Driving in Bad Weather Driving Technique — Always drive distance to stop on loose or uneven slower than you would in dry surfaces than an equivalent car with- weather.

  • Page 113

    Main Menu Table of Contents Driving in Bad Weather Visibility — Being able to see Traction — Check your tires clearly in all directions and being frequently for wear and proper visible to other drivers are important pressure. Both are important in in all weather conditions.

  • Page 114: Towing A Trailer

    Main Menu Table of Contents Towing a Trailer Your car is not designed to tow a trailer. Attempting to do so can void your warranties. Driving...

  • Page 115

    If you have the skills and tools Checking the Engine Coolant Maintenance....... required to perform more complex Level........131 Tire Rotation......maintenance tasks on your Honda, Adding Engine Coolant..... Replacing Tires and Wheels may want to purchase the Replacing Engine Coolant..Wheels and Tires.......

  • Page 116

    It will also reward you should be performed by a Honda arise in performing maintenance. with more economical, trouble-free technician or other qualified Only you can decide whether or not driving and help reduce air pollution.

  • Page 117

    Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Safety Important Safety Precautions Read the instructions before you Before you begin any maintenance, begin, and make sure you have the make sure your car is parked on tools and skills required. level ground and that the parking brake is on.

  • Page 118: Maintenance Schedule

    Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule The Maintenance Schedule specifies The services and time or distance Which Schedule to Follow: how often you should have your car intervals shown in the maintenance Service your car according to the serviced and what things need schedule assume you will use your time and mileage periods on one of attention.

  • Page 119

    According to state and federal We recommend the use of Genuine knows your car best and can provide regulations, failure to perform Honda parts and fluids whenever you competent, efficient service. maintenance on the items marked have maintenance done. These are...

  • Page 120

    Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule (Normal Conditions) Follow the Normal Maintenance Schedule if the severe driving conditions specified in the Severe Conditions Maintenance Schedule on the next page do not apply. For Canadian Owners: This Maintenance Schedule outlines the minimum required maintenance that you should perform to ensure the trouble- free operation of your vehicle.

  • Page 121

    Main Menu Table of Contents Maintenance Schedule (Severe Conditions) Follow the Severe Maintenance Schedule if you drive your vehicle MAINLY under one or more of the following conditions: Driving less than 8 km (5 miles) per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 16 km (10 miles) per trip.

  • Page 122: Required Maintenance Record

    Main Menu Table of Contents Required Maintenance Record Have your servicing dealer record all Required Maintenance below. Keep receipts for all work done on your car. Maintenance...

  • Page 123

    Main Menu Table of Contents Non-Scheduled Maintenance Record Record additional maintenance for severe driving conditions or non-scheduled maintenance on this page (see page Maintenance...

  • Page 124: Periodic Checks

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

  • Page 125: Fluid Locations


  • Page 126: Engine Oil

    Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil Checking Engine Oil Adding ENGINE OIL FILL CAP UPPER MARK LOWER MARK DIPSTICK VTEC engine shown 3. Pull it out again and look at the oil To add oil, unscrew and remove the Check the engine oil a couple of level at the end of the dipstick.

  • Page 127

    An oil that is only classified SF is not container. recommended. A fuel-efficient oil is recommended for your Honda. This is shown on the API Service label by the words "Energy Conserving I I . " This oil is API CERTIFICATION MARK formulated to help your engine use less fuel.

  • Page 128

    An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is mechanic. preferred for improved fuel economy and year-round protection in your Honda. You may use a 10W-30 oil if the temperature in your area never goes below 20°F ( — 7°C).

  • Page 129

    A special drain bolt from the bottom of the wrench (available from your engine. Drain the oil into an Honda dealer) is required to appropriate container. remove the filter. 4. Install a new oil filter according to instructions that come with it.

  • Page 130

    Main Menu Table of Contents Engine Oil 8. Let the engine run for several The oil and filter should be changed 5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, minutes and check the drain bolt every 6 months or 12,000 km (7,500 then reinstall the drain bolt.

  • Page 131: Cooling System

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Checking the Engine Coolant Always use Genuine Honda Anti- Adding Engine Coolant Level freeze/Coolant. The cooling system If the reserve tank is completely contains many aluminum compo- empty, you should also check the...

  • Page 132

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Do not add any rust inhibitors or RADIATOR CAP other additives to your car's cooling system. They may not be compatible with the coolant or engine compo- nents. RESERVE TANK 2. Turn the radiator cap counter- 4.

  • Page 133

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System Replacing Engine Coolant The cooling system should be completely drained and refilled with new coolant according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. Only use recommended antifreeze. Draining the coolant requires access to the underside of the car.

  • Page 134

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System With automatic transmission: RESERVE TANK FILLER NECK RESERVE TANK CAP (0.92 US gal, 0.77 Imp gal) (Si) (1.00 US gal, 0.84 Imp gal) 7. Pour coolant into the radiator up to the base of the filler neck. HOLDER Fill up to here 4.

  • Page 135

    Main Menu Table of Contents Cooling System BLEEDER BOLT RESERVE TANK 8. Loosen the bleeder bolt on top of 10.Turn off the engine. Check the the engine. Tighten it again when level in the radiator, add coolant if coolant comes out in a steady needed.

  • Page 136

    Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Washers The windshield washer reservoir is NOTICE RESERVOIR located behind the left headlight. Check the reservoir's fluid level by Do not use engine antifreeze or a removing the cap and looking inside. vinegar/water solution in the windshield washer reservoir.

  • Page 137: Transmission Oil

    Automatic Transmission 5. If the level is below the lower mark, add fluid into the tube to DIPSTICK bring it to the upper mark. Use Honda Premium Formula Auto- matic Transmission Fluid or an ® equivalent DEXRON II Auto- matic Transmission Fluid (ATF) only.

  • Page 138: Transmission Oil

    Main Menu Table of Contents Transmission Oil 5-speed Manual Transmission Only use an API Service SF or SG grade motor oil with a viscosity of SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40. FILLER BOLT The transmission should be drained and refilled with new oil every 24 months or 48,000 km (30,000 miles), whichever comes first.

  • Page 139: Brake And Clutch Fluid

    If you add brake fluid to bring it up voirs monthly. There are up to three to the MAX mark, use Genuine reservoirs, depending on model. Honda Brake Fluid or an equivalent They are: from a sealed container that is marked DOT3 or DOT4 only. Brake...

  • Page 140

    Main Menu Table of Contents Brake and Clutch Fluid Anti-lock Brake System If the fluid level is half an inch or Clutch System more above the MAX mark, it may indicate a problem in the ABS. Have your dealer inspect the system as soon as possible.

  • Page 141: Power Steering

    Turning the steering wheel to full left or right lock and holding it there can LOWER damage the power steering pump. LEVEL NOTICE Using automatic transmission fluid or another brand of power steering fluid will damage the system. Use only GENUINE HONDA Power Steering Fluid-V. Maintenance...

  • Page 142: Air Cleaner

    Main Menu Table of Contents Air Cleaner The air cleaner element should be replaced every 2 years or 48,000 km (30,000 miles), whichever comes first. Under severe driving condi- tions, it should be replaced every 12 months or 24,000 km (15,000 miles), whichever comes first.

  • Page 143: Spark Plugs

    Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs (S, Si) 3. Remove the spark plug cap by Replacement The original spark plugs in your car pulling it straight out. need to be replaced every 2 years or SPARK PLUG CAP 48,000 km (30,000 miles), whichever 4.

  • Page 144

    Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs NOTICE Tighten the spark plugs carefully. A spark plug that is too loose can overheat and damage the engine. Overtightening can cause damage to the threads in the cylinder head. 7. Install the spark plug cap. 8.

  • Page 145

    Main Menu Table of Contents Spark Plugs, Battery Specifications: (Si) Battery Normal driving conditions Check the condition of your car's NGK: ZFR5J-11 battery monthly. You should check Nippondenso: KJ16CR-L11 Normal driving conditions for proper electrolyte level and NGK: ZFR5F-11 corrosion on the terminals. Nippondenso: KJ16CR-L11 Hot climates, or continuous high...

  • Page 146

    Main Menu Table of Contents Battery Emergency Procedures TEST INDICATOR WINDOW Eyes — Flush with water from a cup or other container for at least fifteen minutes. (Water under pressure can damage the eye.) Immediately call a physician or 911. Skin —...

  • Page 147

    Main Menu Table of Contents Battery If the terminals are severely cor- On Si and VTEC models roded, clean them with baking soda If your car's battery is disconnected and water. Then use a wrench to The battery gives off explosive or goes dead, the audio system will disable itself.

  • Page 148

    Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Wipers Check the condition of the wind- WIPER ARMS shield wiper blades at least every six months. Look for signs of cracking in the rubber, or areas that are getting hard. Replace the blades if you find these signs, or they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used.

  • Page 149

    Main Menu Table of Contents Windshield Wipers 5. Slide the new wiper blade into the BLADE BLADE holder until the tabs lock. 6. Slide the new blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. 7. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield.

  • Page 150

    Main Menu Table of Contents Air Conditioning (Optional) Your car's air conditioning is a sealed Periodically check the engine's If the air conditioning does not get as system. Any major maintenance, radiator and air conditioning cold as before, have your dealer check the system.

  • Page 151

    Main Menu Table of Contents Drive Belts, Tires Drive Belts The belts should have the following Tires "play" or deflection. To safely operate your car, your tires ALTERNATOR BELT Alternator belt: must be the proper type and size, in 7.0 — 10.5 mm (0.28 — 0.41 in) good condition with adequate tread, Power steering belt: and correctly inflated.

  • Page 152

    Main Menu Table of Contents Tires before checking the tire pressure, Inflation the tires can still be considered Keeping the tires properly inflated "cold" if you drive less than 1.6 km provides the best combination of (1 mile). handling, tread life and riding comfort.

  • Page 153

    Main Menu Table of Contents Tires You should get your own tire You should look for: Your car's tires have wear indicators pressure gauge and use it whenever molded into the tread. When the you check your tire pressures. This Bumps or bulges in the tread or tread wears down to that point, you will make it easier for you to tell if a...

  • Page 154

    NOTICE its braking ability, traction, and chart each time they are rotated. steering accuracy. (Si and VTEC models) Improper wheel weights can damage your car's aluminum wheels. Use only genuine Honda wheel weights for balancing. Maintenance...

  • Page 155

    Tires that are marked "M + S" or that came on your car. Replacement stability. This can cause a crash "All Season" on the sidewall have an wheels are available at your Honda in which you can be seriously all-weather tread design. They dealer.

  • Page 156

    Mount snow chains on your car If you mount snow tires on your when warranted by driving condi- Honda, make sure they are radial Chains of the wrong size or that are tires of the same size and load range tions or required by local laws.

  • Page 157

    Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Headlight Bulb Check the operation of your car's BULB CONNECTOR Your car has halogen headlight exterior lights at least once a month. bulbs, one on each side. When A burned out bulb can create an replacing a bulb, handle it by its steel unsafe condition by reducing your base and protect the glass from...

  • Page 158

    Main Menu Table of Contents Lights 3. Remove the rubber weather seal Replacing an Auxiliary Light Bulb 3. Remove the burned-out bulb from by pulling on the tab. its socket. To remove the bulb, push it in slightly and turn it 4.

  • Page 159

    Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing the Front Side Marker/ 4. Remove the bulb by pushing it in Turn Signal and Parking Light slightly and turning it counter- Bulb clockwise. 5. Install the new bulb in the socket. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. 6.

  • Page 160

    Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing Rear Bulbs 4. To remove the tail/stoplight bulb, back-up light bulb or the turn signal bulb, push it in slightly and turn it counterclockwise. To remove the side marker bulb, pull it straight out of the socket. 5.

  • Page 161

    Main Menu Table of Contents Lights Replacing a Rear License Bulb 4. Pull the bulb straight out of the Replacing Interior and Trunk socket. Light Bulbs INTERIOR LIGHT 5. Install the new bulb. Test it to make sure it works. 6.

  • Page 162

    Main Menu Table of Contents Lights TRUNK LIGHT 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of its metal tabs. 3. Push the new bulb into the metal tabs. Snap the lens back in place. Maintenance...

  • Page 163: Storing Your Car

    If you store your car for 12 months Change the engine oil and filter Support the front wiper blade or longer, have your Honda dealer (see page 128). arms with a folded towel or rag so perform the inspections called for in they do not touch the windshield.

  • Page 164: Appearance Care

    Main Menu Appearance Care Regular cleaning and polishing of your Honda helps to keep it "new" looking. This section gives you hints on how to clean and preserve your car's appearance: the paint, bright- work, wheels and interior. Also included are several things you can do to help prevent corrosion.

  • Page 165: Exterior Care

    Main Menu Table of Contents Exterior Care Washing Rinse the car thoroughly with cool When you have washed and rinsed Frequent washing helps preserve water to remove loose dirt. the whole exterior, dry it with a your car's beauty. Dirt and grit can chamois or soft towel.

  • Page 166: Exterior Care

    You your dealer so you are sure to get beads or droplets after waxing. should use a polish on your Honda if the correct color. the finish does not have its original You should use a quality liquid or shine after using a wax.

  • Page 167

    If it does not go On Si and VTEC models down to bare metal, clean it with Clean your Honda's aluminum alloy soap and water and apply the touch- wheels as you do the rest of the up paint.

  • Page 168: Interior Care

    Main Menu Table of Contents Interior Care Carpeting Fabric Vinyl Vacuum the carpeting frequently to Vacuum dirt and dust out of the Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make material frequently. For general cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft the carpet wear out faster.

  • Page 169

    The rear window defogger wires are Many corrosion-preventive measures bonded to the inside of the glass. are built into your Honda. You can Wiping vigorously up-and-down can help keep your car from corroding dislodge and break the defogger wires.

  • Page 170

    Body repairs can affect your car's insurance company, tell them you and body. resistance to corrosion. If your car want genuine Honda parts used in needs repairs after a collision, pay the repair. Although most insurers Check the floor coverings for...

  • Page 171: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Main Menu Taking Care of the Unexpected Compact Spare Tire....... This section covers the more- common problems that motorists Changing a Flat Tire..... experience with their cars. It gives If Your Engine Won't Start... you information about how to safely Nothing Happens.......

  • Page 172: Compact Spare Tire

    Main Menu Table of Contents Compact Spare Tire Your car has a compact spare tire Follow these precautions whenever INDICATOR that takes up less space. Use this you are using the compact spare tire: LOCATION spare tire as a temporary replace- MARK ment only.

  • Page 173

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, stop in a safe place to change it. Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder The car can easily roll off the of a busy road is dangerous. Drive jack, seriously injuring anyone slowly along the shoulder until you underneath.

  • Page 174

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire TOOL KIT JACK JACK SPARE TIRE 7. Loosen the four wheel nuts 1/2 4. Take the tool kit out of the trunk. 6. Turn the jack's end bracket turn with the wheel wrench. counterclockwise to loosen it, then 5.

  • Page 175: Changing A Flat Tire

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire EXTENSION WHEEL NUTS JACKING POINT WHEEL WRENCH WHEEL COVER 8. Locate the jacking point nearest 10.Remove the wheel nuts and wheel 9. Use the extension and wheel cover. The wheel cover cannot be the tire you need to change.

  • Page 176

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire BRAKE HUB 11.Remove the flat tire. Temporarily 12.Before mounting the spare tire, 13.Put on the spare tire. Put the place the flat tire on the ground wheel nuts back on finger-tight, wipe any dirt off the mounting then tighten them in a crisscross with the outside surface of the...

  • Page 177

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire 14.Lower the car to the ground and 15.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in 16. On the Si and VTEC models remove the jack. the same crisscross pattern. Have Remove the center cap before the wheel nut torque checked at storing the flat tire in the trunk the nearest automotive service...

  • Page 178

    Main Menu Table of Contents Changing a Flat Tire 20.Store the jack in its holder with WING BOLT SPACER CONE the end bracket facing to the rear. Turn the jack's end bracket to lock it in place. Replace the cover. Store the tool kit.

  • Page 179: If Your Engine Won't Start

    Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Won't Start Diagnosing why your engine won't Nothing Happens or the Starter Turn the ignition switch to START 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 check the condition of the fuses.

  • Page 180

    Check all the fuses sories: heater, A/C, stereo system, (see page lights, etc. You cannot start a Honda with an Put the transmission in Neutral or If you find nothing wrong, you will automatic transmission by pushing Park and set the parking brake.

  • Page 181: Jump Starting

    ( + ) terminal sure they have good metal-to- other end to the grounding strap on your Honda's battery. metal contact. as shown. Do not connect this jumper cable to any other part of the engine.

  • Page 182

    Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats The pointer of your car's tempera- Your car can overheat for several 1. Safely pull to the side of the road. ture gauge should stay in the mid- reasons, such as lack of coolant or a Put the transmission in neutral or range under most conditions.

  • Page 183

    Main Menu Table of Contents If Your Engine Overheats 10.Start the engine and set the 4. If the temperature gauge stays at reaches the middle of the tempera- temperature control lever to the red mark, turn off the engine. ture gauge, or lower, before check- ing the radiator.

  • Page 184

    Main Menu Table of Contents Low Oil Pressure 4. Start the engine and watch the oil 1. Safely pull off the road and shut pressure light. If the light does not off the engine. go out within ten seconds, turn off 2.

  • Page 185

    Main Menu Table of Contents Charging System Indication By eliminating as much of the Immediately turn off all electrical electrical load as possible, you can accessories: radio, heater, A/C, rear drive several miles before the defogger, cruise control, etc. Try not battery is too discharged to keep the to use other electrically-operated engine running.

  • Page 186

    Main Menu Table of Contents Malfunction Indicator Lamp/Check Engine Light If this indicator light comes on, NOTICE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP/ safely pull off the road and turn off CHECK ENGINE LIGHT* the engine. Restart the engine and If you keep driving with the malfunc- watch the indicator light.

  • Page 187

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses All the electrical circuits in your car UNDER- INTERIOR have fuses to protect them from a HOOD short circuit or overload. These fuses are located in two or three fuse boxes. The interior fuse box is underneath The underhood fuse box is located in the dashboard on the driver's side.

  • Page 188

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses ABS FUSE BOX If something electrical in your car stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse. Determine from the chart on pages , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that component.

  • Page 189

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses If you replace the blown fuse with a BLOWN spare fuse that has a lower rating, it FUSE PULLER might blow out again. This does not indicate anything wrong. Replace the fuse with one of the correct rating as soon as you can.

  • Page 190

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses INTERIOR FUSE BOX : On Canadian cars Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 191

    Main Menu Table of Contents Fuses UNDERHOOD FUSE BOX ABS FUSE BOX Taking Care of the Unexpected...

  • Page 192

    Emergency Towing There are three popular methods of If your Honda cannot be transported It is best to tow the car no farther towing a car: by flat-bed, it should be towed with than 80 km (50 miles), and keep the front wheels off the ground.

  • Page 193: Technical Information

    The diagrams in this section give Identification Numbers....Emission the dimensions and capacities of Specifications......... The Clean Air Act...... your Honda, and the locations of the Anti-lock Brake System ....Crankcase Emission Control identification numbers. The expla- Tire Information......System........

  • Page 194: Identification Numbers

    VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your Honda dealer uses to register your car for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your car. The easiest place to find the VIN is on a plate fastened to the top of the dashboard.

  • Page 195

    Main Menu Table of Contents Identification Numbers The Engine Number is stamped into TRANSMISSION NUMBER the engine block. The Transmission Number is on a label on top of the transmission. ENGINE NUMBER Technical Information...

  • Page 196: Specifications

    Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications page 1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the 1 : S engine. Reserve tank capacity: 0.4 (0.11 US g a l , 0.09 Imp gal) 2 : Si 3 : VTEC 2 : S 3 : Si...

  • Page 197: Specifications

    Main Menu Table of Contents Specifications : VTEC 1 : S page 2 : Si 3 : VTEC 4 : U.S. Si with ABS page Technical Information...

  • Page 198

    Main Menu Table of Contents Anti-lock Brake System The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Each wheel has a wheel speed the solenoid. This builds hydraulic is standard equipment on the VTEC sensor assembly. As the wheel pressure on the modulator valve. model.

  • Page 199: Tire Information

    Main Menu Table of Contents Tire Information Tire Size Designation 14 — Rim diameter in inches. Tire Speed Ratings A tire's sidewall is marked with a tire The chart below shows many of the size designation. You will need this 82 —...

  • Page 200

    Tire Pressure Adjustment For (U.S. Cars) High Speed Driving The tires on your car meet all U.S. Honda strongly recommends that Federal Safety Requirements. All you not drive faster than posted speed limits and conditions allow. If tires are also graded for treadwear,...

  • Page 201

    Main Menu Table of Contents Tire Information Warning: The traction grade as- Warning: The temperature grade for Treadwear this tire is established for a tire that The treadwear grade is a compara- signed to this tire is based on brak- tive rating based on the wear rate of ing (straight ahead) traction tests is properly inflated and not over-...

  • Page 202: Emission Controls

    NOx and HC react to the engine and burned. form photochemical "smog." Carbon monoxide does not contribute to Evaporative Emission Control In Canada, Honda vehicles comply smog creation, but it is a poisonous with the Canadian Motor Vehicle System gas.

  • Page 203

    The three way catalytic converter is minimize the amount of HC, CO, and genuine Honda replacement parts or in the exhaust system. Through NOx that comes out the tailpipe. The their equivalent for repairs. Using...

  • Page 204: Three Way Catalytic Converter

    The catalytic converter is referred to running properly. as a three-way catalyst, since it acts on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement unit must be an original Honda part or its equivalent. The three way catalytic converter THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER...

  • Page 205: Warranty And Customer Relations

    Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations Warranty Coverages..... Customer Relations Information........ U.S. Zone Office Map....Canada Zone Office Map....Authorized Manuals...... Warranty and Customer Relations...

  • Page 206: Warranty Coverages

    Warranty Coverages U.S. Cars Seat Belt Limited Warranty — a seat Replacement Battery Limited Your new Honda is covered by these belt that fails to function properly is Warranty — provides prorated warranties: covered for the useful life of the car.

  • Page 207

    Main Menu Table of Contents Customer Relations Information Honda dealership personnel are When you call or write, please give If you are dissatisfied with the trained professionals. They should decision made by the dealership's us this information: be able to answer all your questions.

  • Page 208

    Main Menu Index Airbag (SRS) ........9 Auxiliary Light......... Replacing Bulb......Air Cleaner........Accessories Turning on........Air Conditioning....... Installation........Maintenance....... ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Usage..........Position)........Air Outlets (Vents)......Adding Battery Air Pressure, Tires......Automatic Transmission Charging System Light....Alcohol and Drugs......Fluid........

  • Page 209

    Main Menu Index Brakes, ABS Capacities Chart......Fuses........... Description......... Carbon Monoxide Hazard....Manual Transmission Fluid ..Operation........Cargo, Loading......... Power Steering Fluid....System Indicator....35, Cassette Player Checklist, Before Driving..... Braking System......Care..........Child Safety........Break-in, New Car......Operation........Cigarette Lighter......Brightness Control, Instruments...

  • Page 210

    Main Menu Index Checking........Disabled, Towing Your Car If..Emergency Brake......Proper Solution......Disc Brake Wear Indicators..Emergency Flashers....... Temperature Gauge....Disposal of Used Oil...... Emission Controls......Corrosion Protection..... Doors Engine Crankcase Emission Control Locking and Unlocking....Belts..........151 System......... DOT Tire Quality Grading... Check Light......

  • Page 211

    Main Menu Index Features, Comfort and Fuel............90 Convenience......... Fill Door and Cap......Filling the Fuel Tank....... Gauge..........Halogen Headlight Bulbs....Filters Octane Requirement....Hazard Warning Flashers....Oil..........Oxygenated........Headlights First Gear, Shifting......Tank, Filling the......Daytime Running Lights..... 5-speed Manual Transmission, Fuses, Checking the......

  • Page 212

    Main Menu Index Switch..........Timing Control System..... Indicator Lights, Instrument Label, Certification......Maintenance........Panel..........31 Lane Change, Signaling....Periodic Items......Infant Restraint........ Record........122-123 Lap/Shoulder Belts......Inflation, Proper Tire ....Safety........... Leaking of Exhaust into Car..Inside Mirror........Schedule......118-121 Lighter, Cigarette......Inspection, Tire......

  • Page 213

    Main Menu Index Parking Over Things that Burn... Roof Unlatched Indicator... PGM-FI System......Replacement Information Occupant Protection System.... 4 Polishing and Waxing....Air Cleaner......... Octane Requirement, Gasoline..Power Coolant........Odometer.......... Engine Oil and Filter....Door Locks........Odometer, Trip........ Fuses...........190 Mirrors.......... 60 Steering........

  • Page 214

    Main Menu Index Servicing........Seat Belts..........Signaling Turns........ 40 SRS Indicator......14, Advice for Pregnant Women..8 Snow Tires........System Components...... Child Seat Anchor Plate....Solvent-type Cleaners....Cleaning........Sound System........75 Frayed or Torn....... 8 Spare Tire Maintenance........Inflating........Tachometer........Reminder Light and Beeper..

  • Page 215

    Main Menu Index Tires..........Vinyl Cleaning........ Shifting the Manual....Air Pressure....... Treadwear........Viscosity, Oil........Checking Wear......Trip Meter........36 Compact Spare......Trunk DOT Tire Quality Grading..Opening the........50 Inflation........Open Monitor....... 33 Warning Beepers Inspection........Key in Ignition......Turn Signals........

  • Page 216

    Main Menu Index Windshield Cleaning........41 Defroster........Wipers, Windshield Changing Blades......Operation........41 Worn Tires........Wrecker, Emergency Towing..

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    2.2 l (2.3 US q t , 1.9 Imp qt) Engine Oil Capacity: P175/70R13 82S including filter Automatic Transmission Fluid: (Si) (S, Si) Honda Premium Formula Auto- P185/60R1482H 3.3 l (3.5 US q t , 2.9 Imp qt) matic Transmission Fluid or an (VTEC) ® (VTEC)

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